New partnership brings Open University degree courses to SERC campuses – FE News


An exciting new partnership between South Eastern Regional College (SERC) and The Open University (OU) enhances the College’s Higher Education (HE) offering, adding four new Foundation Degrees and two SERC HE Degrees offer.

Ken Webb, Principal and Managing Director, SERC and John D'Arcy, Principal, The Open University in Ireland, pictured outside the SERC Lisburn campus holding signs detailing the new course offering and displaying the SERC and OU logos.
An exciting new partnership between South Eastern Regional College and The Open University enhances the College’s higher education offering, adding four new foundation degrees and two diplomas to the SERC HE offering. Pictured (left to right) Ken Webb, Director and Managing Director of SERC and John D’Arcy, Director of the Open University in Ireland.

From September, students can take an OU Foundation Degree course in cloud computing technologies, cybersecurity and digital forensics at SERC’s Bangor, Downpatrick and Lisburn campuses, or culinary arts at the Bangor campus of the College. OU degree courses are also available in cloud computing technologies and in cybersecurity and digital forensics, providing a progression route for those currently studying a Level 5 qualification in a related field.. These are full-time courses with an option to also study part-time.

The development offers a new opportunity for candidates to study close to home, led by industry-experienced tutors in small classes, using state-of-the-art, industry-standard equipment.

OU programs join the SERC portfolio of higher education courses which includes foundation and university level courses in partnership with the University of Ulster, Queen’s University Belfast and Liverpool John Moores University.

Ken Webb, Director and Managing Director of SERC, said: “We are delighted that SERC has recently been approved by The Open University as a suitable organization to offer postgraduate programs leading to validated scholarships. the Open University. The new courses we will be offering will be an important and exciting new part of HE arrangement at University.”

He continued, “We have an excellent track record of student success and satisfaction, and we are very proud to add the Open University to our list of partnerships.

“The new courses will expand options for learners in the fields of computing and culinary arts and allow more students to benefit from SERC’s employment-oriented technical higher education program.. The new programs have been designed to reflect industry needs and provide students with a progression route to higher level study Where employment for the sectors. Complementary degree programs also present a fantastic progression opportunity for learners wishing to pursue a career in cybersecurity or cloud computing.

John D’Arcy, Director of The Open University, said, “The Open University is delighted to partner with SERC and validate these awards. The other colleges of education are at the heart of their communities. The validation process enables FE colleges to offer a wider range of technical courses, helping more people in local communities obtain high-skilled, well-paying jobs, developing the economy to help tackle the cost crisis of life.​ SERC is a dynamic college and we look forward to working with them in the future and exploring new areas of work to improve this provision even further.

Classes begin in September and applications are open now. You can find out more about the courses and apply for a place at

Registration for all SERC HE courses takes place August 18-19, 2022 at our campuses in Bangor, Downpatrick, Lisburn and Newtownards.

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