About us Who We Are Who we are A safe haven for learning Fircroft is a unique place to learn, being one of only two adult residential colleges in England, 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, having been awarded College of Sanctuary status in February 2021. This accolade was given to us following our provision of wellbeing packs created and distributed to new communities through the valuable referral partners we work closely with, at the beginning of the COVID-19 lockdown; our extensive work with ESOL students including the Talk English project funded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) and our 10 week Free Thinking course for people with lived experience in new communities, that is extremely popular and runs frequently at the college. We have a sustainability strategy which we constantly review and have a deep concern for the global effects of climate change. We have a number of projects we are working on to raise awareness of environmental issues, make the college more sustainable and participate in related campaigns. Today Fircroft is a vibrant college welcoming students from across the West Midlands. The college offers a wide range of short and longer courses that include personal and social development, professional development, courses for those in work and those seeking work, social justice and functional skills. We offer short residential courses (3 days, 2 nights) and longer courses that include online and independent learning, as well as residential. All our courses can be found on the website and people can apply online or by contacting our Admissions team. We are pleased to be funded almost entirely by the West Midlands Combined Authority and this means we are able to focus on our local West Midlands population based in the areas of Birmingham, the Black Country, Solihull and Coventry. People from other areas of the West Midlands and England can apply for courses but may not be eligible. People can contact our Admissions team for more information. 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 support from tutors 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.