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Adult Education for young people with disabilities

Young people with disabilities aged 16 and over are welcomed by adult education providers to learn about a subject which interests them. There is a wide variety of courses available, including specifically-designed courses for young people with disabilities such as cookery, drama and computing. Some courses can also lead to a nationally recognised qualification relevant to their subject. Please read the information below for more details.

KAE offer a selection of specifically-designed courses for young people and adults with disabilities (opens a new window).  

For more information, please contact Lesley Searle 
Tel: 020 8547 6839

RHACC is the main provider of adult education in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. They have a range of supportive courses (opens a new window) for people who have learning difficulties and disabilities. The courses are available as full-time and part-time options to help learners prepare for work and life.

RHACC provide a number of courses available across preparation for work, information technology and leisure. 

There are a number of free courses available if you want to improve your English, maths or gain vocational skills, available in an exciting real life and workplace context. The facilities are accessible for all learners. To join RHACC, please arrange a meeting to choose a course and organise support.

RHACC offer new courses on evenings, weekends and over holidays, and a number of courses are available in other venues in South West London. 

Supported Learning (LLDD) - Working Model Enterprise

Working Model is an employment opportunity for adults with learning difficulties. The participants train in basic workplace skills through attending weekly work sessions where craft kits and other products are made. These are then sold in the Parkshot Gallery and other outlets under the Working Model brand.

The group operates a profit share scheme on the sale of its work. To join us, please arrange a meeting to choose a course and organise support.

For more information, please contact the coordinator
Tel: 020 8891 5907 (ext. 5012)


The Supported Learning team (opens a new window) at SCC offers an entry level programme of courses for learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities, as well as courses for those with hearing loss or those who want to learn Makaton. 

Through a range of subjects, the entry level courses are designed to:

  • Provide opportunities to practise and apply communication, reading, writing, number, and ICT skills
  • Promote community participation, engagement, and social inclusion
  • Enable independence
  • Grow confidence levels
  • Enhance employability skills
  • Provide opportunities to maintain physical and mental wellbeing

On some of the courses, learners will work towards a nationally recognised qualification. These courses are free to learners who meet the eligibility requirements.

These courses take place at various centres across Surrey. However, the adult learning centres in Sunbury and Molesey are particularly close to the Boroughs of Kingston and Richmond. 

STC is the main provider of adult education for young people and adults with disabilities who live in the Boroughs of Wandsworth or Merton, although you do not have to live in these boroughs to access courses. STC offer a variety of courses and provide extensive support to disabled students. 

  • Learner Support: For students on mainstream courses, the Learner Support Team helps over 1,000 people each year achieve success. STC can offer a range of personalised support including mentoring, specialist computer software, adapted equipment, a social skills group and special exam arrangements such as extra time or a scribe. 
  • The Aurora Centre: A non-residential, specialist centre for 16-25 year olds with an Autistic Spectrum Condition and complex needs. STC offer bespoke educational opportunities in this specialist centre, based at their Merton campus.

For more information, please contact STC directly or click on the individual website links above
Tel: 020 8918 7486

SC is the premier provider of adult education and training in the London Borough of Sutton. 

Springboard (opens a new window) offers an extensive range of courses for adults with learning disabilities. The curriculum is divided into three distinctive pathways to enable learners to develop their skills in particular areas. The three pathways are:

  • Independent living and community participation – including; social skills, staying safe, horticulture, food and drink preparation, and home care skills.
  •  Employability – including; reading and writing, number skills, ICT, volunteering and business skills.
  •  Enrichment – including; music, art, pottery, exercise and yoga

Springboard also provide courses in dance, drama and advocacy which are delivered by three well-known and highly respected local organisations. SliDe Dance Company, the Baked Bean Theatre Company and Advocacy4All, all offer high quality courses for students in collaboration with Springboard.

For those students wishing to work towards mainstream courses, there are also a new range of courses entitled 'Springboard: Launch'. These are shorter 10 week courses which will endeavour to prepare students for higher level learning or employment, including self-development, work skills and IT.

For more information, please contact the curriculum manager
Tel: 020 8289 4700


This programme consists of a wide selection of courses to cater for the diverse needs of learners with learning difficulties and disabilities in the borough. 

Our provision aims to support learners to develop and progress into higher level courses, work opportunities, supported employment and have an active life in the community.  This program is made up of a wide selection of courses, to meet the wide range of needs that learners with learning difficulties and disabilities have, in the borough.

  • Preparation for work
  • Personal Development
  • All Welcome
  • Inclusive/Advanced

All Special Educational Needs courses require an interview before enrolling. There is an online application form on the college website.

Hounslow offer a variety of courses. For more information, please click on the link below.

Adult education in Hounslow (opens a new window)