Alongside full time and part time study options, there are also other options for adult learners. 

Distance Learning Options

If you’re a parent with young children, or work according to shift-times, there’s no need to let this stop you from getting back into education.

Rotherham College, North Notts College, Dearne Valley College and UCR offer a suite of funded where relevant, online distance learning courses so you can learn flexibly, in your own home and at your own pace – perfect for those with existing commitments.

Accredited by the UK’s leading provider of vocational qualifications, CACHE, the distance learning courses can take around 9-17 weeks to complete depending on how quickly you work through them.

Available courses include business administration, caring for young people, counselling skills, equality and diversity, nutrition and health, mental health first aid, team leading, and many more.

Professional Courses

With a professional course, you will achieve an industry-recognised qualification, and gain the skills and knowledge needed to find a job and forge a career in your chosen industry.

With various levels available, you can start from scratch or build on existing expertise. They are also a great gateway into further education should you wish to take another step up.

From diplomas in Accounting and Business, to certificates in Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy, there’s lots to choose from.

What’s more, many courses are part-time so you can fit learning around existing work and family commitments.

Access to Higher Education Courses

If you’re interested in heading to university but perhaps left school without A-Levels or a technical qualification, an Access to High Education course could be just the ticket.

Lasting for one academic year, these courses are ideal for building up your confidence, knowledge and academic skills to prepare you for the next step in your educational journey.

At the end of it, you will emerge with a foundation qualification in your selected subject – pick from a wide variety, including Art, Graphic Design and Fashion; Computing and Digital; Education and Childcare; Public Services and more.

Community Courses

These free*, informal, short courses are taught in a relaxed setting in venues across South Yorkshire, to help accommodate those unable to travel to a campus and provide flexible learning, with drop-in options also available at some places.

Ideal for meeting new people, discovering a new hobby, and learning new skills – in cooking for example – these 5-10 week community courses take place once a week, with both daytime and evening slots available.


Rotherham Courses for Adults:

Dearne Valley Courses for Adults:

North Notts Courses for Adults:

University Centre Rotherham Courses for Adults:

Take a look at our Adult Course Guide