Adult Education

Adult education is for people over the age of 19 years who wish to develop their skills and qualifications to improve their employment prospects. It is also for those who want to change career direction or just learn something new to keep their mind healthy.

View the course pages below or use our drop down menu to explore which course is right for you.

If you have any questions email adult.education@cirencester.ac.uk

Which course is right for me?

GCSE

GCSE is the course for you:

  • If you don’t already have a C grade in English or Maths GCSE
  • If you are confident that you know the subject well
  • You want a revision class to prepare you and enter you for the summer exams

Functional Skills

Functional Skills is the course for you:

  • If you don’t have a C grade in GCSE or a pass grade in Functional skills Level 2
  • If you are worried or unsure about returning to education
  • If you have had a bad (unmotivated) experience of education – You will soon feel pleased with your progress
  • Functional skills are recognised qualifications themselves, but can also give you the perfect base to progress to GCSE

Pre GCSE

Pre GCSE is the course for you:

  • If you need a short knowledge booster before taking the GCSE course
  • If you have been away from education for a while
  • You want to boost your confidence in Maths and English
  • This is the perfect stepping stone for the GCSE course

Everyday English and Maths

Everyday English and maths is the course for you:

If you struggle with reading, writing and everyday maths.

You are working at Pre entry, Entry Level 1 or Entry Level 2 in maths or English.

If you are a fluent speaker of English (if not ESOL is for you)

 

This course will help get you started on your journey to read and write English confidently, express your opinions and use numbers and maths in your everyday life.

This small class is a supportive one and you will be encouraged to work towards your own goals, at your own pace with help from your tutor.

The course is for fluent speakers of English who need help with reading, writing and maths in a supportive and caring environment.

ESOL

ESOL is the course for you:

  • If your first language is not English
  • If you studied / lived in another country
  • and you want to improve your English for your Job, your life or your children

This course runs September to July.

We also run an ESOL summer school for 2 weeks at the end of July

Getting Confident With Digital Skills

This 10 week course has been developed to support participants to gain confidence in understanding and using everyday IT programs. Ideal for those who feel they require further education around a variety of digital skills, whether it is for personal or career development this course will support individuals in becoming more digitally competent.

AAT

AAT is the course for you if:

  • you want an accounting qualification recognised by employers.
  • you want a career change to a field where pay and promotion prospects are good.
  • you are returning to work.
  • you are self employed.

Not sure what level you are – take the AAT skills check to find out.

Award and Diploma in Teaching

The Teaching Award is the course for you if :

  • you want an insight into many aspects of teaching in the FE / post compulsory / adult education / training sector such as assessment, legislation and inclusive practice
  • you want to develop knowledge and skills related to teaching and learning in a range of contexts in order to achieve a nationally recognised level 3 qualification.
  • you are a trainer in the voluntary sector, training personnel in commerce, industry, the public sector, the NHS and HM Forces along with technicians and support staff in further and adult education
  • you want to teach in an FE / adult education setting – Award and Diploma.

A-levels or L3 quals as an adult

Why do A-levels or Level 3 courses as an adult :

  • Large choice of A-levels and Level 3 courses to choose from
  • Study along side 16-19 students
  • Lessons between the hours of 9-4 Monday – Friday
  • If you have not got a full Level 3 qualification already your tuition could be funded
  • Normal entry requirements apply (see courses for details)
  • As an adult you can do just 1 A-level or up to 3 A-levels (course chunks).
  • Adults unfortunately cannot study T-levels
  • Depending on your circumstances some students can be funded to do a Level 3 course. Email admissions@cirencester.ac.uk to see if you qualify.

Email admissions@cirencester.ac.uk for more information or apply for your courses through the course pages on our website

Support Work in Schools and Colleges

The Level 2 Award in Support Work in Schools and Colleges is the course for you if :

  • This qualification is an introduction to the knowledge and understanding needed to work in a school or college environment. It can apply to the many varied roles that full and part-time support staff may fulfill including:
    • administrative roles,
    • site support roles,
    • technical roles
    • and volunteers
    • as well as roles that work directly with children and young people.

Access to HE

Access to HE is the course for you if :

  • You are over 19 years old
  • You would like to work in healthcare – be that nursing or midwifery etc
  • You do not already have the L3 qualifications to go to university to study your chosen health degree.
More info about our ESOL courses

ESOL -English for Speakers of other Langauges

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