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BTEI Employability Skills

BTEI Employability Skills

We have a new courses starting the week of November 28th.

BTEI Employability Skills level 4 Part Award
Click on the above links to visit the course webpage.
The course will cover four modules November until June. Customer Service, Workplace Safety, IT Skills and Personal Effectiveness, all QQI L4 modules.

Dermot Bannon Visits Coláiste Dhúlaigh College of Further Education

TV Architect Dermot Bannon visited students from Coláiste Dhúlaigh College of Further Education (CDCFE) this week. The Room to Improve presenter participated in a Q&A discussion with students from the Architectural Technology, Interior Design and Media courses.

Bannon was interviewed by CDCFE tutor Laura Roche, who also featured in season 13 of the show earlier in the year. He gave advice to students on how to make it in the industry and revealed that he was not academic in his school going days.

The event was part of a series of talks for students ahead of College Awareness Week, Mon 21st – Fri 25th November. There were also presentations on the day by RTEJr’s award-winning producer, Nicky Coghlan, who recently won the Prix Ex Aequo for his radio play The Emperor’s New Duds. Coghlan is a former radio tutor of CDCFE and has gone on to win IMRO and Radio Podcast Awards.

Also in attendance was Grainne O’Carroll, Senior Producer with Coco Content, who has produced shows like Blind Date, Who Do You Think You Are and the most recent series of Room to Improve.

Media Department Tutor, Laura Roche, said “it was an honour to have such prestigious guests visiting Coláiste Dhúlaigh College of Further Education. It is a great motivation for our students to see industry professionals who did not take the traditional routes through university and have nonetheless achieved great success in their careers”

CDCFE’s Open Evening will take place on Tuesday 22nd November from 4-7pm in their Coolock campus.

Applications for 2023/24 Now Open

Our online application system is now accepting applications for the 2023/24 academic year. Apply early to your chosen course to avoid disappointment. We have over 60 PLC courses on offer in a wide range of disciplines. You can apply for multiple courses. Most of our courses have progression routes to university. Hit the “Apply Now” button on our homepage. Your future starts here.

Graduation 2022 Video

Check out highlights and interviews with our Class of ’22 Graduates

St John of God Jobs Open Day – Sat 12th November

St John of God Dublin South East are hiring across Residential Services for Social Care Workers and Registered Nurses Intellectual Disability.

Register now to attend their Job’s Open Day on Saturday 12th November

From 11:00am to 3:00pm, come along and chat with some of the team to find out more about working with a Sunday Independent Best Employer! Interview on the spot or attend one of the workshops below;

11:30am Person Centred Planning

Hear about our person centred planning approach for the development of Personal Plans which include a Person-Centred Plan and a Personalised Care and Support Plan. Learn the 5 guiding principles.

12:00pm Communication with the Men and Women who use our service, including an introduction to Lámh

We communicate with the men and women we support using a variety of communication means that suit their individual needs. These can include Lámh, Visuals (timetables, Communication books etc.) and Alternative Communication (including technology).

In this workshop you can increase your skills in this area as we will discuss and demonstrate these strategies. This will be an interactive workshop where you can ask questions, get hand outs and learn more about communication.

A day in the life of our Residential Staff

Hear about what it’s like to work with us on a day-to-day basis within the residential team Register here; https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/st-john-of-god-dublin-south-east-jobs-open-day-saturday-12th-november-2022-tickets-440799873287 Check out available roles in advance at; https://sjogdublinsoutheastservices.ie/jobs/

If you can’t make it on the day and are interested in working with St John of God Community Services, send your CV to DSERecruitment@sjog.ie quoting ‘Residential Open Day’ in the subject line.

#jobopenday #jobfairydublin #careeropportunities

Information Evening – 22nd November 4-7pm

CDCFE will host an information evening for prospective students on the 22nd November from 4-7pm in our Coolock campus.  Come and speak to our staff about the PLC and BA degree courses, traineeships and apprenticeships that we offer.


Work on a Live Architecture Project as you study

Our Architectural Design and Technology Foundation course are delighted to announce our continued partnership with David Moran, Architect, on a live sustainable house project (https://davidmoran.ie/).                                        

Our students will learn to design an energy efficient house, from the initial client brief and site visit, through developing their designs and final presentation at our end of year exhibition. David will contribute his expertise with project briefings and live critiques of their designs along the way.  

Each year this course helps aspiring architects and architectural technologists take their first steps in their architectural careers. Our recruitment is almost closed but there is still time to apply if you act now. For further information and to apply, click here: 





Graduation Class of 2022 – NEWS

The following classes from the Academic Year 2021/22 will graduate in the Helix DCU on Friday 21stOctober at 5.00pm. We will post out an invitation letter to all students graduating at the end of September.


Film & Television Production (Degree)

Animation (Degree)

Journalism (Degree)

Drama (Degree)


Outdoor Adventure Management (HND)

Journalism & Podcasting (HND)

Animation (HND)

Graphic Design (HND)

Media Production(HND)

Performing Arts (HND)

Film Production(HND)

Building Information Modelling (Springboard)


Outdoor Adventure Management L6

Photography L6

Tourism with Marketing L6

Business Studies L6

Social Care L6

Childcare L6

Computer Science L6

Interior Design L6

Fashion Design L6


BA Honours top-up one-year courses in Animation and Film & TV Production

BA Honours top-up one-year courses in Animation and Film & TV Production, funded through Springboard+, are accepting applicants now for September 2022 start. With support from Windmill Lane and Metropolitan Films.

The BA (Hons) in Animation and BA (Hons) in Film & TV Production, delivered by Coláiste Dhúlaigh College of Further Education in coordination with the University of Wolverhampton in the UK are still accepting applicants through Springboard for late September 2022 start for the 22-23 academic year.

Both courses are industry-led and are now being supported by Windmill Lane through placements and for career progression. The Film & TV production course is also working with Metropolitan Films for on-set work placements in series and features.

Call in for Advice

From Monday 12th to Wednesday 14th September from 10am – 2pm we will have course teachers in all campuses to answer any questions about our courses and explain employment opportunities and progression routes available.

Call to the campus where the course you are interested in is run. This can be found on each course webpage.


Apply Now

Applications for our courses are still open. Induction for first years will start the week of September 19th. All details can be found here.

Apply now here.

Advice Available for Leaving Cert Students

We will have a member of our Guidance Team available on Friday 2nd September from 10am – 3pm and from Monday 5th until Friday 9th September from 10-3pm in our Coolock campus for anyone who has received Leaving Certificate results and is looking for advice on their next step after the results.

There is no appointment needed and this is a free service, just call in.


Coolock Campus:

Barryscourt Road, Coolock, Dublin 17.
Eircode: D17 KH66


Open Day on Wednesday 31st August

Coláiste Dhúlaigh College of Further Education is hosting an Open Day on Wednesday 31st August from 10am to 4 pm in our Coolock campus.

The open day will give prospective students the opportunity to talk to staff and students about our courses.

! Check out our course offerings !





College Information September 2022

College Information September 2022

Here are some useful information for our College start in September 2022.


The Application Process

When you complete your application, you will receive an acknowledgement email with login details, username and password, for your new account on our college applications system (MIT). Please ensure you receive this email as it sometimes goes into spam/junk folders.

Click here for more information.


Payment and registration

To secure a place on your course of choice, a €50 deposit is required.  Information regarding payment plans and funding advice is available by request at fees@cdcfe.cdetb.ie


Induction Days*

Our Tutors and Coordinators will return on 29th August 2022.

1st Years – Week beginning Monday 19th September to Friday 23rd September **

2nd / 3rd Years  – Week beginning Monday 12th September to Friday 16th September **

VTOS & BTEI – Monday 26th September

**Date / Time of Course induction to be confirmed by Course Coordinator


College Opening Dates – PLC Students*

Our courses are due to start on the 26th September 2022.

1st / 2nd / 3rd Years – Monday 26th September


Disability and Learning Supports

Coláiste Dhúlaigh CFE is committed to providing an inclusive learning environment to all its students. In this regard, we welcome students with disabilities and learning needs. Students are invited to link with the Disability and Learning Support Team early in their application process and before the start of the course.

Click here for more information.



*Subject to change


Springboard Funded One-Year Top up Degree Courses (Level 8)

Both the BA (Hons) in Animation and the BA (Hons) in Film & Television Production top up degree years have been granted funding from Springboard that students can access.  


You can find information about the Animation degree on the Springboard website HERE.


And about the Film & TV Production degree HERE.


Applications are currently open and we will be carrying the first set of face-to-face interviews on the 22nd of June at our Coolock Campus. 

Engineering at CDCFE – Frequently Asked Questions

Engineering @ CDCFE

Frequently Asked Questions


  • I am interested in becoming an engineer. Does Coláiste Dhúlaigh College of Further Education offer a PLC course that might help me on my journey?
    We offer two one-year courses that may be of interest to you; Preliminary Engineering and Engineering Technology.


  • I would like to progress to a university course after studying at Coláiste Dhúlaigh. Which of the two courses will help me to do this?
    Both Preliminary Engineering and Engineering Technology give students opportunities to progress to university. Your choice of PLC course will depend on the specific university and course you’d like to progress into.


  • Are there any specific academic criteria for entry into either Preliminary Engineering or Engineering Technology?
    • Preliminary Engineering has a minimum entry requirement of an O4 or H7 in Leaving Certificate Maths, or similar. Mature students will be assessed on an individual basis, depending on circumstances. Applicants with Leaving Cert Applied will not be considered.
    • Engineering Technology will accept applicants with Leaving Certificate, Leaving Cert Applied, or equivalent.


  • I’m not interested in progressing into a university course and would instead like to get an apprenticeship. Will either of your courses help me to do this?
    Engineering Technology has been designed not only to help students progress to university courses but also those wishing to enter apprenticeship programmes.


  • If I complete the Engineering Technology course, will I be guaranteed an apprenticeship?
    Not necessarily. Good attendance, punctuality, and demonstrating a willingness to consistently engage with course material are just some of the things that will be considered when issuing letters of recommendation for apprenticeship programmes.


  • What university courses will be accessible to me after a year studying Preliminary Engineering?
    As the only PLC course in the country currently delivering the ‘Maths for STEM’ module, Preliminary Engineering is uniquely placed to offer students the opportunity to progress to Level 8 courses in the following universities:
    • Trinity College Dublin (TCD):
      • TR032, Engineering (Common Entry)
    • TU Dublin (City Centre Campus):
      • TU805, Engineering (General Entry)
    • Dublin City University (DCU):
      • DC200, Common Entry into Engineering (Undenominated Entry)
      • DC190, Electronic and Computer Engineering
      • DC193, Mechatronic Engineering
      • DC194, Mechanical and Sustainability Engineering
      • DC195, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
      • DC197, Biomedical Engineering
      • DC189, Global Challenges
      • DC123, Data Science
      • DC127, Common Entry into Actuarial and Financial Mathematics


  • I am interested in going to university and becoming an engineer, but my preference is for a different university course than the ones mentioned above. Should I apply for Preliminary Engineering?
    As things stand, the above courses are the only ones that require completion of the ‘Maths for STEM’ module for access. Other courses can also be accessed via Preliminary Engineering (the full list of university courses can be found on Careers Portal here), but each of these courses can also be accessed via Engineering Technology.


  • I have achieved the minimum entry requirement in Maths for Preliminary Engineering. Does that guarantee that I will be of the required standard to complete the Preliminary Engineering PLC course?
    Not necessarily. After four weeks of preparatory classes, our students sit an online exam in early October to determine their ability in the key areas of Number and Algebra:
    • Those who are successful in this exam will continue in Preliminary Engineering with the aim of progressing into the specific Level 8 courses listed above.
    • Those who are not successful will be redirected to Engineering Technology. From here, students can access a variety of other Engineering courses at Higher Education level, listed on Careers Portal here.


  • The course I want to progress onto can be accessed through both Preliminary Engineering and Engineering Technology. How do I decide which one to apply for?
    Engineering Technology is a less theoretical course, with more hands-on modules, project work, and a Mathematics module that is less challenging both in terms of course content and class time. It has traditionally been easier for students to achieve better results profiles on Engineering Technology than Preliminary Engineering, where students are required to commit to six hours of Maths per week and three hours each of Applied Maths, Chemistry, and Physics. If two applicants are competing for one university place, the one with the better results profile (i.e. six distinctions versus three distinctions) will be offered the place.


  • Do I just need to achieve my full QQI Level 5 award (i.e. pass all modules) in Preliminary Engineering to gain access to the Level 8 courses mentioned above?
    These courses also have additional entry criteria based on your results, as follows:
    • TR032 (TCD) – A merit or better in ‘Maths for STEM’, and distinctions in four modules (excluding ‘Work Experience’) which must include a distinction in ‘Physics’ or ‘Chemistry’.
    • TU805 (TU Dublin) – A merit or better in ‘Maths for STEM’ and five distinctions elsewhere.
    • DCU courses – A distinction in ‘Maths for STEM’ and four further distinctions.


  • If I meet these entry criteria, am I guaranteed a place on these courses?
    • Not necessarily. These courses have a quota of students they will accept via the QQI route in any given year. In 2022, these quotas were:
      • TR032 (TCD) – 5 students.
      • TU805 (TU Dublin) – 10 students.
      • DC200 (DCU) – 7-8 students.
      • DC190, DC193, DC194, DC195, DC197, DC189, DC127 (all DCU) – 2-3 students.
      • DC123 (DCU) – 3 students.
    • If more students than the quota achieve the entry criteria, the places on each course will be awarded to those with the best results profile.


  • I’m interested in Preliminary Engineering and would like to progress onto one of the Level 8 courses mentioned, but the entry criteria and university place quotas worry me. How likely is it that I will get my place in the course I want?
    Although the total number being accepted onto these courses may sound small, it is important to remember that no other PLC course in the country is currently delivering the ‘Maths for STEM’ module, and so no student from any other PLC course can meet the criteria outlined above. Preliminary Engineering enrols 24 students every year.


  • If I complete the Preliminary Engineering course and fail to achieve my place in one of the university courses outlined (because of the entry criteria or place quotas), will I be left with nothing?
    As long as you achieve your QQI award (i.e. pass all modules), you will still be entitled to apply for any one of the other courses at third level listed on Careers Portal here.


  • I’m a little unsure of my own ability to complete the Preliminary Engineering course. If I decide soon after starting that I am better suited to Engineering Technology, will I be able to switch?
    For the first month of the first semester, both courses run in parallel. Students will be able to switch from Preliminary Engineering to Engineering Technology.

Information Sessions Wed 18th/25th May

We are holding Information Sessions for all who have applied for one of our courses already. You will have received an invite by text by now. You can also attend if you have not already applied. Please feel free to turn up to the event that interests you on the day. Please take note of which campus you should attend.

See details of the sessions below.

May 18th
Media Coolock Campus May 18th 3.30pm
Film Production
Media Production
Creative Writing for Digital Media
Social Media Influencer

Art & Design Raheny Campus May 18th 3pm
Art & Design Portfolio Preparation
Graphic Design (Visual Communications)
Fashion Design
Interior Design
Architectural Design & Technology Foundation
Craft Production

Business Kilbarrack Campus May 18th 3pm
Certificate in Business Studies
Tourism with Business & Marketing
Tour Guiding

Healthcare Kilbarrack Campus May 18th 4pm
Health Science (Pre-Nursing)
Pre-University Sports Science
Pre-University Psychology
Physiotherapy Assistant
Speech & Language Therapy Assistant
Pre-Primary School Teaching
Rehabilitation Sports & Exercise
Occupational Therapy Assistant
Nutrition & Lifestyle Coaching
Health Service Skills
Health & Safety

Theatre Kilbarrack Campus 18th & 25th May 4-5pm
Performing Arts

May 25th
Science Department May 25th 4pm Coolock Campus
Pre-University Science
Preliminary Engineering
Engineering Technology

IT Department May 25th 4pm Coolock Campus
Computer Science
Computer Networking Technologies
IT Technician

Job Posts

Highfield Healthcare are hosting an in-person Open Day next Tuesday, November 8th from 12pm to 3pm. They are recruiting for for Healthcare Assistants, General and Psychiatric Nurses and catering roles.


Please call Andrea on 01 – 8036400 or email careers@novum.ie






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We specialise in the Recruitment, Training and Employment of airline Cabin Crew for Europe’s leading low-cost airline group.

We would love to visit your school to give a talk to students about the Cabin Crew opportunities within Ryanair.

There are amazing career opportunities available within the aviation industry and great progression working for Ryanair.

Please let us know if you are interested in our proposal.

Any further questions, please do not hesitate to ask.


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+353 (0)1 895 2065



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Job Opportunity Disclaimer

CDCFE acts as a free-of-charge job posting service only and makes no recommendations regarding potential employers or student employees. We are not responsible for safety, wages, working conditions, or any other aspect of off-campus private employment. All hiring, scheduling, and compensation for community job postings are handled directly between the student and the employer. CDCFE does not perform background checks on students applying for jobs, and we do not research the integrity of each organization or individual person who lists a job with us. Employers and students are urged to perform due diligence when offering, applying for, or accepting private off-campus employment by requesting from each other references or any additional information needed to establish qualifications and credentials to ensure an overall fit between employer and applicant. By using the Job Opportunity available on the CDCFE website, you are agreeing that you will not hold CDCFE / CDETB responsible for your safety, security, wages, working conditions, fraudulent, or other aspects of any off-campus employment/internship opportunities that you discover while using CDCFE/CDETB resources. Students should take all care and use common sense and caution when applying for or accepting any position. Do not disclose social security numbers, credit card information or bank account numbers to unknown individuals.


Performing Arts Students at Sean O’Casey Theatre

The performing arts student are putting on three plays this week in the Sean O Casey Theatre in East Wall.

On Wednesday 6th and Friday 8th our second year students perform Blue, an achingly poignant story which looks at both sides of mental-health care – those who receive it, and those who give it. It explores the difficulties and complexities of life under observation, and shows how beautiful moments can be found even in the most fragile of circumstances.

Starts at 7.30pm, running time 1 hour approx.

On Thursday 7th and Saturday 9th our first-year students perform Opposites Attract which explores the highs and lows of the dating game and To Dye Or Not To Dye a hilarious exposé of the main characters of Hamlet set in the Royal Hairdressers Salon of Elsinore.

Starts at 7.30, running time 1 hour 30 minutes approx.

Free admission to all performances . We will be collecting donations for Unicef Ukraine Emergency Appeal.

Information Evening April 5th

Coláisite Dhúlaigh College of Further Education will be hosting an Information Evening on Tuesday 5th April from 4.30 – 7pm in our Coolock campus.

This will give prospective students the opportunity to talk to current students and staff and we will also have members of our Guidance Counsellor team, Learner Support team and staff from the Adult Literacy Service available to talk to on the night.

CDCFE Graduates Nominated for IFTA

Coláiste Dhúlaigh CFE Graduates nominated for IFTA  

Two graduates of CDCFE’s BA in Film & Television Production have been nominated for Best Short Film in this year’s IFTA’s.   

Best Foot Forward depicts a day in the life of artist Mary Duffy, a painter born without arms.  The six-minute film is directed and produced by Film & Television Production BA graduates Sean Hart and Bill McHugh. It has been successful on the film festival circuit in both Ireland and abroad. Other nominations in this year’s IFTAs include Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast and RTE’s hit drama Kin. The ceremony will be screened on Virgin Media One on the 12th of March.

Sean Hart who produced the film, discovered Mary Duffy, from Newcastle Co Wicklow, while he was researching artists for a college project. Duffy has had documentaries made about her before, but Sean says “I knew that only a fraction of her personality and stories had been shown in the previous documentaries and that they also portrayed her through the same lens. She was portrayed as a woman with a disability who creates art, never simply a great artist.”

On receiving an IFTA nomination for Best Foot Forward Sean commented “I was still trying to wrap my head around its success on the festival circuit and the IFTA nomination came out of nowhere. I’m still in shock really. I can say with certainty that the film wouldn’t have been half as good if it wasn’t for the advice and help of the tutors in Coláiste Dhúlaigh”.

Film Degree course coordinator Leticia Agudo said “these films were made during a very difficult academic year, under the restrictions and hardship of the Covid 19 pandemic in 2020 and 2021. Staff and students at the college adapted and strived to still make films under the circumstances, and we’re very proud of the achievements of all the films.”

Best Foot Forward’s producer Bill McHugh studied on Coláiste Dhúlaigh’s two year Higher National Diploma (HND) in Film Production before completing the final Top Up Degree year that is accredited by University of Wolverhampton and delivered on site in CDCFE’s Coolock campus. The film’s director Sean Hart studied the Film & TV HND in Bray Institute of Further Education before coming to CDCFE.

This year’s IFTA shortlist success follows previous nominations for Animation BA graduate Aidan McAteer for his short animation Streets of Fury in 2020. Applications for the Film & Television BA, as well as all other courses beginning in September are now open at www.cdcfe.ie/apply

KEYFRAME 8 Animation Talks & Workshops

Keyframe is an event run by the Media and Animation Courses at Coláiste Dhúlaigh CFE in Coolock. Each year we welcome industry professionals, many of whom are ex-students of the Media and Animation Courses, to hear them talk about their work and how they found their way into a career in Media.

This year we have people from the world of animation production, directing, stop motion and filmmaking.

The talks start each day at 9.30am in the Coolock Campus and will run until approximately 12.30pm. Workshops for animation students will take place in the animation studio from 2pm to 4pm. All are welcome and the event is free, although places will be on a first come first served basis.

Three New Level 6 Courses for September

Three New QQI Level 6 courses starting in September 2022.

The courses are in Advanced Art & Design and Journalism & New Media.

Advanced Art & Design gives students an excellent opportunity to further develop their artistic skills and creativity.  The aim of the course is to provide participants with the skills and knowledge to work independently in a fine art and design context, or to progress to higher education.

Journalism & New Media is a one year course that aims to align traditional journalistic skills with modern and varied ways of storytelling, including; podcasting, radio, video, print, and online publication.

In Ireland an inclusive education has been interpreted as providing a continuum of educational provision for students with special educational needs that encompasses mainstream classes, special classes in mainstream schools and special schools. CDCFE Inclusive Education and Training course will not only prepare you for intellectual development of learners, but also play a key role in moral and social development.

Mature students are welcome on all our courses and all course details can be found by clicking on the links below.

Advanced Certificate in Art and Design

Journalism and New Media


Queries on these courses can be sent to coolock@cdcfe.cdetb.ie


Exciting New Courses for September

We are delighted to announce four exciting new courses that will start September 2022. The courses are now open applications. Click on the course name to go to the course page.

Pre-University Psychology

Rehabilitation, Sport & Exercise

Advanced Certificate in Art & Design Level 6

Inclusive Education & Training

Applications for Top-Up Degree Courses Now Open

Applications for our Top-Up Degree courses in Animation, Multimedia Journalism, Film and Television Production and Drama are now Open.

View the course pages by clicking on the links below. Please apply using the link “Please apply using this link only” and then choose the Coláiste Dhúlaigh campus.

B.A. (Hons) Animation (top-up)

B.A. (Hons) Film & Television Production (top-up)

B.A. (Hons) Multimedia Journalism (top-up)

B.A. (Hons) Drama (top-up)

Tour Guiding and Entrepreneurship Courses Starting in January

CDCFE have two new Back to Education Initiative (BTEI) courses starting in mid January; Tour Guiding and Entrepreneurship – Start Your Own Business.

Queries can be directed to our BTEI Coordinator Helen O’Mahony (helen.omahony@cdcfe.cdetb.ie) with a full list of our available BTEI courses available here.

Applications are now open.

View the Tour Guiding course page here.

View the Entrepreneurship – Start Your Own Business course page here.