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TECH HAS MOVED ON So have we...

Full-Time Further Education Prospectus 2020/21 #BetterOffAtSERC

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Downpatrick

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Lisburn

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Newtownards

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Contents 05

Welcome to SERC

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School of Applied Science and Sport

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Early Years, Health and Care & Access to Education

Bio Science, Animal Care, Public Services & Sport

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School of Hospitality, Management, Tourism and Languages Business and Management, Travel and Tourism & Hospitality

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School of Construction and Engineering Services Bricklaying, Carpentry, Construction Studies, Electrical Installation, Motor Vehicle, Plastering, Plumbing & Refrigeration

School of Health, Early Years and Adult Education

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School of Computing and Engineering Manufacturing Engineering, Electrical & Electronic Engineering, General Engineering ( Mechanical and Electronic Engineering) & Computing and IT (Programming, Infrastructure, Web/App Design)

102 School of Performing and Creative Arts

Art and Design, Music, Performing Arts, Photography, Creative Media, Beauty and Holistic Therapies & Hairdressing

124 Supported Learning

Foundation Learning, Advanced Foundation Learning & College Connect

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Applications Open in November 2019 for courses starting in September 2020

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Welcome Welcome to SERC, a dynamic and forward thinking college. We truly believe you’re better off at SERC. We strive to make your time with us count when it comes to getting a job, that’s why we’re different. 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 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. 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 lower course fees than university. Last year 1389 students studied a Higher Education course at SERC, 160 under took Higher Level Apprenticeships. At SERC we’re always here to support you with services such as our award winning Careers Advice Service, Student Finance, Learning Support and SERC Extra to ensure

that you get the most out of your time with us. No matter what problems you face we can always help you.

Please note all information in this prospectus is correct at time of print and may be subject to change.

And we want you to have some fun too! By getting involved in the Students’ Union you can help organise events, make new friends and above all have fun.

Classes run on demand. SERC endeavour to run all courses as advertised. However we reserve the right to cancel classes which do not enrol a sufficient number of students to make the class viable. We shall contact you if the class is cancelled and SERC will provide personalised support to applicants to find an alternative programme.

Ken Webb

Principal and Chief Executive

At SERC we are passionate about inspiring, transforming and enriching the lives of our students. The support given at SERC has helped thousands of students join the workforce and build the Northern Irish economy. We are immensely proud of our students and their achievements.

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Our Facts We are OUTSTANDING Leadership and Management at SERC

STUDY UP TO DEGREE LEVEL WITH US

eti Inspectorate 2016

FREE

TRAVEL PASS* Available to Further Education Students

FREE WIFI

English, Maths & ICT are important parts of our study programmes

ON CAMPUS

Grants Available* For fees, maintenance/living costs, travel, books and equipment and childcare *T's & C's apply

Further course information can be found at www.serc.ac.uk

FANCY A CUPPA? We have Cafés on our main campuses


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90%

92%

93%

90%

of students agree that the facilities and resources provided by the college helped them learn

of students are satisfied

achievement rate of our full-time students

loved our facilities

Internal FT Research

Learning made easy

FT Research Report

Internal Feedback

Our online materials score 4.8 out of 5 stars

Gain experience working on placements and projects as we work with over

7000 EMPLOYERS

92%

enjoy their course at SERC

FT Research Report

Learn from the best

95%

of students agree that their tutor encourages them to achieve their full potential FT Research Report

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SPACE Bangor Outstanding Facilities HUB English and Maths Hub Our main campuses now have modern English and Maths hubs, where you can drop in to an informal setting and get help with every day Maths and English tasks including GCSE or Essential Skills qualifications.

Our newest Campus SPACE is situated in Bangor and is an industry standard ÂŁ12 million, 3,650m2 facility which is home to our Performing Arts, Computing and Engineering students.

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SPACE Bangor Campus SPACE boasts industry standard performing and rehearsal spaces, dance studios, professional recording studios and a high specification theatre where Performing and Creative Art students can perform in front of a paying audience to develop their confidence and skills. 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.

IT students have the use of fully designated Mac and PC suites which feature top end software packages to help them hone their skills for careers such as Software Developers, Web Designers and Technicians. 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 Wider employability skills are essential in securing employment after your studies. When you become a student at SERC you will be given the opportunity to develop these skills through our Employability Programme, that’s why your better off at SERC. SERC will give you as many opportunities as possible to help you gain better skills and get real life experience. You will have the opportunity to develop skills such as problem solving, communication, critical thinking, people management and team working. This will make all the difference when you are applying for jobs or Higher Education courses in the future.

Did you know? 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

Further course information can be found at www.serc.ac.uk

Studying at SERC will help you start the journey to your dream career as you will • Gain more qualifications • Have the opportunity to set up a SERC Student Company • Take part in industry projects • Undertake work placements • Get involved with volunteer programmes We can give you advantages, skills and experiences other young people take years to get. Students sitting where you are now have gone on to amazing careers with companies like Coca-Cola and NASA!


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Your Study Programme 80% Work experience

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15% Vocational programme 5% English Maths & ICT Your study programme (course) will include a number of elements. Each study programme will be unique to your individual needs to support your career ambitions.

Vocational qualification

Work experience

Your vocational qualification will make up the majority of your study programme. The qualification will be a mix of practical and theory which will enhance your understanding of the subject.

You will undertake practical work experience and work related learning related to the vocational area of the study programme. This will develop your employability skills and apply your learning in real life situations.

English, Maths and ICT

Additional Activities

If you do not have a GCSE Grade C or above in English, Maths or ICT you will work towards achieving an Essential Skills qualification in these subjects. These will be built into your timetable and are recognised by employers and universities.

Your programme will also include other activities designed to support and help you develop the job related skills, experience and confidence required to progress to employment or Higher Education. This includes tutorials, field trips and volunteering opportunities.

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Bangor Outstanding Facilities HUB English and Maths Hub Our main campuses now have modern English and Maths hubs, where you can drop in to an informal setting and get help with everyday Maths and English tasks including GCSE or Essential Skills qualifications.

Step into our campus for the first time and you’ll be impressed. We’ve invested millions in our campuses to give you the very best equipment and facilities. How can we be so sure? Because we’ve worked with industry leaders, the very people who will want to employ you, to design them.

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Bangor Campus Specialising in Bio-Sciences, Computing, Electronic Engineering, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering, Media, Music, Photography, Sport and Recreation, Construction, Public Services, Creative Industries and Performing Arts. 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 and beauty salon Shadeka is also open to the public during term time and allows students to gain practical experience of working in a fully operational salon.

Recent ÂŁ3million refurbishment

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Apply at SERC Pre Entry Advice and Guidance Sessions (PEAG)

Apply Visit

apply.serc.ac.uk

We’ll invite you to attend a mandatory pre entry advice and guidance session with the subject tutor - it’s a great chance to talk about the course and discuss how it can help you achieve the career you want.

and apply online.

Oct. 2019

Nov. 2019

Apply Online serc.ac.uk

Visit us

Dec. 2019

Jan. 2020

Feb. 2020

Full-Time Information Day 13 November

Come along to an Open Day and discover what SERC has to offer

Further course information can be found at www.serc.ac.uk

Mar. 2020

Open Day 3 March


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Well Done

Evaluation Opportunity

Providing all entry requirements are met, you will be offered a place on the course! To enrol you will need evidence of results and proof of ID i.e. Passport, Driving Licence, National ID Card or National Insurance Card. If you don’t get the results you need, please don’t panic. We will be right here to help you look at all your options.

Our admissions process includes an evaluation opportunity allowing us to consider skills beyond academic achievement. This will include for example an audition, portfolio submission, practical tasks etc.

Apr. 2020

PEAG Sessions

May 2020

Jun. 2020

Jul. 2020

Aug. 2020

Higher Education Enrolment Days 13 & 14 August

Sep. 2020

Further Education Enrolment Days 20 & 21 August

Start of term

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Working with Parents

The support and encouragement you give your son or daughter at home can make a big difference to their success at College.

Make sure they attend regularly. Missing coursework deadlines or exams can really affect your son or daughter's chance of success. If they are ill, please call or email their personal tutor.

Parents’ Role

Talk to us. You can make an appointment to speak to us. Whether you want to talk to a lecturer, a Training Support Officer or speak to one of our staff members about careers advice or learning support, we are here to help you.

Encourage your son or daughter to complete assignments on time. It’s set regularly and is essential to their independent learning.

Remind them to look after their belongings and leave expensive equipment at home. It may cost you a lot of money to replace items.

Further course information can be found at www.serc.ac.uk

Our Role Personal guidance and support for your son or daughter. Each Trainee has a dedicated Training Support Officer who is responsible for their progress and achievement. They’re always on hand to help your son or daughter reach their full potential – and help with any difficulties.

Call us on 0345 600 7555


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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 Education. After successfully completing a Level 3 Extended Diploma your son or daughter has the equivalent to 3 A Level qualifications. This entitles your son or daughter to study a Higher Education course such as a HND, Higher Level Apprenticeship or Foundation Degree with SERC at a fraction of the cost of University! Alternatively, they can progress to University, which 469 of our students did last year.

In addition to teaching qualifications SERC staff must also have professional qualifications in a range of disciplines From Software Engineering, Electronics, Applied Science, Animal Management , Hairdressing, Early Years, Motor Vehicle, Hospitality to name but a few. SERC staff are experts in the use of our industry standard equipment and software, often providing specialist training to industry.

We offer impartial advice and guidance From award winning Careers Advisors to support with additional learning needs,SERC offers all the support your son or daughter needs to succeed. We also host several talks from industry to broaden students’ horizons, raise their aspirations and inform them of all the career options available in their chosen field. While master classes and site visits from industry professionals help to prepare students for the real world of work.

FACT 2

FACT 4

FACT 6

Our students are high achievers Vocational qualifications are a fantastic route into work and equip students with the essential skills employers are looking for. To complete a Level 3 qualification at SERC we ask for 5 GCSEs grade C/GCSE Grade 4 or above including English and Maths. Dependant on your son or daughter's chosen career route, it can be essential to hold a vocational qualification. Just read some of the student success stories in this guide to see how far vocational qualifications could take your son or daughter.

Our students sign a Code of Conduct agreement. On joining SERC all of our students sign a Code of Conduct and Attendance Contract which ensures that they comply with College Policies and treat College property with care and respect. If a student breaks this agreement, staff work quickly to help get them back on track. However, if the behaviour continues there is a disciplinary system that will be actioned to ensure that the student's behaviour does not affect other students in their class.

English, Maths and ICT are mandatory as part of our study programme. At the start of the course students aged 16-18 will be expected to study Maths, English and ICT as mandatory requirements. If your son or daughter has not obtained a Grade C or above at GCSE level we will enrol them on an Essential Skills course. This will be embedded into their timetable.

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Lisburn Outstanding Facilities HUB English and Maths Hub Our main campuses now have modern English and Maths hubs, where you can drop in to an informal setting and get help with everyday Maths and English tasks including GCSE or Essential Skills qualifications.

Specialising in Bio-Sciences, Computing, Electronic Engineering, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering, Media, Music, Photography, Sport and Recreation, Travel and Tourism, Construction, Animal Management, Creative Industries and Performing Arts.

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Lisburn Campus Lisburn Campus boasts a vibrant learning environment in a modern campus in the heart of Lisburn City. Our training restaurant The Linen Room which is open to the public, prepares the next generation of chefs and front of house staff for the hospitality industry. Revive 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.

The ÂŁ27 million campus houses a world class technical skills centre.

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Better off at SERC So what’s the key to landing your dream job? It’s making sure that the skills you’ve got are exactly the skills that the economy needs. Our close industry links mean we know where the jobs are going to be - and how to get you ready for them.

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START YOUR CAREER WITH CONFIDENCE

Taylor Trouton Foundation Degree in Mechatronic Engineering

Taylor, completed her GCSEs at Saintfield High School before enrolling at South Eastern Regional College where she successfully completed a Level 3 90-Credit Diploma in Engineering, achieving an overall double grade Distinction* Distinction at the Downpatrick Campus. Taylor said, “I was always good at maths and wanted to focus on this strong point which led me to engineering. I loved the course and attending SERC I soon realised I wanted to go further. I knew what I wanted to do and luckily, I could pursue this at SERC through a Higher-Level Apprenticeship programme where I am completing an Ulster University Foundation Degree in Mechatronic Engineering which unites the principles of mechanics, electronics and computing. It combines mechanical engineering problem-solving and design

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!

skills with the expertise of digital electronics and computer systems to produce advanced products and systems through automation and the use of robotics. It was the variety in the course that attracted me, plus I knew I would be using my maths skills. “I started my career at Donite Plastics based in Saintfield, before moving to Creative Composites where I am employed as a CNC Technician. My work involves programming machines that will cut a range of materials for customers from around the world, from vehicle designs to medical equipment. The work is interesting and challenging. Creative Composites are very supportive of me completing my qualifications. I work four days a week and attend SERC’s Lisburn Campus one day a week.

and thankfully, not getting into debt. I will complete my Apprenticeship and Foundation Degree this May and am looking forward to continuing my employment with Creative Composites - it is a great place to work, there are people there with vast amounts of experience which I am learning from every day. Finally, she said, “I would certainly recommend this route for qualifications and work to everyone. Matching your ambitions and qualifications with a supportive employer, leading in the sector is the way to go.”

She added, “The big advantage of following the Higher-Level Apprenticeship route is that I am out working, I am able to put my knowledge from college into my work and 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.

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I loved the challenge of the course and all the new things I was learning and 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. Sara Mehaffy Past Student, Access Course

She is an excellent lecturer. Ruth is patient, kind and knowledgeable about the industry we are training to enter. She won’t settle for anything less than 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

I am indebted to the staff at SERC for helping me realise my potential and encouraging me to make a fresh start and follow my heart. Megan Ormsby Past student HMC Level 4 Health and Social Care

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Language Course Special Offer Want to give yourself that extra edge for your CV and future job prospects? You can! In addition to your 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 Tessa Barrett TBarrett@serc.ac.uk

Gain work experience abroad! All students enrolled from Level 2 up to our Level 5 Higher Education courses are eligible to participate in the funded Erasmus+ European Work Experience Programme. Opportunities are available in Spain, Tenerife, Italy and Malta to undertake a 2 week work placement in a relevant business. Gaining work experience abroad will help boost your self-confidence, independence and improve your employability prospects, giving your CV the edge when you come to apply for jobs. It’s 100% funded by the EU’s Erasmus+ Programme, and students selected for this project will be supported with:

• The cost of travel to and from the UK • Accommodation costs including utilities • Local travel costs in Europe • Subsistence money • Meals and cultural activities • A work placement in your • vocational area • Support from tutors and host organisations A recruitment and selection process for suitable candidates takes place every autumn. Work placements are currently available in the following areas: Animal Management, IT, Travel and Tourism, Sport, Catering, Performing 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 Maths hubs, where you can drop in to an informal setting and get help with everyday Maths and English tasks including GCSE or Essential Skills qualifications.

Specialising in Hairdressing, Beauty, Hospitality, Computing, Tourism, Art and Design, Engineering, Motor Vehicle, Early Years, Health and Care, Animal Care and Construction Trades.

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Downpatrick Campus Downpatrick Campus is a vibrant learning environment with a welcoming and friendly atmosphere and fantastic facilities designed to hone student’s specialist skills and training. Our training restaurant The McNeill Room which is open to the public, prepares the next generation of chefs and front of house 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.

A ÂŁ33 million world class learning facility

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All the Support you Need What’s the first thing that people notice here at SERC? It’s our welcoming and friendly atmosphere - and all the support you need to achieve your ambitions. Supporting you

Student Finance

If you need advice and support Our award-winning Careers Officers can help you find the answers. They can advise you on matching your skills to your career, tell you which qualifications you’ll need to get your dream job and help you get any additional support you might need. There is a whole range of support available to ensure your time at SERC is enjoyable and that you reach your full potential.

If you’re concerned about the costs you will incur while studying, contact our Student Finance Team for advice on financial support options that may be available studentfinance@serc.ac.uk.

If you have additional learning needs We’ve got excellent facilities and resources to support all our students, as well as a welcoming and helpful team of specialist support staff. From dyslexia to mental health and mobility access requirements, our Learning Support team can work with you to arrange the additional support you need to succeed. If things are getting on top of you Our free personal counselling service is here to help. If you need somewhere to study Our Learning Resource Centre has everything you need - thousands of books, computers and digital resources; and fantastic staff to help you find what you want. We also have English and Maths HUB’s on each Campus.

You may be able to get help with expenses like travel to and from College, books and materials/kits required for your course, maintenance/living costs (Full-Time students only), tuition fees, and childcare*. Some support is in the form of grants, this is money you do not have to repay, while other support is in the forms of loans, which you will need to repay in the future. * To make sure your funding is in place from the start of term you should contact us for advice on the financial options available to you prior to commencing your course.

Higher Education Financial Support Options* Student Finance NI/Student Loans Company – Full-Time Students (PN1 form). Repayable tuition fee and maintenance loans, means tested, non-repayable, maintenance grant and other supplementary grants, including childcare.

Further course information can be found at www.serc.ac.uk

Student Finance NI/Student Loans Company – Part-Time Students (PTL form). In addition to means tested tuition fee and course grants a non-means tested repayable tuition fee loan has been introduced. This can be used as a top up to the course fee grant, if it does not cover your full course fees, or to pay your full fees if you are not eligible for a tuition fee grant. Hardship Fund Assistance with costs associated with attending College for students who are unable to receive financial support from other sources. Care to Learn ssistance with the costs of registered childcare. Further information is available on all financial support options in the Fees and Finance section of our website: www.serc.ac.uk/fees-and-finance *subject to eligibility, terms and conditions apply Fees are applicable for all HE courses. The rate of fees that you pay will depend upon where you live. Northern Ireland domiciled* students can apply for a loan for tuition fees, a maintenance loan for living costs and a non-repayable maintenance grant (for lower income


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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) www.gov.uk/student-finance Student Awards Agency for Scotland (in Scotland) www.saas.gov.uk Student Finance Wales (in Wales) www.studentfinancewales.co.uk Tuition fee rates for 2020/21, information on tuition fee liability, and the payment process will be released in January 2020. Please check Fees and Finance section of our website www.serc.ac.uk/fees-and-finance

ETI* says...There is outstanding quality of the care, guidance and support in place for students

Safeguarding and Equality We welcome and celebrate the unique talent and experience of each individual student. We’re proud to have built a community that celebrates its diversity, and makes sure everyone is valued, supported and respected. Worried about your own or someone else’s safety? Everyone needs a safe environment to thrive. Here at SERC, we’re committed to making sure that you’re kept safe from harm, such as neglect, bullying or abuse. If you’re in an unsafe situation at home, at College or anywhere else, we’re here to support you and involve people who can help. We are passionate about safeguarding our students and helping them to keep safe. If you need support or advice you can contact our Safeguarding Team.

Thought about how you will finance your college expenses? Money is available to assist you with the costs you will incur while you study** You may be eligible for money towards the following costs • Fees • Books, kits and materials • Home to College Travel • Placement Travel • Maintenance/Living costs • Childcare

*subject to eligibility, terms and conditions apply

*ETI, Education Training Inspectorate

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Prize Winners

Level 3 Professional Cookery student Ben Fleming’s culinary talents and skills gained him third place at the South African Young Chef of the Year at Kingsway’s College, London.

Level 3 Electrical Installation Apprentice Scott Barr won gold at the WorldSkills Regional SkillBuild competition as well as won overall Young Apprentice of the Year being presented with the Haldane Fisher Cup.

Level 2 Garden Design student Kateryna Zaichyk was awarded Best Student Concept Master Plan Design and Best Innovative Concept Detail Award at the national Garden and Landscape Designers Association (GLDA) Student Design Competition.

Hospitality students from SERC’s Bangor Campus competed at the HEAT: Culinary Competition Finals and were awarded the Best Teamwork award as well as a bronze medal for their culinary excellence.

Further course information can be found at www.serc.ac.uk

Level 3 Hairdressing student Sara Beggs was a cut above the rest as she was announced as Regional Winner in the national Wella Xposure Student Hairdressing Competition 2019.

Level 3 Plastering student Curtis Johnston has been selected for TeamUK to compete at the WorldSkills competition in Russia.


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Level 3 Catering apprentices Adam Jones, Matthew McGivern and Adam Proctor reached the finals of The Country Range Student Chef Challenge. SERC was the only college from Northern Ireland to reach the finals.

Level 3 Health and Social care student Cassie Munro from SERC’s Newtownards Campus was shortlisted for the British Education Awards 2019.

HND Engineering students James Robinson and Simon Keys won the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) Engineering Award for their innovative use of technology in their Greenpower Formula 24+ race car project and the Siemens Digital Award for their use of Computer Aided Design in developing the car.

Training for success students were awarded 2nd place for highest sales and 3rd prize for the highest amount raised for their fund-raising efforts during the Action Cancer Big Shop Challenge.

Level 3 Applied Science students Izzy McConkey, Kerri-Melissa Burns and Sarah Scannell won the Best Northern Irish Project and Group 1st Place at the 2019 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition. SERC was also named BT Best Overall School from Northern Ireland.

Level 3 catering apprentice Rachel Carson reached the finals of the European VET Excellence Awards.

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

Level 6 Level 5 Level 4 Level 3 Level 2 Level 1 Entry

Vocational Courses

Entry Requirements

Equivalent

When Completed

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

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 Degree

Progress to University or use your skills to start work

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 Education at SERC, University or use your skills to start work

BTECs, Diplomas, Apprenticeships and Access to Education

5 GCSEs at Grades C/4 or above including English Language and/or Maths (some courses may require both, please check your individual course). Or successful completion of a Level 2 related qualification and interview.

A Levels

Progress to Higher Education at SERC, University or use your skills to start work

BTECs, Diplomas, Awards, Certificates, NVQs, Apprenticeships and Training for Success (Skills for Work)

5 GCSEs at Grades D to G/3-1 (including a curriculum related subject, English Language and/or Maths). Or successful completion of a Level 1 related qualification.

GCSEs

Progress to Level 3 study or use skills to start work

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

Skills for your life (training for Success) vocational studies

No formal qualifications required

Progress to Level 1 study

For all courses you will be required to have an interview. There may be more specific requirements for your particular course e.g. for creative arts courses you may require a portfolio of work. If you have disabilities or learning difficulties, you may not need to meet some entry requirements - our Learning Support Team can advise you. Call 0345 600 7555 for further advice.

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Campuses

Bangor Campus

Downpatrick Campus

Lisburn Campus

Castle Park Road, Bangor, Co. Down, BT20 4TD

Market Street, Downpatrick, Co. Down, BT30 6LZ

Castle Street, Lisburn, Co. Down, BT27 4SU

Newtownards Campus

SPACE Campus

Victoria Avenue, Newtownards, Co. Down, BT23 7EH

Castle Park Road, Bangor, Co. Down, BT20 4TD

Contact Details T 0345 600 7555 E info@serc.ac.uk Opening Hours Monday - Thursday 8:45am - 5:00pm Friday 8:45am - 3:30pm

Professional Skills Centre 17 Dundrod Road, Crumlin, Co. Antrim, BT29 4SR

Saturday - Sunday Closed

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Qualifications Explained At SERC we offer a large variety of courses which are fully recognised by employers and Universities. There are several different pathways and progression routes which allow for further study or employment.  

Supported Learning A suite of programmes to develop your personal, social development, living skills and employability skills. These programmes are designed for those with learning barriers and special skills needs.  

Level 1 (Certificate and Award, NVQ, Skills for your Life, Skills for Work) Level 1 courses are for those students who have few qualifications but who are looking to develop their professional and employability skills. These courses are ideal if you have special educational needs or have experienced barriers to education or employment. They will give you a good foundation of skills which you can build upon to progress to Level 2.  

Level 2 (First Diploma, Certificate, Skills for Work, Apprenticeship)

Level 4 (Higher Level Certificate, Higher Level Apprenticeship)

A Level 2 qualification gives you good knowledge, understanding and practical skills of a range of subjects. You will have the ability to perform a variety of tasks with some guidance or supervision. Success at Level 2 will enhance your ability to progress to employment or to further study at Level 3.   A Level 2 Apprenticeship will equip you with the knowledge and skills within your employed sector.

These are popular with students who are already in employment as they enable you to put the skills you learn into practice within your current job. You can study at Level 4 and then progress to further study at Level 5.  

Level 3 (Subsidiary Diploma, National Foundation Diploma, Diploma top up, Extended Diploma top up, Apprenticeship)

These qualification combine academic study with work-based learning. They are designed to equip you for a particular area of work, as well as giving you advanced technical and managerial skills, problem solving techniques and knowledge for your chosen career.

A Level 3 qualification gives you the ability to gain or apply a range of knowledge, skills and understanding, at a detailed level. Level 3 Diplomas can help you progress to employment or to Higher Education courses at Level 4 or Level 5 programmes either at SERC or University. A Level 3 Apprenticeship will equip you with the knowledge and skills within your employed sector.

Further course information can be found at www.serc.ac.uk

Level 5 (Foundation Degree, Higher Level Diploma, Higher Level Apprenticeship)

Level 6 (Degree) This qualification helps you develop advanced understanding of professional and technical areas. A Degree will help you develop your analytical, intellectual and report writing skills. You will also develop leadership and management skills.


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Progression Chart Accredited Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) If you have been out of education for several years and don’t have the appropriate qualifications but believe you have relevant experience at an appropriate level you may qualify for a course through APEL. Further details on APEL can be found at www.serc.ac.uk. AccessNI Some of our courses particularly those in relation to Health Care and Early Years require an AccessNI Criminal Record Check. This will disclose any criminal records or cautions that you may have and ensure that you are safe to work with the general public. There is a cost of £33 associated with this and it will be your responsibility to pay for this check, in order to enrol on the course.

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Further Education Rout e

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SERC Students’ Union SERC Students’ Union is a democratic body, elected by the student community to work on behalf of and for the benefit of students. SERC Students’ Union deliver a programme of events and activities for the SERC Student community to advocate, enrich and enhance student life for all our students. All students both full-time and parttime are members of the Students’ Union.

Settle in Our Freshers’ Fairs take place in early September and are a great chance to make friends, find out what we’ve got to offer, pick up loads of freebies and get to know local organisations.

Be elected as a Student Leader We have lots of roles available on the Student Leadership Team including Student Governor who has a seat at the table of our Governing Body - pretty big stuff! Also, we aim to have a full team of elected officers to represent students on each campus, for example, Campus President, Welfare Officer, Activities Officer and more! This team of students work together on campaigns and issues that matter most to SERC students.

Be a Class Representative The student voice is really important at SERC and only you can know what it’s like to be a student on your particular course. As a Class Rep, you are the eyes, ears and voice for students in your class. Class Reps have a fantastic opportunity to make a real difference to the way in which your class, course or even the College is run! Volunteer and stand out from the crowd. We work closely with the careers officers to bring you volunteer opportunities which can help you gain experience in your chosen field of study or to simply give back to society in a meaningful way. This is a great way to boost your CV!

Further course information can be found at www.serc.ac.uk

Have fun We want you to enjoy your time at College and we have lots of events throughout the year run by students for students including fundraising and social events.

Make great savings SERC SU is affiliated to the National Union of Students and the Union of Students Ireland through our Regional representative body NUS USI. Being part of the NUS enables students to engage with a range of national opportunities. Students can also save money with the NUS Extra card which offers over 200 discounts online and in store. Find out more at www.totum.com We really hope you enjoy your time at SERC and if you ever need a friendly ear to listen please contact us at

studentsunion@serc.ac.uk Facebook.com/SERCSU @SERCSU


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SERC Student Governor Dillon Stanley Your SERC Student Governor After securing enough votes at the polling stations, 20 year old Dillon Stanley from Lisburn has been elected as SERC Student Governor for 2018/19. Dillon, who studies an HNC in Construction and the Built Environment said

I am looking forward to leading the team of elected Student Officers to make your time at SERC the best that it can be. Being involved in the Students’ Union is good fun and provides opportunities to make new friends and to develop useful skills.

I would encourage all students to take an active part in the SERC SU and a great way to do this is through running to become an SU Officer, Class Rep or Peer Mentor. Full training for SU Officers and Class Reps is provided and there will be opportunities to attend regional meetings and events throughout the year, meet Student Union Officers in other Colleges and get involved in campaigns, events and training that can enhance your CV!�

Contact SERC SU The Student Union at SERC are supported by a staff team and the Student Engagement Manger. You can get in touch with us by contacting Catherine Shipman Student Engagement Manager

E studentsunion@serc.ac.uk M 079 1959 7732 T 0345 600 7555 Where to Find us We have offices on each of our four main sites.

Lisburn Campus Students Union Office Bangor Campus Room A27 Newtonards Campus Room A2 and A3 Downpatrick Campus Room B2-9

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Newtownards Outstanding Facilities HUB English and Maths Hub Our main campuses now have modern English and Maths hubs, where you can drop in to an informal setting and get help with everyday Maths and English tasks including GCSE or Essential Skills qualifications.

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

Further course information can be found at www.serc.ac.uk


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Newtownards Campus Is home to SERC's Award Winning Environmental Skills Centre. Specialising in Motorsport Engineering, Bricklaying, Renewable Energies, Health and Social Care and Early Years. The Centre is a hub for Sustainable Development and Renewable Technology, which includes standalone curriculum and services such as Motor Vehicle, Plumbing and Engineering.

An industry standard facility specialising in Sustainable Energy and Renewable Technology.

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New Learning... New Thinking

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

Further course information can be found at www.serc.ac.uk


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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.

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SERC Student Companies You will have the opportunity to work in a student company or form your own!

Enterprise Winners

SERC provides a range of activities through which you can develop enterprise skills. All Full-Time students spend the first two weeks of the academic year developing enterprise ideas. Students from over 30 curriculum areas collaborate in small teams to develop solutions which are exhibited in public presentation events.

2

Weeks Developing Enterprise Ideas

The best enterprise solutions voted for by students compete in an Enterprise final for the chance to win prizes. These activities will develop your skills and are great for your CV.

Further course information can be found at www.serc.ac.uk

SERC Student Company ANCPOS, is a group of entrepreneurial Engineering Apprentices who developed an idea for a digital control panel which would operate a fishing trawler winch. ANCPOS received technical support from engineering lecturers and business support from the University of the Third Age (U3A). They are currently working with external bodies to secure further development funding.

Maker Space Maker Space rooms with creative equipment including 3D printers and design software are available for all students to use. Students from a range of curriculum areas can learn from each other and help each other to design and develop innovative solutions which can turn into business ideas.


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Artisan Bakes Specialises in delicious desserts to go. These desserts range from pavlova to popular cheesecakes and meringues of all flavours.

The Dirty Beetroot Specialise in beetroot-based food products which are healthy and nutritious and have added a twist.

Cutting Edge We manufacture personalised gifts and decorative homewares. Sector Award and Entrepreneur Award winners 2019.

Made to Treasure Produces individually made crafts from decorated champagne flutes, wine glasses and recycled up-do bottles.

ANCPOS We aim to replace fishermen manually having to count warp windings and operating winches by developing a computer program which automatically detect net rope characteristics

Craving Candy We provide customers with bright, colourful and tasty sweets for any occasion.

Don’t Bird it, Bin it We offer an educational package to local primary schools about solutions to global and local plastic usage problems.

McNeill Wood Design We specialise in bespoke hand crafted and manufactured wooden pieces that are quirky, unique and highly decorative.

Copper Crafts A plumbing based student company who specialise in copper architecture art designs.

Wood ‘n’ Stuff We create unique pieces of furniture and decorative features for outdoor and indoor use.

In the Mix Bakehouse We specialise in creating tasty, attractive and reasonably priced baked goods with eco-friendly packaging.

Re Do It, Re New It We create products that are all upcycled or recycled. These products range from small pieces of furniture to highly decorative articles

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Further Education Courses

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School of Applied Science and Sport

58

School of Business, Hospitality and Tourism

70

School of Construction and Engineering Services

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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Further Education Further Education courses are open to all. They are suitable for students aged 16 and over and range from Level 1 to Level 3 and include Diplomas, Extended Diplomas and Certificates. Further Education course are made up of units or modules and you will complete assignments and tests throughout the year to link theory with practical work.

How will you be assessed

SERC Online resources

Each course will have a mixture of different assessment methods to ensure you develop both your knowledge and practical skills. One of the key methods will be project based learning, explained earlier, in which you will be working in groups while other assessments will be individual. Other methods include written reports (or video report), online test, written test, presentation etc.

You will also have a wide variety of resources online that enable you to study and online at home or in the learning resource centre. The College has an extensive range of resources on its Virtual Learning Environment that make it easier for you to study at a time that suits you best. These vary from powerpoint presentations, quizzes, links to online resources to forums and discussion groups where you can participate online in a controlled way with your classmates.

On some programmes such as bricklaying, hairdressing etc you will have a variety of practical tasks that need to be completed and assessed to track the development of your skills in our industry standard laboratories, workshops, restaurants, salons etc. Other programmes such as performing arts and music will have live performances in our theatre and recording studios. The wide variety of programmes at the college means we have developed an exciting range of assessments to help ensure your success.

Tutor support Every Full-Time further education programme has a tutorial slot on their timetable and a dedicated tutor who is there to help you with your studies.

Further course information can be found at www.serc.ac.uk

There are also a wide range of ebooks that are available to you through the College learning resource centre.

How much study time should you spend You will be expected to study a number of hours per week outside of the College classes to ensure you can develop your skills and complete any assignments or tests. As a rough guide – if your course is 18 hours per week you should be studying and completing assignments for up to another 12 – 15 hours per week on average.


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Level 3 If you’re leaving school with 5 or more GCSEs a Level 3 Further Education course is ideal. SERC offer a range of courses at Level 3 which generate UCAS points for entry to Higher Education just like A Levels. The various course types and their respective UCAS points are shown and each will equip you with the practical skills you will need to continue to Higher Education courses at SERC or University, or to gain employment in your chosen subject.

Mix of assignments and tests throughout the year Essential Skills courses for anyone without GCSE Maths, English or ICT Develop employability skills such as teamwork, communication and problem solving

A Level Access (A2) UCAS Tariffs Tariffs UCAS TARIFF POINTS

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Access to Education Access to Education courses are ideal if you have been out of formal education for two or more years. These courses develop your personal and academic confidence and lead to Higher Education courses such as Degrees, Foundation Degrees and HNDs. Many of our Access to Education students progress to University to study Nursing, Teaching, Criminology or English, while others stay at SERC and undertake HNDs and Foundation Degrees.

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AS Level Tariffs

NATIONAL FOUNDATION DIPLOMA

EMA allowance of £40 per week for eligible students

DIPLOMA

Free Bus Pass available to Full-Time students

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UCAS TARIFF

Further Education courses at Level 1 and 2 are ideal if you haven’t done as well in your GCSEs as you would have liked. These one year courses are equivalent to GCSEs and will help you get back on track. Successful completion of a Level 2 course will enable you to progress to a Level 3 course and then to Higher Education, University or employment.

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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 that may include agricultural, pharmaceutical or medical industries.

Nurse £22,000 - £48,000 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 equipment and taking temperatures and blood pressure readings.

Further course information can be found at www.serc.ac.uk


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SERC 1ST FOR SCIENCE IN N.IRELAND

School of Applied Science and Sport

Example Careers

Sports Coach

Biomedical Scientist

Sport Psychologist Police Officer Solicitor Scientist Fire fighter Nurse Environmental Health Officer Forensic Scientist Pharmacist

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Animal Care I’m getting great work experience

Aoife Lavery-Knocker Level 3 Animal Management Aoife said, “I came to SERC after my AS Levels. After speaking to the tutors at the full-time open night I knew this was the course for me. I have gained hands on experience working with animals. There is a great balance between practical and theoretical work and the coursework has helped me improve my time management. I was better off at SERC and now I have a conditional offer to study Animal Behaviour at Chester University.”

Further course information can be found at www.serc.ac.uk


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Level 2 Diploma In Animal Care Ideal If: You want a career working in small animal care from a dog groomer to working in a zoo. You’ll Learn: About animal health and welfare, animal biology, feeding animals and animal handling. You’ll Love: The work-related experience that you will gain on this course working with animals on a placement. You’ll Progress: To employment or further study on a programme like the Level 3 National Foundation Diploma Animal Management which will lead to jobs such as veterinary nurse or a management position in the animal welfare industry. You’ll Need: A minimum of 2 GCSEs at Grade C or above, preferably Maths and Science. Proof of up to date Tetanus or medical exemption certificate also required

Level 3 National Extended Diploma Animal Management Ideal If: If you want to go onto study an animal related subject at a higher level. It may also meet the requirements for entry level job within the sector such as zookeeper, dog groomer, veterinary nurse or dog handler. You’ll Learn: about animal science, animal health, animal handling, safe working, animal nutrition, accommodation and animal welfare and breeding. You’ll Love: the practical element of this course including working with small animals and a placement which will increase your experience with animals. You’ll Progress: You could go on to study an animal related subject at a higher level. You may also meet the requirements for an entry level job within the sector such as zookeeper, dog groomer, veterinary nurse or dog handler. You’ll Need: Min 4 GCSEs at Grade C or above, including English, Maths and separate science GCSEs (Min 2 GCSEs),or 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

Jobs Veterinary Nurse £18,000 to £26,000 This is a rewarding career for pet lovers and those who are passionate about animal welfare. You will need practical skills, the ability to handle animals in a calm and confident manner and have the ability to be tactful and sympathetic to pet owners.

Dog Groomer £13,000 – £20,000 Dog Groomers will provide tremendous care for dogs and have the ability to handle them firmly but gently, being able to calm a nervous dog down. Duties usually include shampooing, shaping a coat of fur and trimming precisely using scissors.

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Bio Science I’m getting great work experience

Nathan Luke Grey Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Applied Science Nathan said, “I was better off at SERC because I can focus on one core subject that I am passionate about. The class experiments are the best part of this course, we have grown our own bacteria and made bottle rockets which has improved me teamwork and interpersonal skills. SERC has built up my confidence and prefer that my course is assignment based with no tests as this suits my learning style better. On completion of this course I plan to progress on to university.”

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Level 2 Extended Certificate in Applied Science

Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Applied Science

Ideal If: you wish to pursue a career in the applied science field or obtain a good foundation knowledge of applied science subjects.

Ideal If: If you want to go onto study Science or a related subject at a higher level. It may also meet the requirements for entry level job within the sector and a higher level apprenticeship in Science.

You’ll Learn: about Chemistry, biology, chemical substances, life sciences, the living body, medicine, chemical detection, physics and biotechnological procedures. You’ll Love: The hands-on experiments and the range of science projects that you will participate in. You’ll Progress: to the Level 3 Foundation in Applied Science (dependant on achievement) and possible careers within the Forensic, Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacy or Science industries. You’ll Need: A minimum of 2 GCSEs at Grades D or above.

Learners should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes with the specific higher education providers. You’ll Need: A minimum of 4Cs at GCSE level to include English (or equivalent), Maths (equivalencies will be considered) and Double Award Science (or equivalent such as a Merit at Level 2 Extended Certificate in Applied Science).

You’ll Learn: Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques, Principles and Applications of Science, Scientific Investigation skills and Laboratory Techniques and their applications. You’ll Love: The significant practical elements of this course. You will be encouraged to carry out individual/group project work and may have the opportunity to enter International competitions. The department has had great success with these competitions over the last number of years and they provide a great opportunity to develop in depth Scientific knowledge and skills whilst developing employability skills such as communication, team work, innovation and problem solving.

Jobs 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 that may include agricultural, pharmaceutical or medical industries.

You’ll Progress: Learners who have completed this qualification in two years may progress to level 4/5 such as HND/ Foundation Degree in a science subject. You may also be able to progress to degrees in related Science subjects which may include Biology, Human Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Food Nutrition. The qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as meeting, or contributing to, admission requirements for many relevant Science courses.

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Horticultutre

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Level 2 Diploma in Horticulture Ideal If: You want to start a career in the horticulture industry. Jobs in horticulture; plant area assistant, assistant grounds person, private gardener, landscape operative, ground maintenance, commercial nursery worker. You’ll Learn: About, Health and Safety, Introduction to Plant/Soil Science, Establishing and Maintaining Plants, Nursery Stock Production and Propagation Techniques. You’ll Love: The practical hands on nature of this course delivered on our bespoke horticultural campus at Holywood. You will be involved in a variety of individual and team projects with work experience a key aspect of the course. You’ll Progress: An ideal qualification if you are intending to progress directly to employment within horticulture, or to a L3 horticultural programme. You’ll Need: A minimum of 4 GCSE’s including at least Grade F in English and Maths. A keen interest in horticulture is essential.

Jobs Gardener £16,000 - £25,000 As a gardener you could have the opportunity to work in some on the most beautiful public and private gardens throughout the world. Your duties could include caring for historic plant collections, managing pest and disease or propagating and conserving important plants. You will need an eye for detail, a positive attitude and a love of the outdoors.

Landscaper £16,000 - £30,000 You could be creating fantastic spaces, working with garden designers to implement their plans. You might be installing paving or water features, planting trees or laying lawns. Your communication skills will be important when you need to discuss your client’s needs, or advise them on ongoing maintenance.

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Public Service I’m getting great work experience

Edward Watson Level 3 Extended Diploma in Public Services Edward said, “I love my course; it is extremely enjoyable and is the right path to take if you want a career within public service. Through SERC I have completed work experience and I am currently working towards my 50-hour Millennium Volunteer Certificate which is a great CV booster. The course is challenging yet rewarding, it has allowed me to reach my potential and push me to my limits. On completion of this course I want to enter the public service industry full time and I am currently exploring various options.”

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Level 3 Extended Diploma in Public Services Ideal If: You want work as a Police Officer, Fire Fighter, Paramedic or join the Army. You can also continue your studies to a higher level at University. You’ll Learn: Teamwork and leadership skills, discipline and aspects of the legal system. You’ll Love: The outdoor expeditions and fitness training and the hands-on experience with industry and the opportunities to volunteer with local organisations. You’ll Progress: You could progress to university or look for immediate employment in the armed or emergency uniformed public services. The course will allow you to be prepared for entry into the public services. The varied nature of the course allows students to find something which interests them which commonly includes outdoor activities, criminology or sociology. The skills developed on this course can be easily transferred to any avenue of employment.

Jobs Firefighter £22,000 - £42,000 A Firefighter will act calmly and swiftly, usually as part of a team to handle an emergency situation which will include fires but also bomb alerts, flooding and inspecting building to ensure their safety. Rescuing people in emergency situations will be required routinely within the job role.

Police Officer £20,000 - £60,000 As a police officer you will work as a uniformed officer on patrol, checking the security of public areas. You will be required to respond to calls from the public, investigate crime, interview suspects and give evidence in court. You need to apply though your local police force which will require an interview, written, physical and medical tests.

You’ll Need: The entry requirements for this course are 4 GCSE’s between grades A* to C or equivalent, including English and Mathematics. A keen interest in outdoor activities is also desirable. In circumstances where there are more applications for a course than there are places available, the College reserves the right to ask for higher grades.

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Sport I’m getting great work experience

Jake Corbett Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sport Jake said, “Coming to SERC has given me an opportunity to specialise in an area that I am passionate about. I am a practical learner, so I like that there is a balance between practical and theoretical work on my course. I was selected to play for the Northern Ireland Under 18 Schoolboys team and the flexibility of the college meant that I can fit my studies around my training needs. My tutors and the top of the range sporting equipment and facilities offered by SERC means that I am getting great experience that is preparing me for my future career.”

Further course information can be found at www.serc.ac.uk


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Level 2 Technical Diploma in Sport Ideal If: You want a good introduction to the wide and varied aspects of sport and want to progress to a career such as a Fitness Coach, Personal Trainer, Leisure Centre Employee or Sports Development Officer. You’ll Learn: About anatomy and physiology for sport, sports nutrition and performance, personal fitness, injury in sport and planning and leading a sports activity. You’ll Love: The practical hands on nature of this course and you will be involved in a variety of individual and team events as well as organising sport events. You will also gain professional qualifications such as IFA coaching qualifications. You’ll Progress: To the Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Sport or onto another Level 3 course. Further study can lead to careers as a Fitness Coach, Personal Trainer, Leisure Centre Manager or Sports and Exercise Psychologist and PE teacher. You’ll Need: A minimum of 2D’s at GCSE level and a keen interest in sport.

Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sport Ideal If: you want to work as a Fitness Coach, Personal Trainer, Leisure Centre Manager, working in sports development. You’ll Learn: about anatomy and physiology, team sports, sports nutrition, sports coaching and fitness training and importantly sports massage. You’ll Love: the practical hands on nature of this course and you will be involved in a variety of individual and team events as well as organising sport events. You will also gain professional qualifications such as IFA coaching qualifications. You’ll Progress: Learners who have completed this qualification in two years may progress to level 4/5. The qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as meeting, or contributing to, admission requirements for many relevant Sports courses. Learners should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes with the specific higher education providers. You’ll Need: A minimum of 4Cs at GCSE level (preferably including English and Maths or equivalent) or a Merit at level 2 and a keen interest in sport.

Jobs Personal Trainer £14,000-£22,000 As a personal trainer you can work as a gym instructor or do personal training outside your normal hours. The role will involve you talking to clients to find out about their fitness level and then motivating them to reach their goal though developing a developing fitness programme to meet their needs.

Sports Psychologist £32,000-£60,000 Further study may take you down the route of becoming a sports psychologist where you will work with individuals or teams on issues such as nerves, motivation, concentration and self-confidence. As a sports Psychologist you could work for a local health authority or on a GP referral scheme.

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Human Resource Officer £15,000 - £50,000

You will be responsible for dealing with staff at all levels within this diverse role which will include core duties such as assisting in the recruitment of new employees, recording employee information, promoting equality and developing HR policies and procedures. Progression within this role could lead to a position in senior management within an organisation.

Marketing Executive £18,000 - £35,000

Creativity and strong communication skills are key within this exciting role in which you may be undertaking duties such as research on customer and market trends, copywriting and managing social media campaigns to name but a few. You will usually be part of a team and need proficient organisational skills, coupled with a solid standard of I.T ability.

Further course information can be found at www.serc.ac.uk


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School of Business, Hospitality and Tourism

Example Careers

Retail Manager

Business Manager

HR Officer Accountant Chef Events Manager Restaurant Manager Marketing Executive Travel Agent Aviation Operations

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Business and Management I’m getting great work experience

Jun-Wei Chen Level 3 Business Management Jun-Wei said, “I was better off at SERC because of the smaller class sizes. It is a less intimidating environment and I feel confident asking questions and participating in class. The group work within my course has improved my teamwork and networking skills. I was awarded an Excellence Award for Business Student of the Year through SERC which will look great on my CV and UCAS application. The coursework and learning style at the college has prepared me for university and I feel that the transition will be a lot easier. On completion of this course I am going to University of Manchester to study business.”

Further course information can be found at www.serc.ac.uk


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Level 3 National Diploma in Business Ideal If: If you want to develop your knowledge of the different components within the sectors of business and future potential employment as a Marketing Manager, Human Resource Manager, or an Accountant You’ll Learn: A wide range of practical Business Skills How to Communicate Problem Solving Creative Thinking Listening Skills Time Management Development of Leadership and Management Skills  You’ll Love: The field trips and residential study visits that you will take part in on this course, allowing you to gain a true insight into the world of Business plus the opportunity to set up your own small companies through Project Based Learning.

Jobs Management Accountant £25,000 - £100,000 As a Management Accountant you will prepare financial statements and accounts, monitor spending and budgets, forecast spending and make business decisions. You will require good mathematical and ICT skills, and analytical approach and you will be required to be a logical thinker.

Events Manager £17,000 - £80,000 Practical experience gained from travel and tourism, PR, or assisting live entertainment events

You’ll Progress:  Successful completion of this course could lead directly onto further study on a Foundation Degree at SERC or a Business course at your local University here or in England Alternatively, the course can also lead directly into a career in Banking, Insurance, Civil Service, Retail or Accountancy.  You’ll Need: 5 GCSE at Grade C or above to include Maths and English

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Hospitality & Catering I’m getting great work experience

Ben Fleming Level 3 NVQ Cookery Ben said, “I love my course; the lecturers are extremely talented chefs and I am learning a lot of new skills under their tutelage. I run my own catering business and with the help of SERC’s Entrepreneur Club I hope to develop this further. Through SERC I was entered for South African Young Chef of the Year 2019 and I was awarded third place for my dishes, it was an excellent networking opportunity and has helped prepare me for the industry. On completion of this course I hope to build my business using my knowledge of the industry I have gained from SERC.”

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Level 2 Diploma In Culinary Skills Ideal If: If you want to become a commis chef or chef. You’ll Learn: about preparing foods such as meat, poultry, fish and vegetables, how to produce desserts and puddings; and the importance of food safety. You’ll Love: the Industry Standard kitchens that we have and our restaurant days / nights where you will cook for members of the public in our professional restaurant, The Birches (Bangor), McNeill Room (Downpatrick) and Linen Room (Lisburn).  You’ll Progress: to the Level 3 Professional cookery qualification or to Full-Time employment within the industry. You’ll Need: 4 GCSEs Grade A - C or significant catering experience.

Level 2 Diploma in Professional Food and Beverage Service Ideal If: You want a career in the food service industry such as bar staff, table or counter service. You’ll Learn: about menu knowledge and design, beverage product knowledge, food and beverage service skills, customer service, food safety and handling payments You’ll Love: our restaurant nights where you will work in one of our professional restaurants open to the public. The Birches (Bangor), McNeill Room (Downpatrick) and Linen Room (Lisburn). You’ll Progress: to employment or onto further study on a Level 3 programme such as Advanced Technical Diploma in Supervision in Food and Beverage Services or a 90-credit Diploma which can lead to careers such as maître d’ or food and beverage supervisor. You’ll Need: 2 GCSEs at Grade D or above, a keen interest in working in the Hospitality industry as a front of house operative.

Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Supervision in Food and Beverage Services (450) Ideal If: you want to gain employment in the hospitality sector as a Food and Beverage Supervisor. You’ll Learn: Leadership skills, planning and delivering hospitality events, supervising beverage services, serving cocktails, barista service, table service techniques and current trends in eating and drinking You’ll Love: Our restaurant days / nights where you will work in The Birches (Bangor), McNeill Room (Downpatrick) our fully functioning restaurants which are open to the public. You’ll Progress: to Higher Education such as our Level 4 Hospitality Management with further progression leading to our Foundation Degree in Tourism, Hospitality and Events. Alternatively, this can directly lead to employment within the Hospitality industry as a Restaurant or Bar Supervisor. You’ll Need: 4 GCSEs at C or above preferably including Maths and English however the college will offer Essential Skills literacy and numeracy, or VRQ Level 2 in Professional Food and Beverage Services.

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Level 3 NVQ Professional Cookery, Patisserie and Confectionary Ideal If: You wish to pursue a career in advanced patisserie to become a pastry chef.

Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Professional Cookery You’ll Learn: how to prepare, cook, finish and present advanced meat, poultry, fish and vegetables, how to produce complex desserts and puddings; and the importance of food safety.

You’ll Learn: How to prepare, cook and finish bread and dough products, sponges, cakes and scones, pastry products, chocolate products, hot and cold desserts and complex dishes. You will also learn how to establish and develop positive working relationships in hospitality along with maintaining health, hygiene safety and security of the working environment.

You’ll Love: The Industry Standard kitchens that we have and our restaurant days / nights where you will cook for members of the public in a fully functioning restaurant. The Birches (Bangor), McNeill Room (Downpatrick) and Linen Room (Lisburn).

You’ll Love: The Industry Standard kitchens that we have and our restaurant days / nights where you will produce for members of the public in a fully functioning restaurant. The Birches (Bangor), McNeill Room (Downpatrick) and Linen Room (Lisburn).

You’ll Need: an NVQ Level 2 in Professional Cookery restaurant days / nights where you will cook for members of the public in a fully functioning restaurant. The Birches (Bangor), McNeill Room (Downpatrick) and Linen Room (Lisburn).

You’ll Progress: The Industry Standard kitchens that we have and our restaurant days / nights where you will produce for members of the public in a fully functioning restaurant. The Birches (Bangor), McNeill Room (Downpatrick) and Linen Room (Lisburn).

You’ll Progress: to a career as a sous chef within the hospitality sector.

You’ll Progress: to a career as a sous chef within the hospitality sector. You’ll need: an NVQ Level 2 in Professional Cookery

You’ll Need: An NVQ Level 2 in Professional Cookery - Patisserie and Confectionery.

Further course information can be found at www.serc.ac.uk

Level 2 Diploma In Professional Bakery Ideal If: you wish to pursue a career as a patisserie chef or baker in the catering and hospitality sector. You’ll Learn: how to develop intermediate practical skills and knowledge in a wide range of bread, pastry, flour confectionary and cake decoration techniques. You’ll Love: The Industry Standard kitchens that we have and our restaurant days / nights where you will produce for members of the public in a fully functioning restaurant. The Birches (Bangor) and Linen Room (Lisburn). You’ll Progress: to a career as a pastry chef within the catering and hospitality sector or onto a Level 3 Patisserie and Confectionary programme. You’ll Need: 2 GCSE at D Grade.


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Jobs Restaurant Manager £18,000 - £45,000 A Degree or Foundation Degree followed by a trainee scheme through a company is the most straightforward route to achieving this career. Planning menus, organising shifts and rotas, working with food and drink suppliers and ensuring legislation is upheld in terms of health and safety and food hygiene is essential.

Chef £13,000 - £50,000 There are various ways to enter the fray of being a chef which include on-the-job training, working as a trainee chef or most advisably, enrolling on an appropriate Full-Time course. A chef will be responsible for presenting food creatively and monitoring food to maintain quality and portion sizes. Hotels, restaurants, pubs, colleges or the NHS are just some of the places you could find a role within.

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Travel and Tourism I’m getting great work experience

Hannah McCoy Level 3 Diploma in Travel and Tourism Hannah said, “I have always been interested in travelling, and this course has given me the chance to explore various career paths that surround it. This is a very interactive course; we have received talks from various people in the industry and we have had amazing class trips to hot tourist spots in like Crumlin Road Gaol in Belfast and the activity centre in Dublin. I am going on a trip to Tenerife through the Erasmus programme offered at SERC and I am excited to travel and learn more about different cultures.”

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Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Travel and Tourism Ideal If: you are looking for a career in Travel and Tourism to gain the underpinning knowledge required to progress to a level 3 qualification  You’ll Learn: about travel and tourism destinations and the travel and tourism sector, progressing onto understanding the customer experience within tourism You’ll Love: The field trips and residential study visits that you will take part in on this course, allowing you to gain a true insight into the travel and tourism sector. You’ll Progress: On successful completion of the Level 2, you will be able to progress onto a two year, Level 3 Diploma programme where you will have the opportunity to complete specialist units including the business of travel and tourism, preparation for employment and long haul travel destinations You’ll Need: it is ideal if you have x2 GCSEs at Grade D

Level 3 Diploma in Travel and Tourism Ideal If: If you want to develop your knowledge of the different components within the sectors of Travel and Tourism and undertake employment as an Events Manager, Hotel Manager, Travel Agent, Airport and Airlines or Cabin Crew, this is the ideal course for you. You’ll Learn: Recruitment and Selection in Travel and Tourism & The Airport Experience, Managing the Customer Experience in Travel, Researching Current Travel Trends and Key Issues in Travel and Tourism & Tourism and Travel and Tourism Enterprise.

Jobs Aviation Operator £20,000 - £140,000 A Degree in aviation is the best course of action to pursue a career in piloting planes. There are approved training schools and a medical will be required before you can take a course. A good physical condition intertwined with high quality eyesight are required. A higher level apprenticeship may also be a suitable option.

You’ll Love: The field trips and residential study visits that you will take part in on this course, allowing you to gain a true insight into the travel and tourism sector. You’ll Progress: Onto year 2 of the programme and you will complete units such as, Principles of Marketing in Travel & Tourism Marketing, The Airport Experience and Tourism and Travel and Tourism Enterprise. Once you have completed the two-year course, progression to roles such as human resources, event organisation, cruise sector, marketing, ticketing, tour operation or as a travel agent are possible. You’ll Need: BTEC Level 2 Diploma or 4 GCSEs at Grade C or above, GCSE Maths and English at Grade C or above or equivalent e.g. Essential Skills is desirable.

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A Level I’m getting great work experience

Carla Hutchinson GCE A-Levels Carla said, “Studying my A- Levels at SERC was the best decision I have ever made. Applying was quick and simple and the friendly, informal interview helped prepare me for what the course would entail. The tutors are knowledgeable and encourage students to achieve their full potential. Thanks to this course I have an offer to study Psychology at Queens University in Belfast and I am excited for the future.”

Further course information can be found at www.serc.ac.uk


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A Level Ideal If: you would like to study A’ Levels to progress to a specific higher education course or employment. You’ll Learn: 3 or 4 subjects that may include Psychology, Sociology, English Literature, History, Government and Politics, Religious Studies You’ll Love: the work experience relevant to your chosen career and opportunity to study AS and A2 Levels in one year (fast track A Levels). You’ll Progress: onto employment or this could lead you to University. You’ll Need: 5 GCSEs including English. Psychology and Sociology need an additional requirement of least 2 B’s and 3 C’s including Maths.

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Site Manager £27,000 - £70,000

Leadership, problem solving and decision making are at the core of the responsibilities within this role. You will likely be working for building companies and sub-contractors managing various construction projects, sometimes simultaneous projects.

Mechanic £18,000 - £35,000

It is best to start with a Level 2 Motor Vehicle qualification and obtain a driving license when pursuing this career. Estimating job costs, solving engine problems along with quality testing will be among the duties of the role.

Further course information can be found at www.serc.ac.uk


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School of Construction and Engineering Services

Example Careers

Motor Vehicle

Technician

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Bricklaying I’m getting great work experience

Ryan McAlorum Level 3 Diploma in Bricklaying Ryan said, “The best part about this course is the practical work. Being in the workshops and learning the trade is fun and interesting. It is rewarding to see that my skills are constantly improving. The tutors are supportive and make sure you understand the material. I like that there is a good balance between practical work and coursework as it suits my learning style better. Now I know how to manage my time better to ensure I am meeting deadlines. SERC has prepared me for the industry, and I feel confident about entering the workplace on completion of this course.”

Further course information can be found at www.serc.ac.uk


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Level 2 Diploma In Bricklaying

Level 3 Diploma in Bricklaying

Ideal If: you want to become a recognised bricklayer.

Ideal If: you want to become a recognised bricklayer.

You’ll Learn: about health and safety, building construction, solid walling, masonry structures, building methods and cavity walling.

You’ll Learn: all the aspects of bricklaying as well as profiled blockwork, complex arches, circular work and openings, detailed walling and complex setting out of buildings.

You’ll Love: our Industry Standard bricklaying suite and the very practical nature of the programme. You’ll Progress: to the Level 3 Diploma in Bricklaying, also working on site as a trainee. You’ll Need: 4 GCSEs at Grade D or above, preferably including English and Maths.

You’ll Love: the hands-on experience you gain with this course as you will be working on site for 4 days per week, with one day per week spent in the College.

Jobs Site Manager £27,000 - £70,000 Leadership, problem solving and decision making are at the core of the responsibilities within this role. You will likely be working for building companies and sub-contractors managing various construction projects, sometimes simultaneous projects.

You’ll Progress: to be a fully trained Bricklayer You’ll Need: 4 GCSEs at Grade A-C (preferably including English and Maths) or a relevant Level 2 / First Diploma or equivalent (Level 2 Diploma in bricklaying or NVQ 2 apprenticeship in trowel occupations)

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Carpentry I’m getting great work experience

Curtis Gavin Level 2 Diploma in Maintenance Operations (Construction) Curtis said, “I was better off at SERC because I wanted to do something more practical that would prepare me for the workplace. This course has a great variety of topics including plumbing, joinery, plastering and painting which has given me the chance to figure out which area of construction I enjoy the most. The workshops offer the latest equipment and tools and I am getting great hands on experience. On completion of this course I am going to progress on to the plumbing apprenticeship offered at the college.”

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Level 2 Diploma In Site Carpentry Ideal If: you want to start a career as a Carpenter or Joiner.

Level 3 Diploma in Bench Joinery Ideal If: You want to progress in your career as a Bench Joiner.

You’ll Learn: how to fit flooring and roofing, frames and stairs as well as how to set up and operate joinery equipment.

You’ll Learn: how to set up and use fixed and transportable machinery, manufacture shaped doors and frames and manufacture stairs with turns.

You’ll Love: our Industry Standard workshops using simulated conditions.

You’ll Love: our industry standard workshops using simulated conditions.

You’ll Progress: to the Level 3 Diploma in Site Carpentry which upon completion will progress to employment in the industry.

You’ll Progress: our industry standard workshops using simulated conditions.

You’ll Need: 4 GCSEs at Grade D or above, preferably including English and Maths or equivalent qualification.

You’ll Need: A Level 2 Qualification in C&J before progressing to Level 3. Industry experience will also be taken into consideration.

Jobs Carpenter £16,000 - £40,000 Your main tasks will include discussing plans, cutting and shaping timer for floorboards, doors, skirting boards and window frames and making and assembling fitted and free-standing furniture. You will need good maths skills to calculate quantities and angles, be able to follow drawings and plans and have good attention to detail.

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Construction Studies I’m getting great work experience

Jezliah Aceret Level 3 Construction and the Built Environment Jezliah said, “I knew that A-Levels weren’t the right choice for me, and I like that instead of studying three different subjects I am focused solely on one topic now. The course is interesting, and I enjoy the creative elements such as graphical detailing embedded in the course. The small class sizes means that I get the attention needed from my tutor to complete assignments in a timely manner. There is also no exam stress on this course as it is all coursework based. On completion of my course I would like to progress on to University.”

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Level 2 Diploma In Maintenance Operations (Construction)

Level 3 Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment (Civil Engineering)

Ideal If: you are wanting to start your career in the various Construction trades in repairing buildings.

Ideal If: You are wanting to pursue a career as a Civil Engineer in the Construction Industry.

You’ll Learn: how to complete small-scale repairs in various trade areas such as Painting & Decorating, Plastering, Plumbing, C&J and Building Work

You’ll Learn: about Structural analysis, Measurement techniques, Civil Engineering Construction, Surveying, Construction Technology and many more.

You’ll Love: our industry standard workshops and machinery.

You’ll Love: our Industry Standard facilities with the most up to date equipment for carrying out Building Surveying, construction drawings etc. You will also the opportunity to go on Site visits with our industry trained lecturers.

You’ll Progress: On successful completion of this programme it can lead to further study at level 3 in a specific trade area. Alternatively, it can lead to employment in Facilities or Building Maintenance. You’ll Need: A minimum of 5 GCSE’s including at least grade F in English and Maths. However to help you succeed on the course it is preferable if you have a minimum of grade D in Maths and English. You will be required to complete Essential Skills Literacy, Numeracy and ICT if you do not have a GCSE grade C or Level 2 Essential Skill in English, Maths or IT. 

Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment Ideal If: You would like a career within the Construction Engineering sector for example Civil Engineering, Quantity Surveying, Architectural Technology, Building Surveying etc. You’ll Learn: Computer Aided Design, Surveying, Site Management and Health and Safety You’ll Love: That this course can help you succeed in a highly competitive job market by developing your skills and knowledge that employers are looking for.

You’ll Progress: to Level 3 Extended Diploma routes for Civil Engineering or Higher level HNC/D programmes in Construction.

You’ll Progress: Onto employment or further study on one of our Higher Education Construction Engineering programmes

You’ll Need: 4 GCSEs at Grade C or above including Maths and English or a Level 2 construction related qualification.

You’ll Need: 4 GCSE’s at grade C or above including Maths and English

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Motor Vehicle I’m getting great work experience

Ben McKee Level 3 Motor Sport Engineering Ben said, “My course is amazing. I am from a family of professional rally racers and I wanted to know more about the industry so I can fix cars I am going to race. My tutors and classmates are friendly and supportive. I love that it is a relaxed environment and I feel like I have more independence at the college than I did at school. This course has improved my confidence and abilities massively. On completion of this course I want to pursue my career in motor sport racing by hopefully one day competing in the world rally championships.”

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Level 3 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Competence

Level 3 Motor Sport Engineering

Ideal If: You want to develop your knowledge of diagnostics and rectifying vehicle system faults to become a Senior Technician, Workshop Supervisor or Garage Manger.

You’ll Learn: about motorsport events regulation, materials, fabrication, tools and measuring devices used in Motorsport, Mechanical Engineering attend motorsport events and Engineering mathematics.

You’ll Learn: About finding faults using computer diagnostic equipment, checking stock levels and ordering parts, carrying out standard servicing as well as repairs and maintenance testing.

You’ll Love: our Industry Standard motor vehicle workshop and the wide range of cutting-edge technical equipment you will get to use.

You’ll Love: Our Industry Standard motor vehicle workshop You’ll Progress: to improved career opportunities such as a Senior Technician, Workshop Supervisor or Garage Manager. You’ll Need: A Level 2 qualification in the motor industry or have relevant experience.

Ideal If: you want to be a Motorsport Engineer and work with rally cars, motorbikes and other motorsport vehicles.

Jobs Mechanic £18,000 - £35,000 It is best to start with a Level 2 Motor Vehicle qualification and obtain a driving licence when pursuing this career. Estimating job costs, solving engine problems along with quality testing will be among the duties of the role.

You’ll Progress: to Higher Education such as a Degree in Motorsport Vehicle Preparation or Engineering. Alternatively, this course can lead into a career in the Engineering and Motor Vehicle Industry. You’ll Need: 4 GCSEs at Grade C or above in Maths, English and a science related subject and Technology.

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Plastering I’m getting great work experience

Curtis Johnston Level 3 Diploma in Plastering- Solid Curtis said, “Coming to SERC was the best decision I have ever made. This is my fourth year studying plastering at SERC and I have loved every minute of it. Throughout my time at SERC I have taken part in competitions such as SkillBuild and WorldSkills which has improved my confidence, my abilities and looks great on my CV. Thanks to the support and encouragement from my tutors I have recently been selected to represent Team UK for plastering at the Worldskills Final 2019 in Kazan, Russia. I currently training in SERCs state of the art workshops and am excited for the competition.”

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Level 2 Diploma in Plastering Ideal If: you want to develop the skills and knowledge to become a plasterer. You’ll Learn: about building methods and construction technology, applying plaster materials to external surfaces, fix dry lining and plasterboard products to interiors, sand and cement screeds and applying internal and external finishings. You’ll Love: our Industry Standard plastering facilities. You’ll Progress: to a Level 3 Diploma in Plastering which upon completion will make you a fully qualified plasterer. You’ll Need: 4 GCSEs at Grade D or above, preferably including English and Maths or equivalent qualification.

Level 3 Diploma in Plastering - Solid Ideal If: you have studied a Level 2 course and want to further develop your depth of knowledge. You’ll Learn: about the principles of organising, planning and pricing construction work, running in-situ moulds, applying plastering materials to detailed interiors and exteriors. You’ll Love: our Industry Standard plastering facilities.

Jobs Plasterer £14,000 to £30,000 You will usually work in a team carrying out solid plastering, fibrous plastering and dry lining. You will need practical skills, the ability to work out surface area measurements and volumes and creativity.

You’ll Progress: to work as a plasterer, or you may decide to start up your own business. You’ll Need: 4 GSCEs / Level 2 Plastering qualification or equivalent qualification.

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Plumbing I’m getting great work experience

Sam Kinnear Level 2 NVQ Plumbing and Heating Sam said, “I enrolled at SERC after completing my GCSEs at a local secondary school because I wanted to study something more practical. The plumbing workshops at SERC are amazing, I have access to everything I would be exposed to in the industry and am being trained by lecturers who are down to earth and supportive. I find it easy to ask them for help when needed. On completion of this course I would like to enter the workforce full-time and I feel prepared thanks to my course.”

Further course information can be found at www.serc.ac.uk


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Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Plumbing and Heating

Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Domestic Plumbing and Heating

Ideal If: you have some relevant plumbing and heating knowledge and skills from a role where you have been supervised but want to further develop your career.

Ideal If: you are working within the plumbing and heating trade and have a great deal of technical skills and knowledge.

You’ll Learn: how to carry out safe working practices in building services engineering, how to install and maintain domestic heating systems, understand above ground drainage systems and maintenance techniques and how to install hot water systems.

You’ll Learn: how to carry out electrical work on domestic plumbing and heating systems and components, service and maintain domestic oil firing pressure jet appliance, install, commission and handover active solar thermal hot water system as well as rainwater harvesting and greywater reuse systems.

You’ll Love: our Industry Standard facilities and hands on experience.

Jobs Plumber £15,000 - £40,000 A plethora of niches within plumbing will require your services as a plumber which can include waterworks, drainage, heating systems, gases and installations for the likes of washing machines or showers. You will work in all weathers and may have to work long hours as you travel to and from site destinations.

You’ll Love: our Industry Standard facilities and hands on experience.

You’ll Progress: to a range of roles within the domestic plumbing and heating sector including Heating and Ventilation Engineer or specialised craftsperson. You can also progress onto the Level 3 NVQ Diploma and achieve the Gas Safe licence.

You’ll Progress: in a wide range of roles within the domestic plumbing and heating sector, including Heating and Ventilation Engineer, specialised craftsperson or Project Development Manager.

You’ll Need: 4 GCSEs from Grade A-D including Maths and English or equivalent.

You’ll Need: a Level 2 qualification in plumbing or equivalent. 

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Refrigeration I’m getting great work experience

Joe McKinley Level 2 Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Joe said, “I was better off at SERC because the small class sizes and coursework-based assessments suit my learning style better than traditional exams. I am currently working for GRS Refrigeration and my course at SERC is really helping me understand the trade. I feel more relaxed at the college and comfortable in my surroundings which makes it easier to complete coursework and manage college life. SERC has prepared me for industry, and I feel confident about moving on to work full time once I have completed this course.”

Further course information can be found at www.serc.ac.uk


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Level 2 Diploma In Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Systems

Level 3 In Refrigeration & Air Conditioning

Ideal If: You want to develop the skills and knowledge to progress to a Refrigeration, Air Condition or Heat Pump Technician/ Engineer.

You’ll Learn: about applying Scientific Principles to Practical RAC and HP System, commissioning and trouble - shooting complex RAC and HP systems, electrical Power and Control for RAC and HP systems and complex RAC and HP Systems.

You’ll Learn: About handling fluorinated gases and natural refrigerants, install and Commission Refrigeration and air conditioning systems. You’ll Love: Our Industry Standard facilities and hands on experience. You’ll Progress: On to a Level 3 Diploma or an apprenticeship in Refrigeration or to a role in the refrigeration industry.

Ideal If: you are aspiring to an Engineer position within the Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Industry.

You’ll Love: our Industry Standard facilities and hands on experience.  You’ll Progress: to additional study such as the HNC in Building Service. You’ll Need: a Level 2 qualification in refrigeration or equivalent.

You’ll Need: A minimum of 4 GCSEs Grades A-D including Maths and English or equivalent or relevant industrial experience in the industry.

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Social Worker £24,000 -£40,000

You will be required to obtain a Degree in social work approved by the Health and Care Professions Council. Excellent interpersonal skills are a must as well as the ability to stay calm in stressful situations. You will make key decisions and you will have some administrative work as you work with children, families and vulnerable people.

Teacher £22,900 - £67,900

Qualified Teaching Status along with a Bachelor of Education Degree as a primary route. If you already have a Degree, a PGCE would be the most advisable way of becoming a teacher. You will need solid presentation skills, the ability to communicate effectively and be able to plan and prepare lessons. You could work at primary, secondary or further education level.

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School of Health, Early Years and Adult Education

Example Careers

Social Worker

Biomedical Scientist

Child Minder Mental Health Nurse Teacher Care Assistant Paramedic Nurse Teaching Assistant Occupational Health Nurse Children's Nurse Outreach Worker Pharmacist

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Early Years I’m getting great work experience

Jemma Aughey Level 3 Extended Diploma for Children’s Care, Learning and Development Jemma said, “I have always wanted to work with children, and I knew that progressing on to A-Levels at my previous school wasn’t the right path for me. This course has massively improved my confidence and independence. The placements are a great opportunity to get good work experience and boost my CV which is great for UCAS applications. SERC also provided me with a support worker which has kept me focused on my studies. On completion of my course I plan to progress on to Queen’s University Belfast Foundation Degree Early Childhood Studies offered through SERC.”

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Level 2 Diploma Children’s Care Learning and Development Ideal If: you would like to work with children in a variety of settings, including nursery assistant, pre-school assistant, crèche assistant or parent toddler assistant. You’ll Learn: how to understand children’s development, preparing and maintaining safe environments for childcare and explore ways to support children’s play and learning You’ll Love: the hands-on experience in this course when you will get an opportunity to work in a real early year’s company. You’ll Progress: to the Level 3 Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development. You’ll Need: a minimum of 2 GCSEs at Grade D or above or equivalent. You are required to complete an Access NI clearance.  You will also be required to pass initial interview assessment test. 

Level 3 Diploma for Children’s Care, Learning and Development (Wales and Northern Ireland) Ideal If: you wish to work as a qualified Childcare practitioner in Early Years settings such as Special Educational Needs, Day Nursery, Crèche, Playgroup and as a classroom assistant. You’ll Learn: about keeping children safe, promoting healthy living, development of professional skills within children’s education. You will also learn about working with children with special needs and babies You’ll Love: the practical experience you’ll gain working with children during work placements. You’ll Progress: onto employment or the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development. There is also opportunity to progress into further study within the early years sector. You’ll Need: 4 GCSEs at Grade C including either Maths or English at GCSE or equivalent, or a level 2 Diploma in CCLD, or BTEC First Diploma at merit or above. You are required to complete an Access NI clearance.

Jobs Child Minder / Nursery Worker £14,000 – £24,000 Helping babies and infants to develop in a safe and supportive environment will require a caring and gentle, yet imaginative and playful person. Helping to encourage play, skill development and social skills are a huge part of the role.

Teacher £22,917 - £67,305 Qualified Teaching Status along with a Bachelor of Education Degree as a primary route. If you already have a Degree, a PGCE would be the most advisable way of becoming a teacher. You will need solid presentation skills, the ability to communicate effectively and be able to plan and prepare lessons. You could work at primary, secondary or further education level.

You will also be required to pass initial numeracy and literacy interview assessment. 

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Health and Care

Level 2 Cambridge Technical Diploma in Health and Social Care Ideal If: you would like to work as a Social Worker, Care Worker or Nurse.

I’m getting great work experience

Megan Porter Level 3 National Diploma in Health and Social Care Megan said, “SERC is a fantastic college; my course has given me first-hand experience working in the industry which has improved my skills and abilities and looks great on my CV. The tutors are passionate about their subjects and make this course easy to understand, meaning I can stay on top of my coursework with no difficulties. On completion of this course I would like to enter the industry full time to gain more experience before returning to the College for further studies.”

Further course information can be found at www.serc.ac.uk

You’ll Learn: about human lifespan development, health and social care services, anatomy and physiology for health and social care. You’ll Love: the work experience included in this course working in a nursing home or within a childcare setting. You’ll Progress: If you achieve a Merit Grade in the Diploma, you can progress to the Level 3 in Health and Social Care or Early Years. You could then progress to the HNC in Health and Social Care or an HND in Applied Practice Working with Children and Families /Foundation Degree Early Years which will lead to jobs such as nursing, social work or Early Years Practitioner. You’ll Need: 2 GCSEs at Grade D or above and a strong desire to work in a health or social care setting and are committed to undertaking work experience. You are required to complete an Access NI clearance.


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Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for Wales and Northern Ireland Ideal If: you would like to work as a Social Worker, Care Worker or Nurse You’ll Learn:  about human lifespan development, health and social care services, anatomy and physiology for health and social care. You’ll Love:  the work experience included in this course working in a nursing home or within a childcare setting. You’ll Progress: If you achieve this qualification, you can progress to the Level 3 in Health and Social Care. You could then progress to the HNC in Health and Social Care or an HND in Applied Practice Working with Children and Families / Foundation Degree Early Years which will lead to jobs such as nursing, social work or Early Years Practitioner. You’ll Need: 2 GCSEs at Grade D or above and a strong desire to work in a health or social care setting and are committed to undertaking work experience. You are required to complete an Access NI clearance.

Level 3 National Diploma in Health and Social Care Ideal If: you would like to work with individuals in a Health & Social Care setting including Nursing Home, Residential or Community settings.  Or if you wish to progress to Higher Level study, for example, at University.  You’ll Learn:  you will gain experience in Health and Social care settings as you will be required to undertake placements.  You will learn about working with individuals in different settings. You’ll Love:  you will gain experience in Health and Social care settings as you will be required to undertake placements.  You will learn about working with individuals in different settings. You’ll Progress: to working in Health and Social care or Higher Level HNC or University Courses. You’ll Need: 4 GCSEs at Grade C or above to include grade C or above in English or maths (Preferably English).  Merit or Distinction required if progressing from a Level 2 Diploma.  (You are required to complete an Access NI).

Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care (Health Studies) Ideal If: you would like to work with individuals in a Health & Social Care setting including Nursing Home, Residential or Community settings.  Or if you wish to progress to Higher Level study, for example, at University.  You’ll Learn: you will gain experience in Health and Social care settings as you will be required to undertake placements.  You will learn about working with individuals in different settings. You’ll Love: you will gain experience in Health and Social care settings as you will be required to undertake placements.  You will learn about working with individuals in different settings. You’ll Progress: to working in Health and Social care or Higher Level HNC or University Courses. You’ll Need: 5 GCSEs to include GCSE English & Maths at C or above and preferably Science or equivalent.  If progressing from a Level 2 Diploma you must have an overall Distinction grade.   (You are required to complete an Access NI).

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University Access I’m getting great work experience

Mark Finney Access Level 3 Diploma in Foundation Studies Mark said, “The access course at SERC offered me a fresh start. This course is tailored towards adult learners who are returning to education. The support and motivation I have received from the tutors is amazing, they really take the time to help each student with assignment planning and UCAS applications. The range of topics covered are very interesting and I particularly enjoy the science classes. On completion of this course I plan to progress on to Queens University to study Biological Science or Sociology.”

Further course information can be found at www.serc.ac.uk


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Access Level 3 Award in Foundation Studies

Access Level 3 Diploma in Foundation Studies

Ideal If: you have been out of education for two or more years and you want to gain entry to University.

Ideal If: you have been out of education for two or more years and you want to gain entry to University.

You’ll Learn: from a range of subjects specific to the route you want to undertake, from science or psychology to English or mathematics.

You’ll Learn: from a range of subjects specific to the route you want to undertake, from science or psychology to English or mathematics.

You’ll Love: the development of your personal and academic confidence through the debate and discussion you will be involved with and the enrichment activities such as guest speakers.

You’ll Love: the development of your personal and academic confidence through the debate and discussion you will be involved with and the enrichment activities such as guest speakers.

You’ll Progress: to the Access Diploma where you will complete the Access suite by undertaking a further three modules relating to career path aspirations. These may include Chemistry, Biology 2, English or American Literature, Irish History, Politics, Sociology, Mathematical and Statistical Methods.

You’ll Progress: to a Higher Education course at University or College. Typical Degrees courses have included Nursing, Social Work, Applied Science, Law, Teaching, Occupational therapy, History or Sociology. Award students can progress to Access Diploma in Foundation Studies which then can lead to Higher Education with typical Degrees courses including Nursing, Social Work, Applied Science, Law, Teaching, Occupational therapy, History or Sociology.

You’ll Need: to have been out of Full-Time education for 2 years and must have GCSE English, Maths, Science and a good range of other educational qualifications for the Fast Track one year programme. For the Award year followed by the Diploma year, no formal qualifications are necessary. Entry to all programmes also includes successful performance at interview and in Literacy and Numeracy assessments.

These courses are currently subject to review, please check website for most up-to-date information, www.serc.ac.uk

You’ll Need: to have been out of Full-Time education for 2 years and must have GCSE English, Maths, Science and a good range of other educational qualifications for the Fast Track one-year programme. For the Award year followed by the Diploma year, no formal qualifications are necessary. Entry to all programmes also includes successful performance at interview and in Literacy and Numeracy assessments.

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Mechatronic Engineer £16,000 - £30,000 Mechatronics engineering is a multidisciplinary segment of the engineering field. Rather than embrace traditional divisions of engineering as distinct entities, it combines electrical engineering, computer engineering, mechanical engineering, and control engineering. Mechatronic engineers develop a wide range of systems from robotics through to automated factories.

Developer £18,000 - £41,000 As a software developer you will be entering one of the most in demand professions in many countries across the world. A developer will have the opportunity to work on a range of project that could include software applications, mobile applications, web development and games design. As a developer you will..

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School of Computing and Engineering

Example Careers

Systems Developer

Mechanical Engineer Software Engineering

Website Designer

Electrical Engineer

Games Developer

Systems Analysis

Engineering Services

Database Developer

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Computing I’m getting great work experience

India Harris Level 2 Extended Diploma in IT- IT Professional India said, “I enrolled at SERC after speaking to their professional and friendly careers team, they showed me my strengths and helped me chose the perfect course for me. I have always enjoyed IT and now I have the chance to study something I am passionate about. I benefit greatly from the small class sizes and feel more comfortable participating and asking questions. I have access to state of the art facilities and software that I would find in industry. On completion of this course I plan to progress on to the Ulster University Foundation Degree in Computing offered here at SERC.”

Further course information can be found at www.serc.ac.uk


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Level 2 Technical Diploma in IT Ideal If: you would like to work in the IT industry. You’ll Learn: about communicating in the IT industry, website development, computer graphics, computer systems and installing computer hardware. You’ll Love: learning to build and develop industry standard IT systems. You’ll Progress: onto the Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT- IT Professional or Level 3 Diploma in IT- IT Professional. You’ll Need: 3 GCSEs at Grade D or above, preferably with ICT and or Mathematics/ English. Preference will be given to those applicants with GCSE IT or equivalent.

Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT, IT Professional Ideal If: You want to pursue a career in the IT industry in roles such as an ICT Support Technician or web developer You’ll Learn: How to design websites, write computer programs and design games as well as the importance of cyber security, the Internet of Things and Cloud computing You’ll Love: The practical focus of this course and the industry standard computer suites You’ll Progress: Onto employment or on to further study on one of our HE programmes You’ll Need: A minimum of 5 GCSE’s grade C or above (including Maths) and a minimum grade D in English. Alternatively, Level 2 Cambridge Technical Diploma in IT (Merit) with Level 2 Essential Skills. An interview is required before enrolling on the programme and there will be a short entry test on the day of enrolment to ensure that you are ready for the course.

Level 3 Diploma in IT, IT Professional Ideal If: You want to pursue a career in the IT industry in roles such as an ICT Support Technician or web developer. You’ll Learn: How to design websites, write computer programs and using design computer games as well as understand the importance of cyber security You’ll Love: The practical focus of this course and the industry standard computer suites You’ll Progress: Onto employment or on to further study on one of our HE programmes You’ll Need: 4 GCSEs grade C or above or the OCR Level 2 Technical Diploma in IT at a Pass. An interview is required before enrolling on the course and there will be a short entry test on the day of enrolment to ensure that you are ready for the course.

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Engineering

Level 2 Marine Pre-Cadetship (Engineering Pathway) Ideal If: You wish to progress to further study and employment in the maritime industry e.g. Merchant Navy, Cruise liners or the Fishing Industry

I’m getting great work experience

Hayden Gilliland Level 3 Extended Diploma EngineeringAdvanced Electronics Hayden Said, “Coming to SERC has allowed me to study an area of work that I am passionate about. SERC has excellent facilities and lecturers which means that I am getting hands on experience using tools and equipment and expert advice which is preparing me for the engineering industry. On completion of my course I want to progress on to Foundation Degree offered at the College and travel overseas to gain work experience in Germany, which is renowned for their engineering.”

Further course information can be found at www.serc.ac.uk

You’ll Learn: On successful completion learners will have gained nationally recognised qualifications and competencies You’ll Love: The mix of theory and practical tasks related to the Maritime sector. There will be an opportunity to complete a short cruise as part of the learning on the programme You’ll Progress: You wish to progress to further study in the maritime industry e.g. Merchant Navy,Cruise liners or the Fishing Industry. On completion of the programme learners may also progress to Level 3 Engineering programmes within the college e.g. Level 3 Manufacturing or Level 3 Electronic Engineering You’ll Need: 4 GCSE’s at grade C including Maths, English and a Science or Technology based subject


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Level 3 Extended Diploma Engineering, Advanced Electronics Ideal If: You would like a career within the Electronic Engineering sector for examples Robotics systems You’ll Learn: About Product Design and Manufacture, PLC’s and Electronic Devices and Circuits You’ll Love: That this course can help you succeed in a highly competitive job market by developing your skills and knowledge employers are looking for. You’ll Progress: Onto employment or further study on one of our HE Engineering programmes You’ll Need: 5 GCSEs at grade C or above including Maths and English Language at a minimum grade D or a Level 2 Diploma in Engineering- Merit or higher.

Level 3 Diploma Engineering, Advanced Electronics

Level 3 Extended Diploma Engineering, Mechatronics

Ideal If: You would like a career within the Electronic Engineering sector for examples Robotics systems

Ideal If: You would like to work in the engineering industry.

You’ll Learn: About Product Design and Manufacture, PLC’s and Electronic Devices and Circuits You’ll Love: That this course can help you succeed in a highly competitive job market by developing your skills and knowledge employers are looking for. You’ll Progress: Onto employment or further study on one of our HE Engineering programmes You’ll Need: 4 GCSEs at grade C or BTEC Level 2 Diploma (Pass) in Engineering plus Level 2 Essential Skills.

You’ll Learn: About engineering principles, product design and manufacture and pneumatic and hydraulic systems You’ll Love: The modern industry standard equipment and software you’ll get hands-on experience with. You’ll Progress: Onto employment or further study on one of our HE Engineering programmes You’ll Need: 5 GCSEs at grade C or above including Maths and English Language at a minimum grade D or a Level 2 Diploma in Engineering- Merit or higher

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Level 3 Diploma Engineering, Mechatronics Ideal If: You would like a career within the Electronic Engineering sector for examples Robotics systems You’ll Learn: About Product Design and Manufacture, PLC’s and Electronic Devices and Circuits

I’m getting great work experience

Summer Ferguson Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering, Advanced Manufacturing Summer said, “I was better off at SERC because returning to school wasn’t the best option for me and this course will get me my dream career. I love that the course is based on coursework and there is no exam pressure. My classmates and tutors are supportive, and I enjoy the working on the heavy machinery in the workshops. On completion of my course I have been accepted to study Airspace Engineering at Queens University.”

Further course information can be found at www.serc.ac.uk

You’ll Love: That this course can help you succeed in a highly competitive job market by developing your skills and knowledge employers are looking for You’ll Progress: Onto employment or further study on one of our HE Engineering programmes You’ll Need: 4 GCSEs at grade C or BTEC Level 2 Diploma (Pass) in Engineering plus Level 2 Essential Skills.


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Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering, Advanced Manufacturing Ideal If: You wish to work in the manufacturing engineering sector

Level 3 National Diploma Engineering, Advanced Manufacturing Engineering, Advanced Manufacturing

Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Engineering Ideal If: You want to pursue a career or are already employed in the Engineering industry.

You’ll Learn: About Engineering Principles, Product Design and Manufacture and Pneumatic and Hydraulic Systems

Ideal If: You would like to work in the manufacturing engineering sector

It is also ideal if you would like to progress to an HNC programme and haven’t already studied a level 3 qualification

You’ll Love: The hands-on projects involved from design to completion.

You’ll Learn: About Engineering Principles, Product Design and Manufacture and Pneumatic and Hydraulic Systems

You’ll Learn: About Engineering Principles, Engineering Processes, Product Design and using CAD.

You’ll Progress: Onto employment or further study on one of our HE Engineering programmes

You’ll Love: The practical projects giving you the skills and knowledge for your career

You’ll Love: The practical focus of this course and the industry standard engineering equipment

You’ll Need: 5 GCSEs at grade C or above including Maths and English Language at a minimum grade D or a Level 2 Diploma in Engineering- Merit or higher

You’ll Progress: Onto employment or further study on one of our HE Engineering programmes

You’ll Progress: Successful completion attaining a merit will lead to further study on our part time Higher National Certificate programme.

You’ll Need: 4 GCSEs at grade C or BTEC Level 2 Diploma (Pass) in Engineering plus Level 2 Essential Skills.

You’ll Need: 4 GCSEs grade C or above, to include Maths and English or equivalence. An interview is required before enrolling on the course and there will be a short entry test on the day of enrolment to ensure that you are ready for the course.

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Human Resource Officer £15,000 - £50,000

You will be responsible for dealing with staff at all levels within this diverse role which will include core duties such as assisting in the recruitment of new employees, recording employee information, promoting equality and developing HR policies and procedures. Progression within this role could lead to a position in senior management within an organisation.

Marketing Executive £18,000 - £35,000

Creativity and strong communication skills are key within this exciting role in which you may be undertaking duties such as research on customer and market trends, copywriting and managing social media campaigns to name but a few. You will usually be part of a team and need proficient organisational skills, coupled with a solid standard of I.T ability.


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School of Performing and Creative Arts

Example Careers

Photographer

Production Designer

Fashion Designer TV Production Designer Dancer Beautician Film Maker Musician Theatrical Make up Artist Hairdresser Spa Therapist Barber Music Producer Actor


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Art and Design I’m getting great work experience

Shona McVeigh Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design Shona said, “I was better off at SERC because I feel like I have more freedom to experiment with my art. The tutors are supportive, and the small classes means that they can really take the time to give excellent guidance to each student on their artwork. I have access to the latest graphic software such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and InDesign which has allowed me to develop my skills in graphic design. On completion of my course I would like to progress on to University to study Art and Design.”


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Level 2 Technical Diploma in Art and Design

Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

Ideal If: you are interested in taking your first step to a career within our creative industry such as advertising, design, fine art or crafts.

Ideal If: You would like to explore and develop a broad range of creative fine art and you would like a progression route to a HNC, HND or Degree level study or self-employment or employment in the creative industries

You’ll Learn: about the work of artists and designers, how to produce art for sale, photography, graphic design, ceramics, fashion and fine art. You’ll Love: the hands-on approach to this course and developing your artistic skills using a range of techniques and equipment within the modern Art & Design studios. You’ll Progress: to further study on the Level 3 Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma in Art and Design.  Study at a higher level may lead to jobs such as a photographer, fashion designer or illustrator. You’ll Need: You’ll need: 2 GCSE passes at Grade D-G or above. At interview, you must bring a portfolio of work displaying an interest and ability in Art & design.  Details of this will be confirmed in the email invitation at a later date. You will be asked to complete a summer assignment as part of the interview process.

You’ll Learn: How to research and develop your creative ideas through media experimentation, visual studies in both 2D and 3D. You will also learn how to exhibit to a professional standard. You’ll Love: The opportunity to explore and experiment with a broad range of media and materials within a fine art context. The art and design studios and equipment available for students.  The chance to work on live briefs and exhibit both internally and externally working on internal and external client commissions. You’ll Progress: The opportunity to explore and experiment with a broad range of media and materials within a fine art context. The art and design studios and equipment available for students.  The chance to work on live briefs and exhibit both internally and externally working on internal and external client commissions.

You’ll Need: BTEC National Diploma in Art and Design or an A Level pass at Grade C with 4 GCSEs Grade C to include English. At interview, you must bring a portfolio of work displaying an interest and ability in photography and/or Art & design.  Details of this will be confirmed in the email invitation at a later date. You will be required to complete Essential Skills in Numeracy, Literacy and ICT if you do not have a GCSE grade C.

Level 3 Technical Diploma in Art and Design Ideal If: you would like to progress into a career in the expanding creative disciplines including advertising, design, fashion, crafts or fine art. You’ll Learn: how to present, exhibit and sell your art, digital image creation, photography, 3D art and design, fashion design and how artists use 2D materials, techniques, and processes. You’ll Love: the hands-on approach to this course and developing your artistic skills using a range of techniques and equipment. exhibiting and selling your work through the various student companies as part of the course and learning new and exciting professional skills and techniques. The visits to galleries and exhibitions in Dublin and Belfast. Working on internal and external client commissions in our modern and well equipped studio spaces.


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You’ll Progress: Many of our students progress to further study at a higher level. Some apply for entry to the University of their choice but many choose to stay with us for the Foundation Diploma in Art & Design. Further study could lead to many career options such as illustration, animation, fashion buying, interior design, print making or graphic design You’ll Need: A minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade C or above to included Art, English and / or Mathematics or their Level 2 equivalents. Or a Level 2 Diploma in Art & Design with a Merit grade or higher. You must also have a portfolio of work displaying an interest and ability in Art and Design.Details of this will be confirmed in your email invitation at a later date. You will also be asked to complete a short Summer Evaluation Project. You will be required to complete Essential Skills in Numeracy, Literacy and ICT if you do not have a GCSE grade C or above.

Level 3 Technical Diploma in Art and Design Ideal If: you would like to progress into a career in the expanding creative disciplines including advertising, design, fashion, crafts or fine art You’ll Learn: how to present, exhibit and sell your art, digital image creation, photography, 3D art and design, fashion design and how artists use 2D materials, techniques, and processes.

You’ll Love: the hands-on approach to this course and developing your artistic skills using a range of techniques and equipment within our modern and well equipped Art & Design studios. Exhibiting and selling your work through the various student companies. The visits to galleries and exhibitions in Dublin and Belfast. Working on internal and external client commissions. You’ll Progress: Many of our students progress to further study at a higher level. Some may apply for entry to the University of their choice but many choose to stay with us for the Foundation Diploma in Art & Design. Further study could lead to many career options such as illustration, animation, fashion buying, interior design, print making or graphic design. You’ll Need: A minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade C or above to included Art, English and / or Mathematics or their Level 2 equivalents. Or a Level 2 Diploma in Art & Design with a Merit grade or higher. You must also have a portfolio of work displaying an interest and ability in Art and Design. Details of this will be confirmed in your email invitation at a later date. You will also be asked to complete a short Summer Evaluation Project. You will be required to complete Essential Skills in Numeracy, Literacy and ICT if you do not have a GCSE grade C or above.

Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Ceramics) Ideal If: You would like to explore and develop a range of ceramic techniques and processes which may aid progression onto an HNC, HND or Degree course or employment in the creative industries. You’ll Love: The opportunity to explore and experiment with a broad range of ceramic processes and techniques in a studio ceramics context, including hand building, mould making, casting, throwing and finishing techniques. You will gain knowledge in how to operate and run your own studio, manage and fire kilns and exhibit work both internally and externally. You’ll Learn: How to research and develop your creative ideas through the experimentation of a range of ceramic materials, techniques and processes. You will also learn how to record and promote your work through photography and digital software and how to exhibit to a professional standard. You’ll Need: BTEC National Diploma in Art and Design, an A level pass at grade C with 4 GCSEs to grade C, or relevant industrial experience. At interview you must bring a portfolio of work displaying an ability in art and design, in particular ceramics. Details of this will be confirmed in an email invitation at a later date. You will be required to complete Essential Skills in Numeracy, Literacy and ICT if you do not have a C at GCSE level or equivalent grade


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Level 3 Technical Diploma in Art and Design (Graphic Design and Illustration) Ideal If: you would like to progress into a career in the expanding creative industries including advertising, design, illustration and character design. You’ll Learn: how to present, exhibit and sell your art, digital image creation, photography, and how artists use 2D materials, techniques, and processes. You’ll Love: the hands-on approach to this course and developing your art and graphic skills using a range of techniques and equipment within our modern and well-equipped Graphic Design, photography and art studios. Exhibiting and selling your work through various student companies. The visits to galleries and exhibitions in Dublin and Belfast. Working on commissions for internal and external clients. You’ll Progress: Many of our students progress to further study at a higher level. Some may apply for entry to the University of their choice but many choose to stay with us for the Foundation Diploma in Art & Design. Further study could lead to many career options such as advertising, illustration, animation, or graphic design. You’ll Need: A minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade C or above to included Art, English and / or Mathematics or their Level 2 equivalents. Or a Level 2 Diploma in Art & Design with a Merit grade or higher. You must also have a portfolio of work

displaying an interest and ability in Art and Design. Details of this will be confirmed in your email invitation at a later date. You will also be asked to complete a short Summer Evaluation Project. You will be required to complete Essential Skills in Numeracy, Literacy and ICT if you do not have a GCSE grade C or above.


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Beauty and Holistic Therapies I’m getting great work experience

Emma McGaughey Level 2 NVQ Diploma Beauty Therapy General Emma said, “SERC was the best option for me. It has a great reputation and is located close to home so it works really well around my family life. I am enjoying learning new skills and developing my techniques. The best part about this course is working with clients in the beauty therapy treatment room and creating a rapport with them. The hands-on experience has really prepared me for industry and on completion of this course I would like to progress on to Level 3 and start up my own business.”


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Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy General Ideal If: you would like to work in a Beauty salon or a beauty consultant with a cosmetic company. You’ll Learn: how to provide facials, manicures, pedicures, make-up application, eye treatments and waxing.  Product and service promotion in the salons to be able to survive in this competitive Industry. Specialist skills delivered by external companies such as Ear piercing, Gel nails, Dermalogica training. You’ll Love: the modern beauty salons of Shadeka, De Courcey and Revive that are open to the public and offers excellent work placement for you.  Visits to the Professional Beauty Show in Dublin. You’ll Progress: onto employment or further study on the Level 3 Beauty Therapy or Level 3 Spa Therapy or Level 3 Diploma in Theatrical, Special Effects and Hair and Media Make-Up. You’ll Need: 2 GCSEs at Grade C or above (for the full-time course) and successful outcome at skills test and interview.  Mature students who do not possess the entry requirements will be considered after interview and a skills test. 

The full-time course will be timetabled over 21 hours per week ie - 15 hours of vocational classes, 3 hours per week employability training and 3 hours per week Essential skills English and Maths. Full time students who do not have at least a grade C in Maths, English and ICT will be required to complete Essential Skills in Literacy, Numeracy and ICT.  Students will be required to provide their own materials and equipment eg kit and uniform. There will be an extra cost for these which will be discussed with you by the tutor.  

Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy General

You’ll Progress: onto employment or further study in Holistic Therapies or Level 3 Theatrical & Media Makeup programme or Level 3 Spa Therapy You’ll Need: NVQ Level 2 Beauty Therapy or equivalent and successful outcome at skills test and interview. The full-time course will be timetabled over 21 hours per week ie - 15 hours of vocational classes, 3 hours per week employability training and 3 hours per week Essential skills English and Maths. Full time students who do not have at least a grade C in Maths, English and ICT will be required to complete Essential Skills in Literacy, Numeracy and ICT.  Students will be required to provide their own materials and equipment eg kit and uniform. There will be an extra cost for these which will be discussed with you by the tutor.  

Ideal If: you would like to work in a beauty salon, spa resorts, day spa, cruise-ship, airlines, own your own business. You’ll Learn: how to provide body and facial electrical treatments, body massage, Indian head massage, self-tanning services and stone therapy treatments and permanent hair removal. Plan and promote events in the salons to be able to survive in this competitive Industry. Specialist skills delivered by external companies such as, Dermalogica training and business set ups. You’ll Love: the hands-on approach to this course and getting experience in the College Beauty Salons of Shadeka and Revive. The visits to Spa Salons and the Professional Beauty show in Dublin and Belfast.

Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Spa Therapy Ideal If: you wish to work in a Day Spa, Health Spa, Cruise Ship or Beauty Salon. Airlines, Spa Resort or own your own business. You’ll Learn: how to provide body wrapping and flotation treatments, body massage, stone therapy, Indian head massage and facial electrics. Product and service promotion in the salons to be able to survive in this competitive Industry. Specialist skills delivered by external companies such as Dermalogica, spa companies.


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You’ll Love: getting experience in the College’s Beauty Salon, De Courcey, with the latest equipment including the Amentio Flotation bed and Vichy Show facility and working with the public. The visits to the Galgorm Spa Resort and the Professional Beauty show in Dublin and Belfast, the Seaweed Baths, and HydroEase flotation. To be able to avail of additional in-house enhancement courses to make you more employable in particular be part of SERC’s collaboration programme with Hastings Group (Slieve Donard) You’ll Progress: onto employment or further study on our Holistic courses. You’ll Need: NVQ Level 2 Beauty Therapy or equivalent and successful outcome at skills test and interview. This full-time course will be timetabled over 21 hours per week ie - 15 hours of vocational classes, 3 hours per week employability training and 3 hours per week Essential skills English and Maths. Full time students who do not have at least a grade C in Maths, English and ICT will be required to complete Essential Skills in Literacy, Numeracy and ICT.  Students will be required to provide their own materials and equipment eg kit and uniform. There will be an extra cost for these which will be discussed with you by the tutor.  

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Nail Services Ideal If: you would like a career as a nail technician.  You’ll Learn: how to provide manicure and pedicure services, carry out nail art services and apply and maintain nail enhancements to create a natural finish.  You will also learn how to fulfil salon reception duties, health and safety, develop and maintain effectiveness at work and promote additional services or products to customers. You’ll Love: the modern beauty salons, Shadeka and Revive which are open to the public and offer excellent work placement for you.  Visits to the Professional Beauty Show in Dublin. You’ll Progress: to a level 3 part-time in Nail Services or part-time Level 3 Beauty Therapy Massage route. You’ll Need: 2 GCSEs at Grade C or above (for the full-time course) and successful outcome at skills test and interview.  Mature students who do not possess the entry requirements will be considered after interview and a skills test.  The full-time course will be timetabled over 21 hours per week ie - 15 hours of vocational classes, 3 hours per week employability training and 3 hours per week Essential skills English and Maths. Full time students who do not have at least a grade C in Maths, English and ICT will be required to complete Essential Skills in Literacy, Numeracy and ICT. 

Students will be required to provide their own materials and equipment eg kit and uniform. There will be an extra cost for these which will be discussed with you by the tutor. 

Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Nail Services Ideal If: you interested in everything to do with nails, from nail art to techniques and designs you want to become a nail technician and work hours that suit you work at a nail bar you would like to maybe even open your own salon You’ll Learn: how to work competently as an advanced practitioner in the Nail industry You’ll Love: Client satisfaction - Most nail technicians value pleasing their customers above all else. Meeting New People whether it’s new clients, co-workers, or other nail technicians at tradeshows, nail technicians relish the opportunity to meet and make new friends. Financial Rewards as a nail technician, we’re told you get out of your job what you put into it. If you are dedicated, being a nail technician gives you the opportunity to earn what you want to. Flexible Schedule if free lance  -  How many clients you want to service in each day is ultimately up to you.


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Challenging work -  No matter how seasoned a nail technician you are, every day brings new challenges. Personal satisfaction -  For many people, job fulfilment is one of the most important reasons for sticking to their career. Creativity  - Quite simply, when it comes to nails, you can really exercise your artistic ability and let your imagination run wild. You’ll Progress: This is an approved qualification for working as a senior nail technician. It also provides a sound platform for further learning or training. Progression opportunities exist in the form of specialist VTCT vocationally related qualifications at Levels 4 Micro-pigmentation and Certificate in laser Intense pulsed Light (ILP) Career opportunities: Opportunities exist in a variety of contexts as an advanced nail technician, including: - Commercial nail salon - Retail concession ‘nail bar’ - Independent/self-employed/mobile/ home-based settings   You’ll Need: Level 2 Diploma in Nail Services or equivalent The full-time course will be timetabled over 21 hours per week ie - 15 hours of vocational classes, 3 hours per week employability training and 3 hours per week Essential skills English and Maths if required.  Full time students who do not have at least a grade C in Maths, English and ICT will be required to complete Essential Skills in Literacy, Numeracy and ICT.   

Students will be required to provide their own materials and equipment eg kit and uniform. There will be an extra cost for these which will be discussed with you by the tutor.   This course will require an interview and skills test. 


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Creative Media

Level 2 Diploma in Media Ideal If: you wish to work with media products, production processes and technologies. The practical and creative skills that you will learn can immediately transfer into the workplace.

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Joshua Wightman Level 2 Technical Diploma in Media Joshua said, “I was better off at SERC because this course caters exactly towards my needs. The best thing about the course is the tutors, they are friendly and extremely passionate about what they teach, which makes the classes interesting and easy to understand. I have access to the latest computer software, and it has allowed me to develop my skills in video and photo editing. On completion of this course I would like to progress on to Level 3 in Media at SERC before entering the industry full time.”

Unit choices cover a diverse range of Media production including print, web, radio, television, film, scriptwriting, lighting, advertising and photography. You’ll Learn: How to plan and produce packages such as radio documentary’s and short films, Media photography, how the media industry works and how to engage an audience. You’ll Love: The hands-on approach to this course and getting experience in using equipment such as zoom microphones, digital SLR cameras, Radio studios etc. Developing your creativity by making short films. Working with the college community radio stations such as Bangor FM, Lisburn 98 FM and FM 105. You’ll Progress: onto employment or further study on the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Media. You’ll Need: 2 GCSEs Grades D-G and successful outcome at skills test and interview. There will be additional costs for equipment.  Your tutor will give you details of these. The Media course will be timetabled over 21 hours per week ie - 15 hours of vocational classes, 3 hours per week employability training and 3 hours per week Essential skills English, Maths and ICT


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You will be required to complete Essential Skills in Literacy, Numeracy and ICT if you do not have a GCSE grade C or above in English, Maths or ICT

Level 3 Technical Extended Diploma in Media Ideal If: you wish to work with media products, production processes and technologies. The practical and creative skills that you will learn can immediately transfer into the workplace. Unit choices cover a diverse range of Media production including print, web, radio, television, Film, scriptwriting, Lighting, advertising and photography.  You’ll Learn: the skills to produce and edit film and sound.  You will also learn how to produce radio programmes, video, photography, digital media content and a range of graphic design products. You’ll Love: The hands-on approach to this course and getting experience in using equipment and technologies such as Adobe suite, including such applications as Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere, Audition, InDesign etc. Developing your creativity by making short films. Producing content for the college community radio stations, Bangor FM, Lisburn 98 FM and FM 105. Working with Internal & External clients by producing promotional videos and radio adverts You’ll Progress: After successful completion of year one you will achieve the Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and then

progress to year 2 - Level 3 Extended Diploma in Media. Students who successfully complete the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Media can apply for a Foundation Degree, a HNC / HND or a BA (Hons) in a Media related subject. Examples of alternative choices of employment within the media sector could be as a camera operator, radio producer, researcher, production assistant, Director, Scriptwriter, either working for an employer or as a freelance artist.   SERC offer the HNC/HND in our Bangor Campus.  You’ll Need: 4 GCSEs at Grade C or above preferably with English, Maths or Level 2 in Media and successful outcome at skills test and interview. There will be additional costs for equipment.  Your tutor will give you details of these.  This course will be timetable for 21 hours per week, 15 hours of vocational classes, 3 hours of employability skills and 3 hours of Essential Skills English and Maths.   You will also work towards a Personal Development qualification and will be involved in a range of activities, designed to improve employability. You will be required to complete Essential Skills in ICT, Literacy and Numeracy if you do not have a GCSE grade C in English, Maths or ICT.

Jobs TV Production Assistant £15,000 - £30,000 As a TV Production Assistant your role will involve production duties such as calling camera shots, keeping records of shots taken, continuity and cueing pre-recorded material. You will need good organisational skills and attention to detail. You will also need to be creative and be willing to work long hours.


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Hairdressing I’m getting great work experience

Sara Beggs Level 3 NVQ Hairdressing Sara said, “My course at SERC has allowed me to begin a career path that I am excited about. The teaching at the college is exceptional, the tutors are patient and supportive and you can tell that they really want you to succeed. Through SERC I was entered in the Wells Xposure Student Hairdressing Competition 2019 where I was a regional winner. This course has allowed me to build my confidence whilst learning new skills and techniques and I feel prepared for full time employment.”


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Level 2 Diploma in Hair and Media Make-Up

will be required to attend essential skills in Literacy, Numeracy and ICT if you do not have a GCSE in English, Maths and IT. 

Ideal If: you would like to work as a Junior Hair and Make-up Artist in the Hairdressing, TV, Film or Theatre industry.

Students are required to provide materials and equipment e.g. (Uniform and Kits). Your tutor will inform you of extra costs involved with these.

You’ll Learn: the art of dressing hair, how to apply make-up, lash and brow treatment, how to cut women’s hair and colour hair. You will also create an image based on a theme within the hair and beauty industry. 

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing

You’ll Love: learning aspects of both hairdressing and media-up which will prepare you for employment. The hands-on approach to this course and getting experience in the College Salons of Shadeka and Revive. Working at commercial events such as Halloween, Christmas shows.

Ideal If: you would like to train to become a Junior Stylist and work in the hairdressing industry.

You’ll Progress: onto employment or the Level 3 in Hairdressing or Level 3 Diploma in Theatrical, Special Effects and Hair and Media Make-Up

You’ll Love: getting experience in the college salons, Shadeka, Revive and De Courcey. Visits to Denman, Professional Beauty in Dublin and Belfast and entering competitions.

You’ll Need: 2 GCSEs at Grade C or above and successful outcome at skills test and interview. Mature students with experience but not the entry requirements will also be eligible. You will be required to complete a skills test and interview for this course. This full-time course will be timetabled over 21 hours per week ie - 15 hours of vocational classes, 3 hours per week employability training and 3 hours per week Essential skills English and Maths. You

You’ll Learn: how to style and finish hair, cut hair and colour and lighten hair. You will also advise and consult with clients and fulfil reception duties

Specialist skills delivered by external companies such as Wella and Salon Services. You’ll Progress: onto employment or further study on the Level 3 Hairdressing programme. We also offer Level 3 Diploma in Theatrical, Special Effects and Level 2 Hair and Media Make-Up. You’ll Need: to be over 18 years 2 GCSEs at Grade C or above (for full-time course) And successful outcome at skills test and interview. Mature students who do

not possess the entry requirements will be considered after interview and a skills test.  The full-time course will be timetabled over 21 hours per week ie - 15 hours of vocational classes, 3 hours per week employability training and 3 hours per week Essential skills English and Maths. Full time students who do not have at least a grade C in Maths, English and ICT will be required to complete Essential Skills in Literacy, Numeracy and ICT.  Students will be required to provide their own materials and equipment eg kit and uniform. There will be an extra cost for these which will be discussed with you by the tutor.   

Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing Ideal If: you would like to work as a Senior Stylist, Hair Company Technician or start your own business or work on a cruise liner. You’ll Learn: how to creatively cut hair, colour and lighten hair, hair colour correction services, and provide client consultation services. Plan and promote events in the salons to be able to survive in this competitive industry. Specialist skills delivered by external companies such as, Wella Advanced techniques, Andrew Mulvenna, Barbering and business set ups. You’ll Love: developing and enhancing your creative hairdressing skills and the


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Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Barbering

The visits to the Professional Beauty Hair show in Dublin and Belfast

You’ll Learn: How to cut men’s hair and facial hair to shape using basic techniques, dry and finish men’s hair and shampoo, condition and treat the hair and scalp.  You will also advise and consult with clients and develop and maintain your effectiveness at work.

You’ll Progress: onto employment or further study at Level 4 Diploma in Advanced Techniques and Management Practice in Hairdressing or Level 3 Diploma in Theatrical, Special Effects and Hair and Media Make-Up

You’ll Love: Getting experience in the college salons, Shadeka and Revive. Visits to Denman and Professional Beauty and specialist skills delivered by external companies such as Wella, Professional Barbers and Salon Services. 

You’ll Need: NVQ Level 2 in Hairdressing or equivalent and successful outcome at skills test /interview.

You’ll Progress:  On successful completion of the Level 2 Barbering Diploma you can progress onto Level 3 Barbering.

You’ll Love: developing and enhancing your creative barbering skills and the hands-on approach to the course as well as gaining experience within the college salon Revive and specialist skills delivered by professional barbers.

You’ll Need: 2 GCSE’s at grade C or above You will be required to complete an interview and skills test. 

You’ll Progress: onto employment or further study of gaining NVQ level 3 Diploma in hairdressing.

This course will be timetabled over 21 hours per week i.e. 15 hours of vocational classes, 3 hours per week employability training and 3 hours per week Essential Skills English, Maths and ICT.

You’ll Need: Level 2 Diploma Barbering   This course will be timetabled over 21 hours per week ie - 15 hours of vocational classes, 3 hours per week employability training and 3 hours per week Essential skills English, Maths and ICT if required. Students who do not have at least a grade C in Maths, English and ICT will be required to complete Essential Skills in Literacy, Numeracy and ICT.     

hands-on approach to this course and getting experience in the College Hairdressing Salons of Shadeka, De Courcey and Revive.

Mature students with experience but not the entry requirements will also be eligible to apply.  Full-time student you will be required to attend essential skills in Literacy, Numeracy and IT if you do not have a GCSE grade C or above in English, Maths and IT. The full-time course will be timetabled over 21 hours per week ie - 15 hours of vocational classes, 3 hours per week employability training and 3 hours per week Essential skills Literacy, Numeracy and ICT. Students are required to provide materials and equipment e.g. (Uniform and Kits). Your tutor will inform you of extra costs involved with these.

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Barbering Ideal If: You want to become a junior stylist and work in the Barbering industry.

Students who do not have at least grade C in Maths, English and ICT will be required to complete Essential Skills in Literacy, Numeracy and ICT. Mature students who do not possess the entry requirements will be considered after interview and skills test.  Students will be required to provide their own materials and equipment e.g. kit and uniform. There will be an extra cost for these which will be discussed with you by the tutor.  

Ideal If:  you want to further your skills within barbering and work in the barbering industry or start your own business. You’ll Learn:  how to carryout a shave, creating patterns in the hair and creatively cutting hair as well as developing consultation skills.

Students will be required to provide their own materials and equipment eg kit and uniform. There will be an extra cost for these which will be discussed with you by the tutor.   This course will require an interview and skills tests. 


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that I have some direction in terms of a future career.

Mentor-Led College Connect has turned my life around says Jodie A young woman from Castlewellan, who has recently completed the College Connect programme at SERC is keen to share the tremendous positive change the course has made to her life. Jodie Toland (20) completed the mentorled College Connect course following the catering and Hospitality stream. The programme also included literacy and numeracy entry level 3 and Jodie completed food hygiene Level 2. Jodie heard about College Connect following on from Job club at SERC. Jodie said, I have always had an interest in food and the hospitality industry so I thought I would give the course a go. I have really enjoyed the whole course. It has turned my life around and now I feel confident

She added, “I undertook a placement at SERC’s Downpatrick Campus Restaurant in the McNeill Room. I got great feedback and support from the lecturers and catering staff whilst I completed the course which spurred me on to do my best. One of the best parts of the placement was being part of the team serving up the SERC Friday Fry. I got to meet a lot of different people and it was great to be part of the team. “I learned to make a whole new range of foods including scones, soups, cakes, stir fry, and I even picked up barista skills. It has been a real eye opener and I have loved learning about food and the new skills I have picked up. I plan to come back to SERC to do a Level 1 or Level 2 in one of the catering programmes. Jodie said, “I would definitely recommend College Connect to anyone looking a fresh start. The course has been a fresh start for me and I feel more mature and confident now that I have completed it successfully. I feel that College Connect has been my

second chance at education and I have loved it. It has been that good, I haven’t missed a day and never wanted to. I find that I am eager to learn new things and to share my new-found cooking skills at home with my family. My carrot cake is now a legendary in SERC!” “The mentor support as part of the course has been brilliant. It just means I have a friendly face everyday and can talk through any issues that might arise or if I am having any problems that might need extra help with. For me, it has been a big part in helping me succeed.” The College Connect programme is aimed at 16-24-year olds who are not in employment, education or training thanks to funding from the European Social Fund. The one-year mentor led programme which provides participants the opportunity to undertake a Level 1 qualification with the aim of progressing into Further Education or employment. Participants over 18 years old in receipt of Job Seekers allowance will be allowed to retain their benefit for the duration of the programme.


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Music I’m getting great work experience

Rory Jeffers Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Music Rory said, “I enrolled at SERC after studying A-Levels that didn’t suit the career route that I want to take. The best thing about my course is that I can now focus on one core subject that I am passionate about. I have made new friends and the tutors are knowledgeable and push you to reach your full potential. There are opportunities to perform at SERC fairs and at the annual Christmas showcase which has improved my confidence in performing to crowds. On completion of my course I am enrolling on the Pearson BTEC HND in Music offered at SERC.”


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Level 2 First Diploma in Music Ideal If: You would like to take the first steps towards working in the Live or Recorded Music Industry. You’ll Learn: How to develop music performance skills - both solo and ensemble, develop music theory knowledge, record and produce your own music, participate in live music performances, working with music notation software You’ll Love: The fully equipped music rehearsal rooms, bespoke recording studios, and Industry Standard Mac Resources. You’ll Progress: Onto employment in the music industry, or further study on the Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Music or Music Technology. You’ll Need: 2 GCSEs at Grade D-G, and successful outcome at audition/ interview.

Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Music Technology Ideal If: you would like to work in studio engineering, recording and production: Live sound engineering or Electronic music for performance/ film /theatre

You’ll Learn: about audio engineering principles, studio and music production techniques, live sound engineering, Electronic music composition for performance and the music business. You will have numerous opportunities to perform and participate in live music performances, sound engineer live music/ theatre events and record and produce music albums, film soundtracks etc. You’ll Love: the music recording and performance facilities at our Space Building, Bangor with industry standard equipment such as Pro Tools HD, Focusrite Rednet systems and computer music workstations available for all students. You’ll Progress: onto employment or further study You’ll Need: Entry requirements include the following:   BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Music, or, 4 GCSE’s at Grade C or above.   You will be required to complete Essential Skills in Numeracy, Literacy and ICT if you do not have a GCSE grade C.   Music technology experience would also be beneficial.   Successful completion at interview.   The interview process will involve an interview and a written test. The outcomes of which, along with the required grades, will determine your entry to this programme. Please note that if the course is oversubscribed additional criteria will be applied.

Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Music Ideal If: you want to work in the Live or Recorded Music Industry as a songwriter, composer, session musician, sound engineer, music journalist, or in music events management and promotion. You’ll Learn: how to develop and refine music performance techniques, the history of popular music, development of music theory and harmony. You’ll also gain keyboard skills, use music notation software and develop song writing techniques. You will have numerous opportunities to perform and participate in live music performances, and have your music recorded and produced. You’ll Love: the music recording and performance facilities at our SPACE Building, Bangor, the music practice and performance facilities at our Lisburn Campus, with industry standard equipment. You’ll Progress: Completion of the National Extended Diploma in Music will lead to Higher Education at HND or at University or into employment in the music industry. You’ll Need: 4 GCSEs at Grade C or above, or a BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Music, and successful outcome at audition/interview.


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Performing Arts I’m getting great work experience

Megan Lilley Level 3 Diploma in Theatrical, Special Effects and Hair and Media Make-up Megan said, “I came to SERC because I was encouraged by a family friend who had previously had a great experience at the college. The smaller class sizes mean there is more opportunities for one on one teaching with your tutor. I have worked on makeup for shows held at the Opera House which looks great for my CV. SERC has helped me build my portfolio meaning that on completion of this course I can pursue my dream of being a freelance makeup artist.”

Level 3 Diploma in Theatrical, Special Effects and Hair and Media Make-Up Ideal If: you would like to develop your skills as a Professional Make-up Artist for Film, Theatre and TV. You’ll Learn: how to do special effects and camouflage make-up, face and body art, media make-up, styling hair and airbrush make-up and how to provide Hair & Makeup services in the Media, Theatre, Performing Arts and Fashion and photographic industries. You’ll Love: working at external events such as in the Grand Opera House, Space Theatre, Web Theatre and various fashion shows across the province, helping you gain experience and links within the industry. You’ll Progress: working at external events such as in the Grand Opera House, Space Theatre, Web Theatre and various fashion shows across the province, helping you gain experience and links within the industry. You’ll Need: 4 GCSEs at Grade C or above, or a BTEC Level 2 Diploma in a related area, and successful outcome at audition/ interview


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Level 3 National Extended Diploma Performing Arts

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Production Arts

Ideal If: You have a passion for Performing Arts and would like to improve your performance skills to make you more employable in Film, TV, Theatre, Radio, Directing, Teaching, Coaching or Technical Theatre.

Ideal If: you wish to work in the production of theatre or television sets, as a theatre technician. Costume designer, stage management, lighting & sound engineer etc

You’ll Learn: To develop skills as an actor, through devising, developing ideas and concepts for live performance, drama improvisation, movement, voice and improvisation. You will also learn about the performing arts industry and how to make yourself more employable. You’ll Love: The variety of units you will study, our amazing facilities and the many opportunities to perform in front of a live audience. You’ll Progress: To University, Drama School, Conservatoire or to SERC’s HND in Performing Arts. You’ll Need: 4 GCSEs at Grade C or above in any subject, or a BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Performing Arts, and successful outcome at workshop audition and interview. If you do not have a GCSE grade C in English, Mathematics and ICT, you will be required to complete Essential Skills in Literacy, Numeracy and ICT.

You’ll Learn: stage lighting, stage sound, props making, stage management and scenic construction for the stage. You’ll also design costumes for performances, Theatre and specialist makeup and learn about the performing arts business. You’ll Love: getting involved in the set-up and taking part in both internal and external music & performing arts performances as production arts staff. The professional lighting, sound equipment and performance facilities at our Space Building, Bangor You’ll Progress: Further study on our Higher National Diploma in Performing Arts, or university degree, and can lead to a career in theatre management, producing or teaching You’ll Need: 4 GCSEs at Grade C or above, or a BTEC Level 2 Diploma in a related area, and successful outcome at audition/ interview. You will be required to complete Essential Skills in Literacy, Numeracy or ICT if you do not have a GCSE grade C in English or Maths or Computing. 

Level 3 National Extended Diploma Performing Arts (Dance) Ideal If: you would like to pursue a career in Dance. You’ll Learn: the essential skills through practical technique classes in urban dance, tap, jazz dance, classical ballet and contemporary dance. Leading to public performances throughout the course. You’ll Love: having the opportunity to become a member of student company The Glass Umbrella Theatre Company and taking part in public performances in professional theatre environments including the schools very own theatre. You’ll Progress: onto further study or into industry You’ll Need: 4 GCSEs at Grade C or above, or a BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Performing Arts, and successful outcome at audition/ interview  You will be required to complete Essential Skills in Literacy, Numeracy or ICT if you do not have a GCSE grade C in English or Maths or Computing. 


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Photography

Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Photography) Ideal If: you would like to explore a range of creative photographic techniques to start your career in the photography industry. You would like a progression route to a HNC, HND or Degree level study or self-employment

I’m getting great work experience

Emma Whitley Level 3 Technical Introductory Diploma in Art and Design (Photography) Emma said, “I’m really enjoying studying at SERC. The course is interesting and I am learning so much. The tutors are amazing, they inspire me to think outside the box to create more original pieces which has helped my work stand out from the crowd. SERC has an excellent professional photography studio with state-of-the-art professional cameras, lenses and dark rooms which I have used to enhance my skills and get hands on experience. On completion of this course I am going to stay at SERC and study photography further before attending university.”

You’ll Learn: about film and digital cameras, black and white darkroom practice, photographic studio and darkroom techniques. You will also have the opportunity to work on live briefs and participate in internal and external exhibitions. You’ll Love: the photography facilities with professional studios and darkrooms giving you practical hands on experience. The opportunity to view first-hand the work of practising artists and for gallery visits and talks. You’ll Progress: onto employment or to further study on the Higher National Diploma in Photography You’ll Need: BTEC National Diploma in Art and Design or Photography or related subject such as media. Or an A Level pass in Art or Photography with 4 GCSE passes to include English. You will be required to complete Essential Skills in Numeracy, Literacy and ICT if you do not have a GCSE grade C. At interview, you must bring a portfolio of work displaying an interest and ability in


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photography and/or Art & design.  Details of this will be confirmed in the email invitation at a later date.

Level 3 Technical Diploma in Art and Design (Photography) Ideal If: you would like to progress into a career in the expanding creative disciplines within photography or continue into higher education. You’ll Learn: how to present, exhibit and sell your work, digital image creation, extended photographic techniques and how photographic artists use related materials, techniques, processes and software. You’ll Love: the hands-on approach to this course and developing your photographic skills using a range of techniques and equipment within our modern and well-equipped photography studios and darkrooms. Exhibiting and selling your work through the various student companies. The visits to galleries and exhibitions in Dublin and Belfast. Working on internal and external client commissions. You’ll Progress: Many of our students progress to further study at a higher level. Some may apply for entry to the University of their choice, but many choose to stay

with us for the Foundation Diploma in Photography or the Higher National Certificate in Photography. Further study could lead to many career options within the photographic, art or graphic design industries. You’ll Need: 4 GCSEs grades A-C including Maths, English and ICT GCSE at Grade C or above or the Level 2 equivalents.   You will be required to complete Essential Skills in Literacy, Numeracy or ICT if you do not have a GCSE grade C in English or Maths or Computing. At interview, you must bring a portfolio of work displaying an interest and ability in photography and/or Art & design.  Details of this will be confirmed in the email invitation at a later date.

Jobs Photographer £14,000 - £50,000 You can work for companies or individual clients, on a freelance or employed basis, usually specialising in an area such as fashion, portrait, wedding or e-commerce photography. You will require design and technical ability as well as attention to detail.


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Teaching Assistant ÂŁ11,500 - ÂŁ23,000

The ability to build sound rapport with students, parents and teachers are a necessity in this role which is usually based in an educational institution. You will help a student develop their learning and understand their specific needs to provide them with the best chance to success and manage issues such as stress and behaviour.

Further course information can be found at www.serc.ac.uk


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School of Supported Learning

These programmes are for students aiming to develop their personal and employability skills.

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Foundation Skills I’m getting great work experience

Carl McVeigh Job Club- Employability and Personal Development Carl said, “I really enjoy this course. My lecturers and my learning support worker are friendly and supportive. The tutors explain everything in a format that is easy to follow, and I am getting great help with topics like improving my IT skills, CV writing, completing job applications and interview techniques. I have made new friends on this course which makes it a fun learning environment to be in.”

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Foundation Learning Ideal If: you have special educational needs and want to develop skills to support you for employment. You’ll Learn: employability skills such as enterprise projects, working on computers and skills for daily life. You will develop personal confidence to help you gain employment or complete a work placement. This course will be assessed via a portfolio of evidence.   You’ll Love: our friendly teaching staff who are there to help you every step of the way. You’ll Progress: to employment either full-time, part-time or voluntary. Successful completion of this two year programme can enable students to progress onto the Advanced Job Club one year course. Progression, however, is not automatic on completion of this programme, it depends on the student’s ability to progress to a higher academic level and to gain further employment/ social skills. Decisions regarding progression are made by the course team.  Some students may have the option to progress onto a range of Level 1 Training for Success programmes. 

You’ll Need: to provide evidence that you have a Special Educational Need to confirm a place on this course. All applicants will be provided with a form to be completed prior to the start of the course. This form will require a signature from one of the following; G.P., Social Worker, Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Health Trust or School representative along with a letter regarding the applicant’s Special Educational Need.  

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You’ll Progress:  On completion of the programme your personal mentor will continue to support you on your journey into vocational training programmes, further education or employment.

Ideal If:  you have completed Job Club and wish to progress further You’ll Learn: how to improve employability and personal skills.  You’ll Love:  our friendly teaching staff who are there to help you every step of the way. 

Ideal If:  Job searching tools and techniques; have the confidence to use them and become work ready You’ll Learn: Practical hands on work experience plus the support of your own mentor. You’ll Love:  our friendly teaching staff who are there to help you every step of the way. 

You’ll Need: There are no formal entry requirements but students should be interested in pursuing career in the construction industry or catering industry.

You’ll Progress:  after completing this course, you may be able to progress to a Level 1 course You’ll Need: to attend an interview for this course.  There are no formal academic requirements for this course but you will need to provide evidence of having a learning disability.   

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