Dr. Larry Mc Nutt, Registrar of ITB, warmly invites all parents to attend our next Open Day. 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 this video

Starting college is a time of excitement and new beginnings however the transition can involve a lot of change and adjustment, not just for students but their parents, guardians family and friends. We aim to support all of our students throughout their time at ITB.

How ITB can help incoming first year students:

Peer Mentoring – ITB offers a Peer Mentoring Programme 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.

Class sizes – Our lecture and lab classes are kept relatively small in size, ensuring students get attention, more efficient learning, monitoring and the opportunity for one-on-one instruction.

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.

The Leaving Certificate year can be very stressful on students and for some, thinking about what college course to pick can add to that stress. Outlined below are some tips which may help parents and guardians support their child on the decision making process based on their strengths and interests.

Where To Start?

Research third level colleges and courses online (as you’re doing right now).
Research shows that students perform better in courses that they are interested in and best suited for. This should influence a student when it comes to deciding on a course. We would recommend visiting www.qualifax.ie as a starting point in the research process. Qualifax is a database listing courses available across third level education providers in Ireland.

Most third level colleges offer a prospectus outlining undergraduate courses on offer as well as information regarding the application process and college itself. Some colleges have a pdf version available from their website to download. You should also be able to request a hardcopy of the prospectus from the institutions just give them a call or send an email.

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

Attend campus open days and evenings.  
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. The Institute of Technology Blanchardstown has a number of visit options and events available throughout the year. We encourage visitors to write down any questions they may have to get the most out of their visit.

Don’t forget to ask questions along the way. 
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.

Good to Know:

Progression Routes
ITB works on what is known as the ‘ladder system’. We offer undergraduate courses on a Level 6,7 and 8 basis.

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.

What if I don’t get the course I want?

Available Places
Don’t panic! If a student does not receive an offer from the CAO, they can check out a list of available places on the CAO website under the category “Available/Vacant Places”. Places may be available on programmes which have not filled for the coming academic year. People who have not applied to the CAO may make an application online for available places. If a student has already applied to the CAO, they simply log into their account on the CAO website and apply for available places free of charge. There is no need to make a new application. Please note that applicants must meet the minimum entry requirements for the course they are applying for.

Post Leaving Certificate Course (PLC)
Students can also gain entry to ITB if they have completed a PLC, QQI-FET Level 5 or Level 6 qualification. Students can apply again to the CAO the following year, presenting the result of your PLC course as their method of entry. The minimum entry requirement for QQI-FET applicants wishing to apply for a Level 7 Ordinary Degree course at ITB is any full Level 5 or 6 award. The minimum entry requirement for applicants wishing to apply for a Level 8 Honours Degree course at ITB is any full Level 5 or Level 6 award with a distinction in at least three modules. Take a look at our website for more information www.itb.ie/HowtoApply/fetac.html

Apply for a Review/Recheck
Leaving Certificate students can apply to have their exams either reviewed or rechecked with the hope that this may result in an upgrade in grades and points.

Through our Access Service, we endeavour to provide opportunities to students who traditionally might have found it difficult to access third level education