Graduate Development Programme

The Graduate Development Programme (GDP) provides an opportunity to gain a Professional Qualification and enhanced leadership skills to further your career prospects. Candidates will complete a CMI L5 Certificate in Leadership and Management and complete a business improvement project throughout the duration of this course. The programme is ideal for those starting off their leadership and management careers as well as for those who have been in a management role for a few years.

Academic Year: 2022/23

Course Code: 10148

Campus: Lisburn

Study Type: Part-Time

Education Level Higher Education


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Course Structure

Talent development is a critical part of successful economic growth.  Whether you are a new or existing employee or perhaps seeking employment, the Graduate Development Programme (GDP) will enhance your existing skills by guiding you through a  business improvement project to completion.  Through virtual and face to face sessions you will develop your professional leadership and management techniques, supporting you into your first leadership position. Throughout your journey you will be mentored by a business professional, and on completion you will be awarded a CMI L5 in Management and Leadership certificate through the Chartered Management Institute.

Contact Hours

4 hours per week contact time to include practical classes, online classes, lectures, workshops or tutorials

Mandatory Additional Study

You will be expected to complete two assignments where additional time may be required 

Personal Study

You will complete a Business Improvement project which is aligned to your qualification 

Entry Requirements
  • Hold a Level 5 qualification (HND, Foundation Degree or Degree)
  • Have the right to work in the EU Hold an appropriate visa (if applicable)
  • Be available to complete a business improvement project within 24 weeks 

English Language Requirements for International students:

  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2
  • IELTS 6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in all skills)
  • PTE 51 Or an approved equivalent test in English
  • Tier 4 Students SERC will only accept a Secure English Language Test (SELT) for issuing a Certificate of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)  

Equivalent qualifications include: 

  • GCSE English Grade C
  • Successful completion of a Level 3 Vocational Programme with assessments completed in English Language
  • Essential Skills in Literacy (Level 2)
  • ESOL Level 2 

How will I be assessed and given feedback?

Students are assessed using a range of different methods. These include coursework, presentations, practical, posters, leaflets, role-play, and case studies. This is dependent on the requirements of each unit of study. Oral, written and online feedback will be provided during your course to help improve and monitor performance.  

Mentoring will provide continual and ongoing support / feedback

The professional qualification is assessed through two written reports.

Where will it take me?

This programme will help build talent and increase your employability and earning potential. 97% of graduates who have participated in this programme have retained or secured full time permanent employment as a result of successful completion of the programme.




How will it make me more employable?

Having a professional qualification will also increase your opportunities and add to your CV.  Peer networking and exposure to a number of companies will raise your profile.

After graduate employment, 97% of previous candidates have secured graduate positions as a direct result of participating on the programme and 100% of past participants would recommend the programme to other graduates.     

The CMI Certificate will enable you to strengthen and develop your knowledge of middle management by focusing on personal development and undertaking a management project with tangible outcomes for the employer.  

Additional Costs
There are no additional costs associated with this programme

 The programme is accredited through the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) at Level 5 Certificate
Terms & Conditions

Students will be required to comply with SERC's Terms & Conditions of study.

We strive to ensure the description of courses on SERC's website and in publications is accurate. However, for various reasons there may be occasions when the College may need to change arrangements or be unable to deliver classes due to circumstances such as reduced funding. If there are insufficient numbers applying for a course it may not be viable to deliver the class.

In addition to the above Terms & Conditions students must also adhere to the following:


  • I understand I am required to complete a CMI Level 5 Certificate throughout the programme and attend necessary training sessions.
  • I understand I will be required to complete a Business Improvement Project as part of the programme

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