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Entry to Management Graduate Development Programme

Matching Graduates with Employers, leadership and management skills are achieved through an intensive work placement and development programme. Completion of a CMI L5 in Leadership and Management is integrated across this 24 week programme where professional mentoring is provided. Successful completion of the course will allow you to apply for employment opportunities. SERC will match shortlisted candidates with employers.

Course Structure

Entry to Management is Northern Irelands longest established graduate management development programme, running for over twenty years and supported by the Department for the Economy.  The Entry programme is designed to provide unique opportunities for graduates and employers alike, the key focus is to grow results and build talent, shaping the leaders of tomorrow.

The programme is targeted at driving success through innovation and building leadership and management capacity in the Northern Irish economy.   Talent development is a critical part of successful economic growth.  Successful graduates will complete a period of industrial employment which will support them in their first step into a management and a leadership role.  Throughout their period of employment (24 weeks) they will be required to deliver on a business improvement project which will be agreed prior to the employment commencing.  Graduates will complete a Chartered Management Institute Level 5 Certificate in Leadership and Management during the programme which will focus on the development of their professional and personal skills.  Throughout their journey the Graduate will be mentored by a business professional. 


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Course Code: 78479

Contact Hours

8 hours per month contact time to include practical classes, lectures, workshops or tutorials

Mandatory Additional Study

You will be expected to complete two assignments where additional time may be required 

Personal Study

You will complete a Business Improvement project which is aligned to your qualification 

Entry Requirements

  • Hold a Level 5 qualification (HND, Foundation Degree or Degree)
  • Have the right to work in the EU Hold an appropriate visa (if applicable)
  • Be available and Commit to 24 weeks placement between Oct 19 - Mar 20 

English Language Requirements for International students:

  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2
  • IELTS 6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in all skills)
  • PTE 51 Or an approved equivalent test in English

Equivalent qualifications include

  • Grade C (or above) in GCSE English
  • Successful completion of a Level 3 Vocational Programme with assessments completed in English Language
  • Essential Skills in Literacy (Level 2)
  • ESOL Level 2 

Tier 4 Students

  • SERC will only accept a Secure English Language Test (SELT) for issuing a Certificate of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) 

How will I be assessed and given feedback?

Students are assessed using a range of different methods. These include tests, coursework, presentations, practical, posters, leaflets, role-play, and case studies. This is dependent on the requirements of each unit of study. Oral, written and online feedback will be provided during your course to help improve and monitor performance.  

Professional mentoring will provide continual and ongoing support / feedback

The professional qualification is assessed through two assignments and is delivered every other Tuesday evening in SERC Lisburn campus from 6pm-9pm

Where will it take me?

This programme will help build talent and increase your employability and earning potential. 97% of graduates have retained or secured full time permanent employment as a result of the programme.




How will it make me more employable?

Professional work experience will build your industry knowledge, expertise and confidence. Having a professional qualification will also increase your opportunities and add to your CV. Peer networking and exposure to a number of companies will raise your profile.

After graduate employment, 97% of previous candidates have secured graduate positions as a direct result of participating on the programme and 100% of past participants would recommend the programme to other graduates.     

The CMI Certificate will enable you to strengthen and develop your knowledge of middle management by focusing on personal development and undertaking a management project with tangible outcomes for the employer.  

Additional Costs

There are no additional costs associated with this programme


 The programme is accredited through the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) at Level 5 Certificate

Terms & Conditions

Students will be required to comply with SERC's Terms & Conditions of study.

While we endeavour to run all our courses on the advertised day, SERC reserves the right to change the day of week on which the course runs.

In addition to the above Terms & Conditions students must also adhere to the following:
  • I am available for full time employment from  08 Oct 19 – 31 Mar 20
  • I understand I am required to attend two full induction days @ SERC  (Oct 19)
  • I understand I am required to attend the ENTRY peer conference over two days in Jan 20 
  • I understand I am required to complete a CMI Level 5 Certificate throughout the programme and attend necessary training sessions.
  • I understand I will be required to complete a Business Improvement Project as part of the programme I understand I may be required to attend employer interviews from w/c 20 August 2019

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