Adult courses and learning

Find training courses in Essex, information about funding for courses, learning for adults with disabilities and older people

Find a course in Essex

ACL Essex is the largest provider of adult education in Essex. Their wide range of courses include:

  • English, maths, science and digital classes
  • GCSEs
  • early years and education courses
  • heath, medical and care courses
  • beauty, hairdressing and barbering courses
  • courses for people with learning difficulties
  • qualifications and skills for employment, including courses to help with access to higher education
  • apprenticeships and professional learning
  • creative subjects like art, clothes making, floristry, photography, cooking and baking
  • mental health and wellbeing courses.


Contact Adult Community Learning (ACL)

Telephone: 0345 603 7635

Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm

Email: Contact ACL

Visit UCAS to search for university courses, teacher training programmes, apprenticeships and courses for 16 to 18 year olds throughout the UK.

Distance and online learning

Distance learning is a way to learn new skills and complete courses online, so you don’t have to attend a college or university.

ACL Essex offers many courses which are available both in the classroom and online. Some courses are completely free.

ICS Learn offers a range of online training and qualifications to help you to develop your skills and further your education.

The Open University offers short courses, certificates and diplomas of higher education, and degree courses.

Free math courses

Multiply is a 3 year scheme offering free taster sessions, courses and formal qualifications in maths. The various courses are delivered across Essex and online.

Funding for courses

ACL Essex offers funding and course discounts. If your household earns less than £30,000 per year or you are on benefits, you may be entitled to financial assistance for course fees, travel, books, membership and childcare.

GOV.UK has information on financial support for further education courses.

Students with a disability or health problem who are studying on an undergraduate or postgraduate course might be entitled to a Disabled Students' Allowances (GOV.UK).

Education for people with a disability or health condition

All education providers should make 'reasonable adjustments' to ensure that people with disabilities can access and fully participate in the courses they provide.

GOV.UK has more about disability rights for education.

ACL Essex offers a range of courses for people with learning difficulties and disabilities. These include academic and work-based skills, arts and crafts, exercise classes and gardening.

Education for older people

University of the Third Age provides opportunities across the country for retired and semi-retired people to come together and learn together.

Age UK also offers information and advice on accessing education and training in later life.