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Degree Level Opportunities

North West Regional College (NWRC) and The Open University (The OU) have announced details of a unique educational partnership which is set to enhance the future career aspirations of learners across the North West.

In a first for the region, both organisations have formed an alliance which will see the introduction of a new range of university level courses to be delivered by NWRC, and accredited and validated by the OU, from September 2023.

It is intended that this initiative will result in greater choice for local learners at higher education level, as well as fostering growth in local employment, while addressing current levels of skills shortages and demands from employers within some key regional industry areas.

The partnership will feature new degree level opportunities for learners in Cyber Security, Housing and Healthcare in the first instance.

Note: Courses are subject to validation approval.

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The Open University is delighted to partner with NWRC to provide greater choice and provision of higher education courses to the North West region. We hope that this partnership will grow from strength to strength over the next few years to improve university level education and positively impact the economy and skills supply in the area.

John D’Arcy
Director of The Open University (Ireland)
NWRC staff and the Director of the Open University celebrate the launch of Open University courses at the college

This is very exciting news for higher level learning for the North West region.

Our partnership with The Open University is the culmination of extensive diligence and hard work from both organisations, as well as significant consultation with a number of local employers, over a two-year period. We are thrilled now to be working with the OU in preparations to deliver a new era of university level education for local learners.

Dr Catherine O’Mullan
NWRC Director of Curriculum and Academic Standards
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