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Level 7: who are our learners?

For any learner, going back to education can be daunting regardless of the time spent away from study, so we have put this piece together to help give potential students the full confidence in 2019 that they can achieve a Level 7 degree in Early Childhood studies. Our blended degree programme has been designed to follow on directly from a level 6 major award and it ensures flexible learning with adequate course structure and important supports in place for the full duration of the course.

All students are individuals and every learner is unique. At Portobello Institute we understand and value the differences between all of our learners, from a mature to a more traditional learner. We appreciate they may have different concerns and questions as they progress through their studies so our academic team in place all have multiple years’ experience across the early years sector.

Our current learner profile

We are delighted to share 6 diverse profiles of some of our 2018 learners demonstrating that no matter where you are in life achieving your degree is possible.

1. Mature learner, an early years setting owner, with significant years of experience in the industry

Initial concern: a substantial number of years out of education 
Support in place: full academic support is central to what we do together with easy to use web learn account in place for students and access to tutor

2. New mum, a room leader in a setting, with considerable experience in the sector

Initial concern: new family so new commitments & a lot of time at home 
Support in place: around the clock access to online platform with full access to course materials and suggested readings

3. School leaver, working in a setting, with limited experience in the sector, came straight from leaving cert to third level education completing the level 5 and 6

Initial concern: am I capable of completing a degree?
Support in place: Supported tutorials alongside learning from home is important with scheduled full day Saturday tutorials in place which are designed to offer guidance and support around every module and prior to assignments

4. International student, relevant experience in and out of the sector, spent some time travelling and working in a number of settings

Initial concern: nervous about completing Level 7 assessments 
Support in place: There are no exams to be mindful of and you can submit draft assignments for academic feedback

5. Professional, with vast employable history in another sector, came back to education to learn an entirely new sector and a view to gaining qualification to Level 7 to ensure best skill-set to start a new career path

Initial concern: will there be other learners like me?
Support in place: The one day induction is held on a Saturday, convenient for learners to attend and gives learners the opportunity to meet with and get to know the mix of peers while gaining an important comprehensive breakdown of the course

6. Busy mum, with number of kids, worked part-time in sector over last number of years, needs structure/direction towards what should be covered week to week so no risk of falling behind in studies

Initial concern: can I afford to study this degree?
Support in place: easy payment plan available with manageable monthly breakdown of fees while you study.

We are now enrolling for February intake of learners, and have an exclusive offer in place for January where students can enjoy €450 off the course fees.

To find out more about the BA Early Childhood Studies Level 7 degree and to discuss this offer call Jennifer Matteazzi on 01 8900031 or email  


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