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The courses we offer

At Hugh Baird College, there is a wide range of programmes and subjects for you to choose from that will prepare you for employment and/or university.

The courses we offer give you more than just the skills you need. We build you an individualised study programme that gives you the chance to gain work experience and enables you to develop attitudes and qualities that are valued by employers in the Liverpool City Region and beyond.

We will also work with you on subjects like maths and English. This means that, when you leave us, you’re ready for higher level qualifications or to enter the world of work.

Work Related Courses

Work related courses allow you to develop practical, work based skills and often include work experience, placements and workshop based teaching.

Employers really value the skills you develop on these courses, so they are great if you want to move into employment. It is also worth remembering that the Level 3 courses are the equivalent to three A Levels and are accepted by universities.

Study Programme

The Study Programme has been developed by the Government for all 16-18 year olds as a new way to learn and to achieve the best you can in your future career or studies. Your programme will include:

  • A substantial qualification or a programme that will quickly get you ready for work or a Level 2 qualification
  • English and maths
  • Other non-qualification activity, for example tutorial time, study skills, further qualifications, and help to apply for jobs and courses.

14-16 College:
Full time College courses for 14 year olds!

That’s right, you could leave school and join us full time at 14. You will still study GCSEs in core subjects, but alongside you will get the chance to study hands on, work related courses that will give you a head start in your chosen career. View our 14-16 College pages for more information.

Access to Higher Education (HE)

Access to HE diplomas are a well established set of qualifications designed for people who do not have the grades to enter a university level course, but do have life experience and a willingness to learn.

The courses are designed for mature learners (19+) and enable us to put together a programme of study which best suits your needs.

The courses prepare you for a wide range of studies at university. They build confidence and ability in maths and English, I.T, research and study skills alongside the chosen subject. View our Access to Higher Education page for more information.

Hugh Baird University Centre:
Foundation Degrees and Top Up Degrees

Foundation Degrees are degree level qualifications that mix study with work-related learning. These courses are designed with employers, so you can be certain that you’re gaining the skills your chosen industry needs. Once you have completed your Foundation Degree, you can ‘Top up’ to full honours level by completing another year of study.

We are growing our Foundation Degree and Top up Degree offerings all the time. View our University Centre pages for more information.


You can find out more about Apprenticeships, here.

Developing your Maths and English skills – it’s important!

Universities and employers are now looking at GCSE grades in maths and English as a way to differentiate between applicants. We are committed to improving the maths and English skills of all of our students. Therefore all our courses include weekly sessions in these areas.


If you are unsure of your next step, or you just want to discuss the options available to you, call The Pod on 0151 353 4444 and ask to speak to a Retention and Progression Co-ordinator.