*Returning to Campus Update* 

We look forward to welcoming all our new and returning students to the College for the 2020/21 academic year. In light of COVID-19 we have implemented a number of changes to protect the health and wellbeing of everyone at the College. It is important that we respect and adhere to these new measures. Please practise social distancing and follow the one way traffic system around campus. We also encourage students and staff to wear face coverings in public spaces and to use hand sanitiser available at stations around each campus.

For more information please visit https://www.src.ac.uk/the-college/covid-19-info or get in touch via email info@src.ac.uk or call 0300 123 1223.

Types of HE Course

Qualifications Explained

Southern Regional College offers a wide range of degree-level courses and professional qualifications designed to help you focus on both the academic qualifications and practical employability skills needed to progress towards a fulfilling and exciting career. We also work in partnership with local universities to offer a variety of foundation degrees and full degrees to study flexibly around your work and lifestyle commitments.

Our partner universities are:


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The Higher Education qualifications which we can offer you are:


Postgraduate Diploma- Level 7

This qualification is a vocational course studied after an academic degree/ Level 5 Qualification. Postgraduate diplomas allow a gradaute student to study a more advanced programme than at the bachelor's level.

Bachelor Degrees - Level 6

This is the traditional academic qualification normally studied full-time over three years. If you have already studied a Foundation Degree or a Higher National Diploma/Certificate and would like to gain an Honours Degree, many of our subjects offer a final year BSc (Hons) one-year top-up option.


Foundation Degrees - Level 5

Foundation Degrees are equivalent to the first two years of a full Honours Degree. For example, an FdA is equivalent to the first two years of a BA and an FdSc is equivalent to the first two years of a BSc. These courses combine academic study with work-based learning. Foundation degrees typically focus on a particular industry to equip you for a career in that area. We offer progression routes from all our Foundation Degrees to the third year of a BA or BSc course at our partner university, Ulster University. All our Foundation Degree are validated by the Ulster University.


Higher Level Apprenticeships - Level 5

Higher Level Apprenticeships are a great alternative to university for A Level or A Level equivalent students, offering qualifications at Level 4 and Level 5 with no tuition fees and providing the opportunity to earn a salary with an employer as you learn. Higher Level apprentices typically split their time between college and the workplace.


Higher National Diploma (HND) - Level 5

If you know the career path you want to take and are looking to receive practical training in that field, then a HND course could be the qualification for you. A Higher National Diploma (HND) is a work-related course. A full-time HND takes two years to complete. Generally an HND is the equivalent to two years at university.


Higher National Certificate (HNC) - Level 4

If you know the career path you want to take and are looking to receive practical training in that field, then a HNC course could be the qualification for you. A full-time Higher National Certificate (HNC) takes one year to complete, or two years part-time. Unlike many degrees, these courses are vocationally focussed and therefore can lead straight on to employment. Moreover, they are a great stepping stone to a higher qualification, as you can choose to 'top up' an HND or HNC with extra studies at a later date, in order to convert it to a full bachelor's degree.


Professional Qualifications - Level 4 and Level 5

These are qualifications which are accredited by professional industry bodies and demonstrate a student’s depth of knowledge and understanding of a subject and also a commitment to succeed within the industry e.g. Institute of Leadership and Management, Accounting Technicians Ireland, etc.