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How to Apply for a Full-Time course

How to Apply for a Full Time Course

Apply online today for courses starting in September 2024

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.

If you don’t have traditional A-Level / GCSE qualifications, we can take into account the knowledge and skills you have gained through employment as a foundation for your study. See below for more information on Accreditation of Prior Learning (APEL).

Find your course

Whatever your goals, let us put your learning and career ambitions on track. Enrolments are now open.

The Application Process

Follow these simple steps to take you from your application to your first day at the College.

  • Choose from a wide range of further and higher education education courses across 18 different subject areas.

    • Search online to identify the course you wish to apply for. You can also add courses to your Short List for later
    • Select your course and click the Apply Now button.
    • If you are a new student you will be asked to create an account so you can track the progress of your application. If you are an existing NWRC student you should log on to the Application Portal using the Username/Email and Password you created when you first applied
    • Complete the online Application Form
    • Enter your current qualifications. Please note that the grades can be added at a later date
    • Once submitted, you’ll receive confirmation from us that your application is being processed.

    The short instructional video below will provide you with a simple step-by-step guide on completing your online application at North West Regional College.

    Need help with your application?

    If you experience any technical issues or would like help completing your application contact a member of our Admissions Team or check out our Application FAQs.

  • We will invite you to attend Open Day where you can get a taste for College life.

    You will have the chance to get to know your lecturers, find out more about our courses, chat with current students, take a tour of our campuses, have a go at fun interactive activities and apply to secure your place for September.

    Four young men stand beside a car in the NWRC Motor Vehicle workshop, holding sign which read
    Prospective students take a tour of the motor vehicle workshop at Greystone campus on Open Day

  • After you have applied you should continue to monitor the status of your application as information regarding any interviews, audition or information sessions will be made available there. Your account will also show any offers you have received.

  • For some of our courses you will need to attend an interview prior to enrolment. If you applied for a course in music or performing arts you will be invited to attend an audition.

    If necessary we will contact you in advance with a date and time for your interview or audition.

  • Following your application you may receive an offer of a place on the course of your choice. You will be able to accept or reject this offer via the online portal.

  • Once you receive your exam results you should confirm your course place as soon as possible. You can do this from the comfort of your own home by logging into your online account and uploading a copy of your certificate.

    Follow the simple steps below or watch our instructional video.

    • Scan or take a clear photograph of your qualifications and proof of identification. (Note: Must include your name and date of birth).
    • Log in to the application portal by entering the Username and Password that you registered with initially (see step 1).
    • Select the Evidence tab from the navigation menu on the left-hand side.
    • Select Evidence Type from the drop-down menu (e.g. Exam Results).
    • Under File(s) to Upload click 'Browse' and select the required photograph/document.
    • Click Upload and you will receive a pop-up message to show that your evidence was uploaded successfully (Please note, the results uploaded must match the information provided in your application)
    • The document(s) will appear at the top of the screen to show it was uploaded successfully

    Not received the results your were expecting?

    If you didn't achieve the results required for your course, don’t worry. No matter how they went, we can help you find an option that works best for you.

    Visit your local campus during our August Results Days to discuss your options with a tutor (keep an eye on our social media pages for more details) or contact a member of our Careers Team.

  • Welcome to North West Regional College!

    Before you start we will be in touch to provide you with a start date, times and details on where to go. During your first week you will receive a college induction and be invited to attend our Freshers' Day events. Download a copy of our Student Handbook for more information on College life.

    Take a virtual tour of our campuses before you arrive and download a campus map.

    4 female students walk towards their college campus
    Limavady campus

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:

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