10 Aug 2022

“There are More Routes to University than Doing A-Levels” – NWRC Student

“I went to NWRC’s Open Day and discovered there were more routes to University than doing A-Levels” – that’s the view on one North West Regional College (NWRC) student who was speaking ahead of the college’s open days next week. Health Sciences student Adam Meehan says that after attending NWRC’s Open Day in 2017, he decided studying for the Level 3 Extended Diploma was the best course to take to become a Paramedic. Adam, 18, is now in the final year of his course, and has accepted a conditional offer at the University of Portsmouth to study Paramedic Science in September 2019. He said: “At the Open Day, I developed a whole different positive opinion of NWRC from what I previously heard from peers and school teachers. “This college has so much to offer, from hundreds of courses, the amazing Careers Academy, state of the art Learning Resource Centre (LRC)/Library and much more. “I have loved every minute of this course, from going on hospital placements to doing interesting units. “I would highly recommend attending a NWRC open day as this gives you a great insight of what this college has to offer. “Studying at NWRC was a much better alternative than doing A-levels and this was backed up by universities I contacted. “This is a highly desirable qualification, I received five university interviews this year and have accepted a conditional offer at University of Portsmouth to study Paramedic Science and I hope to move away and start in September 2019.” North West Regional College will hold Open Days at its main campuses in Strabane, Derry-Londonderry, and Limavady on 26, 27, and 28 February. There will be another Open Day on Saturday 2 March from 10am to 2pm at the Strand Road campus. These Open Days are a fantastic opportunity to discover more about the huge range of full and part time courses available at NWRC. At our Strand Road campus on 27 February, you can have a go at a series of workshops in Textiles, Graphics and Fine Art at our Art and Design Department, learn Practical Anatomy with the Care and Health team, watch our Mechanical and Electrical Engineering displays, have a go at some creative activities with our Early Years department, enjoy some treatments at our Beauty Therapy department, and much more. A number of the North West’s top employers from trades and apprenticeships will exhibit at the Open Day at our campus in Springtown to provide details of current job and training opportunities. NWRC offers a huge number of courses including
  • Care and Health
  • Apprenticeships and Traineeships
  • Art and Design
  • Administration
  • Business
  • Construction and the Built Environment
  • Engineering
  • Hospitality and Catering
  • Media, Multimedia and Journalism
  • Music
  • Performing Arts
  • Science
  • Sport and Leisure
  • Travel and Tourism
  • Computing and IT
  • Early Years
  • Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy
  • Adult Learning
You can have a look at the range of full and part-time courses on the college’s website at For more information on the NWRC Open Days, please visit where you can register your attendance and have a chance to win an Amazon Echo Dot.

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