Public Services

Whether you’re interested in the Fire Service, Police or the Armed Forces, the courses we provide are designed to help you prepare for a rewarding career, learning from experienced service men and women who know what it takes to gain employment in the emergency, military and other related forces.

The highly qualified teaching team with many years of experience in the public service are perfectly placed to advise you in your career and know from experience what it takes to succeed. They know what the public services seek in potential recruits and work hard to help you prepare, both physically and mentally.

The qualification you work towards is only a small part of your learning; these are personal development courses that encourage and instil core values of reliability, responsibility, respect and resilience, key qualities that all employers look for that extend beyond the four walls of the classroom.

English & Maths

Whether you want to improve your skills to help manage your finances, communicate more effectively, gain a better understanding of current affairs, help your child with their homework, get a job or secure a promotion, Maths and English are the building blocks to a better life – studies show that higher levels of literacy and numeracy are linked to better health and a longer lifespan. These skills also have a positive impact on your mental health.

English and maths are essential skills that will help you through life so whatever your reason for choosing to boost your knowledge, there’s no better place to study English or maths than at Dudley College.

Access to HE

If you want to study for a university-level course but don’t have the necessary qualifications, then our Access to Higher Education (HE) courses could be a great choice for you!

Access courses are specifically designed for adults aged 19+ returning to education. We fully support and understand that people return to education for all kinds of reasons, which is why we have courses to suit a variety of needs.

At Dudley College, our Access to HE courses are a one year fast-track route to degree-level study and are tailored to specific careers like law or nursing, or cover broader areas including science, social sciences and business.

It is our goal to help you begin your journey to a new career and we do all we can to ensure that the transition to full-time education runs as smoothly for you as possible.

We create a relaxed environment for all our students, as we believe that this helps inspire learning. You will have the chance to join like-minded people on our Access courses, in a mature environment with supportive tutors.

On top of all this, when you do take the next step into higher education, we offer many degree-level qualifications right here at our College. So, this means that if you choose to stay at Dudley College, you’ll be learning in a supportive, familiar environment. However, if you decide to go to university instead, we’ll help you with your application.

There’s no need to worry if do not meet the entry criteria as we may be able to offer you a Pre-Access programme. This allows students to study GCSEs in English and Maths as well as a relevant subject qualification, which will prepare you for an Access to HE course.


If you’re aged 19-23 and it’s your first full Level 3 course, then you may not have to pay fees for an Access to HE Diploma. If not, or if you are 24+, you may be able to get help with the cost of your Access to HE course fees through a 19+ Advanced Learner Loan.

Art & Design

Covering a vast range of skills and talents, studying a higher level art and design qualification will help you turn your creative passion into a money-making career. Whether you want to be the next well known artist, a graphic designer working for a top brand, or you want to play a role in what the next Audi looks like, this subject will help you improve your talents and pursue your dream.

A qualification in art and design isn’t just about pencils and pictures, you’ll also learn all about the business and management side of the industry, which is vital to succeeding in a very competitive job market.

Animal Management

The animal care industry is worth over £1 billion to the UK economy, and boasts over 13,000 businesses, from pet shops and sanctuaries, to zoos and wildlife parks. There are 1,600 job openings per year in this sector and there is a further 6% growth expected over the next five years.

If you are a self-confessed ‘animal person’, advancing your skills to a higher level will set you apart from the rest and boost your career in the animal industry.  

You will learn from passionate and knowledgeable tutors in a dedicated animal management centre with links to Dudley Zoo and Brookswood Animal Sanctuary so you get to experience animals of all sizes!


Around 3 million people work in construction in the UK, making it one of the nation’s biggest and most diverse industries! This Construction HNC prepares you for further higher education qualifications such as a Bachelor’s degree, or a career in the construction industry. There are many changes happening in the construction industry that are creating more opportunities for construction students.

Previous students have gone on to work in areas including management of construction projects and construction design. You can also use your Construction HNC to get entry to higher-level professional construction courses in subjects such as: quantity surveying, construction management, building surveying, property management and architectural design.


If a career in sport and fitness is for you, you could make an impact on the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds. You will learn how to be an approachable and effective motivator; encouraging people to reach their fitness goals, creating personalised exercise programmes, giving advice on healthy living, and carrying out fitness assessments.

Become a great all-rounder and prepare for your career with a university-level sport coaching qualification at Dudley College.