At SERC we understand that you want more than just a qualification, you want an experience. Your time with us is designed to help you get the most from your studies, to develop the skills that employers need from you, to give you the edge.
Our Higher Education courses are suitable for those 18 and over who have secured a Level 3 qualification such as BTEC, NVQ or A Levels. As a Higher Education student at SERC your experience will include:
Visit one of the SERC Full-Time Enrolment Days to find out more about our Higher Education courses, speak to lecturing staff and enrol on a Higher Education course.
Date: 17 & 18 August 2017
Time: 9am-5pm (17 August) and 9am-3pm (18 August)
Venue: Bangor. Downpatrick, Lisburn and Newtownards Campuses
We offer each of our students a career enhancing experience where you will work on live projects, solving problems for real businesses. You will also have the opportunity to develop your entrepreneurial skills by setting up a SERC Student Company.Work Placements
To develop a deeper understanding of the world of work you will also have the opportunity to undertake work placements as part of your course.Links With Industry Experts
Ensure that you are best placed to undertake employment upon finishing your qualification.SERC Support
At SERC we’re always here to support you to ensure that you get the most out of your time with us. Services include:
Learn in modern and comfortable surroundings with access to the latest technology available for your chosen area.We Want You to Have Some Fun Too!
By getting involved in the Students’ Union you can help organise events, make new friends and have fun.
BA (Hons) Degree offered in conjunction with John Moores University, Liverpool. This is a Higher Education qualification that helps you develop a true understanding of a subject and usually takes three years to complete if studying full-time. You can also study for a degree part-time or through flexible learning which usually takes four years to complete. The qualification is designed to help you develop your analytical, intellectual and essay or dissertation writing skills.Foundation Degree
This is a Higher Education qualification that combines academic study with work-based learning. Designed jointly by universities, colleges and employers, Foundation Degrees are available in a range of work-related subjects. They are designed to equip you for a particular area of work, as well as giving you the general skills that are useful in any type of job.Higher National Diploma (HND)
HNDs are a work-related, vocational Higher Education qualification. While Degrees tend to focus on gaining knowledge, HNDs are designed to give you the skills to put that knowledge to effective use in a particular job. HNDs are highly valued by employers both in the UK and overseas, and can also count towards membership of professional bodies and other employer organisations.Higher National Certificate (HNC)
HNCs are a vocational Higher Education qualification that is usually studied part-time over two years. HNCs are popular with students who are already in employment as they enable you to put the skills you learn into practice in your current job.Higher Level Apprenticeship (HLA)
Higher Apprenticeships are a great alternative to university – many offer training up to degree level, a salary and the opportunity to start moving your career forward, all without paying hefty tuition fees or running up student debts. Choosing a HLA will give you an alternative route to high skills roles in exciting organisations, nationally recognised qualifications, work experience where you get paid and transferable skills which help you progress to high skilled careers in the professions.Professional Qualifications
Qualifications which are accredited by professional industry body's and demonstrate a student’s depth of knowledge and understanding of a subject and also a commitment to succeed within the industry.
Many students return to study with us who have been out of education for several years and have relevant experience at an appropriate level. If you are returning to study you may be eligible through the Accreditation of Prior Learning Process (APL) :
If you would link further information please discuss APL when you make your application, or contact Heather Miller (Head of Quality).
At SERC we welcome students from far and wide, from China to Poland and Belarus to Sudan.
Our International students have the opportunity to study in a safe environment for a wide range of courses in one of the world’s most advanced education systems. Our students benefit from a high standard of teaching provided by well qualified, committed staff, delivered through small class sizes for a more supportive environment.
Also our UK Visa and Immigration 'Tier 4 Sponsor' status is assurance of our high standard of education. We have an International Office, from where you can get advice about preparing to come to the UK to study, including advice on visa issues where relevant, finding accommodation, opening a bank account and other issues related to helping you settle into a new country.
If you are studying at SERC as part of the Erasmus programme please refer to the Transcript process for Erasmus Students for more information on your transcript of results.
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 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:
SERC's commitment to widening access and participation is embedded within the College Development Plan and the aim of shaping the curriculum to provide programmes that promote greater engagement with hard to reach learners and provide progression to higher level courses. This is supported through widening participation activities to encourage fair access, retention and performance.
SERC aims to:
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