What is Adult Education

Adult education is for people over the age of 19 years and covers a wide range of courses. It includes academic, professional and technical courses for those who would like to develop their skills and qualifications to improve their employment prospects or change career. It also provides courses for those who want to develop a hobby or just learn something new to keep their mind healthy. For those who are 19 it may also mean accessing the range of Level 3 courses we provide for our 16-18 students.

What adult courses are available at Cirencester College?

We offer:

Adult Education Courses

Adult Leisure Courses

Adult Community Courses

More information about each of these below

Adult Education Courses

General courses which enable you to develop your skills in those subjects which all employers are looking for. These include:

  • English up to GCSE
  • Maths up to GCSE
  • English for speakers of other languages (ESOL)
  • Essential Digital Skills

Technical and Professional Courses to help you develop your career or change to a new one and include:

  • Award or/and Diploma in Education and Training
  • Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) levels 2, 3 and 4
More info on these courses

Adult Leisure Courses

Our leisure courses are evening classes that aim to provide a fun opportunity to socialise with friends or to make new friends whilst pick up a new hobby or skill.

Courses we offer include:

  • Languages and Humanities
  • Arts and crafts such as: Jewellery making, Mosaics or Watercolour.
  • Sewing: from beginners classes through to our Sewing Bee classes
  • Yoga for Everyone
  • Music
  • Floristry
More info on these courses

Interested in teaching?

We are always looking for leisure tutors keen to teach something different.

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Click here to register your interest to teach a leisure course

Adult Community Courses

We also offer a range of short courses, in conjunction with partners, to help people maintain positive physical and mental health. We have a range of community courses aimed to help people become less isolated and help with wellbeing.

What Community Courses do you run?

We run a number of different courses such as:

  • Creative Connections
  • Health and Fitness for the over 60s
  • Female Self Defence
  • Digital Confidence
View our Community courses

If you are interested in working in partnership with us, please contact adult.education@cirencester.ac.uk

Are adult courses funded or do I need to pay?

You will need to pay for any leisure classes but some of the general and professional courses are fully funded or partially funded. With others you may be eligible for an advanced learning loan.

Your eligibility for funding is dependent upon your personal circumstances, the level of study you have achieved so far and the level and type of course you are choosing to do. For more details, please see individual course pages and the adult funding page here.

Where do adult courses run?

The majority of our adult programmes are held at Cirencester College’s Fosse Way campus on Stroud Road. However, some programmes are run in conjunction with partners and are held in the community. The location of your course will be clear on the course information before you enrol.

If you are unsure, please contact adult.education@cirencester.ac.uk

or phone the college reception on 01285 640994