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Considering Your Options After A’ Levels? Choose South West College for your university level study

As A' Level students across the province prepare to take the next step in their academic journey, South West College is encouraging talented and ambitious young people to explore the range of university level study opportunities available at their local Further Education College.

South West College is proud to offer higher education programmes across different vocational areas to ensure that students receive high quality and relevant training to meet identified skills gaps. These programmes have been designed in partnership with prestigious Higher Education institutions, including Pearson, Queens University Belfast, The Open University and Ulster University.

Choosing the right path after secondary school can be a daunting so SWC encourage students to consider all their available options, including those at their local Further Education College. University-accredited courses at the College include HNCs, HNDs, Foundation degrees, Honours degrees, and Higher Level Apprenticeships allowing students to study locally, gain real-world skills, and achieve cost savings.

There are many advantages for students who decide to stay local and study at their nearest Further Education College. They will benefit from smaller class sizes allowing for a more focused teaching approach, lecturers have industry experience in their specific subject area, tuition fees are cheaper and the industry standard facilities and equipment help students gain valuable skills and industry accredited qualifications which will improve their employability. All vocational programmes at Further Education colleges are developed in line with industry demand to ensure that they provide the right skills for progression to further study or employment.

Choose University Level Study at SWC

South West College Principal and Chief Executive Celine McCartan explains “Deciding on the next step after leaving school can be a daunting and anxious time and young people and parents don’t always know what career courses or learning opportunities are available to them. With the growing costs of university tuition fees and living costs, it is vital that young people wishing to obtain qualifications are aware of the range of options available to help them make better, informed choices and I would encourage them to look at the provision that’s on offer at their local Further Education College as they look to the next step of their educational journey.”

Our team of experts are committed to offering valuable information and guidance to help you make informed decisions about your future. As always, please get in touch if you have any further questions or if we can support you in any way Tel: 028 8225 0109 or email or call into your local campus to talk with our expert team.

Applications for courses starting September 2024 are open on 13 December 2023. Prospective students are encouraged to visit our website at for detailed information about each program, admission requirements, and the application process.

Choose University Level study at SWC


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