Higher Level Apprenticeship – Students – North West Regional College
 
 

Higher Level Apprenticeship – Students

Higher Level Apprenticeships - Click to view 2019/20 Course Guide

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 the NWRC Skills Development Officer on (028) 7127 6221 or email BusinessSupport@nwrc.ac.uk

Courses

Entry RequirementsUK

96 UCAS Tariff Points plus a minimum Grade B in GCSE Mathematics and Grade C in English; ILC – 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.

 

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 ‘onthe-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 cover all tuition fees and examination costs through their Higher Level Apprenticeship programme.

Modules of study will include:

YEAR 1: Financial Accounting, Taxation, Law & Ethics, Business Management

YEAR 2: Advanced Financial Accounting, Advanced Taxation, Management Accounting and Integrated Accounting Systems (IAS).

 

Contact

Liz Doherty

028 7127 6165

LizH.doherty@nwrc.ac.uk

Entry Requirements

UK – 48 UCAS Tariff points at A-Level, together with a minimum of 5 passes at GCSE Grade C or above, which must include Maths and English Language; OR BTEC Extended Diploma in a relevant area of study (including GCSE Grade C or above in Maths and English Language); OR University approved equivalent.

ILC – 48 UCAS Tariff points, 4 OLCs (Grade

 

Course Overview

The Higher Level Apprenticeship programme is widely recognised as the best combination of on the job training and higher level study. This programme enables employees to undertake a Level 5 Foundation Degree in Civil Engineering validated by Ulster University. The programme is delivered part time day release – one day and evening per week over three years. This programme is designed to prepare the apprentice for a range of technical and management careers in the Civil Engineering, Infrastructure, Environmental Engineering and Built Environment sectors. The programme may lead to employment in the industry with design consultants, on site with contractors or with statutory organisations. It may also enhance promotion prospects for those already in employment; or provide entry into degree courses in Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering or Environmental Engineering.

The programme provides the skills to work in a challenging and rewarding industry on a range of projects, e.g. highways, transportation, water and waste, building structures and renewal energies.

Modules of study will include:
  • Civil Engineering Technology
  • Introduction to Surveying
  • Civil Engineering Computer Aided Design & Emerging Technology
  • Mathematics 1
  • Mathematics 2
  • Science & Materials
  • Structural Mechanics
  • Communication
  • Geology & Soil Mechanics
  • Measurement and Costing
  • Fluids & Hydraulics
  • Structural Analysis & Design
  • Civil Engineering Contracts Management
  • Civil Engineering & Digital Surveying
  • Work-based Learning
For more information contact:

John Logue
028 7127 6361
Email: john.logue@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**). *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. Relevant Access Course: with an overall mark of at least 41%, including passes in Mathematics and a Science subject.

ILC – 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. APEL (Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning) may apply for entry

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 & 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 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

This course is subject to re-validation – entry criteria and course details may change, check website for updates

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);

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

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

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 incur a financial cost to the Student. Mandatory day trips, approximately £40

Modules of Study
  • Study Skills
  • Principles of Event Management
  • Contemporary Hospitality
  • Travel & Tourism
  • Food & Beverage Operations
  • Research Methods for Hospitality
  • Travel & Tourism
  • Facility Operations
  • Culinary Operations, Accounts
  • Employability & Digital Media Skills
  • Work Based Learning
  • Leadership & People Management
  • Marketing & Entrepreneurship and Global Hospitality
  • Travel & Tourism Management Issues
Progression

Successful completion of the Foundation degree with appropriate grades provides HLA students 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

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**). *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. Relevant Access Course: with an overall mark of at least 41%, including passes in Mathematics and a Science subject. ILC – 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. APEL (Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning) may apply for entry

 

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 & Improvement Techniques • 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 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; ILC – 56 UCAS points, plus OLC (Grade 04 or above) to include Maths and English; APEL (Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning) may apply for entry

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 & Design
  • Database Systems
  • Programming 3
  • Computer and Network Architecture
  • Web Technologies
  • Data Science and 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

Entry Requirements

Applicants must be appointed to a position of Leader, Deputy Leader, Assistant Managers or Deputy Managers in children’s care, learning and development setting (minimum contract 10 hours) or be in a position to step up to a leadership role within their organisation; be keen to progress their career; AND UK – Have a minimum of GCSE English and Maths at Grade C or equivalent; hold a Level 3 qualification in Child Care & Learning Development; OR ILC – Minimum of OLC English and Maths (Grade 05 or above) and hold the equivalent to a UK Level 3 qualification in Child Care & Learning Development. A pre-course information session will be held for applicants – each applicant must attend.

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) Wales & 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

Grainne McCaffrey

028 7127 6005

grainne.mccaffrey@nwrc.ac.uk

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