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Higher Education

Belfast Met offers a selection of Higher Education (HE) courses that are closely aligned with industry demand and run in conjunction with top UK education providers.

Higher Education courses include Degrees, Foundation Degrees, HNDs, HNCs and Higher Level Apprenticeships. 

Our HE partners include Queen’s University Belfast, Ulster University, The Open University. We also offer a range of professional and technical awarding organisation programmes including the Institute of Leadership and Management, the 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.

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Make Us Your First Choice for Higher Education

  • Lower costs than University
  • Study close to home
  • 4 Vibrant Campuses in the heart of the city
  • Dynamic range of courses
  • Smaller class sizes
  • Get the skills you need for the career you want

Why Choose Belfast Met

From our wide range of courses to our world class facilities, our outstanding teaching by industry experts, our outstanding student support, less costs and less student debts, we can help you get the skills you need to get the career you want!

Here are the top 10 reasons why you should make Belfast Met your first choice!

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University Partnerships

Belfast Met offers a selection of Higher Education (HE) courses that are closely aligned with industry demand and run in conjunction with top UK education providers.

Our Higher Education partners include Queen’s University Belfast, Ulster University and The Open University who we work in partnership with to deliver various degree and Foundation Degree level courses. Students are enrolled at both the College & University and have all the main entitlements as other undergraduate students at the university.

Successful graduates have a choice of progression opportunities subject to meeting entry requirements and can apply to enter second or final year at University

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. 

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View Foundation Degrees

Our Foundation Degrees (Validated by Queen’s University Belfast, Ulster University& The Open University) cover a wide range of areas including Accounting, Counselling, Cyber Security, Architectural Technology, Civil Engineering, Construction, Engineering, Esports, Event Management, Film Production, Hair & Beauty Management, Health & Social Care, Hospitality, Journalism, Marketing, Property Housing & Planning, Software & Cloud Development, Sports Media, Travel & Tourism and much more!

View all Foundation Degrees


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Number One Higher Education Provider for Student Satisfaction in the Belfast Region

Belfast Met is 11% above the UK average and the top Higher Education provider in the Belfast region regarding overall student satisfaction (NSS: National Student Survey 2022)

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Advice for Parents, Carers & Guardians

Supporting your child to choose the right Further or Higher Education course is a big step, use the information below to help make this decision easier, so you can talk through the options and see the range of support that is available at Belfast Met during this process.

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