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Waterford College of Further Education

051 870136
Admissions Office, Waterford city Ireland, Waterford City, Waterford, Republic of Ireland

Waterford College of Further Education offers the largest range of courses, evening classes and part-time further education courses in the South East.

Over the past ten years, the Waterford College of Further Education has increased its enrolment from 275 to 859 day time and in excess of 1100 night time students, in the current academic year. This reflects the College’s excellent reputation for providing high quality courses leading directly to employment or third-level education. Our state of the art facilities and motivated teaching staff allow us to provide you with the opportunity to pursue your personal and academic goals. We welcome students of all ages, abilities and nationalities and promise to provide you with a learning environment which is both innovative and supportive.

For more information about courses in Waterford at Waterford College of Further Education, please view our courses below in the Course Finder.

Accounting Technician

An intensive course which will prepare students for the Institute of Accounting Technicians (IATI) examinations. Certification: The Institute of Accounting Technicians of Ireland Course Content: Year 1 Foundation: Financial Accounting 1 Management Accounting Taxation 1 Business Management in the Digital Age Year 2 Admission: Financial Accounting 2 Law and Ethics Integrated Accounting Systems Taxation 2…

Adventures in Art

This is a taster course. No previous knowledge or experience in art is necessary. Throughout the course, participants will be facilitated to explore a variety of art disciplines by engaging in ‘lessons’ in – • Drawing • Painting • Colour • Texture • Printmaking • Assemblage • Art History • And more……… These participatory introductory…

An Introduction to Social and Personal Development

This course aims to develop the social and personal skills of the participants, to enable them to grow in awareness on a journey of self discovery. Group Process – Experiential Learning – People on this course come from all sorts of backgrounds, meet as equals, and learn from each other. Within this learning methodology, participants grow…

Archaeology - Introduction Part 1 & 2

This course is aimed anyone who is interested in learning in more detail about the practical aspects of Irish Archaeology. It is intended that participants will gain an insight into how archaeologists work and perhaps more importantly how their work allows them to reconstruct past environments. While the course may be primarily interesting for people…

Art - Basic

This is a general art course for people wishing to develop their creative skills. It would be suitable for beginners or for people with an interest in Art and Design who may wish to progress to further study.

Art - Life Drawing

This course is for those interested in observational drawing from the human form. Students will learn basic drawing skills, traditional drawing methods as well as newer approaches and an understanding of proportion and perspective. Whether you think you can draw or not, life drawing gives you the freedom and the challenge to experiment with different…

Art Therapy

Course Description This course is suitable for those who have an interest in art therapy and is designed to offer participants an introduction into the area. It will look at various approaches and models of working with children and adults, either individually or within a group. Art therapy is used in many settings and provides…

Bookkeeping and Accounts FETAC Level 4

The purpose of this module is to equip the learner with the knowledge skills and competence to keep basic bookkeeping records for an organisation. It provides the learner with the knowledge and understanding of bookkeeping terminology and an introduction to the principles of bookkeeping and accounts. The learner will: • Describe the importance of good…

Business Studies with Digital Marketing

This course will provide students with a broad range of skills and knowledge required for a career in a marketing environment.

Childcare - Supervision

This five module level 6 two year course will be of benefit to those who have a particular interest in professional and social aspects of childcare. The course is designed for students who have already qualified at QQI level 5 and wish to continue their studies. It will suit those who have a good knowledge…

Childcare - The Emotional Life of the Child

Course Description: This course will appeal to anybody interested in childhood as well as those with an interest in psychology, psychotherapy, social studies and childcare. This course will offer participants an opportunity to consider the significance of childhood and the challenges presented to children as they develop. Drawing on the work of psychological and psychoanalytic…

Community Addiction

This course will benefit those with an interest in the care, diagnosis and treatment of addiction. The course is a springboard to higher education courses in Social Studies, Health Care, Community Studies, Counselling and Psychology, Psychotherapy and Addiction Counselling. Certification: QQI Level 5 – Social and Vocational Integration (5M2181) Modules: Psychology Intercultural Studies Social Studies Conflict…

Computer Aided Draughting - CAD - Introduction

An introduction to CAD software as a design tool for Construction, Engineering and Interior Design.

Confident Cooking Workshop

This course is developed to cater for a wide range of abilities, from complete beginners to candidates who wish to advance their knowledge and are keen to learn the basics quickly and correctly. The module is designed to stimulate interest and enthusiasm in the now very topical subject of ‘FOOD’. It provides a practical context…

Conflict Resolution FETAC Level 5

Course Content: Learners will be able to: 1 Analyse the existence of conflict in everyday personal and work life, to include reasons for conflict arising, signs and cues of conflict escalating and the distinction between conflict and violence. 2 Summarise different ways of perceiving conflict, to include positive dimensions of conflict and the importance of…

Conversation Spanish / French / Italian / German

This 10-week beginners course will enable the students to develop the ability to use the language in a range of social and personal situations. They will acquire some basic language skills necessary for progression to further study while gaining an awareness of the culture of countries or regions where the language is spoken.

Desktop Publishing

The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to produce a range of documents containing text and graphic images from design briefing to printing, using a Desktop Publishing (DTP) system.

ECDL - European Computer Driving Licence

This course is designed for adults with little or no experience of computers who want to use a computer competently. The course is certified by ECDL (European Computer Driving License) and covers 7 modules.

Edible Wired Flowers and Centrepieces

Level: Beginners/Intermediate Course Description: Using homemade flower paste to create a variety of wired flowers and foliage (Peony roses, Tiger lily, Sweet pea, etc.) Course Content: • Making and handling of flower paste. • Using a selection of petal cutters, veiners and modelling tools to create a variety of petals and flowers. • Taping up…

English as a Second Language

This module is designed to give learners of English as a Foreign Language an opportunity to develop their skills in a vocationally orientated context. This module may be included in Level 5 programmes for European Union Nationals whose first language is one other than English. It is designed to enable students to develop a level…

FETAC Level 5 Applied Social Studies

This course introduces the student to the broad area of social care. It is a foundation/springboard into social care work and social worker progression courses or can lead directly into the workplace. Certification: FETAC National Vocational Certificate Level 5 Applied Social Studies (5M2181). Course Content: Work Experience Communications Political Studies Legal Practice and Procedures Care Support…

FETAC Level 5 Barbering Techniques

Course Description: This course is suitable for those who wish to pursue a career in Barbering or to learn Barbering techniques for their personal use. Ideally suitable for those who have completed an Introduction to Barbering at WCFE, but not essential. Certification: FETAC Level 5 Record of Achievement (5N3348) Course Content: • General Salon Professionalism…

FETAC Level 5 Criminology

This module is designed to provide the learner with a general understanding of crime, and how crime affects individuals and communities. It provides the learners with a basic understanding of how crime scene investigations proceed. It is also intended to prepare the learners for employment or further study in related areas. Certification: FETAC Level 5 Component…

FETAC Level 5 Digital Photography

Course Description This module offers a broad and comprehensive introduction to the theory and practice of digital photographic production. It will develop practical, critical and academic skills of value to the learner pursuing further education or seeking employment in any area in which a basic knowledge of digital photography would be an advantage. Certification: FETAC Level…

FETAC Level 5 Healthcare Support

Course Description: This course is suitable for those wishing to pursue a career in the areas of Nursing Home Care, Healthcare Assistants, Disability Care and Hospital Care Assistants. The course will provide the students with the knowledge and experience to work with a variety of ages in a diverse range of settings and environments. Certification: FETAC…

FETAC Level 5 Intellectual Disability Practice

Course Description This course prepares students to work as a Special Needs Assistant in pre-school and primary school settings.  It is suitable for both school-leavers and for experienced mature persons seeking a formal qualification. Certification: FETAC National Vocational Certificate Level 5 – Intellectual Disability Practice (5M1761) Course Content • Intellectual Disability Studies • Empowering the…

FETAC Level 5 Music Technology

The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge and skill and competence in music technology, combining practical application and appreciation. Certification: FETAC Level 5 5N1640 Component Certificate Course Content: • Explore the theory of digital audio and examine standards of conversion and storage • Examine the different messages outlined in the…

FETAC level 5 Sound Engineering Production

Course Description: This module is designed to offer a practical introduction to sound engineering and production, meeting the needs of a range of learners following media and performing arts courses. The module provides practical training and experience with theoretical appreciation. It meets a wide range of vocational needs through emphasis on responsibility, good work practices,…

FETAC Level 5 Understanding Special Needs

Course Description This module is designed to equip the learner with the skills and knowledge in Caring for Children with Special Needs either in the home or as part of a team in a childcare setting. The module aims to promote good practice, equality of opportunity and respect for diversity in lifestyles, religion and culture…

FETAC Level 5 Web Authoring (Advanced Web Design)

Course Description: This course is suitable for those who have a basic understanding of web design using HTML and CSS. This course will advance the candidate to the use of design software and design concepts for the development of professional websites Certification: FETAC Level 5 Record of Achievement Course Content: • Understand Design Principles – Past,…

FETAC Level 6 Business Management

The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence in the principles and practice of management within the business environment to enable the learner to develop management skills to work independently or within a supervisory capacity. Learning Outcomes Explore a range of organisations to include different organisation types,…

Flower Arranging

Course Description The course is designed for those who are interested in the usual and unusual skill of floral design. Course Content • Flower arranging with Fresh Flowers • Flower arranging with Silk Flowers • Flower arranging with Dried Flowers • Basic arrangement, the tricks and techniques of selecting flowers and the life prolonging techniques…

Gardening - How to Garden Successfully for the Everyday Gardener

Intermediate level Over this 10 week course we will cover all aspects of gardening from the garden that you have, to the garden you want to have. How to develop the practical skills needed to achieve this. Show how to use the different tools and techniques that can be used to help you achieve the…

Gardening for the Beginner

Learn how to create a garden paradise out of a small area from a simple window box to looking after a large garden. To be able to achieve a beautiful oasis over time and to learn how to care for it. This course will help you get on your way, with some simple steps. Each…

Graphic Design - Introduction

The purpose of this course is to introduce the learner to the practice of professional graphic design, equipping them with practical skills and knowledge while providing a strong foundation for future learning. The course will also provide the learner with an introduction to design history and contemporary design practice.

Hairdressing

This excellent much sought after new revised course offers candidates skills in the area of all chemical services, colouring, perming and various aspects of cutting. General salon professionalism, shampooing, conditioning, analysing scalp conditions, styling including blow drying and setting hair. . On completion of this course the learner is eligible to gain employment at a…

Hairdressing - Senior Trades

This course is suitable for those who have completed 5 years experience in a Hairdressing Salon. This course will enable candidates to travel, teach and lead to opportunities to advance in areas such as colouring, up styling and advanced cutting techniques while gaining further knowledge of theory and Science. All candidates will be trained in…

Healing through Play - A Psychotherapeutic Approach

Play therapy is a mode of therapy that helps children understand painful experiences and upsetting feelings. As play is a child’s natural form of expression, it can allow them communicate at their own level without having to put it into words. Play allows the child to meet needs and wishes while releasing fears. It also…

Introduction to Barbering

Course Description This course is suitable for those who wish to acquire the skills of barbering, to become competent in the use of cut-throat razor. This course does not require any previous experience Course Content: • Hot towel shaving skills • Blending in techniques • Tapering techniques • Cut throat razoring techniques

Introduction to Beauty Therapy

This course is suitable for individuals with a keen interest in learning the basics of many aspects of beauty therapy and personal grooming. Completion of this course would form an excellent foundation for the beauty therapy full time course at the Waterford College of Further Education. Course Content • Skin Care • Exfoliation (Face and…

Introduction to Cake Craft

A ten week beginner’s course in celebration of cake decoration. Topics include Marzipan Modeling, Flower Making, Chocolate work and icing. Each class begins with a demonstration followed by practical. Content: Making and layering a two-tone celebration cake (orange and chocolate) Marzipan and Regal-Ice of cake on cake drum Marzipan Modeling work for child’s Birthday cake…

Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

This course is suitable for those interested in psychology, particularly in psychotherapy and counselling skills. It is designed to offer the participant an insight into the area of counselling looking at some of the approaches and techniques used by psychotherapists today, specifically Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Mindfulness. Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) is a psychotherapeutic approach:…

Introduction to Hairdressing

Course Description: This course is suitable for individuals who want to learn the basics of hairdressing. Completion of this course would form an excellent foundation for the 2-year Hairdressing course at the Waterford College of Further Education. Course Content: • Introduction • Shampooing • Hair-Care • Face shapes and Styles to suit. • Blow-Drying Techniques.…

Introduction to Painting

This course is for anyone wishing to approach painting. It is suitable for people who want to experiment, explore, enjoy and develop painting skills. It is suitable for beginners and those with some painting experience. The course will include demonstrations, guidance and application of acquired knowledge, skills and techniques. Each participant will be encouraged and…

Introduction to Psychology

Introduction to Psychology This 10-week course in Psychology will focus on some of the perspectives and theories in modern psychological thought. Certification: College Certification Course Content: • Philosophical Thinking and the birth of psychology William Wundt • Psychodynamic Perspective Ivan Pavlov, Frederick Skinner, John Whatson, Albert Bandura • The Behaviourist Perspective Gestalt, Kurt Koffka, Wolfgang…

Introduction to Psychotherapy with counselling skills

Course description  This course is suitable for those who have an interest in the area of Psychology, specifically Psychotherapy and counselling skills. The course is a non-certified course and does not offer a qualification in the area. Rather it is designed to offer the participant an insight into the area of counselling looking at some…

Introduction to Software Development (Java)

This course has been designed to introduce students to the concepts of programming and the techniques involved in constructing small programs. The course would be suited to people interested in learning the fundamentals of Java programming or for people considering returning to third level education in the area of Information Technology and /or computer Science.…

Introduction to Web Design

This course is suitable for those wishing to learn the basics of web design using the latest software. If you work within the area or are a hobbyist, this course is for you Course Content: • Design, construct and maintain Web pages and site. • Acquire the necessary skills and knowledge of design principles for…

IT for Beginners

Course Description This course is aimed at those who want to gain knowledge of basic IT concepts for everyday use. Students will learn not to fear IT; through practical assignments, classroom discussions, group interaction with an emphasis on learning through enjoyment. Course Content: • Introduction to Computers – Hardware, software and terms explained. • Introduction…

ITEC Certificate in Make-Up

This course is suitable for students wishing to learn how to apply day and a night make-up correctly, brow shaping, and the application of false eyelashes. Students will also be taught the correct procedure for cleansing the skin, analyzing the skin, recognizing skin disorders and product knowledge. The course will also involve theory and students…

Law - Employment Law

This module is designed to equip participants with knowledge of the component parts of employment law and an appreciation of how employment law principles work in practice. In addition, candidates who successfully complete this module will develop an in depth understanding of the statutory frameworks which regulate the employer/employee relationship.

Legal Practice & Procedures

The aim of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence in legal practice and principles to enable the learner to appreciate the role of law in a range of vocational context and within their personal lives.

Management for Beginners - Introduction to Management

The aim of this course is to enable participants to understand the fundamentals of management. It will help them identify and develop their skills to ensure a best practice approach. It will provide participants with a point of reference on which their own practice can be gauged. Participants will build on their own experience and…

Massage - Complementary Therapy - Introduction

This course is suitable for someone who has a keen interest in Complimentary / Holistic Therapies.

Novel Writing

Many people never write the novel they have inside themselves because they feel unqualified to do so. The truth is those who had little or no qualifications have written some of the best books. Their life experience and imagination combined and conspired to create such unforgettable stories.

Payroll - Manual & Computerised

Course Description This module is designed to enable the learner to understand the principles and practice of maintaining financial records manually and using integrated accounting software. Certification: FETAC Level 5 Record of Achievement (B20138) Preferred entry level: National Vocational Certificate level 1, Leaving Certificate or equivalent qualifications and/or relevant life and work experiences. Course Content: •…

Philosophy & Film - Introduction

While Philosophy can illuminate various aspects of film, film can also provide new ways to consider core concerns of Philosophical enquiry. This course will explore the ways in which films can be seen to pose questions which traditionally have been considered as central to Philosophy. This course will examine parallels between the themes of internationally…

Pilates

Much of this country, parts of Canada, Europe, and Pan-Asia are experiencing the explosion in demand for Pilates, a method of exercise and physical movement designed to stretch, strengthen, and balance the body. With systematic practice of specific exercises coupled with focused breathing patterns, Pilates has proven itself invaluable not only as a fitness endeavour…

Returning to Education - Foundation Course

This course is aimed at mature students who wish to return to education or those who may intend to pursue education at third level. The course will assist students in developing the key skills and knowledge required to complete courses up to third level in a non-threatening environment.

Sign Language

This introductory course is suitable for those wishing to consider a future career in sign language interpretation and also for those who have a personal interest in the area. The objective of the course is to bring deaf awareness to the candidates, and also to facilitate those who may have a deaf family member whom…

Sports Massage - Introduction

This course is suitable for those interested in Sports Massage techniques and is a beneficial skill to possess to assist athletes in preparation and recovery for competition and general sports activity. Candidates will learn how to recognise and treat specific sports related injuries through manual techniques, exercise and the use of heat (thermotherapy) and ice…

Start Your Own Business

This course is suitable for those who would like to acquire the skills to start up a business venture. The course will be delivered in a friendly educational environment and will provide access to local business people with hands on experience in the area. Content: • Explore the legal requirements and regulations pertaining to starting…

Strength & Fitness for Sport & Physical Activity

This course is designed to enable participants to design their own fitness regime. It equips the participants with the core concepts of programme design, exercise selection, nutritional requirements to maximise outcomes in any fitness orientated setting. This course aims to correct misinterpretations regarding exercise and fitness and to instill confidence regarding course design. This course…

Training Delivery & Evaluation

This module is aimed at those who are currently working as adult educators or those who intend to do so, particularly those working in adult Education

Woodturning

A 20-hour woodturning course that introduces you to spindle work. A step-by-step course that brings the participant through techniques of basic spindle work, sanding techniques and finishing using oils and wax. Course Content (for first 5 weeks of course) Session 1 Introduction Safe work practice Tool and equipment identification Equipment setup Spindle exercise: square to…

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