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Adult Learning at York College

Every year we welcome a large and diverse cohort of Adult Learning students. Our Adult Learning community is made up of students over 19 years of age who are studying a wide range of programmes from the Access to Higher Education Diplomas to short courses in art, teacher training, business and even health and safety.

Explore our wide range of courses for adults...

Professional accredited qualifications
Our professional qualifications are all accredited courses by national Awarding Bodies. These courses are for those who are looking for professional development, a career change or to perhaps work towards a promotion.

Learn for enjoyment or development
Learning never stops and sometimes learning can be done just for fun. Our learn for enjoyment or development courses are ideal for those who would like an initial ‘taste’ of a craft or subject, to take up a new hobby, meet like-minded people, up-skill for a change of career or to just learn for pleasure.

Research shows that learning new skills can improve your mental wellbeing. Learning new skills could help you connect with others, boost self-confidence, improve self-esteem and build a sense of achievement and purpose.

Online learning
Our online learning courses are ideal for those who want to study, but have prior commitments to work around. These courses could be an ideal match for you as they offer a convenient and practical way to achieve desirable qualifications, at a time and pace that suits you.

Access to Higher Education - gain that essential qualification
Access your degree or higher-level qualification with us and find your way to a prosperous career. The Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma is designed for people who do not have traditional qualifications, such as A Levels, and for those who have been out of education for some time. If you want to go to university but feel you might lack the entry qualifications or are worried that you might not be able to cope with the demands of a degree-level course, then an Access to HE course will help you prepare for your next steps.

Degree and higher-level study
With courses designed with your future employability in mind and designed to work alongside studying or other life commitments, York College University Centre could be a perfect fit for you. We have a wide range of courses that are flexible and personalised to suit your career aspirations. We can provide the support, flexibility, contact time and teaching required to help students of all types succeed.

Apprenticeships aren’t just for 16-24 year olds, there is no age limit to studying an apprenticeship. Our apprenticeships cover a variety of occupational areas including construction, business, accountancy, hairdressing, digital technologies, hospitality, engineering and science. Apprenticeships are an ideal way to kick start a career and can provide you with valuable on-the-job skills that are unique to apprenticeship courses. Earning a wage whilst you learn is also another huge benefit of doing an apprenticeship and can help you get in the frame of mind for working, as well as earning some money to support your studies.

Short courses for individuals and business
We offer a wide range of professional courses designed to help individuals and businesses enhance skills and meet statutory requirements, ranging from IT/software to management and supervisory skills.

Access to Higher Education Diploma

Our Access to Higher Education Diplomas are specifically designed for those looking to gain access to higher education, whether in a traditional university setting or through other means. Our cohort of students is made up of a diverse mix of people, all with different backgrounds and different ages. Many of our students are looking at gaining entry to higher education for the first time and do not possess the relevant qualifications and many are seeking to re-train to switch career. Every year we see our students secure places at top universities to study a wide range of subjects.

Our courses are designed to give an over arching view of a field of study, allowing the individual to progress onto a Degree or equivalent qualification of their choice. So, your end goal will determine the best course for you. If you’re unsure of the route which is best for you, then talk to us for guidance.

Professional accredited qualifications

Our Access Courses

Art and Design

Early Years and Education

Health and Social Care

Humanities and Social Sciences


Access Courses Coming Soon for September 2021

  • Medicine (subject to approval)
  • Social Work
  • Creative Performance and Creative Entrepreneurship
  • Policing (subject to approval)
  • Level 2 Pre-Access Humanities and Social Sciences

If you have any questions about any of the above courses please get in touch with us through the live chat.

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