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A College of Further Education:
Liberties College is one of fourteen Colleges of Further Education (college list*) managed by the City of Dublin Education and Training Board (www.CDETB.ie). Together, CDETB Colleges offer 7,500 places in PLC courses. Students come from all of Dublin, surrounding counties and much further afield.
The College is located in Dublin city centre close to St. Patrick's Cathedral, where the old residential neighbourhood of the Liberties merges with the city's business and shopping district.  It is an interesting, convenient and attractive location

Student numbers:

  • 800 full-time PLC students,
  • adult Leaving Certificate with 40 places
  • more than 500 adult part-time students  

Full-time PLC courses are in these areas (800):

  • Childcare and Early Childhood Education (200)
  • Special Needs Support (50)
  • Health Care and Social Care (75)
  • Youth Work and Social Studies (125)
  • Creative Arts – Media; Art & Design; Performance (Acting) (170)
  • Counselling Skills and Counselling Professional Studies (80)
  • Tourism and Travel (50)
  • IT (Networking) (50)


Further Education
FE is a new sector of education, with a strong national presence but a ‘brand identity’ still in its infancy. There are 30,000 full-time Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) students in Ireland, 7,500 of them in CDETB colleges. The core business of an FE College is to provide full-time one-year and two-year PLC courses leading to national certification from FETAC.  The Further Education and Training (FET) sector is much wider.  Across the sector, PLC Colleges, adult education providers, training bodies like FÁS and Fáilte Ireland,  private colleges and trainers now offer standard qualifications from FETAC, the Further Education and Training Authority.


Lifelong learning is our second major commitment
In a world that changes in a moment, learning is part of life. We are interested in providing courses for people who come back to education later in life, as full-time or part-time students. We offer a full-time adult Leaving Certificate programme. Part-time courses are in Evening School (including our ESOL programme), and in the day-time programme of the Back to Education Initiative (BTEI). Adult Basic Education (ABE) works both shifts, supporting reading and writing development and a range of general courses.


National Framework of Qualifications
The national framework of qualifications places all qualifications offered in Ireland on a 10 level framework.  We offer qualifications at Levels 4, 5 and 6 and the framework gives these a clear value and standing, nationally and internationally.


The path to Higher Education.
For many, FE is a stepping stone to a degree course. Liberties College offers specialist higher education access courses, tailor made for learners planning to study at third level.  Additionally, all PLC Awards – at a required level – now qualify students to enter degree programmes in universities and institutes of technology. One in five students graduating from a full time course in the College now moves directly into a university or institute.  We are adapting courses in all areas accordingly.  For more information see www.cao.ie and follow the link to 'FETAC Information'.


Behind all this, what makes the College tick?

Our mission statement commits us to work with the whole community, enhance quality and build a learning community that supports people.  These are our ‘big ideas’.  We see ourselves as welcoming and inclusive.  We believe in lifelong learning.  We want our courses to be challenging and worthwhile. We believe that to achieve these things we must enable and sustain people.

In 2009 The College agreed a new development plan that sets out broadly how the College proposes to work over the next three years, in a way that is consistent with our mission statement.  Below are some priorities.

The College offers a broad range of courses, but most focus on working with people – with children, young people, people with particular support needs at some time in their lives and with those who need longer term care. In other departments our students are creative workers and problem solvers.  We believe that working creatively and working with people draws equally on the strength of the body, the heart and the mind. We try as educators to give effect to this by relating skills development, work experience and understanding. We believe that work of integrating different kinds of learning to create new possibilities for action is done by learners themselves, so we aim to build opportunities for engagement and reflection into each course.

For the past five years the College has worked in different ways to make education accessible, in two senses of the word.  Firstly, who are our students? We have tried to broaden access by presenting information clearly to many people, and by making the application process and the first weeks in College as user-friendly as possible.  Secondly, once settled in college what are the barriers to learning and success?  We have looked at how courses are taught, the language used and the supports available. Our aim is to enable learners to address the challenges of new learning and being a student without facing additional barriers that could readily be removed.  The college was opened in 1977 to offer access to create new opportunities for second level education in an inner city community, and we believe that to be open and inclusive now as a College of Further Education is in keeping with that purpose.


A Personal Approach
We provide courses that make a real difference – building confidence and skills that will lay the foundation for your career. Personal growth is at the heart of vocational preparation – and with our small size we will get to know you and help you to develop your strengths.


Experiencing Quality
All our work experience programmes are relevant and structured. For advanced and specialist courses we are developing new links between college life and the world of work. Our aim is to offer courses that are practical and relevant to your future.A PLC College in the city centre easily reached from city centre bus and rail routes, in an attractive part of town with excellent local facilities.

 

The Iveagh Play Centre – The Bayno
Liberties College in Bull Alley Street occupies one of Dublin’s best known and finest early twentieth century buildings.  

The Iveagh Play Centre (popularly, ‘the Bayno’) was the centrepiece of the Guinness family Iveagh Trust renewal scheme that replaced the tenements between St. Patrick’s and Christchurch Cathedrals and was completed in 1913. The Trust created a unique urban landscape of park, Play Centre, apartments, hostel and swimming pool (now a private fitness centre).  The Play Centre provided enjoyment, education and nourishment (far famed buns and cocoa) to generations of Dubliners until it closed in 1975.

Liberties College began life as a post-primary school in the Myra Hall in Francis Street before moving (in 1969) to share premises with the Play Centre in Bull Alley Street.  

In addition to the centre on Bull Alley Street, Liberties College occupies a buildings on Mark’s Alley West which was the former Holy Faith Secondary School.
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The Bayno
 
 
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