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 we hold monthly online Politics Cafes for staff, students and members of the public to discuss the hard hitting issues that have been magnified since the pandemic started.  These are just some of our social justice activities to 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.  Because of COVID-19, Fircroft is now providing a more flexible approach to learning and will be offering courses that are a mixture of online, residential and one day courses at the college during the Autumn term 2020.  Most courses will have an online element and the college is experienced in offering remote delivery and support, although it may also be offering some correspondence courses through the post for those who are not able to engage with online learning.  Information about courses running from September to December is on our website under Find Courses.

Over the summer of 2020, the college is delivered online courses while behind the scenes it was working hard to prepare for a return to the college site in September.  Although there may be fewer courses and some are online only, for staff and students who come to the college it is a safe and clean place to study, according to government COVID-19 health and safety guidelines.  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.

During the academic year 2020/2021, Fircroft is offering some residential 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.