Adult Learning

We’ve got qualification, leisure and business courses for adults of all ages, no matter what your motivation or life stage.  Whether you want to: improve your career; gain qualifications you missed out on at school; study towards University; develop new skills and interests; or make new friends, we have a course for you.



Distance Learning

Flexi Learning and Community

Ed Kirk-Browne

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IT Courses and Qualifications (Adult Learning Centre)

Stephanie Dowson

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Language courses (part-time)

Claudi Stanley

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Leisure and Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) courses

Microsoft Office Specialist courses

Daytime Infill Subjects

Student Case Studies


Frequently Asked Questions

Can my child attend if I act as a chaperone?

Our Leisure Courses are offered to adults only, unfortunately.

If a course doesn't have enough enrolments, will it be cancelled and will I receive a refund?

Our Leisure Courses need a minimum number of people to enrol to make them financially viable to run. Sadly, if we don’t have enough interest, the course will have to be cancelled but you will receive a full refund. You can arrange to transfer your payment to another course though, if you wish.

When will normal classroom style Leisure courses start again at New College?

We are reliant on Government advice with regard to re-opening the College for various activities. In the meantime, we are creating a programme of Online Leisure Courses. Please check out our website and New College Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn pages to view new courses as they are released.

Are there any criteria prospective New College Adult Learning Centre (ALC) students would need to meet?

All of our students must be aged 19 years or over before this academic year (31st August 2020 ) and they must have been resident within the UK/EU for 3 years or more (asylum seekers are 6 months or more in the UK).

Are your courses free?

We offer a number of courses that are free to all and many more that maybe free to individuals that meet certain eligibility criteria. These include courses such as Maths, English, ITC, CSCS and many more.

How long are your courses and how regularly do they start?

All courses vary in length depending on the level and subject. Courses start at various times throughout the year and can be either mornings, afternoons or evenings again depending on the subject and level.

Do I have to work in HR to join the CIPD courses?

Yes, you must work in HR or a similar environment. If you are not working within HR you will find it difficult to apply the knowledge gained in the classroom to a workplace situation.  This then means you’ll find completing the assignments a challenge.

Can I join your Level 3 Counselling course if I’ve completed a L2 distance learning course in Counselling?

Unfortunately not.  To join our Level 3 course you must have completed a Level 2 course, either with New College, or another training provider, which includes a significant amount of skills practice; it must also have the required number of appropriate learning outcomes and hours.  The CPCAB Level 2 course is our preferred qualification however we’ll look at other qualifications on a case by case basis.

I have a degree, can I complete a free distance learning course?

Yes, the distance learning courses are open to anyone who is aged 19 and over, who reside in England, are a UK or EEA citizen and have lived in the UK or EAA for at least three years.

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