Higher Education Admissions Process


SERC offers a range of full time courses at different levels. We want to ensure you find the right course for you.

Steps to applying for your HE course:

There is a four step admission process for Higher Education:

  1. Complete an online application.

  2. Attend a mandatory pre-entry advice and guidance session.

  3. Complete evaluation opportunity.

  4. Meet entry requirements.

1. Online application

All SERC applicants must Apply Online.

You can apply for up to 3 full time courses.

Once you have submitted your application, you will be called to attend a Pre-Entry Advice and Guidance Session. Invites will come via the email address you used to sign up. These sessions will run from April 2018 – June 2018. You will need to bring the following documents with you:

  1. Evidence of any prior qualifications.

  2. Proof of identity (either a birth certificate issued in the United Kingdom or Ireland, an adoption certificate issued in the United Kingdom or Ireland, a passport, a driving licence, a National Identity Card or a Biometric Residence Permit).


2. Pre-Entry Advice and Guidance Sessions

All applicants for full time Higher Education courses must attend the mandatory pre-entry advice and guidance sessions. You will receive an invite via email. This email invite will give you full details of the content of the pre-entry advice and guidance session. The College aims to hold sessions once a month starting in April 2018 and continuing through to June 2018.

Applicants will have the opportunity to accept or decline their invite via their online app.

All HE applicants will also have to sit some form of assessment in addition to attending the pre-entry advice and guidance session. Some of our courses such as Performing Arts / Photography / Music will also require you to bring a portfolio / perform an audition. Full details will be provided on the email invite.

The outcome of the Pre-entry advice and guidance session will be communicated to you via email. Potential outcomes are Conditional Offer, confirmation of enrolment (providing entry criteria has been satisfied), further interviews to follow or not successful. In the event that you are unsuccessful, the College will endeavour to direct you to a more appropriate course option.

Directions to Each Campus can be found on the Contact Section of our website.

Parking on Campus - Student parking is only available at the Downpatrick and Newtownards Campuses.

Queries regarding applications or enrolment – all queries should be emailed to admissions@serc.ac.uk. You can also telephone 0345 600 7555.

3. Evaluation Opportunity

We are delighted that you have applied to join a Higher Education programme at SERC. As part of our admission process each programme will ask you to complete an evaluation. The programme team will include the details of this in an email to your account. This evaluation considers your skills beyond academic achievement. Examples of the evaluation include an audition for performing arts, portfolio for art and design, practical task in engineering and feedback in leadership and management.

4. Academic Requirements and Offer

The outcome of the Pre-entry advice and guidance session and the evaluation will be communicated to you via email. Potential outcomes are Conditional Offer, confirmation of enrolment (providing entry criteria has been satisfied), further interviews to follow or not successful. In the event that you are unsuccessful, the College will endeavour to direct you to a more appropriate course option.


General Entry Requirements

English Language Requirements for Non-Native English Speakers

All teaching at SERC is carried out in English and tutors must be convinced that you have sufficient fluency in English to cope with your course from the start. Therefore, all non-native English-speaking applicants who have not undertaken their final two years of schooling in English, must satisfy one of the following requirements:

  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2.
  • IELTS 6.0; (minimum of 5.5 in all skills).
  • PTE 51.
  • Or equivalent (Examples of equivalent qualifications would be a GCSE in English, Level 3 Programmes, Essential Skills in Literacy – Grade C, ESOL Level 2 or another qualifications gained at an Institution within the UK).

Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning

Learning you have gained from work or other experience may be used to demonstrate your ability to study your chosen course.

You must provide evidence of some reasonably substantial and significant element of learning for a process of formal assessment by the College.

You will be required to attend an interview and submit a portfolio of evidence. For further information contact hmiller@serc.ac.uk.