The National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) is a system of ten levels. Each of these levels relates to an education or training achievement. The higher the level, the more difficult it is to achieve. A diploma may fall at different levels on the NFQ. The Higher Diploma is at Level 8.

Most students need an Honours Bachelor Degrees to do a Higher Diploma study. The Postgraduate Diploma is a Level 9 award. Institutes of Technology, QQI and Universities award Higher and Post-graduate Diplomas.

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