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.

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See where our graduates are working now

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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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 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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See where our graduates are studying now

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 context 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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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 context is so vast, that you have the opportunity to discover strengths & interests in different areas of business & law that can really help you choose what course to do if decided to go further with your education. The course also 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.

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.  

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