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Role of Examinations Team

The Examinations team aim to provide internal students with an effective and efficient service when overseeing and administering the whole exams process whilst adhering to the JCQ regulations. This may include managing timetable clashes, ensuring special requirements are met and liaising with external awarding bodies.

The exams team will provide information on:

  • Closing dates for examination entries
  • Examination entry and registration fees
  • Dates, times and venues of examinations
  • Dates of result and certification issue.

Contacting the Examinations Team

Across Northern Regional College, there are Examination Offices situated on all main sites – Ballymoney, Ballymena (Trostan Avenue), Coleraine, Magherafelt and Newtownabbey.  When contacting the exams team, please direct your query to the exams office where you studied your course.

Ballymena (Farm Lodge & Trostan Avenue) and Magherafelt        ta.exams@nrc.ac.uk
Coleraine                                                                                        cr.exams@nrc.ac.uk
Newtownabbey                                                                               na.exams@nrc.ac.uk


All certificates (except those for Ulster University) will be posted to the student’s home address.  It is important that students ensure the address held in students’ records is accurate to ensure you receive your certificate without any issues as a replacement certificate is only available from the relevant Awarding body an incurs a cost.  Higher Education certificates can either be presented at the Higher Education Ceremony which is normally held in December or collected from the Exams Office of the campus you attended.  Ulster University students are required to collect their certificates and must contact their exams office to arrange a date and time to collect their certificate, they are required to bring photographic identification with them, unfortunately your certificate cannot be released without valid photographic identification being presented upon collection.

Information for All Candidates

Closing date for Summer 2025 GCSE exam entries is Friday 24 January 2025.

*Photographic identification must be brought to ALL examinations. Please ensure you are in the examination room at least 15 minutes prior to the commencement of the exam.*

No mobile devices

IPODs, Mobile Phones, MP3/4 Players, Smartwatches, No Potential Technological/Web Enabled Sources of Information are prohibited from the examination room. Possession of unauthorsied items, such as a mobile phone, is a serious offence and could result in DISQUALIFICATION from your examination and your overall qualification.

Unique Learner Numbers

Northern Regional College uses Learner Registration Service (LRS) to obtain Unique Learner Numbers (ULN) for students and private candidates registering with an awarding body through Northern Regional College. Please click here for information on Learner Record Service, Unique Learner Numbers and Personal Learner Records

Northern Regional College works with the following examination boards:

AQA - An education charity providing GCSEs, A-levels and support ATI - Accounting Technicians Ireland AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians)
Cache - Nurturing Achievement CCEA - Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment CIPD - The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development champions better work and working lives.
City & Guilds - vocational education qualifications and apprenticeships CPCAB - Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body Edexcel is the UK's largest awarding body.
IAB - International Association of Book-Keepers ILM - Institute of Leadership and Management IMI Awards Ltd
NCFE - More than 150 years of Vocational Awarding NEBOSH - The National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health OCN London - Credit based courses and qualifications
OCR - Oxford Cambridge and RSA Examinations Signature - Excellence in Communication with Deaf People