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Community Education

Northern Regional College provides a wide range of courses for adults in the community.

We work with many community and voluntary organisations to deliver courses in informal community venues near to home. Courses are set up in response to requests from community groups and can be facilitated at any time of the year. We offer a wide range of courses that are recreational and others that lead to a qualification, such as Essential Skills qualifications which will help you to improve your skills in the important subjects of English, Mathematics and ICT. Qualified lecturers will provide guidance and support to help you achieve your goals, so you can build from Level 1 to Level 2, which is accepted by many employers and educational providers.

Returning to study in a local setting can assist individuals to:

  • Gain qualifications missed out on first time round
  • Achieve skills and qualifications to enhance career prospects
  • Develop new leisure interests

We also work in partnership with local community groups to deliver lifelong learning opportunities within Neighbourhood Renewal Areas across:

  • Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council
  • Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council
  • Mid and East Antrim Borough Council

Read testimonials from some Community Group representatives that the College has worked with over the past few years.

Course Listings 2024/25

At Northern Regional College we offer a range of accredited community courses from Essential Skills, Upholstery to British Sign Language and much more. View our full course listings.

For further information on the courses we can provide for your group and tuition fees, please email:

Donna McCullough
Schools Partnership & Community Education Co-ordinator

If you are a group in the town or surrounding area of Antrim, Ballycastle, Ballymena, Ballymoney, Coleraine, Glens of Antrim, Larne, Magherafelt, Newtownabbey or Carrickfergus

For essential skills courses please email HSSC@nrc.ac.uk

Community Access to Lifelong Learning (CALL) Project

This project is funded by the Department for Communities. The programme will provide a range of innovative and exciting activities, free of charge to participants, to engage the wider communities of the Neighbourhood Renewal Areas of Ballyclare and Ballymena (Ballee, Ballykeel, Harryville). The College will provide learning/taster sessions which will be shaped by the needs of the young people (16+) involved and also offer a range of community based activities and classes for other residents, such as healthy eating, how to use the internet and arts and crafts. 

Email donna.mccullough@nrc.ac.uk for further details.