Further Education – Dún Laoghaire Further Education Institute
Dún Laoghaire Further Education Institute (DFEi) is a further education and training college in the heart of Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin. We specialise in helping people of all ages achieve their goals, whether you intend to go to university, or if you are coming back to education, or are preparing for employment.
We have a six departments covering a range of Level 5 and 6 QQI accredited courses in areas such as Craft and Design, Animal Care, Healthcare, TV, Film and Sound and Computing, Business and Science. No matter what you are looking for, we have a course for you. Situated between the Salthill and Dún Laoghaire DART stops and on multiple bus routes we are easy to get to.
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We work with
young people who are in/have: College or Further Education In work and looking learning opportunities Left education after secondary school Left School Early Not in education, employment or training
How we support Young People
Due to our smaller size in comparison to an IoT or University, we have smaller class sizes and so better teacher to student contact. Our teachers are adept at “reaching” the students and making everyone feel valued. We listen to everyone’s needs and support them in any way feasible.
We have a dedicated Attendance Support Officer and a Guidance Officer. Career workshops including CAO, UCAS, study skills, time management and research skills are scheduled throughout the year.
Our partner Fast Track into IT (FIT), supports a number of DFEi courses and assists in developing in job seekers, new marketable skills to compete for sustainable jobs in the emerging knowledge economy. Supports provided include internships and work experience opportunities.
Educational Supports are provided for students with either learning or health difficulties through the HEA Fund for students with Disabilities. Supports are applied for following registration upon a course and may be in the form of assistive technologies, tutorials or examinations considerations.
How you can connect with us
Where to next?
DFEi courses offer progression opportunities either within DFEi or an alternative pathway to degree, through the Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS). A sample of the progression opportunities for each course are listed on each course page on our website.
The Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS) reserves a number of places on specified courses for those who hold a full QQI certificate in a related area. Application is made through the CAO.
DFEi graduates are also eligible to apply to UCAS (www.ucas.com) which is the Universities and Colleges Admissions Services in the UK, using QQI Awards. Full details are available from the guidance office in DFEi.
How our service is different because of Covid
With the impact of Covid, colleges were directed by the government to move their classes online. Our service provides every student with a full Microsoft365 account which includes a full Microsoft Office download. Online classes are delivered via Microsoft Teams. We also have an online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Moodle, where teachers provide notes, videos and course content for students.
Students experiencing difficulty in connecting to online services can apply for a free loan laptop for use in their course and at home throughout the year.
On site in the college, we have an enhanced cleaning and room sanitisation system in place. All rooms are sanitised throughout the day and we have fitted sanitisers throughout the college. Bathrooms have automatic handle sanitiser mechanisms fitted and social distancing and mask wearing are a requirement.
t is hoped that in the new academic year the government will be able to relax some of the restrictions.