Fircroft College in Selly Oak is celebrating an outstanding year with Access students going on to achieve a 95% success rate and national awards.

Fircroft College are celebrating another successful year following a 95% success rate for students, with the national average sitting at 65%. Alumni have also gone on to win national awards such as the Helena Kennedy award and Open College Network West Midlands Access to HE Learner Awards.

Academic year 2017/2018 was an outstanding year for the residential college as Access to Higher Education students as 100% of students went on to university and 95% went on to their University of choice.

The Access to HE course not only highlights the successes of the students, but also the progression and impact made by the students during their 9 month term on the programme. Students and alumni have gone on to celebrate wider success, with national awards, university placements and paid employment. Many of the students of Fircroft have come from recovery services, mental health services, supported housing and employment services. The college’s ongoing social justice aims are providing students from complex backgrounds a stepping stone to higher education, with long-term educational and employment goals being the primary aim.

Mel Lenehan, Principal and CEO of Fircroft states:

‘Our Access to HE programme provides an important pathway to University that for many of our students would otherwise be unachievable. The supportive, small residential environment the College provides contributes immensely to our fantastic results.’

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About Fircroft

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


The College runs almost 200 short courses throughout the year, many of which are FREE for eligible learners, as well as a full-time Access to Higher Education Diploma and higher level professional development qualifications. Fircroft can also build and deliver bespoke training aimed at meeting the needs of employers and other local partners.


Founded in 1909 by George Cadbury Jr, grandson of Cadbury’s co-founder John, Fircroft College of Adult Education is based in his former family home, a beautiful Edwardian building set in six acres of gardens.

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