Results Day is Looming- What's Next? Careers Advice and Open Days at SERC


With young people across the province waiting anxiously for A level and GCSE results, SERC are preparing to host a series of careers days offering young people free, impartial and tailored careers advice on the run up to the day.

With young people across the province waiting anxiously for A level and GCSE results, SERC are preparing to host a series of careers days offering young people free, impartial and tailored careers advice on the run up to the day.  

The sessions are designed to help young people and their parents understand of the range of learning opportunities and pathways available to them, helping them to make better, informed choices. The service is available to anyone in the South Eastern region, regardless of where they are planning to study next.  

Make an appointment to see a Careers Advisor at SERC

SERC careers advisors will be available by appointment at the College’s Bangor, Downpatrick, Lisburn and Newtownards Campuses from 9am-4pm on Monday 12 August to Wednesday 14 August, and again from Monday 19 August to Wednesday 21 August.  

Call in to a Drop-in Session on Results Days

The careers team will also be available on a drop-in basis following A level results days from 9am to 5pm on 15 August and 9am to 3pm on 16 August and GCSE results days from 9am to 5pm on 22 and 9am to 3pm on 23 August.  

Open Days for Higher Education or Further Education Programmes

Our Open Days give visitors the opportunity to talk to teaching staff, learn more about subject areas and course options and see the state-of-the-art facilities.  

For students awaiting their A levels, our Higher Education Open Days are taking place on Thursday 15 August from 9am-5pm and Friday 16 August from 9am-3pm.

SERC offer a range of higher-level qualifications including HNCs, HNDs, Foundation Degrees, Higher Level Apprenticeships and Degree programmes.  

On 22 and 23 August students awaiting their GCSE results will be welcome to SERC Campuses for our Further Education Open Days when students can enrol on courses including Apprenticeships, Diplomas and Extended Diplomas.  

Ken Webb, SERC Principal and Chief Executive said “Deciding on the next step after leaving school can be a daunting and anxious time for young people and their parents who may not know about all the courses or learning opportunities are available. Some people may have performed under their expectations, while others may be unsure about which route to take. The important thing is not to panic.  Our team of expert careers advisors can talk young people through their individual situations, enabling them to see for themselves what options are available to them not only at SERC but further afield.  

“It is vital that young people are aware of the range of options available to help them make better, informed choices and I would encourage them to come along to hear their options. Our goal is to make it easier and more accessible for school leavers to source all the information they need to make decisions about their future.”  

To make an appointment, please email careers@serc.ac.uk or call the College on 0345 600 7555 and ask for the careers team at the nearest campus.  

SERC Careers team are accredited with the Matrix Standard for the quality of their career education, information, advice and guidance service. SERC was the first college in Northern Ireland to receive accreditation back in 2009.  

Careers advisors can help you to research your options, prioritise your goals and take those vital next steps on your career path. They can help with:

  • Applied to university? We can help with aspects of UCAS, from confirming your place to going through Clearing.
  • Year 12-13 transition? Did you get the points to go to sixth form? Are you looking for alternative ways to study? We can help you weigh up your options and plan.
  • Ready to start work? We can help you see the possibilities, including vocational training and apprenticeships, and help you with all aspects of employability.
  • Back to the drawing board? If things really haven’t gone to plan, we’ll go back to the drawing board with you and help you get back on track. 

Applications for courses starting in September are still open. To apply please visit apply.serc.ac.uk. For more information please call 0345 600 7555, or find SERC on Facebook, search: SERC.  

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