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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

Autocad with Revit

This comprehensive Autocad course covers a range of AutoCAD functions such as drawing and editing, manipulating objects, hatching, and more. Revit includes introduction to user interface, controlling objects and views, Revit families and the creation of structural elements such as columns and walls.

Basket Making and Willow Sculpture

Hands on Basket making and willow sculpture course. Learn to build and create beautiful willow sculptures, baskets 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 hand’s on course will give you life-long skills or prepare you for work in the industry.

Beekeeping

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 ect.

Computers for Beginners (Stage 1)

For the complete beginner. It covers the essentials of Word Processing including text entry, editing, formatting and printing. Also, using the Internet which covers email accounts, accessing and searching websites.  

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)

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

Practice and improve your Creative Writing with this 8 week evening course delivered by DFEi this October 2018. This Creative Writing evening class will encourage you to practice the craft of writing; learn how to create memorable characters, devise a gripping plot, write believable dialogue, adjust the pace and focus of your story. Classes in…

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.

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 tip top condition. Reduce grooming fees by learning the essential skills of regular maintenance, handling techniques and equipment use. This is a hands on course working with students own dogs from the second class onwards.  

Domestic Appliance Repair

This DIY Domestic Appliance Repair evening course will take place in Dun Laoghaire for October 2018. This Domestic Appliance Repair course will help you to reduce your home bills by learning to maintain, service and repair your electrical appliances. Includes washing machines, cookers, tumble dryers, vacuum cleaners and dishwashers etc. Follow ‘good safety practice’ and…

Dressmaking and 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/Pre Intermediate)

Improve speaking, grammar, pronunciation, comprehension and vocabulary through participation in speaking, listening, reading and writing exercises in a relaxed friendly environment. Focused for use in every day situation.

English FCE (Cambridge First Certificate)

Suit those starting to work in an English speaking environment at upper intermediate level. Live in an English speaking country with a qualification of World wide recognition. Emphasis on advanced English for work or study purposes. Exam fee not included.

Event Production

DFEi will deliver this part-time Event Management course from October 2019. QQI Level 5 (5N1374) From corporate functions to festivals. This Event Management course covers a number of areas, including, understanding the clients brief, publicity, team work and effective communication. Delivered by an experienced event manager.  

First Aid - Order of Malta: Train as a First Responder

Covering First Aid emergencies such as choking, unresponsive patients, bleeding, fractures, scalds, poisoning and electrocution. Also, CPR (for adults and children), epilepsy, diabetes and asthma. Order of Malta certificate is awarded on successful completion

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)

This course is suitable for those who have completed a beginner’s course or equivalent. It will help to further develop their French to a level that will give them more confidence in speaking, vocabulary, grammar and writing.  

Future of Work Readiness

What is the Future for the demand of work skills. Upskilling, and Reskilling, Emotional intelligence, Preparing for the work place of the future considering remote working, emotional intelligence versus artificial intelligence

Guitar for Beginners

Students learn how to play guitar the fast and easy way. Students will develop a good understanding of chords and strumming patterns which can be applied to all lyrics across all music genres. Students will require their own 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.

Japanese

Learn everyday greetings, politeness and customs for survival during your visit to Japan. Learn the basics to ask directions, order at the bar/restaurant, read signs, and enjoy the culture, atmosphere and your holiday

Memory Training

This course is ideal for those who want to learn how their memory works and how to improve it. This step-by-step programme covers skills, strategies and tips on how to expand your mental capacity and the full potential of your brain.

Microsoft Excel Intermediate

This Microsoft Excel course is aimed at learners who have a basic knowledge of Excel and want to upskill in this software. The course will cover specific areas of learning from intermediate to advanced features , to improve your skills and enhance your productivity

Oil and Acrylic Painting

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.

Payroll Techniques QQI Level 6 Certificate

Irish Payroll Association – HETAC Level 6. An ideal course for those working in, or intending to work in, the payroll function. Provides all the practical skills necessary for payroll personnel to operate efficiently and in compliance with Revenue regulations. To qualify as a Certified Payroll technician, students must successfully complete both stages 1 and…

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 cover 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.

Radio Broadcasting

The course is very comprehensive the student will learn creativity and competency in radio production, radio broadcasting technology in a friendly and fun environment.

Radio Programme Production

QQI Level 5 (5N1379). Course provides an opportunity to gain the skills to broadcast using our state of the art licensed FM Radio Station ‘THE WAVE’. Includes, location recording, editing, production and presentation.

Silk Painting and Batik

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

Silk Painting and Batik Improvers

It’s easy and it’s fashionable. Learn the amazing techniques of Batik make your own 100% hand painted silk scarf or/and other decorative pieces. Most materials included, delivered by artist/fashion designer. This Silk Painting and Batik course is designed as a follow up to the beginners course

Sing a Song, Hear your Voice

Sing out, speak out and break out to a night of song. Make a speech, sing a  song and life your voice to a new heights, all in a fun filled atmosphere with Ted Courtney, musician and broadcaster. No previous knowledge required.  

Sound Engineering/Home Recording

Develop the practical skills necessary for working in a modern studio. Using state of the art recording equipment and software, students will learn how to record and mix music, set up the musicians and produce a CD

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 (Stage2)

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 - Introduction

Learn about preparing your gardening for Spring and Summer Growth. Topics covered include: understanding soil composition, essentials tools .seed sowing, composting, growing fruit and vegetables & herbs , planning a herbaceous border and strategies to maximize summer color in the garden.  The course also two Garden Visits.

Successful Stock Market Investment

Suitable for those who wish to fast track their understanding on how to become life long successful investment traders. Includes developing strategies, fundamental analysis, leading to filtering out successful stock.

Sugar Craft / Cake design Improvers

This improvers Sugar Craft course is for those who have done the beginners to improve on the skills gained in the beginners course in design

Sugar Craft/Cake Design

A course to equip beginners with the skills to design novelty/speciality cakes using sugar craft. How to apply almond paste, sugar paste, butter cream and royal icing. Materials for this course will be discussed on the first night

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

Understanding Electronics - Learn theory through practice

An introduction to electronics, covering electricity, electrical units magnetism and basic circuits. It will cover the use of test equipment, intergrated circuits,digital electronics and a brief intro to micro controllers, A College Certificate is awarded.

VAT Technician QQI Level 6 Certificate

Irish Payroll Association – QQI Level 6 Certificate. A superb course which provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the Irish VAT system. Ideal for those working in , or intending to work in an office environment dealing with VAT returns and compliance. It explains the basic principles of the Irish VAT system, for the…

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.

Woodwork For Improvers

This course is aimed at students who have completed a beginners Course in woodwork. It builds on woodwork skills already acquired and also for students who a good basic knowledge working with wood.

Advanced Certificate in Animal Healthcare/Animal Care Assistant

Overview These courses are designed to equip students with the knowledge and the skills to work in a variety of areas within the Animal Health Care sector, or to progress to Higher Education through the Higher Education Links Scheme. Students will study core areas of Animal Health Care and are enabled to put theory into…

Advanced Certificate in Architectural Technology and Design

Overview These courses provide students with valuable skills needed to work in the architecture, engineering and design sectors or to progress to third level options. Students will gain a firm foundation in Architectural Drawing, CAD 2D and 3D, Architectural Model Making and Design and they will also be introduced to Revit 3D Modelling and BIM.…

Advanced Certificate in Furniture Design and Making

DFEi run this one year, full-time, Furniture Design and Making course. 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. In Year 1, students will be introduced…

Advanced Certificate in Human Resource Management

The most important resource of any organisation is its staff. This course will give students the skills to professionally and confidently manage people from recruitment to retirement. Students will learn to mediate conflict and to deal with employee challenges and will graduate from this course with a thorough grasp of Employment Law and Industrial Relations.…

Advanced Certificate in Journalism for New Media, TV and Radio

This practical course gives students the chance to add to their portfolio of Journalism items by giving the students the opportunity to bring their skills and knowledge to the production of digital items such as blogs and podcasts. Students will also work on managing and operating DFEi’s very own news radio service Areas of Study…

Advanced Certificate in Office Administration and Management

This course is designed to allow students to gain the hard and soft skills necessary to manage an administration department in any type of business/office environment. Students will learn about the skills necessary to perform their own role to an excellent standard and to supervise others. Students will receive specialist training in up-to-date Microsoft Office…

Advanced Certificate in Software Development and Networking

This Pre University computer science course provides an opportunity to train for a rewarding career in the IT industry. Student will develop the skills to be able to design, create and maintain websites, databases and computer network, as well as the fundamentals of computer programming using C++, C#, PhP, Javascript, and Visual Basic using Visual…

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

This course is an excellent upskilling and portfolio course for learners who wish to progress to either media or TV/film degrees or employment. Learners gain highly practical skills in a range of techniques used in today’s TV and digital film industry. Areas covered include: drama, documentary news packages and single camera interviews. Graduates have received…

Animal Care / Animal Care Assistant

This course is designed to equip learners with the skills and knowledge to work in a variety of areas within the Animal Health Care sector, or to progress to Higher Education through the Higher Education Links Scheme. Learners will study core areas of Animal Health Care and are enabled to put theory into practice through…

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

Operated in conjunction with SOLAS, each course is of 10 weeks’ duration. The aim of this course is to equip apprentices with the practical skills and theoretical knowledge necessary to work to the highest standard in this trade. Carpenters and joiners are required to prepare, build and install a wide range of wood products including…

Architectural Technology and Design

These courses provide students with valuable skills needed to work in the architecture, engineering and design sectors or to progress to third level options. Students will gain a firm foundation in Architectural Drawing, CAD 2D and 3D, Architectural Model Making and Design and they will also be introduced to Revit 3D Modelling and BIM. Students…

Community and Social Care (Mornings)

This Community and Social Care 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 rewarding career providing care and support to vulnerable people in the community. Students will acquire knowledge…

Construction and Engineering Technology

This course is suitable for students who wish to adjust to a changing construction industry by broadening their knowledge base into energy efficient building techniques. Students are introduced to the fundamentals of green building technology with and emphasis on energy, insulation, conservation and sustainable living. Practical skills such as solar/photovoltaic panel installation, retro fitting of…

Creative Digital Media Production

This Creative Digital Media Production course is an excellent foundation course for media degrees in: Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology, Institute of Technology Tallaght, National University of Ireland Maynooth and other Universities. Students will be exposed to the radio, film and photography processes and procedures; used by digital media studios today in program…

Engineering Technology with Electronics

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 biomedical technology to energy-efficient housing, engineers are developing innovative solutions for the benefit of society. Today’s engineering students will have…

Food Science and Nutrition Pre-University Science

This Food Science and Nutrition course is suitable for students who are interested in preparing for a career as a food science and /or further education in food, science or agriculture sectors.A food scientist applies their knowledge of biology, chemistry and engineering to develop and improve foods and has a roll to play in all…

Furniture Design and Making

Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute provides this Furniture Design and Making course. 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. In Year 1 students will be…

Healthcare Assistant / Healthcare Support

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 for Healthcare Assistants working in the public and private sector. In addition, the newly published National Quality Standards for Residential…

Higher National Diploma in Music Production (HND)

This two year Higher National Diploma course gives learners the opportunity to acquire a wide range of skills in Sound Engineering, Music Production and other aspects of the music industry such as running a music business, understanding the science of sound, legal and health issues. Taught by professionals working in the industry, this course will…

Human Resources

People management skills, confidence when working with IT and a sound knowledge of employment law are essential to thrive in a Human Resources department. Students will learn to operate payroll software, resolve conflict and advise employees on industrial relations issues. This course will create diverse employment opportunities for graduates interested in directly entering the workplace.…

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

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 digital journalism which will include smartphone recording and editing, digital radio news production, and the basics of journalism – such…

Laboratory Techniques: Pre-University Science

This hands-on laboratory skills course provides and 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 to acquire the knowledge, skill and competence to work independently and under supervision in a science laboratory and or to …

Musical Instrument Making and Repair

Student at 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 a guitar. They will also learn specialist hand and machine craft skills in order to develop their creative abilities in…

Nursing Studies

This Nursing Studies course is designed to enhance students awareness and understanding for the roles and responsibilities of the professional nurse. It is also ideal for those who wish to pursue a nursing career.Students will study core areas of nursing and are enabled to put theory into practice; using DFEi’s fully upgraded nursing suites and…

Office Administration for Business, Legal and Medical Practices

This course will equip learners with a high standard of administrative, business, legal, medical and essential IT skills for the modern office. Learners also gain a range of transversal skills such as organisational and communication skills, which are highly sought after by todays employers. Learners are introduced to the world of legal and medical practice.…

Pre - University: Arts, Culture and History

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, IADT and NUI Maynooth. Students will learn about the cultural richness of Europe, and will develop strong research, journalistic writing and…

Pre - University: Business with Law

This course is an excellent foundation for those students wishing to study Business and/ or Accountancy, legal or combination degree courses in UCD, DCU, NUI Maynooth and other Universities and has a superb record of student progression to third level. This course is designed to give students an in-depth knowledge of concepts relevant to the…

Pre - University: Business with Marketing

This course is intended for students who have an interest in strategic and practical areas of business and marketing. Modern business practices using relevant innovative technologies are at the core of this course. Students will gain applied experience by assisting in marketing initiatives, organising events, attending workshops, a two-week work placement programme to acquiring industry…

Software Development

These Pre University computer science courses provide an opportunity to train for a rewarding career in the IT industry. Students will develop the skills to be able to design, create and maintain websites, databases and computer networks, as well as the fundamentals of computer programming using C++, C#, PHP, Javascript, and Visual Basic using Visual…

Sound Engineering / Sound Production

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 engineering and music production. Students will record performers and musicians in all iMac digital sound production facility, fully equipped with…

TV and Digital Film Production

This course is an excellent foundation for Film and Television degrees in; Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology, Dublin Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology Tallaght, National University of Ireland Maynooth and other Universities. Learners will acquire practical skills in both Film and Television Production, including single camera production, non-linear film and video…

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