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International Students

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At NWRC, International Students have the opportunity to enjoy academic progression in a modern academic environment.

We Welcome students from all over the world. NWRC is a great choice for you as an International Student. The UKs new VISA system can be viewed on their website in detail.

We are a public funded Further and Higher Education College in Northern Ireland with approximately 800 staff and 10,000 students. We provide high quality teaching and support services, and have been awarded a number of quality awards including Investors in People, The Skills for Health Quality Mark, STEM Assured and Matrix for our Careers Academy.

Academically we offer a broad range of internationally recognised Ofqual qualifications e.g. Foundation Degrees, Higher National Diplomas (HND), Higher National Certificates (HNC’s), Higher Level Apprenticeships, Level 3, Professional Qualifications and Vocational courses. Our full time courses offer progression routes to many degree programmes at universities in Northern Ireland (Ulster University and Queens University, Belfast) and the United Kingdom.

Our UK Visa and Immigration ‘Tier 4’ is assurance of our high standard of education and the rigour we apply to the international applicant process. Compliance with United Kingdom Visas & Immigration (UKVI) requirements is essential so before applying to NWRC. Check out our International web page for more information.

Some students require a VISA – it’s simple to find out of you need one. Use the UKVI Quick Check. Republic of Ireland citizens DO NOT require a Visa to study with NWRC. The new Student Visa has replaced the Tier 4 (general) Visa.

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We welcome applications from International Students to level three or above courses which lead to a level six qualification (Ofqual qualification)

In order to be accepted you need:

You can apply for a Student visa to study in the UK if you’re 16 or over and you:

If you’re 16 or 17 and you want to study at an independent school in the UK, you may be eligible for a Child Student visa instead.

This visa has replaced the Tier 4 (General) student visa.

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    Am I an International Student?

    International students will have to fill out a separate application form and should not use the standard NWRC online application process.

    Complete our short online quiz to see if you qualify as an International Student.

    Am I an International Student?

    Knowledge of English

    You must prove your knowledge of the English language when you apply.

    You can prove your knowledge of English by:

    • passing a Secure English Language Test (SELT) from an approved provider
    • having a GCSE, A level, Scottish National Qualification level 4 or 5, Scottish Higher or Advanced Higher in English, gained through study at a UK school that you began when you were under 18

    Level of English

    You must prove you can read, write, speak and understand English to a certain level on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) scale.

    Full details are available on the UK Government website.

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