Role of Examinations Team

The Examinations team aim to provide both internal and external students with an effective and efficient service when overseeing and administering the whole exams process.  This may include sorting out 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.

Across Northern Regional College, there are Examination Offices situated in the main sites - Coleraine, Ballymena (Trostan Avenue) and Newtownabbey. If you have a query, please contact your local Examination Office on:
Ballymoney and Coleraine: 02870340124
Ballymena and Magherafelt: 02825636266
Newtownabbey and Larne: 02890855006


All certificates are held at campus receptions, with the exception of Ballymoney, where they must be collected from Coleraine campus reception. Students are advised to bring photographic identification with them when collecting their certificate(s) - for example, Northern Regional College student card, driver's licence, passport are acceptable. These certificates can either be collected throughout the year from these offices, or they will be presented at the Higher Education Graduation in December. Any lost or destroyed certificates may be replaced by contacting the appropriate awarding body; online application forms to apply for replacement certificates can be found on most awarding bodies' websites. JCQ certificates will be retained for a maximum period of 5 years only.

Information for Private Candidates

We accept private candidates (students not registered on a relevant class within our centre) who wish to sit an examination at one of our campuses (terms and conditions apply).  Closing dates and fees can be obtained by contacting on of the Examinations Offices listed above.

Please note that it is not always possible to accommodate requests from private candidates and that candidates should contact their nearest Examinations Office for further information and advice.

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 Construction Awards Alliance
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 ECDL - European Computer Driving Licence Foundation
Edexcel is the UK's largest awarding body. EDI - Education Development International 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 SQA - Scottish Qualifications Authority VTCT - The specialist awarding organisation for the hairdressing and beauty sector