Delivered online with webinars, this short course is a bridge for those with 3 years FM experience seeking to gain advanced entry to year 2 of our BSc (Hons) Facilities & Workplace Management.
Start Date1st November 2021
Course Duration8 weeks
This short course offers a Portobello Institute Bridging Certificate in Facilities Management to equip those with a minimum of 3 years experience with the academic skills and competencies for advanced entry to year 2 of the BSc (Hons) Facilities Management. The programme supports you to engage with the essential skills for academic writing and assessments needed during your learning journey for an honours degree.
The delivery of this programme is by interactive webinar sessions and online learning allowing you the flexibility to study from a location convenient to you. Webinars are recorded allowing you the opportunity to catch up should you miss a session.
As an academic Institution we recognise, in Portobello Institute, every student has different needs. We allocate additional time at the end of each webinar for Q&A with the module lecturer. This interactive webinar, together with the one to one support available, gives a learning journey unique to your learning style and needs.
Why should I study this course?
This course is designed to meet the demand of students who have the experience needed to gain advanced entry to our honours degree but perhaps have not engaged with education previously or for some time.
The fundamentals of academic writing, researching and referencing are undertaken during this programme together with 2 core modules that will give you an excellent basis upon which to commence study in year 2 of the BSc (Hons) Facilities Management.
Who will recognise my qualification?
Upon completion of this course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion by Portobello Institute. The purpose of this award is to confirm you have the appropriate academic skills required to gain advanced entry to year 2 of the BSc (Hons) Facilities & Workplace Management.
What will I study during this FM Bridge – Nov ’21 course?
The purpose of this course is to equip you with the baseline knowledge, skills and competence to gain advanced entry to year 2 of the BSc (Hons) Facilities Management if you hold a minimum of 3 years experience working in Facilities Management.
This course will give you an understanding of facilities management within the context of an organisation. You will develop capability to manage health and safety issues within your own area of FM. You will learn the essential academic skills to write an assessment paper meeting the expectations at undergraduate level for academic success.
Who will I learn from?
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.
This level of one to one support is a particular benefit to choosing Portobello as your Institute of choice to complete your studies.
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.
How will I learn?
This course has been specifically designed for delivery by online learning with live interactive webinar sessions. It is very suited to you if you have a busy work and home life and want to fit study around this. During the induction, you will be given your log-in details to the online portal, “ePortobello”. Here you will find course notes, reading lists, articles of interest and assessment guidelines.
The content is structured in an easy to “find and follow” format. You will need basic computer skills such as searching the internet and typing a word document. The webinars are scheduled once per week on the same evening to give structure to your learning journey and encourage you to continue to progress through the programme. The break between webinars allows you time to work on the assessment.
There is one to one tutor support available to you during your learning journey. You can upload your assessments and your support tutor will give you feedback on whether you are on the right track. Online learning allows you to study at your time with support available when you need it. Integrated throughout the programme are webinars, designed to give you the connection between theory and practice in facilities management.
The Difference between Blended and Online with Webinars Delivery Modes
There are two delivery mode options to study facilities management courses in Portobello Institute.
Blended learning offers you the opportunity to study with lectures delivered at the weekends. This condensed scheduling is specifically designed to fit into your life as a working facilities management professional.
All online lectures are recorded for you to catch-up later. You may have the option to attend a lecture delivered onsite – these onsite lectures will simultaneously be delivered online and will also be recorded so you can customise your learning journey – attend on-site, online, or catch-up later.
Online with Webinars – lectures are delivered online and may be schedule during the evening or at weekends. 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.
Having the flexibility to choose whether you attend a lecture as it is taking place or to catch up later means you can seamlessly access and fit education into your life whilst still continuing with your everyday life.
This FM Bridge programme is available to study through webinars and online content. The content is available on “ePortobello” and is structured in an easy to follow “week by week” format.
The webinars are scheduled at the same time each week to give structure to your learning journey and encourage you to continue to progress through the programme. The break between webinars allows you time to work on the assessment. It takes 8 weeks to complete the webinars with a further time available for submission of assignments at the end of the course. Webinars are recorded 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.
The programme commences with an induction webinar that gives you the details of what to expect throughout the course, how to access the information on ePortobello, how to contact your programme support team and an overview of the course and assessments you will complete throughout this programme.
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. 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. 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.
You can email your tutor at any stage during the module to ask a simple query or submit a draft of your assessment. Our programme management team are always available to offer you telephone and email support and if you need to, you can arrange to meet them for further one to one guidance.
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. This level of one to one support is a particular benefit to choosing this mode of study. Portobello Institute has invested in a team of programme managers and tutors who are experienced sports therapy practitioners as well as qualified and knowledgeable educators. They are available to assist you at every stage of this programme.
How will I be assessed?
If you are using this programme for advanced entry to Year 2 of the BSc (Hons) Facilities & Workplace Management, it is a criteria that you pass the assessments of this programme.
Assessments are work-based, reflecting live business projects and activities. These are the core assessment techniques used for this programme.
Gain advanced entry into year 2 of our BSc (Hons) in Facilities & Workplace Management
Holders of a Portobello Institute FM Bridge Certificate and with 3 years relevant work experience, can gain advanced entry into year 2 of our BSc (Hons) Facilities & Workplace Management degree. This means after two years of further study you can hold an honours degree in Facilities Management.
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?
This qualification is ideal for professionals working at an operational management level, responsible for managing day-to-day operations either in-house or outsourced. It is also suitable for those aspiring to work in such a role that currently work within the FM profession.
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, please email your cv to firstname.lastname@example.org for further advice or call him on 01-8920035. We will support you to map your experience to date and any previous educational experience you may have to the FM programmes so that you can select the course best suited to your career ambition and educational experience. We will support you to map your experience to date and any previous educational experience you may have to the FM programmes so that you can select the course best suited to your career ambition and educational experience.
Fees & Payment Options
Easy Payment Plan
Deposit of 50% Balance due on 1st of the month after the course starts.
Deposit + 1 Instalment
Settle final balance (€747.50) by 1st December 2021.