Adult students learning something new

New Courses for Adults at Northern College – the home of adult learning!

Are you wanting to gain new employment, progress, return to work or retrain for a new career?  Are you looking for a fun and fun and friendly re-introduction to learning, or wanting to increase your confidence to study?

Whatever your reason for returning to learning, with over 40 years of experience in residential adult education, you’ll be in safe hands with Northern College.  We welcome thousands of adult learners, just like you, every year and offer a fantastic choice of short, informal and adult community courses to help adults realise their full potential.

Exciting times lay ahead for the college as we’ve just launched our new programme of short and community courses from September onwards.

Here’s just a few of the new Short Courses on offer:

Foundations for work

Become and entrepreneur and start your own business

Introduction to human biology

Budgeting for real life

Introduction to social action

Maths: Helping with homework

Keeping kids safe online

Introduction to App creation

Globalisation, social action and human rights

Worried about costs?  You may be entitled to financial support to study a short course at no charge to yourself if you are on certain benefits, or eligible for a loan.  Information about Financial Support for adult students can be found on our website here.

The college also offers GCSE and Functional Skills qualifications in English or Maths, our achievement rates speak for themselves and are currently 18% above the national average.  Find out more about English and Maths qualifications here.

Our wide range of courses will give you the skills and knowledge you need to make your next move whilst you widen your network of contacts and build your confidence too.  Our courses build on your life skills and experience. You don’t need any formal qualifications to join us. Find out more about Northern College and life on campus on our website

Nothing can beat the experience and support I received at Northern College! Everything was amazing and I have a qualification because of the support and encouragement from this place!’ – former student

For anyone looking for higher qualifications, we still have places on our Access to Higher Education courses in Computing, Health Science Professions, Policing, Action for Social Change and Humanities & Social Science, which all start in September 2020.  Did you know, that adult students do not have to repay their Advanced Learner Loan to fund our Access to University programme, if they complete a university degree afterwards?   With a 100% pass rate in 2018/19 what are you waiting for?  Learn more here.

We also offer a range of Teacher Education courses starting at level 3 all the way up to degree level, find out more about the courses on offer here.

 ‘My residential stay at Northern served to positively and overwhelmingly change my life…the gains of my education are the jewel in the crown of my life.’  – former student

Fancy just dipping your toe in first?  Our new Micro courses are all online and will only take you a few hours to complete!  They’re all free and are a great way of having a taste of adult education without any commitment or leaving the comfort of your own home.  Learn more about these courses here.

You can learn more about our courses, the funding support available, and the incredible facilities for adults who choose to study at Northern College, on our website at or contact us on 01226 776000 or email