South Eastern Regional College

Introduction

Welcome to the International Department of SERC

South Eastern Regional College combines academic excellence with fantastic facilities, brilliant fun in an amazing part of the world. Northern Ireland offers fabulous locations, stunning landscapes and the friendliest of welcomes and is the safest place in the UK.

SERC is a top further and higher education government college. Students from over 68 different countries have chosen SERC as their first choice for quality education this year and are a valued and integral part of our student community. The College is British Council accredited and holds a UKVI Tier 4 licence. SERC offers a wide choice of English language development programmes for General English, Academic English, Teacher Training programmes as well as internationally recognised pre-university qualifications and university foundation degrees accredited by leading universities and awarding bodies including Business, Tourism, IT, Engineering and Science. We are actively seeking further opportunities to work collaboratively with overseas organisations.

‘Learning at SERC gave me many positive memories, lots of fun and huge satisfaction. I am ready to start my career with the right qualification and international experience’
Isabella Parbeza

We have stayed true to our roots and remain the lifeblood of the local community and economy, and in doing so have become a top 30 U​​K College. We have built our reputation as a trusted and respected part of our local community by delivering an industry focused curriculum.

Whilst we have been better known for providing training courses we have become renowned as an innovative partner for companies seeking to improve productivity and develop new markets or products. Services such as product prototyping and ​business improvement consultancy help companies, large and small, to achieve their ambitions. We work with BT, Bombardier Aerospace, Nitronica, Canyon Europe, Red Raven and Coca Cola to name but a few.​

South Eastern Regional College (SERC) provides a range of courses to engage with the local community. In addition to the full-time and part-time courses offered at SERC we work with local community, voluntary and statutory organisations to deliver taster courses in community centres, schools halls and clubs. Taster courses can be delivered at your local campus.

Returning to studies can assist individuals to:

  • Learn a new skill and develop new leisure interests
<li> Reconnect with learning</li> <li> Increase confidence</li> <li> Opportunity to meet new people</li> <li> Prepare to progress to formal courses</li> <li> Gain qualifications missed out on first time round</li> <li> Achieve skills and qualifications to enhance career prospects</li>

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programs

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Courses

Course EFL - Intensive General English

Campus Part time 10 weeks Open Enrollment United Kingdom Lisburn Bangor Downpatrick Newtownards Ballynahinch Newcastle Holywood + 6 more

Our aim is to help you improve your English language skills, make progress and achieve your aims. Learning English in an English-speaking country is ideal because it allows you to perfect your skills quickly and easily with practice both inside and outside the classroom. [+]

Our aim is to help you improve your English language skills, make progress and achieve your aims. Learning English in an English-speaking country is ideal because it allows you to perfect your skills quickly and easily with practice both inside and outside the classroom. Our General English courses are designed to help students communicate successfully and confidently in real-life situations. Classes have an average of 12 students and ensures that every student receives personal attention from their teacher. Although classes focus on speaking and listening, students have the chance to practise all four skills, helping them reach their full potential. Grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation are integrated into the course with content and topics relevant to your language ability. Students can start any Monday throughout the year. Where Will It Take Me? English will open up more employment and study opportunities for you and will make you more desirable to employers. Intercultural and language skills are now some of the most highly valued skills amongst employers globally. How Will The Course Make Me More Employable? In a global market place, employers are looking for people who have two or more languages and are culturally aware of the environment in Northern Ireland and in other counties. English language is key to this process. Accreditation All English language courses through the International School of English are accredited by the British Council's Accreditation UK quality assurance scheme. Sessions Details Course Times: 09:30 - 13:30 Days: Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday Duration: 10 Weeks Full Fee: £995.00 [-]

IELTS 8

Campus Part time 8 weeks May 2018 United Kingdom Lisburn

IELTS 8 is an eight week programme designed to train you for the IELTS examination and help you to achieve your best possible band score. [+]

IELTS 8 is an eight week programme designed to train you for the IELTS examination and help you to achieve your best possible band score. Each individual course is a highly intensive programme, focusing on all of the main skills that are required in the IELTS exam, including exam familiarization and strategies, language skills and academic vocabulary development. As part of the course, you will do regular examination practice tests and receive feedback and advice to develop your skills further. The 200 hour programme consists of 15 hours of taught classes and 10 hours of portfolio-based personalised self-study each week. Where Will It Take Me? IELTS is a true endorsement of your language ability and gives you greater professional and academic mobility. It is the test that opens doors around the world. How Will The Course Make Me More Employable? If you need to study or work where English is the language of communication, the IELTS exam is used as evidence of language ability. IELTS scores are recognised by universities and colleges, employers, immigration authorities and professional bodies. How Will I Be Assessed And Given Feedback? Assessment will be continuous throughout the programme and feedback will be both oral and written. [-]

Pearson BTEC HND Course in Performing Arts (QCF)

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Bangor

This two year course is equivalent to the 1st Year of a degree programme. It is a production-based course for students who wish to develop skills in the performing arts. The course is highly practical, but it also demands academic ability. [+]

This two year course is equivalent to the 1st Year of a degree programme. It is a production-based course for students who wish to develop skills in the performing arts. The course is highly practical, but it also demands academic ability. Accredited via Pearson, this two year course has an emphasis on learning skills current to the performing arts industry with the aim of increasing your employability. It is a production-based course for students who wish to develop skills in the performing arts. The course is highly practical, but it also demands academic ability. We employ Project Based Learning (PBL) approaches giving you industry relevant experiential learning; preparing you for employment within the broad spectrum of the performing arts field. So, whether you’re looking to change job, return to work or boost your career prospects, the HND Performing Arts offers a higher education qualification for people of all ages and backgrounds. Typical delivery hours consist of 17 hours per week of student/lecturer contact time. Students are expected to undertake approximately 10 hours self-study time per week. Studies will be based at the new SPACE building, located within Bangor. Staff hold significant industry experience with specialism in devised theatre and specialism with academic practice and creative arts research skills. You will study three mandatory modules throughout the duration of the programme, along with 13 specialist modules. MANDATORY MODULES Mandatory modules include: Creative Arts Research Skills Preparation, Process and Production Professional Practice SPECIALIST MODULES modules may be a choice of: Popular Entertainment... [-]

Pearson BTEC HND in Computing and Systems Development (QCF)

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Lisburn + 1 more

This course will provide you with skills in programming, networking, e-business and computing in business. [+]

This course will provide you with the skills to prepare you for employment and further study within the computing industry. This course will provide you with skills in programming, networking, e-business and computing in business. Typically, weekly contact hours are scheduled for 17.5 hours per week. There are normally two assignments issued per module, with eight modules taken per year. Completion of Year 1 modules qualifies you for the BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma. Formative and summative feedback is issued on an individual basis to students for each assignment issued. All Merit and Distinction Grades are available to be achieved in both the first and second unit assignments. Exams are not currently used within the 70110 HND Computing and Systems Development Course. Students can study this programme as a part time 'top up' option following completion of an HNC. Registration for HND top ups commencing September 2017 must be completed by 9th June after discussion with Gary Ritchie- gritchie@serc.ac.uk The teaching team consists of staff who are highly qualified with valuable industrial experience. Our staff are regularly trained to keep up-to-date with the changing needs of industry. MANDATORY MODULES Year 1 Mandatory modules include: Procedural Programming Event-Driven Programming Solutions Web Applications Development Business Skills for e-commerce Networking Technologies Local Area Networking Technologies Computer Systems Employability and Professional Development Additional Computer Lab (Programming/Systems Support) Year 2 In year two, you have a combination of programming and system support modules from the list below. Additional content is included to allow you to... [-]

Foundation Year

Pearson BTEC HND Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Lisburn Bangor + 2 more

The HND Electrical and Electronic Engineering is offered on a full-time and part-time basis. The course aims to provide opportunities for electrical and electronic based engineers or technicians to achieve a Level 5, nationally recognised, vocationally specific qualification. [+]

This course will prepare you for employment or progression on to further study within engineering. The HND Electrical and Electronic Engineering is offered on a full-time and part-time basis. The course aims to provide opportunities for electrical and electronic based engineers or technicians to achieve a Level 5, nationally recognised, vocationally specific qualification. The learning experience is a combination of practical training, theoretical knowledge and e-learning. You will use a variety of industry standard hardware and software including electronic circuit simulation; printed circuit board development; industrial automation using Programmable Logic Controllers; and fault finding diagnosis using digital test equipment. The full-time course is two years, with 17.5 teaching hours expected per week. The part-time course is normally taken as a two year Higher National Certificate (HNC) followed by a further two years to achieve HND. The modules provide a blend of theoretical and practical skills essential for the professional engineer in a modern engineering environment. The course is made up of 5 mandatory level 4 modules, and 5 mandatory level 5 modules together with 3 level 4 and 3 level 5 optional units. Students completing this qualification will be equipped with knowledge, understanding and skills for success in employment in the electronic and electrical engineering based industry. Students can study this programme as a part time 'top up' option following completion of an HNC. Registration for HND top ups commencing September 2017 must be completed by 9th June after discussion with Richard Morrison rmorrison@serc.ac.uk The teaching team consists of staff... [-]

University of Ulster Degree in Science in Applied and Medical Sciences

Campus Full time Part time 1 year September 2018 United Kingdom Bangor + 1 more

The Foundation Degree in Applied and Medical Sciences aims to ensure that the evolving needs of the science sector are met, including laboratory based training, theoretical knowledge and e-learning. [+]

The Foundation Degree prepares you for employment in the science industry and provides you with the opportunity to gain entry to relevant Degree programmes. The Foundation Degree in Applied and Medical Sciences aims to ensure that the evolving needs of the science sector are met, including laboratory based training, theoretical knowledge and e-learning. Weekly contact hours are scheduled for a minimum of 15 hours per week. Student workload usually includes 4 to 5 assessments (a combination of coursework and/or examination) per module. The Foundation Degree also provides students with an opportunity to undertake a structured placement within the science industry during the final year of the programme. The teaching team are highly qualified in a range of scientific disciplines and have industrial or university research experience. MANDATORY MODULES The 14 Mandatory modules include: Year 1 Introduction to Biology and Disease Fundamentals of Chemistry Communications and IT Maths and Statistics for Bioscience Introduction to Laboratory Practice Human Physiology and Anatomy Chemistry Introduction to Evidence Based Professional Practice Year 2 Cell Biology Biochemistry and Human Nutrition Work Based Learning I & II Professional Practice in the Laboratory Laboratory Skills and Safety This course may grant you privileges as an Associate student of the Ulster University and you may have access to a number of University services and facilities, including membership to the Ulster University library and sports centre. To find out more visit UU Associate Student. Entry Requirements Candidates must meet the following criteria: Four passes at GCSE level Grade C or... [-]

University of Ulster Foundation Degree Architectural Technology with Sustainable Design

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 United Kingdom Bangor

This two year full-time programme is awarded by Ulster University. It has been designed for people who are interested in a career in Architectural Technology and require a Foundation Degree to progress to higher academic qualifications and/or to enhance employment prospects. [+]

The current course is currently under revalidation with the Ulster University. As such, the content of the programme may be subject to change to reflect current industry need and practice starting in September 2017. More detail will be available on successful completion of the revalidation process. This two year full-time programme is awarded by Ulster University. It has been designed for people who are interested in a career in Architectural Technology and require a Foundation Degree to progress to higher academic qualifications and/or to enhance employment prospects. The course focuses on the technical aspects of building design and construction. This includes the need for an innovative and sustainable design approach in terms of environment, economic and social impacts. Architectural Technologists develop the conceptual design through to construction ensuring buildings are well design and detailed, whilst functional and energy efficient. Typically, weekly contact hours are scheduled for a minimum of 17 hours per week, per semester. Additional hours may be required due to seminars, site visits or practical activities. This course requires additional study out of the delivery hours. This is supported by the use of a Virtual Learning Environment and access to required software for free. Students are required to work and manage their workload around the course, it is envisaged that students should apply approximately 15 hours independent study time per week. This course is delivered by qualified staff with a relevant Construction based qualification as well as industrial experience. MANDATORY MODULES Modules studied may include: Sustainable Construction 1... [-]

University of Ulster Foundation Degree in Computing

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Lisburn Bangor Downpatrick + 3 more

This Foundation Degree covers a range of IT related topics including computer systems, programming, database development with SQL Server, web technologies, mobile application development and software application testing. The Foundation Degree in Computing aims to develop industry current skills to ensure that the future needs of the IT sector are fully met. [+]

This Foundation Degree covers a range of IT related topics including computer systems, programming, database development with SQL Server, web technologies, mobile application development and software application testing. The Foundation Degree in Computing aims to develop industry current skills to ensure that the future needs of the IT sector are fully met. Typically, weekly contact hours are scheduled for a minimum of 17 hours per week per semester. Student workload usually includes 2 to 5 assessments (which may contain a combination of coursework, class tests, practical assessments and/or examination) per module. The Foundation Degree also provides students with an opportunity to undertake a structured work-based learning placement within the computing industry during the final year of the programme. The teaching team consists of highly qualified staff with valuable industrial experience. Our staff are regularly trained to keep up-to-date with the changing needs of industry. MANDATORY MODULES Students are required to undertake mandatory modules equating to 180 credits. Mandatory modules may include: Introduction to Programming 1 (10 Credits) Computer Systems (20 credits) Effective Learning in Computing (10 credits) Introduction to Databases with SQL (20 credits) Introduction to Programming 2 (10 credits) Network Technology (20 credits) Computational Mathematics (20 credits) Professional Practice in an ICT Context (10 credits) Object-oriented Programming (20 credits) Work-based learning (40 credits) OPTIONAL MODULES Students must also undertake a further 60 credits worth of optional modules (listed below). Currently, the optional modules are structured into two distinction pathways; however, it may be possible to study modules from both... [-]

University of Ulster Foundation Degree in Leadership and Management

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 United Kingdom Lisburn

The Foundation Degree in Leadership and Management, validated by the Ulster University, has been developed to upskill and professionalise current and future business leaders. The Foundation Degree in Science, validated by Ulster University, has been developed to upskill and professionalise current and future business leaders. To ensure growth in the NI and Global economy, businesses need to increase competitiveness and differentiation on a World market. [+]

The Foundation Degree in Leadership and Management, validated by the Ulster University, has been developed to upskill and professionalise current and future business leaders. The Foundation Degree in Leadership and Management, validated by Ulster University, has been developed to upskill and professionalise current and future business leaders. To ensure growth in the NI and Global economy, businesses need to increase competitiveness and differentiation on a World market. Top leadership and management talent are needed to create these opportunities for growth. This Foundation Degree has been developed in order to assist in the process of developing this talent and encouraging critical and analytical thinking in our future and current business leaders. On successful completion of the Foundation Degree, students may progress to the Ulster University BSc Hons Management and Leadership Development programme. Progression is via two bridging modules and entry into the final year. Typically, weekly contact hours are scheduled for a minimum of 17 hours per week per semester. In addition to scheduled teaching hours, students are expected to undertake a minimum of 12 hours independent study per week. Student workload usually includes 2 to 3 assessments (a combination of coursework and/or examination) per module. The Foundation Degree also provides students with an opportunity to undertake a structured placement within the business environment during the final year of the programme. All staff teaching on the programme hold relevant graduate and post-graduate qualifications, as well as holding significant industry experience. MANDATORY MODULES Mandatory modules may include: Introduction to Marketing: This module... [-]

University of Ulster Foundation Degree in Mechatronics Engineering

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years September 2018 United Kingdom Lisburn + 1 more

The Foundation Degree (FdEng) in Mechatronic Engineering provides students with a broad-based engineering education in aspects of Mechanical, Manufacturing and Electronic Engineering. Mechatronics Engineering is one of the more recent developments in the engineering discipline. It combines mechanical engineering, problem-solving and design skills with the expertise of digital electronics and computer systems to produce advanced products and systems through automation and the use of robotics. [+]

The Foundation Degree (FdEng) in Mechatronic Engineering provides students with a broad-based engineering education in aspects of Mechanical, Manufacturing and Electronic Engineering. Mechatronic Engineering is one of the more recently developed engineering disciplines. It combines mechanical engineering problem-solving and design skills with the expertise of digital electronics and computer systems to produce advanced products and systems through automation and the use of robotics. Typically, weekly contact hours are scheduled for a minimum of 17.5 hours per week per semester. Student workload usually includes 2 to 3 assessments (a combination of coursework and or/ examination) per module. The Foundation Degree also provides students with an opportunity to undertake a structured placement with an engineering company during the final year of the programme. The teaching team consists of staff who are highly qualified with valuable industrial experience. Our staff are regularly trained to keep up-to-date with the changing needs of the industry. MANDATORY MODULES The full-time programme comprises the following modules: Year 1 Engineering Mathematics Mechanical Principles A Manufacturing Processes Professional Studies Programmable Logic Controlled Electro-pneumatic Systems CAD Techniques Electrical & Electronic Fundamentals Engineering Materials Year 2 Mechanical Principles B Analogue & Digital Electronics CAD/ CAM Business Improvement Techniques Principles & Applications of Embedded Systems Work Based Learning Please note: The above is the structure for the full-time option. This course can also be studied on a part-time basis. The part-time option runs over three years requiring attendance on one full day per week. This course may grant you privileges as an... [-]

University of Ulster Foundation Degree Tourism, Hospitality and Events

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 United Kingdom Bangor Downpatrick + 1 more

This programme validated by Ulster University combines knowledge and understanding of Tourism, Hospitality and Events, with the vocational training in these areas. This Foundation Degree is a recognised Higher Education qualification, allowing students to progress to BSc Hons courses or to obtain employment in the Tourism, Hospitality and/or Events sectors. [+]

This programme validated by Ulster University combines knowledge and understanding of Tourism, Hospitality and Events, with the vocational training in these areas. This Foundation Degree is a recognised Higher Education qualification, allowing students to progress to BSc Hons courses or to obtain employment in the Tourism, Hospitality and/or Events sectors. This course offers exciting, modern and engaging content, embracing all three industries; it provides students with the opportunity to appreciate the symbiotic relationship that binds Tourism, Hospitality and Events, while simultaneously acquiring a balanced mix of academic and practical skills. The Foundation Degree also provides students with an opportunity to undertake a structured placement within Tourism, Hospitality and/or Events organisations during the final year of the programme. Placements can be undertaken locally, nationally or internationally. Typically, weekly contact hours are scheduled for a minimum of 17 hours per week per semester. Student workload usually includes 2 to 3 assessments per module, inclusive of both coursework and exams. Students are required to undertake between 20 and 25 self-study hours per week. All staff teaching on the programme hold relevant graduate and post-graduate qualifications, as well as holding significant industry experience. MANDATORY MODULES Mandatory modules may include: Effective Learner Tourism, Hospitality and Events (THE) Industry Foodservice Operations Introduction to Finance Introduction to Human Resource Management Understanding Tourism Introduction to Event Operations Fundamentals of Marketing Tourism Today Contemporary Food and Beverage Supervision Professional Development Work Based Learning This course may grant you privileges as an Associate student of the Ulster University and you... [-]