Increase in higher education courses

New education courses.
New education courses.

COST-CONSCIOUS students in Tyrone received a boost as South West College announced a massive increase in its full-time higher education courses.

The move will see the education specialist increase its number of available full time places by 23 per cent allowing 517 people to continue living and working locally while undertaking university-linked courses. The college already enrols more than 20,000 students in a range of courses across four campuses.

The places are in a number of high-demand areas and include five new technology Foundation Degrees, delivered in partnership with the Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Ulster. The college also offers a unique fast-track foundation degree pathway, the first course of its type in Northern Ireland to include online summer modules.

The college also confirmed that up to 40 post-A’Level students will have the chance to complete a pilot NVQ LIV Professional Apprenticeship programme linked to Engineering and Computer Technology degree courses at the University of Ulster.

South West College Director, Malachy McAleer, said the breadth and quality of the courses would meet student demands for locally available options:

“The affordability of a near-to-home university education is an obvious benefit for financially hard pressed students and parents,” he said. “These new curriculum developments will enable more than 1,600 students to avail of a local full-time or part-time Higher Education. It is another good news story for the region and complements our other recent achievements and investments that boost skills and employment options.”