HECA has become the recognised voice of independent higher level education in Ireland

HECA’s main focus is on representing the independent third level sector by ensuring the highest standards of quality amongst its members


HECA was set up in 1991 by four National Council of Education Awards designated colleges and has since expanded to include 12 colleges.
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CCT College Dublin

CCT College Dublin is one of Ireland’s leading professional and higher education institutions, providing Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) internationally recognised validated programmes within the disciplines of Computing, Information Technology, and Business.

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Established in 2005, CCT boasts a state of the art campus in the heart of Dublin’s bustling city centre, with unrivalled public transport accessibility, and is home to a vibrant community of staff and learners from around the world.

The College was founded as ‘College of Computing Technology (CCT)’, a specialist college providing education and training programmes in Computing. However, as CCT has evolved and expanded to include its Faculty of Business, with Business programmes, the established branding of ‘CCT’ has been retained, with the new name incorporating where the College is based – Dublin, Ireland.

Dorset College

Established in 1983, Dorset College is an independent third level institution which is located in Dublin 1. A unique learning environment with a long-standing reputation for excellence in teaching and learning.

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We have a strong focus on the provision of industry accredited programmes with good career and job prospects as well as offering the ideal platform for academic progression.

We provide excellent facilities and support to learners to enable them to achieve their goals. We focus on small class sizes, a diverse student community with a clear focus on high academic standards. We are a designated educational institute of Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI). We are also accredited by CIPD, CISCO, Microsoft and CompTIA.

Dublin Business School

Dublin Business School (DBS) specialises in the provision of career focused business and law education as well as the delivery of contemporary programmes in the areas of arts, media, social science, humanities and psychology.

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This is an exciting time for you as you lay the foundations for the rest of your life. At DBS we will do all that we can to help you to make the right choices for your future and a programme of study at DBS will give you the best possible start in your career.

We have developed our courses in collaboration with industry and professional bodies, so that when you graduate, in addition to your academic qualifications, you will have the skills and knowledge to begin a successful career. Our ethos is to provide programmes which are highly focused and relevant to domestic and international students which employ innovative approaches to teaching and learning.

Galway Business School

Galway Business School is one of the leading independent third-level colleges in Ireland. We pride ourselves on our ability to respond quickly to the changing needs of students, industry and labour markets.

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With our commitment to flexibility, accessible progression routes and a strong academic record, we support you as you embark upon a lifelong learning journey.

We have a wide variety of both undergraduate and postgraduate programs to suit your academic needs that fit into your schedule, whatever it may be. We have a selection of both full and part-time programs.

Griffith College

Established in 1974, Griffith College is one of Ireland's largest independent third level institutions with 7,000 students at its campuses in Dublin, Cork and Limerick, and over 35,000 alumni.

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Griffith College enjoys a national and growing international reputation for student success. Many former students have gone on to enjoy distinguished careers in fields as diverse as accountancy, business, computing, design, law, media, music and drama.

We offer internationally recognised postgraduate and undergraduate programmes, complemented by a range of professional, short term and corporate training educational solutions. The College is a designated educational institute of Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI).

Hibernia College

Hibernia College is an established leader in pioneering new education technologies and embracing change in the ever-evolving world of education.

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Founded by Sean Rowland PhD at the turn of the new millennium, Hibernia College follows an ambitious and forward-thinking strategy in order to play a leading role in education for the future. Dr. Rowland brought together his colleagues from the corporate, education and technology communities to create Hibernia College, Ireland’s first and only, accredited online third-level institution.

Irish College of Humanities & Applied Sciences

The Irish College of Humanities and Applied Sciences is an independent third level college that prides itself on its student centred approach. The College offers a range of programmes from masters level to short certificate programmes. Our programmes cover an extensive range of disciplines including Business, Childcare, Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy.

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The College provides an academic environment that fosters personalised learning, enabling participants to develop their potential for life and for exciting careers in their chosen field of study. All ICHAS programmes are accredited and awarded by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) and are offered at Levels 5 to Level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications.

IICP College

IICP is a college of educational excellence for a wide range of accredited and validated courses in counselling, psychotherapy and related fields, delivered by committed, highly qualified lecturers in a welcoming and supportive environment.

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We put student care at the centre of our priorities to ensure that learners can practice competently and confidently as professional therapists. IICP aims to provide training and education to the wider community of professionals and volunteers working in the caring professions.

Open Training College

The Open Training College exists to provide accredited training and consultancy services to the human services and non-profit sector.

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Established by St. Michael’s House in 1992, our philosophy is, and always will be, shaped by the demands of our sector and the needs of our staff, students, client organisations and service users.

We believe that everything we do has to make a difference.

Setanta College

Dr Liam Hennessy FRAMI is an Exercise Physiologist, Strength and Conditioning Coach and former international athlete. Liam took up the position of Director of Fitness with the IRFU in the year 2000 with a remit to create structures and embed methodologies to help Irish Rugby compete in the professional era. 

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The role encompassed overseeing the Fitness and Strength and Conditioning of the elite squad and also recruiting staff to create and work within academies to develop younger players throughout the country.

During the process of recruiting the required 30 plus staff, it proved difficult to find professionals with both the academic and practical coaching experience required for these key roles. To implement Dr Hennessy’s philosophy and focus on long-term player development, staff needed to understand the key principles in Performance Science and Strength and Conditioning but also have the ability to apply these principles and coach.


For 30 years, we’ve brought the latest thinking, the leading techniques and the most accomplished industry trainers into ambitious organisations, large and small, throughout the UK and beyond.

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We empower people with the capability to help their organisations reach the highest standards, maintain compliance and drive efficiency. We are renowned for a dynamic, practical, real world approach. A combination of theory and practice that works.

We have programmes in Lean Six Sigma, compliance, standards and auditing in food safety, quality, environment & energy and life sciences to name but a few. We also run leadership and personal development programmes. We run courses on both a public and in-house basis.

St. Nicholas Montessori

Our vision is to bring excellence in Montessori education to the broader education landscape so that all young people are placed at the heart of their own educational experience and empowered to be independent, confident and creative lifelong learners.

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St Nicholas Montessori College Ireland traces its origins to the late 1940’s when Dr Maria Montessori gave permission to two English women, Margaret Homfray and Phoebe Child, to set up a training centre to teach the Montessori Method in London.

This was the first St Nicholas College, and many Irish people completed courses there. In 1970 the St Nicholas Montessori Society of Ireland was founded by Sighle Fitzgerald and a group of like-minded educators. The Irish society ran workshops and evening courses in association with the London training centre for many years in locations throughout Ireland ensuring the further spread of the Montessori Method.
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