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.
Kingston Adult Education (KAE)
KAE offer a selection of specifically-designed courses (opens a new window) for young people and adults with disabilities.
For more information, please contact Lesley Searle
Tel: 020 8547 6839
Richmond and Hillcroft Adult Community College (RHACC) Supported Learning
RACC 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.
RACC 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)
Surrey County Council (SCC) Supported Learning
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.
For more information, please contact Lisa Woodward
Tel: 01932 794504
South Thames College (STC) Wandsworth and Merton
STC is the main provider of adult education (opens a new window) 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.
- Skills for Working Life: STC offer individually tailored learning programmes for 16-24 year olds with particular learning needs, in a friendly and supportive environment at their Merton campus. Students gain practical skills for personal and working life and also study for nationally recognised qualifications in English, Maths and IT.
For more information, please contact STC directly or click on the individual website links above
Tel: 020 8918 7486
Sutton College (SC) 'Springboard' courses for students with learning disabilities
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
Merton Council courses for learners with learning difficulties or disabilities
Merton Council, in partnership with RACC, provides a wide range of courses for adult learners with learning difficulties and disabilities (opens a new window) (LLDD) in venues within Merton. Learners have the opportunity to take part in activities that will help them build their work skills, enhance their ability to live independently, and be more confident.
They currently have courses in progressing on (English, maths, work and vocational skills), English and maths, developing IT skills, personal and social development, eco awareness, horticulture, look good feel good, meal preparation, arts and crafts, lip reading, exercise and active leisure, performing arts and dance.
Courses are currently held at three venues within Merton: Pollards Hill Library, High Path Day Centre, and the JMC. All venues offer a safe environment with good transport links and safe drop-off points.
Merton's LDD courses are offered to learners on an individual basis, following an assessment process.
For more information on advice & guidance, enrolment or dates and times, please contact the Adult Learning team
Tel: 020 8545 3640.
Hammersmith and Fulham courses for learners with Special Educational Needs
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. Their provision aims to support learners into work, supported employment and/or to have an active life in the community.
There are three levels of courses to suit learners with different ability levels:
- Preparation for work
- Personal Development
- All Welcome
Preparation for work
These courses consist of the Admin, gardening and Cafe projects and are ideal for people who have a realistic expectation of moving into paid work and would like to gain some experience of employment. It is strongly suggested that learners have gained experience through Personal Development or similar courses before enrolling. learners will hopefully progress into work, further work based programmes or advanced courses.
These courses are ideal for people who are able to commit to a long term learning programme and happy to work independently. Learners will complete their own accreditation portfolios and work towards a number of personal and class goals.
The All Welcome level courses are an ideal starting point for learners who are new to college, have severe learning difficulties or disabilities, struggle with ong periods of commitment or have taken a long break from education. The courses require an interview, run for 10 weeks and give learners the chance to experience and integrate themselves into adult education. All Welcome courses focus on developing personal and social skills to enhance learning and life.
All Special Educational Needs courses require an interview before enrolling.
If you would like to arrange an interview, or have any further questions, please email Sean Buckley
Tel: 020 8753 6343
London Borough of Hounslow adult education courses
Hounslow offer a variety of courses. For more information, please click on the link below.