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Going back to study as a mature student can be daunting but it can also be a most rewarding and fulfilling experience. Lisa Gregg from Cloughmills, who now works for The Coleraine Chronicle as edition editor for The Ballycastle Chronicle, embarked on a career in journalism after completing an Access course and passing GCSE English at Northern Regional College in Ballymena.

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Among the thousands of students who received their GSCE results last month was Konrad Buras, a mature student from Poland who studied English at Northern Regional College. Having lived in Northern Ireland for the past 17 years, Konrad speaks English fluently, but he realised he would need GCSE English to achieve his goal of going to university.

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Northern Regional College has partnered with NIE Networks to deliver bespoke training for meter readers. Over 1 million electric meters across Northern Ireland are due to be replaced and the new training programme for metering operatives is in direct response to an identified need for staff with a specific skillset.

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A former student who studied Travel & Tourism at Northern Regional College’s Coleraine campus returned to her ‘alma mater’ to encourage current students to make the most of their time at the College. After completing a Level 3 Extended Diploma at the College’s Coleraine campus in 2019, Caitlin Allen from Ballymena progressed to Southampton Solent University.

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Northern Regional College is offering a new Level 4 qualification for people working with children and adults with special education needs and disability. The course is the first and only Higher Education qualification of its kind currently available in Northern Ireland. The innovative Level 4 module Supporting Children and Adults with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and Disabilities was written by Fiona Forrest, a lecturer at Northern Regional College.

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Northern Regional College student, Ciarraí Mullholland has been successful in achieving a scholarship for Stirling University to study a Degree in Nursing. Ciarraí studied Level 2 Health & Social Care, at Northern Regional College’s Coleraine before progressing to complete the Level 3 extended diploma at the same campus. The Level 3 Extended Diploma is the academic equivalent of three A levels.

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