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Open Day 9th May

Whether you’re interested in our programme of short courses, or our Access to Higher Education Diploma, coming to an Open Day is a great way to get a feel for what it’s like to study at Fircroft College.

You will have the opportunity to speak to our friendly and helpful tutors, get advice and guidance, have a tour of the college and apply for courses on the day.

For more information please call 0121 472 0116 or email us at opendays@fircroft.ac.uk

Fircroft College of Adult Education, 1018 Bristol Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 6LH

Open Day Dates
We ask that all Open Day visitors arrive at the College between 1pm and 1.15pm ready for a 1.30pm start. The events then run until approximately 4pm. Free refreshments are provided.

Tuesday 9 May 2017
Tuesday 13 June 2017
Tuesday 18 July 2017
Tuesday 15 August 2017

We look forward to meeting you soon!

Your adult education learning journey starts here …


Time is running out to enrol on to one of our adult education courses which start throughout September.

Fircroft College of Adult Education has over 150 courses to choose from – many of which are free for eligible learners.

By choosing Fircroft, you will be following in the footsteps of thousands of people who have transformed their personal and career prospects.

And what’s more, all of our courses have a residential option which immerses you in a friendly and supportive environment amongst like-minded learners.

Here’s just a few of our adult education courses starting in September:

Gateway to Learning – the ideal starting point for adults returning to education, this course will help you plan your learning and career journey.

– Functional Skills for Maths – helping you to build your practical maths skills and apply them to everyday life.

Functional Skills for English – giving you the essential English skills you need for life, work end education.

Functional Skills for ICT – ideal if you have never used a computer before, this course will introduce you to ICT and help you feel confident about your skills.

Preparing for Work – this programme of courses is designed to equip you with the advice, knowledge and skills to help you find paid or volunteering work.

Key Skills at Work – a range of short courses designed to support those either currently working/volunteering in the voluntary, community and public sectors.

All of our class sizes are small, so that learning is as personalised and interactive as possible with a high proportion of staff to learners. Many of our courses are just 2 to 3 days in length and pack  lot of learning into a short time frame.

At Fircroft we have many inspirational stories of students who have overcome adversity and gone on to achieve great things in their career and personal lives.

A recent example is Bawinder Kaur who came to Fircroft in 2014. Bwinder had been through some very difficult times in previous years which resulted in a relationship breakdown and a spell in prison. 

After her support workers told her about Fircroft, Bawinder enrolled on the Personal and Social Development programme of courses with a view to improving her confidence. She later enrolled on the Stepping Stones programme aimed at people wanting to move into support work.

Balwinder is now volunteering at Anawim Women’s Centre with a plan in place to become self-employed.

She is one of may former Fircroft students who have transformed their personal lives and career prospects.

To learn how you can achieve your learning and employment goals, please visit www.fircroft.ac.uk or call one of our friendly team on 0121 472 0116.

How to prepare for the Access to Higher Education Diploma


‘Skills for Further Study’ courses offer the ideal platform to progress to the Access to Higher Education Diploma.

Life, work and study skills are something we all need to get on in life.

For some people, these skills are developed at an early age, through school and the conventional education system. For others, acquiring these skills is not so straightforward for a variety of reasons.

Where this is the case, many people approach their local adult education college to ‘catch-up’ on some of their missed education.

Most adult education colleges offer courses from entry-level stage, right through to pre-degree level, such as the Access to Higher Education Diploma.

To qualify for the Access to Higher Education Diploma, many students opt to study Level 2 courses such as those offered by the Skills for Further Study programme at Fircroft College of Adult Education.

Skills for Further Study courses provide you with the skills and knowledge required for the Access Diploma. They use a variety of learning materials relevant to each subject, making the experience interactive and enjoyable.

The subjects you can study include:

– Speaking and listening skills

– Introduction to Literature

– Introduction to History

– Introduction to Social Science

– Essay writing skills 

Once you have successfully completed some or all of the Skills for Further Study courses, you should be much better prepared to study the Access to Higher Education Diploma.

At Fircroft College of Adult Education, we have many examples of students who have worked their way up from entry-level courses to the Access Diploma and then on to university.

One inspiring example is Shafiq Ur-Rehman. Shafiq spent a long period of time in unfulfilling jobs and decided to undertake a series of Level 1 and 2 courses at Fircroft to improve his career prospects.

He then took the next step and successfully completed the Access Diploma at Fircroft as a residential student. This enabled Shafiq to progress to undergraduate study where he studied Law at the University of Gloucestershire. You can read more about Shafiq’s inspiring story and many others like his here.

Fircroft welcomes people of all ages and backgrounds who want to improve their knowledge and skills for learning and employment.

To find out more about how we can help you develop your skills in a supportive environment and prepare you for the Access to Higher Education Diploma, please contact us on 0121 472 0116 or visit this page.

Adult Education – the ideal way to boost your career prospects in 2015.


Fircroft students come from a variety of different backgrounds to progress their learning and skill-sets.

January is the ideal time to assess your current life situation and plan out where you want to be in 12 months.

However, it’s very easy to set a raft of ambitious goals in January, but by February, realise they were too unrealistic or impractical to achieve!

We’ve all been there…

One of the most beneficial goals you can set in January (or at any other time) is to improve your knowledge and skill-set for the workplace, or for further learning.

This can be particularly valuable for people who, for a variety of reasons, weren’t able to achieve their goals in education first time around.

At Fircroft College of Adult Education, our 2-3 day short courses are designed for people who want to broaden their knowledge and skills for work, or further study.

Some of our adult education courses are free of charge and students do not need any previous qualifications to study subjects that include:

–          Gateway to Learning – the ideal starting point for adults     returning to education. A chance to plan your learning path with a fully-trained advisor.

–          English and Maths – practical levels of English and Maths required for the workplace.

–          ICT – basic computer skills including word processing, internet, email and spreadsheets.

–          Preparing for work – giving you the advice, knowledge and skills to help climb up the career ladder.

–          Skills for further study – helping you to develop your learning skills to a higher level.

–          Professional Qualifications – including ILM Award in Leadership & Management and the Award in Education and Training

Many of our students enrol without previous qualifications and are understandably anxious about their new learning experience. However, anxieties are soon lifted by our friendly and supportive learning environment and students soon realise that everyone is in the same boat.

We also have the added advantage of being a residential college, offering all of our students a private room with en-suite for the duration of their 2 or 3 day course. You also get some stunning views of our grounds and serene surroundings!

Fircroft has many success stories, where students have overcome adversity in their life by choosing to study one or more of our short courses. Many of our students use the short course route to gain entry to the Access to Higher Education Diploma which has led some of our alumni onto red brick universities.

Read more about our student success stories.

We have short courses starting throughout 2015 – you can find out more on our website by calling our friendly team on 0121 472 0116.