Adult and Professional Courses

We help thousands of adults achieve their dreams every year.

Whether you are looking to start a new journey, gain a qualification for your career or learn new skills to help you get back to work, we have something for you.

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Part-time Professional Courses

Our part-time professional courses will provide you with up to date and relevant skills that you can use to boost your career, change direction or simply add to your skillset. Depending on your circumstances, you could study these courses for free.

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Degree-level Courses

Our University Centre gives you access to some of the best degree qualifications in an affordable way, and you can study on full or part-time, around all your existing family and work commitments. Take a look at our faculties and the courses available within them:

Don't have the qualifications to study at university?

We have specially designed courses for those who want to study for a foundation degree but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications. Tap here to find out more.

Access to Higher Education

Access to Higher Education Diplomas are a well established set of qualifications designed for those who do not have the UCAS points to enter a university level course but who do have life experience and a willingness to learn.

They will prepare you for a range of studies at university level and will build your confidence and abilities in English, maths, I.T., research and study skills. Tap here to find out more.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Our English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) programmes are designed for adults (16+) whose first language is not English, who are living or trying to settle in England.

Full-time College Courses

Did you know there is no upper age limit on our full-time College courses? That means as long as you're aged 16+, you can apply. They are a great place to start if you want to get back into education to pursue a new career or simply learn additional skills.

We have a wide range of subjects available to study from, Hospitality to Engineering to Sport, Hairdressing or Floral Design to name a just a few. Depending on your circumstances, you could study these courses for free.

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Study for Free and Financial Support

A lack of money or finance shouldn’t be a barrier to learning or your success - we are here to support you.

If you need help or advice, please get in touch with our Student Services Finance team on 0151 353 4444 or email student.finance@hughbaird.ac.uk.

Entry and Level 1 courses

Entry and Level 1 courses may be free if you are:

  • Aged 19 and over, and;
  • A resident of the Liverpool City Region (Liverpool, Halton, Knowsley, St Helens, Sefton and Wirral).

Entry and Level 1 courses are free to:

  • Those aged 19-24 with an Education, Health and Care Plan.

You may also be eligible for support through a College Bursary. Visit our Financial Support page for more information.


Level 2 courses

Level 2 courses may be free if you are:

  • Aged 19 and over, and;
  • A resident of the Liverpool City Region (Liverpool, Halton, Knowsley, St Helens, Sefton and Wirral).

Level 2 courses are free to:

  • Those aged 19-24 with an Education, Health and Care Plan.

You may also be eligible for support through a College Bursary. Visit our Financial Support page for more information.


Level 3 courses

Level 3 courses may be free if you are:

  • Aged 19-23 and do not already have a full Level 3 qualification.
  • Aged 19 and over, do not already have a full Level 3 qualification and are choosing to study a course funded by the Lifetime Skills Guarantee.

Level 3 courses are free to:

  • Those aged 19-24 with an Education, Health and Care Plan.

ou may also be eligible for support through a College Bursary, Advanced Learner Bursary or an Advanced Learner Loan. Visit our Financial Support page for more information.


Maths and English

Maths and English courses may be free if you are;

  • Aged 19 and over, and;
  • A resident of the Liverpool City Region (Liverpool, Halton, Knowsley, St Helens, Sefton and Wirral).

The College offers GCSE and Functional Skills qualifications. Following you application, we will help to determine which option is most appropriate to your needs.


These Programmes have been funded by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s Adult Education Budget. Your course may be fully funded, subject to meeting eligibility requirements.

Advanced Learner Loans are for those aged over 19 who want to study a Level 3 or higher course. They can help with course tuition fees. They’re not dependent on your income and you don’t need to pay the loan back until you are in employment.

For more information, visit: www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan

Advanced Learning Bursarys are for those aged 19+ who may be encountering financial barriers to education. They can help cover the cost of transport and childcare whilst attending College. They are funded by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA).

Tap here to find out how to apply.

Tuition Fee Loans

You don’t need to pay for your tuition fees up front - Tuition Fee Loans cover university or college tuition fees and are paid direct to the university or college, by Student Finance England. They are available to all eligible students regardless of household income. The amount you pay back is dependent on how much you earn.

Maintenance Loan

When you’re studying at our University Centre, you might find you need extra help with money for day-to-day living costs, accommodation, food or course materials. Maintenance loans are usually paid in three instalments, directly into your bank account. (For full time students only).

For more information, visit: www.gov.uk/student-finance

Being an Adult Learner

Coming back to education after a break can seem very daunting. But there’s nothing to worry about. We’ll make sure you have everything you need to pick up new skills, advance your career or enjoy a new hobby.

We have a huge range of courses to choose at Hugh Baird College, in lots of different subject areas. As an adult learner, you can study almost all of them. It all depends on the existing qualifications you have, and what you’d like to accomplish.

If you’re not sure which is best for you, our Careers Team can help you find the perfect course. They’re always on hand with expert help and advice - either call 0151 353 4444 or email careers@hughbaird.ac.uk.

This is one of the reasons many adult learners are wary about coming back to College, but you don’t need to worry.

We have a huge number of courses that are aimed at adult learners only, so you’ll be studying alongside people just like you. Many classes take place in the evening to work around your other commitments.

Depending on the course and level you choose, you may find yourself with some younger people, but everyone in your class has made the decision to continue studying and is committed to learning new skills and building their knowledge.

Of course, we understand that the majority of our adult learners will have jobs and lots of other commitments too. We want you to be able to study and learn alongside those.

The timetable you follow will depend on the type of course you choose, but many of our subjects have part-time options. Even our full-time courses might only require you to be in College two or three days a week.

You could even study for a qualification with your current employer, learning and working on the job. Whatever you would like to achieve, we can help you find the best option for you.