About us Who We Are Who we are Learning to Create a Better World Fircroft is an adult education college (19+) situated in Selly Oak, Birmingham, close to the city centre and easily accessible by train, bus and road. The college was established in 1909 when George Cadbury Jnr. transformed his family home into a place of learning for his workers, encouraging them to increase their knowledge and skills to help them to meet their potential and pass their learning on to their colleagues. As well as being situated in a historic manor house, the college is surrounded by 6 acres of landscaped grounds. The principles of social justice run through everything we do, part of the legacy of George Cadbury Jnr.'s family. We are inclusive and value diversity in all its forms. We have a sustainability strategy which we constantly review and our regular Politics cafes went online for staff, students and members of the public from March to December 2020, with local guest speakers such as Jess Phillips MP and Prof. Scott Lucas of the University of Birmingham, to discuss the hard hitting issues that have been magnified since the pandemic started such as the increase in domestic violence, racism and the George Floyd murder, and the US election. These are just some of our social justice activities that contribute to providing learning to create a better world. Today Fircroft is a vibrant college welcoming students from across the West Midlands and the rest of England. The college offers a wide range of short and longer courses that include personal and professional development, courses for those in work and those seeking work, social justice and functional skills. From 12th April 2021 onwards, we have a packed residential short course and longer course programme planned, depending on government COVID-19 guidelines at the time. Most courses will have an online element and the college is experienced in offering remote delivery and support. Information about all of our residential courses planned from 12th April 2021 onwards, is on our website under Find Courses. Staying as a resident allows students to ‘get away from it all’ and focus on learning and achieving, away from everyday home and work pressures and gives students access to extra support along with the “head-space” and time to focus on their studies. The college is COVID-secure. Please look at our website for more information about the health and safety measures that are in place. The college is known for its kind and caring environment and can offer some extra support to students who may find learning challenging and are perhaps going through a period of change in their lives. Students may be eligible for fully funded or subsidised courses which means courses could be free or at a very reduced rate for the whole course including accommodation and meals.