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.
FREE courses for adults
Time for a change of career direction or looking to get back into work? If you earn less than £15,726.50 per year then your Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course will be free for 2018-19, subject to terms and conditions and course eligibility.
We also have a range of other financial support available, so make sure to find out what extra funding you are eligible for.
Into work or through work
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.
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
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
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.
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
You 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.
Management and HR: an approved centre
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.
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.