Courses are often listed in brochures which may be available in local libraries. They may be provided by provided by local authorities, voluntary sector organisations, adult education centres universities and FE colleges. Some examples are given below; suggestions of others are welcomed.


With themes of employability, health & wellbeing, community engagement and culture, the WEA offers courses, often in partnership with local community groups and organisations. Previous knowledge or qualifications are not necessary, only a willingness to share with others your curiosity, ideas and experience.

 The WI Denman college

The national college of the Federation of Women’s Institutes, Denman offers a wide variety of day and residential courses in cookery, craft and lifestyle. Set in the picturesque village of Marcham, in Oxfordshire, the Georgian mansion and seventeen acres of grounds provide a good atmosphere for learning.

Field Studies Council

The Field Studies Council offers residential and day courses that introduce the natural world through exploring and understanding the special character of the landscape and wildlife around FSC Centres. Topics include natural history and walking, geology and scenery.

 University of the Third Age

The U3A movement is a unique and exciting organisation which provides, through its local groups, life-enhancing and life-changing opportunities. Retired and semi-retired people come together and learn together, not for qualifications but for its own reward: the sheer joy of discovery.

Open University

The Science Faculty offers a series of short courses covering interesting contemporary topics in science such as astronomy, plants, human genetics, nuclear energy, volcanoes, nutrition and the frozen planet. There are two different types of course:

·        Short modules for credit are assessed and can be studied either as standalone courses or as part of an Open University qualification.

·        online short courses that are more flexible but cannot count towards an Open University qualification

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