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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…
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…
PAM Programme: Passionate about me
Know yourself, Be yourself, Love yourself. Stop 'over-caring' for others, start caring for yourself. Be more assertive and build your self-esteem. Incorporating mindfulness techniques this course teaches self-awareness, self-acceptance and self-compassion.
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.
Creative Writing (Improvers)
This 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 encouraging…
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…
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 - Put your best foot forward
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.
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 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…
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…
Childcare QQI Level 5 Award
QQI Level 5 (Early Childhood Care and Education - 5M2009) Childcare QQI Level 5 Award: This is a nationally approved two year course accredited by QQI on successful completion of eight modules. This course is…
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 KET (Cambridge Key English Test)
Prepare for the Cambridge KEY English Test. Emphasis on grammar, pronunciation, comprehension and vocabulary through participation in speaking, listening, reading and writing exercises in a relaxed friendly environment. Examination fee is not included.
Event Production
DFEi will deliver this part-time Event Management course from October 2018. QQI Level 5 (5N1374) From corporate functions to festivals. This Event Management course covers a number of areas, including, understanding the clients brief, publicity,…
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
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 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…
Discover your Family History
Discover your family history with this part-time Genealogy course run by Dun Laoghaire Institute of Further Education. Uncover the history of your family. This interactive Genealogy course will guide you in the research, documenting and…
German course
 Learn a new language with this evening German course at DFEi. Starting September 2018 This German course is designed for beginners and covers basic pronunciation, vocabulary and everyday communication, developing confidence and fluency in speaking…
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
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…
Japanese - for Rugby World Cup 2019
World Cup rugby or not, 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 and…
English CAE (Cambridge Advanced Certificate)
Suit those with high level English who want to progress to academic courses. Communicate effectively at professional level. To be recognised as a fluent English speaker and prepare for further study or career development.
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…
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 -Creative 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. System used Bright Pay
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…
Philosophy course (An Introduction)
This Philosophy course examines the different fields of philosophy and identifies the great philosophers throughout history. Topics covered: ethics, political philosophy, and religious philosophy.
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 will use an SLR, Bridge or High end compact digital camera.
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 design, including Hypertext Marking Language (HTML5), Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) using Adobe Dreamweaver and Photoshop. Assessment is project-based. Prior computer skills are requisite.
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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