General Information

Location of Sligo CFE

Sligo CFE is located on the Clarion Road, opposite the Clarion Hotel and adjacent to Sligo Institute of Technology. It is a fifteen minute walk from Sligo rail and bus station and is served by local bus route S1. The N15 is also easily accessed.

Benefits of studying at Sligo CFE

  • Excellent range of courses
  • Internationally recognised qualifications
  • Apply directly to Sligo CFE (Non CAO Application)
  • Minimum entry requirements
  • PLC Maintenance Grants available
  • Superb resources and facilities
  • Stepping stone to employment or further/higher education
  • Friendly, inclusive environment
  • Committed and experienced staff

Learners at Sligo CFE include

  • School leavers
  • Mature learners
  • Graduates
  • International learners
  • Second-chance learners
  • Recently unemployed
  • Learners seeking employment
  • Learners seeking to progress to Third Level

Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI)

In 2012, Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) was established as the new integrated agency (replacing FETAC, HETAC, NQAI and incorporating the functions of IUQB). Awards and qualifications formerly made by FETAC continue to be recognised, as they are placed on the National Framework of Qualifications. All awards at Sligo CFE are recognised at either Level 5 or 6 on the NFQ. All learners enrolling on courses at Sligo CFE who successfully complete their course of study will receive NFQ Certificates now awarded by QQI.

Other Awarding Bodies

Some Sligo CFE courses are accredited by other national and international awarding bodies including: ITEC and City & Guilds (International Therapy Examination Council)

Guidance and Counselling

This service is available to all learners throughout the year on an individual basis. The Guidance Counsellor is available to discuss all aspects of course work and to assist in future career and course decisions. All counselling and support is offered on a confidential basis.

Learner Code of Conduct

Learners are expected to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to Further Education. Sligo CFE regulations are broadly based on practices found in the workplace, in terms of attendance, punctuality, treatment of fellow learners and members of staff, work input, study habits, attitude and completion of course work. This includes health and safety awareness and practice.

Learner Facilities

  • Lecture Rooms
  • Six fully equipped Computer Suites
  • Wi-Fi throughout the college
  • Student Cards • Photocopying Service
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Science Laboratory
  • Construction Workshops
  • PLC drop in centre for colour printing
  • A dedicated Nursing Room
  • Dedicated Design/Architectural Drawing Studio
  • Industry Standard Equipment

Work Experience

Work experience is an integral part of all Sligo CFE Courses. Learners are encouraged to select work placements that match their career needs. Learners at SligoCFE now have the opportunity to complete their work experience abroad on the Erasmus+ scheme. The Erasmus Plus Programme offers SligoCFE students the opportunity to apply to work abroad (usually for a three week period). Placements will be arranged with employers in the host country with support from SligoCFE. You can experience living in another culture, enjoy travelling, improve language skills, gain a Europass Qualification, add this experience to your CV and get that valuable job. Students will have the opportunity to complete placements in their vocational area in Kempten (Germany), Fougères (France), Adeje (Tenerife), Barcelona (Spain) and Exeter, (UK).

Placements normally take place during the academic year September-May. If your application to work aboard is successful, you will qualify for a grant towards the cost of the mobility programme including travel, accommodation and living expenses. In addition you will receive language and cultural preparation prior to departure. Learners often secure offers of employment following work placement.

Annual Graduation Ceremony

  • A highlight of the Sligo CFE Calendar, usually in early May
  • All learners who have completed their course are welcome to attend