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Adult Courses Starting NOW

Keep up-to-date with our wide range of Adult courses starting within the next couple of months.

What we offer

At B&FC, we cover everything from helping you with the basics right up to studying for a degree. There are courses across a wide range of subject areas from automotive and construction to business and hospitality, all of which have a focus on technical and professional training to boost your career prospects.

You can upskill to improve prospects in your existing job or reskill to take your career in a whole new direction.
Real skills for real careers

Our courses are designed with over 1,800 employers and taught by industry specialist tutors in cutting-edge facilities. They deliver essential skills to prepare you for the next step in your career.

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TitleStart DateHow/What do I pay?
CIPD People Management - Level 516/04/2024No Upfront Fees
Customer Service Practitioners - Level 223/04/2024Free / Funding Available


Children, Young People and Families

TitleStart DateHow/What do I pay?
Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences - Level 217/04/2024Free / Funding Available
Understanding Autism - Level 217/04/2024Free / Funding Available
Understanding Autism - Level 226/04/2024Free / Funding Available
English, Maths and Computing Basic Skills for Adults
If you feel your lack of basic skills in English, Maths or Computing is holding you back at work and in life too, then our beginner courses could be just the helping hand you need.


Title Start DateHow/What do I pay?
Plastering - Level 122/04/2024Free / Funding Available
Painting and Decorating - Level 223/04/2024Free / Funding Available
Painting and Decorating - Level 1 (Evening)23/04/2024Free / Funding Available
Construction Skills - Level 1 (Females Only)07/05/2024Free / Funding Available
Construction Multi-skills - Level 208/05/2024Free / Funding Available
Tiling - Level 208/05/2024Free / Funding Available
Plastering - Level 208/05/2024Free / Funding Available
Award in Understanding Domestic Retrofit - Level 201/08/2023Free / Funding Available


Creative Arts

TitleStart DateHow/What do I pay?
Creative Craft - Level 2                                             18/04/2024Free / Funding Available
Photography - Level 218/04/2024Free / Funding Available


Hair, Beauty and Related Therapies

TitleStart DateFree / Funding Available
Contact Dermatitis Prevention - Level 201/08/2024Free / Funding Available
Professional & Technical Training
From programmes delivered in the workplace to short courses that develop specialist skills to comply with legislation or meet industry requirements.

Health and Medical Professions

TitleStart DateHow/What do I pay?
Counselling Skills - Level 216/04/2024Free / Funding Available
Understanding Dignity and Safeguarding - Level 218/04/2024Free / Funding Available
Talent for Care29/04/2024Free / Funding Available
Mental Health Awareness - Level 120/05/2024Free / Funding Available
Helping Skills - Level 203/06/2024Free / Funding Available
Understanding Behaviour That Challenges (Adults) - Level 205/06/2024Free / Funding Available
Talent for Care17/06/2024Free / Funding Available


Hospitality, Culinary Skills & Events Planning

TitleStart DateHow/What do I pay?
Event Planning - Level 2                                              18/04/2024Free / Funding Available
Food Safety in Catering - Level 201/08/2024Free / Funding Available


Learning Support

TitleStart DateHow/What do I pay?
Teaching Assistant - Level 2                                                          15/04/2024Free / Funding Available
Teaching Assistant - Level 216/04/2024Free / Funding Available
Teaching Assistant - Level 217/04/2024Free / Funding Available
Leisure Learning
We offer a variety of leisure learning courses, tailored to ignite your curiosity and fuel your passions.

FREE Courses for Jobs

Free courses for jobs is part of a government-funded scheme intended to train adults, providing valuable skills and experience, to improve their prospects and help them kickstart a career in their desired subject.

If you are unemployed or earning an annual salary of £20,319 or less, even if you already have a Level 3 qualification, you could be eligible to enrol on one of our courses that qualifies for the Free Courses for Jobs scheme.

FREE Courses for Jobs explained

Everything you need to know about FCFJ and if you're eligible.

  • Top 7% of further education colleges in England

  • 91% of learners believe that their course has had a positive impact on their current work approach, future career plans, or other areas of their life

  • 99% of learners felt committed to their course from the moment they enrolled

Financial Support

There's plenty of financial help available for adults returning to education, especially for those who are unemployed, on a low wage or who left school without any qualifications.

Even for adults who don't fall into any of these categories, there are straightforward ways to fund your return to college that we can help you access.

For more information about Advanced Learner Loan and additional financial support we offer, please visit our dedicated Financial Support for Adults page.

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Carrie didn't let finances hold her back

"I was worried that I couldn't afford to return to education, especially as I'd just lost my business and money was in short supply. Being able to get an Advanced Learner Loan to cover my tuition fees and knowing that I didn't have to pay it back until I was earning at least £25,000 a year made me feel more confident.

That, plus the monthly bursary, help with childcare costs and a free bus pass meant all my additional costs were covered which gave me complete peace of mind and meant I could really concentrate on my coursework. What's more, because I decided to study a degree after my Access to HE course, my Advanced Learner Loan was written off once I graduated."

- Carrie Lee, former Access to HE and Criminology student

  • Most courses are FREE or have no upfront fees

  • £60 monthly bursary and help with childcare costs for adult students

  • Free or discounted 24/7 Blackpool Transport travel pass

Higher and Degree Apprenticeships available NOW

Higher and degree apprenticeships combine work with study and include a qualification relevant to the industry. We have a few places left on the following higher and degree apprenticeships all starting now.

If you believe the company you work for could benefit from any one of these apprenticeships or you would like us to approach your employer to discuss the feasibility of your joining one of these programmes, please email our Business Development team at

TitleStart DateFree Courses for Jobs
Associate Project Manager - Level 4 Higher ApprenticeshipAnytime 
Chartered Manager - Degree ApprenticeshipAnytime 
Data Analyst - Level 4 Higher ApprenticeshipAnytime 
Digital and Technology Solutions Professional - Degree ApprenticeshipAnytime 
Operations Manager - Level 5 Higher Apprenticeship (CMI)Anytime 
Project Manager - Degree ApprenticeshipAnytime 


Non-Funded Professional courses

As well as our adult courses aimed at boosting employability, we also have a range of commercial courses that are designed for employees of established businesses or for sole traders who are looking to maintain industry accreditations, expand their existing skill base or train in new industry techniques.

To find out more about the range of commercial courses we offer, please check out our Non-funded Adult Commercial List below.

Apprenticeships for Employers

Are you looking to recruit an apprentice or upskill one or more of your existing employees?

How to Apply

Applying is easy, just follow the simple steps below:

  • Click on the course you want to apply to
  • Hit the Apply button to compete a short form
  • Our Admissions team will get in touch to advise you of the next steps

How to Enrol

For enrolment you will need to bring with you:

  • Evidence of all your qualifications
  • National Insurance number (only required if you are receiving benefits and your course fees are being waived or you have been referred by Job Centre Plus)
  • Adult Learner Loan reference number (if your course is being funded via the Adult Learner Loan)
  • Student Loan Letter and form of ID (if studying for a degree level course)

If you choose to apply for the Adult Learner Loan at enrolment you will need to bring the following with you:

  • National Insurance number
  • A valid passport
  • Bank details

If your fees are being waived by the Low Wage Initiative you will need to bring one of the following with you:

  • Bank statements
  • Payslips
  • P60
  • Most recent tax return (if self-employed)

Get in touch

Help us to help you. If you are unsure about what course is right for you, how to apply or enrol, or your eligibility for funding, please reach out to our Course Enquiries Team and one of our friendly advisers will be more than happy to help guide you through the process.

Call: 01253 504343

Qualifications explained

With so many options available, it can be confusing knowing where to start and what to do next.