Thinking about an evening class or going back to college?
Need more qualifications for work advancement? Looking for something to give you a challenge, sense of achievement?
People go back to education for many reasons. They want new skills, better job opportunities, or just to meet new friends. Whatever the reason, all Adult Education Programmes are very flexible - usually with day, evening, weekend or after school sessions, short (full time) courses and holiday courses. They are designed for different needs - and the time learners can spare.
The Open University is the UK's largest university, with over 200,000 students. 22% of all part-time higher education students in the UK are OU and it is ranked amongst the top universities for quality of teaching. The OU's undergraduate level courses do not require any entry qualifications and over a third of people starting their courses have qualifications below usual university entry requirements. Despite this, around 70% of students successfully gain degrees each year. Nearly all OU students are part-time and about 70% remain in full-time employment throughout their studies.
Web site: The Open University
BBC Learning for Adults
This website has a wealth of info on how to improve your learning and study skills. With a step-by-step guide to Returning to Learning (it even rhymes) it gives you all the answers you're looking for plus advice and encouragement to start a journey that could change your life.
Web site: BBC Learning for Adults
National Institute of Adult Continuing Education
Most people just call it NICE! NIACE is the lead organisation for adult learning in England and Wales. It aims to "to promote the study and general advancement of adults' continuing education."
In fact NIACE works in all fields of UK education and training, including local authority-organised provision (which is usually free or has some financial support) plus universities and colleges who offer quite a lot to mature students. There is employment-led learning too, with employers, trade unions and the voluntary sector taking part.
NIACE..."has a particular concern for widening access to learning and tries to increase participation among groups currently under-represented in education and training." Which is all very, very nice.
Web site: NIACE
Way to learn has been developed by the Department of Education and Skills and partner organisations. It helps potential learners to make informed decisions about taking up learning. They believe it is never too late to return to learning and achieve personal goals. They promise to inspire, support and guide every step of the way! They help with courses to consider, how to gain funding and which learning style is best.
Web site: Waytolearn
The Career Guide
Does what it says on the link!! The career guide is a portal to all the sites you may need to make your career choices. The site is divided into two sections covering consumer and corporate areas so as to provide a good sign posting service.
Web site: The Career Guide
The Careers Scotland website is a site for anyone living and working in Scotland and wanting to discover their potential. It provides services, information and support to individuals of all ages and to employers wanting to recruit and maintain a productive workforce.
Web site: Careers Scotland
Learn direct Scotland can help you get into learning the pain free way - to help you decide what, where and how you want to learn. Whether you want to learn for work or for yourself Learn Direct Scotland have thousands of learning opportunities for you to choose from.
Web site: learndirect Scotland
The National Grid for Learning
The National Grid for Learning is a gateway to educational resources on the Internet. The NGfL provides a network of selected links to websites that offer high quality content and info. Whether you are learning, supporting, teaching or managing, there are resources on the NGfL for you.
Web site: The National Grid for Learning
All the information you need to get started on the road to University. The site has clear and concise answers to frequently asked questions together with a wealth of advice on subjects you might not necessarily consider. The site is not age specific and considers both the student and parental aspects too!
Web site: Aimhigher
Learning and Skills Council
The Learning and Skills Council exists to make England better skilled and more competitive. It has a single goal: to improve the skills of England’s young people and adults to ensure we have a workforce of world-class standard. The LSC is a non-departmental public body which began work in 2001, taking over the roles of the former Further Education Funding Council and Training and Enterprise Councils.
Web Site: Learning and Skills Council