Col­lege Choice – a dif­fer­ent path­way with BIFE

Wexford People - - EDUCATION & COURSES -

BIFE staff and stu­dents vis­it­ing IT Tal­laght. (BIFE have signed a for­mal “Ac­cess to Higher Ed­u­ca­tion” agree­ment with IT Tal­laght and a num­ber of other IT’s).

While in many cases stu­dents, schools and par­ents see the CAO as the ‘be all and end all’ for those seek­ing third level ed­u­ca­tion, noth­ing could be fur­ther from the truth ac­cord­ing to Gabriel Allen, deputy prin­ci­pal at Bray In­sti­tute of Fur­ther Ed­u­ca­tion (BIFE). “Over re­cent years many new av­enues have opened up to stu­dents to en­able them pur­sue their dream ca­reer via a dif­fer­ent route.”

He added, “Fur­ther Ed­u­ca­tion of­fers a learner, who may not have achieved the re­quired CAO points, the op­por­tu­nity to gain ad­vanced en­try onto hon­ours de­gree pro­grammes, both in Ire­land and abroad.”

The huge range of cour­ses avail­able at BIFE of­fers learn­ers fab­u­lous op­por­tu­ni­ties, not only for those look­ing for ad­di­tional skills or hop­ing to go di­rectly into em­ploy­ment, but also as an al­ter­na­tive route on to a col­lege course in a univer­sity or in­sti­tute of tech­nol­ogy in Ire­land or abroad.

“Many of our stu­dents” he said “who com­plete a one-year level 6 pro­gramme have been suc­cess­ful in gain­ing ad­vanced en­try to year 2 of a rel­e­vant de­gree pro­gramme in The In­sti­tutes of Tech­nol­ogy. For ex­am­ple, if a stu­dent wanted to study Busi­ness Man­age­ment in DIT (DT324) but did not get enough points in the Leav­ing Cer­tifi­cate (330 in 2018), they could do a one-year post-Leav­ing Cert (PLC) level 6 course in Man­age­ment (6M4587) in Bray In­sti­tute of Fur­ther Ed­u­ca­tion and gain di­rect en­try into the sec­ond year of that same de­gree in DIT.

Over the past few years, grad­u­ates of BIFE have achieved hon­ours de­grees across a wide range of pro­grammes, open­ing up a myr­iad of ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties from graphic de­sign to per­form­ing arts to psy­chol­ogy.

This year BIFE will of­fer Higher Na­tional Di­plo­mas in the fol­low­ing:

Fine Art - Art Prac­tice Act­ing


TV & Film (Mov­ing Im­age) Mu­sic Pro­duc­tion

Mu­sic Per­for­mance

Ap­plied So­cial Stud­ies Graphic De­sign

Fash­ion De­sign

As Gabriel Allen ex­plained, “These nine cour­ses will al­low grad­u­at­ing stu­dents to pro­ceed to the fi­nal year of an hon­ours De­gree Pro­gramme in Ire­land or Britain if that is their ul­ti­mate am­bi­tion.”

Bray In­sti­tute will of­fer a num­ber of new cour­ses in Septem­ber ‘19:

Ar­chi­tec­tural Tech­nol­ogy HND Level 6

Restau­rant & Bar Op­er­a­tions Level 5

Oc­cu­pa­tional Ther­apy As­sis­tant Level 5

Di­etet­ics, Nu­tri­tion & Food Sci­ence Level 5

An­i­ma­tion & Mo­tion Graph­ics Level 5

Con­struc­tion Tech­nol­ogy with Sus­tain­able En­ergy Level 5

Mo­bile Tech­nolo­gies & App De­sign Level 5

En­trepreneur­ship & Dig­i­tal Mar­ket­ing Level 5

Phar­macy Tech­ni­cian Level 6 Es­tate Agency Prac­tice & Auc­tion­eer­ing Level 5

Smart Build­ing Tech­nolo­gies Level 6

Beauty Sales Con­sul­tant Level 5

All of the above cour­ses will of­fer pro­gres­sion routes to higher ed­u­ca­tion.

Allen as­sured that there are many op­por­tu­ni­ties for ma­ture stu­dents to study and progress at BIFE. “All cour­ses have valu­able cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and of­fer pro­gres­sion routes to Higher Ed­u­ca­tion, yet you don’t need CAO points to study at Bray In­sti­tute.”

Bray In­sti­tute will be hold­ing a Ca­reer / Open day on Fri­day 18th Jan­uary from 10am to 4pm. Po­ten­tial stu­dents, par­ents, and ca­reer guid­ance teach­ers will have the op­por­tu­nity to speak to the staff who, with their ed­u­ca­tional knowl­edge and spe­cial­ist in­dus­try ex­pe­ri­ence, can guide you in the right di­rec­tion. Work­shops, demon­stra­tions, pre­sen­ta­tions and ca­reer lec­tures will run through­out the day and vis­i­tors can speak to stu­dents and get their views on the cour­ses.

Ap­pli­ca­tions for Septem­ber 2019 Cour­ses are now open. Ap­ply on-line at or call the In­sti­tute any day dur­ing of­fice hours on 01-2829668 for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion.

BIFE staff and stu­dents vis­it­ing IT Tal­laght. (BIFE have signed a for­mal “Ac­cess to Higher Ed­u­ca­tion” agree­ment with IT Tal­laght and a num­ber of other IT’s).

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