At Hugh Baird College, you choose the course, the subject area and the industry you’re most interested in. You learn in a way that suits you, with your own unique study programme.

All our courses – over 300 of them – are work related. They give you practical experience, career-specific knowledge and the job-specific skills for the industry you want to work in.

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Centres of Industry Excellence

In one of Hugh Baird College's 15 Centres of Industry Excellence, you will develop the skills and qualifications needed to take the next step towards your dream career.

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About Hugh Baird College

Every course at Hugh Baird College is focused on preparing you for your future career, from the skills you need for a job right now, to the knowledge required for university-level study.

We’ve got opportunities for everyone who wants to learn – it doesn’t matter where you are right now. There are many different paths you can take, depending on what you’d like to do.

Whether it’s a Level 1 qualification to help you get started or an Access to Higher Education course so you can apply to university, we can help you with excellent teaching, outstanding facilities and top opportunities in an industry you’re passionate about.

Parents, Guardians and Carers

We set high standards for our students and the college as a whole, and we’re constantly striving to deliver outstanding teaching and inclusive support for everyone.

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Mature Students

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 study with us. Find out more from our students in this video.

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Financial Support

Coming to college might seem like a huge commitment, but there’s lots of different ways we can help you with money and finance, including special bursaries and loans.

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Student Support (The POD)

If you need any kind of support at College, no matter how big or small the problem might seem, we’ve got a team of advisers who can help you.

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360° Virtual Tours

Explore our campus with a 360° virtual tour. If you've ever wanted to check out what the campus looks like before you visit or start your journey with us, now you can from the comfort of your own home. Stay tuned as we expand the virtual tours to include our other facilities.

If you have a VR headset, you can view the tour in Virtual Reality. Select a building to launch a tour:

Frequently Asked Questions

With so many different courses and qualifications to choose from, you’ll want to make sure you’re making the right decision to study with us at Hugh Baird College.

There are many differences between School and College:

  • You can wear what you want - aside from work wear for vocational lessons, you can wear your own clothes
  • You’re considered at treated as an adult
  • You won’t be in College 5 days a week - for an average full-time course, you can expect to be in College for 3 days a week
  • Not just traditional classrooms - if you enjoyed the art department and science labs at School because they didn’t look like a typical classroom, then you’ll love College
  • A less formal teaching style - all of our tutors are experienced in working with young adults and bring their own practical work experience into their classes
  • Getting you ready for work or uni - you will get more opportunities for work experience, mentors, guest speakers and tours/visits. This will give you a real taste of your chosen career on your next step to university.

If you are aged 16-18 then the majority of our courses are free for you to study. If you are aged 19+ then there may be fees associated with the course. You may be eligible to have some, or all of these fees waived by the College, depending on your individual circumstances. Visit our Financial Support pages for more information.

You do not have to let a lack of money stop you from coming to Hugh Baird College. We have bursaries and grants in place to help support those students that may find it more difficult to cover the costs of participating in further education, these include help with things such as tuition fees, childcare and travel. Visit our Financial Support pages for more information.

This depends on your course. On most of our full-time courses you can expect to be in College for 3 days per week.

No. We can enrol students from any area. Public transport links are good too, so the College is easy to get to from all across Merseyside.

Yes! We help thousands of adults every year to achieve their career dreams. 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. Depending on your circumstances, you could study these courses for free - visit our Finance and Funding for Adults page to find out more about this.