SRC NOTICE (Updated Wednesday 13th January 2021)

The College reopened on 4th January in line with guidance issued by the Department for the Economy. The College will remain open, with the majority of teaching delivered online until after the mid-term break (22nd February).

In light of the ongoing Covid situation, the College has taken the decision to postpone all BTEC and Essential Skills exams scheduled to take place in January and February. In line with the Minister’s statement on 6th January, no student will be disadvantaged as a result of this decision and further information on assessment arrangements will be provided as soon as possible.

From 14th January the College will further limit the number of TFS and apprentices required to come onsite. All TfS and Apprenticeship training programmes will move to remote learning to the maximum extent possible. It will only be in exceptional circumstances that trainees/apprentices will be required to come onsite and this is likely to be limited to assessment and examinations that cannot be delayed to later in the year. Should you be required to come onsite your Course Co-ordinator will inform you accordingly, so please maintain contact with the College and your lecturers.

Some part-time courses due to start in January/February may be postponed and those enrolled will be notified with an alternative start date. Some existing part-time courses will revert to online delivery (or be suspended until mid-February) and students will be informed as to the nature of their course delivery.

Learning Resource Centres remain open to students unable to access online lessons from home. Student services and limited canteen facilities are also available to students during this period. Student queries should be directed to Course Co-ordinators. General queries should be emailed to 

Further information is available on the College's Covid-19 information page 

Higher Apprenticeships


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A Higher Level Apprenticeship (HLA) offers the opportunity to gain quality training and a recognised higher qualification while in paid employment.  

Southern Regional College has been liaising with the Department for the Economy (DfE) on a new initiative to address the skills gaps at Level 4 and 5 within various industry sectors in Northern Ireland, thereby creating an alternative route to University.

This development work has evolved into a fit for purpose Higher Level Apprenticeship (HLA) programme with targeted qualifications between Level 4 (HNC equivalent) to Level 8 (PhD equivalent), which meets the needs of business and provides realistic progression routes for the learner.

The HLA programmes are targeted at students who have achieved an academic profile to a Level 3 standard e.g A-Levels or BTEC Extended Diploma at Level 3. HLAs enable employers to train staff to the level required as well as ensuring that there are people available with strong technical and good employability skills.

As part of the entry criteria onto a HLA programme the apprentice must secure employment therefore adhering to the ‘earn-while-you-learn’ concept. The overall aim of HLAs is to equip young people with both the theoretical knowledge through the qualification and relevant work experience to be effective in any company.

The Application Portal for Higher Level Apprenticeships starting in September 2021 is opening soon!


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Download the new Higher Level Apprenticeships Guide here 2021/22 HLA Guide


Higher Level Apprenticeships starting September 2021



Applied Industrial Sciences




Digital Construction


Digital Marketing, Advertising and Communication


Hospitality and Tourism with Specialisms


Mechatronic Engineering


Further Information

For further information on Higher Level Apprenticeships, please email the HLA Team This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.