Adult and community education

Adult and community education 

Is adult and community education different from learning at school or college?

You will find many of the same types of courses on offer but there are also other less formal courses available.

  • Courses and subjects available at adult or community centres are often aimed at people who have not studied for some time. This type of study is a good if you need to get back into learning after a break.
  • There will often be courses at very basic levels so you can get started on something simple and work your way up to a more challenging course. Some adult learning centres also run ‘Returning to learning’ courses to help you with study skills and getting back into the swing of learning.
  • You can often access support and courses in reading and maths at adult and community centres.
  • Courses often run in the evenings and centres are often based out in the community. There’s a good chance that you have an adult learning centre in your area.
  • Centres offer formal courses such as GCSEs, Computer diplomas alongside courses linked to hobbies and interests. You can find courses and clubs on topics such as art, archaeology, embroidery and Arabic.
  • You are likely to meet people from a very wide range of backgrounds from young mums to retired people.


What is available in my area?

Your local authority web site will have a list of all the courses on offer.

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