FE College (Belfast Met)

What’s it all about?

Belfast Met is one of the largest Further Education colleges in the UK & Ireland, providing a wide range of courses to 5,000 full time and almost 10,000 part time students. It is focused on the needs of existing and potential employers in the area, working closely with Titanic Quarter and Government, to ensure that students have the right skillset to secure employment in the local job market.

They offer an extensive range of STEM training and education options from A Levels, vocational courses, apprenticeship training for local employers, foundation degrees and degree level courses. In 2015, they ran a series of free STEM summer camps for over 16s interested in fun experiments involving cosmology, aerospace science and ICT technologies, alongside events aimed at raising awareness of the exciting career opportunities available to women within the STEM sector which has historically been male dominated.

The college has an excellent track record of helping local STEM businesses improve their competitiveness and productivity through better use of knowledge, technology and skills via the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programme, where a high calibre Belfast Met graduate is based in the firm and works on a specific project on behalf of the employer.

How to Apply?

1. For courses starting 2016/17, the application process for courses opens in January 2016.
2. Using the course online search facility- take a look at what the College has to offer.
3. Please refer to the entry requirements for each course you are interested in to assess if the course is right for you.
4. You can apply for up to a maximum of 5 courses.
5. Once your application has been received by Belfast Met, you will be invited to attend a pre-entry advice and guidance session. Attendance to the session is essential.
6. If you are awaiting results and think you will meet/exceed the entry requirements and there are places available, you will receive an offer.
7. If you meet or are expected to meet/exceed the entry requirements but no places are immediately available, you will be placed on a waiting list.
8. When you receive your offer, you will be given an appointment to come into the College once you receive your examination results. You must attend the appointment otherwise your offer will be withdrawn.
9. The courses in Belfast Met are aimed at a wide range of abilities - so there is something for everyone.

Belfast Met Benefits

• Cost – Tuition fees are often less than the fees for an Honours degree at university.
• Work experience – All foundation degrees provide work experience which allows students to put their learning into practice.
• Route to university – Students who successfully complete a foundation degree or HND are usually offered a guaranteed route to an Honours degree at university.
• Skills gap – Foundation degrees and Higher National Diplomas are at Level 4 and 5, the level at which our Northern Ireland skills gap is greatest.
• Smaller classes – This happens often and enables more one-to-one contact with tutors.

Qualification Earned?

Foundation Degrees and Higher National Diplomas are available within the following STEM disciplines:

• Architectural Technology with Sustainable Design
• Accounting
• Building Services and Renewable Energies
• Civil Engineering
• Early Childhood Studies
• Health and Leisure Studies
• Hospitality and Tourism Management
• iMedia
• Mechanical Engineering
• Property, Planning and Housing
• Software Engineering
• Sustainable Construction

Schools in East Belfast involved in STEM projects and activities.

Ashfield Boys’ School | Ashfield Girls’ School | Bloomfield Collegiate | Campbell College | Grosvenor Grammar
Lagan College | Mitchell House | Our Lady & St Patrick’s College | Park School | Strathearn | Tor Bank School