About our courses

Explore our 2020-21 prospectus and course listing to find your course today

Our courses are free for most people. They are for adults over the age of 19 (or over 16 for apprenticeships).

We get funding from the government. This funding means we can offer courses to most learners for free or at a discount.

Our courses have different fees depending on your circumstances and the course that you want to do.

Types of courses

We have different types of courses and workshops. For example:

  • ‘Taster’ courses introduce you to a new skill
  • Qualification courses can run for a term or longer. These courses are designed to meet special criteria for exams and assessment at different levels
  • Jobs training for both general and specialist work skills
  • Specialist courses can lead to a qualification or to skills you need for a certain kind of job. For example, our AAT accounting or our teaching assistant courses.
  • Topic-based courses focus on teaching you how to use a specific kind of software or tool to achieve a goal. For example, social media for business.

You can start with a ‘taster’ course or workshop and decide to do a longer-term qualification or specialist course. Explore our course and training subject areas.

Free course assessment: find your fit

For most of our courses, you will need to do an assessment before you can enrol. During your assessment, our team will discuss your needs with you to help you make the learning choices that suit you best.

Qualification courses

On some of our courses you can gain a qualification accredited by nationally recognised awarding bodies.
Awarding bodies include City & Guilds, Vocational Training Charitable Trust (VTCT), Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education (CACHE), Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative Awards (SFEDI), Pearson Edexcel, NCFE and Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT).