17 June, 2022 | Posted by Michelle Hogan

What is Advanced Entry at Portobello Institute and How Does it Work?

Portobello Institute is committed to making education accessible so you can fulfil your potential in the career you want.  

Advanced entry to degree programmes at Portobello Institute is possible under different circumstances across our departments. It has proven hugely successful for many of our graduates.

We believe in fast tracking your path to success if you are in the position to do so by interpreting your qualifications and experience and on a case by case basis granting advanced entry into year two or three of our programmes depending on what will be the best option for you. This saves you time and money on your Portobello journey.

Our advanced entry system is in place because we recognise your past experiences, qualifications and believe that you deserve the fastest, most appropriate route to the career you want with quality and support every step of the way. 

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Advanced entry has helped many of our graduates to fulfil their potential and achieve the career they wanted faster than others.  

Shannon Byrne is a Portobello Sports Therapy graduate. Upon completing her Leaving Cert, Shannon went to Coláiste Íde, where she completed their pre-university physiotherapy programme.

Read more: My Portobello Journey – Shannon Byrne, BSc in Sports Therapy to Clinic Owner

Her results from the programme allowed her to gain advanced entry into the second year of Portobello’s BSc in Sports Therapy. 

After graduating in 2020, Shannon set up Rebound Injury Clinic which is based in BeDo7 gym in Dublin, and she has provided service to over 500 clients. She was just 22 years of age graduating from Portobello Institute and she has gone from strength to strength, tutoring at Portobello and even hiring another sports therapy graduate, Nicole Brindle, at her clinic.  

Shannon fast-tracked her success using her further education qualification and this path is also possible for anyone who has gained a sports, science, health or fitness qualification previously.

Sean Moriarty is another advanced entry graduate who has gone on to successfully complete his Master's in Physiotherapy. 

Read Sean's story here or watch him sharing his story below.


How Do You Gain Advanced Entry? 

Gaining advanced entry is as simple as reaching out to our admissions team for a conversation. They will speak with you about your qualifications and experience and organise an interview for you with the relevant members of the academic team. 

The interview style is informal and more about you as an individual, understanding your goals and objectives, experience and ambitions. 

After, you will be contacted and informed if advanced entry is suitable for you or if direct entry to year one of a programme is more appropriate. These decisions are made with your best interests in mind to ensure you fulfil your potential throughout the programme.

Contact Our Admissions Team

Choosing a course that will lead you to your career of choice is a significant decision.

Understanding the delivery modes, supports available, career opportunities and further study options are all key considerations when making your choice.  

Our course adviser team are experts in the courses Portobello offers, the employment prospects and possible progression routes to Masters programmes – they will guide you through the detail and support you with any queries you may have. 

It is important you make the right choice for you and choose the Institute and course that will best suit your needs. 

Jo Shaw is Portobello Institute’s Sports Development and Admissions Advisor. Prior to working with us she worked in TCD and Kingston College in the UK. Johanna completed a MPhil in Physical Activity for Health and a BSc in Sport & Exercise Science. 

Jo can speak with you one-to-one about your journey so far, your ambitions and advise the best path to getting there as well as helping you to answer any advanced entry or direct entry questions you may have.  

Get in touch with Jo today at jo.shaw@portobelloinstitute.com call 01 892 0024 or book a one to one consultation call with her here.

Advanced entry routes are also available in our Facilities Management and Business of Fashion departments on a case by case basis. 

You can contact our Admissions Expert, Brandon McLean for both of these at brandon.mcclean@portobelloinstitute.com call 01 892 0035 or book a one-to-one consultation here.

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