SERC Extra is a unique service designed to support students who are experiencing financial, social/family issues or learning difficulties.
The SERC Extra team work with students every step of the way to address issues or help to put you in direct contact with careers guidance, counselling or financial/learning support.
Available in all campuses, the SERC Extra team will do their upmost to find a suitable solution to any problems you may experience to make sure your time with us is not only a learning experience but also a fun experience!
Our job is to help you make informed decisions about your course choice and your future. Professionally qualified Careers Advisors provide a service that is accessible, impartial, confidential, and focused on your needs.
We can give you careers advice even if you haven't decided to join SERC yet - just contact one of our advisors and make an appointment.
We were the first college in Northern Ireland to be awarded the Matrix Quality Standard in 2009 for our work in advice and guidance. Plus the first college to be re-accredited in 2012. This means you are guaranteed the very best careers information and guidance available.
There are so many careers to choose from that trying to decide which one is for you can be a job in itself! At SERC we also have some useful tools to help you explore more about the various career areas.
Visit our Careers Centre
to find out how to Get the Edge
for your career.
Our Careers Service is available to prospective and current students and can help you:
- Learn about work and education opportunities
Explore career options with our one-to-one advice and guidance service
Complete job applications and CV’s
Prepare for job and Higher Education course interviews
Make applications for further study
Plan you career development
Explore opportunities, develop key skills
Meet employers at our events held throughout the year
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SERC recognises that the challenges facing by Looked After Children and Care Leavers (LAC/CL) as enormous. Applying for and succeeding within education is a real achievement as you face the additional challenges of family support, financial disadvantage and sometimes struggling to find somewhere to live.
To make sure the support is available to you, we need to know that you are a Looked After Child or Care Leaver. When you complete your application form, you are asked to tick the box that tells us you have experience of being in care.
This information is passed directly to the College’s key contact within the Pastoral Care Unit who will then contact you to discuss your particular circumstances. This information will stay in strict confidence and will not be passed on without your consent.
How can we help?
Money? We can help you if you need to apply for your EMA, free travel pass or free meals.
The College also offers a Hardship Fund to students experiencing exceptional financial difficulty with meeting costs associated with learning. We can arrange a one-to-one meeting with our Funding Officers to guide you through the application process.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our Financial Support area for more information.
Fitting In? There are events and activities for all new students starting at SERC to help make the transition easier. SERC also has an active Students Union where you can talk to student reps and Students Union staff.
Contact email@example.com or visit the Students Union page for more information.
The Buttle UK Quality Mark recognises good practice within the further and higher education sector in supporting Looked After Children and Care Leavers and SERC is working towards this quality mark to demonstrate its commitment to supporting you.
Find out more about Buttle UK here.
SERC is committed to offering support and information for students with disabilities, learning difficulties or medical conditions to ensure that they can participate as fully as possible in the academic and social life of the College. If you have a disability/difficulty we can provide a range of support services to help you get the best from your course.
Examples of difficulties include dyslexia, Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome, mental health difficulties or mobility difficulties. Examples of support include additional one-to-one tuition, special exam arrangements or equipment loan.
If you would like further information, please contact Learning Support in your Campus:
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At one time or another we all experience difficulties that can leave us feeling overwhelmed.
Sometimes just talking to friends or family can help but other times it may be better to talk to someone trained to listen who can offer support, guidance and a fresh outlook.
That’s where we come in. We are Carecall.
SERC has selected Carecall as an independent source of support. This service is free to you. Take the first step, lift the phone, and contact Carecall to make an appointment or talk to someone who can help. You can call anytime (24/7, 365 days a year).
For free, confidential and immediate support call 0800 389 5362.
The counsellors are also available on campus every Tuesday during term-time from 10am - 2pm in the Students Union.
Please make use of this valuable service and please don't suffer in silence.