This 1 year programme provides you with the opportunity to “Top-Up” to a BSc (Hons) Facilities and Workplace Management. Designed for blended learning, you can work full-time whilst studying. This programme is aimed at those who already hold an IWFM level 5 or 6 diploma or a relevant undergraduate degree. Fulfil your potential and advance your career with this 1 year top-up to a BSc honours degree.
Start Date1st October 2022
QualificationLevel 8 Honours Degree
Course Duration1 year
Are you interested in advancing your career in facilities management with a BSc (Hons) in Facilities and Workplace Management? This 1 year top-up programme to an honours degree has been designed by Portobello Institute to support you to gain a recognised industry specific degree, giving credibility to the knowledge you hold and building on this so you can advance your career. This course offers you a flexible learning – you can study in a place of your choosing in your own time.
Essential knowledge to progress your career in Facilities Management
Designed for those students seeking to progress their career in the field of facilities management, the content of this degree will equip you with an in-depth knowledge of the industry. You will study a range of modules considering the fundamentals and operational dynamics alongside the main principles of strategic management in Facilities Management providing you with strong foundations to build and advance your career in the FM and related sectors.
A flexible learning journey to balance work, life and study
We understand the educational needs of those working in the FM sector, the challenges of working long hours in a demanding role, whilst trying to balance home life. This degree and mode of learning is ideally suited to you and will support you to achieve the qualifications you need to progress your career. Supported seminars are delivered by webinar, over the weekend, with one to one support available to you throughout your learning journey. Attendance at supported seminars is not mandatory however active participation is recommended to support optimum personal learning and academic outcomes.
Learn from the experts
This honours degree is delivered by a team of expert tutors who are experienced facilities managers and educators. You will have personal one to one support from a personal academic tutor who is an experienced FM and is there to to support you throughout your learning journey to achieve your personal best.
An industry specific qualification, designed by industry, for industry
This Top-Up to a BSc (Hons) in Facilities & Workplace Management and the follow-on programme of a Masters in Facilities & Workplace Management are FM industry specific programmes. They have been designed in consultation with leading FM service providers and service contractors to ensure they meet the needs and demands of the sector.
Here are some reasons to choose to study with Portobello:
- Accelerated programme completing your top-up to an honours degree in one year.
- Career focused qualifications – our courses lead to awards that offer you the opportunity of industry focused qualifications.
- Notable university partners – our university partners are among the top-ranking universities in the UK offering you access to a qualification from a renowned university.
- Realistic entry requirements – our entry requirements are reflective of the academic ability needed to successfully complete this course. These are clearly stated and remain static regardless of demand for places.
- Individualised support – we fit your learning model with support available when you need it throughout your learning journey.
- SMART assessments – we use a range of assessments for each module designed to support a broad range of learning styles, giving you the opportunity to excel.
- Industry expert tutors – our tutors are all industry practitioners connecting research and theory with industry practice throughout their lectures.
- Condensed scheduling – we value your time by ensuring your timetable is optimised for delivery.
- Flexible delivery – we deliver theory sessions on-site, online whilst also recording the session simultaneously offering you a choice of when and how you learn.
- Affordable payment options – all our courses offer you the option to choose an easy payment plan supporting you to spread the cost out over your learning journey.
Why should I study this course?
Portobello Institute’s Top-Up to a BSc (Hons) in Facilities and Workplace Management blended learning course gives you the opportunity to attain an honours degree through a flexible mode of delivery designed to fit learning around your busy working life.
Enhance your career opportunities with industry specific degree
With the demand and opportunities for professionally qualified FM’s at an all-time high, this degree draws on the range of disciplines from financial to risk management, leadership to project management, and operations management to innovation and business development. This industry specific BSc Honours degree is ideally suited to those seeking to gain a qualification and advance within this fast-paced sector.
Build your career with a strong network of connections
Building a strong network of connections is essential as you advance your career to senior level. Portobello Institute has an established network of connections and we offer our students the opportunity to engage with those connections through live and online events run annually.
Accessible, affordable, achievable
There is an easy payment plan designed to make this degree affordable for you. These factors, together with the one to one tutorial support, offer you the opportunity to access a career in the business of fashion, with a qualification that is accessible, affordable and achievable.
"Rapidly changing organisational culture and work style is going to further boost the facility management market and fuel rapid growth - we need people who can lead and deliver that growth"
- Facility Management Market Report 2022, Allied Market Research
Who will recognise my qualification?
Upon completing this degree, you will hold a BSc (Hons) in Facilities and Workplace Management awarded by London Metropolitan University (London Met). This is an honours degree and is aligned with a level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications.
You will be a registered student of London Met for the duration of your studies.
Qualifications Frameworks in Ireland and the UK
The Irish and UK qualifications authorities have collaborated on initiatives that promote the transparency, recognition and mobility of qualifications between our respective jurisdictions. The qualifications authorities in the UK and Ireland have agreed the qualifications frameworks in operation, Brexit will not impact this agreement. Further guidance on this framework is available here.
What will I study during this Top-Up (1 yr) to BSc (Hons) Facilities & Workplace Management – Starts October ’22 course?
During this 1 year programme you will focus on the areas of strategic facilities management through critically analysis for developing strategic decision-making skills. You will learn about the key theories, concepts and frameworks underpinning the study of Business Management in an FM context. Practical industry insights and presentations from our industry expert tutors ensure that you can relate theory to real-life work scenarios.
Who will I learn from?
For over 40 years Gerry worked in both the Private and Public Sectors. During that time he held the position of Chief Executive with a Semi State Organisation; Press Secretary to the Minister for Finance and Minister for Labour; Senior Director Roles in Public Relations, Human Resources, Facilities Management, Customer Service, Corporate and Social Responsibility and Emotional Intelligence in State and Semi State Bodies. Prior to working in the Public Sector he worked in the Printing Industry where he introduced the first computer setting facility to the Commercial Printing Sector in Ireland. He was also Ireland’s Graphic Designer of the Year.
Working with Portobello Institute for the past 2 years he provides student support on its BIFM Programmes along with lecturing on the Institutes CSR, Customer Relations, Strategic Management and Risk Management Programmes. His main reason for lecturing is to continue working with people on their personal and career development while sharing with them his world of work experiences.
Gerry has direct hands-on and tutoring experience of almost 20 years in the areas of Customer Service, Active Citizenship and Corporate and Social Responsibility and has studied Active Citizenship and Corporate and Social Responsibility at North Western University Chicago; Advanced Strategic Management and International Marketing at the International Management Development Institute, Geneva; Commerce at UCD and Senior Executive Development, Irish Management Institute.
Working with Multi National Corporations in Ireland, the US and Europe he designed, developed, tutored and implemented over 100 Corporate and Social Responsibility, Customer Service, Education, Emotional Intelligence and Cross Border Programmes targeted at influencing and improving the work opportunities and lives of people living in the Inner Cities of Belfast and Dublin.
Personal Academic Tutor
Each student is assigned a personal academic tutor to support you throughout your learning journey. They are available to offer you telephone and email support at any time. You can arrange to meet them for further one to one guidance at a time convenient to you.
Many of our past graduates have found it is the opportunity to ask a simple question, seek direction and submit a draft of their assessment that supported them most to successful completion. Emailing your tutor at any stage during your programme to ask a query or submit a draft of your assessment supports you to achieve your personal best throughout your studies with Portobello.
Position: Senior Lecturer
I am currently Senior Executive with a proven international, multi-site & multi-disciplinary track record in Operation Excellence, Business Development, Project Management, Utilities and Facilities. A lifelong student of organisational behaviour and operational excellence, I continue to deliver measured customer-centric results through my consulting firm Berka Solutions Ltd. An excellent communicator and leader at all levels, I have over 15 years’ experience in lecturing, training and development, with a strong belief in the power of change management through Continuous Improvement, Transformational and Lean Programs.
Bernard’s Teaching Philosophy
As a believer in the Growth mindset, I hold education and personal development at the core of everything I do in class. My coaching, inclusive and collaborative style allows student to engage in their studies, therefore building their knowledge base.
As a passionate problem solver, I have led some significant program in the recent passed;
- Implemented a Change Management & Continuous Improvement program for a Large Multi-National Insurance Firm.
- Delivered an accelerated Outsourcing program for a large Pharmaceutical Multi-National achieving over 1 million in cost savings.
- Reduced FM spend for a portfolio of Pharma manufacturing sites from 24 million to 21 million through Operational Excellence program.
- Build an Operations team from 1 to 100, restructured twice while increasing productivity by 17%.
- Led a project team to implement LAAS (Light as a Service) solution that won the national FM project of the Year.
- Led the overhaul of 138MW Generator in situ in India, saving over 2.2 million in costs.
- Led the design, development, commissioning and validation of the largest automated Purified Water Room in Ireland at the time.
Position: Leadership & Development Lecturer
About Derek Fox
I am currently lead facilitator and director of DFLeap consulting and have previously worked as a senior specialist in the area of management, leadership and communications with the IMI (Irish Management Institute). I have over 30 years’ experience in learning design, management, coaching and development. I’ve spent 15 years in a large multinational corporation and have worked in both business and academia across Europe, Asia, and America.
I began my career as an Engineer but became passionately involved in Psychology in my twenties. This led me to working as a trainer/lecturer in leadership and management where I enjoy working with individuals and organisations to unlock their full potential.
I have published a number of books including the popular ‘Discovering your Style and Dealing with Difficult People’ and am regular contributor to business and press publications.
Derek’s Teaching Philosophy
As adults we learn best by doing, I have an engaging style and supportive approach to learning. I mix theory with application to provide a real-life experience for students. I use a lot of experiential learning activities to help students unlock potential and really absorb the learning so that they can apply it directly to real life situations. I will provide a safe environment where you will be encouraged to step out of your comfort zone and reach new achievements.
From an Academic point I have designed, managed and delivered on programmes up to and including Level 9 Awards on the NFQ. I am a qualified dissertation and thesis supervisor and have helped students deliver business and academic research papers.
I have accredited awards in organisational behaviour, psychology, psychometrics, people management, training, e-learning, programming languages and engineering. I have completed the C.I.P.D (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) accredited Certificate in Training Practices (CTP). I have also completed John Townsend’s Master Trainer programme and is a licensed NLP (Neuro-linguistic Programming) master practitioner.
- MSc Organisational Behaviour
- MA Psychology
- BA People Management
- Level A and B Psychometrics
- CiPD Certificate in Training Practice
- Sports Psychology
- Master Trainer Program
Research/ Industry Participation
Derek has conducted and publish research across a number of sectors, he is a published author and regular contributor to business press and journals. Derek has published a number of books including his popular ‘Discovering your Style and Dealing with Difficult People’ and is a regular contributor to business and press publications.
Position: Business Management Lecturer
“There is nothing more satisfying than explaining some theory to students, applying it to a real life example and then watching everyone nod as they get a real understanding of the issue .”
About Dermot Hardy
I feel very strongly that the level of talent and expertise in Ireland in is comparable to that available in other leading financial centres and the lecturing and training I provide reflects this. I really enjoy the teaching as I feel it gives me a chance to share my experiences with the students so that they can benefit from my real-life experiences. It also shows that you don’t have to go abroad to become an expert in your field, through hard work and study you can achieve that easily in Ireland.
- M.A. Degree
- Associate Member of the Corporate Treasurers
- Irish Securitisation Forum (ISF)
- Irish Securitisation Working Group
- IFSC Banking & Treasury Committee (A sub-committee of the Clearing House Group under the auspices of the Department of An Taoiseach. )
Eoin O Sullivan
Position: Senior Lecturer
I began my career in 1990 in Mechanical services working on construction projects in the greater Munster area, e.g. Apple Inc. Cork Airport and Debeers, culminating in 2000 as a mechanical project supervisor. I then took up a position in a large private healthcare facility in Cork whereby I started my journey in Facilities Management. I was responsible for some key aspects of strategic management and operational functions. In the last few years I continued that journey as I moved to a large University to become a significant member of the FM team adding my experience and vision to the organisation.
I have always been a keen advocate of continuous personal and professional development and business today recognises this aspect and rewards it. I have achieved multiple qualifications in areas such as; mechanical services, process and chemical engineering, electrical and gas systems, leading empowered organisations, IOSH accreditation and project management.
My vast experience in these subjects coupled with 10 years construction experience and over 20 years of facility management allow me to cultivate rapport with students and develop course work and material based on practical experience in the workplace.
Eoin’s Teaching Philosophy
I am a qualified Engineer and a proud member of Engineer’s Ireland and I take pride in my attention to precision and detail. I base my lectures and teaching style on this philosophy. I strive to prepare and manage quality coursework relevant to the student with industry focus. The coursework is based on the required learning outcomes developed to engage students and peer learning. I have previously lectured with other adult education providers and the Cork Institute of Technology where I still guest lecture on career aspects with students to help them understand and see opportunities that lay ahead through education.
- Masters in Project Management
- Process and Chemical Engineer
- Qualified Plumber
- Electrical Systems
- Gas Systems
- Leading an Empowered Organisation
- Managing Safely – IOSH
Research / Industry Participation
- ISO 50001 – Energy management
- OHS 18001 – Occupational Health and Safety,
- ISO 9001- Quality Management Systems
- IAM – Institute of Asset Management
- Joint Commission International Standards
“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest” (Benjamin Franklin). Obtaining knowledge gives a lifetime of benefit, especially when that knowledge is related to your day to day work.”
Position: Financial Management Lecturer
I qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1995 and have held a number of senior management roles since then in sectors as diverse as transport, healthcare and IT. I co-founded a software company and was head of finance for that company from incorporation, through international growth and onto a multi-million dollar trade sale to a US based multinational corporation.
Kevin’s Teaching Philosophy
Its important students understand the “why” behind what they learn. When you understand the “why”, you will always know the “how”. Finance in particular, is an area of management practice that is full of terminology. Understanding why this terminology is used will make it much more understandable when you come across it in your own management career. A qualification should be more than a piece of paper, it should be a set of skills you can use for life. Understanding finance, especially areas such as budgeting and discounted cash flow is an essential skill for any Facilities Manager.
Tony O Gorman
Position: Senior Lecturer
“We are dealing with unprecedented change in our industry. It is imperative therefore to keep upskilling, networking and seeking new ways to deliver FM in the most efficient and effective manner.”
I have worked in engineering, maintenance and management roles for the last four decades, in a variety of senior roles for multinationals, the not-for-profit sector, various parts of the public sector in addition to running my own successful businesses in the technical consulting, training and industrial maintenance sectors. I have worked in Ireland, Africa, Southeast Asia, South America, United States and Ireland. I bring this wealth of knowledge and practical experience to the classroom.
Tony’s Teaching Philosophy
My teaching philosophy is based on early and continual engagement with students across the duration of their studies. I have witnessed the transformative effect that a successful learning experience has on the lives of students and has a particular interest in supporting adult learners returning to the classroom by utilizing learning sessions as forums for students to learn by solving real-world problems using practical work experiences. I have a wide range of teaching experiences in both public and private education institutes. I lecture in the areas of FM Asset Management, Risk, Health & Safety , Strategic Management, People and Change and Project Management.
- MBA Henley Management College/University of Reading
- M.A Health Services Management. UCD Whitaker School of Government and Management.
- Master of Engineering, Open University
- B. Eng. (Hons) in Environmental & Public Health Engineering. Open University
- Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Technology Management. IT Tallaght
- PMI PMP certification
- Doctoral Candidate – Doctorate in Business
- Administration (principal area of research is the area of organisational performance measurement and management)
How will I learn?
This programme is delivered over 1 academic year, online with interactive webinar learning affording you the opportunity to study from anywhere.
What is Online with Webinar Learning?
Online with Webinar Learning is a form of blended learning. It re-structures the content introducing online learning together with interactive webinars and one to one tutor support. This mode of delivery includes contact tuition (by webinar) and web-based e-learning sessions. The e-learning platform is interactive including recorded sessions, webinars with weekly content and assigned tasks to themes and topics.
There are webinars held at regular intervals including the commencement of each module. Attendance is not mandatory but is encouraged for optimal learning. The webinars are designed to support students understand the requirements of the learning outcomes, the expectations of the assessment and meet their tutor for the module.
The Difference between Blended and Online with Webinars Delivery Modes
There are two blended learning delivery mode options to study courses in Portobello Institute.
Blended learning offers you the opportunity to study with lectures delivered on-site at the weekends.
Online with Webinars – you will not be required to attend on-site lectures if you are enrolled on a course with this delivery mode. All lectures are delivered online and are recorded so you can catch-up later.
What is a webinar?
A webinar, in the context of online learning, is a lecturer delivering a presentation or class online to a group of students. We use specifically designed e-learning software so you can participate in the class just as if you were present in the same room. You can ask a question of the lecturer at any stage during the class.
Interactive break-out rooms
The software is designed with “break-out rooms” where you can discuss a topic or complete a group exercise with a smaller group from your class. You will need a computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone that has internet connection, an audio facility so you can hear and speak during the class and a camera so your lecturer and fellow class participants can see you.
Secure online learning environment
The webinar is a secure online environment and only those permitted entry by the lecturer can gain access to the “classroom”. Webinars are recorded during each session and should you miss a session, you can catch up with the recorded session at a later date. You will only be able to access Webinars of the group you are assigned to.
Expert Tutor Support
You can email your tutor at any stage during the module to ask a simple query and there will be scheduled opportunities to submit a draft of your assignment. Our programme management team are always available to meet you or offer you telephone and email support. For more information about our team, click here. Many of our past graduates have found it is the opportunity to ask a simple question, seek direction and submit a draft of their assessment that supported them most to successful completion.
One to one support
This level of one-to-one support is unique and is a particular benefit to choosing Portobello Institute. We have invested in a team of programme managers and tutors who are experienced sports therapists and clinicians as well as knowledgeable educators. They are available to assist you at every stage of this programme and support you to achieve your personal best.
Online Learning Portal – ePortobello
During the induction seminar, we will show you how to navigate and find what you need with all of the information you need to complete this programme uploaded on to ePortobello. The content of this programme is set out in an easy to follow format with a combination of notes, articles, podcasts and other materials that will help you to understand the subject and complete your assessments.
This is an online learning course with webinars delivered over one academic year. There are supported seminars held at weekends with an exact schedule available shortly.
You will complete seven modules, one core year long module that runs for the duration of both semesters, as well as an additional three modules each semester. The modules include your research assignment which will take place in the first semester.
How will I be assessed?
SMART assessments – we use a range of assessments for each module designed to support a broad range of learning styles, giving you the opportunity to excel.
The primary aim of the varying assessment styles is to support you to demonstrate your knowledge of theory and practical implementation as a result of a range of assessments.
We encourage you to reflect on your knowledge gain with a number of assignments designed to explore your learning journey. All of these assessment methods are seeking to support you to combine theory with scenario-based learning and how to practically implement these methods into your everyday work.
This BSc (Hons) in Facilities & Workplace Management was developed in response to growing industry demand for graduates with a suitable range of skills and knowledge. Specialist FM expertise is not enough, FMs also need to be creative thinkers, problem solvers, deadline-driven and with a strategic mindset – this is the kind of approach we encourage and help you to develop.
Add credibility to your experience with a recognised degree
This BSc (Hons) Facilities and Workplace Management is an industry specific honours degree adding credibility to your existing qualifications, knowledge and experience, supporting you to advance your career and fulfil your potential.
Qualified FMs are in demand
Facilities Management underpins the business of all industries and qualified FM professionals are required in all sectors of global economies from airports and other infrastructure to leisure facilities, commercial organisations, consultancies, property companies, Integrated FM providers and local and national government.
Broaden your professional network
Many graduates tell us they learn as much from each other as they do from tutors. Attending the webinars is key to meeting fellow students, engaging in discussion and exchanging ideas about facilities management. Meeting fellow students gives you the opportunity to create your study network for the duration of your learning journey. This network can prove extremely useful afterwards during your professional career.
Understand our graduates success
Visit our Graduates Success Stories to understand the opportunities they availed of, the further studies they have undertaken and their unique learning journeys.
Speak to an expert
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.
Hi! I am Brandon McLean, the Director of Enrolment here at the Portobello Institute. Education is a journey and the destination is a career that you love. I oversee the team that helps you to plan your journey so you can find the path that’s right for you.
How long are you working in Portobello?
I have been with the Portobello Institute for over two years now.
What do you enjoy about working in Portobello?
I love the elation that you can see on the face and hear in the voice of a student that talks through a complicated goal, who we can provide with a simple solution. When the conversation has finished and they can clearly see the path forward, I am thrilled.
What inspires you about working in education?
Education is a milestone in determining your future, and I cannot think of a better milestone to have a hand in.
How do you feel when you have helped a student reach a decision on their course choice?
How do I apply?
Entry is by direct application to Portobello Institute.
Entry to Top-Up programme
You may apply for entry to the final year to “Top-Up” to a BSc (Hons) in Facilities & Workplace Management if you meet ONE of the following criteria:
- Relevant other Level 7 degree
- Level 5 or 6 graduates from IWFM Diploma
If you are not eligible for advanced entry to this programme, there are other entry points available – see below.
Entry to First Year
You must meet any ONE of the following criteria:
- BIFM Level 3
- Leaving Certificate
- Experiential Learning in FM or related field
- Senior trade certificate
Advanced Entry to Second Year
You may apply for advanced entry to the second year of the BSc (Hons) in Facilities & Workplace Management if you meet ONE of the following criteria:
- Relevant other 3rdlevel qualification eg: IWFM Level 4 Diploma
- Senior Trade Cert with significant experience and three senior endorsements – requires entry assessment via application process
Our experienced course adviser team are available to support you with your programme choice. If you are unsure if this programme is right for you or if you are unsure where you fit, please email your cv to firstname.lastname@example.org for further advice or call him on 01-8920035. We can support you identify the correct entry point for you.
Applicants who do not meet the criteria, may be offered an alternative entry point to the BSc (Hons) in Facilities Management. This programme is available through Portobello Institute.
Please note places on this course are only confirmed once tuition fees have been received.
Students will be registered as an undergraduate degree student with London Metropolitan University.
Fees & Payment Options
Exam Body Reg. Fee
Easy Payment Plan
Deposit of 33%. Balance payable in 8 equal instalments commencing the 1st of the month after the course commences. There is an additional fee of €365 applied to instalment plan. All additional fees such as exam body registration fees and instalment plan admin fees are included in the easy payment plan detailed.
Deposit + 8 Instalments
- €485.33 due on 1st October 2022.
- €485.33 due on 1st November 2022.
- €485.33 due on 1st December 2022.
- €485.33 due on 1st January 2023.
- €485.33 due on 1st February 2023.
- €485.33 due on 1st March 2023.
- €485.33 due on 1st April 2023.
- €485.33 due on 1st May 2023.