Ease yourself back into learning with free adult courses

Date published: 05 July 2022

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There’s no better place to take those first steps back into education than Hopwood Hall College and University Centre.

The thriving college – which has campuses in Middleton and Rochdale – has a staunch reputation for its expansive lifelong learning offering.

This means that adults of all ages and all skillsets can find a pathway that meets their needs and accelerates them towards their goals.

For those looking to ease themselves back into education, this could be an online or flexible course that can be completed from the comfort of their own home and on their own schedule.

In terms of the short online courses, you can now complete a total of five courses (including subjects such as GDPR training, project planning, understanding the autism spectrum, and much more) for free.

Meanwhile, the in-person part-time pathways are perfect for anyone who is looking to develop cutting edge skills, meet new people and become accustomed to the most modern equipment.

This includes a range of coveted Level 3 qualifications, which are now free to residents of Greater Manchester and can be perfect for those exploring new vocations.

These courses have a proven record for boosting people’s career prospects, improving their confidence and even thrusting them into an entirely new industry.


Julia Heap, Hopwood Hall College's new Principal and CEO
Julia Heap, Hopwood Hall College's new Principal and CEO


Rochdale-based Lucinda Lees, who at 48-years-old returned to study Health and Social Care, said the experience made her feel ready to once again start climbing the career ladder.

She said: “I had been looking at the course and putting it off for years because of children and family commitments.

“I wish I hadn’t waited. My advice would be to just do it!”

Finally, Hopwood is also the place to ‘stay near and go far’ when it comes to Higher Education.

Its University Centre is extremely convenient for those looking to turn heads in the job market by gaining a degree-level qualification.

In addition to being taught by expert tutors in small classes, these qualifications are significantly more affordable than those found at other institutions.


Hopwood Hall College, Rochdale


A number of these courses can be applied for through Hopwood’s website, while others will be re-opening for clearing on UCAS from Tuesday 5 July.

Those who might not have the qualifications to apply at this point would be the ideal candidates to study one of the college’s popular Access courses.

This route can propel you to university in the space of just one year.

Julia Heap, Principal and CEO of Hopwood Hall College and University Centre, said that she looks forward to seeing more and more adults taking up the opportunity to gain new skills.

She said: “We know that the prospect of returning to education when you’re an adult can be quite daunting, but we’d like to encourage people not to allow this to stand in their way.

“You’ll find a welcoming environment here, as well as like-minded people who are also full of ambition.

“If you’d like to ease yourself back into learning then there are plenty of courses to choose from.

“Similarly, there’s no shortage of options for those who are ready to study in-person and reap all the rewards that can come from this.”

Anyone aged 19+ can access more information about Hopwood’s adult courses through the college’s website.

However, an ‘Access All Areas’ Open Event promises to be must-attend when it takes place on Wednesday 24 August from 10am – 2pm.

This will be a fantastic opportunity to look around both campuses and get an exciting first glimpse of where you could be studying.

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