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Re-training & upskilling

Further education

If you are looking to update your existing skills, gain new skills or are considering a career change, then your local FE College will have the right course to help you.
If you’re not sure what to do or just need a hand to get you moving in the right direction, colleges have Advice and Guidance Teams that can help you make an informed choice about your way forward including:

  • Assessing your skills and identifying careers that could suit you
  • Information and advice about full-time and part-time courses
  • Planning your future career
  • Exploring your options
  • Job hunting - cv writing, interview skills

Some courses are free if you are unemployed, redundant or about to be made redundant or referred by Jobcentre Plus.
These range from:

  • Short Re-skilling Programmes designed to help jobseekers back into employment, including careers information and guidance and customised training.
  • Fast Track courses  - an ideal way to use a redundancy payment to re-train.
  • Adult Apprenticeships
  • Access to HE
  • Accredited Courses from entry to degree level
  • Professional Qualifications

For more information contact your local college:

City of Bath College

City of Bristol College

Filton College

Norton Radstock College

Weston College

Higher Education

Studying for a degree, postgraduate qualification or short professional development course can provide the opportunity to:

  • Start a new professional career
  • Build on your experience and qualifications with an additional professional award
  • Enhance your skills through a short course
  • Gain new knowledge and confidence

See the following links for the range of courses available at your local universities

University of the West of England -

University of Bristol -

University of Bath -

Bath Spa University -

Funding for Higher Education

There are a variety of funding sources for those interested in studying at a higher education level. Your access to various types of funding will depend on your course, the level and mode of study, your personal circumstances as well as other factors.

Key websites for information on funding for higher education include: and search on Student Finance for undergraduate funding for postgraduate funding

You should also be able to access advice on your personal circumstances in relation to a specific course from the institution providing that course.

Each university has an advisory service to help you, see links below.

University of the West of England -

University of Bristol -

University of Bath

Bath Spa University -

Guidance and Support for professionals and graduates

Check out the respective career service websites for the range of services on offer. Web information is often available on open access and through public adult guidance services such as Graduate Prospects

There are Workclubs, for unemployed professionals and graduates in both Bath and Bristol, run respectively by Bath Spa University and University of the West of England. Details of the nature of these services can be found by calling 0117 3282570 in Bristol or 01225 875525 in Bath
Contacts for the respective university careers services can be found below and many have open web resources that you can access, as well as personal services if you are a student or recent graduate of that institution:

Bath Spa University -                

University of Bath -

University of Bristol -

University of the West of England -