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Adult Learning Support Guidance

Supporting you to be more

You’re considering returning to college, and you may be excited, a little apprehensive or a mixture of both. You’re bound to have lots of questions about how it all works. We’re here to advise, guide you and be that constant source of support throughout your studies, whatever your goal.

“I don’t know what course is best for me.”

“I need a qualification to take the next step in my career.”

“How do I know if my course is funded?”

From GCSEs to degree-level study, we will give you the tools to decide what’s right for you.


Choosing a Course

There are more than 250 courses to choose from, but you don’t have to make this choice alone. Our advisors are experts in asking you the right questions to identify which course will be the right fit for you. View Adult Courses >>


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Don’t let money worries stand in the way of your goals

We understand that concerns about the cost of a course can feel like the first stumbling block.

Our friendly and knowledgeable advisors are here to explain your funding and finance options in straight-forward terms. Fees generally apply to Adult Learning courses and can vary significantly according to your chosen programme; study method and personal circumstances.

Funding and finance

Careers Advice

Be a Teacher
Be a Paramedic
Be an Accountant

For many of us, it might not be quite that straightforward.

Perhaps you have a dream career, but don’t know how to get started. Or maybe you know what you love doing, but don’t know how to take the next step professionally.

Our specialist advisors make it easy for you, working with you to plan your roadmap to success.
We offer tips and techniques to help you create a winning CV and impress at interviews.


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Where can your course lead you?

Whether you’re beginning a journey to progress or change career, or you’re learning skills for life, we’ll help you get there. Our Student Services team will help you to:

  • Understand your next academic steps and make sure you are in the best possible position to stand out from the crowd when applying for further training or university-level study
  • Build a portfolio of professional qualifications to help you change career or earn promotion. From vital Mathematics and English courses to progress to university-level study or Access to Higher Education courses
  • Create a Personal Development Plan to help you reach your goals
  • Gain advice on every aspect of university-level study

Qualification levels

Entry level

Entry level English for speakers of other languages (ESOL), entry level functional skills

Level 1

GCSE grades 3, 2, 1 or grades D, E, F, G, level 1 ESOL, level 1 functional skills, level 1 national vocational qualification (NVQ)

Level 2

GCSE – grades 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4 or grades A*, A, B, C, CSE – grade 1, intermediate apprenticeship, level 2 ESOL, level 2 NVQ, O level – grade A, B or C

Level 3

A-level, access to higher education diploma, advanced apprenticeship AS-level, level 3 national certificate/national diploma, level 3 NVQ, T-level, tech level

Level 4

Certificate of higher education (CertHE), higher apprenticeship, higher national certificate (HNC)

Level 5

Diploma of higher education (DipHE), foundation degree, higher national diploma (HND)

Level 6

Degree apprenticeship, honours degree (BA, BSc), graduate certificate, graduate diploma, ordinary degree without honours

Level 7

Integrated master’s degree, for example master of engineering (MEng), master’s degree (MA, MSc), postgraduate certificate, postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE), postgraduate diploma

Level 8

Doctorate (PhD, DPhil)


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