Open Day at Mayo College of Further Education & Training, Thursday 10th March from 12pm – 7pm

Our newly formed Mayo College of Further Education & Training will be holding an open day in our Ballina, Castlebar and Westport campuses on Thursday 10th March from 12 pm to 7 pm. The Open Day will allow potential learners to meet teachers and tour our modern facilities in Ballina, Castlebar and Westport.

We have five Departments, including Applied Science & Technology, Business & IT, Beauty & Hairdressing, Creative Arts and Care and Health & Humanities.

The addresses of our three campus locations are as follows:

Ballina Campus, Abbey Street, Ballina, Co. Mayo, F26E264

Castlebar Campus, Newtown, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, F23EW84

Westport Campus, Newport Road, Westport, Co. Mayo, F28TP82


Mayo College of FET will have 40 FET/PLC Level 5 and Level 6 QQI Courses on offer for September 2022. These courses will enable learners to meet the demands of the modern social and economic environment. The new College will offer exceptional educational opportunities for school leavers, lifelong learners, returning learners and the wider community. It will serve as a dispersed centre of learning for the region, affording learners the opportunity for academic, employment and social progression.

Work placement is an integral part of all programmes. Our IT facilities are of an exceptional standard with innovation and development at the core of our course delivery in all our locations. We are constantly updating and developing our programmes to suit the workplace, the economy and third-level opportunities. Therefore, the success rate of our learners on completion of their courses is excellent. Many have progressed to third level institutions nationally and internationally, or set up successful businesses, while others have found employment in their chosen field via our well-established links with employers and business organisations in the region and elsewhere.

During the 2022-2023 academic year learners will be given the opportunity to partake in Erasmus+ paid work placement in several European countries including France, Spain, Estonia, Iceland, Germany, Poland and Denmark.

We have over 100 laptops to loan to learners through our laptop scheme for academic purposes during the academic year. In addition to these laptops, learners can avail of free copies of Office 365 and Adobe Creative Cloud, as appropriate to their course requirements.

As part of our College experience, learners can set up or join clubs and societies, play football in competition with Institutes of Technology and other FET centres, or gain leadership skills by becoming a class representative or member of our Student Council.

The approach to teaching and learning across our campuses is both positive and affirming. Disability Support Staff will assist learners with documented disabilities/specific learning difficulties, while our Guidance Counsellors will help those seeking careers advice or encountering personal issues.

The Castlebar Campus experience:

The campus will offer a range of new courses in September 2022, including Sports Nutrition Level 5, Sports & Physical Therapy Level 5, Sports Recreation and Exercise Level 6. We also run the well-established Sports Studies & Exercise Science. These courses contain scientific and practical elements and students use state of the art facilities locally for practical elements. Many complete additional training in this area e.g train to become a Physical Therapist while some go on to further their studies in related courses in higher education.

In the Business area courses such as Business Studies/Administration or Medical & Legal Secretary provide learners with the skills necessary to gain employment in the administration/business environment with small businesses, doctor’s surgeries, legal practices for example while at the same time providing a solid grounding for progression to related third level Business courses all over Ireland. The recently upgraded TEL classrooms where these courses are taught provide students with everything, they need in relation to modern business technology and software.

Our Music Course is designed to nurture instrumentalists and singers of every level alike and provides the music student with access to the college recording studio enabling them to publish their own compositions. The course enables learners to follow the practical side of performance while also providing a strong foundation in Music Theory. Many go on to study Music at third level on completion of this course.

The recently developed Graphic Design with Digital Marketing Course and Apple Mac Studio Classroom has proved extremely popular and really is ‘up to the minute’ in relation to the needs of industry and business in marketing their products and services. We expect this course to be even more popular next year.

Castlebar Campus has been a leader in the development of Information Technology Courses in the region, with a range of options to give learners grounding in the skills required for the work of a technician or a Programmer or careers in Cloud computing. Many go on to further their qualifications in related courses in third-level colleges.

In the area ‘Caring’ a reputation has been built up over many years in the Nursing, Healthcare Support and Social Studies area. Many have gone on to fulfil their dreams of training to become Nurses while those who qualified in the Healthcare Course have walked straight into employment as Healthcare Assistants in the HSE or as Home Helps working in the community. For Social Studies graduates, further study in this area or Psychology has become the norm.

Castlebar Campus has been a centre of excellence in the provision of qualifications in Early Learning and Care and our graduates are highly regarded by employers in local Early Care settings. There are three options available with all courses totally re-developed to meet new regulations in this area. On offer we have the Level 5 and Level 6 Certificate in Early Learning and Care and also Level 5 Disability Studies with Special Needs Assistant. It is common for graduates to further their training in third level enabling them to work in management in Early Learning Settings or other relevant education settings or pursue Postgraduate study. There is now a brand-new purpose-built Early Learning & Care Room in the College to facilitate learners to have a comfortable well-equipped learning experience.

A lot of students on completion of a Level 5 Course stay for a second year and complete a Level 6 Programme in a similar/closely related subject area. The opportunity for Advanced entry to third level in some career areas is available to these graduates. Enquiries to our guidance counsellor are advised in this regard.

The Westport Campus experience:

The campus will offer new courses in Laboratory Techniques at Level 5 and Golf & Sports Turf Management at Level 6 from September 2022.

Our Agriculture Level 5 & Level 6 courses have been redeveloped recently, with all modules being redesigned, rewritten and approved by QQI. Our learners have access to our College Farm to practice and develop their skills. Last year we purchased a state-of-the-art Tenstar Tractor Simulator with multiple driving exercises and simulations preloaded on our system. This allows our learners to practice and become proficient in various realistic tractor-related activities in the safest of environments. Learners in our Horticulture Level 6 course have access to our on-site polytunnels and dedicated organic Horticulture area, which includes a beautiful orchard of grafted apple trees.

The Art Room has recently been completely refurbished with new equipment being added and IT facilities updated allowing learners to work with the latest software. The Photography Studio has also benefited from some significant investment in equipment and resources recently. This ensures that our learners in our Film & Photography Level 5 & Level 6 courses are training using the highest quality industry-standard equipment.

A purpose-built Dog Grooming facility and a fully kitted Science Laboratory are used by Animal Care Level 5 & Animal Science Level 6 learners. Our Healthcare Support learners fine-tune their care skills in a Healthcare Skills Lab, which includes nursing manikins designed for a variety of training scenarios. They are also trained in the use of diagnostic equipment, including an ECG monitor and simulator.

Our Beauty and Hairdressing salons have also benefited from significant recent investments. Beauty Therapy Level 5 & Level 6 learners practice their skills using industry-standard equipment in our large Beauty Salon, while Hairdressing Level 5 & Level 6 learners have also benefitted from the recent acquisition of new salon furniture and equipment.

Motor Technology Level 5 learners have access to our College Garage which includes all of the equipment and diagnostics needed to prepare for work in the industry. This includes an industry-standard hydraulic lift as well as braking systems, lighting and wiring training boards. These learners also have access to our highly equipped Engineering Room which includes Arc and Mig Welders and other Engineering equipment. Learners in Office Administration Level 5 course, like all our learners, have access to the latest Office 365 software and our IT resources are updated regularly.


The Ballina Campus experience:

Mayo College of Further Education & Training will encompass the Ballina Campus from 1st September 2022. We are delighted to offer a range of new courses in Ballina including:

Pharmacy Assistant Level 5

This course offers comprehensive training for participants interested in working in the Retail Pharmacy Sector. Learners will gain knowledge of science-based subjects, IT skills, ‘over the counter medicines and customer service.

Emergency Care Personnel (Pre- Paramedic, Fire & Ambulance) Level 5

This course is designed to introduce learners to the challenges and opportunities of working in emergency services. Participants will be introduced to careers such as paramedic, fire officer and emergency medical technician and be prepared for further study in this area.

Animation Level 5

This is a one-year full-time course that gives learners the opportunity to develop their personal creativity, design and observational skills through the use of a range of creative digital media, digital photography and animation drawing skills.

Policing & Security Level 5

This course provides learners with an introduction to the different sectors of the security industry. This course is of particular relevance to learners who are interested in a career in An Garda Siochana, the Defence Forces, the Prison Service or Emergency Services. This course involves a focus on the academic skills and personal qualities required for a career in the security sector.

Office Administration Level 5

This course primarily focuses on preparation for work in an office environment, but many students use it as a steppingstone for entry to third level courses in the areas of business, computers and accountancy.


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