Buckinghamshire Adult Learning
Whatever your age or ability, it’s never too late to learn something new. Whether you're looking to gain new skills or fine-tune existing ones, there are plenty of courses and programmes available. This page features information on types of courses to choose from, where to find them and the benefits of adult learning.
You can check out the range of courses at www.adultlearningbc.ac.uk/
Help improve day to day literacy and numeracy skills. They are widely beneficial.
Cost: many are free if English is your first language, support could be available if English is not your first language.
Classes for people who do not speak English as their first language. ESOL classes are designed to help learners improve their ability to talk, listen, read and write in English and settle in the community.
Cost as at April 2019: from £3.75 to £10 (per hour) depending on your circumstances. A cost of £40 applies for examination fees.
Help you learn how to use computers for the first time or improve your knowledge of software and programmes if your already have a basic understanding. Courses include how to use: devices such as ipads (Tablets), the internet, and Microsoft office.
Costas as at April 2019: from £26 to £112
From foreign languages to hearing impairment Awareness, British Sign Language and Lip Reading. These courses run from complete beginner through to advanced. They are great for discovering different cultures and broadening your horizons. These types of courses can also boost your career options.
Cost as at April 2019: from £45 to £418
A teaching qualification that will prepare you to teach or train adults in adult and community learning, further education or the voluntary sector. These course can help you enter the teaching sector.
Cost as at April 2019: around £460
Courses designed to help parents understand how they can best support their children throughout their Early Years and School, while also developing their own skills at the same time. For more information about where are courses are run please look at your local children’s centre timetable or email email@example.com
These courses are designed for independent living, personal development and employment opportunities in a safe and supported environment. They help people to learn tasks, behaviours and duties that become part of our daily, weekly or monthly routine. Available for adults with learning difficulties and/or disabilities (ALDD) from Pre-Entry to Level 1.
Cost: for more information, phone the Course Co-ordinator Wendy Tilby on 01296 398957or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Opportunities and Career
Learning and improving your skills can help you to become more knowledgeable in an area, giving you a boost when it comes to employment opportunities and earning potential. An often overlooked aspect of learning is the possibility of discovering an area or direction to take that otherwise, you might not have considered.
Health and Wellbeing
Just like physical exercise helps our bodies to stay in shape, learning keeps the brain stimulated which can help our memory and thinking speed, and prevent conditions such as Alzheimer's disease and Dementia.
Confidence and Independence
When we learn we often feel good about ourselves and our self-appreciation improves, this gives us a confidence boost. By learning new skills we tend to rely on others less which can have a positive impact on how we are viewed by others.
Enjoyment and Meeting People
Learning something you are interested in doesn’t feel like learning at all. Meeting people through adult learning is a great way to make friends, as you are likely to share similar interests and goals with others on the course(s).
If you are over 19 years old and are currently unemployed there are a range of free courses on offer which can be accessed through your local Job Centre Plus (JCP) by speaking to your adviser. If you are claiming: Jobseekers Allowance, Employment Support Allowance, Income Support, or are the unwaged partner of someone claiming these benefits, then you may be able to attend the following courses:
What’s My Next Move?
Covers: job search skills, the application process and interview skills
Timescale: 3 hours a week over 6 weeks
Getting on Track
Covers: staying positive whilst out of work, challenges, self-doubt and building self-esteem while exploring different job opportunities.
Timescale: 3 hours a week over 2 weeks which
Returning to Earning
Covers: aimed at parents or anyone who has been out of the workplace for a while and wants to identify and tackle the barriers to returning to work such as qualifications, childcare and confidence
Free “Confidence Building” and “Stress Management” courses are available to anyone, even those who are employed and not claiming benefits. These courses run for 2 hours a week over 5 weeks.