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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.  

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.  

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…

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, team work and effective communication. Delivered by an experienced event manager.  

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

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.

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.

Japanese Beginners

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

Japanese Improvers

Progression Course from beginners course.  Improve everyday greetings, politeness, and customs for survival during your visit to Japan. Learn the basics of asking directions , ordering at the bar/ restaurant, read signs, enjoy the culture and atmosphere of your holiday to Japan.

Beauty 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

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.

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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