5 Reasons why you Should Study as an Adult

They say that every day is a school day – it’s never too late to learn something new.

There are many different reasons why somebody over the age of 19 might return to education, and with so many options available on your doorstop, why not consider it yourself?

At Canterbury College we value lifelong learning, so why not read on to find out the top five reasons to study with us as an adult.


It’s easy to make a change

It’s not too late to go in a different direction. If you want to change your career path, you may need new qualifications to get you started. Whether it’s a career in social care or early years education, you can find a course with the flexibility you need to make the change, whilst getting on with your busy life.

If you did not achieve the desired GCSE grades in the past, and you find out you need them to land the job of your dreams, you can look into an Intensive GCSE course. Whether it’s maths, English or science, you’ll be able to study in a flexible, mature environment to attain your qualifications.

We also offer Access to Higher Education courses, meaning that you may not have to take the standard route to get a degree.

Chris Stibbards, who studied an Access to Combined Sciences course with Canterbury College, decided to take charge of his future and returned to education at 28 years old.

He says: “If I hadn’t have applied for the Access course at the age of 28, it is unlikely I would have re-entered education and been on such a promising path. I went on to study biochemistry at the University of Kent and was awarded two scholarships thanks to the experiences I have in the time I was on the Access course at Canterbury College.”


You can get ahead in your career

Does it feel like you’re stuck in a rut, unable to move forward in your career? Maybe you know where you would like to be, but you don’t have the qualifications to get that promotion? Show you’re serious when you study one of our career-enhancing courses.

Studying one of our HR or management & leadership courses could open the door to your next step up. Learn to lead a successful team, manage budgets or how to build stakeholder relationships.

Having fun and getting creative

Education isn’t just about career advancement; it can open the door to new hobbies and interests, too.

Get creative with a range of art courses, from ceramics to stone carving. Whether you’re a complete beginner, or wanting to upskill in your hobby, these courses run at regular points throughout the year.

If cookery is more your thing, why not learn how to prepare a new dish? You can choose to specialise in Chinese cuisine, or dessert-making. Alternatively, you could become a master of either fish or meat cookery – the choice is yours.

These courses can be explored as a solo venture, or you could book with a group of friends, to enjoy a new hobby together.


Keeping on top of your trade

If your trade requires you to keep up to date with the latest knowledge, or to attend reassessment centres, Canterbury College can help you with that, too.

Check out our range of plumbing & gas reassessment packages and certificates. Whether you are just starting out on your qualification or topping up your knowledge, you will find just the thing you need over on our website.

Adding new skills to your repertoire

If you are already a business owner and you want to add more services to your list, why not consider taking a short course in the area that interests you.

Beauticians can add anything from lash lift and tint and tanning to a range of massage services to their repertoire. Most of the courses take place over one day, which makes them great value for money and flexible with your schedule.


From creative sessions to professional courses, explore our range of opportunities for adult learners here: canterburycollege.ac.uk/adults

Visit us at Open Day on Thursday 23 April, 4-7pm.


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