Perceptions of Level 4 & 5 Qualifications in Northern IrelandResearch Report
This mixed methods research study, funded by the Department for the Economy (DfE) in Northern Ireland, and conducted by a team from the Centre for Research in Educational Underachievement (CREU) at Stranmillis University College, Belfast between January and May 2022, aimed to explore the perceptions, opinions, thoughts and experiences of identified groups in respect of Level 4 and 5 qualifications in Northern lreland.
The specific research objectives for the study were as follows:
- To explore the perceptions, opinions, thoughts and experiences of identified groups in relation to Level 4 and 5 qualifications in Northern Ireland, including current and prospective learners, parents/carers, school teachers and careers advisors, DfE careers advisors, employers, Higher Education Institution (HEI), Further Education (FE) and CAFRE curriculum leads, and representatives from relevant professional bodies;
- To explore, in particular, the factors which influence prospective students in deciding whether to enrol on Level 4 and 5 qualifications in Northern Ireland;
- To critically consider the challenges and opportunities of developing the appeal, awareness, understanding and uptake of Level 4 and 5 qualifications in Northern Ireland.