Social Care & Early Years
I really enjoyed studying Health and Social Care at the Newtownabbey Campus of Northern Regional College. I was assessed through coursework and continual assessment. I knew the course could lead straight to careers in care establishments, youth work, community work or nursing assistants. However I opted for further study at Degree level in Nursing at Queens University Belfast. Other students in my class progressed to university to study psychology, criminology, social policy and youth and community work.
The staff at college particularly my personal tutor assured me that indeed I was capable of achieving a place at universiy and helped me research and find out information about university and what it involves. As well as gaining a recognised qualification I had the opportunity to complete a number of work placements, and take part in employability skills workshops.
I learned a lot of things at the Northern Regional College that prepared me for university life and study as well as make the best possible career choices. I would highly recommend Northern Regional College to other young people; the staff are very supportive and approachable. It’s a great opportunity to meet new people and make new friends whilst studying towards a qualification. There are so many different opportunities available as well as work placement, and educational visits, guest speakers came into the college and gave informative talks.
Aaron progressed from the Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Construction at Farm Lodge onto the first year of the Foundation Degree at Farm Lodge campus and is now in a 40 week placement with Earney Contracts as a major Civil Contractor. Aaron is attending the College one day per week. He will be working for the company on a major town centre refurbishment scheme in Larne.
Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Construction
Ryan Young successfully completed his GCSE's at Cullybackey College and enrolled in Northern Regional College, Ballymena Campus, to study for a Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Construction. During his two years of study he gained a very valuable insight into the Construction Industry. Upon completing the two years of study he successfully achieved a triple Distinction grade equivalent to three A* grades in A levels. Ryan was also the winner of the FP McManus Bursary award.
Ryan went directly from NRC to study Construction Engineering and Management at Ulster University, Jordanstown campus. This was a three year sandwich course incorporating a placement year where he worked for Building Control. He graduated in June 2014 with a BSc (Hons) Degree in Construction Engineering and Management achieving a (1:1) classification also achieving the overall best student in his year group.
Ryan has been successful in obtaining a post with a leading Northern Ireland Construction and Civil Engineering company; Graham Construction. He is employed as a site engineer and has been involved in various projects.
Business & Computing
Emma joined the Level 2 Diploma in Administration in 2009 and successfully enahnced her GCSE profile by achievening this qualification. She progressed to the Level 3 Business and Administration class in 2010 and successfully gained this full Diploma which included the extra credits from the Text processing units such as Text/Word Processing, Business Presentations and Legal text/word. Emma progressed to the HNC in Business in 2012 while working in Sports Direct. She has successfully completed the HNC in Business in 2012 while working in Sports Direct. She has successfully completed the HNC and has progressed this year to the Degree in Business at NRC. Emma has been promoted in her job and stated that she has found her overall experience at NRC and the qualifications gained enables her to achieve this.