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Bray Institute of Further Education

(01) 276 0653
Novara Ave, Bray, Wicklow, Republic of Ireland

Bray Institute of Further Education (BIFE), Wicklow, offers a wide range of courses, part-time evening classes and adult classes in many disciplines in Bray, Co. Wicklow.

Bray Institute of Further Education (BIFE) fully embraces the whole concept of life-long learning and personal development. Courses are available from hobby and elementary levels to Professional Qualification Level. The college is both flexible and adaptable in meeting the needs of its adult learners and provides courses and expert tuition over many fields of study with accreditation by a number of prestigious validating bodies.

A wide variety of courses in Bray, Co. Wicklow, are offered in the following areas:

Art, Craft and Leisure
Business and Professional

For more information about evening classes and courses at Bray Institute of Further Education (BIFE), view our courses below in the Course Finder.

Accounting Technician

The institute of accounting technicians is the leading accounting technician body in Ireland with over 10,000 members. The ATI qualification is internationally recognised and graduates are qualified to work in the accounting profession in Ireland or abroad. The Institute has achieved a high success rate in these exams. The ATI offers extensive learner support and…

Accounting Technicians Ireland 1st year

Study accounting evening times at Bray Institute of Further Education. This Accounting Technicians class starts September 18th at 6.45pm – 9.45 and are on Mondays and Wednesdays. Fees do not include the cost of materials,exam and seminar fees and registration with the ATI.

Acting for Film and Television

Mondays Starting January 22nd. 7.30pm-9.30pm for 10 weeks. Introductory acting course. Professional equipment and playback facilities on hand to enable participants to analyze their progression. Exp not required

Aromatherapy Massage

Mondays starting January 22nd. 7.30-9:00pm for 10 weeks. How to use essential oils for every day ailments. Learn full massage techniques for a positive effect on the body and mind.

Art (Oil Painting for Beginners)

Monday Oil Painting course starting January 22nd. 8.15 to 9.45pm. for 10 weeks. A step by step class to take beginners through the various stages of how to paint in oils. [students will need to bring in some materials]

Art (Painting and Sketching)

Monday Painting and Sketching course starting January 22nd. 10 Weeks. 6 -7.45 pm. Students will need to bring in some materials.

Body Sculpting

Mondays starting January 22nd. 8-9pm for 8 weeks. Beginners to intermediate A low impact workout to tone up the entire body.


Bridge classes run by BIFE on Monday nights. Suitable for novice grades or people who have completed the beginners Bridge class and would like to progress. Newcomers with a prior knowledge of bridge are welcome. 10 weeks, 7.30-9.30 Mondays starting January 22nd.

Computers (Improvers)

Monday evening Computers improver course starting January 22nd. 8.15 – 9.45pm. 8 weeks. This class is not for beginners, but can cater for different levels of improvers. Focusing on main software packets and applications

Creative Writing

Creative writing now. Mondays starting January 22nd. 7.30-9.30 for 10 weeks. For those who want to try out creative writing in a relaxed, supportive atmosphere.

Digital Photography

Mondays starting January 22nd. 7.15 – 9.45pm for 8 weeks. Students are recommended to have access to an SLR camera. A strong emphasis will be placed on practical coursework.


Monday evening Dressmaking course starting January 22nd. 7.30 – 9.30 for 10 weeks. The perfect starting point for anyone wishing to make their own clothes.


Mondays starting September 18th. 7.30-9.30pm for 10 weeks. 25 euro cash needs to be brought to the first class to cover materials.Through wet felting and needlefelting techniques the student will learn how to make flat and 3d felt.

First Aid

Mondays starting January 22nd. 7.30-9.30. 10 weeks. This course covers First Aid Responder (FAR). Certificate from Order of Malta Ireland and the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council on successful completion.

French (Beginners)

A great introduction to the French language and culture. Mondays starting January 22nd. 6.45 -8.15pm for 10 weeks.

French (Improvers)

Mondays starting January 22nd. 8.15 – 9.45pm for 10 weeks. For those who completed the French Beginners course last term or have some basic knowledge of the language.

Furniture Making (Beginners)

Mondays starting January 22nd. , 7.30-9.30 for 10 weeks. A Woodwork class suitable for beginners. Class will explore hand tools & many woodworking techniques through the practical means of a small project. Beginners This class will explore hand tools and their uses as well as investigating many woodworking techniques through the practical means of a…

Irish (Leaving Certificate Preparation)

Prepare for your Leaving Cert Irish exam with Bray Institute of Further Education. Mondays Starting January 22nd. 7:30 – 9:30 for 10 weeks. This Irish class aims to cover the basics of the exam preparation and practice for the higher Irish exam at leaving cert level.

Italian (Beginners)

Mondays starting January 22nd. 7:30 – 9:00 for 10 Weeks. A chance to learn the basics of this language. Key phrases and important fundamentals of conversing in Italian are covered in this class.

Make Up Artistry

Mondays starting September 25th. 7.00-9.00pm for 6 Weeks. Classes are to a commercial standard and will demonstrate the key components of make up artistry for industry.

Pottery and Ceramics

Mondays starting January 22nd. 7.30 – 9.30 for 10 weeks. Learn how to make and fire objects from clay.

Sign Language (Beginners)

Learn to communicate with Sign Language at the Bray Institute of Further Education. Mondays starting January 22nd. 7.30-9pm for 10 weeks. A beginners course in Sign Language.

Spanish (Beginners)

BIFE will be running this Spanish beginners course Monday evenings. Mondays starting January 22nd. 6.45-8.15pm for 10 weeks. For those who want to learn the basics of this very important language.

Spanish Improvers

Mondays starting January 22nd. 8.15-9.45pm for 10 weeks. For those who have completed beginners or newcomers with some knowledge of the language.

Start Your Own Business

Monday starting January 22nd. 7.30 – 9.30 for 8 Weeks. Topics covered include: assessing your business idea, different types of business, writing a business plan, bookkeeping, grants & financing your business, taxation.

STEP Aerobics Beginners to Intermediate

Beginners to Intermediate: A fantastic way to tone up hips, legs, bum. Mondays starting January 22nd. 7-8pm for 8 weeks.  

Stott Pilates

Beginners: Develop posture and alignment while increasing flexibility and co-ordination Improvers: For those who have completed Level 1 or with previous experience of Pilates.

Sugarcraft (Beginners)

Learn all the sugarcraft skills required to decorate your own novelty cake in a fun and relaxed environment. Students will need to supply some basic equipment. Suitable for beginners-students will need to supply some basic equipment. Mondays starting January 22nd. 7.30 – 9.30pm for 10 Weeks. Suitable for beginners-students will need to supply some basic…

Tai Chi

Mondays starting January 22nd. 7.00-8.30 for 10 weeks. Gentle exercise class, good for balance and flexibility. This is a gentle exercise class. Tai Chi is good for balance and flexibility. Suitable for everyone.

Tap Dancing (Momday evenings 8:30-9:30pm)

Mondays starting January 22nd. 8:30 -9:30pm for 8 weeks. Beginners class learn steps from shuffle to a tap spring and many more. By the end of the course you will be able to dance several routines.

TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language)

Monday TEFL course starting January 22nd. 7.30 – 9.30 for 10 weeks. A BIFE Cert awarded on successful completion-qualification suitable only for teaching abroad. Extra payment to the teacher upon commencement for a textbook.A Kildare/Wicklow ETB Cert awarded on successful completion-qualification suitable only for teaching abroad

Yoga (Iyengar)

Yoga course with BIFE. Mondays starting January 22nd. 7:00 – 8:30pm for 10 Weeks. Consisting of breathing exercises, posture, concentration exercises, slow gentle movement and relaxation.

Art Portfolio Preparation

This course caters to those applying to third level colleges in order to pursue a career in Art, Craft and Design. It is an intensive year suited to those who are prepared to commit to high work levels in and out of institute hours and short deadlines. The course reinforces an independent work ethic and…

Art, Craft & Design

This is a unique art course as it caters for students who are interested in art, craft and design. The college has extensively equipped specialist art and craft practice rooms: a ceramics studio where a wide range of 3D ceramic skills and techniques can be explored and developed; a print studio which allows students to…

Fashion Design

Through a wide range of creative modules, from fashion and textiles to drawing, this course will introduce the learner to important aspects of Fashion. Students will also develop technical skills in embroidery, garment construction and pattern drafting. The course is suitable for students wishing to build a visual portfolio to gain entry to higher education…

Fashion Design HND

This one year Higher National Certificate course will provide learners with the knowledge necessary to further pursue a career in Fashion & Textile design. The course consists of academic & practical workshops in the field of fashion textiles. Final year learners will exhibit their work at our end-of-year exhibition in the Institute.

Fashion Merchandising

This one-year course aims to introduce the student to the planning, buying and selling in the fashion industry. There is a strong emphasis on the creative process of product development; from inception of the range, to manufacturing, through to fashion marketing and promotion. Students will develop an understanding of the design elements of the fashion…

Fine Art

This is a comprehensive two year diploma in art which offers all age groups of students an opportunity to study art practice and art theory within a vibrant and structured programme.This art course offers a pathway for those who wish to apply for advanced entry to year two or three of visual art courses. Past…

Furniture Design & Cabinet Making

This course facilitates learners through advanced skills of cabinet making using woodworking machinery to manufacture doors, drawers and carcasses, the application of various wookd finishes and techniques. An emphasis will be placed on the key link between the design process, 2D/3D Computer Aided Design and the workshop. Learners will have access to a design studio,…

Furniture Design & Manufacture

This course equips learners with the essential skills of furniture design and making. There are practical classes using hand tools and machinery as well as drawing and design modules. Each student has the opportunity to develop skills so they can produce their own unique pieces of furniture. Learners have access to a design studio, a…

Garden Design

This course will provide learners with unique training and educational opportunities to become part of the horticulture profession. The Institute has extensive grounds and gardens, a large poly-tunnel and laboratories in which the learners can study botany and soil science together with propagation and design theory and practice. The course has a good mixture of…

Graphic Design

Learners undertake a two year Higher National Diploma course which qualifies them to work in this industry. This course will enable learners to explore modern graphic design procedures and develop problem-solving skills. All learners have access to the most up to date computer design facilities using industry standard software such as Adobe suite – Photoshop,…

Horticulture / Garden Design Advanced

This advanced course in Horticulture/Garden design will give students an opportunity to upgrade their skills with intensive training for another academic year. It will enable learners to spend a further year working full-time on their career structure or open up for them a wide variety of career and educational opportunities.