SCFE new course options mean a bright and optimistic future for students

It’s that time of the year again when school leavers and other adults are planning for next September. After a couple of years that have turned our lives upside-down, the value of positive life experiences have become a priority. 

Further Education or Post Leaving Certificate courses are now well established as alternative pathway to Higher Education and are understood to support learners in gaining the skills and knowledge that will prepare them for the rigours of third level studies and decrease the potential for drop out. More importantly Further Education provides students with work ready skills which are industry led and provide direct access into meaningful employment. 

SCFE has a truly diverse range of courses on offer, many of which really suit learners who excel in creative and practical areas such as Art, Floristry, Fashion, Drama and Musical Performance, Hairdressing & Beauty, Sport, Fitness and Wellbeing. SCFE has a strong reputation for excellence in the area of Early Childhood Education, Youth Work and Social Studies and now also offers courses in Special Needs Assisting and Intellectual Disability Studies and advanced Special Needs Assisting. 

Our Travel and Tourism courses suit learners who enjoy working with others and have an interest in travel and heritage.

Choose what’s right for you, and the staff of Sallynoggin College will be there to help and support you on every step of your journey.

CAO & Further Education Courses (PLC) Applications

As part of a pilot programme a small selection of Further Education and Training courses (otherwise know as PLC courses) are now available for application through the CAO website. 

Students may now apply for SCFE courses including QQI Level 5 Certificate in Early Learning and Care with Special Needs Assisting, QQI Level 5 Certificate in Early Learning and Care with Montessori, QQI Level 5 Fitness Instruction & Exercise Science, QQI Level 5 Social Studies including Criminology and Addiction Studies, QQI Level 5 Fashion Design and QQI Level 5 Art, Craft & Design – Portfolio Preparation. 

Students are reminded that they can apply for the full selection of SCFE courses through our website

New for September 2022

As a society we have become more health conscious and interested in fitness and wellbeing. SCFE have expanded the range of courses available to meet future skill needs in these areas. Along with our QQI Level 5 Fitness Instruction and Exercise Science course we are now introducing QQI Level 5 Physical Education (PE) & Sports Coaching, which offers qualifications in coaching as well a clear pathway toward a career in teaching, fitness and sports related fields. 

We are also introducing QQI Level 5 Physical Education (PE) & Inclusive Education this course combines SCFE’s proven expertise in the area of inclusion toward providing students with the skills required to work in the sport and fitness field within a diverse range of settings. 

Students from all of these courses can progress to a range of Third Level options or to SCFE’s QQI Level 6/ ITEC Personal Training and Strength& Conditioning and QQI Level 6/ITEC Personal Training and Sports Rehabilitation (including Physiotherapy Assistant and Sports Massage). Graduates form these Level 6 courses have progressed to a range of careers in this area including teaching, gym management/owner to corporate fitness providers.

Special Needs Assisting including Intellectual Disability Studies

SCFE are delighted to introduce this new course which offers a broad range of skills and knowledge to anyone interested in a career as an SNA in a Primary or Second Level school or who wishes to work in services for people with disabilities. 

Students will learn practical hands on skills ranging from Lámh sign language to facilitating learning to manual handling. Students will also complete a work experience placement where they will get to practice their skills and learn form professionals in dedicated settings. 

On completion of the course students can opt to take up employment or to progress to further study on the SCFE QQI Level 6 course Advanced Training in Special Needs Assisting and Inclusion or to a range of third Level degree courses.

Social Studies, Criminology and Youth Work

As always courses in sociology and social care areas prove to be popular choices for students. For September 2022 SCFE has introduced a new QQI Level 5 Criminology Including Social Studies course. 

This course is ideal for students with an interest in the causes of crime and the criminal justice system in Ireland. This course along with the QQI Level 5 Social Studies Including Criminology and Addiction Studies and QQI Level 5 Youth Work and Community Development including Criminology and Addiction Studies courses have clear progression pathways to the SCFE QQI Level 6 Advanced Social Studies Including Advocacy course and a broad range of Level 7 and Level 8 options at third level.

There’s More to Life at SCFE as Students engage with Local Community

It often feels like our world has become smaller during the past two years, with this in mind students at SCFE have reached out to the local community to share their skills and enthusiasm. 

DLR Council, Playful City, SCFE and other local community services teamed up to bring some magic to the local community in Sallynoggin with the Love Our Laneways event. SCFE student pop-up activities included Art Craft & Design students penning portraits, Fashion Design Students bringing Bling to the teddy bear population, Youth Work students gathering wishes for the wishing tree, Early Learning and Care students entertaining the toddlers, Travel and Tourism students guiding us through local history. 

SCFE students grew in confidence and learned valuable skills through their leadership and participation in the project. They are now keen to build on this experience and step outside the comfort zone, proving that college life is all about the learning but not necessarily in the traditional context.

Discover the SCFE Experience in Person: Watch out for our Open Day in March 2022

SCFE continues to ensure that our courses are up to date, relevant and future proofed to give our students the edge in their chosen field. 

SCFE is also planning an in-person Open Day on March 3rd (Heath & Safety permitting). 

This open day is an opportunity to view the SCFE facilities, find out about all the different courses and career areas, meet with teachers and students and chat about course content, progression and employment options. 

Applications are now open for September 2022. Apply online at or contact  Tel: 01-2852997


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