Studying a further education course is an invaluable investment in your future!

As an adult student (aged 19+) at Runshaw College you can be assured of an outstanding educational experience.  We offer the unique combination of exceptional results, an inspiring atmosphere, excellent facilities and high quality courses recognised by employers and universities.

We are an outstanding college* committed to your success.  Our supportive staff are dedicated to ensuring your learning experience is truly enjoyable. You will be taught in an adult environment with access to outstanding teaching and learning, and professional support. Whatever your ambitions, we can help you realise your dreams!

*Ofsted inspection report.

Everything you want…

  • Excellent choice of courses
  • Outstanding teaching
  • Day and Evening courses available
  • Friendly, supportive staff
  • Welcoming, adult environment
  • Great facilities
  • Free parking

See the courses we offer below, or alternatively, download our course guide.

Subjects available at Runshaw include:

  • Access to Higher Education
  • Accounting (AAT accredited)
  • Counselling
  • Essential Digital Skills
  • English – GCSE and Functional Skills
  • CIPD Human Resources
  • Maths – GCSE and Functional Skills
  • Teaching Assistants

Whether you want to be the next big thing or just want to quietly enjoy the knowledge that you can tackle the household budget, we can help you realise your ambitions!

Free English & Maths Courses

Our ‘Functional Skills’ and GCSE English and Maths courses are FREE to anyone aged 19+ who does not already have a GCSE in English or Maths at Grade A*- C (Grade 9-4).

Click here for more information about our Free Functional Skills and GCSE courses.

Access to Higher Education (HE) Courses – Change your life in a year!

Access courses prepare you for university study and can be your passport to an entirely new career! They provide students aged 19+ with the skills and qualifications required for progression to degrees, foundation degrees and other higher level studies, including Runshaw College Degrees.

If you are aged 19 or over and thinking about studying a further education vocational, technical or professional course at Level 3, 4, 5 or 6, you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay your course fees. Don’t forget, if you choose to study an Access to Higher Education Level 3 Diploma and progress to/successfully complete a degree/higher education course, the balance of your Advanced Leaner Loan will be written off. This means your Access course could be free.

Qualifications Explained

Qualifications range in Level from ‘Entry’ through to ‘Level 8’ and successful completion of a qualification at one level, allows application to the next level.  The table below provides further details.

 Qualification Level Examples of Qualifications 
  • Awards, Certificates & Diplomas at Entry Level
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
    at Entry Level
  • GCSEs Grades D-G
  • BTEC Introductory Diplomas & Certificates
  • Awards, Certificates & Diplomas at Level 1
  • NVQs at Level 1
  • Functional Skills (English & Maths) at Level 1
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
    at Level 1
  • GCSEs Grades A*-C
  • BTEC National Certificates
  • Awards, Certificates & Diplomas at Level 2
  • NVQs at Level 2
  • Functional Skills (English & Maths) at Level 2
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
    at Level 2
  • A Levels
  • BTEC National Diplomas
  • Awards, Certificates & Diplomas at Level 3
  • NVQs at Level 3
  • BTEC Professional Diplomas, Certificates &
    Awards at Level 4
  • Higher National Certificates (HNCs)
  • Higher National Diplomas (HNDs)
  • Foundation Degrees
  • BTEC Professional Diplomas, Certificates & Awards at Level 5
  • Bachelors Degrees / Bachelors Degrees with honours
  • Graduate Certificates & Diplomas at Level 6
  • BTEC Advanced Professional Diplomas, Certificates & Awards at Level 6
  • Postgraduate Certificates & Diplomas
  • Doctoral Degrees

For a clearer picture of how our HE course progression works, here is our HE Progression chart


We are still open online to receive your application forms.

As college is closed due to the current Coronavirus outbreak, our staff are working remotely to process your application. Applying to Runshaw College is easy. You have 2 choices for applying:

  1. Complete this form and apply directly from this link (iOS and Android compatible)
  2. Or follow this link Adult Application form 2021 and save to your device and send via 

Our Admissions Team at are here to help if you need any advice. Current students and those interested in applying for an adult course this September can view our Frequently Asked Questions Page.

Please note: We are sorry but due to the ongoing  COVID-19  situation, we are no longer able to process any Postal Applications relating to Adult Courses. Applications can still however be made by emailing them to, or you can apply here through our online application form.

Below are our information videos on Access to HE and PGCE courses.

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