General Information


Location of the College

Dún Laoghaire Further Education Institute (DFEi) is located on a two and a half acre site at the Monkstown end of Dún laoghaire.  It is a five minute walk from both Dún Laoghaire and Salthill DART stations and is well served by bus routes 7, 7B,  45, 46A, 63, 59, 75 and 111.

Benefits of studying at DFEi

  • Nationally and internationally recognised qualifications
  • Non CAO application
  • No tuition fees
  • Maintenance grants are available
  • Excellent facilities and learner services
  • Opportunities for progression to Further and Higher Education
  • Courses geared towards employment
  • Friendly inclusive environment
  • Committed and experienced staff

Learners at DFEi include

  • School leavers
  • Mature learners
  • Graduates
  • International learners
  • Second-chance learners
  • Recently unemployed
  • Learners seeking employment
  • Learners seeking to progress to Third Level

Qualifications and Quality Assurance Authority of Ireland (QQAI)

FETAC acts as the awarding body for the majority of courses offered by the college.  DFEi received its Quality Assurance Agreement with FETAC in May 2006.  DFEi has agreed procedures and policies with FETAC to assure the quality of courses and services.
The Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act, 2012 provides for a new integrated agency, the Qualifications and Quality Assurance Authority of Ireland, replacing FETAC, HETAC, NQAI and IUQB.  It is anticipated that the establishment day for this new body will be towards the end of 2012.  At that time FETAC will be legally dissolved and governance of all FETAC courses will fall under the remit of the QQI.  This change will not affect your FETAC award.

Other Awarding Bodies

Some of our courses are accredited by other national and international awarding bodies including:
  • BTEC/ Business and Technology
  • EDEXCEL Education Council/Education Excellence
  • ECDL European Computer Driving Licence
  • FAI Football Association of Ireland
  • PSA Private Security Ireland
  • SII Security Institute of Ireland
  • TI Tennis Ireland

Guidance and Counselling

This service is available to all learners throughout the year on an individual and group basis. The Guidance Counsellor is available to discuss all aspects of class work and to assist in future career and course decisions. All counselling and support is offered on a confidential basis.  Career workshops and talks are also scheduled throughout the year.

Learner Activities Officer

The activities officer coordinates all events within the college and liaises with the Student Representative Council regarding developments and learner issues.  Events undertaken include: training weekends, fundraising for charities, table quizzes, radio shows, talent/variety shows, and participation in a college’s soccer league.
Student Representative Council
  • Elected by learners each year
  • Promotes good communication
  • Organises social/cultural events in support of charities inside and outside the College
  • A valuable contribution to College life
  • Two members, a male and female are elected annually to the College’s Board of Management

Learner Code of Conduct

Learners are expected to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to FE training.  DFEi regulations are broadly based on practices found in the workplace, in terms of attendance, punctuality, treatment of fellow learners and members of staff, work input, study habits, attitude and completion of course work. This includes health and safety awareness and practice.

Learner Facilities

  • Well-stocked Library
  • Internet access on all PC’s
  • Moodle
  • Lecture Room
  • Radio Studio
  • Photography Studio
  • Photocopying Service
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Nine fully-equipped Computer Suites
  • Wi-Fi
  • TV and Video Studio
  • Biology Laboratory
  • Sound Engineering Studios
  • Construction Workshops
  • Common Area/Canteen with Computer Facilities
  • Laptop Charging Station
  • Two Dedicated Nursing Rooms
  • Dedicated Design Room
  • Two Dedicated CAD Suites
  • An Electronics Laboratory

Job Placements

  • Strong links with industry
  • Opportunities posted on relevant notice boards
  • Work Experience is part of most of our courses

Annual Graduation and Presentation of Awards Ceremony

  • A highlight of the College Calendar, usually in November
  • All learners who have completed their course are welcome