Not everybody has a precise career plan on leaving school and sometimes the CAO offer does not match student expectations. In this case, students may benefit from a transition between secondary school and college. Further education fits this niche very successfully and many students who progress to university after a QQI course in a further education college, such as Whitehall College, salute the extra tuition and preparation for coursework which they received from their courses - a preparation which aided their success in graduating from their third level institution.
Whitehall College of Further Education offer day courses to school leavers and mature students. The courses run for approximately 9 months; this facilitates the development of good practical skills, personal development and depth of learning. The majority of courses at Whitehall College offer the learner the opportunity to achieve a major QQI award at level 5 or level 6.
Courses on offer include:
Business and Finance, Office Administration, Health Administration, Computer Systems and Networks, Education and Training, Food Science, Software Development, English Language, Health Service Skills, Community Care, Early Childhood Education and Care, Pre-Nursing Studies and Art for long-term unemployed adults.
The Education and Training course in Whitehall College runs in partnership with DCU with students spending one day a week at the St. Patrick’s DCU campus in Drumcondra. For those interested in a career in sciences, the Food Science and Nutrition and Dietetics courses have proven popular progression routes to related third level courses. New for September 2017 the College is offering Digital Marketing, Legal Administration and Office Skills for Adults.
Whitehall College of Further Education is situated at Colaiste Caoimhin, on Mobhi Road in Glasnevin, it offers:
- A single campus location boasting top class facilities in a stunning setting.
- Friendly, open and supportive learning environment.
- Mature students are welcome on all courses.
- Adaptability of courses
- Student council and student activities
- Progression links to third level courses
- Work Placement relevant to their course discipline ranging from 2-6 weeks.
Further education is a stepping stone. It can be a stepping stone to first time employment or back to employment. For all it is a confidence building year; for many it is a pre-university year - it introduces learners to an area they may wish to progress to at higher education and offers a chance to develop practical skills that will stand to them in the future no matter what the next step is. Skills and education obtained at Further Education offer learners increased choices and improve their employability.