Eva Rainey for N Down papers

SERC Course Puts Eva on Track for University

Applications are open for full-time courses at South Eastern Regional College (SERC) – Northern Ireland’s top-performing college – and one Bangor student says it’s proved the right choice to help unlock her future.

Eva Rainey (17), progressed to SERC Bangor Campus after GCSEs to study computer engineering, and she is confident that this will take her on to a degree course.

Eva, who is studying a Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Digital Manufacturing (Computer Engineering) says:

“I like the practicality of my course a lot, especially working with the machines and building circuits. I also like the programming element of it – I’m all for anything to do with computers. Pneumatics and hydraulics were part of the first year of the course too, which was interesting to learn about.

Eva says a successful completion of the course will take her on to a degree: “I would like to go on to university to study artificial intelligence or system software engineering and potentially take on a PhD. I have been made aware of a lot more pathways and opportunities available to me than I would have known before. It feels like I’m making my own decisions about my education and that I’m in control of it.”

Eva concludes, “I would definitely recommend SERC to others. Coming to SERC was one of the best decisions I ever made; you get great support from tutors and there is strong support from other departments for things like finances and mental health.”

SERC offers a broad range of full-time courses for anyone from post-GCSE right up to degree level. Students learn from qualified, industry-experienced tutors in state-of-the-art facilities including salons, computer suites, workshops and training kitchens. Most courses include work placements, and in many cases, there is the opportunity to travel abroad for work experience and study.

Applications for full-time courses starting in September are open now and potential students can apply directly through the college website: