COLLEGE NOTICE (Updated 12/04/21)

Resumption of delivery on College campuses continues to be limited to areas where skills training and assessment needs to take place on site. Unlike schools, Colleges of Further Education have not resumed delivery in full. The College is operating in line with the NI Executive’s Roadmap to Recovery and must wait on the Executive’s decision to trigger the next stage on the roadmap before resuming delivery.

The NI Executive is scheduled to review this later this week and should the decision be taken to trigger Stage 2 of the Roadmap to Recovery, the College will inform students accordingly. Until this takes place, students should continue to follow the direction provided by their course tutors and continue to monitor all communications via email, website and social media.


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


The latest update from the Examination Regulator on the awarding of examinations/assessments can be found at  

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 OPEN!


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Download the new Higher Level Apprenticeships Guide here HLA Booklet


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.