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Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute

17 Cumberland Street, Dún Laoghaire, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute (DFEi) offer a wide range of full-time Further Education and Training and Evening courses including adult education and lifelong learning in Dun Laoghaire, South Co Dublin

Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute offer a wide range of Further Education and Training Courses such as full-time PLC, apprenticeship and BTEI. These courses offer excellent progression to third-level colleges in Ireland and the UK or direct employment opportunities. Full awards are both nationally and internationally recognised through the National Framework of Qualifications (www.nfq.ie)

Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute also delivers a comprehensive programme of evening classes that lead to awards such as a full QQI Awards in Childcare or a single QQI Module in Radio, Photography, and Payroll. DFEi also offers adult education and lifelong learning opportunities though art, beauty, computing, DIY and media courses. In addition hobby (personal interest) courses are also provided. Some examples of the courses on offer are: Languages (Italian and Spanish), Job-Seeking, Silk Painting, Stock Market Investment, Woodwork, Public Relations, First Aid, Creative Writing, Bicycle Maintenance, Dog Grooming, and Dressmaking. Visit www.dfei.ie for a full list of courses.

In 1975 A Community College was opened in Cumberland Street under the statutory authority of Dun Laoghaire Vocational Education Committee. The name of the college has changed a few times, but the high standards has always been maintained. In July 2013 Dun Laoghaire VEC merged with County Dublin VEC to form the Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board.

Classes run from September to December and from January to April on a Monday and Tuesday Night. As a non-profit organisation, Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute DFEi only charges the minimum fee necessary to cover costs.

DFEi is located at the Monkstown end of Dun Laoghaire. It is a five minute walk from both Dun Laoghaire and Salthill & Monkstown DART stations and is well served by bus routes 7, 7B, 45, 46A, 63, 59, 75 and 111. There is ample free parking on site for night classes.

For more information about courses at Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute, view our courses below in the Nightcourses.com Course Finder or contact DFEi by phone at (01) 2809676 or by emailing using info@dfei.ie

Advanced Podcasting Skills

Advanced Radio and Podcasting Skills 8 Weeks € 130 This course will further develop your radio and podcasting production knowledge and skills. Our digital studio facilities and resources provide the opportunity to develop and customise your radio or podcast through practical sessions. Tue: 7.00-9.00pm Starts: 7th Feb 2023 Code: MED 30

Basket Making and Willow Sculpture

Hands on basket making and willow sculpture course. Learn to build and create beautiful will sculptures, basket and garden features using traditional techniques with basket maker and artist Aoife Patterson Materials supplied.

Beauty - Ultimate Professional Make-up Artistry

Learn the professional skills of day, evening and bridal make-up artistry. Eyes and brows enhancement. Iconic looks and current trends covered. This practical hands on course will give you life-long skills or prepare you for work in the industry.

Beekeeping (Online)

All you need to know about getting started in beekeeping. Managing the bees, the life cycle of the colony, bee diseases, treatments, feeding, swarm control and harvesting honey as a crop. Course delivered by a third generation beekeeper.  

Bicycle Maintenance for Beginners

Delivered to Cytech certificate standards by qualified mechanics from Hollingsworth Cycles. On completion students will be proficient in puncture repair, brake and gear maintenance, lubrication, cycling efficiency skills and safety etc.

Computers for Beginners (Stage 1)

For the complete beginner. It covers the essentials of Word Processing including text entry, editing, formatting and printing. Also, covered is the use of the internet, including accessing and searching websites and use of emails.

Computers for Beginners (Stage 2)

This course is suitable for those who have completed Computers for Beginners (Stage 1). It is also ideal for those who have a good basic level of computer skills and wish to improve their knowledge and competency.

Counselling Skills Introduction - (Online)

Considering further training or a career in counselling? Acquire the techniques and listening skills, with particular emphasis on personal development and self awareness. These are of value in our daily lives, relationships and the work place.

Creative Writing (Improvers)

This Creative Writing course is aimed at writers who are familiar with the basics techniques of character portrayal, narrative, tension building and Show Don’t Tell. Emphasis will be on practising and developing those skills while also encouraging self editing expertise.

Creative Writing (Beginners)

Practise the craft of writing and learn how to create memorable characters, devise a gripping plot, write believable dialogue, adjust the pace and focus of your story. Classes in a relaxed, friendly environment with an experienced tutor.

Digital Marketing (eMarketing) QQI Level 5

QQI Level 5 (5N1364) Don’t get left behind, expose your business to the benefits of modern social media. Explore digital marketing and take the opportunity to plan a digital campaign for your business. Places on this course are limited.  

Dog Grooming

Keep your dog in top condition. Reduce grooming fees by learning the essential skills of regular maintenance, handling techniques and equipment use. A hands on Dog Grooming course working with students own dogs in weekly rotation from the second class onwards.

Dressmaking/Soft Furnishings

The ideal course for those who wish to learn the skills of dressmaking and soft furnishing. Both areas covered, subject to student choice. Following patterns, design and developing skills to the finished article. Sewing machines are available.

English as a second Language (Elementary)

English as a Second Language – Elementary 10 Weeks € 180 Suitable for students who have a basic knowledge of English and wish to, develop their grammar, pronunciation, comprehension and vocabulary through participation in speaking, listening, reading and writing exercises in a relaxed environment. Tuesday: 6.00-8.00pm Starts: 7th Feb 2023 Code: LAN 18

English as a Second Language (IELTS)

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is designed to help you work, study, or migrate to a country where English is the native language.  It incorporates the four main skills: listening, reading, writing, and speaking.  The class is suitable for students from intermediate to advanced levels. 

Folklore of Ireland

This course offers an insight into the rich heritage that is unique to Ireland. It covers Irish mythology legends folktales and customs unique to Ireland. The course also covers folk medicine and includes a field trip (To be announced).

French (Stage 1)

This course is suitable for absolute beginners. It places special emphasis on developing elementary conversational French, pronunciation, reading and writing skills.  

French (Stage 2)
French (Stage 2) is a course run by Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute, Dublin. It is a Classroom Based course with a duration of 9 Weeks. French (Stage 2) gives a Course Qualification of Non-Certified. For more information about French (Stage 2) at Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute, please review the details below.
Guitar for Beginners

Learning to play guitar the fast and easy way. Students will quickly develop a good understanding of chords and strumming patterns which, can be applied to a lot of lyrics across all music genres. Students will require a guitar and a plectrum.

Italian for Beginners

Taught with an emphasis on simple communication. Covering the fundamental grammatical structure for speaking and writing. Gain the skills while building on the vocabulary bases. Delivered by a native speaker. *January for improvers.

Italian for Improvers (Level 2)

The main focus is on specking and listening through interaction with the teacher and other students. Learn to talk about past events and things you like. Ask directions to find your way around and perhaps cook something truly deliciously Italian.

Memory Training
Memory Training is a course run by Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute, Dublin. It is a Classroom Based course with a duration of 6 weeks. Memory Training gives a Course Qualification of Non-Certified. For more information about Memory Training at Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute, please review the details below.
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

MBSR teaches methods of responding rather than reacting to the challenges of life. Exercises include the body scan, gently yoga and sitting meditation. Topics covered include increasing mindful awareness of body, thoughts, and emotions.

Oil and Acrylic Painting

This Oil and Acrylic Painting course is for painters of all levels. Students will be guided through all stages of work to produce finished works of art. Work from still life, your photos or your imagination. Emphases on creative rather than technical. Materials will be recommended at first class.

Photography - Introduction to Digital

Learn to master the basic functions of Digital Cameras. Photographic and compositional techniques will also be covered. Photoshop will be introduced to 3cover basic image adjustment, file management, preparing for printing etc.

Psychology - Introduction

Want to understand yourself, others and the world we live in? Discover and experience, from a psychological viewpoint, some of the following topics: The Schools of Psychotherapy, Eating Disorders, Psychotherapy and Old Age, Children and Adolescents, Drama Therapy, Grief Therapy, Dreamwork, Addiction, Personality Disorders and the psychology of advertising.

Silk Painting and Batik

It’s easy and it’s fashionable. Learn the amazing techniques of Batik, also known as silk painting. Make your own 100% hand painted silk scarf or/and other decorative pieces. Most materials included, delivered by artist/fashion designer.

Spanish (Stage 1)

This course covers pronunciation and oral practice through real life conversations, such as exchanging personal information, conversations in a shop, or a restaurant. Also reading and writing short letters, texts, etc. Course book required.

Spanish (Stage 2)

For those who have completed Spanish (Stage 1) or similar. Topics covered: asking for directions, making a phone call, an appointment and plans with your friends. Course book: Curso de Espanol para Eztranjeros. ELE. Incial 1 and 2.

Springtime Gardening

Includes: understanding the soil, composting, essential tools, seed-sowing, transplanting, fruit growing, vegetables and herbs. Plan a herbaceous border and maximise summer colour in the garden. Course will include two garden visits.

Stock Market Investment
Stock Market Investment is a course run by Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute, Dublin. It is a Classroom Based course with a duration of 7. Stock Market Investment gives a Course Qualification of Non-Certified. For more information about Stock Market Investment at Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute, please review the details below.
Tai Chi

Suitable for beginners and improvers This course will teach and practice the basic techniques of Tai Chi helping students to relax the mind and body, develop the ability to experience energy flow through their body. Floor mat required.

Tax and Family Finance

Nervous about making a self assessment? Confused by all that Tax jargon? This course is delivered by tax advisors. It will save you time and money. Book early as places are limited

Violin and Music - an Introduction

This Course covers, choosing a violin, tuning a violin, caring for a violin, the chords of the violin and using a Metronome. Also, playing famous classical pieces and a chance to play with an orchestra, (Saint Agnes Crumlin to be announced).

Water Colour Painting - for beginners

Learn the basics of water colour painting in a relaxed friendly atmosphere. Develop your creative self-expression through simple exercises and techniques. Delivered by Yara Lopes, a mature artist from Brazil. Content: watercolour painting from life and photos.

Woodwork for Beginners

This practical based course is designed for the absolute beginner and will deal with the use of tools and the making of basic wood joints. Each student will progress to complete a project to take home. Basic materials are provided.

Yoga For the 21st Century

Yoga For the 21st Century  8 Weeks € 100 Achieve self awareness and balance – improves flexibility and strength. This course includes gentle yoga stretches, breathing exercises, deep relaxation and meditation. Please bring a yoga mat, a rug and wear loose clothing. Tue: 7.00-8.30pm Starts: 7th Feb 2023 Code: HEA 22

Advanced Certificate in Animal Healthcare

Duration This is a Full-time One Year course which runs from September to May, 5 days a week. Overview This one year course is designed as a follow on from the QQI Level 5 Animal Healthcare course and is tailor-made to students who wish to progress in the animal area into a working life with…

Advanced Certificate in Architectural Technology and Design
Advanced Certificate in Architectural Technology and Design is a course run by Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute, Dublin. It is a Classroom Based course with a duration of 1 year Full time. Advanced Certificate in Architectural Technology and Design gives a Course Qualification of Level 6 Advanced Certificate, awarded by QQI. For more information about Advanced Certificate in Architectural Technology and Design at Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute, please review the details below.
Advanced Certificate in Furniture Design and Making

Duration This is a Full time one year course, which runs from September to May, 5 days a week. Overview DFEi has a long history of providing further education and training courses aimed at students who want to work in the furniture industry. Students develop essential craftsman’s skills to assist them in gaining employment in…

Advanced Certificate in Office Administration and Management
Advanced Certificate in Office Administration and Management is a course run by Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute, Dublin. It is a Classroom Based course with a duration of One Year Full-time. Advanced Certificate in Office Administration and Management gives a Course Qualification of Level 6 Advanced Certificate, awarded by QQI. For more information about Advanced Certificate in Office Administration and Management at Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute, please review the details below.
Advanced Certificate in Software Development and Networking

Duration This is a Full time one year course, which runs from September to May, 4 days a week. Overview This advanced course is ideal for students who want to pursue a career in the technology sector.  Software is ubiquitous and critical in almost every facet of the knowledge economy, as a result, industry’s demand…

Advanced TV and Digital Film Production (Level 6 QQI Award)

Duration This is a Full time one year course, which runs from September to May, 4 days a week. Overview This course is an excellent upskilling and portfolio course for students who wish to progress to either media or TV/film degrees or employment. Students gain highly practical skills in a range of techniques used in…

Animal Care / Animal Care Assistant

Duration This is a Full-time One Year course, which runs from September to May, 5 days a week. Overview This course is designed to equip students with the knowledge and the skills to work in a variety of areas within the Animal Healthcare sector or to progress to Higher Education through the Higher Education Links Scheme. Students will…

Apprenticeship: Carpentry and Joinery (SOLAS Award Advanced Craft Certificate)

Duration Block release as part of the apprenticeship (11 weeks for phase 4 and 10 weeks for phase 6.) Overview An apprenticeship is a training and education programme, which mixes learning in a college such as DFEi with work-based learning in a company. This Carpentry and Joinery apprenticeship programme is a 4-year programme consisting of…

Architectural Technology and Design

Duration This is a Full time one year course, which runs from September to May, 4 days a week. Overview This course meets the needs of students who wish to develop a portfolio of valuable skills, for example: Architectural Drawing, CAD2D and 3D, Architectural Model Making and Design. These skills will equip students to find employment in the…

Community and Social Care

Duration This is a Full time one year course, which runs from September to May, 3 days a week. Overview This course is suitable for both mature students and school leavers, who would like to work in the area of health and social care. This QQI Award provides the opportunity to pursue a fulfilling and…

Digital Media Production

Duration This is a Full time one year course, which runs from September to May, 4 days a week. Overview This course is an excellent foundation course for media degrees in: IADT (National Film School), DCU, TU Dublin and other Higher Education Institutes and Universities. Students will be exposed to the radio, film and photography…

Engineering Technology with Electronics

Duration This is a Full time one year course, which runs from September to May, 4 days a week Overview Engineering is transforming how we live, work and study. Engineering is a highly diversified and exciting profession with a wide range of specialisms emerging as new technologies, business models and engineering challenges develop. From life-saving…

Food Science and Nutrition: Pre-University Science

Duration This is a Full time one year course, which runs from September to May, 4 days a week. Overview This course is suitable for students who are interested in preparing for a career as a food scientist and/or further education in the food, science or agriculture sectors. A food scientist applies their knowledge of…

Furniture Design and Making

Duration This is a Full time one year course, which runs from September to May. Overview DFEi has a long history of providing further education and training courses aimed at students who want to work in the furniture industry. Students develop essential craftsman’s skills to assist them in gaining employment in this industry. Within this…

Healthcare Assistant / Healthcare Support

Duration This is a Full time one year course, which runs from September to May, 3 days a week. Overview This course provides a recognised qualification for healthcare workers, currently in employment and those seeking to work in this sector. This Healthcare Support Award is one of the Department of Health and Children’s recommended qualifications…

Journalism for New Media, TV and Radio: Pre-University

Duration This is a Full time one year course, which runs from September to May, 4 days a week. Overview This practical course gives students the skills, knowledge and confidence to start their career in the exciting world of Journalism for online, video, podcasting, TV, radio and print. This course will explore the world of…

Laboratory Techniques: Pre-University Science

Duration This is a Full time one year course, which runs from September to May, 4 days a week. Overview This hands-on laboratory skills course provides an introduction to the world of science and covers a variety of subjects related to laboratory and physical sciences. The purpose of this award is to enable the student…

Musical Instrument Making and Repair

Duration This is a Full time one year course, which runs from September to May, 4 days a week. Overview Students on this course will be introduced to the fundamentals of making and repairing stringed and fretted musical instruments, both acoustic and electric. Students will make their own musical instrument for example a mandolin or…

Nursing Studies

Duration This is a Full time one year course, which runs from September to May, 4 days a week Overview This course is designed to enhance students awareness and understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the professional nurse. It is also ideal for those who wish to pursue a career in the nursing profession…

Office Administration for Business, Legal and Medical Practices

Duration This is a Full-time One Year course which runs from September to May, 4 days a week. Overview This course will equip students with an exemplary standard of administrative skills, encompassing business, legal, medical and essential IT skills for the contemporary workplace. Students gain a range of transversal skills such as organisational, interpersonal, and…

Podcasting and Presenting for Digital Media

Duration This is a Full-time one year course, which runs from September to May, 3 days a week. Overview This new course aims to skill its students in the technical and performance skills required to produce creative and engaging podcasts for streaming and broadcast. Students will learn how to set up their own home studio…

Pre - University: Arts, Culture and History

Duration This is a Full-time One Year course which runs from September to May, 4 days a week. Overview This course provides students with solid background knowledge and skills for progression to third level and thrive in an Arts or Media Degree.  This course has an excellent record of graduate progression to UCD, TCD, IADT…

Pre - University: Business with Law

Duration This is a Full-time One Year course, which runs from September to May, 4 days a week. Overview This course provides a strong foundation for those students wishing to study Business and/or Accountancy, Legal or combination degree courses in TCD, UCD, DCU, TUD, NUI Maynooth and other Universities and has a superb record of student…

Pre - University: Business with Marketing

Duration This is a Full-time One Year course, which runs from September to May, 4 days a week. Overview This course is intended for students who have an interest in the strategic and practical areas of business and marketing.  The marketing and public relations landscape is changing with the development of Social Media and its…

Pre-Apprenticeship: Construction Technology

Duration This is a Full time one year course, which runs from September to May, 4 days a week Overview This course is suitable for students who wish to progress to further and higher education courses in the construction industry, and also those who wish to prepare for an apprenticeship in a construction related trade…

Software Development

Duration This is a Full time one year course, which runs from September to May, 4 days a week. Overview This Pre-University computer science course provides students with an entry point to a future career in the technology sector. With the increase in the use of technology in almost every industry, the education of IT…

Sound Engineering/Sound Production - Level 6

This new one-year Level 6 course gives students the opportunity to further develop and enhance their skills in music and sound production. It is an ideal add-on for our Level 5 students. Taught by professionals working in the industry, this course will prepare students for both further academic progression, and careers in the media, entertainment…

Sound Engineering/Sound Production Level 5

Duration This is a Full time one year course, which runs from September to May, 4 days a week Overview This course is for students who are interested in a career in music and sound engineering or music promotion. This course provides a combination of practical and theoretical tuition in all aspects of digital sound…

TV and Digital Film Production

Duration This is a Full time one year course, which runs from September to May, 4 days a week. Overview This course is an excellent foundation for Film and Television degrees in; IADT (National Film School), DCU,, TU Dublin,  and other Higher Education Institutes and Universities. Students will acquire practical skills in both Film and…

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Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute
17 Cumberland Street
Dún Laoghaire, Dublin
Republic of Ireland
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