Which Course Is For Me? – Age 19+

If you’ve hit a wall in your career and need a change, want to get even better at your current job, or would just like to improve on some of the little things, we can help you on the journey.

Taking an adult learning course with College of Suffolk can be just the stepping stone you need to help you advance your career, refocus your goals and develop the skills you need to succeed.

You’ll find there’s a huge range of options to study with us here. We’ve explained each type below, to help you understand the different qualifications for adults (19+) and decide which is right for you.

You don’t just need to search by courses either. Explore your passions and interests, and we’ll help you find the perfect option to achieve your goals.


Brush up on the basics

If you just need to get back to the basics and focus on your key skills before moving onto anything else, we can help you lay the foundations for your journey.

Whether it’s working on your key skills in maths or improving your English GCSE, our key skills certificates and entry-level courses are the ideal place to begin.


Exploring new career options

If you’re looking to change your job, you might want to train in a completely new industry and learn some brand new skills. All our vocational courses – like NVQs and BTECs – are related to the workplace and a specific career – so they’re a great place to start.

The level of qualification will vary between courses, and they typically take between one to two years to complete. Many of them are even suitable for complete beginners, so don’t worry if you’re making a complete change in your career path.


Advancing your current career

You might find that if you want to take your career to the next level, you’ll need some additional qualifications or subject-specific skills to climb the ladder. They’ll give you the confidence you need to succeed and grow in your chosen career, enhancing your CV and helping you to achieve promotions at work.

Our professional courses – which include diplomas, certificates and awards across a range of subjects – have all been developed in close association with employers in each sector, to ensure you’ll learn the most relevant information for your career. You can usually study alongside your current job too!


Developing new skills

When you want to indulge your curiosity, try something new or update your skills, a short course with us at College of Suffolk is a great way to get back into learning and benefit from some useful, relevant knowledge.

You’ll meet like-minded new people on these informal courses, many of which don’t even require you to sit any exams! Some are run over just a single day, whilst others are taken over a few weeks, so you can work them around your schedule.


Laying the foundation for university

Just because you don’t have formal qualifications like A levels doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have the chance or the opportunity to study a degree at university. Choose an Access to Higher Education Diploma, and you’ll be able to bridge the gap and continue studying at a higher level.

Foundation degrees are another great option to help you get back into studying if you’ve taken a break from education. You’ll study the subject you want that’s relevant to your career, and have the option to move onto university level courses at college as well!


Need some more advice?

If you’re still not sure about the different course types available for adult learners – or you want to be certain that a specific course is relevant for you and your goals – we’re here to help.

As long as you’re passionate about learning and want to advance your skills in one way or another, our expert team can give you all the help and guidance you need.