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Adult & Higher Education

gEt a head start in your career

From GCSE’s and BTEC, to more advanced courses such as the Access to Higher Education Diploma and our degree programmes, we offer a range of classes where adults can delve into a new course and achieve a qualification at the end of it.

If your first language is not English and you wish to develop your written and spoken skills, an entry level ESOL course is the ideal pathway for an adult. You will learn alongside other people at the same level as you and cover the four main skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing.

Hopwood Hall has no upper age limit and welcomes applications from learners from 19-90+!

Climb the ladder | Access to Higher Education

Take your education further with an Access to Higher Education diploma. If you aim to progress to university but don't have qualifications higher than a Level 2, you may need to complete an Access course first.

The Access to Higher Education Diploma is a one year part-time course, designed for over 19’s who have been out of education and are looking for another opportunity to further their education.

The Diploma is an accepted alternative to A-Levels and is recognised by universities for admission onto a range of degree courses.

Former learners studying the Access to Higher Education Course have progressed onto careers in nursing, physiotherapy, sports coaching, teaching, emergency services, engineering, business and more or have been accepted onto university degree programmes.

The programme offers pathways in:

You need to be prepared to attend two evenings per week and study for 30 weeks at a fast pace.

Click here to learn more and apply to our Access to HE options... Climb the ladder.

Do your degree differently | HIGHER EDUCATION

Studying a Higher Education course often grants you better employment prospects and can set you up to study an even higher qualification at another university.

Based at our Middleton campus, our HE courses are perfect for anybody across Greater Manchester looking to improve their qualifications and/or progress into improved employment or a higher university qualification. We offer courses that are both Level 4 and 5 equivalent (a BA Hons at university for example would be a Level 6 qualification).

To support progression to higher levels of study, the college has a number of partnerships with higher education institutions. These include the University of Salford and the University of Bolton.

Click here to see which HE course can lead you to your brighter future and for more details on how to apply... Do your degree differently

EArn and learn | apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are an ideal opportunity for someone of any age to train/retrain in a new career.

Apprentices are employees earning a wage and working alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills. There are also benefits to the method of learning for many students as an apprenticeship combines practical on-the-job learning with technical education in college too.

Furthermore, you will earn whilst you learn without the burden of student debt. Click here to learn more and apply for an apprenticeship... EARN AND LEARN


Year after year, GCSE English and Maths are a popular choice with adult learners. Each course can be taught on its own or together and is taught as a one year part-time course. Perfect if you have been out of education for a while and would like another opportunity to take the course to boost your career prospects.

Success at this level is a great confidence builder and has led to improved employment prospects and further study for past students. Classes are small and the atmosphere is friendly and supportive.

Garry Rudman, Head of Maths said: "If you found Maths difficult at school, it could be just that the methods you were taught didn't really work for you. By coming along to Hopwood Hall College and learning new methods, different approaches, new ways of doing things and looking at things, it might work better for you”.


Part-time cOURSES

If you feel like you're ready for a new challenge then why not take the plunge? For adults searching for a little inspiration after working hours, Hopwood Hall College offers 19 leisure courses where no exams are required. These courses are for those who want to try out something new or perfect an existing skill but don't want the seriousness of having to sit an exam at the end of the course.

To see our adult and part time courses Click here and APPLY FOR A PART TIME COURSE