• Welcome to The Open College

    Welcome to The Open College

    The Open College is Ireland's Largest dedicated provider of QQI / FETAC awards with over 90 Levels 5 & 6 courses to choose from.

    We offer these programmes through our industry leading Distance Learning, eLearning & Attendance Learning platforms and we always aim to provide them at Market Leading prices.

    Click here for more information on our range of Industry Leading QQI courses.
  • New QQI Sports Major Award Launched

    New QQI Sports Major Award Launched

    We are delighted to announce the launch of our newly validated QQI Level 5 Major Award in Sports, Recreation & Exercise - 5M5146.

    QQI Level 5 Modules that will be covered during this new 12 month programme include: Exercise & Fitness, Leisure Facility Administration, Leisure Facility Operations, Sports and Recreation Studies and Sports Anatomy and Physiology, Nutrition, Health & Safety and man more.

    For more details please click here.....
  • QQI Montessori Major Awards

    QQI Montessori Major Awards

    The Open College is delighted to announce the launch of our brand new Major Award in Montessori with ECCE (QQI Level 6).

    This part-time distance learning ECCE with Montessori programme will enable learners to work as autonomous practitioners in an ECCE setting providing them with a broad range of theories and practice in Early Childhood Care and Education in addition to a comprehensive knowledge of the Montessori Method of Education.....

    »Click here to find out more
  • QQI Childcare Training Courses

    QQI Childcare Training Courses

    We have over 20 QQI Childcare and Special Needs modules to choose from. We also offer two QQI Childcare Major Award programmes which are now mandatory requirements in the Childcare sector.

    Advanced Early Childhood Care & Education 6M2007 - QQI Level 6 Major Award
    Early Childhood Care & Education 5M2009 - QQI Level 5 Major Award.

    »Click here for more on all our QQI Childcare courses
  • Healthcare Programmes

    Healthcare Programmes

    As new Government regulations stipulate that a QQI Level 5 qualification is the minimum requirement for an individual to work within the Healthcare sector, The Open College's suite of Healthcare modules will enable participants to satisfy this requirement and avail of the employment opportunities that exist within the Care sector.

    We have over 18 QQI Healthcare Awards including our QQI validated Major Award:

    Healthcare Major Award - 5M4339 (QQI Level 5) »Click here for more information
  • Special Offers

    Special Offers

    All QQI Component Awards – 50% off*

    Due to popular demand we are running our 50% off all component awards for the month of February 2015. All course fees now show reduced rates and online bookings will reflect the special offer prices.

    Other offers include Childcare & Healthcare Major Awards from only €900.

    »Click here for more Special Offers
  • Business & Finance Courses

    Business & Finance Courses

    Our Advanced Business Management Major Award - 6M4587 is a year long programme and written to industry requirements with over 11 elective modules to choose from.

    This course equips Managers including those new to Management with comprehensive skills in the management of people, resources and activities. The course is based around eight sought after and highly practical modules but you have a choice of 11 elective modules.

    »Click here for further details on all our QQI Business & Finance Courses
  • Journalism & Writing Courses

    Journalism & Writing Courses

    Courses Available in:

    Creative Writing - 5N4765 (QQI Level 5)
    Feature Writing for Print (QQI Level 6)
    News Writing for Print (QQI Level 6)
    Print Journalism - 5N2152 (QQI Level 5)
    Writing Skills for Journalism - 5N2435 (QQI Level 5)

    »Click here for more on all our QQI Journalism courses
  • Law Courses

    Law Courses

    The Open College have a choice of 5 QQI Levels 5 & 6 Law courses.

    Courses Include:

    Business Law (QQI Level 5)
    Business Law (QQI Level 6)
    Criminal Law (QQI Level 5)
    Employment Law (QQI Level 6)
    Legal Studies (QQI Level 5).

    »Click here for further details on all our Law Courses


Welcome to The Open College

The Open College is Ireland's largest dedicated provider of QQI awards and was founded to offer these programmes to the general public by Distance Learning, eLearning & Attendance Learning and to provide them at Market Leading prices.

We offer a choice of over 90 QQI / FETAC Levels 5 & 6 component Certificates and Major Award programmes in a variety of categories including Business & Finance, Healthcare, Childcare, Journalism, Teaching & Special Needs, Management, Digital Media & IT, Psychology, Law, Montessori Teaching and many more.

The QQI awards you can achieve through The Open College are fully recognised by employers both nationally and internationally with some awards now mandatory requirements in sectors like Childcare and Healthcare.

We enrol all year round through our industry leading distance learning programmes. Check out our unbeatable prices and monthly special offers including our new Bundle offers on all our Distance Learning QQI awards and many more.

Attendance Courses Enrolling Now:

Early Childhood Care & Education - FETAC/QQI Level 5 Major Award.
Healthcare Support - FETAC/QQI Level 5 Major Award.
Train the Trainer Dublin - FETAC/QQI Level 6
Train the Trainer Cork - FETAC/QQI Level 6
Digital Marketing - FETAC/QQI Level 5
Training Needs Identification & Design - QQI Level 6 - New Course

Request a Free 2015 Prospectus to receive full details on all our courses:
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About Us

The Open College was founded to offer courses on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) to the general public by Distance Learning, eLearning & Attendance Learning and to provide these courses at affordable prices.

We are recognised as Ireland’s leading dedicated provider of QQI / FETAC award courses and this recognition is based on the quality of our course materials, the professionalism of our tutors and the exceptional value for money we offer which is why we always ask – ‘why pay more for the same course?’.


The Open College is an independent private college with many hundreds of students and over 40 staff providing over 90 QQI Levels 5 & 6 Award courses. Established in 2004 and FETAC Accredited in 2008 The Open College is a social entrepreneurial organisation with a proud record of innovation in education which has in just over three years become Ireland’s largest dedicated provider of QQI approved courses.

The Open College is also one of only seven Private Education Providers that secure all fees paid by students and guarantee that all fees are fully bonded and protected for courses of over 3 months duration.


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Benefits of gaining a QQI Award with The Open College are:

Choice: We offer many Learning formats from Distance learning, eLearning, Classroom & Blended Learning.

Value: We have the Best Value in the Marketplace with our Unbeatable Course Offers - €200 off most award courses or 2 for 1 on all component awards.

Flexibility: Start our courses at any time. We enrol students throughout the year and with our Distance Learning format you can study at your own pace and anywhere that suits you.

Course Options: Majority of our courses can be completed in less than 3 months.

Support: Continuous One to One tutor support for all Leaners by fully qualified and industry experienced tutors.

Accreditation: You can continue to earn while you learn and gain an Internationally Recognised Qualification. All our Awards are Fully Validated & Approved by QQI.

Security: All student fees for our QQI / FETAC Major Award courses are fully secured and protected by a Bond.

Quality: QQI and SOLAS Approved Training Provider.

Irish Owned: We are proud members of the Guaranteed Irish movement - 'promoting Irish jobs and Irish Excellence'.

Reputation: Our reputation for quality is supported by our continued growth and expansion in the Further Education sector.

Services: We are an approved Garda Vetting Organisation and we can also cover our Learners Insurance requirements while out on Work Placements if required.

Transparency: We always publish all our course prices and inform the learners on everything they need to make the proper decision, hence our extensive and industry leading website.

About the Open College

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Featured Courses

Below are some of our most popular and newly launched QQI/FETAC courses.

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