Apart from some professional training courses, all short courses at Fircroft are residential and require you to stay overnight at the College. Staying at Fircroft while you study is an important part of the learning experience. It’s an ideal opportunity to ‘get away from it all’ so you can focus on your learning, without being distracted by home or work pressures and without having to travel back and forth at the end of each day. Fircroft College is located in a former Cadbury family home, set in six acres of beautiful and peaceful gardens.
Most courses at Fircroft run over three days. You would usually arrive at the College at 5.30pm on the first day and finish at 3.30pm on the third day, meaning you stay at Fircroft for two nights. All bedrooms have recently been redecorated and are private with en-suite bathrooms. A choice of delicious, freshly cooked hot meals is provided, with different dietary tastes and requirements catered for.The College is a secure environment and there is on-site night support available.
The College’s teaching centre was opened in 2005. Teaching rooms are bright and spacious with up-to-date ICT facilities (classroom pcs, ceiling mounted projectors and cameras, wi-fi access). There is also a loop system for the hard of hearing. Our library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. As a short course student, you will also have access to:
- A common room with newspapers, big screen TV/DVD and free tea/coffee/hot chocolate
- A recreation room with a free pool table, dart board and TV/DVD
- A quiet/prayer room
- A reading room
- PCs and Internet access in the library and IT room
All teaching rooms are fully accessible and we have a number of specially adapted bedrooms. All reasonable adjustments to provision will be made to ensure students with a disability are not disadvantaged. Please let us know if you have any specific needs and we will discuss these with you.
”I was pretty nervous on the first day of my first course but everyone put me at ease straight away, it was so welcoming and friendly. I soon realised that staying here overnight was actually a major plus. It meant I could really immerse myself in the course and get away from all the usual distractions like phone calls, TV and kids running around! At the end of that course I came away thinking how worthwhile it had been and how much I’d got from being here for less than three days – hardly any time at all.”
David Ferris-Day, short course student at Fircroft