Take the DFEi route to college
You may not immediately notice the DFEi building on Cumberland Street in Dún Laoghaire because it is situated in the quiet end of the town. There is a completely different buzz though when you pass through the automatic doors. It’s the buzz you feel between classes or at break time when the stairs and corridors are filled with learners of all ages and from diverse backgrounds, who all seem to be on a personal mission.
They might be heading for the library to type up an assignment, heading to the sound studio to do a recording, the radio studio to do an interview or to the TV and film studio for a casting call. Why not tune into 107.8fm and listen to DFEi’s very own radio station, The Wave? You will find an archive of accomplished documentaries. Having visited the Criminal Courts of Justice and listened to the evidence in a murder trial, or sat in on a Dáil debate, the journalism learners have plenty to write about.
Other learners of a more scientific bent might be bracing themselves for a dissection in the lab, or for testing their newly acquired veterinary assistance or grooming skills on real animals. The more corporate minded business learners will be grappling with computerised payroll, bookkeeping, spreadsheets and databases, while Office Administration learners will be acquiring the languages of medicine and the law. In DFEi, you are as likely to see learners carrying T-squares and tool kits as guitars and cameras. That’s because courses like Furniture Making and Restoration and Musical Instrument Making and Repair demand the tools of the trade.
Some Sound Engineering learners will have composed their own material and will audition for the annual college album release. The skills of the Security learners will always be sought for live events. Newspapers, scripts, and press releases will be written. Ireland’s archaeological heritage will be studied, web sites will be designed, architectural models will be built and fine pieces of furniture will be made. It’s all in a day’s work at DFEi.
While activities beyond the classroom doors are engaging young (and not so young) minds there is something more important that the discerning person might notice. That is teachers and learners in conversation. It might appear like more casual one-to-one classes are taking place on the stairs, the corridors or on the sofa outside the admin office. This will usually be reassurance, explanation or clarification, news about work experience or progression with an assignment.
The big appointments book outside the Guidance Counsellor’s office will become fuller as the academic year unfolds with learners anxious to discuss their Higher Links options to Universities and Institutes of Technology and universities all over Ireland, and beyond.
If, for whatever reason, you do not get enough points for your chosen third level course, consider spending a year in DFEi. It’s another tried and tested way to get a place in college through our many defined progression routes. The formula is simple - eight QQI Level 5 or Level 6 modules with as many distinctions as you can get. But it takes work on your part. You need to come to class, complete assignments on time and prepare for exams. Whether it’s Instrumentation and Robotics in Computing and Technology, Maternity Support in Nursing Studies or Criminology in Security Studies, the teachers are there for you every step of the way if you are there for them.
Learners are taught in small classes the fundamental skills and survival techniques that will put them on the ladder to a third level qualification in their chosen area. You will be taught how to present work in written and oral format. You will be taught basic research skills, referencing systems, and general academic conventions across all courses. Experience at DFEi has taught us that every student does not learn in the same way or at the same pace. If you have particular learning support requirements, they will be met at DFEi.
DFEi’s quality assured courses are open to learners from all walks of life with all types of prior experience who for whatever reason are seeking the knowledge, skills and competencies’ to enhance their employment or educational progression opportunities. DFEi’s courses are also designed to meet current industry standards for example there are a number of DFEi courses such as Laboratory Techniques, Food Science, Electronic Technology, Software Development and Energy Efficient Building which meet STEM standards.
DFE’s Information Day is being held on Wednesday 24th January 2018 from 10am – 4pm. Teachers are on hand to offer advice and guidance to learners in relation to course choices. Learners can also get a change to view the facilities and get a feel for the inclusive college environment within DFEi.