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A Foundation Diploma in Art and Design is an ideal preparation for university, according to a former Northern Regional College student who has just graduated with first class honours degree in Fine Art from Ulster University. Laura Murdy from Carrickfergus got a D*DD profile in her Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design (an equivalent of A*AA at A level) and could have gone directly to university. Instead, she opted to do the one-year Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at Northern Regional College’s Ballymena campus.

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An ambitious County Antrim teenager completed a Diploma in Business with ICT at Northern Regional College in Ballymena while holding down a full-time job during the COVID-19 lockdown. Hannah McKeown (18) from Loughiel completed the two-year Extended Level 3 Diploma - which is an equivalent standard of 3 A levels - while working for BSO from home. She plans to return to the College in September to enrol on the HNC in Business and then progress to do a Business Studies degree, which is also available at the Ballymena campus.

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The personal stories of young people working as healthcare workers at the frontline during COVID 19 highlights their dedication and commitment. Since the lockdown, Bethan Millar from Randalstown, who is a student at Northern Regional College in Magherafelt, has been working six days a week, using her day off to catch up on coursework for her Level 4 Diploma in Healthcare Practice.

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Northern Regional College is offering a range of free fully accredited short online courses for people who want to upskill or retrain. The courses will focus on improving digital skills, essential skills, employability skills and leadership and management and are aimed at closing skills gaps identified by the industry. Funding for the initiative is being provided by the Department for the Economy (DfE) which has agreed to support up to 2,000 free places on short courses at local further and higher education providers.

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With lockdown restrictions in place, Art, Design and Media Practice students at Northern Regional College have been unable to host their traditional end of year show. However, a digital alternative has been created which showcases the work of all students involved. Jeanette Lammey, course lecturer at the College, said: “Without the option to host a physical end of year show to celebrate the success of our graduating students, we have developed a video of a selection of their work. We are especially proud of this year’s students as they had to complete their final projects at home due to lockdown, all the while doing so without the specialist support and equipment they would have normally have access to within college. We wish them well as they all take up places at their chosen universities.”

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Never too late for career change

Tuesday
16th June 2020

Liam McCarthy, who has just completed the first year of his four-year Electrical Installation programme at Northern Regional College in Ballymena, is proof that it is never too late for a career change. Liam is in his late thirties, married with a young daughter and has degree in Business Management from the Open University. Originally from Durham, by the time he moved to Northern Ireland to live in his wife’s hometown of Randalstown, he had travelled the world and was ready to settle down.

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