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Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute

17 Cumberland Street, Dún Laoghaire, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute (DFEi) offer a wide range of full-time Further Education and Training and Evening courses including adult education and lifelong learning in Dun Laoghaire, South Co Dublin

Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute offer a wide range of Further Education and Training Courses such as full-time PLC, apprenticeship and BTEI. These courses offer excellent progression to third-level colleges in Ireland and the UK or direct employment opportunities. Full awards are both nationally and internationally recognised through the National Framework of Qualifications (

Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute also delivers a comprehensive programme of evening classes that lead to awards such as a full QQI Awards in Childcare or a single QQI Module in Radio, Photography, and Payroll. DFEi also offers adult education and lifelong learning opportunities though art, beauty, computing, DIY and media courses. In addition hobby (personal interest) courses are also provided. Some examples of the courses on offer are: Languages (Italian and Spanish), Job-Seeking, Silk Painting, Stock Market Investment, Woodwork, Public Relations, First Aid, Creative Writing, Bicycle Maintenance, Dog Grooming, and Dressmaking. Visit for a full list of courses.

In 1975 A Community College was opened in Cumberland Street under the statutory authority of Dun Laoghaire Vocational Education Committee. The name of the college has changed a few times, but the high standards has always been maintained. In July 2013 Dun Laoghaire VEC merged with County Dublin VEC to form the Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board.

Classes run from September to December and from January to April on a Monday and Tuesday Night. As a non-profit organisation, Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute DFEi only charges the minimum fee necessary to cover costs.

DFEi is located at the Monkstown end of Dun Laoghaire. It is a five minute walk from both Dun Laoghaire and Salthill & Monkstown DART stations and is well served by bus routes 7, 7B, 45, 46A, 63, 59, 75 and 111. There is ample free parking on site for night classes.

For more information about courses at Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute, view our courses below in the Course Finder or contact DFEi by phone at (01) 2809676 or by emailing using

All you need to know about getting started in beekeeping. Managing the bees, the life cycle of the colony, bee diseases, treatments, feeding, swarm control and harvesting honey as a crop. Course delivered by a…
Dog Behaviour and Training
Learn how to train your dog and how to read their body Language. Training theory (do's and don'ts) housing a pet correctly, create a suitable training plan and much more are covered on the ten…
Dog Grooming
Keep your dog in tip top condition. Reduce grooming fees by learning the essential skills of regular maintenance, handling techniques and equipment use. This is a hands on course working with students own dogs from…
Dressmaking / Soft Furnishings
The ideal course for those who wish to learn the skills of dressmaking and soft furnishing. Both areas covered, subject to student choice. Following patterns, design and developing skills to the finished article. Sewing machines…
Film Production Portfolio Course
Learn how to create a low budget short film using professional camera techniques. Record using a smart phone/ digital camera (video mode) and edit with iMovie software. Participants will write, direct and edit their own…
Digital Marketing (EMarketing) QQI Level 5
QQI Level 5 (5N1364) Don't get left behind, expose your business to the benefits of modern social media. Explore digital marketing and take the opportunity to plan a digital campaign for your business. Places on…
Event Production
QQI Level 5 (5N1374) From corporate functions to festivals. This course covers a number of areas, including, understanding the clients brief, publicity, team work and effective communication. Delivered by an experienced event manager.  
Family Finance: Preparing for Retirement
They say Retirement Financial Planning should start sooner then later. This course, presented by the same team as Tax and Family Finance, will give you valuable strategies for funding your retirement
Sugar Craft/Cake Design
A course to equip beginners with the skills to design novelty/speciality cakes using sugar craft. How to apply almond paste, sugar paste, butter cream and royal icing. Materials for this course will be discussed on…
Interview Techniques
An ideal course for those seeking to enchance their interview skills to gain employment or secure a business deal. Exercises will be carried out to increase confidence. Delivered by and experienced career/presentation coach.
Make News - How News Broadcasting Works
In the eara of "Fake News" it is more important than ever to understand the strategies behind the media's production of news information. Make your own news bulletins and news packages in our Radio Studio…
Computers for Beginners (Stage 2)
This course is suitable for those who have completed Computers for Beginners (Stage 1). It is also ideal for those who have a good basic level of computer skills and wish to improve their knowledge…
Computers for Beginners (Stage 1)
For the complete beginner. It covers the essentials of Word Processing including text entry, editing, formatting and printing. Also, using the Internet which covers email accounts, accessing and searching websites.  
Creative Writing
Practice the craft of writing; learn how to create memorable characters, devise a gripping plot, write believable dialogue, adjust the pace and focus of your story. Classes in a relaxed, friendly environment with an experienced…
Photography - Introduction to Digital
Learn to master the basic functions of Digital Cameras. Photographic and compositional techniques will also be covered. Photoshop will be introduced to cover basic image adjustment, file management, preparing for printing etc.
Childcare QQI Level 5 Award
QQI Level 5 (Early Childhood Care and Education - 5M2009) A nationally approved two year course accredited by QQI on successful completion of eight modules. suitable for those already working in a variety of childcare…
Understanding Electronics - Learn theory through practice
An introduction to electronics, covering electricity, electrical units magnetism and basic circuits. It will cover the use of test equipment, intergrated circuits,digital electronics and a brief intro to micro controllers, A College Certificate is awarded.
Successful Stock Market Investment
Suitable for those who wish to fast track their understanding on how to become life long successful investments traders. Includes developing strategies, fundamental analysis, leading to filtering out successful stock.
Tax and Family Finance
Nervous about making a self assessment? Confused by all that Tax jargon? This course is delivered by tax advisors. It will save you time and money. Book early as places are limited
VAT Technician QQI Level 6 Certificate
Irish Payroll Association - QQI Level 6. A superb course which provides students a comprehensive understanding of the Irish VAT system. Ideal for those working in, or intending to work in an office environment dealing…
Gardening in a healthy and sustainable way. learn about soil, composting, garden design, preparing for winter, planting for Christmas and spring. vegetables and flower garden planting also covered. Course includes two garden visits.
Discover your Family History
Uncover the history of your family. This interactive course will guide you in the research, documenting and creating of your family tree. Get the most from the wide range of genealogical records available. Suitable for…
This course is designed for beginners and covers basic pronunciation, vocabulary and everyday communication, developing confidence and fluency in speaking and understanding the language. The January course is for improvers.
Counselling Skills - Introduction
Considering further training or a career in counselling? Acquire the techniques and listening skills, with particular emphasis on personal development and self awareness. These are of value in our daily lives, relationships and the work…
First Aid - Order of Malta
Covering First Aid emergencies such as choking, unresponsive patients, bleeding, fractures, scalds, poisoning and electrocution. Also, CPR (for adults and children), epilepsy, diabetes and asthma. Order of Malta certificate is awarded on successful completion
Bicycle Maintenance for Beginners
Delivered to Cytech certificate standards by qualified mechanics from Hollingsworth Cycles. On completion students will be proficient in puncture repair, brake and gear maintenance, lubrication, cycling efficiency skills and safety ect.
Domestic Appliance Repair
Reduce your home bills by learning to maintain, service and repair your electrical appliances. Includes washing machines, cookers, tumbe dryers, vacuum cleaners and dishwashers etc. Follow 'good safety practice' and save money.
Interior Design - Decorate your Dream Home
Develop the skills and processes that can bring a transformation to your home space. Covering room planning, sample boards, colours, surfaces, lighting, fabrics and all those finishing touches that can make the home special.
Italian for Beginners
Taught with an emphasis on simple communication. Covering the fundamental grammatical structure for speaking and writing. Gain the skills while building on the vocabulary bases. Delivered by a native speaker. *January for improvers.
English CAE (Cambridge Advanced Certificate)
This course would be of interest to learners who have already completed the Cambridge First Certificate in English or those who have reached and equivalent level of fluency and are interested in improving their job…
English FCE (Cambridge First Certificate)
Prepare for the Cambridge First Certificate in English exam, recognised by universities, government departments and employers worldwide. Emphasis on advanced english for work or study purposes.
English KET (Cambridge Key English Test)
This qualification certifies that a learner can use English to communicate in simple situations and has good basic abilities. It also covers basic phrases, asking questions, making introductions an writing short texts. The certificate is…
French (Stage 1)
This course is suitable for absolute beginners. It places special emphasis on developing elementary conversational French, pronunciation, reading and writing skills.  
French (Stage 2)
This course is suitable for those who have completed a beginner's course or equivalent. It will help to further develop their French to a level that will give them more confidence in speaking, vocabulary, grammar…
Law - Let us lay down the Law for You
(QQI Level 5 Legal Practice and Procedures 5N1394). Understanding the Law is a significant advantage in many career areas. You will learn about the Criminal and Civil Courts, Criminal Law, litigation, workplace and communications law.
Beauty - Ultimate Professional Make-up Artistry
Learn the professional skills of day, evening and bridal make-up artistry. Eyes and brows enhancement. Iconic looks and current trends covered. This Practical hand's on course will give you life-long skills or prepare you for…
Nail Art - Manicure and Pedicure
This course will provide the learners with skills, knowledge and attitudes to perform a manicure and pedicure in a professional and safe manner. Covering painting, message,, cuticle care and specialized treatments.
QQI  Level 5 Award (5N2006). This module is designed to provide the learner with an understanding of the composition and science of food, of how food affects and individuals personal well-being, it also covers EU…
Silk Painting and Batik
It's easy and it's fashionable. learn the amazing techniques of Batik, also known as Silk-painting. Make your won 100% hand painted silk scarf or/and other decorative pieces. Most materials included, delivered by artist/fashion designer.
Payroll - Manual and Computerised
QQI  Level 5 (5N1546). Acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to use both manual and computerised payroll systems. Understand the essential and appropriate terminology. Appreciate the importance of accuracy and security.
Payroll Techniques QQI Level 6 Certificate
Irish Payroll Association - HETAC Level 6. An ideal course for those working in, or intending to work in, the payroll function. Provides all the practical skills necessary for payroll personnel to operate efficiently and…
Photography (Digital Portfolio Course)
QQI  Level 5 (5N1270). This course covers various themes on a project basis. Photoshop skills will be covered including File Management / storage and printing. Students can expect to use an SLR, Bridge or High…
Photography - Introduction to Digital
Learn to master the basic functions of Digital Cameras. Photographic and compositional techniques will also be covered. Photoshop will be introduced to cover basic image adjustment, file management, preparing for printing etc.
Traditional Black and White Analogue Photography
The Craft of making photographs by hand in the darkroom is back in vogue. In our new facilities, learn the craft of successful photographic image capture leading to fine negatives and stunning prints. Most materials…
Photoshop for Beginners
An introduction to the basic features of Photoshop. Become familiar with the interface, the use of layers, resizing, cropping and various other tool options. Gain the skills to create and manipulate a range of images.
Radio Programme Production
QQI Level 5 (5N1379). Course provides an opportunity to gain the skills to broadcast using our state of the art licensed FM Radio Station 'THE WAVE'. Includes, location recording, editing, production and presentation.
Sing a Song
Learn to sing and read music in a fun filled atmosphere. No previous knowledge is required to discovered your hidden talents. People who sing lead a healthier and longer life!  
Sound Engineering/Home Recording
Develop the practical skills necessary for working in a modern studio. Using state of the art recording equipment and software, students will learn how to record and mix music, set up the musicians and produce…
Spanish (Stage 1)
This course covers pronunciation and oral practice through real life conversations, such as exchanging personal information, conversations in a shop, or a restaurant. Also reading and writing short letters, texts, etc. Course book required.
Spanish (Stage2)
For those who have completed  Spanish (Stage 1) or similar. Topics covered: asking for directions, making a phone call, an appointment and plans with your friends. Course book: Curso de Espanol para Eztranjeros. ELE. Incial…
Tai Chi
Suitable for beginners and improvers. This course will teach and practice the basic techniques of Tai Chi helping students to relax the mind and body, develop the ability to experience energy flow through their body.…
Web Design
QQI  Level 5 (5N1910). Learn the skills of web authoring, including Hypertext Marking Language (HTML5), Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) using Adobe Dreamweaver and Photoshop. Assessment is project-based. Prior computer skills are requisite.
Balanced Living for Better Health
Learn how to maximise your energy, but have enough left at the end of the day for leisure and relationships. Enjoy life more with the very effective tools for living which are provided as part…
Yoga / Somatic Fusion Class
A wonderful way to rebalance, realign and release all your tight muscles that become restricted due to development reasons, habitual patterns, emotional stress, injuries or trauma. No Yoga exercise experience is needed.
Woodwork for Beginners
This practical based course is designed for the absolute beginner and will deal with the use of tools and the making of basic wood joints. Each student will progress to complete a project to take…


    FREDERICK HAYES 30th April 2017 at 4:29 pm

    An excellent College i have learned so much best thing i have ever done going back to education here tutors very good
    and very fair the College is kept very clean and relly very warm in winter the Christmas party i llook fporward to again this year
    Frederick Hayes dfei atd1

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