What our Graduates say
What can I say? Killester College is a college that I can't speak highly enough of. I walked into the building anxiously, and I walked out with a lot of confidence and self-fulfilment. The staff in the college assist you in all facets of your work and provide exceptional feedback. Personally what you put into the work is what you will get out of it, if you want something bad enough you'll grab it with both hands. I did, and it all paid off for me, I am now studying Law & Society in DCU thanks to Killester College of Further Education.
Conor Dixon- Culture & Heritage Studies (Pre University Arts) 2014-15
Been in tears all morning. (tears of joy!) Delighted to say I got UCD General science!!. I'm so grateful for all your help and guidance.
Joe Moore Pre University Science 2014-15
I got accepted to Trinity and am studying the Professional Masters in Education. It is definitely going to be a busy and consuming 2 years. I am really enjoying the lectures so far and I am looking forward to the future. I wanted to thank you (Joan Donelan/Career Guidance counsellor) again, for being such a support to me. I had thought about doing the H.dip several years ago but life got in the way! You made it a possibility that I could consider it again and with your little push, I am now where I want to me.
Nadine Slattery BA-former Classroom Assistant student 2014-15
It was great to be able to do Montessori FETAC level 5 & 6, thanks to Killester College of Further Education, I am now in Saint Nicholas Montessori College doing my level 7 degree.
Nicole Stapff Montessori Student 2013-2015
Having just graduated from the Level 5 Horticulture course in the year 2014 - 2015, I can certainly recommend that anyone considering studying at Killester College go in and try your hand at it. As a student, I found all the teaching and administrative staff to be more than helpful. They are truly passionate about giving their students every opportunity to grow and learn and they have opened my eyes to the opportunities available to me. I am more passionate than ever about continuing in the horticulture field and thanks to the support of my teachers I feel that I have the confidence to do this, knowing that I have made a great start by studying at Killester College.
Rebecca C. Horticulure student 2014-15
During my time in Killester College, I had a great time. The lecturers were very helpful and encouraged me all the time. Their encouragement gave me the courage to further my studies in DIT.
Geoffrey Olubuunor- 2010-2011 Security Systems now in Automotive Technology and Management DIT
My one year spent at Killester College taking the Pre-Uni Science Course was invaluable to me entering the B.Sc Genetics & Cell Biology program in DCU. It gave me a head start over other students as I had sampled all the sciences whereas most other students were only familiar with 1 or 2 science subjects. I now find myself in 3rd year, about to enter a 6 month work placement in the pharmaceutical industry and then returning for my final year. Thank you Killester
Robert Hickey 2011-2012 Pre-Uni Science
I am thrilled that I have been offered a place in level 7 of the BA (Hons) in Montessori Education course in St Nicholas. I want to say a huge thank you to all the tutors at Killester College. I have always found all of the tutors extremely supportive and understanding and willing to do whatever it takes to ensure all students get the help and support they need.
Liz Turner 2012 - 2014 Montessori
When I started in Killester College last September, I hadn't a clue what I was doing, or what to expect, as I hadn't been in formal education for 30 years or more. It didn't take long to settle in as the staff were very welcoming and easy to talk to, it also helped that we all, the students that is, got along like a house on fire. Not that it was all fun and games, there was plenty of sweat and tears! I found some of the class work very difficult. I found myself questioning whether I could complete the course, mainly because of my inability to do even the most basic tasks on a word processor but, with the help of Kate, our tutor, it was an enjoyable experience and I would have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone, even those who, like me, hadn't been in such an environment for a very long time. I'm now completing a level 7 degree in Horticulture with WIT(Waterford IT) in the Botanic Gardens this September.
Aiden Gibson 2013-2014 Horticulture now in College of Amenity Horticulture, National Botanic Gardens
Being made redundant gave me the chance to work with animals which had always been an ambition of mine. Veterinary nursing quickly became what I wanted to do but unfortunately I had not got a leaving cert or experience in a working environment with animals so I stood little chance of gaining a place on a degree course. That was until I found the animal care course in Killester college. This 1 year course gave me everything I needed. It gave me the subjects I required to gain a place through the Fetac system but also the experience in a veterinary practice that ultimately led to me being accepted as a mature student because of the experience I had gained and the references had got from the vet and the nurses at this practice. I am now a full time student at UCD and this is definitely one of the best experiences of my life.
Ciaran Lloyd 2011-2012 Animal Science
I am working in Dogs Trust since May when I finished college. It's fantastic, I love it. Doing the year in Killester definitely contributed to me getting the job so I am so happy I took the initiative and went back to college. The year in Killester was a great experience and it was a pleasure to learn from a great group of teachers.
Cheryl Monaghan 2013-2014 Animal Science
Making the decision to go to Killester College to study Cultural and Heritage Studies was one of the best decisions I ever made. After my Leaving Certificate didn't go to plan I never thought I would have the opportunity to study in college. Killester College gave me a second chance and thanks to them I am now going to UCD studying Greek, Latin and Roman Civilisation. Everyone was 100% supportive of myself and my peers and because of this I now have the opportunity to broaden my education in university. We were taken to many beautiful locations and were given opportunities to work with some outstanding people during our time out on work experience. I cannot thank the staff of Killester College enough for all they have done for me.
Sarah Keegan 2013-2014 Cultural & Heritage Studies
Killester college is an excellent place to begin the vital steps on your professional career pathway. I completed the pre-university course in Science during 2013-2014 and highly recommend the College for a variety of reasons. The obvious benefits of this particular course is the actual science content of the syllabus, what is not obvious until you have experienced Killester College are the skills, knowledge, compassion and dedication of the teachers. Expect not only to get an excellent grounding in the core Science subjects of Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Maths but also begin to appreciate the level of work that is expected at third level. I feel a massive debt of gratitude to the the teachers of these subjects Orla, Bernadette and Rosaleen along with Joan the Careers Guidance Counsellor. Without all their dedication, expertise and encouragement, I would not have achieved the level of success that I achieved. The college is managed in a very positive yet efficient manner under the highly experienced Rory O'Sullivan, who is both academically focused yet compassionate to the students’ needs. In summary, choose Killester college for your educational adventure, work hard and know that you have some of the best teachers in the country to support you on your journey.
Ruth Little 2013-2014 Science now Medical student at the RCSI-Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
"My days at KCFE culminated with an Academic Achievement at the 2014 Graduation Ceremony in Clontarf Castle. I was so honoured to have been nominated for this award as I truly enjoyed my time at Killester under the guidance of Rory O'Sullivan and Anne Joyce. I was supported by all the teaching staff who are so dedicated to helping every student reach their goals. I cannot talk highly enough of the one year FETAC Course (Level 5) which I attended Cultural & Heritage Studies. This course has opened up so much for me as I have progressed to NCAD for a Degree Course in Visual Culture. I must thank my Course Tutor, Marianne Fox who 'got me thinking' and kept me calm with her influence; all of my teachers were an inspiration to me; Patricia Harte my Art Appreciation teacher; I would listen to her forever ; I am now further immersed in a world of Art, Culture, Heritage, History, Archaeology, Architecture, Photography, Irish Folklore & Ethnology, Textiles, Fashion & Design etc. My sincerest thanks to you all for making my days in Killester College happy & fulfilling ones, and I couldn't have picked a better college & course to further expand my horizons as a 'Back to Education' candidate! With all my thanks."
Denise Kelly 2013-2014 Cultural & Heritage Studies
I attended Killester College to do the Childcare course from 2013 - 2014. I enjoyed my time participating in this course and would recommend it to anyone interested in working in a childcare setting. I gained all the relevant experience and qualifications during my time in this course and in the end got a place in Carlow IT level 8 in Early Childhood Education and Care.
Kayleigh Byrne 2013-2014 Childcare
I recently got a job working with Fingal County Council in the parks department. The QQI Level 5 course that I completed in Killester taught me the fundamentals of horticulture making my transition into doing a degree with WIT(Waterford IT)in the Botanic Gardens a lot easier. I am really enjoying my time in the Bots and am still using the knowledge that I gained from my time in Killester College. . I would really encourage students to do the level 7 in the Bots.
Simon Kelly 2011-2012 Horticulture
I studied Disability Support work. I am now in NUI Maynooth studying Social Science which I am thoroughly enjoying! If you want to progress in this field I would highly recommend this course! Everyone is so nice from staff to students!
Annie Baxter (Disability Support Worker 2012-2013)
My name is Niamh, and I studied ‘Disability Support Worker’ course in Killester College. I thoroughly enjoyed this course and would highly recommend it. During this course I experienced new subjects, and was given opportunities to partake in work experience, sign language and manual handling. From this course I am now studying ‘Health and Society’ in DCU, and enjoying the new experiences and challenges I am facing. The staff in Killester College is wonderful and very supportive, always there to advise and help in any way. The career guidance I received in Killester has enabled me to be where I am today. For this I am very grateful. I will always have very fond memories of Killester College.
Niamh Daly 2011-2012 Disability & Care Support Course
I studied as a Veterinary Assistant in Killester College of Further Education in 2010/11. During my time in Killester I found that further education can actually be fun, when applied with the right levels of commitment and determination. The course covered a wide range of modules, which gave me a vast knowledge of appropriate animal care. During the year, I took part in a work placement programme, which was extremely beneficial to my understanding of the industry. Through hard work and dedication, I was offered a job as a Veterinary Assistant through my work placement, commencing upon graduation from Killester College. After working for over a year with this veterinary practice I was encouraged to aim higher and return to university. I am currently studying BSc (Hons) Bio veterinary Sciences in the Royal Veterinary College, University of London. This course offers me a degree in research biology and has a remarkable reputation and international accreditation. On completion of this degree, I also have theoption to advance to study accelerated Veterinary Medicine.Killester College was an extremely important stepping stone and has opened multiple doors for me… Without the help of Killester College’s outstanding staff and resources, such as Moodle, I would not have achieved what I have today.
Jamie Enright 2010-2011 Animal Science
I really wanted to return to education but I was unsure if I could afford the time’ or if I would fit in to a classroom environment again after so long! The staff in Killester College were so understanding. They helped me gain the confidence and skills I needed to progress to the next step. I completed the FETAC level 5 course, Art-Portfolio Preparation in Killester; Now I’m studying for a BA honors degree in Fine Art at D.I.T. I couldn’t be happier!
Rose-Ann Mc Kinney 2011-2012 Art Portfolio
I completed a Disability Support Worker Course, in Killester College 2011-2012. I found the entire experience enjoyable and very rewarding. The classes were well organized by friendly and helpful staff. Met so many different types of people and made some great and lasting friendships. I have been in employment since leaving, working within the community.
Cathy Conneely 2011-2012 DIsability Care Support Course
The Pre-University Science course was a great stepping stone to get in to Trinity College. It prepared me and got me back into attending class, doing homework and studying. The course is friendly, accessible and great fun. The teachers are great and work well with the students.
Garett Dee 2012 - 2013 Pre Uni. Science
I went to Killester college to study Data Networking after working in construction for 15 years. At the time I thought it would be a long 2 years and there was no way I was moving on to third level education. But with the help and encouragement I received in Killester the time flew by and I felt I was capable of moving on. I am now studying Computer Science at IT Blanchardstown, having gone through Advanced Entry year two.
Declan Kenny 2010 - 2012 Data Networking
“It’s a great opportunity for mature students who want to progress to Higher Education. If you’ve been out of education a long time, the course helps you to improve your writing, research and learning skills.”
Wayne Malone B.A. Cultural & Heritage Course 2011-12 (Arts in UCD)
I am at third level studying Occupational Therapy in Glasgow Caledonian University and hope to qualify in 2015 - fingers crossed! I am currently on placement at King's College Hospital in London working in neuro/stroke rehab, an area which I hope to work in, in the future. Killester was not only the springboard for college but studying 'Disability & Care Support Work' was the platform to my part time job as a care support worker with Cheshire Ireland - a job which I loved and supported my tuition.
Katie Hennigan (Disability & Care Support Worker 2011-12)
“When I embarked on the Cultural and Heritage Course in Killester College I hoped I hadn't bitten off more than I could chew. It had been 28 years since I had completed my Leaving Certificate. I had been at home for a number of years looking after my children and was out of touch with computers and study. However, with the help of great tutors and classmates I was absolutely delighted to complete the year and be awarded a FETAC Level 5 Certificate in Cultural and Heritage Studies. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and would recommend it to everyone particularly if you are interested in History. We had the opportunity to visit many historic sites during the year. Not only did I gain a lot of knowledge and skills during my time there but I also made some great friends. Call in to an Open Day and have a chat with the tutor about the course . It could change your life forever!”
Deirdre Mannion (Cultural & Heritage Studies 2012-2013)
After being made redundant and unsuccessfully job seeking for almost eight months I decided that going back to education was the only way forward. The first course I enrolled on in Killester College was Business Systems & Information Technology. It got me back into the groove of time keeping, managing workloads and, in the end, helped me realise what career path I want to follow. I graduated with distinctions and decided to continue my studies in Killester. I enrolled on the two-year Data Networking (Cisco) course even though I didn’t have any previous experience with networks, only willingness to learn and great interest in computers. The course is quite intense due to weekly Cisco examinations but if you put in the work and keep your eye on the ball there is nothing to worry about. The tutors are absolutely amazing so never be afraid to ask for help if you feel you’re struggling. After speaking to other students doing similar courses in other colleges around Dublin, Killester College seems to have the best Data Networking programme so I would highly recommend it if you are considering entering the world of IT. During my three years there I met great tutors and made friends for life. I am currently a full-time third year Digital Forensics and Cyber Security student in the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown. I entered the course through the Advanced Entry option. If it wasn’t for Killester College I would have never followed my dream of having a career in IT so for that I will be forever grateful to everyone that helped me get there.
Margaret Gorska (Business Systems & IT, Data Networking, 2009-2012) Student of the Year Killester College 2012