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Welcome to the Adult Skills Academy!

Courses for Adults (19+)

Over 9,000 of our students are adults, so you'll be in good company 

If you want to re-train or improve your skills so you can get back into the job market, progress in your career, or simply learn something new just for the challenge, then you are in good company.

We have a wide range of full-time day classes, part-time evening classes and short 4-18 week courses designed to fit around your current commitments.

What’s your dream job? We can help you get there!

We’re here to help you develop or change your professional direction. Whether you’re in work and need a change, or if you’re looking for a new career, there’s something for you.

START your learning journey with a course that improves your T-shaped skills and helps you to prepare for employment or further study. Try our English, Maths, IT or ESOL courses, along with units in Food Studies, Construction, Hair & Beauty, Healthcare, Childcare and more, so you can progress on to a vocational qualification!

PROGRESS on to a full vocational qualification or an Access course that can lead to employment, advanced skills or Higher Education. You can also try a short course or bundles of specialist units in the area you’re interested in.

ADVANCE your skills to a higher level with a Higher Education course, Higher Level Apprenticeship, or Level 4 or 5 managerial qualification.

ENHANCE your career opportunities and further develop your skills through our Continual Professional Development (CPD) courses, specialist short courses and career enhancing packages.

Quick links to help you find out more 

Click here for a list of all our courses for adults 
Click here for our Higher Education Courses 

Returning to study? You'll be supported

Many of our adult students have not been in a workshop or classroom for many years but that's fine, we are here to support you.

It's why we've won a national award from the TES FE Award support for students 2014
Times Educational Supplement and been praised by Ofsted for our outstanding support for students. 

Funding your studies

Click below to find out more about how an Advanced Learner Loan can help you fund your studies. Other financial support is also available. 

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From beginner level to a post-graduate MBA

Our courses are flexible, designed to fit around your current commitments, with a wide choice of subjects and levels, including the ever-popular Access to Higher Education courses for adults who want to go to university but who do not have the required A Levels. 

From AAT accounting courses, to floristry, digital photography, DIY courses, there is so much for you to choose from.

Courses for adults at Barking Learning Centre

BLCYou can also study Barking & Dagenham College courses at Barking Learning Centre (BLC), in the centre of Barking.

From Computing for Beginners to training as a Teaching Assistant, our courses are designed for adults who want to get into work, up-skill, or to train for a new career.

Click here for more information about courses at BLC

Management and HR: an approved centre

Chartered Inst of Personnel and Development Approved Centre

CMI

Whether you are about to embark on your first management role, or you are a seasoned company director looking for a post-graduate qualification, talk to us about our Chartered Management Institute (CMI) courses.

As an HR professional, you can study for your CIPD Diploma at Level 3 and Level 5.

European Social Fund

Please note that your course will be directly or indirectly part-financed by the European Union through European Social Fund helping develop employment by promoting employability, business spirit and equal opportunities, and investing in human resources. 

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