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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 third generation beekeeper.  

Basket Making and Willow Sculpture

Hands on basket making and willow sculpture course. Learn to build and create beautiful will sculptures, basket and garden features using traditional techniques with basket maker and artist Aoife Patterson Materials supplied.

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 etc.

Dog Grooming

Keep your dog in top condition. Reduce grooming fees by learning the essential skills of regular maintenance, handling techniques and equipment use. A hands on Dog Grooming course working with students own dogs in weekly rotation from the second class onwards.

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 are available.

Folklore of Ireland

This course offers an insight into the rich heritage that is unique to Ireland. It covers Irish mythology legends folktales and customs unique to Ireland. The course also covers folk medicine and includes a field trip (To be announced).


Gardening in a healthy and sustainable way. Learn about soil, composting, garden design, preparing for winter, planting for Christmas and Spring. Vegetable and flower garden planning also covered. Course includes two garden visits.

Guitar for beginners

Learning to play guitar the fast and easy way. Students will quickly develop a good understanding of chords and strumming patterns which, can be applied to a lot of lyrics across all music genres. Students will require a guitar and a plectrum.

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. The course fee includes cost of main materials required.

Violin and Music - an Introduction

This Course covers, choosing a violin, tuning a violin, caring for a violin, the chords of the violin and using a Metronome. Also, playing famous classical pieces and a chance to play with an orchestra, (Saint Agnes Crumlin to be announced).

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 of structural elements such as columns and walls.

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 this course are limited.  

Networking Essentials - QQI Level 5

QQI Level 5 (5N2929) This course covers Network Protocols TCP/IP UDP: Device Identification IP addressing Dynamic and Static, MAC Addressing: Peer to Peer, Client Server and Hybrid Networking. It provides an opportunity to move to Comtia Certification Network +.

Understanding Electronics - Learn theory through practice - QQI Level 5

QQI Level 5. An introduction to electronics, covering electricity, electrical units, magnetism and basic circuits. It will also cover the use of test equipment, integrated circuits, digital electronics and a brief intro to micro controllers. Accredited by QQI Level 5.

Computers for Beginners (Stage 1)

For the complete beginner. It covers the essentials of Word Processing including text entry, editing, formatting and printing. Also, covered is the use of the internet, including accessing and searching websites and use of emails.

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 and competency.

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 place.

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 encouraging self editing expertise.

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 create memorable characters, devise a gripping plot, write believable dialogue, adjust the pace and focus of your story. Classes in…

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 3cover basic image adjustment, file management, preparing for printing etc.

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.

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 purposes. Exam fee not included.

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

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.

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 and writing.  

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 the full potential of your brain.

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. Floor mat required.

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 Adolescents, Drama Therapy, Grief Therapy, Dreamwork, Addiction, Personality Disorders and the psychology of advertising.

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 cook something truly deliciously Italian.


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, the atmosphere and your holiday.

Beauty - Ultimate Professional Make-up Artistry

Learn the skills for day and evening and Bridal Make-up. Eyes and Brows enhancement, iconisc looks and current trends covered in this comprehensive course. This course will also prepare you for work in the industry .

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 , to improve your skills and enhance your productivity

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. Materials will be recommended at first class.

Silk Painting and Batik

It’s easy and it’s fashionable. Learn the amazing techniques of Batik, also known as silk painting. Make your own 100% hand painted silk scarf or/and other decorative pieces. Most materials included, delivered by artist/fashion designer.

Water Colour Painting - for beginners

Learn the basics of water colour painting in a relaxed friendly atmosphere. Develop your creative self-expression through simple exercises and techniques. Delivered by Yara Lopes, a mature artist from Brazil. Content: watercolour painting from life and photos.

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 in compliance with Revenue regulations. To qualify as a Certified Payroll technician, students must successfully complete both stages 1 and…

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 1 and 2.

Web Design - QQI Level 5 (5N1910)

QQI Level 5 (5N1910) Gain the benefits of designing/maintaining your own website. This course covers the basic elements of web authoring using Dreamweaver and Photoshop. A website will be designed and constructed for an identified audience. Good IT skills are essential.

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 home. Basic materials are provided.

Comments, Questions & Reviews

    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
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