Part-time Choices

There are many options to choose from when considering part-time study:

  • Improve your English or Maths with our ESSENTIAL SKILLS courses
  • Gain a recognised qualification with our FURTHER EDUCATION courses
  • Earn and learn in preparation for a specific career with our APPRENTICESHIPSNI courses
  • Prepare for a course at university with our ACCESS courses
  • Study a university level programme with our HIGHER EDUCATION courses
  • Enhance your career prospects with our PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMMES
  • Discover learning on your doorstep with our COMMUNITY EDUCATION courses
  • Reveal a hidden talent or learn a new skill with our HOBBY courses

Find out more below about the different types of courses we offer, or search now for the course to suit you. INSERT A SEARCH BOX.

Essential Skills

For many adult learners the first step back into education involves improving their English and Maths (also known as Essential Skills - Literacy & Numeracy), and North West Regional College offers free classes in each of the College's main campuses, and in community venues throughout the region.

For more details search for Essential Skills, or download the part-time prospectus or community prospectus.

The College also offers ESOL classes for anyone who does not speak English as their first language - search for ESOL for prices and more details.

Further Education

The majority of part-time courses on offer at the College come under the Further Education (FE) section, including the career-related courses which lead to recognised qualifications, and all courses from Level 1 to Level 3 on the National Qualifications Framework. The main aim of any of our part-time FE courses is to give adults the chance to gain skills and qualifications that will lead to better career prospects, or prepare them for a higher level course. Simply search by subject area to discover the range of courses we have on offer.


Adult Learners can now avail of the new ApprenticeshipsNI programme, which provides skills training for a specific trade/career in College alongside working in industry with an employer. You will be in paid employment from day one of the programme, and will attend College to gain recognised qualifications.

Discover the range of Apprenticeships on offer in College by visiting our Training for Success section. If you wish to apply for an Apprenticeship, you will need to find an employer before you can begin your course.

Click here to TRAINING FOR SUCCESS section


Access courses are designed especially for adult learners who have been out of education for some time, who require a 'bridging' course, in preparation for entry to university level study.

They're an ideal way to get back into the study habit by introducing you not just to the subject but how to learn at this level. Our Access courses are validated by local universties and are an excellent foundation for progressing onto degree programmes.

Many of our Access courses are offered on a full-time or part-time basis, so you can choose the study option that suits you best.

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Higher Education

North West Regional College offers part-time learners the opportunity to gain university level qualifications (Higher Education or HE courses) in a range of subjects. The courses on offer include Foundation Degrees, Higher Education Diplomas and Certificates, and Higher National Certificate courses.

The benefit of a HE course at North West Regional College is that you will be studying with other adult learners, and the programmes are offered at various times, to allow you to study alongside family or work commitments. Many of the courses also include practical experience to complement your academic study. Following the HE courses, you may choose to progress to university to gain a full honours degree in your chosen subject.

Simply search by subject area to discover the range of courses we have on offer.

Professional Programmes

The College works in association with a range of professional bodies and organisations to deliver specialist training and development courses. These include the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the Institute of Accounting Technicians (IAT), the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) and many more.

These courses allow participants to gain valuable recognised qualifications, which may assist in gaining promotion or career development opportunities. Visit the Professional Programmes section for course details.

Community Education

North West Regional College's Community Outreach Team works in partnership with communities and organisations throughout the region - providing learning that is truly on your doorstep.

At venues across the North West, College staff deliver a wide range of courses from short introductory programmes to year long vocational qualifications, and everything in between. From Languages to Computing, Art & Crafts, Beauty Therapy, Essential Skills in Englsh and Maths, Digital Photography and much much more - there's plenty to choose from.

An additional benefit is that the courses are offered on a flexible basis - sessions are designed to suit the needs of local learners, and courses are not restricted to traditional academic timetables, and so may start at various times of the year.

For more details download our Community Prospectus.

Hobby & Recreational Courses

You may want to return to College through a short hobby course - a day or evening class which introduces participants to a new skill, or simply provides an opportunity to explore a subject of interest. The majority of these courses are non-vocational - you won't receive a qualfication at the end of the course - but you will have learnt basic skills in an enjoyable and relaxed environment. Our Hobby courses can be an excellent way to sample a subject, before committing to a longer, vocational course, and are also considered a great way to spend some spare time, and meet new people with similar interests.

You may choose to enrol on a Hobby course from those detailed in our Part-Time Prospectus, or choose from the wide range offered through the Community Education provision.