QQI-FET Students

Why Choose ITB?

At ITB, we really value your education. Continuing on from your QQI course into third level education is an exciting time, and this will be the next step in fulfilling their chosen career. An ITB education is a quality education and our students can be assured of:

Varied courses, excellent lecturers and great facilities

At ITB we offer a wide and varied range of courses, from Business to Engineering, Humanities to Computing, Horticulture to Creative Digital Media and more. Our courses are delivered with a “hands on” approach in our state of the art campus in Dublin 15. Students will be lectured by experts in the field, ensuring that they will graduate with a fully rounded knowledge of their chosen discipline. The personal development of our students is also an integral part of the ITB Student Experience.

Welcoming Campus and small class sizes

Our campus is smaller in camparison to some of the other third Level insitutes. This typically means that students will settle in quickly and make friends much easier than they would on larger campuses. Classes are kept deliberately small in size, assuring that they receive adequate attention, assessment and monitoring from their lecturers.
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Excellent progression options

ITB works on what is known as the ‘ladder system’. We offer undergraduate courses at NFQ Level 6,7 and 8.

The Institute of Technology sector is structured to allow students’ progress as far as they want through the educational system, receiving a qualification at each stage.

For example a student may start by studying for a Higher Certificate (usually completed in two years and having achieved that award, may then progress to an Ordinary Bachelor Degree (usually an extra year). With an Ordinary Bachelor Degree, students may progress to an Honours Degree which in turn is the next step to a Masters Degree or a Doctorate.

Students who enter on a Level 6 Higher Certificate programme are in the same class as those who enter on a Level 7 Ordinary Degree or Level 8 Honours Degree programme.

Excellent supports for students

ITB is proud to facilitate a range of services that are designed to help your son or daughter make the transition from school to college. This includes:

ITB Peer Mentoring Programme: Offered to all first year students, so from the moment they step on campus they have a peer support system in place. It gives both senior and first year students an opportunity to get involved and get connected to the college in a fun and engaging way.

Student Support & Services – The Student Services Office provides a range of financial, academic and personal supports for students attending ITB. The team are available to meet with any student who has individual difficulties. The service aims to provide both advice and practical supports in a wide variety of circumstances.

National Learning Network – The National Learning Network service works in close collaboration with the Student Services Office. Its purpose is to provide a high quality academic support service to all ITB students. Incoming first year students complete a profiling questionnaire during orientation. This is designed to allow them gain an insight into their strengths and weaknesses.

Quotes from ITB first year students – September 2018

“I was really impressed by the organisation and the welcome I received at my orientation” – Business Student

“The lecturers and the student mentors were so nice and helpful.” – Engineering Student

“I was struck by how helpful both staff and students were.They were all also very kind and welcoming” – Computing Student

“The staff, student union and students helping out were so friendly and helpful and didn’t make it feel as daunting starting” – Early Childhood Care Student

Applying to college in 2019 – Our Top Tips

1. Read the prospectus and CAO Handbook.

The prospectus provides information about all courses and everything you need to know about applying to college. It is very important that you read it carefully and understand the course to which you are applying.

2. Attend open days

Dr. Larry Mc Nutt, Registrar of ITB, warmly invites you to attend our  Open Day on

Wednesday, November 14th 2018 from 10am – 12.30pm.

An open evening will also take place on Nov. 14th from 5pm to 7pm

A schedule of events for our next open day will be published here soon.

Attending the open day is an excellent way to inform yourself about college courses. To get a flavour what our open days are like, we invite you to watch the video below.

There is nothing like seeing a campus in person, it is important to get a look, feel and atmosphere. Open days and evenings allow you to connect with academic staff and current students who will be happy to assist you with any questions you may have regarding course modules and content.

3. Be aware of key dates

ITB Open Day

November 14th 10am to 12.30pm

ITB Open Evening

November 14th 5pm to 7pm

CAO Closing Dates

February 1st – Closing date for normal Applications
May 1st – Final date to make a late application
July 1st – Final date to alter course choices

4. Connect with your Career Guidance Advisor

We would encourage students to keep in contact with their guidance counsellors, who are a resource of experience, expertise and advice.

5. Most importantly…ask questions

It’s important to ask questions! Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have whether it’s relating to course content, the application process, or even getting here, we will try help you the best we can.

You can connect with us by email: info@itb.ie or by phone: 01 885 1530

ITB regularly host live Q&A sessions for students, parents and guidance counsellors. Check out www.itb.ie for updates on our next Q&A event. An archive of past Q&A Sessions can be viewed here: http://www.itb.ie/QnAArchive/index.html

6. Choose your courses carefully

Firstly, you should know what the course is all about before you apply. Check the minimum entry requirements.

List your courses in order of preference.

Keep your options open – It may not be wise to choose only one course on the CAO. Remember you can list up to ten Level 6/7 courses and up to ten Level 8 courses.

It’s also very important to ensure that your QQI results are forwarded to the CAO as part of the application process. Do not presume that your PLC college has done this, the onus is on the applicant to ensure that their application is in order.

Be sure to double check your choices before the Change of Mind Closing date.

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