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BE MORE with Adult Learning at Burnley College.


Changing career? Ready to return to learning? Need a qualification to boost your prospects? Want to learn a new skill? Whatever your individual goals, we will support you every step of the way.


Photo of a happy Adult Learner studying to become a Midwife

Kelly Morris: Studied GCSE English to gain the qualifications she needed to become a Midwife

Adult Learner studying Maths, English and Nursing at Burnley College

Stuart Burnop: Studied GCSE English and Maths to progress to a Nursing Degree and climb the career ladder

Adult Learner studying GCSE English

Sarfaraz Mohammed: Studied GCSE English to progress his studies in Electrical Installation

Adult Learner enjoying pursuing her hobby in College

Kathleen Birtwistle: Studied Dressmaking as a great new hobby in retirement

Skills for Life

Enhance your skills, get the qualifications you need to progress and be inspired into lifelong learning – and in most cases for free!

From Maths and English GCSE to Advanced Level Vocational Courses – learn more!

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We offer a range of courses to match your own individual needs and goals

Based in our £110 million Campus at the heart of Burnley, Adult Learning at Burnley College has an established reputation as a centre of industry expertise, with approachable Tutors renowned for their ability to combine their  industry expertise and academic excellence.

With the very best academic and student support available, now you can make the first step to an exciting new career; university-level study; promotion or a great new hobby.

If you’re thinking of starting your own business too, we can help set you on the right course. Burnley College’s ties with local, national and international companies means we ensure you get the training you need with our unrivalled facilities, expert Tutors and industry knowledge.

We’re at the heart of the North West transport network, within easy reach of public transport links, with ample free parking in the evenings on our well-lit, secure car park.

Take the first step

At Burnley College we believe in giving you the individual skills you need to achieve your career dream. Industry is always changing and developing, so your skills must too. From developing a solid foundation in the basics to specialising there are opportunities and options everywhere.

Take your first step by choosing from one of the categories below, or Click Here to see all of our Adult Learning Courses.


Adult Learning at Burnley College

Whatever reason you’ve chosen to return to education, from a career change to a skills boost, there’s something to suit you at Burnley College.

Part time, evenings, online: our courses are flexible so you can fit your learning around your life, while getting the experience and knowledge from our expert Tutors and the individualised support to succeed.

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Online Learning

The flexibility of Online Learning allows you to work at your own pace and in your own space. It’s perfect if you’re pushing for promotion, looking to branch out into a brand new career or learning for the love of it, we will help you reach your goals and gain the qualifications you deserve.

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Adult Learners

I have a career goal in mind – how do I get there? 

Our Careers Advisors will give you independent guidance to help you plan your route to success. They are available for individual appointments, face to face or over the phone. You can book an appointment by calling 01282 733373 [email protected] 

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Are my qualifications still relevant? 

Whether you left education five years ago or 15 years ago or 25 years ago, we would still like to know what qualifications you achieved, this can include courses you have completed at work, too. Our Student Services team are on hand to give advice and guidance on what qualifications and experience you can use to access courses: call them on 01282 733373 or email [email protected] 

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How can I pay for my course? 

We have worked hard to make sure that any course fees you need to pay offer value for money and, in many instances, offer several different ways to pay.  Head to our fees and finance page on the website for more information or call Student Services on 01282 733373 or email [email protected]  

Adult Learners

When can I start?

Most courses start in September and January however there are some courses with start dates all year round. You will find the earliest start dates on the course page of your chosen course or feel free to contact Student Services for further dates: call them on 01282 733373 or email [email protected]


Don’t let worries over finance hold you back from achieving your career goals

Simply take a few seconds to fill in a quick enquiry form and one of our friendly advisors explore all your finance options with you.

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Get impartial careers advice right now

Some people know exactly what they want to do and where they want to go. For others, it’s not that straightforward.

Our team of specialist Advisors offer expert, independent and impartial advice, helping remove any barriers you may have stopping you achieving your potential.

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I was a baker for 20 years. Now I work in a Pharmacy Lab at Preston Royal Infirmary and am part of a medical team saving lives.

Nathaniel Nuttall’s Journey

Baker > GCSE Maths, English, Science and IT Qualifications at Burnley College > Preston Royal Infirmary

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