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Your future starts here.

Make the most of the New Year by signing up to one of our fantastic adult courses.

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 students, 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.

Course list

Art, Design and Crafts

Digital Photoshop






Business and Professional Studies

AAT (accounting)

Accounting Software and SAGE

Accelerated Business Growth Programme



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 Events and Conference Management

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

Performance Management

Presentation Skills


Team Building – Getting the Best out of Working Together

What is PR and Why Does Your Business Need it

Working with Costs and Budgets



Carpentry or Joinery


Painting and Decorating


Digital Technologies

Beginners Guide to Staying Safe Online

Beginners Social Media for Business

Beginners Web Design

Early Years and Education

Assessing Vocational Achievement

Dyslexia Awareness

Early Years Workforce

Education and Training

Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Process and Practice

Paediatric First Aid

Specialist Support for Teaching and Leaning


CAD Parametric Modelling

Fitting and Filing

MIG Welding

Preparing and Using Lathes

Hair, Beauty and Holistic Therapies

Basic Barbering

Hair and Beauty Sector

Hot Stone Massage

Simple Back Massage

Health and Social Care


Distance Learning

Awareness of Mental Health Problems

Common Childhood Illnesses

Common Health Conditions

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 Children and Young People’s Mental Health

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 Safety

Patisserie and Confectionery


British Sign Language





Skills for Life

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

GCSE English – Fast Track

GCSE Maths – Fast Track

Improving English and Maths


Coaching and Conditioning

First Aid at Work

Personal Training

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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Advanced learner loan

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