Welcome to Ormonde College of Further Education

Welcome to Ormonde College of Further Education. Located at the heart of medieval Kilkenny, Ormonde CFE offers courses in a range of disciplines. Our courses are fully accredited by internationally recognised awarding bodies and can lead to employment opportunities directly or provide an access pathway to further study in a wide variety of third level institutions.*  Whether you are a school leaver contemplating the start of your career path or an adult wishing to return to education, Ormonde CFE may have the course that suits your academic and vocational aspirations.

* Details of links between FETAC qualifications and third level institutions can be obtained here: CAO Link


A Brief History of Ormonde College of Further Education

The Ormonde College site is one of the most historically significant sites in the city of Kilkenny as it is bordered by part of the original city wall and the Talbot Tower. Eight hundred years after the City Wall was constructed, Talbot tower is undergoing repairs and archaeological work with the aim of developing it into a public space with green areas and interpretive signs.

Ormonde College of Further Education has developed out of the need to address the further education requirements of Kilkenny city and environs in a climate that reflects its distinction from second level provision. The architecturally significant building on Ormonde road, in the heart of Kilkenny city, was built in 1853 and eventually became the site of the first Kilkenny City Technical School which officially opened in 1939. For many years prior to this it had served as a model school for the education of Church of Ireland children. With the completion of the new City Vocational School on New Street in 1979, the bulk of the second level provision moved to the new premises, leaving the building on Ormonde Road as the home of a growing college of further education providing courses to post leaving certificate students and mature adults wishing to return to education. Today Ormonde College is the largest provider of post-leaving certificate courses in County Kilkenny.

Limited places available on some courses at OCFE (21/08/16)

The college will soon be holding interviews for those who applied during the summer months.  There are a limited number of places available on some courses. Apply now using the online application facility which you’ll find in the top right corner of this page or contact the college at 056 7763321 or info@ormondecollege.ie

Applications 2016/2017 Now Open (05/01/16)

Applications for 2016/2017 courses are now open.  To apply on-line please click the button on the top right of this page and it will take you to the 2016/2017 on-line application form.  Alternatively, Application Forms and Prospectus 2016/2017 are available from the College office.  Either call in to the office, contact us by phone at 056 7763321 or email […]

National Awards for Ormonde College Students (18/08/15)

Students of the college enjoyed considerable success on many fronts last year.  Aisling Byrne (Animal Care) scooped first place and her classmate Sarah Holland and Simon Purcell (Exercise and Health Fitness) were awarded two highly commended placings in the prestigious National Careers Skills Competition. Craig O’Shea (Media Studies) was short-listed in the National Student Media […]