Intensive courses allow for compressed learning covering the equivalent course content of a standard course, with face-to-face peer discussion, networking and completion in a short concentrated timeframe.

Intensive study can be the perfect option for those on holidays, have busy full-time employment, family commitments or are a distance from a preferred college. In addition, time saved with the intensive mode of teaching is also encouraging students to take this route of study compared to traditional methods. For those who want to progress their studies quickly this is the perfect option.

You need to consider the course pace and if this is the best option for you. Intensive study requires a different mind-set in organising and thinking through course delivery, learning modes, timing and assessments. You should also be expected to do coursework and reading each day as the course progresses.

The Classroom Environment

It can be said that one of the main reasons for taking an intensive course is to reduce the amount of time spent in class. Having said that, the environment in which you complete the study is important. Intensive courses classes tend to be smaller which is vital for any extra support from the tutor and for daily class interaction.


Another great advantage is the opportunity to meet new people on a daily and concentrated basis who are in similar industries or have similar interest and commitments. It is nice to keep in touch to exchange advice, tips and support while working throughout the comprehensive course.

The Learning Style

With intensive courses, you can ask questions as you go through course daily content and have support for further explanation on what is being discussed. You can access all learning materials and resources online afterwards and ask any further questions the following day.

On completion of any intensive course you are one triumphant step ahead of competitors in the job market, having efficiently trained in less time to get the right qualification.

Due to continued student demand, Portobello Institute have additional intensive courses in place for September and October for Special Needs Assisting training. These are one week intensive courses for both the Level 5 and Level 6. All courses are taught by industry experts, and all are the equivalent to a our 12 week courses.

Maybe now could be the perfect time to learn and to be equipped sooner for those jobs?

We would love to chat to you about your options so call us on 01 8920000.