South Eastern Regional College (SERC) is preparing to host its annual part-time open evening at the Bangor, Downpatrick, Lisburn and Newtownards Campuses on Wednesday 29 August from 4pm to 8pm. The event will be an opportunity for prospective learners to learn about the range of courses on offer and talk to the tutors.
The event has been organised by SERC to help and support the local community re-engage in education and training. Tutors from a range of courses such as Essential Skills, Restart Education, Access to University and many others will be available on the night.
SERC Restart Education Programme
SERCs Restart Education programme allows learners to get a solid foundation of knowledge in a positive learning environment that is inviting and supportive. It has been designed for those who have been out of education more than one year. Learners will work towards a level 2 OCN qualification in further study skills covering Maths, literacy, science and social science alongside personal skill building, exploring career options and planning the next step in education.
Access to University Course
The Access to University course is aimed at giving adults, particularly those that left school early in life or those that have been away from full-time education for two years or more, the opportunity to return and progress to university. Accredited by Queen’s University Belfast, the certificate provides a good grounding in the knowledge and study skills needed to succeed in higher education. It is equivalent to A levels but is designed and delivered with adult returners in mind.
SERC Careers Team – Here to Help
SERC’s careers team will be on hand to offer free impartial advice to those unsure of which course to choose. Student finance and learning support will also be in attendance.
For anyone considering returning to education, Neil McTeer from Newcastle, is a great example of the rewards that can be gained from going back to the books!
Having been away from education for nearly 15 years, Neil returned and successfully completed the Restart programme at SERC and applied for a social work degree at university. During his three years at SERC, Neil also completed his GCSE English and Math’s, adult literacy and numeracy and essential skills ICT. Neil said that although it was daunting coming back to education, everyone in the class helped each other.
Commenting on the course Neil explains: “The Restart course was my way of getting the confidence I needed to continue learning. I enrolled onto the course to follow my ambition and it’s the best decision I ever made! I would recommend the course to anyone considering returning to education.”
SERC Downpatrick Campus Manager Paul Walsh explains: “We are delighted to be hosting this event to open people’s minds to the huge opportunities that exist within the College. The event is designed to promote the benefits of returning to education and the support mechanisms that SERC offer to help overcome barriers to education that people may face. I would urge the local community to attend the event to see for themselves what is on offer.”