College Choice – A Different Pathway with BIFE


Bray Institute of Further Education are full steam ahead preparing for the new academic year and a return to relative normality in September after the unprecedented nature of the last few months with COVID-19 restrictions.

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.

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
  • Dance
  • 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 ‘20:

  • Construction & Joinery Level 5
  • Jewellery Making Level 5
  • Pharmacy Assistant Level 5
  • Sports Injury & Soft Tissue Massage Therapy Level 5
  • Canine Husbandry Level 5
  • Animal Care – Start your own business Level 6
  • Equine Studies Level 5
  • Applied Ecology & Biodiversity Studies Level 5
  • Tour Guiding Level 6

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.”

Applications for September 2020 Courses are now open. Apply on-line at or call the Institute any day during office hours on 01-2829668 for further information between 9am and 1pm.

Pictured: 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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