AT first glance it would be hard to see why a student would celebrate being awarded three ‘D’s, however, when the ‘D’ stands for distinction it makes perfect sense.
For a class of computing students from South Eastern Regional College (SERC) Downpatrick campus it was celebrations all round as the whole class of fourteen achieved triple distinctions, the equivalent to three A’s at A-Level.
To make the achievement even more remarkable one student, Will Ramoska from Crossgar, along with achieving a triple distinction did so by getting top marks, the perfect score. The students studied a National Diploma for IT Practitioners in Software Development at SERC, it is a two year course which upon completion provides the necessary qualifications to progress to higher education at university or college.
As part of this course they studied units such as Developing Computer Games and Communications Technology and many were involved in developing learning materials for Knockevin School as part of a project unit. This gave them the chance to apply the theory learned in the classroom to a real life project for a genuine user.
Course tutor Angela Gilmore said, “While we have always enjoyed a very high success rate on this course, this is a phenomenal set of results for the students. They have been a pleasure to teach and it is very rewarding to see so many receive these outstanding grades.”
Perfect score student Will Ramoska was quick to recognise the role played by the College in helping him achieve his
qualification. He said, “I had been referred to SERC by my careers officer Kate Savage and it is the best step I have ever taken. The new building had just opened up and I felt proud to be a student of such a great facility.
“I must thank all of my tutors for helping me through both years. I doubt that without their great teaching methods I would be where I am today – finished with 18 distinctions and ready to continue my education.”
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