Maybe you didn't finish school or sixth form, or you didn't get the qualifications you wanted first time around. Either way, it's never too late to go back and get the qualifications you want.
GCSEs and A-levels
There will be plenty of GCSE and A-level courses in your area. These include evening, day-time, part-time, full-time and fast-track courses - whatever suits your schedule. Morley College and City of Westminster College provide a range of courses including GCSE and A-level courses
Going to college on regular basis may not be practical for you, but you can still study for GCSEs and A-levels without going to college, by doing distance learning. This means you can study in your own home, at your own pace. You will be given materials to work through and will have the support of online tutorials and forums.
ICS Learn offer a range of courses including GCSEs and A-levels for you to do from home.
Access to Higher Education Diplomas
If you don't have A-Levels but would like to take a university course, you could consider doing an Access to Higher Education Diploma (sometimes called an 'access course'). These provide specific qualifications that help you prepare for a university degree if you haven't done A-levels. These courses usually last around a year and can be in a range of different subject areas.
Many further education colleges offer Access to Higher Education Diplomas. These qualifications are recognised by most universities for many different undergraduate courses. You can find a number of Access to Higher Education Diplomas available at Morley College and City of Westminster College.
Adult education courses
You could try one of the wide range of adult education classes run by your local Adult Education College. Courses range from one day 'taster' sessions to 36 week courses. Classes are held at different times of the day or evening and most are open to all adults.
Courses on offer include:-
- GCSEs, A-Levels, and Access to Higher Education Diplomas
- 'Vocational' courses to allow you to gain professional qualifications and plan for a new career - whether you want to go into computing, welding, or hairdressing, or start your own business, this could be the place to start
- A wide range of practical courses to help you with day-to-day challenges - maybe you are from another country and want speak better English, or want to learn how to look after your bicycle
- Courses for fun - perhaps you want improve your cooking or take up yoga - this could be your chance
See what adult education courses are on offer in your area:-