Courses and learning
Get skills and qualifications or just learn something new!
Finding the right course for you
Use the course search box to find out about learning of all types in your area. If you cannot find what you are looking for you can always contact an adviser for a chat.
If you don’t know what course you want to do and you want some inspiration try browsing through the course subjects.
Need advice on choosing the right course for you?
The National Careers Service can advise you on choosing a course. If you need help deciding which course might be right for you, simply visit the Contact us page to find out how to get in touch with an adviser.
Whether you're looking for your first job or looking for a change of career, it pays to give some time and thought to where you are now and where you want to be. Once you've done this, you can choose the course that will get you there.
Use our Skills Health Check Tools to find out what your strengths are and which areas you might need to work on.
Learning can help you to go places, whatever your situation or stage of life. We’ve got help and advice for you, whether you want to return to learning after having children, study from home whilst working, brush up on your reading and writing, or do a leisure course.
Learning’s not just about sitting in a classroom – there are many different ways to learn that might suit you more. You could train for a job by doing an Apprenticeship, earning while you’re learning. Or you could take advantage of the training opportunities in your workplace. We’ve also got advice on how to improve other important life skills, such as learning English and computer skills. And don’t miss our pages on how to build your confidence, where you can find out how thinking and acting positively can help you get the most out of life.
When you’ve decided on a course, make sure you check out your funding options in detail. Whether you get help with course fees and living costs usually depends on your personal circumstances and the course you’re doing. You might qualify for a grant or bursary that you don’t have to pay back. There are also loans for work-related learning and for higher education. Some courses are free. In our funding pages there’s lots of information about the different funding schemes. There are also some handy funding searches, so you can see what’s available to people in your situation.
Not sure what level you're at?
If you’re not sure what level you’re at, or what course is right for you, make sure you’ve used all of our Career Tools. They will help and guide you through to your next step.
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Our Skills Health Check, Action Plans and Job Profiles have been designed by experts in their field to give you the best possible start.
How can the National Careers Service help me?
Our advisers can help you identify your skills and areas for development. To find out more, go to the Contact us page and get in touch.