Reskill, Upskill and Tranform your Futures with a Part Time course at SERC

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South Eastern Regional College (SERC)

1st Sep 2021

SERC’s part-time courses are here to help you transform your future by strengthening your skills and improving your CV, delivering learning in a flexible format that fits around your life.

Ken Webb, Principal and Chief Executive of SERC said, “Every year, we hear amazing real-life stories from our students on how their return to education has transformed their lives. The first step is realising that you can do whatever you put your mind to, and we will give you all the support you need here at SERC to achieve your aim.”

Joan Cochrane from Bangor took the opportunity to enrol in a part-time beginner’s Italian course. She has since achieved a GCSE and is about to start the final year of an OCN Level 4 award in Italian.

Joan says, “On my first trip to Italy I was very frustrated that I couldn’t communicate or even correctly pronounce place names in Tuscany.   It was the pure frustration that spurred me to enrol in the beginners Italian at SERC and I have been there ever since.”

“It’s not like learning a language at school – there is no pressure, and the lecturer is brilliant at getting you involved in the class, sometimes without you even realising. The classes are good fun, and I’d certainly encourage anyone thinking about taking up a language to give it a go at SERC.”

Stephanie Oates (pictured above) from Portavogie found that a part time course at SERC was beneficial to her career. Stephanie studied the European Computer Driving License at SERC and says:

“I work for the South Eastern Trust and have been there for 10 years. I really enjoyed the course and successful completion has helped me recently secure a new post at a higher band, so it has worked out perfectly for me. I would definitely recommend coming back to SERC to upskill.”

SERC offers a variety of subject areas and types of course. You can restart your education with maths, English and ICT, or the College offers an Access Foundation Diploma, designed to allow adults out of full-time education (2 years or more) the opportunity to return to study and progress to higher education.

You could benefit from a part-time further education course to get the skills and knowledge necessary to get back into employment, climb the job ladder or change careers. You can gain formal recognition for your existing skills, or acquire new skills and knowledge, on one of our many courses for business and industry.

In our online prospectus you’ll find subjects including Sports Massage Therapy, an Award in Tour Guiding, PAT Testing, Garden Design and Gas Safety Management to name but a few. And that’s in addition to an extensive range of leisure courses, such digital photography, languages, cookery and woodwork, to keep the brain active and have fun. There is something for everyone at SERC.

SERC Careers team are also available via phone, skype or email to talk about programmes and the support mechanisms that SERC offers to help overcome any barriers to education that people may face. You can contact the advisors at

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