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2 Higher Education Course Guide 2021/22 | North West Regional College Higher Education Course Guide 2021/22 | North West Regional College 1 Your future is created by what you do today, not tomorrow. Robert T. Kiyosaki American Businessman and Author
2 Higher Education Course Guide 2021/22 | North West Regional College Higher Education Course Guide 2021/22 | North West Regional College 3 Contents Find Your Course Principal’s Welcome 04 Money Matters 24 Art and Design 36 Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy 112 Reasons to Aim Higher 06 Your Career Starts Here 26 Business and Administration 44 Hospitality and Tourism 120 Campus Facilities 08 Qualifications Explained 28 Care and Health 56 Media, Multimedia and Journalism 124 Your Student Experience 10 UCAS Tariff Points Conversion 29 Computing and IT 74 Music and Performing Arts 132 Sport and Events 12 How to Apply 30 Construction and Built Environment 80 Science 138 Information for Parents 14 Associate Student Status 32 Early Years (Childcare) 88 Sport 146 Meet our Students 16 Find Your Course 34 Engineering 98 Mature Learners 18 Get in Touch 150 Supporting Your Study 20 Reasonable adjustments on course delivery. For details see page 150
4 Higher Education Course Guide 2021/22 | North West Regional College Higher Education Course Guide 2021/22 | North West Regional College 5 Principal’s Welcome Higher Education in this city and region is vitally important to our socio-economic development. On average more than 1,000 people are involved We need more of our young people to look in Full-Time and Part-Time Higher Education at at the local Higher Education option at North our College. West Regional College. We can only build the economy we all aspire to through developing and The breadth of study is outlined in this publication maintaining our skills base in this city and region. with an emphasis on Foundation Degrees, Higher Level Apprenticeships (Earn While You Learn), Therefore I would ask Parents, Principals and Higher National Diplomas / Certificates and Careers Teachers to encourage our young people Professional qualifications. to consider the ‘near to home’ option for their Higher Education choice. We also have a strong Access provision that provides a pathway into Higher Education for Let us work together to help make more and mature adults. better jobs for our people. These two year degree programmes provide an immediate entry into key areas where there are jobs, such as Computing, Business, Engineering and the Health Sector. They will also allow you to complete a BSc or BA Degree with ‘top up’ Leo Murphy at your own pace. Principal and Chief Executive 93% of students would More than recommend NWRC to a friend* 10,000 students across 5 campuses *NWRC Student Survey, 2019
6 Higher Education Course Guide 2021/22 | North West Regional College Higher Education Course Guide 2021/22 | North West Regional College 7 University Level Courses Flexible Work on your doorstep Study Placements Celebrate Options to enhance your your success with perfect for employability our annual working adults Graduation Lower Tuition Fees Ceremony than University Study up to Industry Standard Degree state-of-the-art facilities Level Smaller with us* Class Sizes than university mean more one-to-one support Professional 650+ Qualifications employers are looking for Graduates progress to University every year *BSC (Hons) Early Childhood Care, Health & Education
8 Higher Education Course Guide 2021/22 | North West Regional College Higher Education Course Guide 2021/22 | North West Regional College 9 Campus £17m+ invested in More than Facilities College Facilities since 2015 10,000 students across 5 campuses Derry~Londonderry Limavady Strand Road Main Street Our largest campus, conveniently located only 10 mins Providing learning and training to the Limavady borough by foot from the city centre, boasts industry-standard, for more than 100 years, this modern Campus includes: cutting-edge facilities to support your learning. • Veterinary nursing lab Facilities on campus include: • Hair and Beauty salons* • Garnett’s fine-dining restaurant* • Gym and Fitness Suite • Art and Design wing and creative studios • Art and Design studios • Sport and fitness testing lab • 170-seat performance theatre • Health science laboratory • Dance studio • IT and multimedia suites • Music recording studio • Library and Learning Resource Centre Veterinary Nursing Lab • TV production studio Greystone • Photographic studio This state-of-the-art training facility features the latest • News and Radio station equipment and technology for courses in Engineering, • Multimedia suites with the latest industry software Construction, Wood Occupations, Brickwork, Tiling • The Flying Clipper fine-dining restaurant, cafés and Motor Vehicle Maintenance. and barista bar* • Hair and Beauty salons* Our Product Design Centre - the first of its kind in the • Fully-equipped Science, ICT North West - helps entrepreneurs create new products. and Engineering Labs • Library and Learning Resource Centre Strabane • Open access Careers Academy Derry Road • Innovation Centres – Foodovation and DIAL (Design Located centrally, in the heart of the town, Strabane Innovation for Assisted Living) Campus offers first rate teaching in a listed traditional building supported by an additional extension and Springtown refurbished with modern facilities, which include: We are currently completing a multi-million-pound Science Labs Hair & Beauty Salons redevelopment of our Springtown campus following • Hair and Beauty salons* investment from the Department for the Economy (DfE). • Vocational training workshops • Fully resourced IT suite and classrooms This funding will result in a vibrant, new state-of-the-art • Library and Learning Resource Centre learning environment for Apprenticeships and Training in • Students’ Union areas such as: Book a Campus Tour • Electrical engineering firstname.lastname@example.org • Motor vehicle maintenance and repair • Plumbing Find out more • Joinery nwrc.ac.uk/campus • Brickwork • Fabrication and welding Foyle Theatre Motor Vehicle Workshops *Our Cafés, Restaurants and Hair & Beauty salons are open to the public.
10 Higher Education Course Guide 2021/22 | North West Regional College Higher Education Course Guide 2021/22 | North West Regional College 11 Student Discounted Become a Car Parking Student at Foyleside East Ambassador Car Park and earn freebies plus lots more! Financial Support available to fund your studies Multi-million Pound Facilities Competitions 15% We have invested millions of pounds in state-of-the-art Boost your CV by competing in competitions facilities, resources and recreational areas to deliver a on a local, national and international scale. dynamic and modern learning experience. Atmosphere Our facilities include: College life is very different to school. Our students discount for students • Veterinary Lab love the relaxed, diverse and welcoming atmosphere. at our Hair & Beauty • Hairdressing and Beauty Salons We will treat you with respect and support, and Salons • Fine-Dining Restaurants and Cafés encourage you to become more independent. • 170-seat Performance Theatre • Music Recording Studios Clubs and Societies • High Definition TV and Radio Studio Get the most out of College life by taking part in the • Art and Design Studios different events, clubs and societies organised by our • Library and Learning Resource Centre Students’ Union. You can also enjoy fantastic benefits, • Gym and Sports Fitness Testing Lab such as discounts on travel and shopping! • Motor Vehicle Repair Workshops • Science Labs And don’t forget our amazing concerts, exhibitions, • Innovation Centres shows and sports. Visit us on Open Day or book a campus tour to explore Find out more: our facilities. Contact email@example.com nwrc.ac.uk/student-union Expert Staff Our lecturers are industry experts and our support staff are friendly and compassionate. Watch videos about College life nwrc.ac.uk/videos Cafés & Restaurants Improve your Job Prospects open to the public Our accredited courses help you to develop the skills and knowledge employers are looking for. Gain valuable work experience which will prepare you for the world of work. Many courses also give you the option to work and study abroad!
12 Higher Education Course Guide 2021/22 | North West Regional College Higher Education Course Guide 2021/22 | North West Regional College 13 Sport Free College & Events Gym Life at NWRC is about so much Show-stopping Events more than just studying. It is also As a NWRC student you’ll have the opportunity to attend or take part in exciting events and activities across our about broadening your horizons by campuses, which are designed to enhance your student embracing new experiences and experience. Take a break from your studies, catch up with building friendships right across friends, or just sample the NWRC entertainment scene. the College. From masterclasses to fashion shows, photography exhibitions to live concerts, there’s always something to Clubs and Societies see and do outside of the classroom. A fantastic way to make the most of your time at NWRC is to join one (or more!) of the many clubs and societies Freshers’ Day that the College has to offer. Our Clubs and Societies are Freshers’ Day is an amazing opportunity for you to find all 100% free so there’s no reason not to get involved. out about the best of what our College has to offer! Come along to meet Student Services, your Students’ Union If you can’t find a society that floats your boat, then why team and to take part in lots of fun, interactive activities. not set up your own? All you need are a number of And don’t forget to grab yourself some freebies too! like-minded people to help you run it, then simply contact us and we will sort out the rest. Live Shows and Performances Live performances from our Music and Performing Sports Clubs Arts students always get top billing. In recent years our If you’re feeling sporty we offer a wide range of sporting students have delivered a number of live performances in activities through our Students’ Union. From football to our Foyle Theatre, including Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, martial arts, basketball to outdoor pursuits, we’ve got Shaun of the Dead and The Big Lebowski. plenty to keep you busy! Exciting Showcases and Competitions The College also has a fully-equipped gym (located at We frequently deliver popular showcases in Hair & Beauty, Strand Rd campus) which is free for all NWRC students. Art & Design and Hospitality, with competitions on-going throughout the year. Students studying a vocational Our students often compete in local, national and course also have the opportunity to battle it out for the international competitions in sports such as swimming, chance to represent the College in local, regional and judo, karate, pool, ten-pin bowling and many more. International Worldskills competitions. Elite Athlete Scheme Masterclasses Our Elite Athlete Scheme is a financial initiative established We host successful masterclasses throughout the year, to reward the sporting achievements of our most talented giving students the opportunity to learn from leading sportsmen and women. Selected winners receive a professionals and influencers. Those we have welcomed monetary bursary along with additional training support to the College in recent years include Louis Walsh (Former and advice from the College’s Sports Department. X-Factor Judge), Martin O’Neill (Former ROI Football Manager) and Patrick Cutliffe (Google). Each applicant is presented with an O’Neills NWRC sports kit and continue to play a full part in sport at the College by participating in various competitions and Find out more championships. nwrc.ac.uk/student-union
14 Higher Education Course Guide 2021/22 | North West Regional College Higher Education Course Guide 2021/22 | North West Regional College 15 Progress Coaches Lower Tuition Fees Information Our Progress Coaches will assist Students studying Higher Education students throughout their time at at NWRC can expect significantly for Parents the College. They work closely with students to monitor and help lower tuition fees than university, allowing them to live close to home improve attendance, while also and reduce travel and maintenance liaising with Personal Tutors to costs. The College also offers a We know just how ensure students are progressing in comprehensive package of financial important it is for your their respective courses. options to help support students child to have a smooth during their study. transition from school Work Experience to college and for you We actively prepare our students Quality Teaching to be a part of that for the world of work from day Many of our lecturers continue to one. Our courses are designed to work as industry professionals and process. provide learners with the skills and offer extensive knowledge and knowledge employers want. experience of their specialist area. We are fully committed to ensuring that your child has access to all Many of our courses include work Students receive more teaching the specialist support they need experience, which provides students hours with NWRC than on most to help them successfully achieve with the opportunity to apply the traditional university courses. Our their qualifications at North West skills they have developed in class classes are also much smaller which Regional College. to a real work setting. allows us to offer an exceptional level of one-to-one support they Personal Tutor Industry Links wouldn’t get anywhere else. All full-time students are allocated We have excellent links with local, a dedicated Personal Tutor, who will national and international employers Get in touch monitor their progress throughout who provide students with valuable firstname.lastname@example.org their course, providing tailored work placement opportunities, masterclasses and site visits. Find out more support and guidance to enable nwrc.ac.uk/parents them to achieve their full potential. Our Personal Tutors offer a range of support services to our students while they study with us, including: Careers Support We deliver a wide range of bespoke programmes and interactive workshops to help students plan their education around a clear career path. Learning Support Our Learning Link team provides additional support, guidance and resources to students with any learning, physical or mental health issues. Student Services The team can provide advice and guidance on a wide range of areas, including EMA, Bus Passes and Financial Support.
16 Higher Education Course Guide 2021/22 | North West Regional College Higher Education Course Guide 2021/22 | North West Regional College 17 Meet our “I absolutely loved my time at Students NWRC. The support I received from all of the lecturers was unbelievable, they were always there for me and pushed me to my full potential.” VANESSA CANNING BTEC LEVEL 5 HND IN HAIR AND BEAUTY MANAGEMENT “I work for a Housing Association and this course has allowed me to develop more skills and progress my knowledge in the world of Property Services.” DEIRDRE SHARKEY BTEC LEVEL 4 HNC IN CONSTRUCTION AND THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT “My Foundation Degree gave me the skills and confidence I needed to change careers. Now I am working as a Software Developer with AE Global.” STEPHEN MCCLAY FOUNDATION DEGREE IN SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT “I applied for a Higher Level Apprenticeship as I thought it was a great opportunity to gain work experience and get paid while studying towards a qualification. There is only so much you can learn from a textbook.” REBEKAH GLEN HIGHER LEVEL APPRENTICESHIP IN ACCOUNTANCY
18 Higher Education Course Guide 2021/22 | North West Regional College Higher Education Course Guide 2021/22 | North West Regional College 19 Mature Learners We welcome applications from Accreditation of Prior Experiential students, regardless of what stage Learning (APEL) of the education journey they might If you don’t have traditional A-Level / GCSE qualifications, we can take into account the knowledge and skills you be on. It’s never to late to learn have gained through work as a foundation for study in something new. higher education. This includes learning gained through: Learning has no age limit Returning to education a little later in life can seem • Life and work experiences (paid and voluntary) daunting, but at NWRC extensive support is available to • Community-based learning build your confidence and help you feel prepared. • Workplace learning and training • Continuing professional development For many adults, the decision to return to education is • Independent learning life-changing, opening up new career prospects and employment opportunities. Many are returning to college APEL Advisor after a break in their education, some are looking to retrain You will be assigned to an APEL Adviser will support you for a new career, while others are trying to make the most through the process by introducing you to the relevant out of opportunities they may not have had when they guidelines, building your confidence as a learner through were younger. We believe that education is for everyone, identifying your strengths and skills, and by advising you regardless of age. on how to prepare your portfolio of evidence of learning. Every year the number of mature students attending To schedule an appointment with an APEL Advisor in your Higher Education Colleges and Universities continues to subject area, contact our Quality Enhancement Unit: grow. We value the diverse experience and life skills that email@example.com mature students bring to our College community. The First Step Our staff are experienced in offering advice to mature learners whose qualifications don’t fit with our usual admission requirements. Contact our dedicated Careers or Admissions Team to discuss the flexible options we have available to you. “I have always had an interest in Receive a College journalism but it was an itch I never bursary of up to £500* Admissions: firstname.lastname@example.org scratched. I always had this feeling Careers Academy: email@example.com that I had missed out, so I decided to go back to College. The course fits right around the kids’ schedule and my part-time job. I would say to anyone who was like me and is still sitting on the fence that anything is possible. The opportunity is always there, you just have to go for it!” CIARAN LOCKHART NCTJ DIPLOMA IN JOURNALISM *Full-Time Higher Education students only. Criteria applies
20 Higher Education Course Guide 2021/22 | North West Regional College Higher Education Course Guide 2021/22 | North West Regional College 21 Supporting Your Study Throughout your student journey, Student Services Careers Service NI you will have access to our full range Student Services is made up of seven key support CareersService NI works in partnership with our Careers areas: the Careers Academy, Student Finance, Library, Academy. For details visit careersserviceni.com or call of support services, including careers Students’ Union, Learning Link, Health & Wellbeing 0300 200 7820. advice, mentoring, advice on finance and Safeguarding. and academic matters, professional College Counselling development, events and more. The Student Services team are your main source of Our Student Services staff are trained to provide a information, support and guidance. If you are concerned confidential Listening Ear Service. Our Safeguarding about your studies or are experiencing personal issues Officer will also be able to advise and if needed refer you can talk to us in a safe and confidential setting. you to a GP or Inspire Counsellor. Counselling Services at NWRC are provided in association with Inspire Tel: 028 7127 6045 (Strand Road / Strabane campus) Student Wellbeing. 028 7127 8770 (Limavady campus) Tel: 028 7127 6096 / 8709 Student Finance Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Our Student Finance team provides students with advice and guidance on funding options available to support Students’ Union them during their studies. The Students’ Union is made up of students of varying courses, age and gender, who support the general welfare This includes bursaries, grants, student loans, tuition of all students. It is the main channel of communication fees and other financial help. Student Finance is also between students and College management, and responsible for the administration of the Hardship Fund, organises a range of events and societies for students EMA, Care to Learn, Higher Education Bursary, the throughout the year. distribution of Further Education Award cheques and Higher Education registrations. A Students’ Union President and class representatives are elected at the beginning of each academic year. Tel: 028 7127 6033 Email: email@example.com The Students’ Union helps to organise Clubs & Societies, Freshers’ Week, Student Socials, Fundraising, European Careers Academy Travel, External Collaboration, Sporting Activities and Our award-winning Careers Academy delivers a wide Team Building. Union members also enjoy NUS-USI range of bespoke programmes and interactive workshops benefits such as travel and shopping discounts. tailored to the student’s needs. We strive to close the gaps to support students to creatively meet their employment and higher education potential through the innovative development of soft and hard skills. We provide careers information, advice and guidance before you apply and throughout your time at the college. We also provide you with information and guidance on how best to progress after course completion. Tel: 028 7127 6111 / 6112 / 6500 / 6541 / 8784 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
22 Higher Education Course Guide 2021/22 | North West Regional College Higher Education Course Guide 2021/22 | North West Regional College 23 Learning Support Safeguarding Do you have a learning difficulty or disability that may We are committed to the promotion of a caring supportive affect the way you participate in your course? This can environment where staff and students can work together also include medical conditions and mental health issues. in an atmosphere of mutual respect, so that each and The Learning Link team can create a plan tailored to your every student can achieve their full potential. To protect individual needs. All queries are treated in confidence. our young people, adolescents and adults at risk of We encourage you to contact us early to ensure that we harm or in need of protection we must take a collective can meet your needs. approach and shared responsibility. Our vision is achieved with the cooperation of all staff at various professional While we will endeavour at all times to meet the needs of Library levels across all academic departments, within our The College has a library on the three main campuses students with learning difficulties and disabilities, parents support services and throughout our wider community. which provides: / carers and other stakeholders must accept that there may be occasions when the College provision is unable to Tel: 028 7127 6096 / 8709 • Access to books, journals and newspapers address the needs of the student. Email: email@example.com • Access to digital / online resources, available Liaison with Tutors remotely 24/7 • Reasonable Adjustment recommendations • Study Pods Widening Access and Participation • Examination Access Arrangements (e.g. extra time) • Study space and access to PCs Our aim is to improve well-being for everyone by • Library Guide on Student Portal – with links to providing academic pathways which are economically Human Support resources and Information Skills information viable and lead to employment. The collaboration with the • Note Takers, Mentors, Campus Assistants Universities is allowing ‘Access’ to Higher Education for • Printing, including colour and photocopying • Sign Language Interpreters adults who were previously made redundant, or change • College-wide online catalogue to search for books career direction, the unemployed or those who hadn’t • Stationery for sale considered progressing in education to access both Full Equipment Loan • Laptops • Evening opening until 8pm, Tue-Thu (Strand Road) and Part-time education allowing them to rethink their • Dictaphones • Expert guidance and assistance from helpful staff educational pathway. • Specialist Software and Equipment Our Careers Academy has an inclusive ethos supporting Equality the Widening Access and Participation Plan and ‘Access Study Skills The College promotes equality of opportunity among all to Success’ with the Widening Access and Participation • Organisation of our staff and students. We actively seek opportunities Officer working with disadvantaged communities and • Time Management and Planning to promote equality between the recognised groups with delivering the ‘Inspire’ programme. • Proof Reading a view to having an inclusive environment where everyone • Revision and Exam Techniques feels welcome. Scholarships and Erasmus Funded Programmes Tel: 028 7127 6024 We also support a Widening Access and Participation The College has been proactive in the area of equality and Bursary which is a scholarship aimed at Full-Time Higher Email: firstname.lastname@example.org will continue to explore ways of facilitating all students to Education students which helps with the cost of tuition maximise their learning experience. fees from those from under-represented backgrounds. SENDO 93% In addition, we also offer a number of other significant The Special Educational Needs and Disability (NI) Order Erasmus funded programmes. We understand that being 2005) (SENDO) came into effect on 1st September 2005. involved in international projects can enhance innovation. Research shows that student mobilities increase life The principle behind the further and higher education experience of travel, which can greatly enhance learning. sections of this legislation is that people with disabilities of students surveyed said should have the same opportunities as others to benefit the support they received wherever possible from whatever education or other Find out more helped them progress in their course* Get help with related provision is available. nwrc.ac.uk/studentservices Tuition Costs The College welcomes calls via Relay. Ask about our Wider Access and Participation HE Bursary *NWRC Student Survey, 2019
24 Higher Education Course Guide 2021/22 | North West Regional College 25 Money Lower Matters Tuition Fees than University With significantly lower tuition Part-Time Higher Education Courses Student Loans and Grants fees compared to university many The College offers a fee payment instalment plan for students who enrol on a part-time Higher Education Maintenance Grant students are choosing to study course on or before 4th October 2021. UK students studying Higher Education Higher Education at North West courses may apply for a non-repayable means-tested Regional College, allowing them to If your total fee is more than £200 you may pay a deposit Maintenance Grant. You also have the option of applying live close to home and reduce travel and the required balance in instalments as outlined below. for a Maintenance Loan, to assist with living costs and and maintenance costs. Tuition Fee Loan, to cover the cost of your tuition fees. Tuition Minimum Maximum Minimum Fee Deposit Number of Monthly You will need to complete a PN1 form which is avail online Tuition Fees Payable Instalments Direct Debit by visiting studentfinanceni.co.uk. Less than Full-Time Study or equal Full fee payable at time of enrolment NWRC College Bursary Fees for full-time Higher Education courses are to £200 Full-Time Higher Education students with a household £2,500* per annum. Childcare income of less than £19,203* may be eligible for an £201 - £400 £100 3 £50 Full-time students may be eligible for assistance with NWRC College bursary of up to £500 per academic year Part-Time Study More than childcare costs, for registered child-minders only, including (subject to assessment). Part-Time tuition fees and concessionary rates can vary. 25% 4 £50 crèches, nurseries etc. For more information contact £400 Please visit nwrc.ac.uk/parttime for more information or Student Services. For more details contact Student Finance: contact our Finance Department on 028 7127 6388. Note: Anyone wishing to pay by instalments must set up a email@example.com Care to Learn Direct Debit. Payments will be debited on or about the 5th This support scheme is available to students aged Payment of Tuition Fees of each month, commencing the month after enrolment. EU / Republic of Ireland Students between 16-20 years old, where you could receive full EU students may apply for a Tuition Fee Loan to cover support for your registered childcare whilst you come to Full-Time Higher Education Courses Non-Payment of Tuition Fees the costs of their HE tuition fees. You can download a College to study. Apply at Student Services. Students who have applied for a Tuition Fee Loan must Failure to pay the required Tuition Fees may result in one EU21N form online: gov.uk/student-finance-forms provide a letter from the Student Loan Company (SLC) or more of the following: Useful Contacts confirming that an application for a Tuition Fee Loan has Republic of Ireland students can also apply for a Education Authorities been received. You will be liable for payment of the full fee • You may be withdrawn from your course Maintenance Grant via Student Universal Support Ireland Western Region, 028 8241 1411 if this letter is not provided. • You may not be able to sit exams for any NWRC (SUSI). For details visit: susi.ie. Northern Region, 028 2565 3333 course you are enrolled on If you have not received funding for your tuition fees Students in receipt of benefits, should contact their • You may not be able to access any College facilities Student Finance Advisors from the SLC then your fee must be paid on enrolment local Welfare Office for eligibility information on Back to or our computer network Student Finance NI, 0300 100 0077 however, Direct Debit / instalment arrangements are Education Allowance. • You may not be able to progress to the next year of available for students to pay their fees on a monthly basis, your course, or enrol on an alternative NWRC course Strand Road Campus, 028 7127 6010 no more than 4 monthly payment/instalments. These will Hardship Fund • Your name will not be included on any pass or Limavady Campus, 028 7127 8770 begin on the 15th (or nearest working day) of the month (Non-repayable means-tested fund) graduation list We will aim to recover all outstanding Strabane Campus, 028 7127 6033 following the date of enrolment. The College may provide help to students with evidence money that is owed to the College. of financial hardship via the College Hardship Fund. UK Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Students who wish to avail of the Direct Debit / Instalment Students who are aged 18+ may be eligible to help with Additional Fees facility must pay an initial deposit of at least £400 on costs such as fees, maintenance, travel, accommodation, enrolment with the remaining balance being paid over a • Graduation - If attending Graduation, students will be books and materials. maximum of 4 instalments. Fees must be paid in full on required to pay a £50 attendance fee. Hoping to progress from or before 26th February 2022. • Access Courses - Students undertaking a university All Hardship Fund applicants should previously have NWRC to University? Access course will be required to pay an exam or applied to their local Education Authority in the first registration fee. For UU Access full-time students If you choose a HND or Foundation Degree with us instance. Get in touch the fee will be in the region of £250, whilst the fee for with a view to progressing to Degree study, it will be email@example.com Queens (QUB) Access full-time for Health and Welfare your responsibility to check if you will be eligible for Application forms are available from Student Services. will be £150. Fees for part-time students will be additional funding at that College or university. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org Find out more included in their tuition fee. nwrc.ac.uk/higher-education Check with your local Education Authority. *Subject to change
26 Higher Education Course Guide 2021/22 | North West Regional College Higher Education Course Guide 2021/22 | North West Regional College 27 Your Career Starts Here Our Careers Academy delivers Workshops bespoke programmes and interactive • CV Writing workshops tailored to meet the needs • Interview Skills of the student and help them reach • UCAS Registration their employment potential. • Team-working Skills • Personal Statement Writing • Further Education Funding Career Programmes • Higher Education Funding Together with our team of Career Advisors and support staff we aim to support students in their educational • Progression journey and help them meet their employment potential. • Presentation Skills for Zoom / Online Interviews • Budgeting - Money Matters Programmes are personalised to ensure progression • Introduction to Mental Health Mindset through activities that are appropriate to students • BeReady suite of Employability modules at different stages of career learning, planning and development. The careers programme includes careers • MMI’s (Multiple Mini Interviews) education sessions, career guidance activities (group • 6 C’s of Nursing work and individual), information and research activities. • Inspire Employability Programme A high quality careers education and guidance programme is crucial in helping young people emerge Get in touch from college, university or training well-rounded and email@example.com ready for the world of work. Find out more nwrc.ac.uk/careers Award-Winning Careers Support Careers Education & Guidance Award Careers Impact Strategy Award Association of Colleges Beacon The Education Awards 2020 Awards 2018/19 Inspiring Talent Award Matrix Quality Mark Irish News Workplace and For excellence in careers provision, Employment Awards 2019 employability, advice and guidance.
28 Higher Education Course Guide 2021/22 | North West Regional College Higher Education Course Guide 2021/22 | North West Regional College 29 Qualifications Explained With such a wide range of Higher National Diploma (HND) UK Qualifications A Level 5 qualification that is equivalent to the second qualifications to choose from, it can year of a degree programme. A HND is a work-related be difficult to decide which is the course provided by further and higher education colleges. BTEC Level 3 BTEC Level 3 Access Diploma A Levels Extended Diploma Diploma right option for you. So we’ve put After completing a HND you can often progress straight together the following guide to help into year two or final year of a university degree course. Grade UCAS Tariff Grade UCAS Tariff % Pass UCAS Tariff Grade UCAS Tariff Profile Points Profile Points Grade Points Points you understand what each one offers. Higher National Certificate (HNC) D*D*D* 168 D*D* 112 75+ 144 A* 56 A Level 4 qualification that is equivalent to the first year Foundation Degree of a degree course. A HNC takes one year to complete D*D*D 160 D*D 104 70 - 74 132 A 48 A Level 5 qualification, which combines college study full-time, or two years part-time. After completing a HNC, with work-based learning. After completing a Foundation you can progress to a Higher National Diploma (HND). D*DD 152 DD 96 65 - 69 120 B 40 Degree you can usually progress directly into year two or final year of a Level 6 degree programme at university. Honours Degree (Hons) DDD 144 DM 80 60 - 64 108 C 32 A Level 6 qualification. An honours degree is a DDM 128 MM 64 55 - 59 96 D 24 A Foundation Degree can be completed full-time over distinguished type of undergraduate degree programme. two years or 3 years part-time. It requires extra modules/units to be studied, often in the DMM 112 PM 48 50 - 54 84 E 16 form of a dissertation. Higher Level Apprenticeship (HLA) MMM 96 PP 32 45 - 49 72 - - A work-based programme, which offers the opportunity to We currently offer a BSc (Hons) in Early Childhood Care, gain quality training and a recognised higher qualification Health and Education, which provides learners with a full MMP 80 - - 41 - 44 60 - - while in paid employment. Upon completion, you will have recognised degree. This course is delivered in partnership MPP 64 - - 40 48 - - gained a Foundation Degree qualification and two or three with Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT). years of industry experience. PPP 48 - - - - - - The aim of a HLA is to improve business practice by Find out more nwrc.ac.uk/careers KEY: D = Distinction M = Merit P = Pass developing a skilled and experienced workforce. ROI Qualifications Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher and Ordinary) UCAS and CAO points 2017 New Tariff UCAS Points CAO Points 2017 New Tariff UCAS Points CAO Points at Higher [Higher] [Higher] at Ordinary [Ordinary] [Ordinary] H1 36 100 - - - H2 30 88 - - - H3 24 77 - - - H4 18 66 - - - H5 12 56 01 12 56 H6 9 46 02 10 46 H7 - 37 03 8 46 H8 - - 04 6 37 - - - 05 - - - - - 06 - - For more information on course entry requirements or to view ILC equivalences prior to 2017, contact our Careers Academy: firstname.lastname@example.org
30 Higher Education Course Guide 2021/22 | North West Regional College Higher Education Course Guide 2021/22 | North West Regional College 31 How to 1 2 Apply BROWSE CLICK OUR COURSES APPLY ONLINE To apply for a Full-Time course you must be 16 years of age or over on ONLINE or before 1st July in year of entry. Please note, we operate a first come, first served application process, so apply today! Need help with your application? 3 5 4 Applying for a course at NWRC is easy. Our Student Services team are available to guide you through the application process. If you would like help completing your application, contact 028 7127 6045. LOG INYOUR OR COMPLETE If you experience technical issues while completing your TRACK online application or require an alternative format, please REGISTER A NEW THE ONLINE contact our Admissions Team on 028 7127 6000 or email APPLICATION email@example.com. ACCOUNT APPLICATION ONLINE FORM Accreditation of Prior Experiential *EMAIL ADDRESS REQUIRED Learning (APEL) APEL is a process through which the learning you have gained from experience can be counted towards entry onto courses. For more information about the APEL process see page 18 or visit nwrc.ac.uk/apply International Students 5 6 The College welcomes applications from international students. Find out more: nwrc.ac.uk/international ATTEND YOUR Terms and Conditions TRACK YOUR INTERVIEW OR APPLICATION Students are required to comply with the College’s Terms AUDITION* and Conditions. It is important that you read the terms carefully and understand them before applying, accepting your offer. ONLINE *IF APPLICABLE Find out more: nwrc.ac.uk/terms Apply Online nwrc.ac.uk/apply 8 Study up to Degree Level ACCEPT ENROL START with us YOUR OFFER WITH US COLLEGE
32 Higher Education Course Guide 2021/22 | North West Regional College Higher Education Course Guide 2021/22 | North West Regional College 33 Associate Student Status Ulster University Queen’s University Belfast NWRC is a partner college of Ulster University. When All students studying a validated Early Years course have you study on a validated course, you are officially an associate student status of the Queen’s University Belfast. Associate Student of Ulster University. This allows access to the Queen’s University Belfast libraries and state-of-the-art facilities. You can access a wide range of Ulster resources and facilities, designed to enhance your learning Students on the Foundation Degree in Early Childhood experience. You will be issued with an Ulster University Studies and HND Advanced Practice in Work with associate student card (if you attached a photograph to Children and Families can gain entry into degree your registration) which will allow you to use University programmes at Stranmillis College (Queen’s University). services including the Library and the Sports Centre. Letterkenny Institute of Technology Find out more: Students on the Foundation Degree in Early Childhood ulster.ac.uk/associatestudents Studies or HND in Advanced Practice in Work with Children and Families can gain advanced entry into Sport Centre and Fitness Suite Year 3 of the BSc (Hons) in Early Childhood Care, Health Ulster University’s Sport Centres at Coleraine, and Education as students of Letterkenny Institute of Jordanstown and Magee campus have great fitness Technology (LYIT) with associate student status at North suites and a range of classes to help you be active. West Regional College. For more information visit: ulster.ac.uk/sport Progression Opportunities Library Early Years graduates have can pursue professional As an Associate Student you will be able to: qualifications in careers such as: Primary Teaching, Special Needs Teaching, Play therapist, Speech • Consult Library books in any of the University’s four therapist, Occupational therapy, Health Promotion, libraries in Belfast, Coleraine, Jordanstown or Magee. Social Work and Psychology. • Borrow books • Request access to electronic journals For more information visit: ulster.ac.uk/library
34 Higher Education Course Guide 2021/22 | North West Regional College Higher Education Course Guide 2021/22 | North West Regional College 35 Find Your Course Art and Design 36 Business and Administration 44 Care and Health 56 Computing and IT 74 Construction and Built Environment 80 Early Years (Childcare) 88 Engineering 98 Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy 112 Hospitality and Tourism 120 Media, Multimedia and Journalism 124 Music and Performing Arts 132 Science 138 Sport 146 Course Symbol Key Interview Audition Work Placement Portfolio Information APEL (see page 18) Session AccessNI Check Associate Student Status (see page 32) Health Declaration
36 Higher Education Course Guide 2021/22 | North West Regional College 37 Art & Art and Design Design
38 Art and Design Higher Education Course Guide 2021/22 | North West Regional College Higher Education Course Guide 2021/22 | North West Regional College 39 Art and Design Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate Art and Design (Graphic Design) (Subject to validation) Course Overview ROI: 32 UCAS points and 4 OLCs Course Code The purpose of this course is to subjects at Leaving Cert (Grade 04 603/0908/8 develop students as professional, or above) which must include Art, Campus self- reflecting individuals who meet English and Maths. Limavady the needs of employers within the ----- Graphic design industries. The course Study Mode Entry is subject to a successful is designed to equip students with Full-Time interview, where you will be asked art and design skills, knowledge and to bring along a portfolio of your Length of Study understanding, providing students existing work. 1 Year with the skills to communicate their ideas and creative output through Awarding Body We also welcome applications visual, written and oral presentations Pearson BTEC from mature students who will be with a focus on Graphic Design considered individually based on Course Contact practices. experience rather than qualifications. Gaenor Speer 028 7127 8761 Mentored by experienced, practicing Assessment firstname.lastname@example.org tutors you will develop a portfolio 100% Coursework. Assessments are Non-term time covering traditional print, digital portfolio based and include written Admissions Office print, advertising, illustration assignments, critiques, presentations (028) 7127 6000 and typography. This course will and group work. encourage learning in a stimulating Progression and supportive environment and you Eight units of study will be introduced will have the opportunity to work on throughout the year. All units must live briefs. be completed, six are core and two are from the list of optional units that Core Modules curriculum staff will select. • Techniques and Processes • Typography Further Study • Graphic Design Practices Students completing their BTEC • Professional Development Higher Nationals will be aiming to • Contextual Studies progress to a HND Level 5 in Graphic • Individual Project (Pearson Set) Design or into Year 2 at University level (This will depend on performance at Entry Requirements interview stage) or into employment UK: 32 UCAS points at A level (must within the Graphic Design Industries. include Art or Art related subject) together with 4 GCSEs (Grade C Your Future Career or above) to include Art, Maths and Graphic Design Agencies, Illustration, English (Level 2 Essential Skills in Teaching or Freelance/Self-Employed Numeracy and Literacy will also be Graphic Designer. accepted); OR Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design, Level 3 Art and Design Foundation Diploma or equivalent Level 3 qualification. FOR COURSE SYMBOL KEY SEE PAGE 34 Higher level study Employment University Apply Online: nwrc.ac.uk/higher-education 028 7127 6000
40 Art and Design Higher Education Course Guide 2021/22 | North West Regional College Higher Education Course Guide 2021/22 | North West Regional College 41 Art and Design Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate Art and Design (Arts Practice) Course Overview Core Modules Assessment Course Code This course offers you as a student • Professional Development 100% Coursework. You will be 603/0908/8 the opportunity to experience • Contextual Studies assessed on four units in Year 1 and Campus aspects of 2D and 3D Art and Design • Individual Project four in Year 2. Depending on the units Limavady disciplines with a focus on drawing, • Techniques and Processes of study some will be assessed at the painting, sculpture, print, digital • Media Practices end of each semester (17week period) Study Mode media, contextual referencing and • Material Practices and some will be long and thin and run Part-Time professional practice,(commonly throughout the two semesters. Length of Study know as Fine Art disciplines). Optional Modules 2 Years • 3D Practices Assessment is made up of practical You will be offered the chance to • Printmaking work, sketchbooks, testing and Awarding Body develop a personal visual language academic writings. You will be required Pearson BTEC through experimentation with Entry Requirements to submit a copy of the work online in Course Contact processes, materials and ideas and UK: 32 UCAS points at A-Level a digital format to assist with internal Gaenor Speer will be encouraged to develop your (must include Art or an Art related and external marking. 028 7127 8761 own personal visual language within subject) together with 4 GCSEs (Grade email@example.com art and design. C or above) to include Art, Maths Further Study Non-term time and English (Level 2 Essential Skills On successful completion of the HNC Admissions Office You will be taught through a in Numeracy and Literacy will also students can progress to the Level 5 (028) 7127 6000 combination of studio based practical be accepted); OR Level 3 Extended HND in Art and Design (Art Practice) workshops and lecturers over one Diploma in Art and Design, Level 3 Art at NWRC or can apply to a relevant Progression day in College but will be required and Design Foundation Diploma or degree programme at university with to undertake independent study equivalent Level 3 qualification. exceptions from Year 1 in some cases. outside of college on a weekly basis developing ideas and techniques. ROI: 32 UCAS points and 4 OLCs Note: University places would be subjects at Leaving Cert (Grade 04 subject to students meeting certain Building on previous experience in Art or above) which must include Art, criteria during interview. and Design the course is designed to English and Maths. deepen students knowledge across a ----- Your Future Career broad vocational and academic base. Successful completion of the course We also welcome applications will enhance your opportunities from mature students who will be to develop as a professional artist considered individually based on Eight modules will be taught over accepting private commissions and experience rather than qualifications. the two years. Optional modules are engaging in Gallery exhibitions, work subject to change due to curriculum for local arts centres or work within All students must attend for interview delivery and staffing. the education sector. and present a portfolio of work to A2 standard, demonstrating aptitude and suitability to the course. FOR COURSE SYMBOL KEY SEE PAGE 34 Higher level study Employment University Apply Online: nwrc.ac.uk/higher-education 028 7127 6000
42 Art and Design Higher Education Course Guide 2021/22 | North West Regional College Higher Education Course Guide 2021/22 | North West Regional College 43 Art and Design Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma Art and Design (Arts Practice) Art and Design (Textiles) Course Overview Numeracy and Literacy will also be Course Overview Entry Requirements Course Code This course offers you the opportunity accepted); OR Level 3 Extended Course Code This is an intensive 2 year course UK: 32 UCAS points at A-Level (must 603/0909/X to experience a range of Art Practices Diploma in Art and Design; Level 3 603/0909/X offering the opportunity to experience include Art or Art related subject) Campus with a focus on Contemporary Fine Art and Design Foundation Diploma; Campus a wide range of textile practices and together with 4 GCSEs (Grade C Derry~Londonderry Art, offering the chance to develop or equivalent Level 3 qualification. Derry~Londonderry design skills through exploration or above) to include Art, Maths and a personal visual language through and experimentation with textile English (Level 2 Essential Skills in Study Mode exploration and experimentation with ROI: 32 UCAS points and 4 OLCs Study Mode processes, materials and ideas. Numeracy and Literacy will also be Full-Time processes, materials and ideas. The subjects at Leaving Cert (Grade 04 Full-Time accepted); OR Level 3 Extended Length of Study course will expose you to some of or above) which must include Art, Length of Study The first year of the course Diploma in Art and Design, Level 3 2 Years the most contemporary practices in English and Maths. 2 Years encourages you to explore a variety Art and Design Foundation Diploma Fine Art including digital multimedia ----- of textile processes, including printed or equivalent Level 3 qualification; Awarding Body and installation work and will provide You will be required to present a Awarding Body and embellished textiles, weave and Pearson BTEC opportunities for you to exhibit your portfolio of work to A2 standard, Pearson BTEC multi-media textiles before more ROI: 32 UCAS points and 4 OLCs Course Contact work to the public. demonstrating your suitability and Course Contact specialist work in second year where subjects at Leaving Cert (Grade 04 Anne Bryce aptitude for this course at interview. Mary Harrigan you will refine ideas during design or above) which must include Art, 028 7127 6582 The course will support both 028 7127 6584 development and textile processes English and Maths. firstname.lastname@example.org intellectual and practical skills Minimum age for entry will normally email@example.com in order to produce more resolved ----- development in a stimulating and be 18, which may be waived in design outcomes. Non-term time Non-term time A portfolio of work demonstrating friendly environment, offering an exceptional cases. Admissions Office Admissions Office your suitability and aptitude for introduction to the subject area The course is intended to provide (028) 7127 6000 (028) 7127 6000 this course must be presented at via a mandatory core of learning Assessment you with a framework to support interview. Minimum age for entry will Progression as well as selected optional units. 100% Coursework. Throughout the Progression you to develop in-depth knowledge normally be 18, which may be waived We will encourage you to develop course you will be required to reflect and skills associated with this in exceptional cases. as a professional self-reflective and evaluate your own personal and specialist subject. It will encourage individual who will be able to meet the professional practice in the form of both practical and intellectual skills Assessment demands of the creative industries written submissions. in a stimulating and supportive 100% Coursework. Assessment sector. environment. is at the end of each unit of study Assessment is based upon individual throughout the year and will be based Core Modules submission of practical work, You will be introduced to a wide upon research work, practical work • Professional Development sketchbooks, presentations and range of research techniques and and presentations • Contextual Studies written assignments / reports. creative exploration that underpins • Individual Project (Pearson set) textile design. Further Study • Techniques and Processes Further Study When you complete the course, • Media Practices On completion of the course you Core Modules you may be able to progress into • Material Practices can to progress into a relevant • Contextual Studies a relevant degree programme at • Professional Practice degree programme at university • Individual Project (Pearson Set) university with exemptions from Year • Applied Practice Collaborative with exemption of Year 1 and 2 in • Techniques and Processes 1 and Year 2 in some cases, or seek project (Pearson set) some cases, or seek employment • Computer Aided Design (CAD) employment opportunities in this field. • Advanced Art Practice Studies opportunities in this field. • Fashion and Textiles Practices • Professional Practice Your Future Career Entry Requirements Your Future Career • Applied Practice Collaborative Textile Designer; Print Designer; UK: 32 UCAS points at A-Level (must Professional Practicing Artist; Gallery Project (Pearson Set) Textile Technician; Small Business include Art or Art related subject) Assistant / Curator; Education / • Professional Development Enterprise; Retail Buyer; Visual together with 4 GCSEs (Grade C Teaching; Studio Assistant working • Advanced Textile Studies Merchandiser; Creative industries; or above) to include Art, Maths and within the Creative Industries. Teaching. English (Level 2 Essential Skills in FOR COURSE SYMBOL KEY SEE PAGE 34 Higher level study Employment University Apply Online: nwrc.ac.uk/higher-education 028 7127 6000
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46 Business and Administration Higher Education Course Guide 2021/22 | North West Regional College Higher Education Course Guide 2021/22 | North West Regional College 47 Business and Administration OCR Level 4 Higher Diploma Administrative Procedures with ICT Course Overview Entry Requirements Course Code This course will provide you with UK: 32 UCAS Points and GCSE 601/1943/3 the knowledge and understanding (Grade C or above) in English; Campus to undertake a range of complex Derry~Londonderry administration tasks. The learning ROI: Level 5 standard qualification experience is designed to develop in a relevant subject area and OLC Study Mode supervisory skills through practical English (Grade 04 or above) . Full-Time or Part-Time senior and supervisory activities in a ----- Length of Study realistic working environment in the Mature students, with relevant 1 Year (Full-Time) College setting. industry experience, may also be 2 Years (Part-Time) accepted subject to interview. This vocational qualification also Additional Fees provides the qualifications necessary Interview Required. OCR Registration Fee: £186 to apply for employment as an LCCI WP Level 3 Fee: £55 executive/personal administrator in Work Placement Awarding Body the public or private sector. There may be an opportunity for Oxford Cambridge and RSA work experience in the second (OCR) Students are assessed by College- semester which provides a practical Course Contact based OCR assignments. There insight into career possibilities in Anne Marie Scullion may be an opportunity for work administration. 028 7127 6104 experience in the second semester firstname.lastname@example.org which provides a practical insight into Further Study career possibilities in administration. Progression opportunities exist with Non-term time other HE institutions. Also there are Admissions Office Applicants can apply directly to opportunities to undertake either (028) 7127 6000 employment in PA, Executive Computerised Accounts or Word Progression supervisor roles with relevant Processing qualifications as part of experience. the programme. FOR COURSE SYMBOL KEY SEE PAGE 34 Higher level study Employment University Apply Online: nwrc.ac.uk/higher-education 028 7127 6000
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