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9TH AUG 2023

Top 6 reasons to return to college as an adult

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Top 6 reasons to return to college as an adult
Top 6 reasons to return to college as an adult

It’s never too late to learn. Returning to college can give you the opportunity to open new doors and pave the way for personal and professional growth, it can even help you work towards a higher salary. Whether you are looking for a career change or to develop in your current role, adult college courses can give you the skills you need to fulfil your aspirations. Returning to college has become increasingly popular among adults looking to expand their skillset, below are just some of the reasons why.

1. Diverse Courses

One of the key advantages of studying a full or part-time courses with us at Gloucestershire College (GC) is the vast array of courses available. From hairdressing to professional cookery or media to carpentry and many more, we are sure you’ll find a course to spark your interest. Not only this, once you enrol you will have access to all our facilities such as the canteen, library and gym as well as the opportunity to regularly meet with our student support teams.  

2. Flexibility 

Adult students shouldn’t have to choose between balancing life commitments such as work and family while returning to education. GC acknowledges these challenges and offers flexible learning options on a full or part-time basis, allowing you to plan in advance. We also have on site nurseries and access to financial support depending on circumstance.  

3. Supportive learning environment    

We take pride in creating a supportive and inclusive learning environment for adult students. Staff understand the diverse backgrounds and experiences that adult learners bring to campus with them. As a result, GC teams offer personalised guidance and support throughout the learning journey, ensuring that students feel empowered to reach their full potential. 

4. Industry relevant training  

Our adult college courses are designed in collaboration with industry experts to ensure that the course content remains relevant and up to date. This approach equips students with practical skills and knowledge that directly align with the demands of the local job market. By learning from experienced lecturers, you can gain valuable insights and connections that can significantly enhance your employability prospects.  

5. Career progression 

For many mature students, the primary motivation to pursue further education is to progress in their careers. GC has access to over 1000 local employers, so we understand both our student and employer needs. By matching these needs, we can ensure you leave GC with the skills and expertise needed to progress in your career.  

6. Personal growth  

Courses for adults at Gloucestershire College offer a chance for personal growth. Engaging in learning at any stage of life can boost self-confidence, stimulate creativity, and broaden horizons. Lifelong learning has been linked to improved cognitive function and mental well-being, creating a positive impact on overall quality of life. 

Don’t just take our word for it, check out what Professional Cookery student Evelina Harris had to say:  

Believe it or not I have a Masters in Physiotherapy! I had been working as a carer and mother, before this. I enjoy cooking and baking, so I’m doing this for myself – for a mental break. The part-time course works really well with my work/life balance, and I really enjoy coming here.  

You can learn a lot of different methods, and from someone who already has a lot of experience. I really like the teamwork and the people are great!  

With cooking, it’s a very quick reward when people are really happy with the food you’re producing. You don’t have to wait months to see the reward of your work  

I’ve already applied for the level 3 course, then I might apply for the patisserie course. In the future I’d like to open a business.” 

Adult college courses 

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Adult Courses at GC