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Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Find an adult learning course

Want to learn new skills but wondering which course to go for? Get ideas from the National Careers Service course search - or a careers adviser can provide free guidance. There's a course to fit in with your life, whatever your circumstances - learn full time or part time, for just a few hours or over several years.

Choosing the right course

Find a course

Search through 150,000 courses

There are almost a million courses available in the UK, so there's bound to be one to suit your needs. Many courses are aimed at complete beginners and have no entry requirements - other than a willingness to learn.

Doing a course can boost your chances of getting on at work, or finding a new job. Many courses also lead to a qualification, which can prove to an employer that you've gained knowledge and developed certain skills.

Search for a course near you

Use the National Careers Service course search to find details of courses closest to your home or work.

Courses for young people and higher education courses

The National Careers Service course search covers a huge range of courses. But check out other, more specialised sources of information if you're interested in:

  • courses for young people
  • university and higher education courses
  • postgraduate courses

Get advice on adult learning courses

Decided you want to take a course, but need some help finding the one that's right for you? There's plenty of advice available.

Free careers and skills advice

Get free careers and skills advice from the National Careers Service. You can get help online, over the phone or by email - or ask to meet an adviser face to face near where you live.

National Careers Service advisers are professionally qualified and provide individual advice to help you make the right choices about learning and work.

  • National Careers Service: 0800 100 900

Fitting your learning around your life

It's never been easier to find a type of learning that fits around your other commitments.

You can choose whether you want to learn in the day or evening, part-time or full-time, and how long your course lasts - whether it's for a few hours or over several years.

Learning outside the classroom

These days, getting into learning needn't mean sitting in a classroom - you could learn at your local library, through volunteering in your local community - or in front of your computer.

Learning at work

Learning at work is another great way to fit learning into your life, and could help improve your career prospects.

Help getting into learning

Do you qualify for financial help?

You may be able to get financial help towards the costs of your learning, and related costs like travel and childcare.

If you have special needs

If you are disabled or have learning difficulties, a Learning Support Advisor or other member of staff will be able to give you advice on support available.

Finding childcare

If you'd like to learn but have young children at home, try using the Directgov schools, childcare and nurseries finder to find childcare near you.

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