Start Here, Go Anywhere - 2017-18 COURSE GUIDE higher education - North West Regional College

 
Start Here, Go Anywhere - 2017-18 COURSE GUIDE higher education - North West Regional College
Start Here, Go Anywhere

              higher education

         2017-18 COURSE GUIDE
Start Here, Go Anywhere - 2017-18 COURSE GUIDE higher education - North West Regional College
aim higher, gain employment, progress to university...

north west regional college | derry~londonderry, limavady, strabane

(028) 7127 6000   info@nwrc.ac.uk   www.nwrc.ac.uk
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                                      Reasons to choose Higher Education
                                      at North West Regional College...

                                      •   HOME
                                          Study close to home or choose to learn
                                          part-time.

                                      •   COST
                                          Lower tuition & maintenance costs.

                                      •   SKILLS
                                          Develop technical skills for employment.

                                      •   EXPERIENCE
                                          Gain work placement experience with
                                          employers.

                                      •   TIMETABLE
                                          Receive high quality teaching from our
                                          experienced lecturers.

                                      •   SUCCEED
                                          Progress to employment, or the 2nd / final
                                          year of a degree at University.

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THE COLLEGE
    Located in Derry-Londonderry, Strabane
    and Limavady we attract over 20,000 learners
    every year and employ over 800 employees.

    Our learners range from school-leavers to mature
    students, and our annual learner success rates have risen
    to 75 per cent in recent years, resulting in more than 850
    college graduates progressing to degree programmes in 84
    different universities, with hundreds more moving directly
    into employment.

    Our learning resources and facilities are first rate, and
    the campus atmosphere is fun, diverse and rewarding.
    Over 4,000 full-time students attend the college, and their
    achievements are founded on high quality teaching and
    support services.

    We have set our sights on a future where learning will
    become truly international while also being individual to
    each learner — a future where we will continue to be at the
    heart of the local community by playing a role to enhance
    the ambitions of young people and adults. No matter who
    you are, we are ready to do all we can to enable you to
    reach your full potential.

    College Facts
     Over 20,000 students
     Over 800 staff
      Multi-million pound campuses
     A College for all
     Award winning students and staff
     5 main campuses

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MESSAGE FROM
                  OUR PRINCIPAL &
                  CHIEF EXECUTIVE
                  the importance of local
LEO MURPHY        higher education
 Principal &
Chief Executive   Higher Education in this city and region is vitally
                  important to our socio-economic development. On
                  average some 1,500 people are involved in full-time
                  and part-time Higher Education at our College.

                  The breadth of study is outlined in this publication
                  with an emphasis on Foundation Degrees, Higher
                  Level Apprenticeships, Higher National Diplomas /
                  Certificates and Professional qualifications. We also
                  have a strong Access provision that provides a pathway
                  into Higher Education for mature adults.

                  We need more of our young people from schools to
                  look at the local Higher Education option at the North
                  West Regional College. We can only build the economy
                  we all aspire to through developing and maintaining
                  our skills base in this city and region.

                  Therefore I would ask Parents, Principals and Careers
                  Teachers to encourage our young people
                   to look at the “near to home”
                  option for their higher
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                                                   Education student,
                                                 you may be eligible for
                                                    a College bursary
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THE CITY & REGION
    Derry, Londonderry, Doire or ‘Legenderry’ as it’s been recently
    renamed, is a centre of culture and creativity.

    Over the past few years, the city has unveiled to all-comers the creative vibrancy and
    generosity of spirit that has always been apparent to those who knew her best. It’s
    a city famous for its confident modern outlook as it is for the timeless quality
    of its craic.

    Derry~Londonderry stands today in the midst of a compelling
    transformation. It is a city emerging from a long and colourful
    history to showcase its brilliance to the world, like a butterfly
    emerging from a chrysalis of conflict.

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Here in our City you can expect many a smile of           Gateway to Ireland’s Northwest and situated next
greeting from people who are noted worldwide              to the nearby towns and boroughs of Strabane and
for their friendly hospitality. Meander through the       Limavady, this city is pulsing with life, resonant
bustling streets of this Walled City and listen to the    with centuries of heritage and passion, yet fresh
echoes of 1,450 years of history. Stroll along its 17th   as an Atlantic breeze. This is a joyful regional
century walls which are over 400 years old, and           centre filled with celebration and inspiration,
marvel at the ever-changing skyline of a city which       as manifested in the number and quality of our
is constant only in the warmth of its welcome.            festivals and special events throughout the year.

Stroll across the gleaming Peace Bridge which             For the latest news and events on the city and
curves majestically across the River Foyle leading to     region, please visit our partner:
the spectacular new development at Ebrington.             www.visitderry.com

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AWARD WINNING
    COLLEGE & STUDENTS
    North West Regional College was established in September 2007 and since then almost
    5000 students have successfully completed Higher Education studies at our College.

    •   We are a Founder College in Creative and           •   We have hosted the prestigious ‘Salters Festival
        Cultural Skills - a network designed to boost          of Chemistry’ for the third consectutive year
        the artistic industries.
                                                           •   The quality of our professional coaching and
    •   We are the first NI College to have received the       mentoring training was highlighted recently
        Skills for Health quality mark, awarded by the         when Seagate Technology was selected as
        UK Sector Skills Council for Health.                   ‘Employer of the Year’ at the Vocational
                                                               Qualifications (VQ) awards, a prestigious
    •   Daniel Gallagher, a student from our school of         competition designed to recognise excellence in
        Business and General Education, recently won           the delivery of and achievement in vocational
        the Future Student of Business (FSB) student           qualifications across Northern Ireland.
        of the year 2016.
                                                           •   Rebecca McNichol, Foundation Degree in
    •   Students from our Foundation Degree in                 Applied Medical Science student, was the
        Early Childhood Studies course have been the           winner of a recent BEST Award for her research
        highest achieving students in Northern Ireland         work relating to treatments for deep vein
        in this programme for the last four years.             thrombosis.

    •   We hold the Erasmus Charter for Higher             •   We are a STEM Assured College.
        Education 2014-2020 for participation in the
        Erasmus Programme.                                 •   For more details on all college awards visit:
                                                               www.nwrc.ac.uk/news

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SUPPORTING EVERY STEP
Students’ Union                                College Counselling                             Safeguarding
The Students’ Union is made up of              Our Student Services staff are trained          We are committed to the promotion of
students of varying courses, age and           to provide a confidential Listening Ear         a caring supportive environment where
gender, who support the general welfare        Service. Our Safeguarding Officer will also     staff and students can work together
of all students. It is the main channel of     be able to advise and if needed refer you to    in an atmosphere of mutual respect, so
communication between students and             a GP or Carecall Counsellor.                    that each and every student can achieve
College management, and organises a                                                            their full potential. We provide a range of
range of events and societies for students     Counselling Services at NWRC are                services to support our students, including
throughout the year. A Students’ Union         provided in association with Carecall           safeguarding. By protecting our young
President and class representatives are        Mental Wellbeing.                               people, adolescents and adults that are at
elected at the beginning of each academic                                                      risk or in need of our protection we must
year. Union members enjoy USIT benefits        Tel: 028 7127 6091 / 8709 or                    take a collective approach and shared
such as travel and shopping discounts.         email: counselling@nwrc.ac.uk                   responsibility.

Careers Academy &                              Library                                         Here at NWRC our aspiration for all
Careers Service NI                             The College Libraries facilitate research       students is that they will fulfil their
The NWRC Careers Academy delivers a            and study, providing access to a variety of     potential and be happy in every aspect
wide range of bespoke programmes and           sources of information, which includes:         of their lives, both physically and
interactive workshops tailored to the          books, journals, e-Books, e-journals and        mentally. Our vision is achieved with
student’s needs.                               online databases. Electronic resources are      the cooperation of all staff at various
                                               available 24/7 from home or in College.         professional levels across all academic
We strive to close the gaps to support                                                         departments, within our support services
students to creatively meet their              We also provide: study pods, reprographic       and throughout our wider community.
employment and higher education                services, late opening (selected days),
potential through the innovative               library induction and helpful staff.            Equality
development of soft and hard skills. We                                                        The College promotes equality of
provide careers information advice and         Learning Support Services                       opportunity among all of our staff and
guidance before you apply and throughout       Do you have a disability or learning            students. We actively seeks opportunities to
your time at the college. We provide you       difficulty that may affect the way you          promote equality between the recognised
with information and guidance on how           participate in your course? Our Learning        groups with a view to having an inclusive
best to progress after course completion.      Link staff can create a plan tailored to your   environment where everyone feels
                                               individual needs. All queries are treated in    welcome.
College Careers will ensure the accuracy       confidence. We encourage you to contact
of information and guidance provided as        us early to ensure that we can meet your        The College has been proactive in the area
far as possible, however we encourage all      needs.                                          of equality and will continue to explore
students to fully verify the information for                                                   ways of facilitating all students to maximise
themselves. See overleaf for more details.     Some of the areas were we provide               their learning experience. The Special
                                               additional support include: liaising with       Educational Needs and Disability (NI)
Tel: 028 7127 6080 / 8784 or email             tutors, loan of College equipment, access       Order 2005) (SENDO) came into effect
careers@nwrc.ac.uk                             to orientation sessions and advice, further     on 1st September 2005. The principle
                                               support and study skills.                       behind the further and higher education
Careers Service NI works in partnership                                                        sections of this legislation is that people
with our College Careers Service. For more     For more information call 028 7127 6024         with disabilities should have the same
details visit www.careersserviceni.com or                                                      opportunities as others to benefit wherever
call 0300 200 7820.                                                                            possible from whatever education or other
                                                                                               related provision is available.

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OUR HIGHER EDUCATION
    EXPERIENCE
    The range of higher education course options at our college is available on a
    Full-Time or Part-Time mode of attendance, and the majority of programme levels
    include Foundation Degree, Higher National Diplomas & Certificates
    (HND / HNC) and Professional Programmes.

     “ The modules were fantastic, the facilities            Last year almost 850 North
     were amazing, and the Lecturers were really             West Regional College graduates
     helpful. After graduating, I progressed to UU
                                                             secured places at universities
     to complete an Hons Degree in International
     Travel & Tourism. I now work with Emirates
                                                             throughout the UK & Ireland,
     Airlines in Dubai as an Air Stewardess. I’m             while many more found
     delighted all of my hard work has paid off. ”           employment locally, regionally
                                                             and internationally. We
              Katie Saunders                                 develop our Higher Education
              Foundation Degree Travel                       portfolio through consultation
              & Tourism Management                           with employers and other key
              Graduate, now employed                         stakeholders so that course
              with Emirates Airlines.
                                                             options, content, and practical
                                                             experience are directly related
                                                             to the skills and knowledge in
                                                             positions of employment that
                                                             are available in the region and
                                                             beyond.

                                                             Course teaching is delivered
                                                             by committed and experienced
                                                             academic personnel, with advice
                                                             and guidance on hand from
                                                             friendly and dedicated
                                                             support staff.

                                                               QAA Reviewed
                                                               Quality Assurance Agency
                                                                 for Higher Education

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ASSOCIATE
STUDENT STATUS

Ulster University                                       Early Years Students
NWRC is a partner college of the Ulster University.     Queen’s University Belfast
When you study one of their validated courses you       Students in Early Years have associate student status
are officially an Associate Student of the Ulster       of the Queen’s University Belfast. This allows access
University. As an Associate Student you will be         to the Queen’s University Belfast libraries and state
issued with a Ulster University student card which      of the art facilities.
will allow you to access a range of services and
facilities at Ulster including the Library and the      Students on the Foundation Degree in ECS / HND
Sports Centre.                                          Advanced Practice in Work with Children and
                                                        Families can gain entry into degree programmes at
Sports Centre                                           Stranmillis College (Queen’s University).
Ulster University’s Sport Centre at Coleraine,
Jordanstown or Magee Campus, have great fitness
                                                        Letterkenny Institute of Technology
suites and a range of classes to help you Be Active.
                                                        Students on the Foundation Degree in ECS / HND
For more information visit: www.sportsulster.com
                                                        Advanced Practice in Work with Children and
                                                        Families can gain Advanced Entry into Year 3 of
Library
                                                        the BSc (Hons) in Early Childhood Care, Health &
As an Associate Student you will be able to:
                                                        Education as students of Letterkenny Institute of
• Consult Library books in any of the University’s      Technology (LYIT) with associate student status at
    four libraries in Belfast, Coleraine, Jordanstown
                                                        NWRC.
    or Magee
• Borrow books
• Request access to electronic journals                  Progression Opportunities
                                                         Early Years graduates have the opportunity to pursue
For more information visit:
                                                         professional qualifications in careers such as: Primary
www.ulster.ac.uk/library                                 Teaching, Special Needs Teaching, Play therapist, Speech
                                                         therapist, Occupational therapy, Health Promotion, Social
                                                         Work and Psychology.

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THE ECONOMY
     IS OUR BUSINESS
     Our dedicated Business Support Centre                  Example sources of funding include:
     (BSC) manages the College’s engagement
                                                            •   Department for the Economy (DfE) funded
     with industry, providing support through
                                                                InnovateUs programme
     training and upskilling, and assisting
     businesses to source funding to undertake
                                                            •   DfE Connected Programme

     innovation and research and development.               •   DfE Skills Focus programme
                                                            •   Invest NI Innovation Voucher Programme
     We help companies to secure funding to undertake           (£5k)
     skills development, innovation and research &          •   DfE Assured Skills Programme and Higher
     development activities. We then work with the              Level Apprenticeships.
     companies to deliver tailored solutions, through our   •   Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP)
     technical consultants and College academic staff.

     If you have or would like to discuss a potential opportunity for assistance                          BUSINESS
                                                                                                          SUPPORT
                                                                                                          CENTRE

     please call the team on 028 7127 6170 or email businesssupport@nwrc.ac.uk           NORTH WEST REGIONAL COLLEGE

     INNOVATEUS                                             SKILLS FOCUS
     The Department for the Economy (DfE) funded            The DEL Skills Focus programme
     InnovateUs programme enables small businesses          enables businesses with up to 250 employees to
     with up to 50 employees to acquire the skills          upskill or reskill employees in accredited training
     necessary to engage in innovation activities to help   programmes at Level 2 or above. Currently DfE
     them grow their business.                              fund 75% of the training costs with the business
                                                            paying the remaining 25%. Training is based on
     The BSC offers a flexible approach to delivering       employers needs and is delivered flexibly.
     the support to meet the identified skills deficit
     within the company. The Programme provides up
                                                              INVEST NI INNOVATION VOUCHER
     to 30 hours skills training, which is fully funded
     by the DEL and delivered around the needs of the         £5,000 Invest NI funding to develop innovative
     business. Innovation support can be given in the         solutions, new products, new services or
     areas of ICT, Creative & Digital Media, Renewables,      enhance existing products for your business
                                                              through technical mentoring and R&D support
     Food, Drink & Tourism, Advanced Engineering and
                                                              from the North West Regional College.
     Manufacturing and Life & Health Services.

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CONNECTING WITH LOCAL BUSINESS
Supporting the development of small and medium sized businesses is a key objective for us and due to
Connected, an initiative funded by the Department of Employment and Learning, a wide range of
businesses have benefited from the expertise within the College for several years.

NWRC is one of Northern Ireland’s largest further and higher education providers and has vast resources and expertise that
local enterprises can avail of. From the knowledge and professional expertise available, to the modern industry standard
facilities, College staff have matched the needs of small companies and medium enterprises requiring bespoke support to help
them stand out from the competition through Connected.

case study: Renewable Energy / Gaelectric
North West Regional College is             April 2015 where the parties agreed to     Gaelectric’s energy generation capacity
involved in a cutting edge research and    promote renewable energy technology        into the future. The project has involved
development project in the renewable       solutions associated with wind power       Gaelectric recruiting a computing
energy sector in partnership with          and wind power integration. The project    graduate to deliver the predictive
renewable energy leaders Gaelectric.       is focusing on data mining for the wind    solution under the supervision
The project follows the signing of a       energy market where sophisticated          of NWRC.
memorandum of understanding in             models will be developed to predict

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MONEY MATTERS

     TUITION FEES                                                  IN BOTH CASES A DEPOSIT WILL BE WAIVED IF
                                                                   THE STUDENT PROVIDES A LETTER FROM THE
     FULL TIME                                                     STUDENT LOAN COMPANY CONFIRMING THAT
     You have tuition fees to pay if you choose to study a         AN APPLICATION FOR A TUITION FEE LOAN HAS
     Higher Education (HE) course.                                 BEEN RECEIVED.
     • OCR Level 4 Diploma in Administration
         (Business Professional) £2,500*                           Course fees must be paid in full by 28th February 2018.
     •   Higher National Diploma (HND)
         and Foundation Degree £2,500*                             NON-PAYMENT OF TUITION FEES
         *Fees are subject to confirmation                         Failure to pay your required tuition fees may result in
                                                                   one or more of the following:
     PART TIME                                                     • you may be withdrawn from your course
     For information on our part-time tuition fee costs please
     refer to our part-time prospectus or visit us online:
                                                                   • you may not be able to sit exams for any NWRC
                                                                        course you are enrolled on
     www.nwrc.ac.uk/parttime
                                                                   • you may not be able to access any College facilities
                                                                        or our Computer network
     PAYMENT OF TUITION FEES
                                                                   • you may not be able to progress to the next year
     Full-Time Higher Education (HE) Courses                            of your course, or enrol on an alternative NWRC
                                                                        course
     Year 1:
                                                                   • your name will not be included on any pass /
     •   To secure a place you must pay a deposit of at least           graduation list
         £200 (subject to confirmation) (full-fee £2,500).
     •   The deposit should be paid within 4 weeks from the        We will aim to recover all outstanding money that is
         date of your offer by email/letter. Failure to pay the    owed to the College.
         deposit or produce evidence of an application for
         a tuition fee loan, will result in your offer being
         withdrawn and your application being moved to
         the end of the waiting list.
     •   In the event of you not achieving the required
         qualifications this deposit will be refunded.
     •   If the remaining balance is not paid in full a direct
         debit facility is available to pay the remaining
         balance over a maximum of 4 monthly instalments.
     •
     Year 2:
     •   Fees should be paid in full on enrolment for those
                                                                     Hoping to progress onto University?
         students not in receipt of Tuition Fee Loan from SLC        If you choose a HND or Foundation Degree
     •   There is a facility to pay by direct debit.                 with us next year with a view to progressing to
     •   A minimum deposit of £200 (subject to                       Degree study, it will be your responsibility to
         confirmation) will be payable on enrolment and a            check whether you will be eligible for additional
         direct debit facility is available to pay the remaining
                                                                     funding at that College or university. Contact
         balance over a maximum of 4 monthly instalments.
                                                                     your local Education Authority for more details.
         These will begin on the 15th (or nearest working
         day) of the month following the date of enrolment.

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LOANS & GRANTS                                                AT A GLANCE
UK students studying HE courses may apply for a               UK RESIDENT STUDENTS
non-repayable means-tested maintenance grant. You also
have the option of applying for a maintenance loan, to                        HIGHER EDUCATION
                                                                              Foundation Degree                       Subject to
assist with living costs and tuition fee loan, to cover the
                                                                              HND                                  assessment, all
cost of your tuition fees. You need to complete a PN1
                                                                              OCR Level 4                          full time H.E.
form which is available from Student Services or you can
                                                                                                                    students with
complete online by visiting: www.studentfinanceni.co.uk       Tuition         Apply to your local
                                                                                                                     a household
                                                              Fees            Education Authority using
                                                                                                                   income of less
All full time H.E. students may be eligible for an NWRC                       PN1 or PR1 Forms
                                                                                                                    than £19,203
bursary of up to £500† per academic year                      Student         Apply to your local                  may be eligible
                                                              Loan            Education Authority using
                                                                                                                   for an NWRC
EU students may apply for a tuition fee loan to cover                         PN1 or PR1 forms
                                                                                                                   H.E. bursary of
the costs of HE tuition fees - Download a EU16N form          Bursary         Apply to your local                  up to £500 per
available from: www.gov.uk/student-finance-forms.             / Grant         Education Authority using
                                                                                                                   academic year.
This form should be returned to: EU Customer Services                         PN1 or PR1 forms
Team, PO BOX 89, Darlington, Co. Durham, DL1 9AZ.
Helpline: 0141 243 3570.
                                                              EU RESIDENT STUDENTS
                                                              (INC. REPUBLIC OF IRELAND)
Republic of Ireland students should apply via www.susi.
ie for maintenance grants. Students in receipt of benefits,                    HIGHER EDUCATION
should contact your local Welfare Office for eligibility                       Foundation Degree                      Subject to
information on Back to Education Allowance.                                    HND                                 assessment, all
                                                                               OCR Level 4                         full time H.E.
Hardship Fund (a non-repayable means-tested fund)             Tuition          Apply to EU Customer                 students with
The College may provide help to students with evidence        Fees             Services Team - Darlington.           a household
of financial hardship via the College Hardship Fund. UK                        SLC for Tuition Fee Loan –          income of less
Students who are aged 18+ may be eligible to help with                         Complete a EU17N form                than £19,203
costs such as fees, maintenance, travel, accommodation,                                                            may be eligible
                                                              Student
books and materials. All Hardship Fund applicants                              NOT ELIGIBLE                        for an NWRC
                                                              Loan
should previously have applied to their local Education                                                            H.E. bursary of
Authority in the first instance. You can get an application   Bursary          Apply via www.susi.ie               up to £500 per
form from the College Student Services Offices.               / Grant          If unemployed or claiming            academic year.
                                                                               benefits complete a Back To
                                                                               Education Form from your
Childcare                                                                      Social Welfare office
Full-time students may be eligible for assistance with
childcare costs, for registered child-minders only
(including crèches, nurseries etc). Contact Student
Services for more information.                                 Applying for Financial Support
                                                              Early application is advised as forms are processed
Frequently Asked Questions - FAQs                             in the order they are received. Call your relevant
Visit our website to view FAQs relating to your student       Education Authority for the closing date.
finance at: www.nwrc.ac.uk/faq
                                                              REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THE COLLEGE HAS
Useful Contact Details                                        OFFERED YOU A PLACE, MAKE AN APPLICATION
Education Authorities: Western Region, Tel: (028) 8241        TO YOUR LOCAL AUTHORITY AS YOU CAN STILL
1411; Northern Region, Tel: (028) 2565 3333;                  CHANGE YOUR COURSE CHOICE AT A LATER DATE.
NWRC Student Finance Advisors: Strand Road and
Strabane: Tel 028 7127 6033 / 028 7127 6010; Limavady:         †
                                                                   Subject to assessment. Students must be in full time Higher Education
Tel 028 7127 8770; email: studentfinance@nwrc.ac.uk                                         with a household income of less than £19,203

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     HOW TO APPLY
     To apply you must be over 16 years of age or over on or before 1st July in year of
     entry. We operate a first come, first served application process, so apply today!

     Step 1: Find your course
               Read through the course sections of your course guide and find the course(s) which interest you.

     Step 2: Apply Online
               Visit our website at www.nwrc.ac.uk and search for the course you would like to apply for.
               Click 'Apply Online' (Paper application forms are also available from Student Services.)

     Step 3: Complete the Online Application Form
               Apply for your chosen course using our online application form. Please make sure you complete
               ALL details on the form fully. You may also include an additional course if you are undecided
               about your course choice. However, your application will be processed based on your first choice.

     Step 4: Track your application
               You can now track the process of your application online. For more information visit
               www.nwrc.ac.uk/onlineapplications

                 Entry to our courses will also be given to applicants who do not meet the formal academic requirements in
                 this guide, especially those who have significant and relevant experience and ability. Entry criteria for some
                 College courses may be enhanced where courses are over-subscribed.

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COURSES
     LEVEL                                              PAGE

     Higher Level Apprenticeships                         19

     Honours / Foundation Degrees                         22

     Higher National Diplomas
     / Certificates (HND/HNC)                             30

     Professional Programmes                              36

     Key to Symbols:
     In order to explain how students can expect to
     progress from our courses, the following symbols
     may appear on each course description
     and will denote as follows:

           Progress to a higher level course
           within our college
           Progress on to university

           Progress into employment

     Entry criteria for some College courses
     may be enhanced where courses are
     over-subscribed.

     Courses at North West Regional
     College are viable once sufficient
     numbers have enrolled.

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HIGHER LEVEL
     APPRENTICESHIPS

     A Higher Level Apprenticeship is a work-based
     programme which enables you to earn while
     you learn and gain a nationally recognised
     professional qualification.

     Higher Apprenticeships are aimed at learners who have
     recently completed A levels (or equivalent), and to enable those
     in employment to gain higher level skills and qualifications at
     a level equivalent to the first stages of Higher Education (i.e.
     Level 4 or Level 5).

     You will gain lots of valuable knowledge, practical skills and
     work experience as well as an internationally recognised
     qualification – just the combination that can help increase your
     future employability, boost your CV, help you progress into
     management roles and open new career opportunities
     for you.

     Getting a Higher Apprenticeship with an employer is the same
     as getting a job. Following submission of your application,
     you will be invited to go through the employer’s recruitment
     process. It will be competitive and there are likely to be a
     number of people applying for each Higher Apprenticeship
     vacancy, so you will need to sell yourself and convince the
     employer that you are the right person for the role.

                                                                                                                         Key to Symbols
                                        Entry criteria for some College                                                         Progress to a higher level
                                                                                                                                course within our college
                                        courses may be enhanced where
                                                                                                                                Progress to university
                                        courses are over-subscribed.
                                                                                                                                Progress to employment

Courses at North West Regional College are viable once sufficient numbers have enrolled. Where a course is offered at more than one College campus,
there may only be sufficient enrolments to offer it at one location. In this case students may be offered the opportunity to undertake the programme at an
alternative College campus other than their first choice.

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Higher Level                                       Higher Level Apprenticeship
Apprenticeship (HLA)                               (HLA) in Software
in Accountancy                                     Development
Location:      Derry~Londonderry                   Location:      Derry~Londonderry

Duration:      2 Years (Part-Time)                 Duration:      3 Years (Part-Time)

Entry Requirements:                                Entry Requirements:
240 UCAS points plus a minimum Grade B in          80 UCAS points, plus GCSE Grade C in English
GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent);      and Maths; OR ILC 80 UCAS points, plus
OR ILC 300 points with English and Mathematics     Ordinary H5 in English and Mathematics at
or Accountancy achieved at Leaving Certificate     grade H6 or above or Grade O4 (Ordinary Level)
Level
                                                   Course Overview:
Course Overview:
This        programme        provides      an      This programme enables employees to undertake
alternative route to starting a career in          a Level 5 Foundation Degree in Software
accountancy. The Higher Level Apprenticeship       Development awarded by Ulster University
aims to provide applicants with an exciting        whilst remaining in employment.
‘on-the-job’ pathway into the accountancy and
finance profession.                                Modules of study will include:

The main features of the programme are;            Personal and Professional Development,
                                                   Interactive Web Design, Introduction to
•    He/she will be selected for employment        Programming, Mathematics for Software
     through the employers own recruitment         Development, Object Oriented Programming,
     process / or already employed by an           Systems Analysis and Design, Database Systems,
     accounting practice / business.               Business Application Development, Networking
•    The apprentice will attend College one day    and Architecture, Visual Programming and Data
     per week, studying for the professionally     Structures,Work Based Learning.
     accredited Accounting Technician of           Assessment is a combination of coursework
     Ireland (ATI) exams                           and examinations.
•    The apprentice will complete a work-          Successful completion of the Foundation Degree
     based learning e-portfolio of evidence        with appropriate grades enables progression to
     demonstrating competence in a range of        BSc Hons Computing Science at Ulster; similar
     areas                                         degrees at other Universities, or employment
•    The apprentice will be mentored by both a     opportunities in this field.
     College and employer-based mentor
The Department for the Economy cover all
tuition fees and examination costs through their                              *Ulster University
apprenticeship programme                                                      Associate Student
                                                                              See page 9 for more
Modules of study will include:
                                                                                    details.
YEAR 1: Taxation, Financial Accounting,
Law & Ethics, Business Management;
YEAR 2:        Advanced Taxation, Advanced
Financial Accounting, Management Accounting,
Integrated, Accounting Systems
Assessment consists of externally set, written
exams for each unit of study and the completion
of a work-based portfolio of evidence.
For more information contact:
Anne Marie Deehan
028 7127 6182
Email: annemarie.deehan@nwrc.ac.uk

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Higher Level Apprenticeship                           Higher Level Apprenticeship
(HLA) in Electrical &                                 (HLA) in Mechanical
Electronic Engineering                                Engineering
(Pending DEL approval)
                                                      Location:       Derry~Londonderry
Location:      Derry~Londonderry
                                                      Duration:       2.5 / 3 Years (Part-Time)
Duration:      2.5 / 3 Years (Part-Time)

                                                      Entry Requirements:
Entry Requirements:                                   64 UCAS points plus a minimum of one A-Level
64 UCAS points plus a minimum of one A-Level          grade C from Maths, Physics, Chemistry or
                                                      
grade C from Maths, Physics, Chemistry or             Design/ Technology. If an applicant does not
Design/Technology. If applicant does not possess      possess A-Level Maths ,they must have GCSE
A-Level Maths ,they must have GCSE Maths at           Maths at Grade B; OR BTEC Extended Diploma
Grade B; OR BTEC Extended Diploma (18 units)          (18 units) in a relevant discipline, with a Merit
in a relevant discipline, with a Merit or above       or above in at least half of the units taken (inc.
in at least half of the units taken (inc. Maths       Maths and Mechanical Principles) & GCSE
and Mechanical Principles) & GCSE English             English Language and Mathematics at grade C
Language and Mathematics at grade C or above.         or above
ILC: 64 UCAS Points (inc. Maths or Chemistry or       ILC: 64 UCAS Points (inc. Maths or Chemistry
Physics at H2). If only offering Chemistry and / or   or Physics at H2). If only offering Chemistry and
Physics at H2, a minimum of H4 Maths is required.     / or Physics at H2, a minimum of H4 Maths is
                                                      required. Note: A minimum of 5 subjects in the
Note: A minimum of 5 subjects in the Irish Leaving    Irish Leaving Certificate at least 4 of which should
Certificate at least 4 of which should be at Higher   be at Higher Level.
Level.
                                                      Access: Average mark of at least 50%, inc. passes
Access: Average mark of at least 50%, inc. passes     in Maths and a Science subject.
in Maths and a Science subject.
                                                      Course Overview:
                                                      This programme enables employees to undertake
Course Overview:                                      a Level 5 Foundation Degree in Mechanical
This programme enables employees to undertake         Engineering awarded by Ulster University. The
a Level 5 Foundation Degree in Mechanical             programme is delivered part-time day release
Engineering awarded by Ulster University. The         one day and evening per week over three years.
programme is delivered part time day release
oneday and evening per week over three years.         Modules of study will include:
This course will also provide you with critical       Mathematics for Engineering, Mechanical
thinking and problem solving skills.                  Science, Fluid, Graphical Communication
Modules of study will include:                        and CAD, Business Management, Engineering
                                                      Materials, Computer Aided Manufacture,
Mathematics for Engineering, Electrical Science,      Dynamics, Engineering Mechanics, Engineering
Digital & Analogue Electronics, Microelectronic       Design with Parametric CAD, Further
Principles, Application of Microcontrollers,          Mathematics for Engineers, Heat Transfer,
Digital Systems, Analogue Electronics, Electrical     Strength of Materials, Quality and Business
& Electronic Principles, Electrical Principles,       Improvement Techniques, Work based learning.
Programmable Logic Controllers, Power
Electronics, Electronic Circuit Manufacture,          Careers in engineering are popular due to their
Further     Mathematics     for    Engineering,       prestige, positive job outlook and the higher than
Operational Amplifiers Devices and Circuits,          average salary. Whether you want to specialise
Work based learning.                                  in mechanical, manufacturing, production,
                                                      aeronautical, energy supply, electronics,
Careers in engineering are popular due to their       electrical, communications or maintenance
prestige, positive job outlook and the higher than    engineering, there is a wide range of engineering
average salary.                                       opportunities available in Ireland, the UK and
                                                      abroad.
Successful completion of the Foundation Degree
with appropriate grades enables progression           Successful completion of the Foundation Degree
to year 2 BEng Hons degree pathway ofrelated          with appropriate grades enables progression
degree in Ulster University; similar degrees at       to year 2 BEng Hons degree pathway of related             *Ulster University
                                                                                                                Associate Student
other Universities, or employment opportunities       degree in Ulster University; similar degrees at
                                                                                                                See page 9 for more
in this field.                                        other Universities, or employment opportunities
                                                                                                                      details.
                                                      in this field.

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 Entry Requirements:
 UK - 80 UCAS points, plus GCSE Grade C in
 English & Maths; ILC - 80 UCAS points plus,
 Ordinary D1 in English & Maths.
 A pre-course information session will be held - each
 applicant must attend
 Course Overview:
 The        Higher       Level    Apprenticeship
 programme is widely recognised as the
 best combination of on the job training
 and higher level study. The programme enables
 employees to undertake a Level 5 Foundation
 degree in International Hospitality & Tourism
 Management / International Travel & Tourism
 Management awarded by Ulster University while
 in employment and working to develop industry
 related skills and knowledge.
 Core modules of study include:
 Study Skills, Principles of Event Management,
 Contemporary, Hospitality, Travel & Tourism,
 Research Methods for Hospitality, Travel & Tourism,
 Facility Operations, Accounts, Employability
 & Digital Media Skills, Work Based Learning,
 Leadership & People Management, Marketing
 & Entrepreneurship and Global Hospitality and
 Travel & Tourism Management Issues.
 Hospitality & Tourism Management modules
 include:
 Food & Beverage Operations and Culinary
 Operations. Travel & Tourism Management
 modules     include:   International  Travel
 & Tourism Destinations and Domestic Tourism
 Operations.
 Work Based mentoring will be provided to
 support the learning process and in addition some
 delivery will be through a blended approach as
 students can log on remotely from their workplace
 or home to access learning materials and
 course content. Assessment is a combination of
 coursework and examinations.
 On successful completion of the Foundation
 degree, students will have the opportunity to
 progress to BSc Hons International Hospitality
 Management, BSc Hons International Travel &
 Tourism Management at Ulster University or
 similar.

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HONOURS &
     FOUNDATION DEGREES

     If you successfully complete a Foundation
     Degree, or another relevant qualification, such
     as a HND, you may be able to complete just
     one year of study on a Top-up degree, allowing
     you to achieve a full Honours level qualification
     and graduate with a BSc (Hons) or BA (Hons).

     A Foundation Degree is a Higher Education qualification
     which combines learning in the workplace and classroom,
     involving specialised skills and knowledge to improve your
     career.

     Delivered through partnerships between employers,
     Universities and local Colleges, they enable you to gain the
     specific skills that employers are looking for, and can be studied
     on either a full-time or a part-time basis. Foundation Degrees
     offer students with work or family commitments the flexibility
     to study a Higher Education qualification close to home. They
     provide valuable work experience which allows students to put
     their learning into practice in a work environment. Tuition fees
     are lower than University fees.

     Successful graduates may be offered a route to an Honours
     Degree at University, equipped with a powerful combination
     of technical skills, academic knowledge and other skills that
     employers are increasingly demanding. Foundation Degree
     courses in colleges normally have smaller class sizes and more
     one-to-one contact with tutors than Honours degrees.                                                                Key to Symbols
                                                                                                                                Progress to a higher level
                                                                                                                                course within our college
     Entry criteria for some College courses may be enhanced where                                                              Progress to university
     courses are over-subscribed.
                                                                                                                                Progress to employment

Courses at North West Regional College are viable once sufficient numbers have enrolled. Where a course is offered at more than one College campus,
there may only be sufficient enrolments to offer it at one location. In this case students may be offered the opportunity to undertake the programme at an
alternative College campus other than their first choice.

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www.nwrc.ac.uk/he                                                                                                     honours degrees

BSc (Hons) in Early Childhood                           BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching                                                          N
                                                                                                                                              EW
Care, Health & Education                                & Performance (LYIT)†
                                                        (Two Year Top-Up)
(LYIT)†
Location:       Combined Delivery:                      Location:      Combined Delivery:
                NWRC and LYIT                                          NWRC and LYIT

Duration:       2 Years                                 Duration:      2 Years

Entry Requirements:                                     Entry Requirements:
Students must have a Level 5 Childcare                  Students must have a Level 5 Sports Qualification;
Qualification: however, the selection process           however, the selection process is implemented by
is implemented by Letterkenny Institute of              Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT).
Technology (LYIT). Students must complete the           Applicants must apply online using the Direct
LYIT Advanced Entry application form.                   Entry Application Form available at www.lyit.ie
Course Overview:                                        Course Overview:
We work in partnership with Letterkenny Institute       This is a new and exciting partnership between
of Technology to deliver the BSc (Hons) Early           North West Regional College and Letterkenny
Childhood, Care, Health and Education Top Up            Institute of Technology. Students who have already
for those who already hold a HND qualification          achieved a HND or Foundation Degree in Sport
in Early Childhood Studies/ Advanced Practice.          are provided with the opportunity to achieve a
Entry onto the degree programme will be at Year 3       Bachelor of Science Honours degree within the
of the four-year programme.                             North West.
Students will develop the skills necessary to           This programme focuses on sports coaching and
assimilate an understanding of the complex and          performance across the spectrum from beginner
diverse nature of the subject, as well as more          to competitor levels and is designed to equip
general skills which will be widely transferable.       learners with the skills and experience necessary to
Students will undertake a critical examination of       coach, develop and support athletic performance.
contrasting perspectives which provide insight
into the varied experiences of early years’ settings.   Modules of study include:
Drawing on their ability to locate, review and
                                                        Foundations of Strength & Conditioning, Speed,
evaluate research findings they will articulate
central theoretical arguments within a variety of
                                                        Agility & Quickness, Personal Fitness Instruction,
                                                        Performance Analysis & Technology, Applied
                                                                                                               We recently formed
EY studies and apply as skilled practitioners in
these settings.
                                                        Sport Psychology, Applied Sports Nutrition, Video      a unique partnership with
                                                        Analysis, Research Methods, Research Project/
                                                        Health Promotion Project, Competitive Sports
                                                                                                               Letterkenny Institute of
On successful completion students will be able
to work independently and identify the need for         Development within National Governing Bodies,          Technology. Successful
knowledge acquisition and skill development on          the Commercial Sector and the Not-for-Profit
an ongoing basis. Work Placement is an integral         Sector; Sports Organisations; Sporting Clubs; the      learners on two of our
part of the programme and provides students with        Health & Fitness Industry; Community Activity          Foundation Degrees now
an opportunity to learn from experience through         Programmes; Personal Training; Postgraduate
supervised practice. Experiential learning in this      Study.                                                 have the opportunity to
way provides opportunities to reflect on practice
                                                        This unique partnership means that delivery of the     progress to full BSc (Hons)
and to apply theory to practice. Placement also
provides the student with opportunities for
                                                        programme is shared between NWRC and LYIT              Degrees from LYIT.
                                                        as follows:
observation and engagement in needs assessment,
early childhood curriculum planning and                 YEAR 1
implementation.
                                                                                                               This exciting new partnership
                                                        Semester 1:   3 days in NWRC, 1 day in LYIT            provides an attractive incentive
To read more information on this course and to          Semester 2:   Work placement
download the LYIT Advanced entry application                                                                   to local learners helping them to
visit: http://www.lyit.ie                               YEAR 2                                                 Honours Degree qualifications by
For more information contact:                           Semester 1:    1 day in NWRC, 1 day in LYIT            studying within the North West
Lisa Taggart                                            Semester 2:    1 day in NWRC, 2 days in LYIT           region.
0287127657, lisa.taggart@nwrc.ac.uk
                                                        For more information contact:
                                                        Lynda Hegarty
                              Letterkenny IT
                              †                         028 7127 6151
                             Associate Student          Email: lynda.hegarty@nwrc.ac.uk
                               See page 9 for
                               more details.

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Foundation Degree in                                 Foundation Degree in                                 Foundation Degree in
Business and Enterprise*                             Software Development*                                Information Technologies*
(Validated by Ulster University)                     (Validated by Ulster University)                     (Validated by Ulster University)

NDAQ:          N/A                                   Location:      Derry~Londonderry                     Location:       Derry~Londonderry

Location:      Derry~Londonderry                     Duration:      2 Years (3 Years, Part-Time)          Duration:       2 Years (3 Years Part-Time)

Duration:      2 Years (Full-Time)
                                                     Entry Requirements:                                  Entry Requirements:
                                                     UK - 80 UCAS points + GCSE Maths Grade C             UK - 72 UCAS points + GCSE Maths Grade
Entry Requirements:                                  minimum AND GCSE English Grade C OR                  C minimum AND GCSE English Grade C OR
UK - 72 UCAS Tariff points + GCSE Maths              Essential Skills Level 2 Communications;             Essential Skills Level 2 Communications;
Grade C or equivalent AND GCSE English Grade
C OR Essential Skills Level 2 Communications;        ILC - 80 UCAS points + OLC (Grade C3 or              ILC - 72 UCAS points plus OLC (Grade C3 or
                                                     above) to include Maths and English                  above) to include Maths and English
ILC - 72 UCAS Tariff points OLC (Grade C3 or
above) in English and Maths;                         Course Overview:                                     Course Overview:
                                                     Offered by us in partnership with Ulster             This course can prepare you for a career in the
Access - 45% (which includes Level 2 in              University, this course is designed to prepare you   computer industry or for further study at degree
Communications & Mathematics)                        for a career in the software development industry    level. The programme is designed on a modular
Interview is required                                or for further study at degree level.                basis that will allow you flexibility in terms of your
                                                                                                          final choice of specialism.
Course Overview:                                     Year 1 modules include: Interactive Web Design,
This innovative course, developed based on           Introduction to Programming, Mathematics             The two-year course will cover:
industry needs, will give you the opportunity to     for Software Development, Object Oriented
                                                                                                          Personal and Professional Development;
develop business and enterprise knowledge and        Programming, Systems Analysis and Design and
                                                                                                          Human Computer Interaction; Introduction
skills and also employment experience. A key         Relational Database Systems.
                                                                                                          to Programming; Testing; Systems Analysis
feature of this course is the work based learning    Year 2 modules include: Business Application         and Design; Introduction to Object Oriented
which provides the opportunity to work in a          Development, Networking and Architecture,            Programming; Computer Systems for Business;
company on a ‘live’ project. Students find this      Visual Programming and Data Structures, and          Business Application Development; Web
aspect of the course particularly interesting and    Work Based Learning.                                 Technologies; Database Technologies; Work
very useful. Knowledge and skills will be gained                                                          Based Learning.
through activities and application to ‘real world’   Successful completion of the course enables
business issues and opportunities. Practical         progression to BSc (Hons) Computer Science           The course modules have been designed to
aspects of people management, marketing, on-         at the Ulster University, similar degrees at other   reflect current trends in the industry. They will
line business and finance will feature strongly in   universities, or employment opportunities in this    give you the opportunity to apply and develop
related modules.                                     field.                                               the knowledge and skills you have acquired in
                                                                                                          real projects and particularly in the Work Based
Modules of study will include: Academic and          The Work Based Learning module in this course        Learning module.
Research Skills Development, Principles of           offers you an excellent opportunity to apply
Marketing, The Business Economic Environment,        the skills and knowledge acquired into real life     For more information, contact:
Principles of Accounting, Principles of Human        practice. Many graduates from the course have
                                                                                                          Carmel Doherty
Resource     Management,     Enterprise   and        been offered full time employment as a result of
                                                                                                          028 7127 6422
Employability Skills, Business Work Based            their performance in the workplace.
                                                                                                          Email: carmel.doherty@nwrc.ac.uk
Learning A, Developing the Digital Enterprise,
                                                     For more information, contact:
Marketing Communications, Principles and
Practices of High Performance Management,            Carmel Doherty
Accounts for Business Managers and Business          028 7127 6422
Work Based Learning B.                               Email: carmel.doherty@nwrc.ac.uk
Validated by the Ulster University this course
provides you with an opportunity to progress to
the final year of the business degrees at Ulster
University, particularly Magee Campus, subject to
UU entry criteria and the completion of a summer
bridging module. It provides a ‘local’ and cost
effective option which could see completion of a              DID YOU KNOW?
BSc Hons Business degree in 3 years.
For more information, contact:                           Daniel Gallagher, a student on our
Susanne Currie                                           Foudation Degree in Business course,
028 7127 6184                                            was the winner of the 2016 FSB
Email: susanne.currie@nwrc.ac.uk                         Student of Year Award.

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 Foundation Degree in                                Foundation Degree in                                  Foundation Degree in
 Civil Engineering*                                  Architectural Technology*                             Sustainable Construction*
 (Validated by Ulster University)                    (Validated by Ulster University)                      (Validated by Ulster University)
 Location:      Derry~Londonderry                    Location:      Derry~Londonderry                      Location:       Derry~Londonderry

 Duration:      2 Years                              Duration:      2 Years                                Duration:       2 Years

 Entry Requirements:                                 Entry Requirements:                                   Entry Requirements:
 UK - 64 UCAS points + GCSE Maths Grade C or         UK - 64 UCAS points + GCSE Maths Grade C or           UK - 64 UCAS points + GCSE Maths Grade C or
 approved equivalent AND GCSE English Grade          approved equivalent AND GCSE English Grade            approved equivalent AND GCSE English Grade
 C OR Essential Skills Level 2 Communications;       C OR Essential Skills Level 2 Communications;         C OR Essential Skills Level 2 Communications;
 ILC - 64 UCAS points + OLC (Grade C3 or             ILC - 64 UCAS points + OLC (Grade C3 or               ILC - 64 UCAS points + OLC (Grade C3 or
 above) to include English and Maths                 above) to include English and Maths                   above) to include English and Maths
 Course Overview:                                    Course Overview:                                      Course Overview:
 This course can prepare you for a range of          The course is for you if you are interested in        This course will allow you to progress to further
 technical and management careers in the             following a career in Architectural Technology        academic study at degree level and/or to enhance
 Construction & Built Environment Sector.            and require a Foundation Degree to progress to        your employment prospects by providing
 Having met the necessary standards on course,       higher academic qualifications and/or to enhance      the analytical knowledge and organisational
 completion you can apply for entry into BEng        employment prospects in this field.                   skills currently in demand within a modern
 (Hons) Civil Engineering (Geoinformatics) or                                                              construction industry. The course is designed to
 BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering.                      It includes 400 hours of work placement in the        prepare you for a construction career as a Built
                                                     second year of the course.                            Environment professional. Ulster University
 Modules of study will include: Communication,                                                             validates the Foundation Degree and having
 Civil Engineering & Digital Surveying, Civil        Ulster University validates the Foundation
                                                                                                           met required standards, successful completion
 Engineering CAD & Emerging Technologies,            Degree and successful completion permits entry
                                                                                                           permits entry into the second year of related
 Mathematics, Geology & Soil Mechanics,              into the second year of related degree courses at
                                                                                                           degree courses.
 Structural Mechanics,       Civil Engineering       university.
 Contracts Management, Fluids & Hydraulics,                                                                Modules of study will include:
                                                     Modules of study will include:
 Structural Analysis & Design, Measurement &
                                                                                                           Sustainable     Construction,   Mathematics
 Costing, Work Based Learning.                       Sustainable     Construction,       Mathematics
                                                                                                           & Structures, Emerging Technologies &
                                                     & Structures, Emerging Technologies and
 An essential component of the course is the                                                               CADD, Environmental Science & Materials,
                                                     CAD, Environmental Science & Materials,
 requirement to undertake a work placement                                                                 Construction Surveying, Law & Construction
                                                     Construction Surveying, Law & Construction
 during the final year in order to successfully                                                            Contract, Building Services & Renewable
                                                     Contract, Building Services & Renewable
 complete the Foundation Degree. Students                                                                  Energy, Maintenance & Adaptation, Work
                                                     Energy, Maintenance & Adaptation, Work
 undertaking the course develop technical skills                                                           Based Learning, Construction Economics,
                                                     Based Learning, Architectural Technology,
 which will enable them to work on a wide range                                                            Digital Surveying, Measurement & Costing and
                                                     Architectural Graphics & Project, CADD
 of projects, e.g. transportation, highways, water                                                         Construction Site Maintenance.
                                                     Applications and Design Principals & Procedures.
 and waste, building structures and environmental
                                                                                                           400 hours of work placement are included in the
 schemes.                                            The course is offered as a dedicated route to the
                                                                                                           second year of the course. Work Placement is
                                                     second year of the Ulster University’s BSc (Hons)
 You can embark on career paths which include:                                                             assessed via employer input, the tutor; a written
                                                     in Architectural Technology & Management
 Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering,                                                             report and a presentation / interview.
                                                     degree, with a further two years of study required.
 Architecture, Surveying, Estate Management,
                                                                                                           The course is offered as a dedicated route to
 Structural Engineering, Town and Country            It therefore allows candidates to complete a BSc
                                                                                                           the second year of the Ulster University’s BSc
 Planning. You may also be in a position to          (Hons) Degree within the same four year period
                                                                                                           (Hons) Degree in Construction Engineering
 continue your career by undertaking professional    as candidates who enrol directly to the university
                                                                                                           and Management degree, with a further two
 exams to become TMICE or with further study         at the beginning of Year One.
                                                                                                           years of study required. Students who complete
 and experience MICE. You may pursue careers
                                                     The course is structured such that students who       a Foundation Degree can achieve an Honours
 within the Public Sector, e.g. DRD Roads Service
                                                     do not progress to the second year can achieve        Degree after two further years’ study at University.
 or Water NI, or with private consultants or
 contractors.                                        a CertHE qualification following successful
                                                                                                           For more information, contact:
                                                     completion of the first year of study.
 The course structure is validated by Ulster                                                               Paul McChrystal
 University and meets QAA Engineering                The CertHE is also validated by Ulster University.
                                                                                                           028 7127 6352
 Benchmark statements and the requirement of         For more information, contact:                        Email: paul.mcchrystal@nwrc.ac.uk
 AHEP3-2014.
                                                     John Logue
 For more information, contact:                      028 7127 6361
 Brian Morrison                                      Email: john.logue@nwrc.ac.uk                                                        *Ulster University
 028 7127 6318                                                                                                                           Associate Student
 Email: brian.morrison@nwrc.ac.uk                                                                                                        See page 9 for more
                                                                                                                                               details.

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                                 Foundation Degree in                                  Foundation Degree in
                                 Electrical & Electronic                               Mechanical Engineering*
                                                                                       (Validated by Ulster University)
                                 Engineering*
                                 (Validated by Ulster University)                      Location:       Derry~Londonderry

                                 Location:      Derry~Londonderry                      Duration:       2 Years (3 Years, Part-Time)

                                 Duration:      2 Years (3 Years, Part-Time)

                                                                                       Entry Requirements:
                                                                                       UK - 64 UCAS points (include one A-Level
                                 Entry Requirements:                                   Grade C from Maths, Physics, Chemistry or
                                 UK - 64 UCAS points (include one A-Level
                                                                                       Design/ Technology). If not offering A-Level
                                 Grade C in Maths, Physics, Chemistry or Design/
                                                                                       Maths you must have GCSE Maths at Grade B;
                                 Technology). If you don’t have A-Level Maths,
                                                                                       OR BTEC Extended Diploma (18 units) in a
                                 you must have GCSE Maths at Grade B; OR
                                                                                       relevant discipline, with a Merit or above in at least
                                 BTEC Extended Diploma(18 units)in a relevant
                                                                                       half of the units taken (inc. Maths and Mechanical
                                 discipline, with a Merit or above in at least half
                                                                                       Principles) and GCSE English Language (or
                                 of the units taken (inc. Maths and Electrical
                                                                                       Essential Skills Communications Level 2) AND
                                 Principles) and GCSE English Language (or
                                                                                       GCSE Maths at Grade C or above.
                                 Essential Skills Communications Level 2) AND
                                 GCSE Maths at Grade C or above.                       ILC - 64 UCAS Points (inc. Maths or Chemistry
                                                                                       and/or Physics at Higher B1). If only offering
                                 ILC - 64 UCAS Points (inc. Maths or Chemistry
                                                                                       Chemistry and/or Physics at Higher B1, minimum
                                 or Physics at Higher B1. If only offering
                                                                                       of Higher C1 Maths is required.
                                 Chemistry and/or Physics at Higher B1,
                                 minimum of Higher C1 Maths.                           Note: A minimum of 5 subjects in the Irish Leaving
                                                                                       Certificate (Including English) at least 4 of which
                                 Note: A minimum of 5 subjects in the Irish Leaving
                                                                                       should be at Higher Level.
                                 Certificate (Including English) at least 4 of which
                                 should be at Higher Level.                            Access: At least 50% including passes in Maths
                                                                                       and a Science Subject
                                 Access: At least 50% including passes in Maths
                                 and a Science Subject                                 Course Overview:
                                                                                       Whether you want to specialise in mechanical,
                                 Course Overview:                                      manufacturing, production, aeronautical, energy
                                 Whether you want to specialise in electronics,
                                                                                       supply, electronics, electrical, communications or
                                 communications, manufacture or maintenance,
                                                                                       maintenance engineering, there is a wide range of
                                 there is a wide range of engineering opportunities
                                                                                       engineering opportunities available in Ireland, the
                                 available in Ireland, the UK and abroad.
                                                                                       UK and abroad.
                                 Modules of study will include: Mathematics
                                                                                       Modules of study will include: Mathematics
                                 for Engineering, Electrical Science, Digital &
                                                                                       for Engineering, Mechanical Science, Fluid,
                                 Analogue Electronics, Microelectronic Principles,
                                                                                       Graphical Communication and CAD, Business
                                 Application of Microcontrollers, Digital Systems,
                                                                                       Management, Engineering Materials, Computer
                                 Analogue Electronics, Electrical & Electronic
                                                                                       Aided Manufacture, Dynamics, Engineering
                                 Principles, Electrical Principles, Programmable
                                                                                       Mechanics, Engineering Design with Parametric
                                 Logic Controllers, Power Electronics, Electronic,
                                                                                       CAD, Further Mathematics for Engineers, Heat
                                 Circuit Manufacture, Further Mathematics for
                                                                                       Transfer, Strength of Materials, Quality and
                                 Engineering, Operational Amplifiers Devices
                                                                                       Business Improvement Techniques, Work based
                                 and Circuits, and Work based learning.
                                                                                       learning.
                                  This programme will open a career opportunity
                                                                                       This programme will open a career opportunity
                                 for you and you could find yourself working in
                                                                                       for you and you could find yourself working in
                                 some of the following areas: Research, design,
                                                                                       some of the following areas; research, design,
                                 manufacture, materials, energy conservation,
                                                                                       manufacture, materials, energy conservation,
                                 broadcasting, electronics, education & training,
                                                                                       aeronautical engineering, education & training,
                                 measurement control and automation, medical
                                                                                       measurement control and automation, medical
                                 engineering mechanical engineering, electrical
                                                                                       engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical/
                                 engineering, consultancy and contracting.
                                                                                       electronic    engineering,   consultancy    and
                                 For more information, contact:                        contracting. For more information contact:
           *Ulster University
           Associate Student     Columba Toner                                         Paul Young
           See page 9 for more   028 7127 6331                                         028 7127 6338
                 details.        Email: columba.toner@nwrc.ac.uk                       Email: paul.young@nwrc.ac.uk

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