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Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute

17 Cumberland Street, Dún 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…
Silk Painting and Batik Improvers
It's easy and it's fashionable. Learn the amazing techniques of Batik make your own 100% hand painted silk scarf or/and other decorative pieces. Most materials included, delivered by artist/fashion designer. This Silk Painting and Batik…
Sugar Craft / Cake design Improvers
This improvers Sugar Craft course is for those who have done the beginners to improve on the skills gained in the beginners course in design
Basket Making and Willow Sculpture
Hands on Basket making and willow sculpture course. Learn to build and create beautiful willow sculptures, baskets and garden features using traditional techniques with basket maker and artist Aoife Patterson. Materials supplied.
Guitar for Beginners
Students learn how to play guitar the fast and easy way. Students will develop a good understanding of chords and strumming patterns which can be applied to all lyrics across all music genres. Students will…
Radio Broadcasting
The course is very comprehensive the student will learn creativity and competency in radio production, radio broadcasting technology in a friendly and fun environment.
Autocad with Revit
This comprehensive Autocad course covers a range of AutoCAD functions such as drawing and editing, manipulating objects, hatching, and more. Revit includes introduction to user interface, controlling objects and views, Revit families and the creation…
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.
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…
Successful Stock Market Investment
Suitable for those who wish to fast track their understanding on how to become life long successful investment traders. Includes developing strategies, fundamental analysis, leading to filtering out successful stock.
Future of Work Readiness
What is the Future for the demand of work skills. Upskilling, and Reskilling, Emotional intelligence, Preparing for the work place of the future considering remote working, emotional intelligence versus artificial intelligence
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…
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.  
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…
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…
Creative Writing (Improvers)
This Creative Writing course is aimed at writers who are familiar with the basics techniques of character portrayal, narrative, tension building and Show Don't Tell. Emphasis will be on practising and developing those skills while also…
Creative Writing
Practice and improve your Creative Writing with this 8 week evening course delivered by DFEi this October 2018. This Creative Writing evening class will encourage you to practice the craft of writing; learn how to…
Domestic Appliance Repair
This DIY Domestic Appliance Repair evening course will take place in Dun Laoghaire for October 2018. This Domestic Appliance Repair course will help you to reduce your home bills by learning to maintain, service and…
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…
Oil and Acrylic Painting
For painters of all levels. Students will be guided through all stages of work to produce finished works of art. Work from still life, your photos or your imagination. Emphases on creative rather than technical.…
Dressmaking and 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…
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.
English as a Second Language (elementary/Pre Intermediate)
Improve speaking, grammar, pronunciation, comprehension and vocabulary through participation in speaking, listening, reading and writing exercises in a relaxed friendly environment. Focused for use in every day situation.
Event Production
DFEi will deliver this part-time Event Management course from October 2019. QQI Level 5 (5N1374) From corporate functions to festivals. This Event Management course covers a number of areas, including, understanding the clients brief, publicity,…
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 Certificate. A superb course which provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the Irish VAT system. Ideal for those working in , or intending to work in an…
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…
Springtime Gardening - Introduction
Learn about preparing your gardening for Spring and Summer Growth. Topics covered include: understanding soil composition, essentials tools .seed sowing, composting, growing fruit and vegetables & herbs , planning a herbaceous border and strategies to…
First Aid - Order of Malta: Train as a First Responder
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
Memory Training
This course is ideal for those who want to learn how their memory works and how to improve it. This step-by-step programme covers skills, strategies and tips on how to expand your mental capacity and…
Psychology - Introduction
Want to understand yourself, others and the world we live in? Discover and experience, from a psychological viewpoint, some of the following topics: The Schools of Psychotherapy, Eating Disorders, Psychotherapy and Old Age, Children and…
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.
Italian for Improvers (Level 2)
The main focus is on specking and listening through interaction with the teacher and other students. Learn to talk about past events and things you like. Ask directions to find your way around and perhaps…
Learn everyday greetings, politeness and customs for survival during your visit to Japan. Learn the basics to ask directions, order at the bar/restaurant, read signs, and enjoy the culture, atmosphere and your holiday
English FCE (Cambridge First Certificate)
Suit those starting to work in an English speaking environment at upper intermediate level. Live in an English speaking country with a qualification of World wide recognition. Emphasis on advanced English for work or study…
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…
Microsoft Excel Intermediate
This Microsoft Excel course is aimed at learners who have a basic knowledge of Excel and want to upskill in this software. The course will cover specific areas of learning from intermediate to advanced features…
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 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 (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.
Psychology - Introduction
Want to understand yourself, others and the world we live in? Discover and experience, from a psychological viewpoint, some of the following topics: The Schools of Psychotherapy, Eating Disorders, Psychotherapy and Old Age, Children and…
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, Hear your Voice
Sing out, speak out and break out to a night of song. Make a speech, sing a  song and life your voice to a new heights, all in a fun filled atmosphere with Ted Courtney,…
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.…
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…
Woodwork For Improvers
This course is aimed at students who have completed a beginners Course in woodwork. It builds on woodwork skills already acquired and also for students who a good basic knowledge working with wood.


    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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Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute
17 Cumberland Street, Dún Laoghaire, Dublin, Republic of Ireland