Adult courses starting January 2019

Whether you have a handful of qualifications or none at all, we have a wide variety of courses many of which start in January 2019 and others you can apply for now and start in September 2019. Whatever your motivation to return to study, start a new hobby or gain professional qualifications we can help you get started. Why wait? Start the New Year with a new course at Blackburn College.

You can choose from a range of technical and vocational qualifications, Apprenticeships, hobby courses, professional qualifications, courses that prepare you for University or a course that helps you get started in English and maths.

If you choose to learn with us you can be confident that you’ll be taught by highly-trained industry specialists that will motivate you to reach your full potential.


Adult Apprenticeships

Many people do not realize that you are able to study an Apprenticeship as an adult.  An Apprenticeship is a genuine job that lets you combine practical training in a job with study.

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If you are aged 24 or under we can offer a Traineeship as a stepping stone to an Apprenticeship to help you build and develop your cv and your skills.  It can be a preferred route if you do not, as yet, have what employers are looking for.  You can study a Traineeship in a range of areas including:

  • Business, Law and Accounting
  • Catering and Hospitality
  • Childcare
  • Computing and IT
  • Construction and Engineering
  • Creative Arts
  • Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy
  • Health and Social Care
  • Housing
  • Motor Vehicle
  • Sport

Read more about Traineeships



Business incorporate a variety of subjects that are needed within the running and structure of a successful business.

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Care and Health

Develop your knowledge of First Aid practices and how to effectively manage health within the workplace through our range of courses designed to provide subject knowledge and increase confidence when dealing with issues regarding Care and Health.

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Catering and Hospitality

Catering and Hospitality covers a wide range of subjects and interests, ranging from baking to customer service, management and food hygiene.  Develop your skills within this fast paced and exciting industry.

  • Baking
  • Cooking
  • Food Standards and Safety

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Computing as an industry is in need of skilled workers.  It covers a range of topics including content management and cyber security.  Keep up-to-date with industry developments and technological changes with our tailor made computing courses.

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Construction is a varied and growing sector with workers within this sector benefitting from the boom in new house builds.  Develop a strong, practical skillset in subjects such as Plumbing, Brickwork, Tiling and Health and Safety within the Construction industry.

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Creative Arts

Creative Arts is a growing sector which includes advertising, architecture, art and culture, craft, design, fashion, games, music, publishing, technology and TV and film.

  • Creative Skills
  • Creative Writing
  • Drawing
  • Floristry
  • Pattern Cutting
  • Photography
  • Pottery
  • Sewing and Fashion

View all Creative Arts courses


Early Years

Our Early Years programmes cover a variety of topics to support Teaching and Learning throughout childhood and adolescence.  Explore how to deliver effective sporting activities within schools, to issues regarding safeguarding and the regulations in place to protect children.


  • Early Years
  • Supporting Teaching and Learning

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Explore a range of techniques and software that are used within the Electrical industry.

  • Inspection and Testing

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Learn telecommunications with our City and Guilds accredited course.

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Hair and Beauty

Learn your way to achieving perfection with our extensive range of hair and beauty courses offered within our purpose built facilities.  The courses are ideal to expand your knowledge of beauty techniques and holistic therapies.

  • Beauty
  • Hair
  • Massage and Therapy
  • Nails

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Learning a new language can be fun!  Maybe you wish you understood more of a certain language when travelling abroad if so take a look at the range of language courses available to you to study.

  • ESOL

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Sports courses cover a wide range of subjects including massage, coaching and mentoring and managing elite performance within a number of sporting disciplines.

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Teaching English

ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)  If you wish to teach English to students who do not speak English as their first language you can study the following courses.  You can even attend a taster session to help you discover if this course is right for you before committing to the full programme.

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Hobby, Workforce Development and Professional courses

We are offering a range of hobby, workforce development and professional courses starting this January. See hobby, workforce development and professional courses starting this January.


University Centre courses available to start in February 2019

The HND Interactive Media course is brand new to the University Centre at Blackburn College and is an exciting and sought after qualification if you are seeking a career in the creative sector.  Take a detailed look at the course and what you will study in the Adult Guide.

The majority of the University Centre at Blackburn College courses are available to start in September 2019 including Foundation Degrees, Honours Degrees, Honours Degrees with Foundation Entry, Higher Level Apprenticeships and Professional courses. See all University level courses starting September 2019.


More information and how to apply

To make an application for Adult (19+) courses, select what course you're interested in and apply online.

You can also call us on 01254 29 29 29 email into the Beacon Centre for support with your application. We offer daily quick queries sessions in The Hub on Monday to Friday between 11am - 12:45pm and Thursdays between 4pm - 5:45pm.