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                                   TECH HAS
                                   MOVED ON
                                    So have we...
Full-Time
Further
Education
Prospectus
2020/21

#BetterOffAtSERC

 Bangor   |   Downpatrick   |   Lisburn   |   Newtownards
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                                                            Contents
                                                            05   Welcome to SERC                                 86    School of Health,
                                                                                                                       Early Years and Adult
                                                            46   School of Applied                                     Education
                                                                 Science and Sport                                     Early Years, Health and Care & Access to
                                                                                                                       Education
                                                                 Bio Science, Animal Care, Public
                                                                 Services & Sport

                                                                                                                 94    School of Computing
                                                            58   School of Hospitality,                                and Engineering
                                                                 Management, Tourism                                   Manufacturing Engineering, Electrical &
                                                                                                                       Electronic Engineering, General Engineering
                                                                 and Languages                                         ( Mechanical and Electronic Engineering)
                                                                 Business and Management, Travel and                   & Computing and IT (Programming,
                                                                 Tourism & Hospitality                                 Infrastructure, Web/App Design)

                                                            70   School of Construction                          102 School of Performing
                                                                 and Engineering                                       and Creative Arts
                                                                 Services                                              Art and Design, Music, Performing Arts,

                                                                 Bricklaying, Carpentry, Construction Studies,         Photography, Creative Media, Beauty and
                                                                 Electrical Installation, Motor Vehicle,               Holistic Therapies & Hairdressing
                                                                 Plastering, Plumbing & Refrigeration

                                                                                                                 124 Supported Learning
                                                                                                                       Foundation Learning, Advanced Foundation
                                                                                                                       Learning & College Connect

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                                                            Welcome
                                                            Welcome to SERC,                               that you get the most out of your time with
                                                                                                           us. No matter what problems you face we
                                                                                                                                                            Please note all information in this
                                                                                                                                                            prospectus is correct at time of print
                                                            a dynamic and                                  can always help you.                             and may be subject to change.

                        Applications Open                   forward thinking                               And we want you to have some fun too! By         Classes run on demand. SERC endeavour
                                                                                                           getting involved in the Students’ Union you      to run all courses as advertised. However
                                                            college.                                       can help organise events, make new               we reserve the right to cancel classes which
                                                                                                           friends and above all have fun.                  do not enrol a sufficient number of students

                           in November
                                                            We truly believe you’re better off at                                                           to make the class viable. We shall contact
                                                            SERC. We strive to make your time with                                                          you if the class is cancelled and SERC will
                                                            us count when it comes to getting a job,                                                        provide personalised support to applicants
                                                            that’s why we’re different.                                                                     to find an alternative programme.

                         2019 for courses
                                                            We offer each of our students a career
                                                            enhancing experience through our
                                                            enterprise driven curriculum where you will
                                                            work on live projects, solving problems for
                                                            real businesses. You will also have the

                             starting in
                                                            opportunity to undertake work placements
                                                            as part of your course to develop a deeper
                                                            understanding of the world of work, all of
                                                            which look great on your CV.                                                           Ken Webb

                         September 2020
                                                                                                                                                   Principal and Chief Executive
                                                            If you are planning on progressing to
                                                            Higher Education after your course we
                                                            have a range of HNDs, Higher Level
                                                            Apprenticeships and Foundation Degrees
                                                            that you can study with us. You’ll benefit
                                                            from small class sizes, expert lecturers and
                                                                                                                  At SERC we are passionate about inspiring,
                                                            lower course fees than university. Last year          transforming and enriching the lives of our students.
                                                            1389 students studied a Higher Education              The support given at SERC has helped thousands of
                                                            course at SERC, 160 under took Higher                 students join the workforce and build the Northern
                                                            Level Apprenticeships.
                                                                                                                  Irish economy. We are immensely proud of our
                                                            At SERC we’re always here to support you              students and their achievements.
                                                            with services such as our award winning
                                                            Careers Advice Service, Student Finance,
                                                            Learning Support and SERC Extra to ensure

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     Our Facts

            We are OUTSTANDING
            Leadership and Management
            at SERC
                                                                       STUDY UP TO
                                                                      DEGREE LEVEL
                                                                          WITH US
                                                                                         90%
                                                                                         of students agree that the facilities and resources
                                                                                                                                                     92%
                                                                                                                                                     achievement rate of
                                                                                         provided by the college helped them learn                   our full-time students
             eti Inspectorate 2016

          FREE
          TRAVEL PASS*
          Available to Further Education Students
                                                            English, Maths
                                                            & ICT                        93%
                                                                                         of students are satisfied
                                                                                                                                                     90%
                                                                                                                                                     loved our facilities
                                                            are important parts of our   Internal FT Research                                                                      FT Research Report

                                                                                                                                                     92%
                                                            study programmes              Learning made easy
                                     FREE WIFI
                                                                                                                                 Internal Feedback

                                     ON CAMPUS                                                                                                       enjoy their course
                                                                                          Our online materials score 4.8 out of 5 stars              at SERC                             FT Research Report

                                                                                         Gain experience working on placements                       Learn from the best
          Grants                                            FANCY A                      and projects as we work with over
          Available*
          For fees, maintenance/living costs, travel,
          books and equipment and childcare
                                                            CUPPA?
                                                            We have Cafés on
                                                            our main campuses
                                                                                         7000 EMPLOYERS                                              95%                     of students agree
                                                                                                                                                     that their tutor encourages them to
                                                                                                                                                     achieve their full potential
                                                                                                                                                                                        FT Research Report

     *T's & C's apply

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      SPACE Bangor Outstanding Facilities
                                                            HUB
                                                            English and Maths Hub
                                                            Our main campuses now
                                                            have modern English and
                                                                                               SPACE Bangor Campus
                                                            Maths hubs, where you              SPACE boasts industry standard performing
                                                            can drop in to an informal         and rehearsal spaces, dance studios,
                                                                                               professional recording studios and a high
                                                            setting and get help with          specification theatre where Performing and
                                                            every day Maths and English        Creative Art students can perform in front
                                                            tasks including GCSE or            of a paying audience to develop their
                                                                                               confidence and skills.
                                                            Essential Skills qualifications.
                                                                                               Students will learn about improvisation,
                                                                                               vocal and movement techniques, writing
                                                                                               and performing theatre pieces, and overall
                                                                                               experience within an audition setting, all of
                                                                                               which are essential for anyone looking to
                                                                                               gain employment within the competitive
                                                                                               creative industries.

                    Our newest
           Campus SPACE is situated
                                                                                                                                                               IT students have the use of fully
          in Bangor and is an industry
                                                                                                                                                               designated Mac and PC suites which
         standard £12 million, 3,650m2
                                                                                                                                                               feature top end software packages
          facility which is home to our
                                                                                                                                                               to help them hone their skills for
          Performing Arts, Computing                                                                                                                           careers such as Software Developers,
                  and Engineering                                                                                                                              Web Designers and Technicians.
                     students.                                                                                                                                 While Engineering students benefit
                                                                                                                                                               from working on the latest industry
                                                                                                                                                               standard equipment such as CNC
                                                                                                                                                               machines, 3D printers and laser
                                                                                                                                                               cutters which enables them to be
                                                                                                                                                               more than ready for the world of work
                                                                                                                                                               once completing their qualification.

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      Better off at SERC                                                                                                      Your Study Programme
                                               Wider employability skills are essential in securing
                                               employment after your studies. When you become a                                           80% Work experience
                                               student at SERC you will be given the opportunity to                                       to read employment
                                               develop these skills through our Employability

                                               Programme, that’s why                   Studying at SERC will help you start
                                                                                                                                          15% Vocational programme
                                                                                       the journey to your dream career as
                                               your better off at SERC.                you will
                                                                                       • Gain more qualifications
                                                                                                                                          5% English Maths & ICT
                                               SERC will give you as many              • Have the opportunity to set up a
                                               opportunities as possible to help you     SERC Student Company
                                               gain better skills and get real life    • Take part in industry projects
                                               experience. You will have the
                                                                                                                              Your study programme       Vocational qualification                       Work experience
                                                                                       • Undertake work placements                                       Your vocational qualification will make up     You will undertake practical work experience
                                               opportunity to develop skills such as   • Get involved with volunteer          (course) will include a    the majority of your study programme. The      and work related learning related to the
                                               problem solving, communication,           programmes                           number of elements.        qualification will be a mix of practical and   vocational area of the study programme.
                                               critical thinking, people management                                                                      theory which will enhance your                 This will develop your employability skills
                                               and team working. This will make all    We can give you advantages, skills                                understanding of the subject.                  and apply your learning in real life situations.
                                               the difference when you are applying
                                                                                                                              Each study programme
                                                                                       and experiences other young people
                                               for jobs or Higher Education courses    take years to get. Students sitting    will be unique to your     English, Maths and ICT                         Additional Activities
                                               in the future.                          where you are now have gone on to      individual needs to        If you do not have a GCSE Grade C or           Your programme will also include other
                                                                                                                                                         above in English, Maths or ICT you will        activities designed to support and help you
                                                                                       amazing careers with companies like    support your career        work towards achieving an Essential Skills     develop the job related skills, experience
           Did you know?                                                               Coca-Cola and NASA!
                                                                                                                              ambitions.                 qualification in these subjects. These will    and confidence required to progress to
                                                                                                                                                         be built into your timetable and are           employment or Higher Education. This
                                                                                                                                                         recognised by employers and universities.      includes tutorials, field trips and
                                                                                                                                                                                                        volunteering opportunities.

     Over 1/3 of employers stated that a graduate
     with no previous work experience would not
     be successful during their selection process,
     regardless of their academic qualification
     NI Skills Barometer

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      Bangor Outstanding Facilities
                                                            HUB
                                                            English and Maths Hub
                                                            Our main campuses now
                                                            have modern English and
                                                                                               Bangor Campus
                                                            Maths hubs, where you can          Specialising in Bio-Sciences, Computing,
                                                            drop in to an informal             Electronic Engineering, Manufacturing
                                                                                               and Mechanical Engineering, Media,
                                                            setting and get help with          Music, Photography, Sport and
                                                            everyday Maths and English         Recreation, Construction, Public Services,
                                                            tasks including GCSE or            Creative Industries and Performing Arts.

                                                            Essential Skills qualifications.   Bangor Campus is home to our training
                                                                                               restaurant The Birches which is open to
                                                                                               the public, which prepares the next
                                                                                               generation of chefs and front of house
                                                                                               staff for the Hospitality industry. Our hair
                       Step into our
                                                                                               and beauty salon Shadeka is also open to
                campus for the first time
                                                                                               the public during term time and allows
             and you’ll be impressed. We’ve                                                    students to gain practical experience of
           invested millions in our campuses                                                   working in a fully operational salon.
          to give you the very best equipment
             and facilities. How can we be so
           sure? Because we’ve worked with                                                                                                                     Recent £3million
            industry leaders, the very people
              who will want to employ you,
                                                                                                                                                               refurbishment
                     to design them.

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      Apply at SERC
              Apply                                                 Pre Entry Advice and                                                   Evaluation                                                       Well Done
              Visit                                                 Guidance Sessions (PEAG)                                               Opportunity                                                      Providing all entry requirements are met, you
                                                                                                                                                                                                            will be offered a place on the course! To enrol
              apply.serc.ac.uk                                                                                                                                                                              you will need evidence of results and proof of ID
              and apply online.                                     We’ll invite you to attend a mandatory pre entry advice and
                                                                                                                                           Our admissions process includes an                               i.e. Passport, Driving Licence, National ID Card
                                                                    guidance session with the subject tutor - it’s a great chance to
                                                                                                                                           evaluation opportunity allowing us                               or National Insurance Card. If you don’t get the
                                                                    talk about the course and discuss how it can help you achieve
                                                                                                                                           to consider skills beyond academic                               results you need, please don’t panic. We will be
                                                                    the career you want.
                                                                                                                                           achievement. This will include for example                       right here to help you look at all your options.
                                                                                                                                           an audition, portfolio submission, practical
                                                                                                                                           tasks etc.

         Oct. 2019                Nov. 2019         Dec. 2019          Jan. 2020               Feb. 2020               Mar. 2020       Apr. 2020            May 2020                Jun. 2020   Jul. 2020          Aug. 2020              Sep. 2020

                  Apply Online            Full-Time                                                            Open Day                        PEAG                                              Higher Education           Further Education
                  serc.ac.uk              Information Day                                                      3 March                         Sessions                                          Enrolment Days             Enrolment Days
                                          13 November                                                                                                                                            13 & 14 August             20 & 21 August

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Start
         Visit us                 Come along to an Open Day and discover what SERC has to offer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           of term

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      Working with Parents                                                                                                      Better off at SERC
                                                                                                                                When speaking to parents, who understandably want the best for their son or daughter, we have found
                                                                                                                                that there are many common misconceptions and myths around college life and vocational qualifications.
                                                                                                                                Here is some factual information that we hope will help you make a more informed decision about your
                                                                                                                                son or daughter applying to college…

                                                                                                                                FACT 1                                            FACT 3                                           FACT 5
                                                                                                                                A vocational route can lead to Higher Educa-      In addition to teaching qualifications SERC      We offer impartial advice and guidance
                                                                                                                                tion. After successfully completing a Level 3     staff must also have professional                From award winning Careers Advisors to
                                                                                                                                Extended Diploma your son or daughter has         qualifications in a range of disciplines         support with additional learning needs,SERC
                                                                                                                                the equivalent to 3 A Level qualifications.       From Software Engineering, Electronics,          offers all the support your son or daughter
                                                                                                                                This entitles your son or daughter to study a     Applied Science, Animal Management ,             needs to succeed. We also host several talks
                                                                                                                                Higher Education course such as a HND,            Hairdressing, Early Years, Motor Vehicle,        from industry to broaden students’ horizons,

     The support and                           Make sure they attend regularly.
                                               Missing coursework deadlines or
                                                                                        Our Role                                Higher Level Apprenticeship or Foundation
                                                                                                                                Degree with SERC at a fraction of the cost of
                                                                                                                                                                                  Hospitality to name but a few. SERC staff are
                                                                                                                                                                                  experts in the use of our industry standard
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   raise their aspirations and inform them of all
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   the career options available in their chosen
                                                                                        Personal guidance and support for
     encouragement you                         exams can really affect your son or      your son or daughter. Each Trainee
                                                                                                                                University! Alternatively, they can progress to
                                                                                                                                University, which 469 of our students did
                                                                                                                                                                                  equipment and software, often providing
                                                                                                                                                                                  specialist training to industry.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   field. While master classes and site visits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   from industry professionals help to prepare
     give your son or                          daughter's chance of success. If they
                                               are ill, please call or email their
                                                                                        has a dedicated Training Support        last year.                                                                                         students for the real world of work.
                                                                                        Officer who is responsible for their
     daughter at home                          personal tutor.                          progress and achievement. They’re
     can make a big                                                                     always on hand to help your son or
                                                                                                                                FACT 2                                                                                             FACT 6
                                               Remind them to look after their          daughter reach their full potential –                                                     FACT 4
     difference to their                       belongings and leave expensive           and help with any difficulties.
     success at College.                       equipment at home. It may cost you
                                               a lot of money to replace items.
                                                                                                                                Our students are high achievers                   Our students sign a Code of Conduct              English, Maths and ICT are mandatory as
                                                                                                                                Vocational qualifications are a fantastic route   agreement. On joining SERC all of our            part of our study programme. At the start of
                                                                                                                                into work and equip students with the             students sign a Code of Conduct and              the course students aged 16-18 will be
     Parents’ Role                             Talk to us. You can make an                                                      essential skills employers are looking for. To    Attendance Contract which ensures that           expected to study Maths, English and ICT as
     Encourage your son or daughter to         appointment to speak to us. Whether           Call us on                         complete a Level 3 qualification at SERC we
                                                                                                                                ask for 5 GCSEs grade C/GCSE Grade 4 or
                                                                                                                                                                                  they comply with College Policies and treat
                                                                                                                                                                                  College property with care and respect. If a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   mandatory requirements. If your son or
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   daughter has not obtained a Grade C or
     complete assignments on time. It’s        you want to talk to a lecturer, a
     set regularly and is essential to their   Training Support Officer or speak to          0345 600 7555                      above including English and Maths.
                                                                                                                                Dependant on your son or daughter's
                                                                                                                                                                                  student breaks this agreement, staff work        above at GCSE level we will enrol them on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   an Essential Skills course. This will be
                                                                                                                                                                                  quickly to help get them back on track.
     independent learning.                     one of our staff members about                                                   chosen career route, it can be essential to       However, if the behaviour continues there is     embedded into their timetable.
                                               careers advice or learning support, we                                           hold a vocational qualification. Just read        a disciplinary system that will be actioned to
                                               are here to help you.                                                            some of the student success stories in this       ensure that the student's behaviour does not
                                                                                                                                guide to see how far vocational qualifica-        affect other students in their class.
                                                                                                                                tions could take your son or daughter.

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      Lisburn Outstanding Facilities
                                                            HUB
                                                            English and Maths Hub
                                                            Our main campuses now
                                                            have modern English and
                                                                                               Lisburn Campus
                                                            Maths hubs, where you can          Lisburn Campus boasts a vibrant learning
                                                            drop in to an informal             environment in a modern campus in the
                                                                                               heart of Lisburn City. Our training
                                                            setting and get help with          restaurant The Linen Room which is open
                                                            everyday Maths and English         to the public, prepares the next generation
                                                            tasks including GCSE or            of chefs and front of house staff for the
                                                                                               hospitality industry. Revive Hair and Beauty
                                                            Essential Skills qualifications.   Salon is also open to the public during
                                                                                               term time and allows students to gain
                                                                                               practical experience of working in a fully
                                                                                               operational salon.
                     Specialising in
               Bio-Sciences, Computing,
                 Electronic Engineering,
            Manufacturing and Mechanical
              Engineering, Media, Music,
          Photography, Sport and Recreation,
           Travel and Tourism, Construction,                                                                                                                   The £27 million
             Animal Management, Creative
               Industries and Performing
                                                                                                                                                               campus houses a
                          Arts.                                                                                                                                world class technical
                                                                                                                                                               skills centre.

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      Better off at SERC                                                             START YOUR CAREER
                                                                                     WITH CONFIDENCE
                                                                                                                                 Take a look at the kinds of exciting projects you’ll take part in. Working with local
                                                                                                                                 employers on real life jobs is the quickest way to get job-ready skills and
                                                                                                                                 confidence. Plus it’s a great way to impress employers or universities too!

      So what’s the key to landing your dream job?                              Taylor Trouton
                                                                                Foundation Degree in Mechatronic
                                                                                                                                     skills with the expertise of digital
                                                                                                                                     electronics and computer systems to
                                                                                                                                                                                       and thankfully, not getting into debt. I will
                                                                                                                                                                                       complete my Apprenticeship and Foundation

      It’s making sure that the skills you’ve got are exactly the skills that   Engineering                                          produce advanced products and systems
                                                                                                                                     through automation and the use of robotics.
                                                                                                                                                                                       Degree this May and am looking forward to
                                                                                                                                                                                       continuing my employment with Creative

      the economy needs. Our close industry links mean we know where            Taylor, completed her GCSEs at
                                                                                Saintfield High School before
                                                                                                                                     It was the variety in the course that attracted
                                                                                                                                     me, plus I knew I would be using my maths
                                                                                                                                                                                       Composites - it is a great place to work,
                                                                                                                                                                                       there are people there with vast amounts

      the jobs are going to be - and how to get you ready for them.             enrolling at South Eastern Regional
                                                                                College where she successfully
                                                                                                                                     skills.                                           of experience which I am learning from
                                                                                                                                                                                       every day.
                                                                                completed a Level 3 90-Credit Diploma                “I started my career at Donite Plastics based
                                                                                in Engineering, achieving an overall                 in Saintfield, before moving to Creative          Finally, she said, “I would certainly
                                                                                double grade Distinction* Distinction                Composites where I am employed as a CNC           recommend this route for qualifications
                                                                                at the Downpatrick Campus.                           Technician. My work involves programming          and work to everyone. Matching your
                                                                                                                                     machines that will cut a range of materials       ambitions and qualifications
                                                                                Taylor said, “I was always good at maths             for customers from around the world, from         with a supportive
                                                                                and wanted to focus on this strong point             vehicle designs to medical equipment. The         employer, leading
                                                                                which led me to engineering. I loved the             work is interesting and challenging. Creative     in the sector
                                                                                course and attending SERC I soon realised I          Composites are very supportive of me              is the way
                                                                                wanted to go further. I knew what I wanted           completing my qualifications. I work four         to go.”
                                                                                to do and luckily, I could pursue this at SERC       days a week and attend SERC’s Lisburn
                                                                                through a Higher-Level Apprenticeship                Campus one day a week.
                                                                                programme where I am completing an
                                                                                Ulster University Foundation Degree in               She added, “The big advantage of following
                                                                                Mechatronic Engineering which unites the             the Higher-Level Apprenticeship route is
                                                                                principles of mechanics, electronics and             that I am out working, I am able to put my
                                                                                computing. It combines mechanical                    knowledge from college into my work and
                                                                                engineering problem-solving and design               vice versa. I am completing my education

                                                                                We work with hundreds of employers and businesses
                                                                                Our links to industry names assure our courses equip students with the skills employers want. These partnerships also provide students with
                                                                                fantastic opportunities, to work on live projects set by employers, attend workshops, gain industry recognised qualifications and gain real life
                                                                                work experience, so they are work ready when they leave.

                                                            #BetterOffAtSERC

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                                                                                                                         Language Course
               I loved the challenge of the course and all the new things I was learning and                             Special Offer
               the opportunities that were open to me following the course. I wholeheartedly
               recommend anyone thinking about returning to education to consider the
               access course. The tutors are very supportive, so I’d say give it a go.                                   Want to give yourself that extra edge for your CV and
                                                                                                                         future job prospects? You can! In addition to your
               Sara Mehaffy Past Student, Access Course                                                                  full-time course you can study either French or
                                                                                                                         Spanish or Italian at level 4 part time and only pay the
                                                                                                                         registration fees of £49. To be accepted you must
                                                                                                                         have a Level 3 qualification in the chosen language
                                                                                                                         or demonstrate sufficient language competency
                                                                                                                         through an interview with a language tutor. For more
                                                                                                                         information please contact

                                        She is an excellent lecturer. Ruth is patient, kind and knowledgeable about      Tessa Barrett
                                        the industry we are training to enter. She won’t settle for anything less than
                                                                                                                         TBarrett@serc.ac.uk
                                        perfection. We have learnt so much from her and she has really pushed us to
                                        be the best we can be.

                                        Megan Smith Level 2 Diploma in Professional Bakery
                                                                                                                                                                   Gain work experience abroad!              • The cost of travel to and from the UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                             • Accommodation costs including
                                                                                                                                                                   All students enrolled from Level 2 up       utilities
                                                                                                                                                                   to our Level 5 Higher Education           • Local travel costs in Europe
                                                                                                                                                                   courses are eligible to participate in    • Subsistence money
                                                                                                                                                                   the funded Erasmus+ European Work         • Meals and cultural activities
                                                                                                                                                                   Experience Programme. Opportunities       • A work placement in your
                                                                                                                                                                   are available in Spain, Tenerife, Italy   • vocational area
                                                                                                                                                                   and Malta to undertake a 2 week work      • Support from tutors and host
               I am indebted to the staff at SERC for helping me realise my potential and                                                                                                                      organisations
                                                                                                                                                                   placement in a relevant business.
               encouraging me to make a fresh start and follow my heart.
                                                                                                                                                                   Gaining work experience abroad will       A recruitment and selection process
               Megan Ormsby Past student HMC Level 4 Health and Social Care                                                                                                                                  for suitable candidates takes place
                                                                                                                                                                   help boost your self-confidence,
                                                                                                                                                                   independence and improve your             every autumn. Work placements are
                                                                                                                                                                   employability prospects, giving your      currently available in the following
                                                                                                                                                                   CV the edge when you come to apply        areas:
                                                                                                                                                                   for jobs. It’s 100% funded by the EU’s
                                                                                                                                                                   Erasmus+ Programme, and students          Animal Management, IT, Travel and
                                                                                                                                                                   selected for this project will be         Tourism, Sport, Catering, Performing
                                                                                                                                                                   supported with:                           Arts,Construction and Early Years.

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      Downpatrick Outstanding Facilities
                                                            HUB
                                                            English and Maths Hub
                                                            Our main campuses now
                                                            have modern English and
                                                                                               Downpatrick Campus
                                                            Maths hubs, where you can          Downpatrick Campus is a vibrant learning
                                                            drop in to an informal             environment with a welcoming and friendly
                                                                                               atmosphere and fantastic facilities designed
                                                            setting and get help with          to hone student’s specialist skills and training.
                                                            everyday Maths and English         Our training restaurant The McNeill Room
                                                            tasks including GCSE or            which is open to the public, prepares the
                                                                                               next generation of chefs and front of house
                                                            Essential Skills qualifications.   staff for the Hospitality industry.

                                                                                               DeCourcy Hair and Beauty Salon is also
                                                                                               open to the public during term time and
                                                                                               allows students to gain practical experience
                                                                                               of working in a fully operational salon.

                 Specialising in
              Hairdressing, Beauty,
            Hospitality, Computing,
            Tourism, Art and Design,
                                                                                                                                                                    A £33 million
               Engineering, Motor                                                                                                                                   world class
           Vehicle, Early Years, Health
             and Care, Animal Care
                                                                                                                                                                    learning facility
                and Construction
                     Trades.

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      All the Support you Need                                                                                                                         households). For further information please
                                                                                                                                                       visit: www.studentfinanceni.co.uk Students
                                                                                                                                                       from England, Scotland and Wales will pay
                                                                                                                                                       a higher rate of tuition fees and should
                                                                                                                                                       contact the agencies below for further
                                                                                                                                                       information on the support available:

                                                                                                                                                       Student Finance England (in England)
     What’s the first thing that people notice here at SERC? It’s our welcoming and                                                                    www.gov.uk/student-finance Student
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ETI* says...There is
     friendly atmosphere - and all the support you need to achieve your ambitions.                                                                     Awards Agency for Scotland (in Scotland)
                                                                                                                                                       www.saas.gov.uk Student Finance Wales (in                 outstanding quality of
                                                                                                                                                       Wales) www.studentfinancewales.co.uk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   the care, guidance
     Supporting you                                 Student Finance                                 Student Finance NI/Student Loans
     If you need advice and support Our             If you’re concerned about the costs you         Company – Part-Time Students (PTL
                                                                                                                                                       Tuition fee rates for 2020/21, information                 and support in place
                                                                                                                                                       on tuition fee liability, and the payment
     award-winning Careers Officers can help        will incur while studying, contact our          form). In addition to means tested tuition
                                                                                                                                                       process will be released in January 2020.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      for students
     you find the answers. They can advise you      Student Finance Team for advice on              fee and course grants a non-means tested
                                                                                                                                                       Please check Fees and Finance section of
     on matching your skills to your career, tell   financial support options that may be           repayable tuition fee loan has been
                                                                                                                                                       our website
     you which qualifications you’ll need to get    available studentfinance@serc.ac.uk.            introduced. This can be used as a top up to
                                                                                                                                                       www.serc.ac.uk/fees-and-finance
     your dream job and help you get any                                                            the course fee grant, if it does not cover
     additional support you might need. There       You may be able to get help with expenses       your full course fees, or to pay your full fees
     is a whole range of support available to       like travel to and from College, books and      if you are not eligible for a tuition fee grant.   Safeguarding and Equality
     ensure your time at SERC is enjoyable and      materials/kits required for your course,                                                           We welcome and celebrate the unique
     that you reach your full potential.            maintenance/living costs (Full-Time             Hardship Fund                                      talent and experience of each individual
                                                                                                                                                       student. We’re proud to have built a
     If you have additional learning needs We’ve
                                                    students only), tuition fees, and childcare*.
                                                    Some support is in the form of grants, this
                                                                                                    Assistance with costs associated with
                                                                                                    attending College for students who are             community that celebrates its diversity, and          Thought about how you will finance
     got excellent facilities and resources to      is money you do not have to repay, while        unable to receive financial support from           makes sure everyone is valued, supported              your college expenses?
     support all our students, as well as a         other support is in the forms of loans,         other sources.                                     and respected.
     welcoming and helpful team of specialist
     support staff. From dyslexia to mental
                                                    which you will need to repay in the future. *
                                                                                                    Care to Learn                                      Worried about your own or someone                     Money is available to assist you with the
     health and mobility access requirements,       To make sure your funding is in place from      ssistance with the costs of registered             else’s safety? Everyone needs a safe                  costs you will incur while you study**
     our Learning Support team can work with        the start of term you should contact us for     childcare.                                         environment to thrive. Here at SERC, we’re
     you to arrange the additional support you      advice on the financial options available to                                                       committed to making sure that you’re kept
     need to succeed.                               you prior to commencing your course.            Further information is available on all            safe from harm, such as neglect, bullying                                               You may be eligible for money
                                                                                                    financial support options in the Fees and          or abuse. If you’re in an unsafe situation at
                                                                                                                                                       home, at College or anywhere else, we’re
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               towards the following costs
     If things are getting on top of you                                                            Finance section of our website:
                                                    Higher Education                                                                                   here to support you and involve people                                                  • Fees
     Our free personal counselling service is                                                       www.serc.ac.uk/fees-and-finance *subject
                                                    Financial Support Options* Student Finance
     here to help.                                  NI/Student Loans Company – Full-Time
                                                                                                    to eligibility, terms and conditions apply         who can help.                                                                           • Books, kits and materials
                                                    Students (PN1 form). Repayable tuition fee
                                                                                                                                                       We are passionate about safeguarding our
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               • Home to College Travel
     If you need somewhere to study                                                                 Fees are applicable for all HE courses. The
                                                    and maintenance loans, means tested,                                                                                                                                                       • Placement Travel
     Our Learning Resource Centre has                                                               rate of fees that you pay will depend upon         students and helping them to keep safe. If
                                                    non-repayable, maintenance grant and
     everything you need - thousands of books,      other supplementary grants, including
                                                                                                    where you live. Northern Ireland                   you need support or advice you can                                                      • Maintenance/Living costs
     computers and digital resources; and                                                           domiciled* students can apply for a loan           contact our Safeguarding Team.
                                                    childcare.
                                                                                                    for tuition fees, a maintenance loan for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               • Childcare
     fantastic staff to help you find what you
     want. We also have English and Maths                                                           living costs and a non-repayable
     HUB’s on each Campus.                                                                          maintenance grant (for lower income                *subject to eligibility, terms and conditions apply
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               *ETI, Education Training Inspectorate

Further course information can be found at www.serc.ac.uk                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Return
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  **Eligibility terms & conditions apply. Speak to a College Student Finance      toforcontents
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Advisor                page
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        further information
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      Prize Winners

                                                                                                                                                                   Level 3 Catering apprentices Adam Jones,           HND Engineering students James Robinson and
                                                                                                                                                                   Matthew McGivern and Adam Proctor reached          Simon Keys won the Institute of Engineering and
                                                                                                                    Level 3 Hairdressing student Sara Beggs was    the finals of The Country Range Student Chef       Technology (IET) Engineering Award for their
                                                                                                                    a cut above the rest as she was announced      Challenge. SERC was the only college from          innovative use of technology in their Greenpow-    Level 3 Applied Science students Izzy McConkey,
                                                       Level 2 Garden Design student Kateryna Zaichyk               as Regional Winner in the national Wella       Northern Ireland to reach the finals.              er Formula 24+ race car project and the Siemens    Kerri-Melissa Burns and Sarah Scannell won the
                                                       was awarded Best Student Concept Master Plan                 Xposure Student Hairdressing Competition                                                          Digital Award for their use of Computer Aided      Best Northern Irish Project and Group 1st Place at
       Level 3 Professional Cookery student Ben
                                                       Design and Best Innovative Concept Detail Award at           2019.                                                                                             Design in developing the car.                      the 2019 BT Young Scientist & Technology
       Fleming’s culinary talents and skills gained
                                                       the national Garden and Landscape Designers Asso-                                                                                                                                                                 Exhibition. SERC was also named BT Best Overall
       him third place at the South African Young
                                                       ciation (GLDA) Student Design Competition.                                                                                                                                                                        School from Northern Ireland.
       Chef of the Year at Kingsway’s College,
       London.

                                                                                                                                                                  Level 3 Health and Social care student Cassie
          Level 3 Electrical Installation Apprentice                                                                                                              Munro from SERC’s Newtownards Campus                                                                      Level 3 catering apprentice Rachel Carson
          Scott Barr won gold at the WorldSkills         Hospitality students from SERC’s Bangor                                                                  was shortlisted for the British Education                                                                 reached the finals of the European VET
                                                                                                            Level 3 Plastering student Curtis Johnston has                                                        Training for success students were awarded 2nd
          Regional SkillBuild competition as well as     Campus competed at the HEAT: Culinary                                                                    Awards 2019.                                                                                              Excellence Awards.
                                                                                                            been selected for TeamUK to compete at the                                                            place for highest sales and 3rd prize for the
          won overall Young Apprentice of the Year       Competition Finals and were awarded the
                                                                                                            WorldSkills competition in Russia.                                                                    highest amount raised for their fund-raising efforts
          being presented with the Haldane Fisher        Best Teamwork award as well as a bronze
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  during the Action Cancer Big Shop Challenge.
          Cup.                                           medal for their culinary excellence.

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      Entry Requirements                                                                                                                                                           Campuses
      The table below shows typical entry requirements for each level, although your chosen course
      may have specific requirements, so please check individual course requirements.

                              Vocational Courses                    Entry Requirements                                               Equivalent    When Completed

       Level 6                Bachelor Degree                       Successful completion of Level 5 related qualification
                                                                    or related industry experience and an interview
                                                                                                                                     BA (Hons)     Continue to Masters or use
                                                                                                                                                   your skills to start work

                                                                                                                                                                                   Bangor Campus                   Downpatrick Campus                  Lisburn Campus
       Level 5                 Higher National Diplomas
                               (HNDs), Foundation Degrees
                                                                    Successful completion of Level 4 related qualification
                                                                    or related industry experience and an interview
                                                                                                                                     2nd year of
                                                                                                                                     a Bachelor
                                                                                                                                                   Progress to University
                                                                                                                                                   or use your skills to
                                                                                                                                                                                   Castle Park Road, Bangor,       Market Street, Downpatrick,         Castle Street, Lisburn,
                                                                                                                                     Degree        start work
                                                                                                                                                                                   Co. Down, BT20 4TD              Co. Down, BT30 6LZ                  Co. Down, BT27 4SU

       Level 4                 Higher National
                               Certificates (HNCs), Higher
                               Level Apprenticeships
                                                                    A Levels or successful completion of Level 3 related
                                                                    qualification or related industry experience and
                                                                    an interview
                                                                                                                                     1st year of
                                                                                                                                     a Bachelor
                                                                                                                                     Degree
                                                                                                                                                   Progress to Higher Educa-
                                                                                                                                                   tion at SERC, University or
                                                                                                                                                   use your skills to start work

       Level 3
                               BTECs, Diplomas,
                               Apprenticeships and
                                                                    5 GCSEs at Grades C/4 or above including English Language
                                                                    and/or Maths (some courses may require both, please check
                                                                                                                                     A Levels      Progress to Higher Educa-
                                                                                                                                                   tion at SERC, University or
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Contact Details
                               Access to Education                  your individual course). Or successful completion of a Level 2
                                                                    related qualification and interview.
                                                                                                                                                   use your skills to start work
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       T 0345 600 7555
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       E info@serc.ac.uk
                                                                                                                                                                                   Newtownards Campus              SPACE Campus
       Level 2                 BTECs, Diplomas, Awards,
                               Certificates, NVQs, Appren-
                               ticeships and Training for
                                                                    5 GCSEs at Grades D to G/3-1 (including a curriculum related
                                                                    subject, English Language and/or Maths). Or successful com-
                                                                    pletion of a Level 1 related qualification.
                                                                                                                                     GCSEs         Progress to Level 3 study or
                                                                                                                                                   use skills to start work
                                                                                                                                                                                   Victoria Avenue, Newtownards,   Castle Park Road, Bangor,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Opening Hours
                               Success (Skills for Work)                                                                                                                           Co. Down, BT23 7EH              Co. Down, BT20 4TD
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Monday - Thursday
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       8:45am - 5:00pm
       Level 1                 BTECs, Awards, Certificates,
                               Diplomas, NVQs, Skills for
                               your Life and Skills for Work
                                                                    1 formal qualifications required                                               Progress to Level 2 study or
                                                                                                                                                   use skills to start work

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Friday
         Entry                 Skills for your life (training for
                               Success) vocational studies
                                                                    No formal qualifications required                                              Progress to Level 1 study
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       8:45am - 3:30pm

       For all courses you will be required to have an interview. There may be more specific requirements for your particular course e.g. for                                                                                                          Saturday - Sunday
       creative arts courses you may require a portfolio of work. If you have disabilities or learning difficulties, you may not need to meet some                                 Professional Skills Centre
       entry requirements - our Learning Support Team can advise you. Call 0345 600 7555 for further advice.                                                                       17 Dundrod Road, Crumlin,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Closed
                                                                                                                                                                                   Co. Antrim, BT29 4SR

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      Qualifications Explained                                                                                                                        Progression Chart
     At SERC we offer a large                        Level 2                                          Level 4                                         Accredited Prior Experiential                    Level
     variety of courses which are
     fully recognised by employers
     and Universities. There are
                                                     (First Diploma, Certificate,
                                                     Skills for Work, Apprenticeship)
                                                     A Level 2 qualification gives you good
                                                                                                      (Higher Level Certificate,
                                                                                                      Higher Level Apprenticeship)
                                                                                                      These are popular with students who are
                                                                                                                                                      Learning (APEL) If you have been out
                                                                                                                                                      of education for several years and don’t
                                                                                                                                                      have the appropriate qualifications but
                                                                                                                                                                                                       6                       Degree

                                                     knowledge, understanding and practical           already in employment as they enable you        believe you have relevant experience at an
     several different pathways                                                                                                                       appropriate level you may qualify for a          Level
                                                     skills of a range of subjects. You will have     to put the skills you learn into practice

                                                                                                                                                                                                       5
     and progression routes                                                                                                                           course through APEL. Further details on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Higher          HND
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 HND Level Higher  Level     Foundation
                                                     the ability to perform a variety of tasks with   within your current job. You can study at
     which allow for further study                   some guidance or supervision. Success at         Level 4 and then progress to further study      APEL can be found at www.serc.ac.uk.                     Apprenticeship
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Apprenticeship      Degree
     or employment.                                  Level 2 will enhance your ability to progress    at Level 5.
                                                     to employment or to further study at Level 3.                                                    AccessNI Some of our courses particularly
                                                                                                                                                      those in relation to Health Care and Early       Level

                                                                                                                                                                                                       4
     Supported Learning                                                                                                                               Years require an AccessNI Criminal Record
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 HNC         Higher Level
                                                     A Level 2 Apprenticeship will equip you          Level 5                                                                                                               Apprenticeship
     A suite of programmes to develop your           with the knowledge and skills within your                                                        Check. This will disclose any criminal
                                                                                                      (Foundation Degree, Higher                      records or cautions that you may have and
     personal, social development, living skills     employed sector.
     and employability skills. These programmes                                                       Level Diploma, Higher Level                     ensure that you are safe to work with the
     are designed for those with learning barriers                                                    Apprenticeship)                                 general public. There is a cost of £33           Level

                                                                                                                                                                                                       3
                                                                                                      These qualification combine academic study      associated with this and it will be your                 AS/A2          Level 3            Level 3
     and special skills needs.                       Level 3                                                                                                                                                   Level       Apprenticeship        Ext Dip
                                                                                                      with work-based learning. They are designed     responsibility to pay for this check, in order
                                                     (Subsidiary Diploma, National                    to equip you for a particular area of work,     to enrol on the course.
                                                     Foundation Diploma, Diploma                      as well as giving you advanced technical and
     Level 1                                                                                                                                                                                           Level
                                                     top up, Extended Diploma top                     managerial skills, problem solving techniques

                                                                                                                                                                                                       2
     (Certificate and Award, NVQ,                                                                                                                                                                               GCSE          Level 2           Level 2
                                                     up, Apprenticeship)                              and knowledge for your chosen career.
     Skills for your Life, Skills for                A Level 3 qualification gives you the ability
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 A-C       Apprenticeship       Diploma
     Work)                                           to gain or apply a range of knowledge, skills
     Level 1 courses are for those students who      and understanding, at a detailed level. Level    Level 6
     have few qualifications but who are looking                                                                                                                                                       Level
                                                     3 Diplomas can help you progress to              (Degree)

                                                                                                                                                                                                       1
     to develop their professional and                                                                                                                                                                                        Level 1
                                                     employment or to Higher Education courses        This qualification helps you develop
     employability skills. These courses are ideal   at Level 4 or Level 5 programmes either at                                                                                                                              Certificate
                                                                                                      advanced understanding of professional
     if you have special educational needs or        SERC or University. A Level 3 Apprenticeship     and technical areas. A Degree will help you
     have experienced barriers to education or       will equip you with the knowledge and skills     develop your analytical, intellectual and
     employment. They will give you a good           within your employed sector.                     report writing skills. You will also develop
     foundation of skills which you can build                                                                                                                                                                  Academic        Training          Further
                                                                                                      leadership and management skills.
     upon to progress to Level 2.                                                                                                                                                                                Route          Route           Education
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Rout e

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      SERC Students’ Union                                                                                                                          SERC Student Governor
     SERC Students’ Union is a                    Be elected as                                    Have fun                                         Dillon Stanley                      I am looking forward to leading   Contact SERC SU
     democratic body, elected                     a Student Leader                                 We want you to enjoy your time at College
                                                                                                                                                    Your SERC                           the team of elected Student       The Student Union at SERC are supported
                                                  We have lots of roles available on the           and we have lots of events throughout the                                                                              by a staff team and the Student
     by the student community                                                                      year run by students for students including      Student Governor                    Officers to make your time at     Engagement Manger.
                                                  Student Leadership Team including
     to work on behalf of and                     Student Governor who has a seat at the           fundraising and social events.                                                       SERC the best that it can be.
     for the benefit of students.                 table of our Governing Body - pretty big                                                          After securing enough votes at      Being involved in the Students’   You can get in touch with us by contacting
     SERC Students’ Union                         stuff! Also, we aim to have a full team of       Make great savings                               the polling stations, 20 year old   Union is good fun and provides
                                                  elected officers to represent students on        SERC SU is affiliated to the National Union of                                                                         Catherine Shipman
     deliver a programme of                       each campus, for example, Campus                 Students and the Union of Students Ireland
                                                                                                                                                    Dillon Stanley from Lisburn has     opportunities to make new         Student Engagement Manager
     events and activities for the                President, Welfare Officer, Activities Officer   through our Regional representative body
                                                                                                                                                    been elected as SERC Student        friends and to develop useful
     SERC Student community                       and more! This team of students work             NUS USI. Being part of the NUS enables           Governor for 2018/19. Dillon,       skills.                           E studentsunion@serc.ac.uk
     to advocate, enrich and                      together on campaigns and issues that            students to engage with a range of national      who studies an HNC in                                                 M 079 1959 7732
                                                  matter most to SERC students.                    opportunities. Students can also save            Construction and the Built
     enhance student life for all                                                                  money with the NUS Extra card which                                                                                    T 0345 600 7555
                                                                                                                                                    Environment said
     our students. All students                   Be a Class                                       offers over 200 discounts online and in
     both full-time and part-                     Representative                                   store. Find out more at www.totum.com                                                I would encourage all students
     time are members of the                      The student voice is really important at                                                                                              to take an active part in the     Where to Find us
                                                                                                   We really hope you enjoy your time at                                                                                  We have offices on each of our four
     Students’ Union.                             SERC and only you can know what it’s like
                                                                                                   SERC and if you ever need a friendly ear to                                          SERC SU and a great way to do
                                                  to be a student on your particular course.                                                                                                                              main sites.
                                                  As a Class Rep, you are the eyes, ears and
                                                                                                   listen please contact us at                                                          this is through running to
                                                  voice for students in your class. Class Reps                                                                                          become an SU Officer, Class       Lisburn Campus
                                                  have a fantastic opportunity to make a real      studentsunion@serc.ac.uk                                                             Rep or Peer Mentor. Full          Students Union Office
     Settle in                                    difference to the way in which your class,
                                                                                                   Facebook.com/SERCSU                                                                  training for SU Officers and
     Our Freshers’ Fairs take place in early      course or even the College is run!
                                                                                                   @SERCSU                                                                              Class Reps is provided and        Bangor Campus
     September and are a great chance to make
                                                  Volunteer and stand out from the crowd.                                                                                               there will be opportunities to    Room A27
     friends, find out what we’ve got to offer,
     pick up loads of freebies and get to know    We work closely with the careers officers                                                                                             attend regional meetings and
     local organisations.                         to bring you volunteer opportunities which
                                                                                                                                                                                        events throughout the year,       Newtonards Campus
                                                  can help you gain experience in your
                                                                                                                                                                                        meet Student Union Officers in    Room A2 and A3
                                                  chosen field of study or to simply give back
                                                  to society in a meaningful way. This is a                                                                                             other Colleges and get
                                                  great way to boost your CV!                                                                                                                                             Downpatrick Campus
                                                                                                                                                                                        involved in campaigns, events
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Room B2-9
                                                                                                                                                                                        and training that can enhance
                                                                                                                                                                                        your CV!”

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      Newtownards Outstanding Facilities
                                                            HUB
                                                            English and Maths Hub
                                                            Our main campuses now
                                                            have modern English and
                                                                                               Newtownards Campus
                                                            Maths hubs, where you              Is home to SERC's Award Winning
                                                            can drop in to an informal         Environmental Skills Centre.
                                                            setting and get help with
                                                                                               Specialising in Motorsport Engineering,
                                                            everyday Maths and English         Bricklaying, Renewable Energies, Health
                                                            tasks including GCSE or            and Social Care and Early Years.

                                                            Essential Skills qualifications.   The Centre is a hub for Sustainable
                                                                                               Development and Renewable Technology,
                                                                                               which includes standalone curriculum and
                                                                                               services such as Motor Vehicle, Plumbing
                                                                                               and Engineering.

                      Specialist
               training in Heat Pump
          Installation, Biomass and Solar
         Technologies,Energy Assessment,
         The Code for Sustainable Homes,                                                                                                                   An industry
           Wave and Tidal Energy, Deep                                                                                                                     standard facility
            Geothermal Power, Energy
                Storage and Passive
                                                                                                                                                           specialising in
                  and Zero Carbon                                                                                                                          Sustainable Energy
                       Homes.                                                                                                                              and Renewable
                                                                                                                                                           Technology.

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      New Learning... New Thinking                          PBL is used across all vocational areas at SERC and will prepare you for the world of work and help you
                                                            develop the right skills, attitudes and behaviours, while having fun and learning along the way.

          PBL
     SERC have developed a 12
     step Project Based Learning
     (PBL) process to help you
     learn better.
     PBL uses industry focused projects to make
     your learning more effective. You will study
     in small groups, learn from each other and
     develop skills in a fun way. Regardless of
     whether you prefer to learn using written
     instructions or using your imagination to
     create new solutions, PBL will make you
     more employable.

     Why PBL?
     • PBL is a student-centered approach
       which students find more enjoyable
       and satisfying

     • Students with PBL experience rate
       their abilities higher

     • It encourages learning from
       experience, allowing what has been
       learnt to understand problems

     • It helps develop teamwork and
       communication skills
                                                                                                                                  © PBL copyrighted to SERC

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      SERC Student Companies
                                                                     You will have the                       Artisan Bakes                       The Dirty Beetroot                Cutting Edge                       Made to Treasure
                                                                     opportunity to work in                  Specialises in delicious desserts
                                                                                                             to go. These desserts range
                                                                                                                                                 Specialise in beetroot-based
                                                                                                                                                 food products which are
                                                                                                                                                                                   We manufacture personalised
                                                                                                                                                                                   gifts and decorative homewares.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Produces individually made
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      crafts from decorated
                                                                     a student company or                    from pavlova to popular             healthy and nutritious and have   Sector Award and Entrepreneur      champagne flutes, wine glasses
                                                                                                             cheesecakes and meringues of        added a twist.                    Award winners 2019.                and recycled up-do bottles.
                                                                     form your own!                          all flavours.

                                                                     SERC Student Company ANCPOS, is
                                                                     a group of entrepreneurial
                                                                     Engineering Apprentices who
        Enterprise Winners                                           developed an idea for a digital
                                                                     control panel which would operate a
                                                                     fishing trawler winch. ANCPOS
     SERC provides a range of                                        received technical support from
                                                                     engineering lecturers and business

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     activities through which you
                                                                     support from the University of the      ANCPOS                              Craving Candy                     Don’t Bird it, Bin it              McNeill Wood Design
     can develop enterprise skills.                                                                          We aim to replace fishermen         We provide customers with         We offer an educational            We specialise in bespoke hand
                                                                     Third Age (U3A). They are currently
     All Full-Time students spend the
                                                           Weeks     working with external bodies to         manually having to count warp
                                                                                                             windings and operating winches
                                                                                                                                                 bright, colourful and tasty
                                                                                                                                                 sweets for any occasion.
                                                                                                                                                                                   package to local primary
                                                                                                                                                                                   schools about solutions to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      crafted and manufactured
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      wooden pieces that are quirky,
     first two weeks of the academic                    Developing   secure further development funding.     by developing a computer
                                                                                                             program which automatically
                                                                                                                                                                                   global and local plastic usage
                                                                                                                                                                                   problems.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      unique and highly decorative.
     year developing enterprise ideas.
     Students from over 30 curriculum                   Enterprise                                           detect net rope characteristics

     areas collaborate in small teams                                Maker Space
     to develop solutions which are                     Ideas        Maker Space rooms with creative
     exhibited in public presentation                                equipment including 3D printers and
     events.                                                         design software are available for all
                                                                     students to use.
     The best enterprise solutions
                                                                     Students from a range of curriculum
     voted for by students compete in
                                                                     areas can learn from each other and
     an Enterprise final for the chance
                                                                     help each other to design and
     to win prizes. These activities will                                                                    Copper Crafts                       Wood ‘n’ Stuff                    In the Mix Bakehouse               Re Do It, Re New It
                                                                     develop innovative solutions which      A plumbing based student            We create unique pieces of        We specialise in creating tasty,   We create products that are all
     develop your skills and are great
                                                                     can turn into business ideas.           company who specialise in           furniture and decorative          attractive and reasonably priced   upcycled or recycled. These
     for your CV.
                                                                                                             copper architecture art designs.    features for outdoor and indoor   baked goods with eco-friendly      products range from small
                                                                                                                                                 use.                              packaging.                         pieces of furniture to highly
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      decorative articles

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42 / FURTHER EDUCATION COURSES                                                              FURTHER EDUCATION COURSES / 43

                                                            46   School of Applied
                                                                 Science and Sport

                                          Further
                                                            58   School of Business,
                                                                 Hospitality and Tourism

                                         Education
                                                            70   School of Construction
                                                                 and Engineering Services

                                          Courses           86   School of Health and
                                                                 Early Years and Adult
                                                                 Education

                                                            94   School of Computing
                                                                 and Engineering

                                                            102 School of Performing
                                                                and Creative Arts

                                                            124 Supported Learning

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44 / FURTHER EDUCATION COURSES                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             FURTHER EDUCATION COURSES / 45

     Further Education                                                                                                                          Level 1 and 2
                                                                                                                                                Further Education courses at Level 1 and 2
                                                                                                                                                                                                Benefits of Studying
                                                                                                                                                                                                Further Education*
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              BTEC Nationals Grades
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              vs UCAS Tariffs (QCF)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        SUBSIDIARY DIPLOMA
                                                                                                                                                are ideal if you haven’t done as well in your

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           UCAS TARIFF POINTS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              EXTENDED DIPLOMA
                                                                                                                                                GCSEs as you would have liked. These one
                                                                                                                                                                                                1       Free Bus Pass available to Full-Time

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           FOUNDATION
                                                                                                                                                year courses are equivalent to GCSEs and

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             CERTIFICATE
                                                                                                                                                                                                        students

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           NATIONAL

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           DIPLOMA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 DIPLOMA
                                                                                                                                                will help you get back on track. Successful
     Further Education                          How will you be assessed                       SERC Online resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                2
                                                                                                                                                completion of a Level 2 course will enable              EMA allowance of £40 per week for
                                                Each course will have a mixture of different   You will also have a wide variety of resources   you to progress to a Level 3 course and then            eligible students
     courses are open to all.                   assessment methods to ensure you develop       online that enable you to study and online       to Higher Education, University or                                                                                                 D*D*D*                                                                       168

                                                                                                                                                                                                3
                                                                                                                                                employment.                                                                                                                        D*D*D                                                                        160
     They are suitable for                      both your knowledge and practical skills.      at home or in the learning resource centre.                                                              Mix of assignments and tests
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   D*DD                                                                         152
                                                One of the key methods will be project         The College has an extensive range of                                                                    throughout the year
     students aged 16 and                       based learning, explained earlier, in which    resources on its Virtual Learning                                                                                                                                                   DDD                                                                          144
                                                                                                                                                Level 3
     over and range from                        you will be working in groups while other
                                                assessments will be individual. Other
                                                                                               Environment that make it easier for you to
                                                                                               study at a time that suits you best. These       If you’re leaving school with 5 or more GCSEs   4       Essential Skills courses for anyone
                                                                                                                                                                                                        without GCSE Maths, English or ICT
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   DDM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   DMM             D*D*
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                128

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                112
     Level 1 to Level 3 and                     methods include written reports (or video      vary from powerpoint presentations,              a Level 3 Further Education course is ideal.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   D*D                                                          104

     include Diplomas,
                                                report), online test, written test,
                                                presentation etc.
                                                                                               quizzes, links to online resources to
                                                                                               forums and discussion groups where you
                                                                                                                                                SERC offer a range of courses at Level 3
                                                                                                                                                which generate UCAS points for entry to         5       Develop employability skills such as
                                                                                                                                                                                                        teamwork, communication and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   MMM             DD

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            D*D*
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                96

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                84
     Extended Diplomas                          On some programmes such as bricklaying,
                                                                                               can participate online in a controlled way
                                                                                               with your classmates.
                                                                                                                                                Higher Education just like A Levels. The
                                                                                                                                                various course types and their respective
                                                                                                                                                                                                        problem solving
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   MMP             DM                                                           80

     and Certificates.                          hairdressing etc you will have a variety of                                                     UCAS points are shown and each will                                                                                                                         D*D                                                 78

                                                practical tasks that need to be completed      There are also a wide range of ebooks that       equip you with the practical skills you will                                                                                                                DD                                                  72
                                                and assessed to track the development of       are available to you through the College         need to continue to Higher Education            AS                    A Level Access                                               MPP             MM                                                           64
                                                                                                                                                courses at SERC or University, or to gain
     Further Education course are made up of    your skills in our industry standard           learning resource centre.                                                                        Level                 (A2)    UCAS                                                                          DM                                                  60
     units or modules and you will complete     laboratories, workshops, restaurants, salons                                                    employment in your chosen subject.
     assignments and tests throughout the       etc. Other programmes such as performing                                                                                                        Tariffs               Tariffs Tariffs                                                                                        D*                                  56

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   PPP             MP       MM               D                                   48
     year to link theory with practical work.   arts and music will have live performances     How much study time                              Access to Education

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ACCESS OVERALL
                                                in our theatre and recording studios. The                                                                                                                                                                                                                   MP                                                   36
                                                                                               should you spend

                                                                                                                                                                                                        UCAS TARIFF

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              UCAS TARIFF

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             UCAS TARIFF
                                                wide variety of programmes at the college                                                       Access to Education courses are ideal if                                                                                                           PP                        M                                   32

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            AVERAGE
                                                means we have developed an exciting range      You will be expected to study a number of

                                                                                                                                                                                                        POINTS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              POINTS
                                                                                                                                                you have been out of formal education for

                                                                                                                                                                                                GRADE

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      GRADE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                D*               28
                                                of assessments to help ensure your success.    hours per week outside of the College            two or more years. These courses develop                                                                                                                    PP                                  D                24
                                                                                               classes to ensure you can develop your           your personal and academic confidence            A       20            A*      56             75% +             144                                                          P                  M               16
                                                                                               skills and complete any assignments or           and lead to Higher Education courses such
                                                Tutor support                                  tests. As a rough guide – if your course is      as Degrees, Foundation Degrees and
                                                                                                                                                                                                 B       16            A       48             74%               132                                                                             P               8

                                                Every Full-Time further education programme    18 hours per week you should be studying         HNDs. Many of our Access to Education
                                                                                                                                                                                                 C       12            B       40             72-73%            132

                                                has a tutorial slot on their timetable and a   and completing assignments for up to             students progress to University to study         D       10            C       32             70-71%            132

                                                dedicated tutor who is there to help you       another 12 – 15 hours per week on                Nursing, Teaching, Criminology or English,       E       6             D       24             65-69%            120

                                                with your studies.                             average.                                         while others stay at SERC and undertake                                E       16             60-64%            108
                                                                                                                                                HNDs and Foundation Degrees.                                                                  55-59%            96

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              52-54 %           84

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              50-51%            84

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              49- 45%           72

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              44-41%            60

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              40%               48
                                                                                                                                                 efits of Studying Further Education*

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46 / Applied Science, Sport and Access to Education                                         APPLIED SCIENCE, SPORT AND ACCESS TO EDUCATION / 47

      Bio Scientist
      £25,000 - £42,000
      A Bio Scientist will require a high-level of
      accuracy and great attention to detail along
      with excellent communication skills. Usually
      set in a laboratory setting, you will generally
      work from 9am to 5pm in a range of sectors

                                                                               School of
      that may include agricultural, pharmaceutical
      or medical industries.

      Nurse
      £22,000 - £48,000
                                                                             Applied Science
                                                                               and Sport
      As a nurse you are responsible for caring for
      the wounded and injured patients usually in
      an NHS hospital, a clinic or outpatients’
      environment. Responsibilities range from
      giving medicinal treatment, using medical                   SERC
      equipment and taking temperatures and                     1ST FOR
      blood pressure readings.
                                                               SCIENCE IN
                                                               N.IRELAND

                                                                       Example Careers
                                                                                 Sports Coach   Biomedical Scientist
                                                            Sport Psychologist Police Officer Solicitor
                                                                           Scientist Fire fighter Nurse
                                                                     Environmental Health Officer Forensic Scientist
                                                                                         Pharmacist

Further course information can be found at www.serc.ac.uk                                                                   Return to contents page
48 / APPLIED SCIENCE, SPORT AND ACCESS TO EDUCATION                                                                              APPLIED SCIENCE, SPORT AND ACCESS TO EDUCATION / 49

       Animal Care                                          Level 2 Diploma In
                                                            Animal Care
                                                                                                           Level 3 National
                                                                                                           Extended Diploma
                                                                                                           Animal Management
                                                                                                                                                                                   Jobs
                                                            Ideal If: You want a career working in small
                                                            animal care from a dog groomer to                                                             Veterinary Nurse
                                                            working in a zoo.                              Ideal If: If you want to go onto study an
                                                                                                           animal related subject at a higher level.
                                                                                                                                                          £18,000 to £26,000
                                                                                                           It may also meet the requirements for entry
                                                            You’ll Learn: About animal health and                                                         This is a rewarding career for pet
                                                                                                           level job within the sector such as
                                                            welfare, animal biology, feeding animals                                                      lovers and those who are passionate
                                                                                                           zookeeper, dog groomer, veterinary nurse
                                                            and animal handling.
                                                                                                           or dog handler.                                about animal welfare. You will need
                                                            You’ll Love: The work-related experience                                                      practical skills, the ability to handle
                            I’m getting great work                                                         You’ll Learn: about animal science, animal     animals in a calm and confident
                                                            that you will gain on this course working
                                                                                                           health, animal handling, safe working,         manner and have the ability to be
                                  experience                with animals on a placement.
                                                                                                           animal nutrition, accommodation and
                                                                                                                                                          tactful and sympathetic to pet owners.
                                                                                                           animal welfare and breeding.
                                                            You’ll Progress: To employment or further
                                                            study on a programme like the Level 3
                                                                                                           You’ll Love: the practical element of this
                                                            National Foundation Diploma Animal
     Aoife Lavery-Knocker                                   Management which will lead to jobs such        course including working with small            Dog Groomer
     Level 3 Animal Management                              as veterinary nurse or a management
                                                                                                           animals and a placement which will
                                                                                                           increase your experience with animals.         £13,000 – £20,000
                                                            position in the animal welfare industry.
     Aoife said,                                                                                                                                          Dog Groomers will provide tremendous
     “I came to SERC after my AS Levels. After                                                             You’ll Progress: You could go on to study
                                                            You’ll Need: A minimum of 2 GCSEs at                                                          care for dogs and have the ability to
     speaking to the tutors at the full-time open                                                          an animal related subject at a higher level.
                                                            Grade C or above, preferably Maths and                                                        handle them firmly but gently, being
     night I knew this was the course for me. I                                                            You may also meet the requirements for an
                                                            Science. Proof of up to date Tetanus or
     have gained hands on experience working                                                               entry level job within the sector such as      able to calm a nervous dog down.
                                                            medical exemption certificate also required
     with animals. There is a great balance                                                                zookeeper, dog groomer, veterinary nurse       Duties usually include shampooing,
     between practical and theoretical work and                                                            or dog handler.                                shaping a coat of fur and trimming
     the coursework has helped me improve                                                                                                                 precisely using scissors.
     my time management. I was better off at                                                               You’ll Need: Min 4 GCSEs at Grade C or
     SERC and now I have a conditional offer to                                                            above, including English, Maths and
     study Animal Behaviour at Chester                                                                     separate science GCSEs (Min 2 GCSEs),or
     University.”                                                                                          Double Award Science, or Level 2 Extended
                                                                                                           Certificate in Applied Science (at Merit
                                                                                                           grade), or BTEC Level 2 in Animal Care (at
                                                                                                           Distinction grade). Proof of up to date
                                                                                                           Tetanus or medical exemption certificate
                                                                                                           also required

Further course information can be found at www.serc.ac.uk                                                                                                                     Return to contents page
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