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Adult learning

Investing some time in learning can help you increase your job prospects and confidence, no matter your age, experience or personal situation.

Image: In an adult classroom setting where a trainer teaches a group of people.

It might be that you want to find apprenticeships or work, progress in your career, need help retraining due to recent sight loss, or maybe you just want to learn for your own enjoyment. Whatever your situation, there are many qualifications and skills to choose from that can help you prepare for the future.

What to learn

There is a wide choice of courses available to you, from basic skills in maths, English and computing, to higher education qualifications such as degrees. Some courses are work-related, whilst others can be undertaken simply for the pleasure of learning. Some courses could be academic work in a college, others could be practical in the workplace.

Where to learn

It is important that you choose the learning environment that suits you. You could learn in a local college or university, a specialist school, a library or community centre, a workplace, or you can even learn in your own home.

Funding your learning

Each UK country funds adult learners in its own way. Please follow the relevant link below to find out more about options for where you live:

For those studying degree-level courses, Disabled Students' Allowance may also be available to help you with your course.

Specialist support

All education providers have a responsibility under the Equality Act 2010 to adapt their courses, making them equally accessible to all learners. Your education establishment may be able to help out in a number of ways, including:

  • Adapted learning materials
  • Learning support assistance
  • Assistive technology
  • Extra time for assignments and exams
  • Helping you to create the right working environment

Please talk to your potential education provider to find out more.

Further support

Our team of regionally based Children, Young People and Family Support Officers are here to help. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, you are having difficulty accessing support, or you’d like to talk further about any of the above, then please get in touch with us by emailing [email protected] or calling us on 0303 123 9999.