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 Adult Learners

Whatever stage you’re at in life, there are always opportunities to gain new qualifications, update your skills or set yourself a new challenge.
Our Community Learning programme has been created to make learning accessible and flexible.  We offer a range of courses, both daytime and evening, available across our College sites.  We also offer a range of qualification courses to help you get back into learning particularly if you are looking to go on to Higher Education and because we know that this is hard, there is lots of support available at College to help you succeed. 
In this rapidly changing world, it is important to keep updating your skills and knowledge.  Research shows that salary and job opportunities are greater for people with qualifications.  If you are out of work, or facing redundancy, our specialist Employability Support team can help you find your way back to employment through their Positive Steps Programmes.
We can help you improve your existing skills and learn new ones whether it’s to get on at work, help with the kids, or just for your own enjoyment.  


To view our range of courses, just click on courses above, select the areas that interest you and you'll see a section for 'Adults' in the course information to the right of each page.



'How to succeed at Boston College as an Adult Learner'



Find out all the latest news from Adult Learning with our latest newsletter:

Adult Newsletter February 2014.pdfAdult Newsletter - Issue 2.pdfAdult Newsletter - Issue 2.pdfAdult Newsletter - Issue 2.pdf

We offer a range of short courses that are ideal if you're looking to learn a new skill or occupy your time learning something new.

Different courses run at different times throughout the year but you can apply at any time. Most consist of attending College for a few hours 1 day per week for about 6 weeks. Courses available this year include: Simple Plumbing techniques, Patio laying and other DIY courses, Holiday Spanish, Creative Writing and Dance.

Please click on the 2014–15 brochure which lists what’s available this year, sorted by month, day and time or visit Courses and then the areas that interest you.

If you are unsure about what to do next or losing confidence in your abilities, the Boston College Employability Support Team can help you get back to work.

We have a dedicated team of advisors and tutors with extensive experience of working with the unemployed ranging from those that have recently been made redundant to supporting those that have been unemployed for longer periods of time.

Please call or email to book a session to discuss your options.
Positive Steps to Employment is a FREE 6 week course to help you build your confidence and get you back into work.

> Running in Boston and Spalding
> 2 days per week
> Access to a dedicated support advisor 2 hours per week

Download our new Adult Bite-size Course Guide



Click here download our latest Adult Bite-Size Course Guide for 2015



If you're aged 24 or over and thinking about starting a College course after 1st August 2013 you may qualify for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan to help with your tuition fees.


Most learners aged 24 and over, studying at level 3 and above, will qualify for these new loans from the UK government.


It’s easy to apply, your household income isn’t taken into account and there’s no credit check. You won’t have to pay anything back until your income is over £21,000 a year.


For more information check out the documents below, but if you would prefer to speak  to someone, there is a dedicated team available at Boston College to help you. Just call our Information Line on 01205 313218.


24+ Advanced Learning Loans Fact Sheet.pdf


24+ Advanced Learning Loans FAQ.pdf



We'd love to hear your feedback on which courses you would like to study, and what more we could do for the community.


Department news

Global Entrepreneurship Week November 2014

The learners at Boston College had the opportunity last week to experience Global Entrepreneurship Week through attending a series of events which have been held within the Enterprise Zone at the College.



Case studies

IT Spalding Case Study Peter Armstrong

Peter Armstrong


Brickwork Case Study David Matheson

David Matheson