Adult Courses and Learning

Community colleges, universities and other providers offer adult education courses.

Find courses in Essex:

ACL Essex

ACL Essex offers a range of evening and day time courses for adults. These include:

  • free English and maths classes
  • GCSEs
  • professional qualifications
  • courses for people with learning disabilities

Contact ACL on 0345 603 7635 (Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.00pm) or email


Search UCAS for courses throughout the UK.

Distance learning

Distance learning is a way to learn online, so you don’t have to attend a college or university.

ICS Learn offers a range of online training and qualifications.

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

Funding for courses

Students with a disability or health problem who are studying on 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 the courses they provide. GOV.UK has more about disability rights for education.