College

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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Subject Areas

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.

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 & 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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Student Life at Hugh Baird College

We’ve got loads of great facilities at the college and some fantastic places to eat. There’s also tons of sports and activities to enjoy, as well as a state-of-the-art gym.

Student life

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.

Financial support

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.

Student support

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:

  • Wear what you want - aside from work wear for vocational lessons, you can wear what you want. No more school uniform that makes you hot in summer and cold in winter
  • 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.