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Adult learning and education


Find a course in Essex

ACL Essex offers a range of evening and day time courses for adults, including:

  • Apprenticeships
  • Free English and maths classes
  • GCSEs
  • Professional qualifications
  • Courses for people with learning disabilities

There are also a number of colleges and universities in Essex that offer courses. Visit Essex Local Offer for a full list of local education providers.

Visit UCAS to search for university courses, teacher training programmes, apprenticeships and courses for 16 to 18 year olds throughout the UK.

Distance learning

Distance learning is a way to learn new skills and complete courses online, so you don't have to attend a college or university.

ICS Learn offers a range of online training and qualifications to help develop skills and further your education.

The Open University offers short course, certificates and diplomas of higher education and degree courses.

Funding for courses

ACL Essex offers funding and course discounts - some people on benefits may be entitled to up to 50% off certain courses.

GOV.UK has information on financial support for further education courses.

Students with a disability or health problem who are studying an undergraduate or postgraduate course might be entitled to a Disabled Students' Allowances (GOV.UK).

Education for people with a disability or health condition

All education providers should make 'reasonable adjustments' to ensure that people with disabilities can access and fully participate in courses they provide.

Read more about disability rights for education (GOV.UK)

For providers that offer courses specifically to people with a disability or health condition, see:

Education for older people

University of the Third Age provides opportunities across the country for retired and semi-retired people to come together and learn together.

Age UK also offers information and advice on accessing education and training in later life.

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