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Organisation: Fircroft College of Adult Education

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Fircroft College of Adult Education

Fircroft College of Adult Education, a registered charity, was founded by George Cadbury Jr in 1909 with an underlying ethos of social justice. The College, based on Bristol Road in Selly Oak, offers learning opportunities to some of society’s most disadvantaged and excluded adults.

Fircroft welcomes over 1,500 adult learners a year from all over the West Midlands and beyond. Many of these learners have previously faced chronic exclusion from education through mental health and behavioural issues, being abused, drug or alcohol dependency issues, offending or homelessness.

Residency is a key part of the learning experience at Fircroft. Being away from the distractions of often chaotic lives, learners can immerse themselves in a dedicated learning environment with excellent care, guidance and support. Fircroft runs almost 200 short residential courses a year - most of these take place over three days so learners stay for two nights. Courses cover areas including English, Maths, ICT, Personal and Social Development, Gardening, Employability and Professional Development. The College also runs a full-time 30 week Access to Higher Education Diploma for adults wishing to progress onto university.

Adults who come to Fircroft often talk about its transformative effect. Some learners come to Fircroft looking to gain confidence and self-belief, for others their goal is the acquisition of skills and qualifications, leading onto employment and/or further learning.

Over a century since its inception, Fircroft College remains firmly committed to its mission of social justice and believes all adults deserve a fair opportunity to achieve their full potential.

Pathways Covered

Education, training and employment


One hundred years on from the birth of Fircroft College, its mission of ‘social justice’ is more relevant than ever. The College runs a number of residential short courses throughout the year, many of which are aimed at students with no or few prior formal qualifications, helping them to improve their skills and confidence, achieve personal and career goals and to reach their true potential. There is also a full time Access to Higher Education programme for students who wish to go on to University

What we do

Fircroft has a wealth of expertise in working closely with voluntary sector organisations to fulfil their purpose and mission. The College runs a number of courses and programmes tailored toward this sector, and is also able to design and deliver bespoke training on a residential or non-residential basis, either at Fircroft or elsewhere..

Where we do it

Fircroft is a residential college occupying a former Cadbury family home, set in six acres of beautiful grounds in Selly Oak, Birmingham. Being in residence means you can ‘get away from it all’ and focus on learning and achieving, away from everyday home and work pressures. 

The College runs over 150 short courses throughout the year, many of which are FREE for eligible learners, as well as a full-time Access to Higher Education Diploma. Fircroft can also build and deliver bespoke training aimed at meeting the needs of employers.

How to access

1018 Bristol Road
Selly Oak
B29 6LH

0121 472 0116