Fircroft College of Adult Education | Birmingham, West Midlands


Who can come?

Anyone aged 20 and over on the last day of the current academic year (31st July). You must be a UK citizen, EU National or have indefinite leave to remain – currently live in England and have lived in the UK/EU for at least 3 years.

What qualifications do I need?

No previous qualifications are required and we’ve made it clear where courses assume some knowledge, experience or ability level. 

What does it cost?

Please see the Information About Fees page. If you are claiming certain benefits, many of our courses are FREE of charge

What support can I get on the course?

Class sizes at Fircroft are generally small meaning learners receive some one-to-one support from their tutors. If you think that have additional support needs then we can discuss this with you and arrange for the agreed support to be put in place.

When do courses start and finish?

Most courses begin at 5.30pm on the first day and end at 3.30pm on the last day, except where stated.

What does the course lead to?

As well as new confidence and skills, you will gain a recognised certificate of accreditation from national awarding bodies. Personal and confidential information, advice and guidance about career paths and other courses at Fircroft College and elsewhere, is available to all learners.

Can I smoke or drink at Fircroft?

Fircroft is an alcohol-free college and alcohol is not permitted in any part of the College, including the grounds. Smoking is not permitted except in designated outside areas, where there are bins and shelters provided.

Am I too late to apply?

If the date of the course you wanted has passed, please still let us know you are interested. We will put your name on a waiting list and repeat the course as soon as we can - we will keep you informed of any new dates as they arise. We will post the course dates for April to July 2017 early in the new year. Keep checking this web site for the latest information.

What if I’m not sure what to do?

If you’re not sure what you want to do, ask Sam Robinson-Lerner our Information, Advice and Guidance worker for personal and confidential advice. You can also either come to one of our monthly Open Days, or arrange a visit to come and have a look around. We’re a small and friendly College, so just pick up the phone and call us on 0121 472 0116.

How do I apply?

We have tried to make the application process as smooth as possible and there are now several ways you can apply for short courses - find out more about how to apply.

What if I’ve booked a place on a course but I can’t come?

Please only apply for a course if you are sure you can attend. We understand that circumstances can change and there may be an unavoidable reason as to why you cannot attend a course. In this situation please inform the short course office as soon as possible by calling 0121 472 0116 or emailing By letting us know you cannot attend as far in advance as possible you will be helping the college and potentially making your place available for another learner.

What if the course I want to go on is full?

Due to high demand, many of our short courses often fill up far in advance. You will be notified if your choice of course is full and either offered a place on an alternative date or added to a waiting list until a place becomes available. In the meantime, you might want to consider applying for alternative courses which may be of interest to you..

If you have any other questions regarding short courses please contact the Short Course Office:

Tel: (0121) 472 0116

Fax: (01210 471 1503


Post: 1018 Bristol Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 6LH

or get in touch via the Contact Form.

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