A Warm Welcome from College Director

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For many deciding to commit to further and higher education or coming back to study it can be a very big decision. We pride ourselves on supporting all our learners to build on their academic know how and support in the practical competencies required in the workplaces that you will be seeking employment.
Denise Flood

Portobello Institute was established in 1981 and is built on the shoulders of some very wonderful and inspirational individuals. The Institute was originally set up by Delia Lyons and has been continuously advanced by her daughter Rebekah Lyons, another forward thinking and hard-working woman.

Delia’s legacy, vision and values continue to be part of everyday life at the college and are a constant reminder through Rebekah’s want to constantly seek out new opportunity while ensuring that the ethos and quality first developed by her mother are retained.

Since 1993 we have been delivering beauty, make up and fashion courses at Portobello Institute, all fully accredited through awarding bodies ITEC and QQI.

In 2005 we gained Quality Assurance for the Institute with FETAC, the further education and training awards council, and began developing and delivering an array of programmes throughout all departments within the Institute.

In 2009 we gained quality assurance with HETAC, the Higher education and training awards council, for our Higher Certificate in Arts in Montessori Education and in 2012 we gained accreditations to deliver the BA in Early Childhood studies with London Metropolitan University and have been successfully developing new degree programme deliveries up to 2018.

In 2012 we created a Centre for Modern Environment with programmes including facilities management, waste and energy management, all accredited through awarding body BIFM.

In 2014 we gained accreditation to deliver London Metropolitan Universities BSc (Hons) in Sports Science and Physical Education and Sports Therapy and in 2018 we have developed exclusive BSc programmes in performance analysis, physical education & coaching and psychology.

Over the years as new departments and courses have developed at the Institute, our commitment to quality, care for the learner, a structured approach to learning and a focus on industry links has always been pivotal to what we do.

Our strategic alliances with industry allow our students to gain excellent work experience opportunities and often job offers on completion of their programmes. Nothing is too much trouble for us, we want our students to succeed.

The college mission is to make education accessible to everyone and to support those with the courage to take that leap into the new and unknown and this is central to what we do at Portobello Institute.

“Remember success looks very different for each and every person. We encourage our students to focus on their own journey and enjoy the process of learning with us”.

– Denise Flood, College Director