Fircroft College of Adult Education aims to help you learn new skills, achieve your goals and transform your life in a friendly and supportive environment.

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 courses for work and volunteering.

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.

The college was originally created to provide educational opportunities for some of the most disadvantaged and excluded members of society.  One hundred years on from the birth of Fircroft College, its mission of ‘social justice’ is more relevant than ever.

Fircroft is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion which is reflected in our vision and values.  Our newly developed vision ‘Learning to create a better world’ informs the ways in which we work and the impact on the lives of Fircroft staff and students.

We deliver transformative education which changes lives. Our model of residential education and support delivers very successful outcomes for our students. We put students at the heart of everything we do and are very pleased that Ofsted recognised this in our latest Inspection report which confirms that we remain a 'Good' provider.


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