Achieve Your Ambitions


‘Yes you can’ achieve your dreams and career ambitions and DFEi can help you.  Learning is a process.  Everyone can improve on their skills and learning, step by step, block by block.  All you need is an open mind and a willingness to learn.  DFEi students are encouraged to become active participants in their own learning.  Your progress will be measured through a combination of continuous assessment and examination.  DFEi  students  can progress to further studies in leading Colleges in Ireland and UK or can gain full time employment in their chosen field.

Let DFEi help you write the next chapter in your life.

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
Maya Angelou

See where our graduates are working now

Katie Nicholson

DFEi is a route worth considering if you feel uncertain about going straight into third level after your Leaving Certificate. You can try your hand at a course without fully committing to a…

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Peter Boyd

"The PJ6 course is so practical and so well structured that it is impossible not to be well prepared for either the jobs market or, in the case of the others this year, further study. The…

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Martin Eastwood

2015 graduate. Business Owner of Wide Variety Weddings & Events

‘’Studying Music Production in DFEi was hugely beneficial to my career. The highlight for me was managing the college music…

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Beata Kisielewska

I came back to college as a mature student in 2015. I had lost my job and I wanted to change my career. I did the Office Administration level 5 course first and then continued into 2nd year…

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Katie Nicholson

DFEi is a route worth considering if you feel uncertain about going straight into third level after your Leaving Certificate. You can try your hand at a course without fully committing to a three year degree. I felt unsure and daunted by third level but wanted to give the college scene a go, so I signed up for Arts Culture and History (AC5) which is a course that is designed to give you an insight into a wide variety of subject areas you may potentially be interested in, like for example, History and Folklore. The course is very interactive with presentations, assignments and group projects, which help develop your people skills as well as challenging your academic side.

From day one, I got a great feel about the place and I knew there and then that I would progress to third level with the support of the teachers. AC5 not only enhanced my educational skills but developed my interest in Folklore which lead me to progress to UCD where I achieved an Arts Degree in Music and Folklore.

The most important thing was that every teacher in DFEI believed in me, helped me to improve my academic side and gave me the confidence to progress to UCD.

I currently work full time in Druids Glen Hotel and Golf Resort as a Golf Administrator. Even though I am not working directly in the field I studied, I am most certainly applying the skills and knowledge which I learned in DFEi.

My experience in DFEi was a memorable and positive one. I would highly recommend DFEi to anyone wanting to progress to third level education.

Peter Boyd

"The PJ6 course is so practical and so well structured that it is impossible not to be well prepared for either the jobs market or, in the case of the others this year, further study. The combination of print, online, radio and office skills feed directly in to the job specs in media, marketing and communications.

I am now working as a media communications officer for Cricket Ireland. Already I’ve helped stage six international matches with worldwide TV audience, taken part in broadcasting meetings, commentators meetings and arranged press conferences, written match reports and done sponsor signings. I even helped deliver a proposal to Independent News Media to get more guaranteed coverage of cricket in their newspapers.

Everything I do, I can trace back to a part of the course or the preparation it gives."

Martin Eastwood

2015 graduate. Business Owner of Wide Variety Weddings & Events

‘’Studying Music Production in DFEi was hugely beneficial to my career. The highlight for me was managing the college music enterprise ‘DFEi Music’. This allowed me to gain real life experience of managing a team, as well as managing a large stage at a music festival and releasing a compilation which was a top 10 hit in the Irish Charts. Through my qualification from DFEi I was offered advanced placement on to a Music Technology honors degree course in Wales. I graduated after one year with first class honours. I now run my own successful events company – Wide Variety Weddings & Events. I highly recommend DFEi as a great place to advance your skills, and your career.’'

Beata Kisielewska

I came back to college as a mature student in 2015. I had lost my job and I wanted to change my career. I did the Office Administration level 5 course first and then continued into 2nd year to do the advanced level 6 course. I think the course is well designed and I liked the way we worked on assignments throughout the year rather than having one exam at the end. Our class wasn’t too big so the teachers were able to give us individual attention. When I graduated from DFEi I was much more confident about getting the job I wanted as I had advanced IT office skills and had learned about customer service too. Just before graduating from DFEi I was offered two office jobs. However I was very keento work in a hospital environment so I held out for a little longer. I am now delighted to be working in St. Michaels Hospital in Dun Laoghaire in administration.

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Kellie Purtill

2017 Graduate. Now studying Veterinary Nursing in UCD.

Before commencing the Animal Care course in DFEI I was travelling the world as a professional dancer. When I finally decided to come home and do the course it was a massive step. As…

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Dave Nolan

The Furniture Design and Making course was great for me. It opened up so many choices for the future. On completing the Level 6 course, I was ready and qualified to begin a career in any joinery or furniture making workshop that would have…

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Grace Egan

2017 graduate. Currently studying for her Nursing degree in TCD.

"I was always keen on doing nursing but by doing this course it really confirmed that this was the right choice for me.  The course in DFEi was hugely helpful for me in…

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Laura Ryan

2017 graduate now studying Commerce in UCD.

"The Business & Law course in DFEI really prepared me for university particularly with the continuous assessments, strict deadlines and presentations. The course content is so vast, that you have…

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Michael M. Buljubasic

“From a young age, I have aspired towards working in the caring and medical professions.

I undertook a Nursing Studies (FETAC Level 5, now QQI) at DFEI (Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute) as an initial step towards my career…

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Kellie Purtill

2017 Graduate. Now studying Veterinary Nursing in UCD.

Before commencing the Animal Care course in DFEI I was travelling the world as a professional dancer. When I finally decided to come home and do the course it was a massive step. As soon as I walked into the DFEI building for my interview and was given more details about the content of the course, I had really good gut instinct and from then on I never looked back. 

What I loved most about the course was how hands on and practical it was. Although I didn't have much interest in pursuing a career in grooming, I used to look forward to the class every week. I believe that grooming gave me the opportunity to be able to identify different dog breeds as well as becoming more familiar with breed specific behaviours which is so important in the line of work which I am studying. 

I also found the teachers a massive help. If ever there was a time where I was doubting myself or my work the teachers were always available and happy to help. I loved both my practical and theory classes with the amazing Tara Lovett. The dedication and the opportunities that Tara gave all her students and myself me have helped shape my future in the world of Veterinary. 

I am now studying  Veterinary Nursing in UCD  and will graduate in 2021. As well as my studies  I work part time  in a veterinary clinic and an emergency clinic as an animal care assistant so this gives me the opportunity to put what I learned in DFEI and what I am learning now in UCD into practice. 

After university, I might consider specialising in animal physiotherapy and hydrotherapy and from there travel the world with my degree. 

No matter what my future hold, I wouldn't be where I am today if it wasn't for my time in DFEI. 

Dave Nolan

The Furniture Design and Making course was great for me. It opened up so many choices for the future. On completing the Level 6 course, I was ready and qualified to begin a career in any joinery or furniture making workshop that would have me; or ready to seriously consider starting my own workshop, utilising the skills I learnt at DFEi. But I decided to further my education, and I am now studying for the BSc in Furniture Design and Manufacture in GMIT. DFEi can take the credit for sparking my ambition to be the best furniture maker that I can be. I would encourage anyone to consider enrolling.

Being in my forties, I had this preconception of not fitting into the college student type. I needn’t have wasted time worrying. DFEi is a haven of supportive learning, the facilities are excellent and up-to-date, and the curriculum is relevant and interesting. A great way to get a real measure of the place is to just be around at one o’clock. That’s lunch time and the corridors come alive with scores of students. You feel a general air of positivity.

With the great start that I got in DFEi and my continuing studies in GMIT, I plan to start my own business. I’m working on a business plan and I’m keeping every sketch and design that pops into my head just like my teacher John Martin told me to do in first year. DFEi is bigger than the sum of its parts. It’s not just a great college, it’s not just a great staff or just a great student body; it’s so much more.

Grace Egan

2017 graduate. Currently studying for her Nursing degree in TCD.

"I was always keen on doing nursing but by doing this course it really confirmed that this was the right choice for me.  The course in DFEi was hugely helpful for me in getting in to Trinity especially for writing my personal essay. I was able to speak from a point of experience. I had done my two weeks work experience and had also completed many of my practical  assignments so I was able to demonstrate that I was passionate about doing Nursing. I’m so glad I came to DFEi as it has opened doors for me."

Laura Ryan

2017 graduate now studying Commerce in UCD.

"The Business & Law course in DFEI really prepared me for university particularly with the continuous assessments, strict deadlines and presentations. The course content is so vast, that you have the opportunity to discover strengths & interests in different areas of business and law. This can be really helpful if you decide to go further with your education. The course has great links to so many colleges, and gave me the ability to get into my dream course, Commerce in UCD."

Michael M. Buljubasic

“From a young age, I have aspired towards working in the caring and medical professions.

I undertook a Nursing Studies (FETAC Level 5, now QQI) at DFEI (Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute) as an initial step towards my career aspirations. This course introduced me to the Human Biological Sciences and helped me develop a range of clinical skills that provided me with a base on which to build my further education. This course was challenging, interesting and stimulating and provides a sound basis for anyone interested in pursuing Third Level Education in the fields of medicine.

After that, I successfully completed my BSc in Biomedical Sciences (Honours Degree Level 8), which provided me with a solid foundation in the Medical Sciences and the opportunity to work in Clinical Laboratory Medicine. This gave me the impetus to become more involved in the day- to -day care of patients in a clinical setting.

However, coinciding with achieving my BSc in Biomedical Sciences, I was encouraged to pursue the Physician Associate (PA) Programme which was being introduced to Ireland by Royal College of Surgeons for the first time. I am very fortunate to have gained a place on this historical and exciting course. This was a unique opportunity for me to further develop my qualifications, skills and knowledge in the area of medicine.

The Physician Associate profession started in 1965 in the USA and has spread to almost 20 countries. The Physician Associate is a medical professional who works with a physician as part of a multidisciplinary team, practising medicine with physician supervision. They are trained in the medical model (Medical School) similar to physicians and therefore they share similar diagnostic and therapeutic reasoning. They care for patients by diagnosing and treating illnesses, performing physical examinations, assisting in surgeries, making rounds in hospitals and performing procedures. In the Irish context, the PA’s will allow medical access to more patients and take the burden off physicians who typically take some of the more complex cases. Most importantly, they will be permanently in their post and this will add stability and facilitate continuity of care for patients, in particular those with chronic diseases who are frequent attendees in our outpatient clinics.

As I approach the end of my second year I am not disappointed as I have been introduced to a whole new and creative way of learning. Teaching and learningapproaches include small group learning, problem-based case studies, lectures, stimulation and online learning. The RCSI School of Medicine are leaders in their fields internationally and are clearly committed to delivering a quality programme in a supportive, nurturing and educational environment.

I encourage anyone who is interested in a career in the field of medicine to seriously consider the Physician Associate Programme. I am excited and honoured to be part of this pioneering programme. It is never too late to follow your dreams and there’s no time like the present tostart."

Michael M. Buljubasic

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Qualifications

Qualifications

DFEi graduates gain major qualifications certified by either QQI or BTEC.

Some courses offer additional certification. This will be indicated on each course page.

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Higher Education Links Scheme

Higher Education Links Scheme

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. For more details visit www.cao.ie or check with the relevant 3rd Level Institution. Universities and Colleges Admissions Services DFEi graduates are also eligible to apply to UCAS (www.ucas.com) which is the Universities and Colleges Admissions Services in the UK using either the QQI or BTEC Awards.

Progression Agreements

Progression Agreements

DFEi has signed a Memorandum of Understanding, with IADT, Waterford Institute of Technology and Carlow Institute of Technology. Under this arrangement DFEi graduates have better access to third level places in those colleges.

DFEi graduates are eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme to a range of higher certificate and degree programmes, at both Universities and Institute of Technology.

Statistics on CAO offers 2017

Statistics on CAO offers 2017

312 DFEi students applied to the CAO in 2017. 216 were offered a level 8 course at 3rd level colleges.  Click below to see  a full breakdown of what offers were accepted.

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Qualifications

DFEi graduates gain major qualifications certified by either QQI or BTEC. Some courses offer additional certification from the following range of examining bodies.

 

National Framework of Qualifications

The major certification offered on all of DFEi’s courses are fully recognised at either Level 5 or Level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications. The NFQ is a nationally and internationally recognised framework that is designed so that different levels of qualifications can be commonly recognised. A key purpose of the framework is to enable access and progression opportunities within education and training.

 

Progression to Further or Higher Education

DFEi courses offer progression options either within DFEi or in partnership with the Institutes of Technology, Universities in Ireland and those in the UK. A sample of the progression opportunities for each course are listed on each course page. It is very important that all applicants check their course of study, the links associated with the award level and different component grades required prior to embarking on their course of study at DFEi.

 

The Higher Education Links Scheme

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. For more details visit www.cao.ie or check with the relevant 3rd Level Institution.

 

Universities and Colleges Admissions Services  

DFEi graduates are also eligible to apply to UCAS (www.ucas.com) which is the Universities and Colleges Admissions Services in the UK using either the QQI or BTEC Awards. Full details are available from the guidance office in DFEi.  

Statistics on CAO applications made by DFEi students in 2017

 

 

Analysis of CAO offers accepted by college

63% of students from DFEi accepted an offer from one of the "Big 5" in the Dublin region. (UCD, DCU, TCD, NUI Maynooth and IADT)

36% of students accepted an offer from the local colleges IADT and UCD

32% of students accepted an offer from an Institute of Technology. 

 

 

 

CAO offers to DFEi students in 2017

Analysis of CAO places accepted by course

 

18% accepted a business course from CAO

11% accepted Arts/Humanities

7% accepted a Science course

13% accepted media related courses

12% accepted Computer Science courses

20% accepted a veterinary nursing course

20% accepted a healtcare related course. 

 

 

Analysis of the 75 who did not take up level 8 course offered 

 

37% were offered a course in a private college. 

35% were offered a course outside of Dublin

28%. No obvious reason for not accepting their course. 

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