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PRINCIPAL'S PLEDGE

“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.”

Leo Murphy

Enriching lives, building careers and supporting communities…North West Regional College (NWRC) has been at the heart of life in the North West of Northern Ireland for more than 100 years.   Across the passing of time it has stood as an important institution renowned for delivering an extensive range of learning and career opportunities to thousands of learners.

As an employer, North West Regional College has provided hundreds of jobs across its teaching, support and technical areas. As a supporter of the local economy, it has nurtured local enterprise through expert training and skills development. And, as a community partner, it has crossed the divide to offer an integrated civic resource for the benefit of the entire region. Now, NWRC is delivering an invigorated brand of education and training aimed at attracting new learners, while advancing the growth and prosperity of the local economy.

 

The College has main campuses in Derry-Londonderry, Limavady and Strabane, and supports over 20,000 student enrolments each year. Learners attend from all parts of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, undertaking full-time or part-time study programmes in a range of vocational or non-vocational areas. It has 7 academic schools, each catering for school leavers, mature students, professionals, community organisations, and the unemployed. These are: Business Services and General Education; Science and Technology; Media, Multimedia and the Arts; Craft Services; Early Years, Children and Young People & Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy; Health and Social Care; Hospitality, Tourism and Sport. Many courses at the College are developed in conjunction with local employers and are designed to give the students a feel for future employment, and to enhance practical competence in their chosen vocation.

Vocational routes on offer include full-time Level 2, 3 and HND choices which blend modern classroom delivery with real-life work-based challenges. For those wishing to progress to university, an extensive selection of Higher Education programmes provide direct access into degree programmes throughout the UK. The NWRC part-time portfolio includes hundreds of courses in areas such as Essential Skills, hobby & recreation, return to study, and professional development, as well as the traditional part-time vocational courses.

A renewed focus has emerged across all the College in response to the region’s economic and employment challenges. It remains determined to help local agencies and organisations access the training required to develop the skills and confidence of the local workforce. The provision and promotion of more traditional subjects continues to be a core priority for the College. Within its Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) provision, new courses in Forensic Science, Computer Games Technology, Interactive Media and Gas Installation, are now on offer, responding to requirements set out by the Department of Employment and Learning as being vital for the future economic success of the province.

The College makes a significant contribution to the local economy both as an employer and a provider of education and training. It is a lead partner in the local Workforce Development Forum, partnering industry and commerce and the local council to develop a comprehensive range of retraining programmes to suit the needs of local employers.  The College continues to play an integral role in support of the social, economic and cultural development of the North West Region, and takes great pride in celebrating the achievements and successes of its students and staff during and after their experiences at the College.

The highlight of our modern learning environment are the magnificent new build developments at our Strand Road Campus, Derry-Londonderry, an £18m development featuring a unique footbridge above and across the Strand Road which links two new College buildings (Strand & Foyle).  This includes a new 150-seat modern theatre, dance studios, music recording, technology and performance spaces, student social areas and canteens, as well as state-of-the-art Hairdressing & Beauty Therapy salons overlooking the River Foyle, and new workshops for Construction & Engineering programmes. This new facility complements the Strand Road Campus’ already impressive resources which include fully operational High Definition TV & Radio studios, multi-discipline art facilities, ICT Games & web design suites, and the state-of-the-art Hospitality & Catering establishments, which are open to the public.

Meanwhile, our modern Limavady Campus recently celebrated 100 years of providing quality education and training to the local area, while in 2013, our Strabane Campus celebrated its 75th anniversary by unveiling a £1.2m refurbishment programme at its Derry Road site to include new classrooms, car-park, disabled access facilities and a state-of-the-art library and learning support centre.  Our training provision continues to prosper through the industry standard facilities and resources which are housed in our Springtown Campus, Derry-Londonderry, and our Greystone Campus, Limavady. Badge should be shown to gain access.

Many of our courses are developed in partnership with local employers, universities and awarding bodies, and are designed to give the students a feel for future employment or to enhance practical competence in their chosen vocation.

Routes into employment include the Level 2 Diploma and Level 3 Extended Diploma options which blend classroom delivery with real-life work-based challenges. For those wishing to progress to university, these programmes provide direct access into Honours options both locally and throughout the UK.

Our part-time portfolio continues to grow and includes hundreds of courses in areas such as Essential Skills (Numeracy & Literacy), hobby & recreation, return to study, and professional development, as well as the traditional part-time vocational courses.

The majority of the students enrolled in the College participate in provision which leads to recognised vocational qualifications. Around 700 graduates undertake degree programmes each year, while hundreds of others move directly into employment, with many gaining roles within organisations based in the local region.

The College makes a significant contribution to the local economy both as an employer and a provider of education and training. With approximately 500 full-time, and 300 part-time employees, the College is one of the largest employers in the North West. It is a lead partner in the local Workforce Development Forum, partnering representatives of industry and commerce and the local council, to provide and develop a comprehensive range of retraining programmes to suit the needs of local employers. The College works in partnership with local businesses and organisations to develop and deliver bespoke training that will meet their individual requirements.

The College also adopts a professional, friendly and sensitive approach to student support. Experienced and qualified personnel provide help and assistance on accommodation, finance, careers, university application, pastoral care/counselling and health matters.

A full range of access facilities for students with disabilities is also on offer.

Its dynamic and representative Students’ Union makes everyday life highly enjoyable and rewarding. The Union has a host of clubs and societies, and organises a range of events and outings each year. Sport and recreation is also high on the agenda. Indeed, recent years have seen the College win Inter-College Honours in Soccer, GAA and Rugby competitions.

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What Our Students Think

Tipsukon Cochrane

NWRC has a strong academic reputation and it really helps develop and improve your artistic skills. The facilities are fantastic…
2016-08-05T16:52:18+00:00
NWRC has a strong academic reputation and it really helps develop and improve your artistic skills. The facilities are fantastic and there is such a great atmosphere between the students […]

Liam Duffy

My time at NWRC was such an amazing experience! This course opened so many doors and gave me the chance…
2016-08-23T23:06:46+00:00
My time at NWRC was such an amazing experience! This course opened so many doors and gave me the chance to apply for lots of degree courses. We were supported […]

Paul Gallagher

The Access course I’m studying at the College is challenging but very rewarding! It’s a great foundation for my next…
2016-08-23T23:09:11+00:00
The Access course I’m studying at the College is challenging but very rewarding! It’s a great foundation for my next career move which I hope to be Marine Biology at […]

Aoife McGrory

It was always my desire to achieve a qualification in something I loved & had a talent for. NWRC gave…
2017-01-26T09:58:17+00:00
It was always my desire to achieve a qualification in something I loved & had a talent for. NWRC gave me that opportunity.

Jessica Vance

The lecturers and the resources are just brilliant! I would recommend the college to anyone.
2017-01-26T10:04:09+00:00
The lecturers and the resources are just brilliant! I would recommend the college to anyone.
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