Adult Education FAQ

For adults wanting to return to education, there’s usually dozens of unanswered questions swimming around in their heads. Adult education has increasingly become more accessible over the past years, meaning that any questions you may have needn’t be worried about or deter you from embarking on the route to later learning.

Q: How do I pay?

A: Usually, if a course costs a certain amount, you are given the option to pay in instalments across a certain length of time. Some courses are offered by providers for free!

Advanced Learner Loans are also available to those over the age of 19 and are applicable to those wanting to study A levels, a graduate certificate or the equivalent at an approved college or training provider in England.

Grants and bursaries can also be allocated by training providers to cover costs such as equipment, food and travel. For most grants and bursaries you apply directly to the organisation that gives them out.
More advice can be given by the course provider.

Q: It’s been so long since I have been in a classroom! Will I be able to keep up?

A: Courses open to adult learners have taught and helped many people in your position to succeed. Courses are designed to be inclusive and will often include modules which touch upon learning skills, exam skills and other bits and bobs which may need retuning. These programmes have been created for people who have decided to become mature learners and will provide support.

Q: How will I balance my work, family and social life?

A: Part-time courses are widely available and usually only take place once a week, in the evenings or during a ‘fast-track’ period of only a few weeks.
Distance or online learning is always an option to consider, also.

Q: But who is going to look after my children?

A: Various incentives are available to help pay for childcare. The type of financial support you will be entitled to depends on the type of course you will be pursing.

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