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FREE upcoming courses for 19+

With 2023 just around the corner, it's a great time to set new goals and embrace new opportunities. With a B&FC course that's either free or has no upfront fees and could take just a few weeks to complete, you could soon have a whole host of new skills to boost your employability.

How to Apply and Enrol

If you've already chosen your course and want to know the next steps, please scroll down to the information below the course list. You'll find details of how to make an application and also everything you need to do to enrol on your course.

Free or Funding Available

Studying towards your dream career has never been more affordable. With free courses available in sectors as diverse as hair and beauty and social care, there's plenty of opportunity to upskill to revive your existing career or reskill to set off in an entirely new career direction.

Find out about our great financial support here or contact our Course Enquiries team on 01253 504343

Designed to fit around you

We offer a safe, supportive learning environment with courses that often only require 1 or 2 days attendance, leaving you plenty of time for work and family commitments.

Course List

Business and Enterprise

Business Administration (Steps to Employment) - Level 2 24/04/2023 Daytime Mon/Tue BC 5 Week


Tiling - Level 2 22/03/2023 Evening Wed KC 10 Week
Plastering - Level 2 22/03/2023 Evening Wed KC 10 Week
Introduction to Construction Environment (Bricklaying) - Level 1 29/03/2023 Evening Wed BC 5 Week
Trowel Operations (Brickwork) - Level 2 29/03/2023 Evening Wed BC 5 Week
Introduction to Construction Environment (Carpentry and Joinery) - Level 1 29/03/2023 Evening Wed BC 10 Week
Carpentry and Joinery Operations - Level 2 29/03/2023 Evening Wed BC 10 Week
Painting and Decorating Operations - Level 2 29/03/2023 Evening Wed BC 5 Week
Painting and Decorating - Level 1 (Evening) 29/03/2023 Evening Wed BC 5 Week


Digital Promotion for Business - Level 2 11/05/2023 Evening Thu UC 6 Week
Principles of Cyber Security - Level 2 10/05/2023 Evening Wed BC 6 Week

Hair, Beauty and Related Therapies

Threading Depilation - Level 2 20/03/2023 Daytime Mon BC 3 Week
Facial and Head Massage with Skincare - Level 2 24/03/2023 Daytime Fri BC 9 Week
Facial Massage and Skincare - Level 2 24/03/2023 Daytime Fri BC 6 Week
Threading Depilation - Level 2 19/05/2023 Daytime Fri BC 2 Week
Head Massage - Level 2 12/05/2023 Daytime Fri BC 2 Week
Apply Skin Tanning Techniques - Level 2 14/06/2023 Daytime Wed BC 4 Hours

Health and Medical Professions

Alcohol Awareness - Level 1 24/03/2023 Daytime Fri BC 4 Hours
Awareness of Substance Misuse - Level 1 29/03/2023 Daytime Wed BH 4 Hours
Understanding Autism - Level 2 17/04/2023  TBC Mon BC 12 Week
Understanding Children and Young People's Mental Health - Level 2 18/04/2023 Daytime Tue BC 11 Week
An Introduction to Neuroscience in Early Years - Level 2 18/04/2023 Evening Tue BC 6 Week
Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences - Level 2 18/04/2023 Evening Tue BC 11 Week
Preparing for Health and Social Care Higher Education - Level 2 19/04/2023 Evening Thu BC 8 Week
Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties - Level 2 19/04/2023 Daytime Tue BC 12 Week
Falls Prevention Awareness - Level 2 20/04/2023 Daytime Thu BH 12 Week
Caring for Children - Level 1 20/04/2023 Daytime Fri BC 6 Week
Talent for Care 01/05/2023   By arrangement BH 5 Week
Well-being - Level 1 15/05/2023 Daytime Mon BC 10 Week
Falls Prevention Awareness - Level 2 06/06/2023 Evening Online    
Understanding Safeguarding and Prevent - Level 2 06/06/2023 Evening Tue BC 4 Week
Understanding Mental Health in the Early Years - Level 2 06/06/2023 Daytime Tue BC 6 Week
Preparing for Health and Social Care Higher Education - Level 2 07/06/2023 Evening Thu BC 8 Week
Understanding Dignity and Safeguarding - Level 2 08/06/2023 Daytime Thu BH 6 Week
Mental Health Awareness - Level 1 09/06/2023 Daytime Fri BC 4 Hours
Talent for Care 19/06/2023   By arrangement BH 5 Week
Awareness of Substance Misuse - Level 1 21/06/2023 Daytime Wednesday BH 4 Hours
Stress Awareness - Level 1 23/06/2023 Daytime Friday BC 4 Hours
Alcohol Awareness - Level 1 07/07/2023 Daytime Friday BC 4 Hours
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More on funding your course

Most Level 2 and 3 courses are either free or have no upfront fees to pay

If your course isn't free and you're aged 19 or over, you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan - with nothing to pay upfront and no repayments until you’re earning at least £27,295 a year.

We also offer financial support you don’t need to pay back.

Non-repayable financial support

Studying towards your dream career has never been more affordable – take a look at what you could be entitled to:

  • £60 monthly bursary payment to help with course-related costs*
  • Help with childcare costs*
  • Help with accommodation costs (if you need to move away to study)*
  • FREE 24/7 Blackpool Transport travel pass*
  • FREE circular bus service linking our Bispham Campus with Poulton-le-Fylde
  • FREE healthy breakfast
Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Want to earn and learn at the same time? If you have a clear idea of the career you want to pursue, an apprenticeship may be the ideal choice. Combine on-the-job training with study, gain a nationally recognised qualification and earn a wage, all at the same time. We offer a range of apprenticeships for all levels, from traineeships for those with little experience all the way through to higher and degree apprenticeships.

How to Apply

Applying is easy, just follow the simple steps below:
1. Click on the course you want to apply to
2. Hit the Apply button to complete a short form
3. Our Admissions team will get in touch to advise you of the next steps


For courses starting January 2023

If you have applied for a course starting after 6 January 2023, please attend our Open Event at Bispham Campus on 7 January any time between 10.30am and 2.30pm unless you have applied for a Creative or Performing Arts course, in which case you will need to go to the University Centre instead.  At the event you will be able to speak to our specialist tutors to ensure the course you have applied for is right for you. If you need further advice about your course or financial support, they can provide it here. Once you have completed this stage of the process, you will be guided to our Enrolment Team who will formally enrol you on the course.

If your course starts between 3 and 7 January 2023, you should receive a telephone call before the course starts from one of our specialist tutors to discuss your application and confirm your next steps.  If you haven’t received a call, don’t worry. Please come to the first class (find your start date and time here) and your enrolment will be completed then.

What do I need to bring to enrolment

  • evidence of all your qualifications
  • national insurance number (only required if you are receiving benefits and your course fees are being waived or you have been referred by Job Centre Plus)
  • Adult Learner Loan reference number (if your course is being funded via the Adult Learner Loan).
  • Student Loan Letter and form of ID (if studying for a degree level course)

If you choose to apply for the Adult Learner Loan at enrolment you will need to bring the following with you:  

  • Your National Insurance Number  
  • A valid passport  
  • Bank details

If your fees are being waived by the low wage initiative you will need to bring one of the following with you

  • Bank Statements
  • Wage slips
  • P60
  • Most recent tax return (if self-employed)

Chloe-Anne's got the force!

"The BTEC Level 3 Public Services course gives you a fantastic introduction to the British Army, and the ambulance, fire and police services. It's all assignment-based, so perfect if you're not a fan of exams. We got to go on a lot of trips, including a residential on an army base where we did lots of training. I'm so glad I chose B&FC. The teachers are really supportive and on the Public Services course you'll make friends for life. Public Services is a brilliant course that gets you ready for a really well paid job. If you like helping people and want the challenge of no two days being the same, then this course will get you on the way to a fulfilling, exciting, and inspiring career."
Chloe-Anne Cottam, who's now on a Professional Policing degree course
Chloe-Anne Cottam

Commercial Courses

As well as our adult courses aimed at boosting employability, we also have a range of commercial courses that are designed for employees of established businesses or for sole traders who are looking to maintain industry accreditations, expand their existing skill base or train in new industry  techniques.

To find out more about the range of commercial courses we offer, please check out our Non-funded Adult Commercial List below.

Non-funded adult commercial course list