6 reasons to take a short course for adults


Classes don’t have to last for years to be worth it. Short courses are flexible, affordable and just as valuable. In fact, many of the courses offered to adults at New College Durham are free *.

If you are looking for a new hobby, want to brush up on your skills or try out a new career; or even just learn for fun! There is a mix of courses available at NCD. Courses range from a few weeks to several months, up to one-year diplomas. They usually take place one evening to fit your schedule.

Industry-focused college courses can help you improve your skills in your current role. Many courses are validated by renowned certification bodies and come with a certificate upon completion. Popular choices include computer-aided design, understanding autism, and workplace first aid.

People changing careers can choose from a range of courses that can help access construction trades, business, accounting, housing, counseling, health and social services, and more.

You can explore your creative side with NCD’s fun hobby and leisure classes that include photography, home decor, and baking and confectionery.

So why take an adult course? Here are the top six reasons why studying a short course may be the perfect way to make the most of your free time.

1. Turn your free time into productive time
A short hobby class could help you discover a new interest or learn more about your current passion. The right course might even help you turn your favorite hobby into an exciting new business.

2. Immerse yourself in a new career
If you dream of changing jobs but don’t have time to commit to years of study, a short course can give you the opportunity to explore a potential new career before you jump in.

3. Make your CV shine
Want your resume to stand out from the crowd? Learning something new shows employers that you can take initiative and want to stay on top of the latest trends in your industry.

4. Develop your social circle
Get together with like-minded people who have a common interest in your chosen topic and a shared desire to learn.

5. Skills improvement
Filling a gap in your skills or knowledge can help you get promoted or advance in your current role.

6. Start your apprenticeship
A short course could be the first step in your learning journey. If you’ve been out of education for a while, a short course can help you come back smoothly and give you the confidence to take it to the next level.

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If that inspired you to start learning, check out New College Durham’s wide selection of short courses for adults.

There is no need to worry about the costs as many short courses at New College are free *. Friendly college staff will let you know if you meet the eligibility criteria for free courses when you apply or register.

The courses start from January 2022. You can consult the complete list of courses or register on www.newdur.ac.uk. You can also contact the college by email [email protected] or by phone on 0191 375 4040.

* Depending on your situation

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