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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. (Insert code 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.

In addition to material that is fresh and relevant to today’s world, you’ll have tutors who really engage with students.
Instead of relying solely on teaching topics like business ethics from bland text books, we showed our students the DVD of the ‘Pipe’ and then brought tour students to the Corrib Gas Pipeline to find out what is really going on with Shell and the Community living with the Gas terminal.
This 2 day event allowed our students to meet the residents of the community, hear their stories and attend a seminar by leading experts in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility. Check it out for yourself on our blog!
What is more, our students work for an International Events Company during their work experience module. Our students experience how to run an international event in the Convention Centre Dublin and they are paid for their work!

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.

Due to the popularity of this course, places are limited to strictly 20 students. Classes have no more than 20 students in order to encourage more interactive learning. These smaller classes allow our tutors to put much more energy into each individual student so they can achieve academic excellence.

Course Structure

This is a full time course delivered over one academic year.

Course Content Modules

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

Class Sizes

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.

Assignment Support

We understand the challenge of completing assignments at third level, the new skills and the change in thinking sometimes needed to put on paper, all that you have learned. We offer our students the opportunity to submit a draft assignment for informal feedback before submitting the final version. We care about your success, we want you to achieve the best you can and we offer you the individual support to acquire the skills you need to communicate what you have learned whilst studying with Portobello Institute.

Sports Playing Opportunities

All male and female students of Portobello Institute have the opportunity to try out for the "Fresher" and "Senior" teams of IT Tallaght. Sports include Rugby, GAA football and hurling, basketball, hockey, boxing. For further information on these opportunities, email

Back to Education Allowance

If you are currently unemployed and in receipt of a social welfare payment you may be eligible to the Back to Education Allowance which allows you to return to education and still retain your welfare payment  You must be aged 21 or over and be accepted onto an accredited full time course to meet the criteria. Please speak with your local welfare office to discuss your eligibility as there may be an alternative route.

Autumn 2018 Entry

We are accepting applications from students seeking to apply and secure their place early for 2018. An interview day will be held on Saturday 24th March for early applicants. Places offered to successful candidates will be available until Wednesday 11th April 2018.

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. 


Name: Pre University Business Studies

Cost: 3495 Euro

To Book this course, please make a payment of 50 Euro deposit using the Book Now button. Please read and understand both the Terms of Enrolment and Course Payment Information before paying for your course. Details of all our policies as well as refunds, cancellations, installment options and how to pay offline are contained in these two important documents.

Course CodePrice and LocationInfo
Portobello Institute, Dublin 1
  • 08/10/18 - 26/04/19
  • Start/end times will vary from day to day

Additional Course Costs

Please read Course Payment Information for full details as to when you will make these additional course payments.

  • QQI: Exam fee inlcuded in cost
  • Protection for learners insurance fee: €132