Why return to learning as an adult?

It’s a brilliant time to be exploring our exciting range of full-time and part-time qualifications for adults! We have qualifications available for everyone, no matter what your objectives are.

If you’re wanting to improve your career prospects for the year to come, we’ve got you covered. Looking for something to do just for fun? You’re covered too!

We’ve got brilliant support networks for you, amazing facilities and professional environments for you to study in, and some great funding opportunities which might mean you don’t even need to pay to study with us.

All our qualifications have also been designed with input from employers and industry experts so that they meet the constantly evolving work landscape, and address some of the big skills gaps that currently exist in some industries.

As we say, we’ve got loads of qualifications to suit just about everyone. Take a look through the list below and see which type matches your ambitions, find and qualification and then hit apply!

We look forward to welcoming you.

Professional development

There has never been a better time to learn something new or develop your existing skills. Whether you’re just starting out in a new industry, looking to start again or continuing your professional development, our short CPD courses will keep your CV fresh and up to date and help you to gain accredited qualifications.

Retraining for a new career

Looking for a fresh start in a new career? The world has been going through some big changes recently as we come out of the global pandemic and embrace new technologies, but that’s actually a great time to refocus your mind and go again. We have qualifications in a number of industries that require little to no previous experience, perfect for trying something for the first time and gaining your first qualification on the ladder to retraining.

Following your university dream

Always wanted to go to university but didn’t think it was an option available to you? Think again! Our Access to Higher Education Diplomas will help you gain the requirements you need to attend university in no time at all!

Studying for a degree

Fun fact: you don’t have to go to university to study a degree! Degrees can be studied in college environments with added benefits like smaller class sizes, additional support and less debt. We have some fantastic career-focused degrees available that have been co-designed with employers that will help take you to the next level. As competition in the jobs market increases, having a degree on your CV is a brilliant way to showcase your skill level and make sure you’re top of the pile.

Re-engaging in education

If you feel like you’ve hit a bit of a dead end and don’t know what to do next, don’t panic. We have a range of qualifications for adults who are looking to rediscover their passion for education, as well as gain the skills and qualifications needed to apply for jobs such as English, maths and digital skills.

Flexible learning to suit your schedule

Distance learning means that you can study in your own time and fit learning around existing employment, family commitments or commuting. You can also work through the material that suits you, with support from dedicated online tutors if you need it.

Pursue your hobbies

Not everything has to be about your career, at The Sheffield College we can bring your interests and hobbies to life. Doing things that you enjoy, that give you the chance to be creative and help you switch off are so important at this moment in time. It could be something old or something completely new, but there’s a chance it could be your new passion!

How can we support you?

Starting a new qualification at any time might have you feeling a little bit nervous. That’s completely understandable but we want to reassure you that our fantastic student support teams and tutors are here to make sure that you have everything that you need during your study. Whether that’s with advice and guidance, additional support or simply someone to talk to, we’re here to help. We can help with things such as:

  • Support with your studies
  • Additional learning support
  • Careers advice and guidance
  • Financial support funds
  • Childcare
  • Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

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Is there support to help me pay for my qualification?

The exciting news about studying as an adult is that some of our courses could be fully funded at no cost to you! If you do need to pay, you will have the opportunity to pay in instalments or, subject to course eligibility, access some of the loan options available to you, including 19+ Advanced Learner Loan or Student Loans for university level students.

Please visit our website for more information about qualification costs or email

How do I apply?

Are you considering studying one of our adult qualifications? Click on the link below to view our full course offer and once you’ve found the one for you, hit the apply button in the top left.