Short Courses

What are Short Courses?

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.

What are the entry requirements?

There are no formal entry requirements, however, we do prioritise people with few or no formal qualifications. Entry is by the completion of an application form or it can be completed online.

What subjects can I study?

There are a wide range of subjects on offer. This includes courses to improve your literacy or numeracy, ICT, history, literature, childcare, psychology, counselling, studying society, employability skills, improving your study skills, studying international development and a variety of courses for personal development. Longer courses are concentrated on mentoring, community developments and leadership & management. Other leisure based courses are also available in art and foreign languages.

To see the list of courses currently available, click here.


What about fees?

All short courses at Northern College can be studied residentially. Most cost £45 for a two night/three day course but fees vary depending on the length of the course. Some fees may be waived for those on certain benefits.


Most short courses are non-accredited although you may have to do some written work in some subjects. Some courses are accredited via Certa at Entry Level 3, Level 1 or Level 2. This is usually done by completing a short workbook.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Northern College, Wentworth Castle, Stainborough, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S75 3ET.

Tel: 01226 776000