Progression routes at SERC Lead to Employment for Gemma

Progression routes keep Gemma's options open for the future


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15 August 2022

Gemma Ellison

Having progression routes for employment and further study means Children’s Learning, Care and Development was the right course for Gemma Ellison, who has secured a part time post and a route to a full-time career.

Gemma (24) from Killinchy, has recently completed the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Children’s Learning, Care and Development at SERC Newtownards Campus, progressing from the Level 2 Diploma in Children’s, Care Learning and Development which she studied at Downpatrick Campus.  She said, “Completing the Level 2 Diploma gave me the opportunity to gain knowledge and experience of working with children and allowed a clear progression route onto the Level 3 Diploma, which gave me further options for employment or further studies."  

She added, “I have really enjoyed the Level 3 Extended Diploma which included 300 hours of hands-on work experience.  This has proved invaluable when applying for employment, as it involved working with children of different age groups in both in primary schools and special needs settings. Having both my qualification and work experience - which has given me a good understanding of the individual needs of children and how best to support them - will be beneficial when seeking full-time employment in this sector".

She continued, “Successfully completing the Extended Diploma - equivalent to 3 A-Levels - means I have UCAS points which I can use in the future if I choose to study at university."

“I have recently gained part-time employment as an Early Years Assistant in a local pre-school and playgroup. This role is a step toward my ambitions of full-time employment as a pre-School Assistant, Classroom Assistant or as a Special Needs Assistant."

 “If you’re interested in a career working with children, I would highly recommend the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Children’s Learning, Care and Development, as successful completion means you walk out the door with a highly valued qualification, backed up by experience and knowledge of working with the children and young people."   

Gemma concluded, “The small class sizes allowed for individual support to be given by the lecturing team.  The student engagement meant everyone could reach their full potential and we all benefited from the support. There was great camaraderie amongst fellow students, and I have made many good friendships at the College. I would happily recommend SERC to other potential students and hope they enjoy the course and the College as much as I enjoyed my time there.”

There is still time to apply for Further Education and Higher Education courses commencing September.   Click here for full details of our enrolment days. Unlock your future #BetterOffAtSERC.


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