At Strode adults can also study for a qualification, including academic qualifications such as a GCSE or A Level, and vocational, work-related qualifications such as Diplomas. We also offer Higher Education qualifications. All of our qualifications are accredited by leading professional bodies or nationally recognised awarding organisations. Our higher level Degrees and Foundation Degrees are accredited by Plymouth University.

English and Maths

We teach GCSE English and Maths and we also offer Functional Skills qualifications for adults who want to develop the skills they need for everyday life, such as reading, writing and maths. These qualifications can also boost your CV or help you move on to further study. We also offer English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). Find these courses in the course search.

A Levels and vocational qualifications

In addition to the courses for adults listed you can apply to study the courses we provide for school leavers aged 16-18, but you will need to contact our Admissions team to discuss the possibility of joining these courses.

We deliver the widest range of A Levels in Somerset and over 30 vocational qualifications. You can find more information about these courses in the school leavers section of this website or in our prospectus for school leavers.

Higher Education 

Adults can also study a range of university level programmes and higher level professional qualifications at Strode. These include a BA (Hons) Degree, Foundation Degrees, Higher National Diplomas (HND), Higher National Certificates (HNC), a range of higher level professional qualifications and Higher Apprenticeships. We also offer pre-degree courses for those who would like to study at a higher level in the future, but have not gained the relevant qualifications.

Course levels

All qualification-based courses are categorised into levels; they progress from Entry Level to Level 6. When you apply to join a course we will discuss your prior qualifications and their level to make sure you are eligible for the course you have chosen and we will also check what fees you will need to pay. Find out more about course levels. 

Working with Business

We also offer a range of adult training and support for businesses.


We deliver a wide range of Apprenticeship training for young adults aged 19-24 as well as Apprenticeships for 16-18 year olds.