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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Rachel Johnston

2018 Graduate. Employed in DLR's Grainstore as resident sound engineer.

I started off on the Sound Engineering course in DFEi and then I progressed in to Music Production. It’s a very…

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Ben Corbett

2017 graduate. Now working in London as a Digital Audio Producer
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DFEi was probably one of the best educational experiences I have ever had. I had gone…

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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…

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Peter Boyd

2017 Graduate
The Advanced Certificate in Journalism for the Digital Age (PJ6) course is so practical and well structured that it is impossible not to be well prepared for either the jobs…

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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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Paul Downey

2015 graduate. Now presenting his own radio programme in Midlands 103.
"The Radio Broadcasting course in DFEi gave me the training I needed to be where I am today. I now present a two hour…

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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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Stephen Knowles

As a result of completing this course, I gained advanced entry into the third year of a Sound Technology Degree in the University of South Wales. On graduating, I was employed by RTE in their…

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Rachel Johnston

2018 Graduate. Employed in DLR's Grainstore as resident sound engineer.

I started off on the Sound Engineering course in DFEi and then I progressed in to Music Production. It’s a very  “hands on” course.  So you get time working in the studio. It is less about the academic side and more about putting your hands to the test. You get a chance to see how a label works and how the industry works. We made an album in DFEi and we brought events outside the college to venues like Grand Social and The Underground. We learned how to promote the event and put our technical skills into practice.

 I am delighted to be working as the Sound Engineer in the Grainstore.  (DLR’s  Youth Arts Facility)  I may return to study in the future but for the moment I am getting great experience and enjoying the job.

Ben Corbett

2017 graduate. Now working in London as a Digital Audio Producer
Click to hear Ben's Story. 
DFEi was probably one of the best educational experiences I have ever had. I had gone to university before and it was very large and daunting, whereas DFEi is very personable. The radio teachers are all working in media so it helped me to make good connections in the industry. I also made lifelong friends with the people on my course. For two weeks in February we ran a daily radio station from within the college, The WAVE. This was a fantastic experience that you wouldn’t get anywhere else. It was intense but so worth it.

Since May 2018 I have been working in London as a Junior Digital Audio Producer for a company called A Million Ads.  Our ads are served on Spotify, Pandora and mainly digital radio like the Capital App.  My job entails a whole manner of things from scripting copy, recording and processing audio to consulting on scripts written by creative agencies or in house production like Global. I'm also heavily involved in music edits and production done on any ads made in house. 

I see myself moving back into radio at some point but right now digital audio is booming and personalised creative is the future. There is no doubt that the skills I learned in DFEi helped me to get where I am 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 three or four year degree. I felt unsure and daunted by third level but wanted to give the college scene a go. I signed up for Arts, Culture and History: Pre-University Arts course (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. This course 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 worked full time in Druids Glen Hotel and Golf Resort as a Golf Administrator. I am presently working in ALD Merrion Fleet, car leasing company. I am in the new vehicle purchasing department. Even though I am not working directly in the field I studied, I am most certainly applying the skills and knowledge that 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

2017 Graduate
The Advanced Certificate in Journalism for the Digital Age (PJ6) course is so practical and well structured that it is impossible not to be well prepared for either the jobs market or to go on to third level education. The combination of print, online, radio and office skills feed directly into 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 audiences, taken part in broadcasting meetings, commentators meetings and arranged press conferences. I have also written match reports and completed sponsor signings. I assisted in delivering 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.’'

Paul Downey

2015 graduate. Now presenting his own radio programme in Midlands 103.
"The Radio Broadcasting course in DFEi gave me the training I needed to be where I am today. I now present a two hour Irish music programme on Midlands 103 which showcases the best of new and emerging Irish talent. I would highly recommend DFEi to any person interested in a career in Radio Broadcasting."

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.

Stephen Knowles

As a result of completing this course, I gained advanced entry into the third year of a Sound Technology Degree in the University of South Wales. On graduating, I was employed by RTE in their TV Sound Department.

Stephen Knowles graduate of the Higher National Dipolma in Music Production

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Zak Djimani

2018 Graduate. Currently studying Biological Sciences in TCD. 

Completing the DFEi Pre-University Science Course has been the best choice of my life so far. It has allowed me to matriculate at Trinity College Dublin under the Biological…

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Chris Bradshaw

2018 Graduate. Currently studying Sound Production in  Berlin. (Degree, BIMM)

The sound engineering course was very hands on. There was some theory but also a lot of practical work which I really liked. We spent  a lot of time in the studio…

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James Christian

2018 Graduate. Currently studying for a BA in Economics, Politics and Law in DCU.

I finished my Leaving Cert in 2016, started a course but it wasn’t for me so I dropped out. At that time I was looking at different courses and the degree…

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Deirdre Somers Groves

I came back as a mature student as I wanted to change career. My time in DFEi was really enjoyable. It was very hard work and it took a while to get into a rhythm. Without exception I found all of the teaching staff to be very supportive and…

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Niall Byrne

I did journalism while in DFEi. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend DFEi because the course, it was fantastic. If people are worried about not getting into university or whatever and are banking on Leaving Cert points, I say don’t worry, do a…

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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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Aisling Byrne

2016 Graduate. Currently studying for her degree in English and Cultural Studies in IADT.
"I came back as a mature student as I wanted to change career. Journalism was my favourite subject last year and I have now gone on to do a degree in…

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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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Sandra Murota

My name is Sandra Murota. After studying QQI level 5 Nursing Studies I decided to do the level 6 Health Services Supervisory Management course in DFEi. At first I wanted to go on to do General Nursing but having had a chance to try out…

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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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Zak Djimani

2018 Graduate. Currently studying Biological Sciences in TCD. 

Completing the DFEi Pre-University Science Course has been the best choice of my life so far. It has allowed me to matriculate at Trinity College Dublin under the Biological Sciences.

The teachers were always there when needed and were a big help over the course of the year. I definitely recommend the Pre-University Science Course at DFEi if you want a good chance at getting into your university science course. My dream of studying neuroscience can be met now because of DFEi. I made friends in DFEi and  two other students from my DFEi class are now studying with me in TCD

Good luck to anyone starting the DFEi science course in the coming weeks, it is well worth putting in the effort that the teachers require of you. Be smart about it and go for it!

Chris Bradshaw

2018 Graduate. Currently studying Sound Production in  Berlin. (Degree, BIMM)

The sound engineering course was very hands on. There was some theory but also a lot of practical work which I really liked. We spent  a lot of time in the studio which is something I loved and a lot of time learning about Avid and Pro Tools. I am now living in Berlin and studying Music Production there. The course in DFEi helped me decide exactly what I wanted to do. It was an eye opener  on the world of Music Production from recording and mixing to mastering and even the business side of it. It’s an exciting industry to work in and I am 100% sure now this is what I want to do now.  

James Christian

2018 Graduate. Currently studying for a BA in Economics, Politics and Law in DCU.

I finished my Leaving Cert in 2016, started a course but it wasn’t for me so I dropped out. At that time I was looking at different courses and the degree course in DCU in Politics, Economics and Law really appealed to me. I didn’t want to repeat my Leaving Cert so  I did my research and discovered the links from the DFEi, Business and Law course to DCU. It turned out to be a much better choice than repeating as I got improve my IT skills and I got to study relevant subjects like Law. I am delighted I received my first CAO choice in DCU and I feel I have a head start having studied some of the topics already in DFEi

Deirdre Somers Groves

I came back as a mature student as I wanted to change career. My time in DFEi was really enjoyable. It was very hard work and it took a while to get into a rhythm. Without exception I found all of the teaching staff to be very supportive and helpful. This course was invaluable and gave me the confidence to return to full time education after such a long break. The class got on great and we all really bonded. Overall it is thumbs up from me!

Deirdre Somers Groves, Graduate 2018, currently studying for a BA in Humanities at UCD

Niall Byrne

I did journalism while in DFEi. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend DFEi because the course, it was fantastic. If people are worried about not getting into university or whatever and are banking on Leaving Cert points, I say don’t worry, do a level 5 or a level 6 course because they are brilliant as stepping stones – and it got me to where I am now in DIT.

[Advice to media students] “If you’re going into the media, follow the media. Know what your industry is doing – know what’s happening in the world because the media is evolving all the time and if you don’t know what’s happening in the world you’re going to fall back because a lot of the talks and discussions that go in classes all develop from current affairs. You need to know what’s been published in one newspaper and what’s been published in another, what they’re styles are. Keep a constant eye over different platforms, know how to write - know what you can do to help it along or where you’re going in your career.

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.

Aisling Byrne

2016 Graduate. Currently studying for her degree in English and Cultural Studies in IADT.
"I came back as a mature student as I wanted to change career. Journalism was my favourite subject last year and I have now gone on to do a degree in English and Cultural Studies in IADT. The course was invaluable and proved to me I was able to return to full time education after such a long break. The class got on great, we really bonded. Overall it is thumbs up from me!"

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."

Sandra Murota

My name is Sandra Murota. After studying QQI level 5 Nursing Studies I decided to do the level 6 Health Services Supervisory Management course in DFEi. At first I wanted to go on to do General Nursing but having had a chance to try out different modules I changed my mind. I now would like to go on to study Psychiatric Nursing.

When I was in DFEi one of the most enjoyable activities for me was setting up the DFEi  Africa Society. This helped build up my communication and leadership skills.  I got to know students from many different countries and it was loads of fun.

The teachers in DFEi were very helpful and I found what I learned in DFEi helped me in my working life, as a Care Assistant at the time, but also in my day to day life.

I am starting a  UCD Access Course in September 2018 and this will prepare me for the degree course in Mental Health Nursing which I will go on to do in 2019

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,(MOU) with IADT, Waterford Institute of Technology and Carlow Institute of Technology and most recently with IT Tallaght.  Under these  arrangements 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.

Learn more about  the MOU partnership with IADT 

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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