This Pre-University Business at Portobello Institute gives you the best possible chance of going on to study a Degree in Business in Ireland’s leading Colleges.
Over the past year, the academic team have developed a brand new, full-time programme that can be used as a stepping-stone into University. The programme has been specifically designed to help you get into many of the country’s top universities such as DCU and UCC. See progression routes here

Higher Education Links Scheme;

This programme has the most sought after modules that Universities want their applicants to have. The modules within this programme are the correct modules you require to further your education.
For example, if you wanted to study Level 8 Business Studies in DCU you need to have QQI Level 5 Mathematics or Statistics within your Major Award.  (DC111).  For information on all relevant Higher Education Links visit (QQI), the Central Applications Office (CAO)

Not only are the subjects highly sought after by universities but they are delivered in a really cool and interesting way.
Unlike many other providers we make boring subjects like statistics, and economics really interesting and fun. For instance, you’ll understand why increased ice-cream sales causes crime; you’ll discover why it is a bad idea to lock up drug lords; and we’ll pull the curtain back on how people manipulate our decision making.

Please contact 01 8920000 or for further course details.

Qualifications Gained

  • Portobello Institute Diploma in Business Studies
  • QQI Full Major Award in Business Studies (5M2102)

Entry Requirements

Entry is by direct application to the college. Acceptance to full time courses are interview based. There are no specific points requirements. Mature students are welcome to apply. Ideally candidates will have earned the Junior Certificate or previous relevant qualification and/or experience.

Course Structure

This is a full time course delivered over one academic year. Students are required to take 8 modules in total which are broken into two semesters. Students will spend 3 days per week in college and 2 days per week on placement gaining work experience.

Course Content Modules

  • Marketing
  • Applied Economics
  • Manual and Computerised Accounting
  • Statistics
  • Communications
  • Business Law
  • Work Experience
  • Business Administration Skills


Protection for Learners

QQI have introduced a mandatory insurance protection policy fee that must be paid by students enrolled on all courses with a duration of 12 weeks or over. This insurance cost is in addition to your course fees. 


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