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BSc (Hons) in Facilities & Workplace Management - Blended

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3 Years


Degree Level 8


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Start Date

Start Date
September 2019

BSc (Hons) in Facilities & Workplace Management - Blended

Providing support services at an appropriate cost is the core function of facilities and workplace management. Demonstrating skills in effective service provision and monitoring, understanding cost control, people management, and application of technology are the every day activities of the facilities manager. There has been little innovation or investment within Higher Education Institutes in Ireland for the education of those in this profession. This BSc (Hons) in Facilities & Workplace Management and the follow-on programme of a Masters in Facilities & Workplace Management are the only programmes and qualifications of their type available in Ireland.

The principal aim for all awards in this pathway is to educate students, from a wide variety of backgrounds, to reach their full potential at graduate level. Portobello Institute has been involved in the development of training and educating facilities managers for over 15 years. We understand the educational needs of those working in this sector. We recognise the challenges of working long hours in a demanding role whilst trying to balance home life.

A blended learning delivery mode with supported workshops has been researched as the delivery mode most suited to those seeking to gain qualifications to advance their career in this sector. Studying at a time convenient to you without the necessity of having to attend lectures at a set time each week has immense advantages. This programme has also been designed to give opportunity to those with strong experience but perhaps little formal education. Advanced entry points have been created to afford those with previous qualifications recognition of their qualifications.  Assessments are practical application of skills required by FM in the workplace. Industry experts are the tutors delivering the module content and supporting you throughout your learning journey.

With the demand and opportunities for professionally qualified facilities and workplace managers at an all time high, this degree gives you the opportunity to obtain an Honours degree, designed to fit learning around your working life without compromising work-life balance.

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BSc (Hons) in Facilities & Workplace Management awarded at level 8 by London Metropolitan University (LMU)

Students are registered as undergraduate students of London Metropolitan University and will receive a student card confirming their student status.

Entry Requirements

Entry is by direct application to Portobello Institute.

There are entry criteria available to students with differing qualifications/experience levels and these are detailed below.

Entry to First Year

Students seeking to enter the first year of this degree must meet one of the following criteria.

  • Leaving Certificate with a minimum of grade of O6 or D in 6 subjects
  • QQI level 5 Major award
  • Senior Trade Certificate
  • IWFM (formerly BIFM) level 3 Certificate or Diploma in Facilities Management
  • Other qualification equivalent to level 5 of Irish National Framework of Qualifications
  • Experiential learning ie 36 months experience in an FM or similar operational role

Advanced Entry to Second Year

Students may apply for advanced entry to the second year of the BSc (Hons) in Faciliites & Workplace Management if they meet one of the following criteria.

  • Senior Trade Certificate with three endorsements
  • IWFM (formerly BIFM) level 4 Certificate or Diploma in Facilities Management
  • Experiential learning of 5 years experience in an FM or similar operational role

Application Process


Step 1 - Complete the online booking form.

Step 2 - Applicants will be contacted for confirmation/evidence of meeting the entry criteria and year of entry will be confirmed.

Step 3  - Confirmation of a place will be given to applicants immediately meeting the criteria.


Applicants who do not meet the criteria, maybe required to attend the IWFM level 3 certificate with an offer of a place on the programme issued following completion of this certificate. This programme is available through Portobello Institute.


Please note places on this course are only confirmed once tuition fees have been received. Early Application is advised.


This is a blended learning course delivered over 3 academic years with supported seminars held during scheduled weekends.

Each module commences with a seminar that is designed to support the student complete the module. Attendance at seminars is not mandatory and delivered with the purpose of introducing the module tutor, setting out the learning outcomes, content, the assessment strategy and expectations for skills/knowledge development.

All of the course material is held on LMU's Weblearn portal which is an easy to use online platform specifically designed for online learning programmes. During the induction, students will be introduced to the platform with practical demonstration of how to use the portal and access lessons quickly and easily. To complete this course, students must have a basic knowledge of using a computer and searching the internet for research purposes.

Course Aims

Students will develop subject-specific knowledge in the modules detailed below. Skills such as critically analysing and problem solving are the foundations for developing strategic decision making skills. Practical industry insights and presentations ensure that students relate theory to real-life work scenarios.

This BSc (Hons) degree programme is designed to encourage student interaction and contribution by developing their ability to work independently, in proposing and developing solutions to problems in a systematic and effective manner, and in communicating confidently and clearly both in writing and verbally.

Learning Outcomes

The learning outcomes for the BSc (Hons)in Facilities & Workplace Management are as follows:

  • To develop a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the key theories, concepts and frameworks underpinning the study of Business Management in an FM context.
  • To evaluate the role that Facilities & Workplace Management has in the broader context of how the modern organisation performs.
  • To appraise how technological developments shape energy management practices in modern facilities.
  • To evaluate how the external environment affects facilities management and its workplace.

Module Content

Year 1

Business Decision Making in an FM Context

Understanding Facilities & Workplace Management

FM Business & Enterprise

Fundamentals of Management in an FM Context


Year 2

Risk Management in an FM Context

Property & Asset Management

Managing People for Facilities & Workplace Managers

Financial Management for Facilities & Workplace Managers


Year 3

Strategy Choices & Change Management for Facilities & Workplace Management

FM Management Investigation Project

Project Management in an FM Context

Innovation & Business Development in FM

Corporate & Social Responsibility for Facilities & Workplace Managers


The titles of these modules are subject to change

Course price €4,995 per year

LMU Assessment fee £385 stg

Easy Payment Plan

The following plan is available to students who wish to spread out payment for this programme.

€1,200 deposit payable upon booking.

8 payments of €510 payable on 10th of the month commencing the month after the start date - total cost - €5,280

Assessment fees are due on or before the start date.

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Course Code Location & Info Price
FMMS-B-DS-SP-19 Portobello Institute, Dublin 1

28/09/19 - 23/05/20 - Semester 1 & 2. Semester 3 runs September 2020 to December 2020
This is a blended learning course with seminars held on a Saturday, 10am - 4pm
€4995 Book Now
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