Learn new skills for your job, find a new hobby or learn for pleasure.
Adult learning courses and opportunities
Suffolk County Council offer Adult Learning funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency. This provision is delivered across Suffolk by the following providers:
- Realise Futures Learning and Development offer a wide range of opportunities for people wishing to gain a new skill, improve their English and maths and return to work, particularly those who are disadvantaged
- Construction Training Specialists CTS, Norwich
- Green Light Trust, Bury St Edmunds
- Inspire Suffolk
- Ipswich Community Media, Ipswich
- LockARTS, Suffolk
- Out Loud Music, Ipswich
- Sentinel Leisure Trust, Lowestoft
Local colleges, higher education and apprenticeships
- Suffolk University has a number of course available to all.
Higher education provision can also be found at the following centres:
Apprenticeships and traineeships are open to all age groups above 16 years old, whether you are just leaving school, have been working for years or are seeking to start a new career
National Careers Service Information on planning your career, CVs, job applications and finding a job
National Careers helpline for Teenagers
Grants and funding
- There are various grants and bursaries for adult learners. Usually, you don’t have to pay this money back. For most grants and bursaries you apply directly to the organisation that gives them out.
- Further education courses and funding information can be found on the Gov.uk website. Further education (FE) includes any study after secondary education that’s not part of higher education (that is, not taken as part of an undergraduate or graduate degree). Courses range from basic English and maths to Higher National Diplomas (HNDs).
- You can apply for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan to help with the costs of a course at a college or training provider if you’re 24 or older
Less formal and home education ideas
- Suffolk's Libraries Many of the bigger libraries have college and university prospectuses, guides to further and higher education and information on sources of funding. They all have computers where you can try computer taster sessions.
- Learn My Way courses are free and will help you get started using computers
- MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) are free online short courses offered by some of the world’s leading universities and other cultural institutions. Future Learn is also a good place to find out what is available
- Open University Study at all levels from general interest to a doctorate, in your own home and at your own pace.
Updated November 2018