Carlow Institute of Further Education
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Carlow Institute of Further Education and Training offers students the opportunity to work towards qualifications, while enjoying the ambience and liveliness of Carlow as one of the major college towns in Ireland.

This Institute has a long and very successful tradition of providing Further Education in the region. Whether you intend to develop new interests or are planning a career, Further Education will shape your future.

We encourage students to develop to their full potential. Through study, projects and experience of work in your area we hope to foster in each student self-confidence and ability to further life choices.

Further Education is an important link for students to access third level. Our courses also lead directly into the world of work. If you would like more information please contact the relevant course Co-ordinators or come to our Information Day.


Partners and Progression

Carlow Institute of Further Education and Training has strategic links with its partners Institute of Technology, Carlow, Waterford Institute of Technology, Carlow College and VISUAL Carlow. The partnerships with both Institutes of Technology offer unique progression arrangements for students who graduate from programmes at Carlow Institute of Further Education and Training.

These progression agreements are subject to specific conditions, and each year an information workshop is held at Carlow Institute of Further Education and Training to assist applicants. VISUAL Carlow is strategic partner for Creative and Performing Arts studies.


VISUAL Carlow is a dynamic multi-disciplinary arts centre presenting local, national, and international work in the visual and performing arts. The centre comprises over 3000m3 of world-standard gallery space, and a 290-seat performance theatre. VISUAL Carlow has a highly creative programming approach that features outstanding international work, and seeks opportunities to support and connect national, regional and local work in its environment of excellence.

Carlow Institute of Further Education and Training is a strategic partner of VISUAL Carlow, and is developing active education links between its Arts courses and the programme at the gallery and theatre. These opportunities will include visual art workshops, film screenings, performances, venue and event management experiences, stage and theatre make-up, and production and technical theatre workshops at the centre, run in conjunction with VISUAL Carlow and Carlow Institute of Further Education and Training. Look out for the VISUAL Carlow logo on individual information pages to see which courses offer links.


Carlow Institute of Further Education and Training has a progression agreement with Waterford Institute of Technology under which WIT reserves a specific number of places on a range of programmes for CIFET students.

An agreement has been signed with Institute of Technology Carlow that allows graduates from Carlow Institute of Further Education and Training, who apply through CAO for programmes at Institute of Technology Carlow and who meet the required entry criteria, to be offered a place in advance of the usual Round 1 offers.


Carlow College provides opportunities for CIFET students to achieve B.A. (Honours) degrees in Applied Social Studies (Social Care), Humanities, English and History and Citizenship and Community Studies, in a supportive learning environment and a friendly campus.