Education and training



As an adult, it can be tough taking the first step back into education, especially if you struggle with a long-term health problem or disability, or if you're looking after someone else.

Learning something new can boost your self-esteem and help you meet new people. There are a number of different routes back into education specifically tailored to suit adult learners.

Gaining qualifications Click to get info

Going to college on a regular basis may not be practical for you, so long distance learning could be a good option. It means you can study in your own home and at your own pace. You’ll be given materials to work through and will have the support of online tutorials and forums.

Adult education courses Click to get info

You could try one of a wide range of adult education classes run by Waltham Forest Adult Learning Service.

Courses range from one day 'taster' sessions to 36 week courses. Classes are held at different times of the day or evening and most are open to all adults. 

Education for pleasure Click to get info

Furthering your education and doing a new course doesn’t just have to be about gaining a qualification or increasing your job prospects. Maybe you just want to learn a skill, develop a new hobby, get out a bit more, or meet new people.

This could be at a local college, our adult learning service or an other providers 

Paying for your course Click to get info

Most courses will charge fees. For further education you may not have to pay fees if you receive Employment and Support Allowance and are in the 'work-related activity' group.

For access to higher education diplomas, there are loans available to people over 24 years old. These are called 24+ Advance Learning Loans.

Talk to your local college for further advice about funding a course you’re interested in.

Just because someone has a learning disability doesn’t mean they’re not entitled to further education or developing new skills.

If you have a learning disability many colleges have courses which can help you to develop your life skills and abilities. There are courses to help you move on to further education, to develop your workplace skills, help you to get a job, and to enable you to live more independently. 

For further information visit the adult learning service.

The Waltham Forest English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Advice Service offers free sessions for residents who want to learn or improve their English. Following the COVID-19 outbreak, residents can still register for and participate in English language courses online. To book an appointment and find a free online language course, text or WhatsApp your NAME + ‘ESOL advice’ to 07770 054 167.

This service is provided as part of the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) funded Connecting Communities programme. If you would like to find out about the barriers that residents with an ESOL need are facing in the borough, or review how the model of this programme is helping to improve English language provision, check out our report: