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Further Education Student Options

The Open University offers many options for those studying at Further Education Colleges across Northern Ireland through our Open University validated higher education qualifications. You can click the links on the college below to look through the OU validated qualifications available at each institution.


Belfast Metropolitan College

Belfast Met is the largest further and Higher Education College in Northern Ireland and one of the largest in the UK.

Southern Regional College

Southern Regional College is the largest Further and Higher Education College outside of Belfast in Northern Ireland. With a total of six campuses, the College offers first class education and an exciting learning environment for further and higher education.

South West College

South West College is at the heart of the communities of Tyrone and Fermanagh. These two counties and their people have a long and proud history of both national and international interaction. 

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South Eastern Regional College

South Eastern Regional College, as an FE College, is a primary delivery arm for government to ensure that the NI workforce has the skills to build a successful economy.

North West Regional College

Our students begin their NWRC journey as individuals, but end it as a family. They build experiences, friendships and memories which set them apart in the next stage of their careers and lives.

Further information about the full range of higher education courses available at Further Education Colleges in Northern Ireland can be found here:

If you have completed a Level 4 or Level 5 at a Further Education College then you may be able to count your study towards an Open University qualification. Please visit The Open University credit transfer page for more information.

For more information email: