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Courses for adults

With our extensive range of courses especially for adults (aged 19 and over), there’s sure to be one to help you achieve your goals. From full-time and flexible part-time courses, to short courses and distance learning. You can even fit your studies around your lifestyle and family or work commitments.

We offer a welcoming and supportive environment for adult learners with excellent teaching and competitive course fees. There’s really no age limit to learning and fulfilling your true potential, so what are you waiting for!

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For those able to commit to full-time study, we can provide you with a wide range of courses from entry level through to higher education to help you return to education or access new opportunities that could really change your life.

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Our part-time courses can help you fit your studies around the busiest of lifestyles. We offer a range of professional and technical qualifications from entry level through to higher education, usually with a choice of daytime and evening learning options.

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Short courses

Get an introduction to something new with one of our bite-size courses. Whether you are a complete beginner who wants to try something different, a professional looking to master a new skill or just keep your body and mind active, we are sure to have a course for you.

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Access to HE

Study on one of our popular Access to HE pathways to gain the entry requirements for university or alternative higher education study. If you’re not ready for an Access course try our Pre-Access short taster course.

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Higher education

Our higher education courses can take your career to the next level or provide you with the qualifications to embark on a new one.  We offer a range of flexible, career-focused courses including HNCs, HNDs, foundation degrees, honours degrees and higher apprenticeships. You can study full-time, part-time or distance learning to fit your studies around other commitments.

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Professional qualifications

Gaining professional skills to improve your performance at work with a professional qualification could be a worthwhile investment. Our accredited courses are well respected within the industry and you can make the most of the benefits of membership.

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Broaden your horizons and discover another culture through learning a different language. It’s not only about learning the grammar and vocabulary, it’s learning new sounds, expressions and immersing yourself in the culture.

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If English is not your first language, our ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) courses from entry level to Level 2 can help you to develop your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.

ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)


Learn for pleasure with our exciting and practical courses covering a variety of hobbies. Discover a new interest, develop an existing one or just have fun meeting new friends.

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Skills & qualifications

If you want to expand your skills, train for a new career or gain a nationally recognised qualification, get started with one of our skills and qualification courses, from entry level to Level 3.

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Distance learning

Learn from the comfort of your own home! If you are unable to commit to a structured course you can fit your studies around your home and work life with one of our distance learning courses. Most of our distance learning courses are free.

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Get back to basics with pre-employment training and create a firm foundation for getting back into employment, or take your first step towards a new career.

View our jobseekers courses


Apprenticeships are open to everyone, regardless of what age or level you are at. They are a great way of studying while remaining in employment. The new higher apprenticeships mean that you can become qualified to degree level and beyond.

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Reasons to study as an adult

There are lots of reasons why you could be motivated to study as an adult.

Benefits of learning as an adult

The benefits of learning as an adult are endless and could really change your life.

Study for free!

There’s now even more reasons to study as an adult!

New funding rules mean that if your annual salary is less then £16,009.50, you could be eligible for free course fees (Level 1 or Level 2).

Look out for our free distance learning courses and other free courses.

*Learners may be fully funded, who are employed and cannot contribute towards the cost of co-funding fees. The learner must meets both of the following:

  • is eligible for co-funding, and
  • earns less than £16,009.50 annual gross salary.

Evidence of the learner’s gross annual wages is required i.e. a wage slip within 3 months of the learner’s learning start date, or a current employment contract that states gross monthly/annual wages.

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