Further & Higher Education

Further & Higher Education

Colleges NI

Colleges Northern Ireland (CNI) is the membership body representing all six Northern Ireland regional colleges, and its activities include:

·        Providing the voice for the college sector

·        Advocacy on behalf of the sector, including lobbying government departments and other agencies

·        Provide a platform for its member colleges

·        Providing an interface between the colleges and a wider range of stakeholders

Studying in Northern Ireland

Students from Donegal may also wish to study in Northern Ireland and vice versa. Many students from the Donegal Area have attended courses at the North West Regional College in Derry/Londonderry and Strabane and vice versa.

For further information on available course and student support contact:

North West Regional College
Main Campus, Strand Road, Derry BT48 7AL
Tel: 0044 (0)28 7127 6000
Fax: 0044 (0)28 7126 0520
Textphone: 0044 (0)28 7127 6167
Website: www.nwrc.ac.uk

AONTAS - the Voice of Adult Learning

AONTAS is a membership organisation that exists to promote the development of a learning society through the provision of a quality and comprehensive system of adult learning and education which is accessible to and inclusive to all.

AONTAS provides an information referral service to adult learners and the general public, collects data on developments in the sector and undertakes research.

Adult Education - Education and Training Boards (formerly VEC)

Vocational Educational Committees which have been replaced by Education and Training Boards provide a broad range of educational services including post primary schools and colleges, further and adult educationThis reflects a change in legislation to provide for reconfiguration and amalgamation of VECs and the establishment of SOLAS which will incorporate the transfer of training functions of FÁS to the ETBs, by the end of 2013.

Disability Services provided in Further and Higher Education

AHEAD – Association for Higher Education Access & Disability

AHEAD, Association for Higher Education Access and Disability is an independent non-profit organisation working to promote full access to and participation in further and higher education for students with disabilities and to enhance their employment prospects on graduation.

AHEAD provides information to students and graduates with disabilities, teachers, guidance counsellors and parents on disability issues in education.

Open University - Ireland

Open University provides a flexible and affordable way to gain qualifications to improve your career and job prospects.

The Open University through its world-leading style of distance learning enables students to study from home, work or even on the move, at a time that suits them. With a wide choice of qualifications, at undergraduate and postgraduate level, the OU offers the choice and flexibility.  

Equity of Access to Higher Education

Irish Higher Education and Government are committed to the objective of promoting 'equality of access to higher education, irrespective of social class, age or disability.
To widen access to 3rd level, participating colleges have developed a range of initiatives including the Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) & Higher Education Access Route (HEAR)  supplementary admission routes


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