Protection of the Enrolled Learner
All HECA colleges provide learner protection in compliance with the 2012 Act section 65 (4) of the Qualifications and Quality Ahssurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 for all QQI accredited programmes of education and training of three months or longer duration, in HECA higher education institutions.
The HECA PEL Scheme
The HECA Protection for Enrolled Learners Scheme (HECA PEL Scheme) was formed by 12 members of HECA and is fully approved by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI). The HECA PEL Scheme provides that in the event of the member provider ceasing to provide the programme before completion, for any reason, enrolled learners may transfer to a similar programme at another provider, or, if this is not practicable, the fees most recently paid will be refunded. In accordance with Section 65 of the Act, arrangements are in place with at least two providers for each programme.
HECA PEL Scheme Members are as follows:
- CCT College
- Dorset College
- Galway Business School
- Griffith College
- National College of Ireland
- Setanta College
The remaining three HECA Colleges operate a refund arrangement either backed by an insurance policy or by a parent company guarantee and are fully approved by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI). These are as follow:
- Dublin Business School,
- Hibernia College,
For more information, please see: Protection for Enrolled Learners (PEL)