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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

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.

Childcare QQI Level 5 Award

QQI Level 5 (Early Childhood Care and Education – 5M2009) Childcare QQI Level 5 Award: This is a nationally approved two year course accredited by QQI on successful completion of eight modules. This course is suitable for those already working in a variety of childcare areas, including: nurseries, creches, early childhood education centres and so…

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 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.  

Discover your Family History

Discover your family history with this part-time Genealogy course run by Dun Laoghaire Institute of Further Education. Uncover the history of your family. This interactive Genealogy course will guide you in the research, documenting and creating of your family tree. Get the most from the wide range of genealogical records available. Suitable for the beginner.…

Dog Behaviour and Training

Learn how to train your dog and how to read their body Language. Training theory (do’s and don’ts) housing a pet correctly, create a suitable training plan and much more are covered on the ten week course

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 CAE (Cambridge Advanced Certificate)

Suit those with high level English who want to progress to academic courses. Communicate effectively at professional level. To be recognised as a fluent English speaker and prepare for further study or career development.

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.

English KET (Cambridge Key English Test)

Prepare for the Cambridge KEY English Test. Emphasis on grammar, pronunciation, comprehension and vocabulary through participation in speaking, listening, reading and writing exercises in a relaxed friendly environment. Examination fee is not included.

Event Production

DFEi will deliver this part-time Event Management course from October 2018. 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.  

Family Finance: Preparing for Retirement

They say Retirement Financial Planning should start sooner then later. This course, presented by the same team as Tax and Family Finance, will give you valuable strategies for funding your retirement

First Aid - Order of Malta

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.  

German course

 Learn a new language with this evening German course at DFEi. Starting September 2018 This German course is designed for beginners and covers basic pronunciation, vocabulary and everyday communication, developing confidence and fluency in speaking and understanding the language. The January course is for improvers.

Interview Techniques - Put your best foot forward

An ideal course for those seeking to enchance their interview skills to gain employment or secure a business deal. Exercises will be carried out to increase confidence. Delivered by and experienced career/presentation coach.

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 - for Rugby World Cup 2019

World Cup rugby or not, 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 and atmosphere.

Law - Let us lay down the Law for You

(QQI Level 5 Legal Practice and Procedures 5N1394). Understanding the Law is a significant advantage in many career areas. You will learn about the Criminal and Civil Courts, Criminal Law, litigation, workplace and communications law.

Nail Art -Creative Manicure and Pedicure

This course will provide the learners with skills, knowledge and attitudes to perform a manicure and pedicure in a professional and safe manner. Covering painting, message,, cuticle care and specialized treatments.

Nutrition

QQI  Level 5 Award (5N2006). This module is designed to provide the learner with an understanding of the composition and science of food, of how food affects and individuals personal well-being, it also covers EU food labeling regulations.

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.

PAM Programme: Passionate about me

Know yourself, Be yourself, Love yourself. Stop ‘over-caring’ for others, start caring for yourself. Be more assertive and build your self-esteem. Incorporating mindfulness techniques this course teaches self-awareness, self-acceptance and self-compassion.

Payroll - Manual and Computerised

QQI  Level 5 (5N1546). Acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to use both manual and computerised payroll systems. Understand the essential and appropriate terminology. Appreciate the importance of accuracy and security. System used Bright Pay

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…

Philosophy course (An Introduction)

This Philosophy course examines the different fields of philosophy and identifies the great philosophers throughout history. Topics covered: ethics, political philosophy, and religious philosophy.

Photography (Digital Portfolio Course)

QQI  Level 5 (5N1270). This course covers various themes on a project basis. Photoshop skills will be covered including file management/storage and printing. Students will use an SLR, Bridge or High end compact digital camera.

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.

Photoshop for Beginners

An introduction to the basic features of Photoshop. Become familiar with the interface, the use of layers, resizing, cropping and various other tool options. Gain the skills to create and manipulate a range of images.

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.

Sing a Song

Learn to sing and read music in a fun filled atmosphere. No previous knowledge is required to discovered your hidden talents. People who sing lead a healthier and longer life!  

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.

Successful Stock Market Investment

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

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

Traditional Black and White Analogue Photography

The Craft of making photographs by hand in the darkroom is back in vogue. In our new facilities, learn the craft of successful photographic image capture leading to fine negatives and stunning prints. Most materials provided.

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…

Web Design

QQI  Level 5 (5N1910). Learn the skills of web design, including Hypertext Marking Language (HTML5), Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) using Adobe Dreamweaver and Photoshop. Assessment is project-based. Prior computer skills are requisite.

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.

Advanced Certificate in Administration

This course is designed to develop the existing skills of learners who have completed a Level 5 course in one of the following areas: Office Administration, Computer Studies, Information Processing or Business. The course is designed to allow the learner to gain advanced knowledge and skills in the general area of office management. The learners…

Advanced Certificate in Animal Healthcare/Animal Care Assistant

These courses are designed to equip learners 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. Learners will study core areas of Animal Health Care and are enabled to put theory into practice…

Advanced Certificate in Architectural Technology and Design

These courses meet 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 architectural, engineering and design sectors and/or also to progress to third level colleges. students achieve a level…

Advanced Certificate in Computing and Electronic Technology

These courses are designed to give students a firm foundation in the skills required to work or study in the electronics industry. Students will study computer programming and implement circuits in real time applications and design,  build and test their own embedded control systems. Students will study PC construction, installation and maintenance and are prepared…

Advanced Certificate in Digital Radio Production (Level 6 QQI Award)

Radio is a medium that is adapting to the new digital age. Whether the student is interested in traditional broadcasting or the world of online radio, these courses are designed to give the student the best chance to acquire the skills needed to compete in this dynamic field of modern media production. Working with the…

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 Health Services Supervisory Management Skills

This Health Services Supervisory Management Skills course offers holders of a Level 5 health-related award the opportunity to undertake further study in this area. Students will acquire the knowledge, skill and competence to undertake Supervisory Management roles in the community and in a range of health services settings. Successful completion will offer enhanced opportunities in…

Advanced Certificate in Journalism for the Digital Age

These programmes are designed to equip learners with the skills, knowledge and confidence for a career in journalism in this digital world. In year 1, all aspects of the industry will be studied including, making contacts, interviewing and the craft of writing. Social media and traditional sources will be used to find and publish news.…

Advanced Certificate in Security Operations and Management

This Security Operations and Management course is designed to develop the student’s understanding of Security Business Management and acquire the knowledge, skills and competence to work independently or at supervisory level in the security industry. It also prepares students for a career at management level in other business sectors.  As part of this course, students complete…

Advanced Certificate in Software Development

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 meet 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 architectural, engineering and design sectors and/or also to progress to third level colleges. Students achieve a level…

Arts, Culture and History: Pre-University Arts

This course is an excellent foundation course for the Bachelor of Arts degree in University College Dublin, National University of Ireland Maynooth, and other Universities. This course enables the learner to develop an in-depth knowledge of archaeology, local history, folklore and ethnology. Learners will also gain knowledge of the cultural richness of modern Europe, while…

Business Studies (with Law): Pre-University Course

This course is designed to give learners an in-depth knowledge of concepts relevant to the business world with an emphasis on Accounting, Economics, Marketing and Law. By combining IT components with these business concepts, learners will gain the knowledge, skill and competence to meet the increasing demand from employers for qualified graduates who are proficient…

Business Studies (with Marketing): Pre-University Course

This course is intended for learners who have an interest in the practical areas of marketing and event management. Modern business practices using relevant innovative technologies are at the core of this course. On this multidiscipline course, students will be taught by teachers with relevant digital marketing and event management experience. Students will gain practical…

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…

Computing and Electronic Technology

These courses are designed to give students a firm foundation in the skills required to work or study in the electronics industry. Students will study computer programming and implement circuits in real time applications and design,  build and test their own embedded control systems. Students will study PC construction, installation and maintenance and are prepared…

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…

Digital Radio Production

Radio is a medium that is adapting to the new digital age. Whether the learner is interested in traditional broadcasting or the world of online radio, these courses are designed to give the learner the best chance to acquire the skills needed to compete in this dynamic field of modern media production. Working with the…

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…

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 course

This Healthcare Assistant 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…

Higher National Diploma in Music Production

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…

Journalism for the Digital Age (Pre-University Arts and Media)

These programmes are designed to equip learners with the skills, knowledge and confidence for a career in journalism in this digital world. In year 1, all aspects of the industry will be studied including, making contacts, interviewing and the craft of writing. Social media and traditional sources will be used to find and publish news.…

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…

Office Administration (with Legal and Medical Studies)

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.…

Police and Security Studies

This Police and Security Studies course is designed to prepare students with the necessary qualifications to work in the security industry or to prepare for application to the police, armed forces, prison service or naval service.  Students will complete modules which meet the requirements for licensing in both Door Security Procedures and Guarding Services. Throughout their…

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 Production course

This Sound Production 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…

TV and Digital Film Production - Level 5 QQI Award

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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