Returning to learning

Returning to learning

Going back to learning doesn't have to be daunting, find out about the options available to you...

Returning to Learning

Whether you want to turn your hand to something entirely different or you didn’t quite get what you needed last time around, returning to education can be a bit daunting but here we’ve outlined some useful info to help you figure out what’s best for you.

College courses can still be free!

If you don’t have Level 3, many further education courses are still free!  This is very important to know if (for any reason) you could have done better at GCSE time.

Employment prospects are far better if you have qualifications – so government funding makes some courses free for 19-23 year olds who haven’t reached Level 3.

What employers want to see most are English and Maths qualifications.  Part time courses in the day or evening are free to all ages, giving everyone a chance to reach GCSE grade 9-4.

Blogs needed on getting better GCSEs/returning to college (Megan, Oscar)

Work out your next level up.  Search Adult Courses on local college websites. You need to check carefully with the college if the course you want is free for you. Plan to start before you turn 24!


Know your levels




Level 1


GCSE grades 3-1 (grade D-G), BTEC Level 1, NVQ Level 1
Level 2

GCSE grades 9-4 (grade A*-C), Intermediate Apprenticeship, BTEC Level 2, NVQ Level 2


Level 3 A Levels, Advanced Apprenticeships, IB, BTEC Level 3 National, NVQ Level 3


If your time away from home is very limited, it’s still possible to continue learning online, now more than ever before, although most qualifications done online have course fees.

Free online courses look great on a c.v. if you’re job hunting or wanting a change of direction.