Eighteen year olds across Northern Ireland have spent weeks worrying about their future and when A-level results day (15 August) finally arrives, there’s a lot riding on that one piece of paper!
If your results were not as expected, or perhaps you’ve decided that university is just not for you, don’t panic! A degree is all well and good, but there are other ways of building a career and being successful.
University remains the traditional route taken for post-18 education, but it’s not always the right option for everyone. It can be a fantastic experience and having a university degree is all well and good, but it is no longer a guarantee to securing a well-paid job.
Competition for jobs is fierce and with increasing tuition fees and the average student debt upon leaving university currently at £23,550, Higher Education (HE) could be a viable option and put you on the right path to your future career.
At Belfast Met, we offer a selection of HE courses that are closely aligned with industry demand and run in conjunction with top UK education providers.
Our HE partners include Queen’s University Belfast, Ulster University, the University of Dundee and Pearson Edexcel. We also offer a range of professional and technical awarding
organisation programmes including Institute of Leadership and Management, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
All of our HE programmes face the same rigorous external checks and audits as a university programme as we are all assessed by the Quality Assurance Agency. But, as you’ll experience, Higher Education in the College is also fundamentally different – in a good way.
So why study a HE course at Belfast Met?
Here’s our guide to why Belfast Met could work for you:
- You will benefit from significantly less costsfor your qualification than universities which means less student debt to repay. Staying at home can also drastically reduce living expensescompared to living away at university.
- Staying at home to study a HE course also makes it possible to hold down a full-time or part-time job.
- You’ll be studying a course that will help fill the ‘skills gap’– Foundation Degrees and Higher National Diplomas (HNDs) are at level 4 and 5 – which are in high demand by industry. Belfast Met delivers courses that are in demand by employers, meaning you will have a better chance of getting a jobat the end of it. This is why our slogan is ‘leading the city to work’.
- It may be a direct route to university– students who successfully complete a Foundation Degree or HND may progress to an Honours Degree at university subject to meeting entry requirements.
- You’ll benefit from smaller classes with lecturers who are focused on teachingand can provide individual learning support.
- Many of the courses have work-related learning opportunities.
If this suits your way of learning and lifestyle, Belfast Met could be the right match for you.
Our HE students are all ages and come from many walks of life. To qualify for our courses, students are usually aged 18 or over and must have previously completed study paths such as A Level or BTEC National Diplomas. However applications from mature students who have relevant industry experience will also be considered.
Belfast Met offers a wide-ranging selection of full-time further and higher education courses across the College, designed to meet your needs and aspirations whether you have just left school or are returning to education to upgrade your qualifications for a new career.
Clearing events will take place at the Belfast Met Titanic Quarter campus on 21stAugust (Higher Education) and 29thAugust (Further Education), both from 9am to 1pm.
Applications to all full-time and some part-time courses commencing from September 2019 are now open. For further information, visit www.belfastmet.ac.uk.