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Higher Level Apprenticeship – Students

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What is a Higher Level Apprenticeship?

North West Regional College, supported by the Department for the Economy (DfE), Ulster University, Accounting Technicians Ireland and many leading employers across the North West Region are delighted to announce further development of a major new employment initiative for the North West Region.

The College has secured funding to offer a number of Higher Level Apprenticeship (HLA) programmes tailored to industry needs. These programmes will offer employers an opportunity to ‘employ clever’ through an initiative which is aimed at addressing high-level skills shortages which are increasingly evident across the region.

A Higher Level Apprenticeship is a unique work-based programme, which enables participants to earn while they learn and gain a nationally recognised Higher Level Qualification at Level 4/Level 5 .

Successful candidates will be employed in a company relevant to their chosen profession to gain valuable experience over a 2 or 3 year period. This experience will feature a close mentoring relationship and academic support provided by North West Regional College as they progress through the relevant qualification.

Why choose a Higher Level Apprenticeship?

By taking part in a Higher Level Apprenticeship, you can gain the skills that employers need and that are relevant to the local economy, therefore improving your prospects of good earnings and sustained employment.

Other benefits include:

  • earning while you learn
  • achieving professional-level qualifications without paying higher education tuition fees
  • increased opportunities for career progression
  • a clear pathway to achieving ambitions in the workplace
How To Get Involved?

For more information on the courses and how to apply contact:

NWRC Skills Development Officer
Tel: (028) 7127 6221
Email: BusinessSupport@nwrc.ac.uk

Courses
Entry Requirements

UK: 96 UCAS Tariff Points plus a minimum Grade B in GCSE Mathematics and Grade C in English;
ROI: 96 UCAS Points plus a Grade O3 in Maths and Grade 04 in English.

Applicants who are 25 years of age (by 1st January of the year in which they wish to commence the course) but do not possess the minimum educational requirements, may still apply to do the course based on qualifications and experience.

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Course Overview

The programme provides an alternative route to starting a career in accountancy. This Higher Level Apprenticeship aims to provide applicants with an exciting ‘on-the-job’ pathway into the accountancy and finance profession. The main features of the programme are:

  • The apprentice may be selected for employment through the employer’s own recruitment process or will already be employed by an accounting practice/business and moving to a new job role where upskilling is required.
  • The apprentice will attend College one day per week, studying for the professionally accredited Accounting Technicians Ireland (ATI) exams
  • The apprentice will complete a work-based learning e-portfolio of evidence demonstrating competence in a range of areas.
  • The apprentice will be mentored by both a College and employer-based mentor.
  • The Department for the Economy (DfE) cover all tuition fees and examination costs through their Higher Level Apprenticeship programme.
Modules of study will include:

Year1:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Taxation
  • Law & Ethics
  • Business Management

Year 2:

  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • Advanced Taxation
  • Management Accounting
  • Integrated Accounting Systems (IAS)
Contact

Liz Doherty
028 7127 6165
LizH.doherty@nwrc.ac.uk

Entry Requirements

UK: 56 UCAS points; Applicants must have Level 3 passes in at least one of Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Engineering, Science or Technology (or equivalent), and a minimum Grade C/4 in GCSE Mathematics* and English (or University-approved equivalent**);

Completed a relevant Access Course with an overall mark of at least 41%, including passes in Mathematics and a Science subject.

*Certain BTEC Level 3 Maths units may be acceptable in lieu of GCSE Maths:
**Level 2 Essential Skills in Communication is currently acceptable in lieu of GCSE English. 

ROI: 56 UCAS Points; Applicants must have at least one of Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Engineering, Science or Technology at C3 Higher level and 4 OLCs (Grade 04 or above) Maths and English at Grade H6 or above (Higher Level) or Grade O4 or above (Ordinary Level) if not sitting at Higher Level is also required.

As with all Higher Engineering courses, students require a good standard of mathematics and applied mathematics. Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) may also be considered for entry.

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Course Overview

This programme enables employees to undertake a Level 5 Foundation Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering awarded by Ulster University. The programme is delivered part time day release one day and evening per week over three years. This programme will also develop critical thinking and problem solving skills

 Modules of study will include:
  • Mathematics for Engineering
  • Electrical Science
  • Digital and Analogue Electronics
  • Microelectronic Principles
  • Application of Microcontrollers
  • Electrical & Electronic Principles
  • Electrical Principles
  • Programmable Logic Controllers
  • Power Electronics
  • Electronic Circuit Manufacture
  • Work-Based Learning
 Progression

Careers in engineering are popular due to their prestige, positive job outlook and the higher than average salary. Successful completion of the Foundation Degree with appropriate grades enables progression to Year 2 BEng Hons degree pathway of a related degree in Ulster University; similar degrees at other universities, or employment opportunities in this field.

Contact

Columba Toner
028 7127 6331
columba.toner@nwrc.ac.uk

Entry Requirements

UK: 64-72 UCAS Tariff points + GCSE Maths Grade C or equivalent (e.g. Essential Skills Level 2 Numeracy) AND GCSE English Grade C or equivalent (e.g. Essential Skills Level 2 Communication);

ROI: 64-72 UCAS Points plus OLC (Grade 04 or above) in English and Maths; Access – 50% (which includes Level 2 Communications and Mathematics).

Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) may be considered for entry. Attendance at a mandatory information session is required.

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Course Overview

This 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 Hospitality & Tourism Management awarded by Ulster University while in employment and working to develop industry-related skills and knowledge. Assessment is a combination of coursework and examinations. A number of trips are organised as part of the programme which incurs a financial cost to the Student. Mandatory day trips, approximately £40

Modules of Study
  • Introduction to Hospitality & Tourism
  • Events Operations
  • Introduction to Work-Based Learning
  • Food & Beverage Service Operations
  • Facilities Operations
  • Managing Financial Performance
  • Management in Action
  • Employability Skills
  • Work-Based Learning in Practice
  • Food & Beverage Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Marketing & Entrepreneurship
Progression

Successful completion of the Foundation degree with appropriate grades provides HLA students with the opportunity to progress to the BSc Hons International Hospitality Management, at Ulster University or a similar degree at another Higher Education Institution or University. Exemptions for modules already achieved will be determined by the specific degree applied to as well as the Universities regulations in relation to exemptions.

Contact

Luane Quigley
028 7127 6103
luane.quigley@nwrc.ac.uk

Entry Requirements

Be appointed to a position of Deputy Leader, Leader, Assistant Managers or Deputy Manager in children’s care, learning and development setting.

  • Keen to progress their career
  • Be a minimum age of at least 19 years old.
  • Have a minimum of GCSE English at Grade C or equivalent
  • Hold a Level 3 qualification in Children’s Care, Learning and Development (CCLD)

A pre-course information session will be held for applicants – each applicant must attend. Those students who do not possess GCSE Maths or equivalent will be encouraged to complete Essential Skills Numeracy.

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Course Overview

This course is for senior practitioners in a leadership or management role who work within early years and childcare settings including day nurseries, crèches, playgroups and pre-school settings.

The course is also suitable for practitioners who have an opportunity to be appointed into leadership roles within the setting. It is flexible and delivered to meet the individual needs of the busy professional practitioner in partnership with their employer.

The employer provides a work-based mentor and the College delivers knowledge-based units and a work placement assessor who works with each individual apprentice to extend and build on their knowledge and competency at this level. The Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Children’s Care, Learning & Development (Management) NI provides a thorough grounding in the key concepts and practical skills required in the sector. It is delivered over 2 years with classes scheduled weekly.

The course aims to provide the apprentices with the skills and knowledge needed to manage practice and lead others in children’s care, learning and development.

Progression

Upon successful completion, opportunities exist for progression to employment or university. Previous graduates have progressed to the (Hons) Degree in Early Childhood Studies.

Contact

Catherine Boyle
028 7127 6438
catherine.boyle@nwrc.ac.uk

Entry Requirements

UK: 56 UCAS points; Applicants must have Level 3 passes in at least one of Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Engineering, Science or Technology (or equivalent), and a minimum Grade C/4 in GCSE Mathematics* and English (or University-approved equivalent**);

Relevant Access Course: with an overall mark of at least 41%, including passes in Mathematics and a Science subject.

*Certain BTEC Level 3 Maths units (as instructed on an annual basis from the Faculty) may be acceptable in lieu of GCSE Maths.
**Level 2 Essential Skills in Communication is currently acceptable in lieu of GCSE English. 

ROI: 56 UCAS points; Applicants must have at least one of Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Engineering, Science or Technology at C3 Higher level and 4 OLCs (Grade 04 or above) Maths and English at Grade H6 or above (Higher Level) or Grade O4 or above (Ordinary Level) if not sitting at Higher Level is also required.

As with all Higher Engineering courses, students require a good standard of mathematics and applied mathematics.

Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) may be considered for entry.

information-icon Applicants are required to upload their CV when completing an online application 

Course Overview

This programme enables employees to undertake a Level 5 Foundation Degree in Mechanical Engineering validated by Ulster University.

Modules of study will include:
  • Mathematics for Engineering
  • Mechanical Science
  • Graphical Communication and CAD
  • Business Management and Improvement Technique
  • Engineering Materials
  • Computer Aided Manufacture
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Engineering Design with Parametric CAD
  • Heat Transfer
  • Strength of Materials
  • Work-Based Learning
Progression

Careers in engineering are popular due to their prestige, positive job outlook and the higher than average salary. Successful completion of the Foundation Degree with appropriate grades enables progression to Year 2 BEng Hons degree pathway of a related degree in Ulster University; similar degrees at other universities, or employment opportunities in this field.

Contact

Paul Young
028 7127 6338
paul.young@nwrc.ac.uk

Entry Requirements

UK: 56 UCAS points, plus GCSE Maths Grade C minimum and GCSE English Grade C or Essential Skills Level 2 Communications

ROI: 56 UCAS points, plus OLC (Grade 04 or above) to include Maths and English

Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) may be considered for entry.

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Course Overview

This programme enables employees to undertake a Level 5 Foundation Degree in Software Development validated by Ulster University whilst remaining in employment. The programme is delivered part-time day release one day each week over 3 years. The final year incorporates a Work-based Learning module worth 40 credits. Assessment is a combination of coursework and examinations.

Modules of study will include:
  • Mathematics for Software Development
  • Programming 1
  • Programming 2
  • Software Testing
  • Systems Analysis and Design
  • Database Systems
  • Programming 3
  • Computer and Network Architecture
  • Web Technologies
  • Data Science
  • Work-based Learning
Progression

Successful completion of the Foundation Degree with appropriate grades enables progression to second year of BSc (Hons) Computing Science at Ulster University or similar degrees at other universities or employment opportunities in this field.

Contact

Peter Wisener
028 7127 6422
peter.wisener@nwrc.ac.uk

HLA Student Experience

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