In November 2019 Fircroft College piloted a FREE 10 week Free Thinking adult residential programme (weekends only) for survivors of trauma, modern slavery and trafficking, providing a safe place to learn, grow and progress.  The programme was so successful we are delivering another one in May 2020.  Take a look at the video below to find out what our students thought of the programme.  Picture shows Mel Lenehan, Principal and Chief Executive Officer, Fircroft College, with Regina, a Free Thinking student.  The Free Thinking programme is funded by the West Midlands Combined Authority.






Getting back into mainstream education and employment after suffering from trauma, torture or trafficking can feel unachievable. But learning and working in the right environment are good ways for refugees and asylum seekers to escape depression and rebuild their lives. 

For more information about this course please contact the Admissions team on 0121 472 0116 or email [email protected]

This course has been postponed.

We offer:

  • An immersive residential learning experience
  • Student support; we aim to make people feel valued and offer opportunities for practical learning
  • Experienced support staff to provide pastoral care
  • Peer support from smaller classroom sizes to improve outcomes and build on social capital
  • Opportunities for integration as we're a mainstream college with a diverse student body
  • Information, Advice and Guidance on identifying strengths, career aspirations and skills

Our commitment to our community is simple - we believe that learning changes lives.

The programme includes:

  • Personal and Social Development
  • Employment Rights
  • Functional Maths, English and IT Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Teamwork
  • Presentation and Communication Skills

Who can study with us?

Learners will need to be eligible under Adult Education funding rules, have refugee status, leave to remain or have been in the country for more than 6 months as an asylum seeker.

Read more about our student's journeys after completing this course here.

Further details and application forms can be obtained by contacting Lee Goodway via Admis[email protected] or 0121 472 0116.