At Portobello Institute, our class sizes differ per department but the majority of our classes have an impressively low student-teacher ratio. As a general rule we cap all of our part-time classes at a maximum of 14 students. 

Classroom size can directly impact student performance but there is no perfect answer when it comes to what the lesser number should be.  

We have included some of the reasons for our decision of 14 -  

Every student gets noticed - less numbers mean every student gets the attention they deserve from the tutor.  There is a much greater opportunity to ask questions and to participate in discussion. 

Support– sometimes it’s important to get that extra bit of support and importantly to know it’s available to you. Students can receive the undivided attention from their tutor in a small group.

Enhanced learning – Students become more comfortable in their environment sooner which can lead to faster and enhanced learning.

Tutor interaction – teachers have more opportunity to speak to the class as a whole and to the students individually which is important. With fewer students tutors can gain a much deeper understanding of capabilities, knowing students individually and in turn resulting in quality recommendations in the future.

Peers become friends – students can quickly become more comfortable in a smaller class setting with friendships among peers developing quicker.


Our Commitment: 

We are committed to ensuring you gain the most, academically and personally, during your study time with Portobello.  To facilitate this, we limit our class sizes to a maximum of 14 students on part-time programmes. With these uniquely small classes, we create the environment for you get to know everyone in your group, you can then feel comfortable and confident to ask questions and our tutors have the time to attend to the needs of each and every student. Many of our students tell us of the lifelong friendships they have made during their study time with Portobello.