Ballyfermot College of Further Education (also known as BCFE) is an educational institution in Ballyfermot, Dublin, Ireland.
BCFE is a college of further and higher education providing vocational education.
Ballyfermot College of Further Education is managed by the City of Dublin Vocational Education Committee (CDVEC) with a local Board of Management representative of the community/special interest, industry/services and commerce, students and staff.
The CDVEC is the statutory agency for vocational and technological education for the City of Dublin. It manages 21 schools and colleges, which cater for 11,000 students.
Maureen Conway is the Principal of the College and the Deputy Principals are Diarmuid O’Brien and Kevin Devine.
HISTORY The college opened in 1979 as the Senior College Ballyfermot. Since then the college has worked with a range of educational and industrial partners to develop and offer a wide range of successful courses in further and higher education. The college caters for students from the age of 17 and upwards. The college offers a choice of 39 courses of Further and Higher Education in 9 departments.
Senior College Ballyfermot (SCB)
The Senior College opened in September 1979 to provide the Leaving Certificate to students from Ballyfermot. After consultation with local secondary schools it was decided that students from 3 of the local schools, Ballyfermot Vocational School, Caritas and St Dominic’s would complete their leaving certificate in the Senior College. The new school offered a wide range of subjects to the boys and girls of the area. The College is part of City of Dublin Vocational Education Committee.
The new College also offered secretarial courses to post Leaving and post Intermediate students, as well as pre-employment courses for post intermediate students.
During the 1980’s a range of post Leaving cert. Courses were introduced into the College, including Preliminary Engineering which had links with DIT Bolton Street, Hotel Catering and Tourism courses which had links with CERT, Business courses and Social Care courses. Most of these courses continue today.
In the 1990’s the Senior College gave up its Leaving Certificate classes, which returned to the local schools, and continued to develop Post-Leaving Certificate courses.
In 2000 the Senior College changed its name to Ballyfermot College of Further Education.
Within BCFE there are several Departments:
Art, Design and Graphics Moving Images Business Engineering Lifelong Learning Media Music, Performance, Management and Sound Social Care Television and Film Travel, Tourism and Reception
Thare are 3 separate buildings within BCFE college. The Main Building and Media Building are side by side, to the left of Ballyfermot Road if coming from the city centre direction. The Arts building is located around the corner, on the Chapelizod end of Kylemore Road.