Ambition is for Everyone! Learn more about Adult courses in Salford

24 August 2018 

It doesn’t matter who you are, your age, gender or background, everyone has the right to succeed in their chosen career, to further their education and better their life. That said, with Adult courses in Salford, there really is no barrier to learning.

Perhaps you never got very far with your education and are hoping to get back into the swing of things? Perhaps you are hoping to go on to study at university but don’t have the qualifications? Perhaps you were never given the chance of an education previously at all?

Whatever barriers you face, we’ll point you in the right direction, get you onto the right course and ensure your path towards a successful and fulfilled future is clear.  How? Adult courses in Salford can get you back into college, on your way to university or employment, help you change your career path, upskill and generally open doors in all directions. And remember, it doesn’t matter who you are or your situation.

No Barriers to Learning

As part of our aim to break down barriers to learning, we offer courses for everyone.

GCSE and Functional Skills

English and maths are considered to be the foundations of education and training in the UK, and Level 2 in these subjects is considered a pre-requisite. That is why we offer them, up to level 2, as a FREE course to all adults who haven’t previously gained a GCSE or achieved a grade D or less.

In fact, we know learning maths and English to a good level is so important that we want more people to have this opportunity. That is why for September entry we have added an extra 166 places on maths and English GCSE courses.

Functional Skills courses are available across a number of levels, so there will be a class to suit anyone’s needs. These courses will help you to build fundamental skills in the subject area, which are essential to find employment at any level and help you go on to study for a GCSE should you wish to.

We offer Functional Skills in ICT for those who need to learn the basics in computing for their career as well as maths and English, and also GCSE Biology. 

Level 1 and 2 Courses

Level 1 and level 2 courses are equivalent to GCSEs. We offer a range of courses at this level including AAT, perfect for anyone looking to go into accounting or the financial industries. We also offer this level of courses in trades including plumbing, hairdressing and beauty therapy for those who may not have qualifications, but who would still like to get onto the career ladder.

Access Courses

Access to Higher Education courses do exactly as they say on the tin, help adult students access university courses. If your heart is set on going to university but you don’t have the qualifications, then an access course is for you.

An access course is equivalent to three A-levels and typically lasts one year. This makes them perfect for anyone who might have had time off from education or who left education without the usual qualifications for university access, such as A-levels or a BTEC.

Many access students go on to succeed at university and beyond, with a large number of students pursuing new careers in a variety of directions.

Our courses range from access to professions in science, creative writing, forensics, art, business, midwifery and construction, to name just some of what we offer.

Josh Ensor
Access to Professions in Engineering

“The Access Course has given me the self–confidence to apply to universities, whilst also providing other essential skills such as writing techniques, time management and mathematics. I have applied to study at the University of Leeds, a Russell Group University, to study physics with astrophysics. My ultimate goal is to work within the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).”

Entry to Access

Think an access course might be for you but don’t have your level 2 qualifications such as GCSEs? Don’t worry, we also do Entry to Access courses that will get you where you need to be.

ESOL, English for Speakers of Other Languages

One major barrier many face is that English is not their first language, and their level of English may be basic, stopping them from progressing with their career or studies, in the UK.

But, we don’t feel this should stop someone from excelling, which is why we offer ESOL courses at a range of levels, right down to pre-entry.

Many of our former ESOL students have gone on to excel after completing our courses, going on to study at prestigious universities and into lucrative industries.

ESOL courses are extremely popular due to the success we have with our students. Because of this, we have added extra courses for the next academic year, so there is bound to be a class for you.

University courses

Our university courses, such as Foundation Degrees and HNCs are perfect for those who are not sure whether they want to commit to a full three or four-year degree programme. Once you have completed your Foundation Degree or HNC you can opt to top-up your qualification to a full Honours Degree or HND.

We also do PGCE courses for graduates who would like to go into teaching.

Take a look at our Adult course guide for more information on our courses, click here.

Get back into education

One of the main purposes of our courses is to get adults back into education. That’s anybody who is over 19 who may need additional or essential qualifications to continue their educational journey or enhance their career. 

But, we realise getting back into education isn’t always as simple as finding the right course. That’s why we can help with an all manner of things. From childcare to costs and careers advice.


You might be thinking, how can I possibly go back into education when I have children to take care of? Well, we can help with that too. Our childcare fund helps students aged 20-years or above by contributing towards the cost of their childcare. 

To be eligible for the scheme, your childcare must be provided by an OFSTED registered provider and payments are made directly to them. You could receive up to £40 per day and the college might even pay up to £10 per day for before and after school club.*

If you would like to know if you are eligible, please contact student services by calling 0161 631 5000.

*Subject to terms and conditions

Adult Bursary

Perhaps you are worried about covering your living costs if you go back into education? We might be able to help you with that as well. The Adult Support Fund is for anyone who is 19+ and the bursary is to cover costs for accommodation, travel, course materials, equipment and childcare.*

To be eligible for the bursary you must prove you are from a low-income family and in receipt of certain benefits.*

If you would like to know if you are eligible, please contact student services by calling 0161 631 5000.

*Subject to terms and conditions

Advanced Learner Loan

An Advanced Learner Loan is for an individual aged 19 or above who is undertaking qualification at Levels 3 to 6. The loans can give students access to financial support for the costs of their tuition fees, similar to the loans available for Higher Education courses.

Advanced Learner Loans can be applied for via Student Finance England.

To check eligibility visit:

‘£20.3 Million worth of Advanced Learner Loans are written off thanks to government incentive’

Thinking of taking an Access course? Well, thanks to a new government incentive you might be able to get your Advanced Learner Loan written off.

According to the Association of Colleges, more than £20 Million of Access loans were written off by the government in the 2017/18 academic year. Why? After your Access to Higher Education course is complete, if you use your new qualification to go on to study for a full-degree, once you have completed this degree, the cost of the Access course is written off – meaning you could get the qualification for free.

Read more by clicking here

Advanced Learner Loan Bursary Scheme

The Advanced Learner Loan Bursary Scheme is for those who are being funded through a loan. You must be 19 or above and studying a programme at Level 3 or above to be eligible. If you are eligible you could receive up to £50 per week dependant on attendance. This money can then be used towards the costs of books, transport, accommodation and meals.*

You can apply online at or contact student services on 0161 631 5000.

*Subject to terms and conditions

We help change lives

Are you already qualified but want to make a change in your life? Perhaps you’ve already been through education and are on track with your career, but are considering a change of direction? Well, we have plenty to offer.

Our Higher Education courses can help you redirect your career. You might want to take our HNC in Animal Management or pursue a career in media make-up. Perhaps you’re thinking of topping up your qualifications by taking a PGCE so you can become a teacher?

Our PGCE and Cert Ed courses are perfect for professionals or graduates who are looking at turning their hand to teaching.

Read more about our Higher Education courses by clicking here

New Adult Course Guide

Why not check out our new Adult Course Guide for a full list of courses, times, dates and prices.

Click here. 

If you would like more information on anything mentioned in the article then please get in touch by calling 0161 631 5000. 

*Subject to terms and conditions

Quick Facts

  • There are no barriers to learning
  • Whatever your age, it’s never too late to get back into education
  • Whatever your age, it’s never too late to make a career change
  • Having a low level of English doesn’t have to stop you in tracks when it comes to education or your career
  • There is always support on hand while you are in education. Whether that is with childcare or finances

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Am I too old to study?

A. You’re never too old. We offer a range of courses to a variety of different people at different stages in their lives, careers and education.

Q. Can I get help with childcare?

A. Of course, find out if you are eligible by calling 0161 631 5000 and asking for student services.

Q. Am I good enough to go back to college?

A. If you have the drive and motivation, then you are good enough. It doesn’t matter how far you’ve previously got with education, give yourself another chance to succeed. We will be there with you every step of the way.

Q. What can I do now my children have grown up?

A. Do something for yourself! Head back to college, get onto an Access course or continue with your previous studies.

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