School Partnerships

At Northern Regional College we continually work with schools to develop an exciting and innovative vocational curriculum which is relevant to the opportunities available within the world of commerce and industry. This curriculum is part of the Entitlement Framework offering which will allow wider student choice at Year 11 and beyond.

Each year, we partner with 46 schools in Northern Ireland, to assist in delivering the Entitlement Framework. We pride ourselves in our ability to replicate industrial workplace settings as well as providing learners a real vocational experience, equipping them with the skills necessary to succeed in industry.

Entitlement Framework Options

Year 11 and 12 Course Options – Occupational Studies and GCSEs

Occupational studies are vocational based qualifications focused on providing learners with hands-on practical experience and skills required for the world of work.  We offer occupational studies in subjects such as facial skincare, food and drink, plumbing, working in tourism, sound production and much more.

Learners will have the opportunity to study these qualifications at one of our campuses – Coleraine, Ballymoney, Ballymena, Magherafelt or Newtownabbey - and will be taught by highly qualified and industry experience lecturers within fully equipped industry standard workshops, restaurants and hair and beauty salons.  Find out more - A Guide for Principals, Parents and Pupils.

Year 13 Course Options – A/AS Levels and Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas

We currently offer GCE A/ AS Level in Environmental Technology and Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas in a range of subject areas such as Engineering, Health and Social Care, Hospitality and Sport for Year 12 and 13. Find out more – A Guide for Principals, Parents and Pupils.


For further information contact

Mairead Convery, Community Based Learning & Schools Collaboration Manager mairead.convery@nrc.ac.uk.