Why Choose Northern Regional College?

We've got history

The Northern Regional College was established in 2007 following the merger of the previous legacy colleges, the Causeway Institute of Further and Higher Education, the East Antrim Institute of Further and Higher Education and the North East Institute of Further and Higher Education. The College has seven campuses, two in Ballymena, and one each in Ballymoney, Coleraine, Larne, Magherafelt, and Newtownabbey. It shares its campus in Larne with an organisation offering sheltered employment, and it also has a community presence in a number of out-centres across the region.

The Northern Regional College is the main provider of further education across 9 of the 26 Council areas in Northern Ireland, covering a population of 450,000, or 25% of the people in Northern Ireland. As well as its further education provision, the College provides work-based learning through the Department’s ApprenticeshipsNI and Training for Success programmes.

We've got opportunities

Students have the opportunity to take part in many competitions and awards throughout the academic year, including WorldSkills, Skillbuild, JP McManus Awards and the BEST Awards, to name but a few. The College also offers numerous study visits and residential trips to help develop students' personal skills and allow them to gain real life experiences.

We're all about you

At Northern, we put the learner at the heart of what we do and ensure that their time at the College is both enjoyable and valuable. Students have varied opportunities within their course to gain vital experience through new ventures such as Career Ready (Engineering), the first programme of its kind to be launched in Northern Ireland. We also work closely with Equiniti, one of the fastest growing IT & Business Process Outsourcing companies in the UK and Ireland. A number of second year students earn the opportunity to work with Equiniti in Belfast, where they are trained and mentored by industry professionals a few days per week from September to June.