Gainsborough College Open Day - Every first Wednesday of the month
10:00AM - 3:00PM
There are currently no Open Days at Lincoln.
There are currently no Open Days at Newark.
Whether you want to improve your reading, writing and numeracy, study for technical industry qualifications, or do a university-level degree, we have something for everyone.
There are many different study options so you can choose to learn in a way that suits your lifestyle. You may study full or part-time at college, at work, in one of our community venues or in our Community Education Centre; our friendly and supportive tutors and courses that are tailored to your needs, returning to study does not need to be stressful.
It's never too late to get into Higher Education; we offer a range of Access to HE courses that give you a route into degree-level study.
We offer a wide range of apprenticeship options too, find out more and view our current vacancies.
If you’re worried about the costs, we will support you as much as we can. The financial help we can offer will depend on your personal circumstances but we can offer you advice on the range of financial support so please ask.
Not sure where to begin? Our Careers & Guidance Team can give you free and impartial advice about all the options available to you.
As an adult you can apply to study any of our technical training courses at any level to gain recognised qualifications. This means you have a huge range of study options from engineering and construction to the arts, media and performance.
You can study these courses on a part-time or full-time basis. Full-time generally means a time commitment of the-days-a-week and part-time generally means one-day a week (this can vary depending on the course).
Often you will be in a class with our younger learners, although some courses naturally attract more mature learners.
Our experience is that a blend of ages creates a richer learning experience in terms of the variety of perspectives and experience.
If you want to you can add to your technical training course by improving your Maths and English.
You can attend maths and English lessons, get specialist help at our Maths and English Hub and sit GCSEs in these subjects too.
It’s a real job, with hands-on experience, a salary and the chance to train while you work. You’re treated just like all the other employees, with a contract of employment and holiday leave.
When you're an apprentice:
Once you’ve successfully finished, you have plenty of choices. You could apply for another apprenticeship or find a career that uses your new skills.
Your salary will depend upon the industry, location and type of apprenticeship you choose.
The minimum wage for an apprentice is £3.90 per hour if you’re aged 16 to 18 - but many employers pay far more than this.
What will it cost me?
When you become an apprentice, you’ll need to cover the cost of your day-to-day expenses, such as lunch and travel.
If you’re a care leaver aged 16-24, you’ll receive a £1,000 bursary payment to support you in the first year of your apprenticeship.View apprenticeship vacancies
We work with more than 1,000 local employers across a wide range of industries to help them find the right apprentice for the job, could that be you?
An apprenticeship combines studying with on-the-job training; it provides the opportunity to develop practical skills, earn a wage and work towards nationally recognised qualifications.
As an apprentice you will work for a local firm and then either attend college to complete some technical training, or an assessor will visit you in the workplace to carry out the training with you there.View apprenticeship vacancies
The first step is to find the right apprenticeship for you.
An apprenticeship is a job and companies advertise apprenticeship vacancies in the same way they do with job vacancies.
You need to find one you're interested, apply, have an interview and then if you're successful, you can get started.
We advertise the apprenticeship vacancies of the companies we work with.View apprenticeship vacancies
Our short courses, which include our night school classes are a great way to explore an interest, get better at your hobbies, improve your basic skills for work, or get a taster of a possible new career.
We have an extensive range of courses that are affordable and allow you to improve your skills while working full time.
Some run in the evening, but there are daytime options on some courses too.Find out more
We have an extensive range of fully funded Level 2 online courses.
So you can gain recognised qualifications from the comfort of your own home.
This is a great way to enhance your skills for work, get back into employment, or up-skill for a promotion.
You can complete these qualifications at your won pace and you have access to a tutor for advice and guidance via email.Find out more
We deliver a huge range of short industry courses that enable employees and people who run their own businesses to get the accreditations they need need and to up-skill to add value to their businesses.
Our courses cover:
Most learners aged 19 and over, studying a level 3, 4, 5 or 6 Further Education qualification, may qualify for help toward fees through the Advanced Learner Loan scheme.
The Advanced Learner Loan is not means-tested and does not require a credit check.
It will help you cover the cost of tuition fees, and you won’t start paying it back until you have finished your qualification and are earning over £25,725 per year.
Eligible courses include A levels, Access to HE Diplomas and other Vocational Qualifications.
If you are undertaking an Access to Higher Education course and then go on to complete an HE qualification, the outstanding balance of your Advanced Learner Loan will be written off.
To be eligible for a loan you must be:
You may also qualify if you are:
Other eligibility rules may apply.
Before applying for an Advanced Learner Loan you will require a Learning and Funding Information Letter from the college.
If you have already applied to us and been made an offer you can expect to receive your letter from July onwards. Details of how to apply are explained in the letter.
It's important you consider your own circumstances and look into all options for paying for your course before choosing to take out a loan.
You can get impartial money advice from the Money Advice Service.
For more information about the Advanced Learner Loan click here or telephone a member of the Welfare Team on (01522) 876000.
The loans do not cover Degrees or other forms of designated Higher Education (HE). For more information on funding for HE see our HE Fees and Funding section.
Please note: You will be responsible for paying fees if a loan application is not approved.
We offer significant support to our adult learners; from help with finances to counseling and help with mental health issues.Find out more
Our college's amazing facilities offer great study resources, fantastic sporting facilities and plenty of opportunity to grab a coffee and a bite to eat.Find out more
Your might be looking for a course for yourself, but if you're an employer, take a look at how our training can add value to your business.Find out more