Our Support

Student Support Structures & Services

The College has a support system in place to facilitate the smooth running of the course programmes.  Course coordinators have overall responsibility for the administration of their respective department.

Mentoring System

Success on a course in our College involves a commitment from the student to be actively involved in the learning process.  We invite each student into partnership with us in achieving this aim.  As an equal partner in the learning process we would expect commitment to practices pertaining to the work environment in terms of attendance, punctuality, work input, attitude, achievements and completion of tasks.

 

The College operates a mentoring system whereby a mentor is assigned to each student to help achieve the best success possible from the course.  The courses involve a high level of personal responsibility as the assessment process is based on research techniques, projects, assignments and presentations.  The Mentor takes a direct interest in each individual student’s academic progress and will meet with the student regularly throughout the year to monitor progress or address any difficulties that may be causing the student concern in their studies.

 

The College students have free access to County Dublin VEC Psychological Support Service for the duration of their time in the College.  The service is advertised on all notice boards.

Maintenance Grants

The Department of Education & Science provides 3rd level maintenance grants to eligible students attending full-time Further Education courses in the College. The grants are paid through the Student Universal Support System (SUSI) and are means tested. This payment is made subject to satisfactory attendance on your course. For further information check the website www.studentfinance.ie.

Student Council

The academic and social aspect of being a student is catered for through the Student Council.  Students elect a Committee and members to the Board of Management, which ensures open communication between management and students.  This helps to ensure issues or difficulties are promptly addressed as they arise.  Social events are organised throughout the year.  A Newsletter keeps pace with College news and is available on the College website.

Fees

Registration Fees are charged by the Department of Education & Skills.   Examination fees,  materials costs, and a student contribution charge are also payable to the College.  Students are notified of these charges on application.  Non-EU nationals are charged the commercial rate fees set by the Irish Government.  It is the student’s responsibility to deal with the visa authorities with regard to obtaining a student visa.

The enrolment fee of €380 (excl application fee) may have partial exemptions.  The breakdown of this fee and applicable exemptions are as follows:

 

Description
Amount
Available exemptions
Online application fee
€10
No refundable, administration fee.
Non-refundable deposit (to accept course offer following interview)
€30
Refunds are available to BTEI/VTOS recipients only.
Materials/Services
€100
No exemptions available
FETAC/QQI Exam fees
€50
Medical card, BTEA, VTOS.
(Certain other welfare entitlements are also exempt from this fee.)
PLC Government Levy
€200
Medical card, Student Grant, BTEA, VTOS

Funding

Students may be eligible to avail of one of the following funding schemes:

Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (V.T.O.S.)
Eligible Students continue to get their full Social Welfare entitlements as well as the cost of text books, exam fees etc., for the duration of the course. Meal and travel allowances are also paid. An additional allowance is paid to those who are more than one year on the live register. Places are limited so early application is advisable.

Back to Education Allowance (BTEA)

The BTEA allows qualified applicants to return to full-time education in approved courses in order to advance the applicant’s level of education while continuing to receive some support. People in receipt of certain social welfare payments can retain these payments for the duration of the course. Please check the website www.welfare.ie for qualifying conditions.

Maintenance Grants

The Department of Education & Science provides 3rd level maintenance grants to eligible students attending full-time Further Education courses in the College. The grants are paid through the Student Universal Support System (SUSI) and are means tested. This payment is made subject to satisfactory attendance on your course. For further information check the website www.studentfinance.ie.

E-Learning

The College uses Moodle and Google Apps for Education as its on-line learning environment allowing course work to be accessed from College or from home. Through its many features such as forms, content management and assignments students are supported in their studies.

Employment & Career Development

The College has established over the years an excellent reputation with employers for training and developing prospective staff. These links are well established and offer a first rate service to both student and employer.

·    Career notice boards in the College advertise job vacancies. These are also advertised on the College website and students are issued with a password to access this facility.

·    A work placement module is part of all courses and site visits are organised throughout the year to complement the programme of  study where appropriate.

A Careers Guidance Counsellor is available to students in the College for progression or careers advice. Talks are organised on job hunting, cv preparation and interview skills.

Attendance

Students are responsible for their own attendance and are encouraged to develop the virtues of self-discipline and personal responsibility for their actions.  Punctuality is considered implicit in the term attendance.

The College has an attendance management system in place where each student is issued with an ID card to record daily attendance.  This information is logged for recording purposes.  The onus is on the student to correctly follow the attendance procedures which are outlined at Induction Day.

Examinations

Eligibility to sit examinations is subject to satisfactory attendance and completion of tasks and projects within specified time.

COURSEWORK & PORTFOLIOS:

The details of the College Policy on assessment procedures are outlined in the Learner Handbook given to each student at Induction Day.

Projects for FETAC validation must be submitted to the relevant subject tutor on or before the deadline dates for submission of course work. Deadlines will be given on all assignment/projects briefs.

Before you submit any work you will be asked to sign an authentication statement confirming that the work is your own work. 

Coursework provides you with an opportunity to do some independent research into a topic. The research you will do will involve looking for information in published sources such as textbooks.

Using information from published sources (including the Internet) as the basis for your coursework is a great way to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of a subject, but you must take care how you use this material – you cannot copy it and claim it as your own work.

Computer Ethics & User Policy

The College of Further Education Dundrum complies with the Data Protection Act. All students are responsible for the correct use of our computer systems. That responsibility exists regardless of what security mechanisms are in place. All users of computing and information services at the College must adhere to the rules and policies of CFE Dundrum. All rights and privileges of all users should be protected. You are required to familiarise yourself with the complete College Acceptable Usage Policy (AUP) which can be found online at www.cfedundrum.com.
Briefly, the AUP is summarised as follows:
1. All usage of CFE Dundrum facilities must be consistent with the business of the college.
2. Unacceptable uses of computer systems include accessing or storing information of an obscene or offensive manner, computer damage, harassment, unauthorized access, tampering with systems or programs, causing deterioration of system performance, invasion of privacy, copying licensed software and cracking passwords.
3. You may not share your account.
4. Keep your password secret, use a password that mixes characters with numbers and use a password you will remember.
5. You are responsible for the security of your account.

6. The College of Further Education Dundrum cannot be held responsible for the loss of student data. It is your responsibility to take regular backups of your data such as exam projects/assignments stored on the computer or college network.
7. Hard copies of projects/assignments submitted to tutors are strictly for assessment purposes only and will not be returned to the student. It is suggested that you should take a copy of all information stored on CFE Dundrum computer systems before the end of the academic year.
The Systems Administrator at the College has the right to monitor the computer system. The systems administrator has the right to examine user files to diagnose system problems or investigate security breaches.
BROADBAND USAGE:

The college offers students full use of our 100Mb bandwidth Internet connection. We expect you to respect the needs of other Internet users and for this reason downloading of large movies or audio files is forbidden. Installation or use of bit torrent software or equivalent is not allowed either on college machines or your own laptop/computer device.

Recognition & Accredation

All our courses offer certification under the newly established Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI). QQI replaces the National Qualification Authority of Ireland (NQAI), Further Education and Training Awards Council (FETAC), the Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC), and the functions of the Irish Universities Quality Board (IQUB).

QQI operates a National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) making it easier to compare the standard of courses and awards. The Framework consists of ten levels based on specified standards of knowledge, skill and competence. These standards define the outcomes to be achieved by learners seeking to gain awards at each level. Progression routes are clearly outlined.

Progression

Students who complete their course and achieve a FETAC Level 5 award can apply for entry to Higher Education Institutes through the CAO system. The minimum entry requirement for graduates of FETAC (NCVA Level 5 or 6 Awards) through the CAO system is a full FETAC Award. A full award normally contains 8 modules, each module being 15 credits.

Each level 5 component is scored by CAO as follows:

3.333 for a Distinction

2.222 for a Merit and

1.111 for a Pass grade

This is then multiplied by the individual component credit value to a maximum 120 credits, a total of

400 points.

FETAC automatically sends the results to CAO and places are offered on the basis of points.

A major award may be achieved over more than one year. Some institutions require that an applicant’s major award must be achieved and /or scored in a single sitting i.e. over one certification year, between 1 August and 31 July. Applicants should refer to the individual institutions requirements in this regard.

 In addition some programmes in higher education require achievement of specified component awards, specific grades in individual component awards, or additional awards such as mathematics. Applicants are advised to confirm details of any specific requirements with the CAO and with the Admissions Office of the individual higher education institution.

Learners completing a Level 6 Award in the College may also be eligible to progress to the second year of some Degree programmes, such as in Computing. Please contact our Careers Office for further information.

For specific Higher Certificates, Ab-initio Ordinary Degree and Ab-initio Honours Degree courses certain pre-requisite FETAC modules or FETAC courses are required. Some universities are now accepting students presenting FETAC awards as an entry path to their degree programmes. Further details are outlined in each colleges/university’s brochure or website.

NURSING STUDIES

Applicants are eligible for entry to nursing degree courses via the FETAC Level V Award Nursing Studies (DCHSN) or Community Health Services (DCHSX). In all cases applicants must have achieved distinctions in 5 modules, which must include a distinction in Anatomy & Physiology (D20001), Introduction to Nursing (D200012), and Human Growth & Development (D20032) or Biology (C20006).

For further details on specific entry requirements please consult the Guidance Office.

Other certifying bodies include:

CISCO Networking Academy Programme, CISCO Systems Inc., is the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet. The CISCO Networking Academy Programme leads to industry recognised professional qualifications in this area.

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