What are Short Courses?

Apply Online NOW. At Northern College, our short courses offer those with few or no formal qualifications an opportunity to return to study in a safe, supportive and manageable way. You can choose to study short courses for a variety of reasons: for personal interest and development; to gain qualifications; to improve your skills or to take the first steps back into education.

Short courses information


What is the Diploma Programme?

The Access to HE Diploma Programme is a modular course that offers adults who are returning to learning a broad range of subjects to study and the opportunity to prepare effectively for higher education and degree level study.

Access to HE Diploma information


What is Teacher Education?

The Northern College offers the best of all worlds: gold-standard, internationally recognised teacher training qualifications, a thorough grounding in the nuts and bolts of teaching, learning and assessment – and a social purpose perspective which prepares you to be the sort of educator who can change the world. All encompassed by a blended learning offer which invites you into a thriving, thought-provoking Community of Praxis.

Teacher Education information


Trade Union Education

Northern College maintains strong links with a number of trade unions and supports trade union activity through the provision of short courses arranged directly with the trade unions and branches.


Community Learning

Community learning is dedicated to transforming the lives of men and women who are seeking to return to learning and employment through social purpose education. We are a department within Northern College, Barnsley. We also provide training for those who are active in community and voluntary groups.


English & Maths

Need a GCSE English language qualification? This course will prepare you to take the GCSE English language exams. You will work to develop your skills in analysing texts and in writing creatively.


Need a GCSE Maths qualification? Northern College boasts one of the highest pass rates in the country for our one year adult GCSE Maths course!

English, Maths and GCSE information


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