Access to Higher Education
Explains these one and two year courses for adults which are accepted as A level equivalents for adults who wish to attend university.
Advanced Learner Loan
Loan available to help with the costs of a course at a college or training provider in England. Loan eligibility does not depend on income and there are no credit checks.
Features interactive activities and games to help sharpen adult basic numeracy and literacy skills.
The Big Plus
Scotland's national adult literacy and numeracy campaign; describes the scheme and how it works, with contacts and success stories.
Campaign for Learning
National charity which aims to create a passion for lifelong learning. Contains sections on family learning, school learning and workplace learning, with resources and details of the annual Family Learning Festival.
Centre for Research in Lifelong Learning
Joint initiative between Glasgow Caledonian University and the University of Stirling, carrying out research to inform policy and provision in the field of lifelong learning in the post-compulsory sector in Scotland and beyond.
Community Learning and Development Manager Scotland
Gives an introduction to what can be achieved through community learning and development work and information about the work of Community Learning and Development Managers Scotland, its members and its partners.
The Co-operative College
A non-traditional college dedicated to promoting co-operative values and principles within co-operatives, communities, and society; includes a profile and history, information about learning and initiatives, and contacts.
Offers training and education courses to further a career in various industries and subjects including full-time and part-time needs.
Educational Centres Association
Represents a wide range of providers of adult education and lifelong learning, particularly arts and crafts, and the cultural sector. Includes a profile, details of publications and events, and contacts.
Educational Guidance Service for Adults
An educational service providing assistance for adult learners in Northern Ireland. Find a course, guidance, essential skills, details of services and downloadable resources.
Festival of Learning
Highlight the benefits of learning, celebrates achievements of adults who have used learning to transform their lives, and encourages everyone to embrace lifelong learning.
Fircroft College of Adult Education
A residential college running a range of courses for students with no or few prior formal qualifications, including short courses and an Access to Higher Education programme. Includes a prospectus, details of support services, and contacts. Located in Selly Oak, Birmingham.
A residential college in Surbiton, Surrey, specialising in enabling women to develop transferable skills for work, study or self fulfilment. Includes details of courses, fees and news.
A Scottish Government scheme providing financial support for adult learners on low incomes; describes the scheme, with a listing of providers, course search, news and events, and how to apply.
Institute of Continuing Education
Cambridge University's adult education centre offers a wide range of subjects and courses, at venues in the east and south east and online, for personal and professional development; provides details of short courses, residential and summer schools, and award-bearing programmes.
Resources and advice for those who work or would like to work in the lifelong learning sector.
Kent Adult Education
Provides details and information for adults seeking further education in Kent along with details of the courses and how to sign up.
Learn to Hope
Social enterprise created for the benefit of the residents of Social and Affordable Housing providers.They retrain long-term unemployed residents, and their goal is to find full and part-time work for every resident who successfully completes the course.
Offers online business courses and impartial career advice.
Learning and Work Institute
An independent policy and research organisation dedicated to lifelong learning, full employment and inclusion.
Online learning portal from The Open University and the BBC with features, essays, multimedia and discussion groups that tie in with Open University programming.
An independent adult residential college based in Oxford specialising in opportunities for adults with few or no qualifications. Provides details of courses and facilities, and how to apply.
Ruth Hayman Trust
Provides small personal grants for the education of adults in the UK whose first language is not English.
Skills For Care
Provides practical tools and support to help adult social care organisations in England recruit, develop and lead their workforce.
Offers an extensive range of user contributed free adult literacy and numeracy resources, organised by subject and level.
Training and Courses
A directory of vocational training courses, navigable by subject, qualification or area.
U3A - The University Of The Third Age
A self-help organisation providing educational, creative and leisure opportunities for people no longer in full time employment; includes a guide, list of local U3As, advice on starting a group, and online courses.
Universities Association for Lifelong Learning (UALL)
Professional association representing and supporting the lifelong learning community within higher education. Includes a profile, information about their activities and events, contacts, and a list of university departments.
WEA (The Workers' Educational Association)
A voluntary adult education movement and leading provider of adult and community learning in the UK; provides a comprehensive guide to their courses, regional branches and centres, publications, and news.
Promotes life long learning for all; includes a directory of local centres and courses, national programmes, membership, contacts, and job vacancies.
Workforce Development Fund
A funding stream from the Department of Health disseminated by Skills for Care. It focuses on the achievement of qualification units and supports the ongoing professional development of staff across the adult social care sector.