Adult Courses

Boston College offers a wide variety of courses for Adult Learners (19+), both daytime and evening, with the majority under 16 hours a week.

Whether you are looking to improve your English and Maths, to find a course to help you progress with your current job role, or to learn a totally new skill, there is sure to be a course for you!

Practical non-accredited courses, which can run from a couple of hours during a single day to a few sessions over a number of weeks. The courses cost no more than £60, with some being FREE*.

Courses include, Developing Confidence, Self-Esteem and Understanding Stress, Customer Service for all, Emotional Intelligence and Resilience (Wellbeing) and Supervising First Aid for Mental Health Award Level 3. 

Visit our Adult Bite Size page for a full list of courses available.

*subject to eligibility

Allowing you the flexibility to study wherever you are, arranging your studies around your work and family life. With over 45 FREE* courses available, they provide you with a convenient way to gain or develop existing skills without attending College full time. Courses include, Counselling Skills, Awareness of Mental Health Problems, Principles of Business Administration, Improving Personal Exercise, Health and Nutrition, and Behaviour that Challenges in Children.

Visit our Distance Learning page for a full list of courses available.

*subject to eligibility

If you have recently been made redundant or have been out of employment for some time, our FREE* Employment and Skills Training courses are designed to help you gain new skills, build your confidence and get back into back into employment. Courses include, Employment and Skills Training, Skills into Health and Social Care and IT Skills.

Visit our Employment and Skills Training page for a full list of courses available.

*subject to eligibility

Do you want to know more about using digital devices?

Our FREE Digital Essential courses are designed to teach you basic digital skills for life and work including, how to solve basic technical issues, complete online transactions and safely viewing and sharing digital content e.g. photos and videos.  

Successful completion of the Essential Digital Skills courses can lead on to our Distance Learning Digital courses. Allowing you the flexibility to study at a more advanced level wherever you are, arranging your studies around your work and family life.

For all the Digital Skills courses your ability will be accessed to ensure you are on the right course/level.

January 2022 Start Dates

  • Introduction to IELTS *Coming soon*

Flexible Start Dates


Health and Social Care (Work Based Learning)

Aimed at those who are working within a Health and Social Care setting. Courses include, Basic Life Support and Safe Use of AED Level 2, Adult Care Diploma Level 3, Paediatric First Aid Level 3 and Manual Handling in the Workplace.

Visit our Health and Social Care page for a full list of courses available.

Workforce training, covering everything from Health and Safety in the Construction Environment (CSCS), Door Supervision HABC Award (SIA) Level 2 to Team Leading ILM Certificate Level 2 and 18th Edition (City and Guides 2382-12) Level 3. 

Visit our Management and Technical Training page for a full list of courses available.

Learn While You Work

Apprenticeships - An apprenticeship is a combination of training in the workplace, and classroom or workshop based learning at Boston College. You'll gain relevant job-specific skills from your employer, and be supported through a nationally recognised qualification by specialist College staff, all while earning a wage. You'll also have the opportunity to improve your English, Maths and ICT skills to help you progress your career plans and goals. Find out more by visiting our Apprenticeships page.

Traineeships - If you like the sound of an apprenticeship but would like to get more experience first, than a traineeship at Boston College could be the starting point for you! Traineeships are designed to prepare young people for the world of work, and are a great first step towards an apprenticeship or employment. They are available to 16-24 year olds, with qualifications lower than Level 3, and are available in many industry areas. Find out more by visiting our Traineeships page.

Kickstart - The Kickstart Scheme provides you the opportunity to gain a six month paid job placement with a local employer! Funded by the Government, the scheme provides the opportunity for young people to gain valuable work experience within a variety of different industries. The Kickstart Scheme is available to anyone aged between 16-24 years old, who is currently claiming Universal Credit, and are at risk of long term unemployment. Find out more by visiting our Kickstart page.

FREE Employment Focused Online Course Packages - Boston College's FREE 'Restart, Reskill, Upskill' employment focused course packages are available to those individuals who want to 'restart' in the workplace, 'reskill' for their current job role or 'upskill' for a new career or challenge. You can choose from a variety of courses available to tailor a course package which will allow you to focus on what is important to you at this time. Find out more by visiting our  'Restart, Reskill, Upskill' page.

Fees, Loans and Bursaries

Whatever your situation, Boston College aims to provide you with the best advice and guidance on financial support available, all designed to help you through your studies. For more information on financial support for students aged 19+, visit our 'Financial Assistance' page

Need some more advice?

If you are unsure about which course is right for you, Boston College Careers Advisers are here to help. The Career Advisers offer FREE impartial Career Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) and are available before you start to college, whilst you are studying at college and when you are ready to take the next step.

If you would like to make an appointment with one of the College's Careers Advisers, they are available by appointment at both the Boston and Spalding campuses, by either calling the College's Information Line on 01205 313218 or by email.

You can download our course guide