Drogheda Institute of Further Education (DIFE) is the largest provider of PLC courses in the North East Region providing Further Education (FE) courses to school leavers and adults returning to education.
To provide a high quality, comprehensive and inclusive Further Education service to the people in Drogheda and its hinterland in co-operation with existing educational providers and industry. All students are encouraged to achieve their full potential.
DIFE offers a diverse range of full-time courses with 55 courses available at Level 5 and Level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications across the following departments; Art, Design & Technology, Business Humanities & IT, Sports, Leisure & Tourism, Applied Science and Community & HealthCare.
There are currently 980 full time learners with an additional intake of part time learners as part of our Night School provision. An exciting new area that DIFE has implemented in the last year is industry training for local employers under the Skills to Advance initiative. This programme offers upskilling and reskilling opportunities to employees in lower skilled jobs in the region. It supports and benefits employees and SMEs through education and training intervention.
All courses are fully accredited by QQI and other relevant professional examining bodies detailed below.
All programmes have excellent pathways to both Higher Education and/or employment. Learners can progress to Higher Education through the Higher Education Links Scheme with places reserved for FET learners in Universities and Institutes of Technology. In addition, DIFE has developed significant direct progression links with HE providers in Ireland, UK and in Europe. Many of our courses are also employment focused for learners who are looking to gain industry recognised qualifications in a short course and progress directly to employment (childcare, healthcare, beauty therapy, hairdressing, pharmacy, animal care, dental nursing, health and fitness sectors etc).