Barnsley College launches new course guide for adults

We are offering brand new courses that will inspire adults to return to education and enrol on a course starting from September 2020.

Rated outstanding by Ofsted, we offer a range of part-time vocational courses, apprenticeships and university-level courses taught by expert tutors that can be studied from home, in a classroom, the work place or via distance learning.

Students who enrol onto a Level 3 course or above may be entitled to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan or financial support to help them cover the costs of study.

A range of part-time courses are available including Animal Care; Art, Design and Fashion; Business; Catering and Hospitality; Digital and Computing; Engineering; Hair and Beauty; Health and Social Care Professions; Learning for Living and Work; Management; Music and Performing Arts; and Sport.

College is also offering those aged 19 and above the opportunity to gain recognised English, Maths and ICT qualifications for free, subject to eligibility criteria. These qualifications are highly regarded by potential employers and allow students to progress onto higher level study, including Access to Higher Education (HE) courses; Higher Apprenticeships and university-level qualifications.

Barnsley College Higher Education (HE) offers higher-level programmes including foundation and honours degrees, Higher Apprenticeships, HNCs, HNDs and professional business and leadership courses.

Whether you have an interest in childcare, sport, fine art or popular music, the College offers courses in a wide range of subjects. Many courses can be studied part-time, making them perfect for anyone wanting to fit study around work or family commitments. You’ll learn in a supportive and helpful learning environment with small class sizes and be able to get in touch with your tutors easily when required.

We also get great results! In 2019 all our degree students got a 2:2 or above and 28% got a first so whilst you may be staying local, you can certainly go far.

Barnsley College Higher Education is the best South Yorkshire College for student satisfaction, with an 88% overall student satisfaction rate in the 2019/20 National Student Survey (NSS).

If you want to study a degree but don’t have the right qualifications, our Access to HE courses can help. These courses are designed to help you develop your knowledge within your chosen subject whilst improving your study skills and build confidence to help you get the grades required to study a higher-level course. For more information about the Access to HE courses and to apply, visit

Mel Jenkinson, Director of Recruitment, Marketing and Communications at the College, said: “The current COVID-19 situation has led to a number of people reassessing their life ambitions and career options. We have a wide range of qualifications on offer for those thinking of returning to education to gain an academic qualification, learn something new for fun or to enhance their CV.

“We want to reassure all prospective students that there is a place for them at Barnsley College. By completing an application form on our website, they will start their journey to becoming a student here – and we will be with them every step of the way.

“All students can be assured that we will follow government guidelines for class sizes and social distancing measures, and we will continue to utilise ‘blended learning’ with students receiving a mixture of online delivery and practical, on-site taught sessions.

“For any adults who are unsure of their options or would like further guidance, our Information Advisors are still available to offer information, advice and guidance about any of our study programmes. Get in touch with the friendly team by emailing”

For information about any of our courses download a copy of our Courses for Adults booklet at or email

Last updated: 7th August 2020

Originally posted on: 7th August 2020