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CAO Code Course Title College Points NFQ Level
AC120  International Business 

American College 

281 
AC137  Liberal Arts 

American College 

219 
AD101  First Year Art & Design (Common Entry)  

National College of Art and Design - NCAD 

 
AD102  Illustration and Graphic Design 

National College of Art and Design - NCAD 

 
AD103  Textiles, Jewellery & Objects 

National College of Art and Design - NCAD 

 
AD202  Design or Fine Art and Education 

National College of Art and Design - NCAD 

 
AD204  Fine Art 

National College of Art and Design - NCAD 

 
AD211  Fashion Design 

National College of Art and Design - NCAD 

 
AD212  Product Design 

National College of Art and Design - NCAD 

 
AD215  Visual Culture 

National College of Art and Design - NCAD 

301 
AD222  Interaction Design 

National College of Art and Design - NCAD 

 
AL601  Electronics and Computer Engineering 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

228 
AL602  Mechanical Engineering 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

212 
AL604  Civil Engineering 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

AL630  Pharmacy Technician 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

290 
AL631  Dental Nursing 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

273 
AL632  Science (Bioscience/Chemistry) 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

190 
AL650  Business 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

200 
AL651  Music and Instrument Technology 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

 
AL652  Business in Equine 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

AL660  Culinary Arts 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

183 
AL661  Bar Supervision 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

 
AL663  Business (Sport and Recreation) 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

185 
AL701  ICT Engineering - Electronics & Wireless / Network Mgt / Computer Engineering 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

218 
AL704  Computer Engineering 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

206 
AL705  Software Development (Mobile Apps and Connected Devices) 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

204 
AL710  Mechanical Engineering 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

206 
AL711  Mechanical Engineering and Renewable Energy 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

206 
AL712  Mechatronics 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

252 
AL713  Engineering (Common Entry) 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

244 
AL721  Civil Engineering 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

225 
AL730  Biotechnology 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

206 
AL731  Veterinary Nursing 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

400 
AL733  Forensic Toxicology 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

209 
AL734  Pharmaceutical Sciences (Drug Development and Analysis) 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

218 
AL751  Digital Marketing 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

207 
AL761  Hotel and Leisure Management 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

206 
AL763  Graphic Design 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

750 
AL764  Early Years Care and Education 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

268 
AL765  Applied Social Studies in Social Care 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

280 
AL801  Software Design (Game Development or Cloud Computing) 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

290 
AL810  Quantity Surveying 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

311 
AL820  Mechanical and Polymer Engineering 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

300 
AL830  General Nursing 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

398 
AL832  Psychiatric Nursing 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

378 
AL836  Health Science with Nutrition 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

346 
AL837  Sports Science with Exercise Physiology 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

354 
AL838  Biotechnology 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

270 
AL839  Microbiology 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

318 
AL840  Pharmaceutical Science 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

257 
AL841  Athletic and Rehabilitation Therapy 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

405 
AL842  Bioveterinary Science 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

301 
AL843  Physical Activity and Health Science 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

306 
AL844  Toxicology and Analytical Sciences 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

 
AL850  Business 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

296 
AL851  Business and Law 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

300 
AL852  Accounting with Optional Placement 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

293 
AL853  Accounting & Law 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

308 
AL854  Business Psychology - CANCELLED 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

291 
AL855  Hospitality Management (with International Placement) 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

 
AL860  Social Care Practice 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

300 
AL861  Animation and Illustration 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

605 
AL862  Design Technology & Innovation - CANCELLED 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

 
AS051  Nutrition, Food and Business Management 

St. Angelas College 

243 
AS110  General Nursing 

St. Angelas College 

387 
AS130  Intellectual Disability Nursing 

St. Angelas College 

307 
BN001  Electronics and Computer Engineering 

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB 

182 
BN002  Computing (Information Technology) 

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB 

195 
BN003  Business 

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB 

188 
BN009  Mechatronic Engineering 

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB 

190 
BN010  Business and Information Technology 

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB 

180 
BN011  Applied Social Studies in Social Care 

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB 

271 
BN012  Computer Engineering 

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB 

194 
BN013  Computing (Information Technology) 

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB 

BN014  Business 

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB 

180 
BN015  Engineering - Common Entry 

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB 

BN016  Business - Common Entry 

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB 

BN017  International Business 

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB 

180 
BN020  Sports Management and Coaching 

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB 

252 
BN021  Creative Digital Media 

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB 

195 
BN022  Horticulture 

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB 

BN025  Community and Youth Development 

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB 

BN030  Early Childhood Care and Education 

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB 

230 
BN034  Digital Forensics and Cyber Security 

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB 

190 
BN040  Digital Marketing 

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB 

190 
BN101  Business 

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB 

253 
BN103  Business and Information Technology 

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB 

252 
BN104  Computing (Information Technology) 

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB 

270 
BN107  Applied Social Studies in Social Care 

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB 

300 
BN108  Engineering (Common Entry) 

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB 

291 
BN109  Business (Common Entry) 

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB 

261 
BN110  International Business 

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB 

255 
BN111  Sports Management and Coaching 

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB 

290 
BN112  Creative Digital Media 

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB 

290 
BN113  Horticulture 

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB 

 
BN114  Accounting and Finance 

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB 

274 
BN115  Community and Youth Development 

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB 

251 
BN117  Computer Engineering in Mobile Systems 

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB 

293 
BN118  Early Childhood Care and Education 

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB 

290 
BN119  Digital Marketing 

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB 

270 
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