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CAO deadline is approaching: You have options outside of direct route

The qualification landscape has continued to shift over the last number of years where academic routes taken by young people progressing onto third level education has been more diverse.

While the CAO can sometimes take centre stage at third level discussions it is important to be open-minded when researching college options and to consider all available avenues. A key message is that while the CAO application deadline for 2019 is nearing there are alternative routes to consider for achieving your goal. 

There are a number of long-established private third-level colleges, with strong track records, offering relevant courses through direct application that ultimately lead to qualifications at all levels. Portobello Institute is one which is city-centre based, offering smaller classes in an enhanced learning environment. We offer sought after courses across a number of key disciplines and have an extensive dedicated and experienced team of academic advisors, programme managers and tutors in place to support all students through their educational journey.

Students consider Portobello Institute to be a positive stepping stone towards higher education choices across a number of disciplines. Our courses provide an excellent foundation for students wishing to progress to further study or can be the perfect platform of study for those wishing to go straight into related employment in a particular field.

Pre-university courses can be an ideal taster for what’s to come, making desired qualifications possible. They provide an excellent platform for students to underpin vital foundations in a subject matter before committing to further study. These courses also help individuals to grow as a person and indeed a thinker, and prepare learners for further academia and a longer term college social environment.

Specific to the pre-university courses at Portobello Institute, we offer numerous courses with Nursing Studies a significant support route for students. Historically, our nursing graduates have accepted places on their desired third-level programme, for which, a year earlier wasn’t an option. 

As part of their nursing studies during 2018 our students completed a number of invaluable work placements across hospital and care home settings. They gained important insights from structured work experience in a number of large, established health institutions such as Our Lady of Lourdes, Drogheda. 

Recent Graduates have gone on to achieve success at university, securing highly sought-after places on general nursing programmes and mental health nursing programmes in DCU.  In full support to our students along their journey we provide guidance in preparing applications, personal statements and interview practice.  

We fully understand the importance of making the right decision and to help support students Portobello Institute will have a schedule of open evenings in place over the coming months. We also offer an open door policy and are more than happy to organise an individual meeting to advise on all available options.

Come and see us next Thursday, 24th January from 5-7pm where our academic advisors will be readily available to talk you through all course options.

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