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A cookie is a small piece of data that a website asks your browser to store on your computer or mobile device. The cookie allows the website to "remember" your actions or preferences over time. Most browsers support cookies, but users can set their browsers to decline them and can delete them whenever they like.

A cookie is a simple text file that is stored on your computer or mobile device by a website’s server and only that server will be able to retrieve or read the contents of that cookie. Each cookie is unique to your web browser. It will contain some anonymous information such as a unique identifier and the site name and some digits and numbers. It allows a website to remember things like your preferences or what’s in your shopping basket.

We use cookies to record your preferences when using our site and to collect usage & performance information. We do not capture any personal information about you.

These cookies are required to ensure our site works correctly and cannot be turned off. This includes the following cookies:

Cookie Name Cookie Purpose
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This cookie is used to allow us to see how popular courses are by tracking descriptor views. It also allows us to provide you with a "Recently Viewed" list on certain pages. This cookie will expire after 6 months.

If you opt to change your settings to Essential Cookies only we will not store this cookie on your machine after you close your browser. Meaning that a new cookie will be saved with a new ID on each visit preventing us from showing a "Recently Viewed" list.

These cookies allow us to count page visits and traffic sources so we can measure and improve the performance of our site, using a service provided by Google Analytics. This service is an important tool that enables us to monitor the use of our website and improve the experience for end users and we ask that you do not disable this service if possible.

Google Analytics stores information about:

  • the pages you visit on serc.ie and how long you spend on each page
  • how you got to the site
  • what you click on while you're visiting the site

We don't collect or store your personal information (eg your name or address) so this information can't be used to identify who you are.

SERC uses Facebook Pixels to measure our online presence on social media sites and gather information on our viewers. This enables us to produce content that is more relevant to what our users are expecting. For more information about Facebook Pixels please visit the help page on Facebook's site. You can opt out of using these cookies however we ask that you do not disable them as it will help us provide a better service to you.