New courses for 2021-22


We have launched our exciting new course programme for adults. Learn the skills you need to progress to further study, get a job or promotion or retrain for a new career. 

If you’ve not been to our campus yet, you should visit. Teaching takes place in Wentworth Castle, a fabulous grade I listed house. The College is set in over 500 acres of amazing National Trust gardens and parkland. This is all available for our students to access throughout their studies.   

Book your course here or telephone 01226 776000 to start your new chapter today.

Foundation Studies 

One and two-day Introduction Courses will support you to return to learningYou could then progress to week-long courses focused on developing the skills employers ask for when you are applying for a job.We also offer courses aimed at individuals and families with a range of outdoor and personal wellbeing activities, and personal and career development.  

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English and Maths 

Short courses introducing you to English and Maths, with the opportunity to progress through to Functional Skills and GCSE qualifications at level 2. These are essential for most workplaces and to access university.  

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Digital and IT 

Short and long courses from entry level to introduce you to the digital world. We also offer Essential Digital Skills qualifications needed for progression and work, and qualifications to give you the IT skills useful in a business environment.  

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Business and Enterprise 

A new range of short courses introducing elements of Business and Enterprise such as marketing, communications and management techniques. You can progress onto longer programmes from level 1 to level 3 which can lead to progression to university level courses or higher-level roles in the workplace.  

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Community and Social Action 

Would you like to work with others to tackle social issues, improve your local area and support communities? These short courses will introduce you to areas such as community wellbeing, project management and social action. You will study with others who also want to make a positive difference.  

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Health and Social Care 

You can start with short courses introducing you to areas including mental health, counselling, first aid, health and social care, and different health professions. You can then progress through our longer courses into higher and professional levels of study that will enable progression to university or work. 

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Social Studies 

Short courses in Humanities and Social Studies, supporting you to build introductory level skills in areas such as psychology, criminology and sociology.  Once you have discovered where your true interests lie, a programme can be developed to ensure you have the skills needed to progress onto our Pre-Access and Access to Higher Education offer.

Pre-Access and Access to Higher Education

The Pre-Access programme provides you with study skills at level 2 enabling you to progress to an Access to Higher Education course, or to go on to further technical study or the workplace.  This includes Level 2 Pre-Access Diploma (Health Professions) and Level 2 Pre-Access Diploma (Social Studies).

Access to Higher Education programmes include Health Science Professions, Humanities and Social Sciences and Access to Higher Education Criminology and Criminal Justice. You will gain a full level 3 qualification enabling entry to university or work. 

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Teacher Training and Education (post-16)

Begin with short courses introducing you to different ways adults learn. This can lead to teacher training courses (level 3 to 7) to work as a teacher, tutor or lecturer in adult learning in colleges, the community or private training organisations. Our BA (Hons) Education and Professional Development course also allows people who already hold a level 5 teaching qualification to achieve a degree.

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We offer flexible delivery in the day, on evenings or weekends and you can also study residentially, online or a mixture of the two. 

Visit our online prospectus or telephone 01226 776000 to book your place and start your new chapter.

Why study with Northern College? 

You can benefit from a unique adult learning environment which includes: 

  • Studying alongside like-minded adults 
  • Residential accommodation so you can focus on your studies and receive wrap-around support 
  • Acres of National Trust gardens and parkland free for you to explore  
  • Staff specialising in adult education to support you every step of the way 
  • Excellent student achievement rates, regardless of entry level 
  • A welcoming and inclusive learning environment  
  • Studying at a college graded as Outstanding by Ofsted 
  • Being covid-secure by complying with all government guidance on managing the risk of Covid-19. 

About course fees and funding

Yes, you may be eligible to study for free on many of our courses up to level 2. This includes if you are unemployed, on certain benefits, or earn £17,374.50 a year or less. We can confirm when you apply or contact our Student Services Team to find out more.

For level 3 courses, students under 24 may be eligible to study for free if they do not already have a full level 3 qualification (equivalent of two A-levels).  Most students aged 24 and over cover the cost of our higher-level courses by applying for an Advanced Learner Loan. You may not need to pay the loan back if you take one of our Access to Higher Education programmes and go on to complete your university degree afterwards. Further information, details and eligibility can be found at:

Want to learn more about a course or studying with us?

Still not sure which course is right for you?  Come along to one of our Virtual Open Events, they’re a great way to meet tutors and find out about courses and funding support for adult learners.  Book your free place here. 

Take a virtual tour of campus here.

If you need advice and guidance about our courses and your chosen career, you can book an appointment with our Student Support Services department by emailing  

Find a course to suit your learning journey here. 

Book your course using our online prospectus or telephone 01226 776000 to start your new chapter today.