Third Level

Although Kilkenny does not have its own third level institution, the Kilkenny Campus of National University of Ireland (NUI) Maynooth offers a wide range of third level courses from Certificate to Degree level. Details of courses on offer are listed in this A to Z section. The surrounding counties of Carlow, Tipperary and Waterford have third level institutions, so if you have the time and means to travel, then there are endless choices of Third Level courses.
IT Carlow


The Watershed
25m six lane swimming pool.  5m learner pool.  Kiddies fun pool. Open year round to members and non members.  “Off-peak” and “special” price times available.
Location: The Watershed, Scanlon Park, Kilkenny Telephone: 056 7734620
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Kilkenny Water Safety


FETAC Level 5 Certificate in Sports & Recreation (DSRXX)
Level 1 Certificate in Exercise & Health Fitness (University of Limerick)
A one-year, full-time course. Aims to develop skills and knowledge necessary for a career in the leisure industry. Students pursue Level 5 in Sport & Recreation from FETAC and the Exercise and Fitness Level 1 award offered by the National Council for Exercise and Fitness (NCEF), accredited by University of Limerick.


FETAC Level 5 Certificate in Security Studies (CSSXX)
A one-year, FETAC certified, full-time course that prepares students for entry into the Security Industry in positions such as static guarding, mobile security patrols, retail security and security for special events. In addition, it may offer successful graduates the opportunity to progress further to An Garda Siochana, Defense Forces and the Prison Service. PSA, Safe Pass and manual handling certification will be made available to students.

Professional Development

Empower Colleges
Empower Colleges offers an array of undergraduate and graduate certificate, diploma, degree and master programmes. Empower also offers online distance learning options, accelerated studies, as well as flexible class schedules which enables students to work while attending courses.
Location: Newtown Manor, New Orchard Rd, Kilkenny
Telephone: 056 7756395


School of Philosophy and Economic Science
Course on Practical Philosophy, exploring the meaning of wisdom, truth, consciousness, the real nature of man and what inhibits his development. Offered three times a year, commencing in September, January and April. Run over 12 weeks, one evening a week.
Location: Butler House, Kilkenny Telephone: 1800 324556

Personal Development

Colour Me Beautiful
Group/individual consultations in colour analysis, style, fashion updates, personal shopping trips, wardrobe/wedding planning. Bridal Services.
Contact: Aileen Kennedy, Image Consultant 
Telephone: 086 9786542
Kilkenny Toastmasters


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