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Adult Education

In the Reading area there are a number of settings that offer further skills and qualifications for adults. There are opportunities for further and higher education qualifications also practical skills.

New Directions – is Reading Borough Council’s Adult Learning Service. Not only does it provide a number of part time courses for adults they also run English language and maths improvement classes alongside supported learning. New Directions additionally delivers Employment Services through the National Careers Service which includes help with CV’s, courses, job search and much more…. See related service

Reading is fortunate to have both a college Reading College - Adult Learning and University which offers courses to adults in the local community at their London Road Campus run by Oxford University Department of Continuing Education ~ Oxford University

Reading Community Learning Centre (RCLC) runs courses specifically for women who are isolated in the community, offering a safe environment for women to learn new skills, a crèche is also available.  www.rclc.btck.co.uk

Children's Centres run courses at various times which include English language, maths, parenting, healthy eating etc. See children's Centres for more information related links

Learn Direct is a national scheme offering courses in English, Maths and IT; classes are available locally or online. www.learndirect.com

BBC Skillwise - this is a site which has practical literacy skills and common sense maths for adults.  www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise

Workers' Educational Association (WEA) - Run part time courses for adults throughout the UK. Find out what is available in the Reading area. www.wea.org.uk

University of the Third Age (U3A) - this is a unique organisation for people who are semi-retired or retired to learn together for the joy of learning and discovery, where they share their skills and knowledge. www.u3a.org.uk

The Open University encourages people to further their education various courses are available; many undergraduate courses do not have formal qualification requirements. "There is no typical OU student. People of all ages and backgrounds study with us, for all sorts of reasons – to update their skills, get a qualification, boost their career, change direction, prove themselves, keep mentally active. The OU is open to them all." www.open.ac.uk

Over 24 year olds can now apply for an " Advance Learning Loan" for more details visit the .gov.uk website. www.gov.uk/guidance/24-advanced-learning-loans-an-overview

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