Free Adult Learning Courses

Free online courses to help you gain the skills you need to get ahead. Browse, apply, and start today.

Adult learning courses cover a wide range of topics – from Digital and Leadership skills, to Customer Service and even English and Maths. These programmes are free to UK residents over the age of nineteen. Some geographic restrictions apply.

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The big picture
Building skills
for success

Over two million adults in the UK are currently unemployed. With 77% GCSE grades between A and C (1-9) last year, we know that there’s a gap when it comes to building a strong foundation in both functional and professional skills. Our free adult learning courses are designed to help close this gap.

Lasting between 1 and 16 weeks depending on the programme, all courses are available to start today and provide a qualification certificate upon completion.

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For Organisations:

  • Organisations wanting to offer foundational learning to entry level or junior employees
  • Cost-free way to build basic skills in customer service, leadership, and digital
  • Part of our wider ‘Future Skills’ suite of programmes that help you connect with and offer development opportunities to diverse, entry level talent
  • Other formats include: Digital Skills Bootcamps, Sector-Work Academy Programmes, and Traineeships


Frequently asked questions
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For Individuals:

  • Suitable for individuals wanting to gain foundational or basic skills
  • Available to UK residents over the age of nineteen
  • Courses are available whether you are unemployed or in employment
  • You must have access to your own working IT equipment and internet connection
  • Individuals who apply must pass an initial assessment to be accepted onto some of these programmes; if candidates do not pass, they may be directed to an alternative course
  • Browse, enquire, and start today!
Frequently asked questions
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Free online courses are available to anyone in the UK over that age of 19. If you are in Greater Manchester or the West Midlands area, we have eve more courses available! Use the filters to view courses by topic and by geographic area.



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Frequently asked questions

Here are some quick-fire questions on free adult learning that you might find helpful!

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Yes, free adult learning courses are available to eligible adults in the UK irrespective of employment status.

Our courses cover Level 1 and Level 2, making them suitable for entry level or junior employees.

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Yes, so long as you are a UK resident, over the age of nineteen, and the course you have selected is available in your area, there is no charge to take these courses.

Yes – depending on your needs, you might want to check out Digital Skills Bootcamps, Sector-Work Academy Programmes, or even browse Apprenticeship Vacancies.

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