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Course Details

Bachelor of Science in Process Instrumentation & Automation

*** Applications for September 2018 are now open***

Entry Route into programme:
  • Leaving Certificate
  • QQI-FET (formerly FETAC) graduates
  • Mature grounds


Course code: BN046
Duration: 3 years
NFQ level: 7
Method of application: Direct to ITB
Award title: Bachelor of Science
Credits for Full Award: 180 @ NFQ Level 7
Awarding Body: ITB


What is the Learn and Work Programme at ITB?

Learn + Work helps jobseekers like you to get the necessary training and experience to ready you for the many career opportunities that exist in the Process Instrumentation & Automation field. This innovative programme combines training at the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (ITB) with blocks of work placement. This work experience gives learners the opportunity to apply their learning, be coached by industry experts and develop the work-ready skills to gain employment upon graduation.


Benefits of Learn and Work Programme

  • Achieve a third level qualification
  • Gain valuable skills that employers want
  • Learn through hands on experience
  • Avail of progression routes to degree programmes
  • Enjoy a new model of learning


Career Opportunities

This programme has been developed in response to the growing number of vacancies in technician roles in the process and manufacturing sectors. It is designed to equip graduates with the skills and competences to operate as instrumentation/calibration/automation technicians, roles that are increasingly in demand as the sector expands and new technologies develop.



Minimum Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate applicants will require a grade O6/H7 in five subjects, these subjects must include Maths and English or Irish.

In addition to the minimum entry requirements, applicants are required to

  1. Submit a Curriculum Vitae
  2. Attend and successfully complete an Aptitude test
  3. Attend and successfully complete an interview at ITB
  4. Attend screening for company interviews
  5. Attend scheduled company interviews
  6. Successful candidates will be awarded a place on the Programme

*** Provisional dates for aptitude tests ***

First round of aptitude tests are provisionally scheduled for:

April 23rd (3-4pm) and April 25th (6-7pm)


Work Placement and Course Schedule:

Course Structure: Year 1

Five months full time study followed by seven months with employer, attending one day per week at college.

Course Structure: Year 2

Five months full time study followed by seven months with employer, attending one day per week at college.

Course Structure: Year 3

Option of standard 1 Year fulltime format as before or 2 Year part-time variant.


Course Content

Year 1
Semester 1
  • Workshop Practices & CAD
  • Introduction to Instrumentation
  • Electro-Technology 1
  • Mathematics
Semester 2
  • Industrial Services
  • Work-Based Learning Stage 1
Year 2
Semester 3
  • Electrical Power & Machines
  • Electro-Technology 2
  • Process Instrumentation 1
  • Mathematics
Semester 4
  • PLC's
  • Work-Based Learning Stage 2
Year 3
Semester 5
  • Process Instrumentation 2
  • Industrial Process & Control
  • Industrial Automation
  • SCADA & Industrial Networks
Semester 6
  • Energy Management & Quality Systems
  • Work-Based Learning Stage 3


Fees, Grants and Company Payment Information

Students on this programme will be registered as full time students. Full-time students at ITB may be eligible to make an application to SUSI for a maintenance grant. Please go to to check eligibility. You do not need to have accepted a place in college to apply for a student grant.

Trainees on this course who secure work placement may receive a subsistence payment.

Student contribution for this programme is €3,000 per year, for further information see


Back to Education Allowance

The Back to Education Allowance (BTEA) allows qualifying persons to return to full-time education in approved courses while continuing to get income support.

How to Apply: All information in respect of the BTEA is available from the Department of Social Protection at : or

For further information on fees and grants click here

How to Apply?

Applications for September 2018 are now open.

Apply Now

Got a query?

Get in touch with our Marketing team on 01 885 1530 or email

If you are a company interested in Learn & Work contact Mark Keyes on 01 885 1035 or by email at

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