01 June, 2022 | Posted by Michelle Hogan

How to apply for an MBE Skillnet funded place on BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies

How to apply for an MBE Skillnet funded place on BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies

Midland Border East Skillnet (MBE Skillnet) is delighted to partner with the Portobello Institute for the following programme: BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies Level 8 starting on October 15th, 2022.

What is MBE Skillnet?

Midland Border East Skillnet is a national, multi-sectoral learning network encompassing companies of all sizes.

Their key focus is on the needs of member companies, to identify and drive training and upskilling across all sectors, and meeting business, people, and performance needs of members.

They offer funding for upskilling in programmes across a wide variety of disciplines. 

To apply for funding, the company you work for is required to become a member of MBE Skillnet network. There is no cost associated and membership is open to all private sector companies, from all industries and sectors throughout Ireland.

To join, email info@mbeskillnet.ie 

You will also be required to apply to Portobello Institute for your programme of choice and we will confirm you meet the entry criteria with MBE Skillnet.

You will then be required to pay directly to MBE Skillnet the deposit/fees due for the course and MBE will pay Portobello Institute directly on your behalf. 

Step by step - How to apply for an MBE Skillnet funded place? 

  1. Enquire through Portobello Institute about your programme of choice and entry criteria. 
  2. Become a member company of MBE Skillnet and apply to Portobello Institute for a programme place. 
  3. Portobello Institute will confirm your eligibility and offer you a place on the programme. 
  4. Portobello Institute will confirm your eligibility for MBE Skillnet. 
  5. Pay deposit/fees to MBE Skillnet. 
  6. MBE Skillnet confirms payment of deposit/fees. 
  7. Portobello Institute will confirm your place on the programme. 
  8. MBE Skillnet pays Portobello Institute. 

BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies

If you hold a Level 7 BA (Ord) degree in Early Childhood Studies you can top up your degree to a Level 8 BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies. Depending on when you start, it will take just 8 – 10 months through blended learning. This final year course consists of an individual research project with one to one tutor support.

In this final year of the Level 8 degree, you will complete an individual research project by carrying out a systematic investigation of a topic related to the early year’s sector.

The project provides you with opportunities to improve your critical thinking and research skills.

Students on this programme refine their academic writing and communication skills as well as getting the opportunity to investigate in detail a topic or area in their current practice that interests them.

This award is also listed with the DCEDIY (formerly Dept. of Children and Youth Studies) for higher capitation purposes.

Read more: ‘The World Is Your Oyster’ For Career Opportunities With Early Childhood Studies Degree



Funding is limited to 15 places and is allocated on first come first served basis - Early Booking Advisable.

Starting: October 15th 2022

Deposit: €800 on or before 05/10/22

Payment 2: €800 on or before 11/02/23

Payment 3: €800 on or before 31/03/23

Funded Places Available: 20

Places are allocated on a first come first served basis - book early to avoid disappointment

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Find Out More

You can apply directly on the course page with the 'Apply Now' form. 

If you would like more information on this course, please reach out to our Admissions Advisor, Jennifer Matteazzi on 01 892 0031, via email jennifer.matteazzi@portobelloinstitute.com or book a free 15-minute consultation call here

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