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Adult Learners

Do you need qualifications to progress in your job? Maybe you’re looking for a change in your career? Or perhaps you just want to try something new. Whatever your reasons, we can help you take your story wherever you want.

Adult learning at Hugh Baird College is all about you. You choose the course that suits you, at a level you want, in a type of study that fits with your life. Learn on the job and in our state-of-the-art facilities, with students just like you who want to take a new direction with their careers and their passions.

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areas of study at Hugh Baird College

Full time College Courses

Whether you’ve got a specific job and career in mind or you just know what you love doing, choose a subject area that interests you to see our wide range of courses.

Part time Adult Learning

If you're not sure what you want to study and you don’t want to commit to a full time course, then a part time adult learning course could be right for you. The majority of these courses do not require you to have previous experience.

Free courses for low-earners

Those aged 19+ who earn less than £15,736 each year (£8.07 per hour) and are in full or part-time employment will be able to benefit from free adult courses at Levels 1 and 2.

Course fees remission is subject to eligibility criteria.
For more information, please call 0151 353 4444 or email

Free GCSE English and Maths for Adults

Our free GCSE English and maths courses for adults are ideal if you need them for a job, are looking to change your career or if you’re applying for further or higher education.⁣

We offer two different pathways of study, at College or at home.⁣

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Higher Education

The Hugh Baird University Centre offers a growing range of degree level courses, all approved by the University of Central Lancashire.

Becoming an Adult Learner

Coming back to College after a break from learning and studying 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 and advance your career.

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.

Our College level courses are the best place to start if you don’t have any A-levels and are wanting to get back into education. But if you already have a Level 3 qualification and would like to advance your skills and knowledge, you might want to look at our Higher Education courses.

If you’re not sure which is best for you, our Student Support team can help you find the perfect course. They’re always on hand with expert help and advice.

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.

About Hugh Baird College

With over 300 courses and 5,000 students, including lots of adult learners, we are one of the largest providers of education and training in the Liverpool and Merseyside area.

We’re extremely proud of the safe and supportive environment and exceptionally high teach standards at Hugh Baird College, as well the outstanding industry connections that help our students succeed.

From dedicated libraries and workshops, to large performance spaces, a hair and beauty salon and a fully-equipped gym, our state-of-the-art buildings – and the exceptional facilities within them – ensure you have everything you need on-site to support your studies an enjoy your time with us.

High Quality Teaching

All our tutors have excellent subject knowledge and great industry experience, delivering high standards of teaching at every opportunity.

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Student Life at Hugh Baird College

Relaxing communal areas, great places to eat or grab a drink, and lots of activities to get involved with could keep you busy outside of the classroom.

Student life

Financial Support

Returning to College to advance your skills and knowledge doesn’t need to be a financial burden. We have a range of bursaries and loans available to help you.

Financial support

Student Support (The POD)

Whenever you need any information or guidance about your time inside or outside of College, our friendly support team are on-hand to chat and advise you.

Student support