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Whatever course you choose to study with us, applying is easy. Our friendly team are on-hand to help you every step of the way.

Welcome to Adult

Whether you are thinking about returning to education, changing your career, returning to work, developing your skills for your future career, or preparing for higher education and university, we have a range of flexible, adult part-time courses to suit you.

We understand it’s important to fit learning around your other priorities in life, so our courses have been put together with you in mind. We offer many courses, all delivered in small, friendly classes taught by experienced and knowledgeable tutors.

Our comprehensive courses range from pre-entry level through to GCSE, ESOL and certificates and diplomas, all of which can be studied at our conveniently located Community Hub or partner community centres in Grimsby, Cleethorpes and Immingham.

You can be sure that wherever you choose to study, you will have the support of our excellent team. Our dedicated and experienced tutors are passionate about what they do and pride themselves in getting our students where they need to be.

As a student with us, you can access a variety of support, including financial support, and many of our courses are free of charge. With supportive tutors, financial support, and courses to fit around you, there is no better time to begin your learning journey.

Don’t delay, get in touch, and apply today.


There are many options to study for free including:

  • Distance Learning Courses
  • English and Maths (free to those who do not currently hold a grade C/4 in these subjects)
  • ESOL.

All other courses are free if you meet the following criteria:

  • You are in receipt certain benefits such as Universal Credit
  • Your income is less than £20,319 per year.

Other discretionary funding may be available in exceptional circumstances.

You may also be eligible to apply for support with:

  • Childcare costs whilst you study
  • Travel
  • Books or resources you may need for your course.

Funding options are available for level 3 courses if you are self-funding:

  • If you are 19-23 you will be eligible for the course free of charge if it is your first full level 3 course
  • If you are 24+ you can apply for an advanced learner loan to cover the fees. You can find out more details by visiting
  • If this course is part of the Courses for Jobs offer (with additional eligibility criteria).

How to apply

Click below to find out how to apply to enrol on one of our Adult Learning courses.

Frequently Asked Questions

Our adult learning courses are for students aged 19 and over. We offer a wide range of courses with something for everyone. Please download our latest prospectus for more details.

Our functional skills classes are mixed-ability and no experience is required.

Our courses run year-round, and you can enrol at any time.

Evening classes are held at Franklin College Community Hub (an adult only area of the college) and daytime classes are available at centres across Grimsby, Immingham and Cleethorpes.

It depends on the course you are studying. Our Adult Learning Team can provide further details and will be happy to have a chat about your requirements.

English, Maths (GCSE and functional skills), ESOL and distance learning classes:

  • Are FREE to anyone that does not already have a GCSE at grade C/4 or above.

Level 1 and 2 Funding:

Some of our vocational courses with fees, you may still be eligible for them at no cost if:

  • If you work and your yearly income is below £20,319
  • If you are not employed and are in receipt of certain benefits

If neither of these apply but your household income is below £28000 you can apply to us to help pay your course fees. We can also help with childcare costs too!

Level 3 Funding

  • If you are 19 - 23 you will be eligible for the course free if it is your first full level 3 courses
  • If you are 24+ you can apply for an advanced learner loan to cover the fees, we’ll provide you with everything you need to know about this!