Best of both worlds awaiting students at South West College

MORE and more students are powering towards academic and career advancement through South West College based in Tyrone and Fermanagh.

Convenient advancement to degree qualifications and the chance to avoid hefty university tuition fees and are just some of the attractions of studying at one of the UK’s award winning education providers.

With the rise in tuition fees set to impact on universities applications, South West College is gearing up to cater for savvy students who are keen to cut the costs, but not the quality of their education.

The specialist college delivers a range of foundation programmes in partnership with the University of Ulster and Queen’s University Belfast. The latest of which, a unique Fast Track option, enables students to complete some part-time Foundation Degrees in just two years.

Malachy McAleer, Director of South West College said the courses and resources available give students access to the same high standards of tuition locally without the expensive fees, travel or relocation costs incurred at most universities.

“There’s no doubt about it, students have to work much smarter and with less cash these days. They can often view their choice as having to relocate and give up their local commitments or compromise on the experience and quality of their academic career. “But studying at South West College means you can have the best of both worlds.

“We’ve been steadily investing in our courses and resources to ensure students have access to a rich and diverse range of courses in Tyrone and Fermanagh – some are also offered online through our virtual learning system,” he added.

“South West College has an unrivalled track record in providing valuable and industry-linked careers support to our students and staff. Our courses are geared towards employment, designed in partnership with universities and delivered in state-of-the-art facilities that rank amongst the best in the Europe.”

Operating four campuses across Fermanagh and Tyrone, South West College is recognised as a leading centre for further and higher education. In the last year it scooped a hat-trick of top honours from the national Association of Colleges Beacon Awards, which recognise the most innovative education achievements in the UK. The college has forged innovative partnerships with global best practice institutions including the University of Pittsburgh.

South West College Deputy Director, Leo Murphy, said many students are moving fast to ensure a place on the course of their choice.

“In the last 12 months we’ve enrolled a record number of students across our largest-ever portfolio of courses. This year we expect to see that trend to continue and smart thinking students are acting now to get a sense of their options and put in applications before all places are snapped up. From media production through to engineering and sustainable technologies, there has never been as many course options available for students at South West College.”

Established in 2007 and operating across Fermanagh and Tyrone, South West College offers more than 20,000 places for students of all ages and levels throughout its extended range of vocational training and Further and Higher Education courses. In the last year it confirmed a record number of flexible part time learning opportunities to help students balance work, study and life commitments.

For further details on the full range of courses offered by South West College log on to www.swc.ac.uk. South West College is a High Quality Assured organisation.