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Free adult courses York College

There are many reasons individuals choose to study as an adult, these are wide-ranging and diverse but can include professional development, change of career, furthering a hobby or simply for fun. At York College we offer a variety of courses specifically designed for adult learners, these courses range from fully accredited industry-recognised qualifications to courses designed to introduce students to new fields.

Whether choosing a course for career development or purely for leisure prospective students can expect to benefit from our outstanding, supportive tutors and excellent facilities. With a proven track record of helping students enjoy new experiences and enabling their success in a supportive environment, we are confident at York College you will find what you are looking for. There is also a wide range of funding available for adult students, including a new government scheme which means certain courses will also now be free for most adults who are working and earning under £15,736.50 a year.

“My adult learning experience at York College has been excellent, the tutors are fantastic and our practical assessments offer us a real salon style experience.”
Hair & Beauty student

Course list

Art, Design and Crafts
Digital Photoshop

Business and Professional Studies
AAT (accounting)
Accounting Software and SAGE
Book-keeping and Accounts
Creative Problem Solving for Managing Change
Cyber Security Foundation Course
Dealing with Conflict at Work
Developing Leadership Capabilities
Effective Minutes and Agendas
Effective Project Management
Email Marketing
Essential HR for Managers
How to Build an Effective Social Media Strategy
How to Get Visual with Social Media
Introduction to Business and Company Law
Introduction to Business Skills
Introduction to Events and Conference Management
Introduction to Payroll
IOSH Managing Safely
IOSH Working Safely
Leadership Skills
Leading Critical Business Change
MailChimp Training
Management and Supervisory Skills
Mental Health First Aid Training
Motivation – Getting the Best out of People
Next Generation Leadership and Management
Occupational Health and Safety
Performance Management
Presentation Skills
Team Building – Getting the best out of working together
Working with Costs and Budgets

Construction and the Built Environment
Carpentry or Joinery
Painting and Decorating

Digital Technologies
Beginners Guide to Digital Marketing
Beginners Guide to Staying Safe Online
Beginners Social Media for Business
Beginners Web Design
HNC/D in Creative Media – Computer Game Animation

Early Years and Education
Advanced Practitioner for Schools and Colleges
Assessing Vocational Achievement
Dyslexia Awareness
Early Years Workforce
Education and Training
ICT for Early Years
Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Process and Practice
Paediatric First Aid
Safeguarding and Prevent
Specialist Support for Teaching and Leaning
Supporting Teaching and Learning
Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties

CAD Parametric Modelling
Fitting and Filing
HNC/D Multi-skill General Engineering
MIG Welding
Preparing and Using Lathes

Hair, Beauty and Holistic Therapies
Beauty Therapy
Body Massage
Hair and Beauty Sector
Hot Stone Massage
Simple Back Massage
Women’s Hairdressing

Health and Social Care
Dental Nursing
HNC/D Healthcare Practice
Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care
Understanding Mental Health
Working with Young People
Distance Learning
Awareness of Mental Health Problems
Falls Prevention Awareness
Information, Advice and Guidance
Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care
Principles of Care Planning
Principles of Dementia Care
Principles of End of Life Care
Principles of Prevention and Control of Infection in Health and Social Care Settings
Understanding Autism
Understanding Dignity and Safeguarding in Health and Social Care
Understanding Nutrition and Health
Understanding Safe Handling of Medication in Health and Social Care
Understanding the Care and Management of Diabetes

Hospitality, Travel and Tourism
Cake Decoration and Icing
Food and Beverage Supervision
Food Safety
Patisserie and Confectionery
Professional Cookery

British Sign Language
Reading the Booker Longlist

GCSE Biology
Level 4 HNC in Biological Sciences

Skills for Life
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
GCSE English
GCSE Maths
Improving English and Maths

Coaching and Conditioning
First Aid at Work
Personal Training
Sports Massage Therapy

Your Course may be FREE!

York College is delighted the government has announced that many more adult students will now qualify for free education as part of a one year trial being introduced for some courses starting on or after 1st August 2018. Under the current rules, adult students must be unemployed and in receipt of benefits to be eligible to study certain courses for free, but under this new scheme these courses will also now be free for most adults who are working and earning under £15,736.50 a year. This extension of funding is great news for adults who want to study qualifications to help them further their careers or learn new skills but who cannot afford to pay tuition fees. The new funding is available for both day and evening courses and covers a wide variety of subjects at Level 1 and Level 2 including accounting, professional cookery, child studies, construction, health and social care distance learning, as well as English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).

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