How to Apply – North West Regional College

How to Apply

Find Your Course

You can now apply for any Full-Time course online. All you have to do is create an account and fill in your details. This will also allow you to track your application.

Expression Of Interest

Click below to register your interest in one of our Full-Time courses.

How to Apply at North West Regional College

With over 550 courses to choose from, delivered Full-Time or Part-Time, there has never been a better time to study at NWRC. Apply online today for courses starting in September 2021. Remember we operate a ‘first-come, first served’ application process so apply early to secure your place.

Depending on which course you apply for, you may be required to attend an interview / audition. Once we have received your application, one of our Admissions Team will contact you about your next step.

Please note: To apply you must be over 16 years of age or over on or before 1st July on year of entry.

For more details, contact:

028 7127 6000 or email

Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)
What is APEL?

If you don’t have traditional A-Level / GCSE qualifications, we can take into account the knowledge and skills you have gained through work as a foundation for your study.

This includes learning gained through:

  • Life and work experiences (paid and voluntary)
  • Community-based learning
  • Workplace learning and training
  • Continuing professional development
  • Independent learning

This process is called Accreditation of Prior Learning (APEL). This means entry through which learning achieved outside education or training is assessed and recognised for academic purposes. Please note if the course requires you to have English Language and /or Maths at GCSE level or equivalent these cannot be assessed through the APEL process.

How to Apply via APEL

You will be assigned an APEL Adviser who will support you through the process by introducing you to the relevant guidelines, building your confidence as a learner by identifying your strengths and skills and advising you on how to prepare your portfolio of evidence of learning.

To schedule an appointment with an APEL Advisor in your subject area, contact our Quality Enhancement Unit:

NOTE: Normally APEL applications need to be made well in advance of the course start date in September.

More Information

To apply or for further information view our College APEL documents below:

APEL Applicant Guidelines

APEL Application Form

NI Colleges & Universities APEL Good Practice Guidelines

More Information

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.

If you’re preparing for examinations, you should submit your application form as soon as possible.  Don’t wait until you receive your examination results to apply – some of our courses are very popular and you may be disappointed.

If your chosen course is offered at more than one of our campuses, please ensure you state your preferred NWRC campus.  You are encouraged to attach any relevant information which you feel will support your application.

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 than their first choice.

English Entry Levels for Vocational Courses at the College:
Applications for Level 3 courses & belowIELTS 5.5
Paper based TOEFL 513
Computer based TOEFL 183
Internet based TOEFL 65
Applications for HNC/HND coursesIELTS 6.0
Paper based TOEFL 547
Computer based TOEFL 210
Internet based TOEFL 78

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