SETU Degree Programmes at Portlaoise Institute

SETU and LOETB offer access to degrees courses to further education learners

LOETB has partnered with South East Technological University (SETU) to increase access to degree courses in business and software development for learners. These programmes will run for the academic year 2023/24. 

The NTO was established by the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Skills, in a joint initiative between the Higher Education Authority and SOLAS. It was tasked with the development of new progression pathways from further to higher education, which is central to the government’s ambition of a unified tertiary education system. This involves the removal of common barriers to entry such as accommodation costs, travel, and CAO entry points.

Commenting on the initiative, David Denieffe, Vice-President for Academic Affairs at SETU said: “This is something that we at SETU, and our colleagues at LOETB, have been working on for some time. We believe that it will create clear progression pathways for students transitioning from further education to higher education. We look forward to continuing to work in enhanced partnership with LOETB to explore this new model for joint further and higher education programmes that will strengthen learner pathways, and ensure they are accessible to everyone.”

SETU and LOETB have collaborated to deliver the Bachelor of Business (Honours) degree, with specialisation options in management, international business, marketing, human resource management, supply chain management, accounting, and finance. They will also deliver the Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Software Development. Learners on these courses are recognised as registered students of both SETU and LOETB, and thus can avail of student facilities and supports across both organisations.

Anne Marie Keane, Project Lead for LOETB, added: “LOETB is acutely aware of the pressures that learners and their families are experiencing in the current climate and are delighted to collaborate on this project to make third level education more accessible to learners in our region. The option for learners to complete a significant element of their undergraduate studies closer to home provides many benefits including reduced accommodation and travel expenses, greater study/life balance, and a smoother transition to higher education, leading to greater retention and completion rates.”

Welcoming the launch of the NTO’s initiative, Dr Sarah Sartori, Project Lead for SETU, said: “This is an exciting initiative that will help to equalise the pathways to good, well-paid professions, by moving away from just the Leaving Certificate. A large part of my role will be to ensure that learners on these courses feel part of the SETU community from the get-go. These are joint courses, so learners will be in the unique position where they will have access to all the learner supports and services provided by LOETB, as well as being able to access the same range of supports and services as learners at SETU.”


For more information on each of the programmes, click on the links below: 


For more information about these degree programmes, contact Anne Marie Keane  087 7971641

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