The HELS (Higher Education Links Scheme) provides progression opportunities for learners achieving QQI-Fetac Level 5 and Level 6 major awards and who are interested in applying for Higher Education programmes through the CAO (Central Applications Office). Since its inception over a decade ago, the scheme has expanded progression routes to Higher Education programmes. Programmes leading to Level 5 and Level 6 Major Awards are available with providers who have programmes validated with QQI. Please view the Provider and Programmes Directory in QSearch for details of providers offering programmes of education and training. Please note, application is directly to the provider.