Higher Level Apprenticeships

Higher Level Apprenticeships (HLAs) enable students to work as an apprentice while gaining higher education qualifications. The scheme offers on-the-job training with experienced staff, combined with off-the-job study for qualifications from Level 4 (HNC equivalent) to Level 8 (PhD equivalent). 

As well as the experience and qualifications, HLAs enable apprentices to earn a full-time wage and establish good employment prospects as they grow in their profession.

  • Participants must be employed or about to be employed as an apprentice in a Northern Ireland-based company
  • Entry requirements apply for each profession

Northern Regional College has three HLAs on offer:


HLAs in accountancy enable students to gain a professional qualification which is equivalent to a Foundation Degree and widely recognised by leading accounting and finance bodies.

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Computing (NEW)

On this HLA you will work with your employer for four days per week, attend College one day per week, and undertake a Foundation Degree in Science, Computing, that is validated by Ulster University.

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Engineering – Advanced Manufacturing  

Apprentices on this scheme develop high-grade technical skills and a qualification equivalent to a foundation degree. The scheme facilitates progression from a Level 3 apprenticeship and future progression to Level 6 (Honours Degree equivalent) to work towards Incorporated Engineer status.

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For further information, contact:
Sean McAleese, Training Manager
028 2566 4266 or 075544118467