When living in Northern Ireland it is compulsory for children to attend school from the age of 4 and 5 (depending on when their birthday falls) to the age of 16. We have Nursery and Pre-Schools for ages 2 to 4 years, Primary Schools for ages 4 to 11 years and Post Primary Schools for ages 11 to 18 years.
The Northern Ireland Education Authority is responsible for all operational functions, their website provides useful information for parents and guardians including details of how to apply for school places.
Other detailed information is available by using the following links:
For ages 16 upwards
At age 16 students here have the option of leaving school to start work, stay at school for further study and to gain higher level qualifications or move to a college or training organisation for specific academic or vocational learning courses. Over 60 per cent of Northern Ireland school leavers go on to further study at College or University so we have an extensive network of further education colleges and two world-class universities that provide excellent academic and vocational training. Click the image below for information on our further and higher education facilities>>
For over 16's there are also employer-lead Apprenticeship and work based Degree programmes available that allow students to work and earn a salary whilst studying. Other advantages of Apprenticeships are: tuition fees are paid, books allowance available and dedicated study time. Click the image here for information on Northern Ireland Apprenticeships>>
If you or other family members, that have relocated with you, want to develop skills, take up a new hobby or learn a new language further education can provide the training and qualifications delivered in a flexible way to meet your demands. To find out about what courses are on offer you can get information from your local library or by checking the web sites of the local colleges and universities.
Further education colleges offer a range of academic, vocational and leisure courses to suit your needs. You may have the option to attend full or part time as well as day or evening classes, depending on the course you choose. Local Arts and Community Centres also run courses.
Most academic and vocational courses begin in September, but short-term and part-time courses may start at different times of the year. You can apply online or by post. Application procedures should be checked directly with the college you are interested in, particularly the entry requirements and closing date for applications.