You may have to stay in education until you are 18, but that doesn’t mean you have to stay at school.

If you’re not quite ready for an apprenticeship, or would like to gain some more experience in your chosen industry, our full-time courses provide the perfect mix of classroom and hands-on learning in our state-of-the-art facilities, plus a work experience placement with a top local employer.

Our learners typically enjoy small class sizes, ongoing mentorship and bespoke structured learning plans devised by your industry expert trainer. Benefits include:

• Obtain a Level 1 / 2 qualification

• Combination of theory and practice

• Work placement with a top local employer

• Small class environment

• Support to progress onto an apprenticeship on completion

• Additional courses, such as First Aid and Health & Safety

• A travel allowance and free breakfast club

• NUS Card

Please see our full-time courses below.


Hairdressing and Barbering


The Care Industries

Adult Education Budget

Frequently Asked Questions

I just wanted to say the biggest thank you to Vanessa, my trainer. You have made my journey so much easier, I don’t know what I would have done without you. You have been amazing and helped me to achieve my qualification. You’ve guided me through every step of the way, I really appreciate it, Vanessa, you have been my rock.

Katie Shorland, Level 2 Hairdressing

I always struggled in school as I wasn’t very academic, so knew learning on the job would be a better option for me. I would find it difficult to get up for 9am but now I wake up and look forward to my day. I wanted to try a hair apprenticeship as I’ve always been interested in hairdressing, and by the end of the first week, I already loved it!

Jaimee Benson, Level 2 Hairdressing

I have developed a range of new skills through work including the technical, industry skills required for the job, to personal development such as ensuring I am always on time. The biggest change since leaving school is adjusting to the independence you gain from earning a salary. My advice to anyone thinking of doing an apprenticeship would be find what you like doing, and go for it!

Will Birch, Level 2 Bricklaying

Since starting the apprenticeship, I’ve become far more confident. In a classroom, you only interact with your classmates, but through working you develop your people skills as you interact with customers on a daily basis. At school, you are closely monitored and parented, however I am now more independent and feel grown up

Sam Collard, Level 2 Light Vehicle and Maintenance Repair

The most important thing I’ve learnt since leaving school is that there are other routes to success than just academia. I failed my GCSEs, as I never suited the school environment. Now though, I’m really enjoying my apprenticeship as I’ve discovered I learn more through hands-on practice.

Ben Freeman, Level 2 Carpentry

I would just like to thank you and your team for all the amazing work they do, you have provided me with the most invaluable experience which has helped to pave the way of my future. The work you do for young people is incredible!

Luke Kowalski, Teaching Assistant and former apprentice at Sir Robert Gefferys School