Northern Regional College is the main provider of further education across four of the 11 council areas in Northern Ireland, covering a population of over 560,000. We offer a comprehensive range of qualifications for school leavers, full and part-time courses for adults, apprenticeships, professional qualifications and university accredited courses as well as providing a range of business services to support the business community.
We are one College with six campuses – Ballymoney, Ballymena (Farm Lodge and Trostan Avenue), Coleraine, Magherafelt and Newtownabbey and have now embarked on an exciting £84 million investment to redevelop our Coleraine and Ballymena campus where we will move from six to four campuses by 2022.
At Northern Regional College we teach over 10,000 students – 5,500 further education, 1,000 higher education and nearly 1,000 apprentices. Many of our lecturers continue to work as industry professionals and offer extensive knowledge and experience of their specialist area helping to equip our students with the knowledge and skills they need to prepare them for the world of work. The College has extensive well-equipped workshops and classrooms with the latest equipment and facilities to meet industry standards.
Northern Regional College has courses across 4 academic departments – Engineering and Built Environment, Computing and Creative Industries, Science and Service Industries and Care and Access. We constantly review and develop our curriculum to ensure that all courses meet the needs of industry and economy demands.
At Northern Regional College we recognise the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and have embedded STEM subjects into our curriculum focussing on the practical and industrial application of the subjects to help promote employment opportunities.
Our STEM curriculum provision has expanded to include Higher Level Apprenticeship in Computing, Construction and Engineering and various STEM-related events and activities take place throughout the year to engage with key stakeholders to explore and promote the range of STEM opportunities at the College. As part of the new Women In STEM project we will be able to share our expertise and success in attracting females to STEM courses with education partners in Latin America.