Access Office

Access Office Coordinator

Catherine Joyce coordinates Access Services in the college and assists students that require additional focused support in their learning. Some students may require help with general study, time management, assignment preparation, using assistive technology or availing of examination supports.

If you have been assessed or suspect you require these supports, contact  Catherine by email at

You can also text the Learning Hub on 086 601 1305 . If you are registered with the Learning Hub, you'll receive texts from this number.

The Learning Hub Educational Support Office is open Monday - Friday from 09:00 am - 4:00 pm.

What is a Needs Assessment?

A needs assessment is carried out by the Educational Support Officer, whereby they discuss your individual needs and how these needs may impact upon your education and experience in further education. Documentation such as consultants letters or educational psychologist reports are  important documents in which the Educational Support Officer refers to and bases decisions made about what type of supports can/should be provided to you throughout your time in DCFE.

This needs assessment is carried out with you, and will incorporate an assessment of your needs in further education and will also recommend Reasonable Accommodations if and when you have college exams. It's important to ask the Educational Support Officer what type of exam accommodations you may be entitled to.

In the needs assessment, you and the Educational Support Officer will discuss what supports you wish to avail of during your pre-booked appointments and will also bear in mind particular demands of the course that you are doing.

The needs assessment will also involve recommendations for Assistive Technology by the Educational Support Coordinator (Catherine Joyce) who consults with the Educational Support Officer and refers to relevant medical or educational psychologist documentation provided at the time of the needs assessment.

After the needs assessment, a funding application will be sent to SOLAS, where funding may be granted for the Educational Support service you are availing of. This funding is vital to the running of Educational Support services in the college, for the purchasing of specialist assistive technology and transportation services for students with significant needs. SOLAS decide if the funding is successful.

Every student registered with the Educational Support will be encouraged to make appointments with any one of our Educational Support Officers. 

Our Educational Support Officers can provide training in research skills, time management and study skills. 

In so far as is possible, Educational Support Officers collaborate with Academic staff to ensure that the curriculum is delivered in a way that is accessible to all students, which might involve adapting teaching strategies and module/course delivery to suit students with additional needs.

Where applicable, your Educational Support Officer will arrange suitable accommodations for you in terms of examinations and the completion of assignments.


It is important to note that in order to avail of any of these services, it is vital that you provide specialist documentation, giving details of your disability. Without this, it is not possible to provide the necessary support for you. Please make contact with Catherine Joyce  to see if your documentation is valid.

Personal Management Skills

Organisational Skills

Motivational Skills

Time Management

Setting Priorities

Coping with Stress

Assignment Work

Reading and Note Taking

Conquering Writer's Block

Planning an Essay

Choosing structure

Paragraph Structure





Spelling and decoding


Research Skills

Exam Support

Study Routine

Mind Mapping

Exam Preparation

Analysing Questions

Preparing for exam essays