Free Thinking – a course for new communities

3 days and 2 nights each week Friday - Sunday

Friday 19th January - Sunday 24th March 2024


Friday 3rd May - Sunday 7th July 2024



This course could be FREE to you. Take a look at our fees page here


This course is from Entry-Level 2 and above

This very popular course is a regular at the college and is one of the reasons we have College of Sanctuary status, given to us by City of Sanctuary in 2021.  

Take a look at the video below to find out how Regina and other students have benefited from our Free Thinking course:

Video featuring our Free Thinking students and staff

The programme includes:

  • Sharing stories in a safe and supportive environment
  • ESOL – taught separately and embedded in many of the lessons
  • Employability skills and advice
  • Your rights and responsibilities
  • Wellbeing and confidence building skills
  • IT and presentation skills development
  • Team building and problem solving skills

We offer:

  • An immersive residential learning experience with clear opportunities for practical learning and experienced support staff to provide pastoral care
  • Peer support from smaller classroom sizes to improve outcomes and build on social capital
  • Opportunities for integration at your own pace as we’re a mainstream college with a diverse student body
  • Information, advice and guidance on identifying strengths, career aspirations, skills and abilities

Entry Requirements

  • You need to have refugee status, leave to remain or have been in the country for more than 6 months as an asylum seeker.   
  • You will also need to be eligible under funding rules. 
  • You will need to be able to stay at the college 2 nights and study at the college for 3 days each week
  • This course is funded by the West Midlands Combined Authority and is available to people living within the West Midlands county including Birmingham. 

Other entry requirements apply – please contact our Admissions team on 0121 472 0116 or email, to find out more.


You can move on to our other courses where your learning level has been assessed accordingly.

Take a look at where our Free Thinker, Ginger May, is now after attending our Free Thinking course in 2021 here