Professional Qualifications

In addition to OutstanOperations Managerding Sixth Form provision, Richard Huish College offers a variety of learning options for adults (16 years+) who are looking to build on their skills and acquire new qualifications.

We can help employers create bespoke training programmes for their workforce and guide you on all aspects of your employees’ development. We can also update you on important legislation related to your employee’s training and any current issues that may be of interest to your business.

We can assist individuals in finding qualifications that they can either complete whilst in an existing position of employment or commence within a new career.

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We offer a variety of courses for adult professionals looking to study locally, either part time, full time or alongside their employment. Whether you are looking to start a new career or advance in your current role we offer development opportunities in a number of formats.

Qualifications include:

  • AAT & ACCA Accountancy qualifications (Apprenticeship & non-apprenticeship routes available).
  • ECDL Extra and Computer Skills short courses (based on Microsoft Programs).
  • Higher Level Apprenticeships in a number of fields.
  • Institute of Learning and Management (ILM) qualifications (Apprenticeship and non- apprenticeship route available).
  • Progression Routes into the Education sector (apprenticeship and non-apprenticeship options available).
  • Bespoke training programmes tailored to your business

CLICK HERE to view our Professional and Management Qualification Course List.
CLICK HERE to view our Apprenticeships.

There are plenty of reasons why students and employers continue to select us as their training provider.

Flexibility: We have a great range of courses, delivered in a variety of formats, many of our courses offer flexibility in studying so that you can work and gain employment experience at the same time. We also offer distance learning opportunities.

Finance: By choosing to study locally you will avoid travel and accommodation costs associated with studying away from home.

Graduates CelebratingSuccess: The quality of our taught courses is reflected in the exceptional success that we achieve across all areas of the curriculum. We pride ourselves on results that are consistently above national benchmarks and our reputation continues to grow as a provider of high quality education and training. We are ACCA’s only Gold Approved Learning partner in Somerset recognising the quality of the course we provide.

Community links: We have built up strong links with businesses in the local community to enhance your qualifications and establish work placements.

Staff: Our dedicated teaching staff are highly qualified in their fields with many years of experience. We are proud of the skilled team and the professional and supportive service offered to businesses and individuals, giving advice and guidance on the most appropriate training to match their needs.

Support: Our lessons are taught in small groups so you can access personalised attention, ask questions and build up a rapport with your tutor.Tutors are also available for support and problem solving on a drop-in basis.

Do you want to improve your understanding of Microsoft Programs and demonstrate to employers your computer competence, these short courses may be the ideal for you and can be completed in your own time.

We offer a range of short computer courses at an intermediate level, designed to improve your skills and build your confidence to work in an office environment; the courses are accredited, so if you have the knowledge but no certificate then gaining a qualification will prove your capability. The course material is based on Microsoft Office. ECDL Extra will develop your skills in a number of different programs or, if you are looking to improve your capabilities in a specific program, we offer a number of shorter courses.

View the ECDL Extra course page to find out more. 

The course is fantastically accessible and appropriate for all abilities and age ranges.


I found the course very helpful and practical to use. It is also very useful to be able to learn from home in spare time. Tutors extremely helpful and there is a good learning environment.


If you are looking to commence a career or are already employed in Accountancy then an AAT or ACCA qualification might be what you are searching for. These qualifications can be studied alongside employment or as part of an Apprenticeship.

We are ACCA’s only Gold Approved Learning partner in Somerset recognising the quality of the course we provide and our pass rates.

We also offer distance learning opportunities in our accountancy provision that is fully supported by our professionally qualified tutors who have many years of experience working in practice and industry.

The courses we offer include:

AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians): Aimed at people who wish to start their career in finance and a pathway to a chartered qualification. You can study for a Foundation Certificate (Level 2), Advanced Diploma (Level 3) or Professional Diploma (Level 4).

AAT Apprenticeships offer another route to gain an AAT qualification. View details of the Assistant Accountant and Professional Accounting Technician Apprenticeships.

ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants): A versatile qualification aimed at professionals in industry and practice alike.

Book-keeping: A stand-alone course in the basic principles of book-keeping aimed at anyone with little or no book-keeping knowledge – we offer this course annually in June/July.

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Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) qualifications can help you to develop the skills, knowledge and personal abilities you need if you are taking on your first team leading role or progressing to a higher level of management. You can complete your qualification through an apprenticeship or alongside your employment.

ILM offers industry-recognised leadership and management qualifications for all career levels. The way that ILM qualifications are designed means that you can fast-track your progression and ensure that training is targeted to meet your specific needs. All ILM’s qualifications are made up of small bite-sized units of learning on specific topics. ILM have designed their core leadership and management qualifications to be as flexible as possible. This means that trainers can customise qualifications to suit your needs by offering you a tailored combination of units.

What Level should I start on?
ILM qualifications start at Level 2 (ideal for Team Leaders) and go up to Level 5 (suited to Senior Managers). You should start at the level best suited to you, your job role and ambitions, view the ILM website to see where you should start or contact us for further advice.

Apprenticeship routes:
Team Leader/ Supervisor Apprenticeship
Leadership and Management (ILM)

Non Apprenticeship route:
Level 2 Team Leading
Level 3 Management
Level 4 Leadership and Management
Level 5 Leadership and Management

More information about ILM is available at or for more information and details of how to apply contact our Apprenticeship team on 01823 424603 or email

We run a number of courses and Apprenticeships for those looking to start a career in Education or Training. Like many of our Apprenticeships these courses run subject to demand, if you have a particular career interest contact us to find out how we can support you. 

Download our ‘Pathway to Teaching Brochure‘ or contact us for more information about Education and Training qualifications.

Huish runs a number of short courses that can assist employees working in Care, Health & Social Care and Business environments. These are listed in our course directory however contact us if you would like guidance. 

For the majority of these courses you must be 19 years + and have lived in the EU for 3 years. They are typically Level 2 qualifications.

Benefits of a short course qualification

  • Achieve a nationally recognised qualification and boost your CV
  • Evidence your competency to a wide variety of employers
  • Further your personal and professional development
  • Learn at a time that suits you without the need to attend College

Apprenticeships are by no means just for those starting their careers, whatever level you are currently at you can commence an Apprenticeship that will build upon your skills and earn you an accredited qualification.

At Huish you will find Apprenticeships of all levels and in a variety of job sectors, some of these can be started without prior qualifications, others will build upon your existing qualifications. Speak to our team to find the Apprenticeship to suit your individual needs.

Huish offers Apprenticeships in areas such as;

  • Accountancy
  • Business Administration
  • Childcare
  • Customer Service
  • Education and Training
  • Health Care (e.g. Maternity, 
  • Health and Social Care
  • IT
  • Management and Team Leading
  • Payroll
  • Traineeships

Click here to find out more information about Huish Apprenticeships.

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