At Bath College we know that learning is a life-long journey, which is why we work hard to provide a wide range of courses catering for people from all walks of life.
Adults of all ages and abilities study at Bath College, to improve their job prospects, to start on a new career path, or simply to enjoy learning as a leisure activity.
The valuable role colleges play in providing adult education is recognised by the Festival of Learning, a national celebration of life-long learning taking place in May and June.
With the festival in mind, we’re taking the opportunity to highlight three ways you can get involved in college life at our city centre campus and our Somer Valley Campus in Radstock.
Designed to cover a wealth of hobbies, interests and specialities, our Love2learn adult leisure courses are perfect if you enjoy learning and are looking to develop new skills.
This year, we already have 1,500 people enrolled as part-time students on a variety of courses, from floristry, photography and cooking to business, decorating and stonemasonry.
We offer a range of courses for people looking to gain professional qualifications or study for an apprentice in accountancy, childcare, marketing, management and teaching.
Students studying creative subjects benefit from access to specialist equipment provided by Bath College’s Art and Design department, rated Outstanding by Ofsted.
Love2learn Co-ordinator Anna Dawson said: “The Art and Design studios are really fantastic and well equipped for courses like printmaking, ceramics, sculpture and fashion.
“People enjoy trying something new and it’s a social activity. People start learning a language, and quite often they come back because they enjoy the group conversation. I know that the Italian classes go out for dinner and our History of Art group have been meeting too.
“Some people have been coming to our Love2learn courses for years. Our tutors are passionate about their subjects and this benefits the learner, they pass on their enthusiasm and knowledge to their students.”
If your dream is to study at university, an Access to High Education Course can help you achieve your ambition and get you the right qualifications to secure a university place.
Most students study at college for three days, choosing to specialise in health and social care, education, science, the humanities or social science.
Bath College’s Adult Community Learning courses are open to adults over 19 and take place in public venues across Bath and North East Somerset.
Students can take part in practical hands-on activities, such as art workshops and animal care sessions, as well as sessions put together to get them ready for employment.
Anna Wheeler, Community Engagement Officer at Bath College, said: “Adult Community Learning is designed to help people of different ages and backgrounds gain new skills and boost confidence.
“Many of our learners have not been in an educational setting for a long time or found school difficult.
“Our courses are often run with other community partners and will give people the chance to meet others, develop existing skills or gain new ones to improve their wellbeing, find work, or better support their family.
“The most important thing for us is supporting all of our learners to move forward – whether it is giving people the ability to cook a meal, boosting their maths and English skills or improving employment prospects.
“We listen to our partners and potential learners to put on courses which they feel are needed in venues they find easy to access.”