Curbing Misconceptions: Adult Education

Many people want to gain a new skill, access the world of higher education, improve their career prospects or return to employment through adult education. However, presumptions surrounding the adult education experience often dissuade and deter those who are curious about starting. The return to education is understandably an intimidating prospect, but there are numerous misconceptions surrounding the experience. 

‘It has been ages since I have been in the classroom. I am too old to learn!’ 

You may hold the belief that you’re ‘too old’ to return to learning, and that you won’t take to life in the classroom again. After all, it’s been so long! However, experiences gained throughout adulthood are extremely beneficial in the world of adult education, and often give ‘mature’ students an edge over their younger counterparts. Courses are often tailored to support older learners and help them ease back into education, and many training providers offer additional support and advice to those returning after many years. It’s never too late to start learning!

‘I can’t find the time!’ 

Many adult education courses run on a part-time basis, enabling you to balance commitments including work and children alongside study. Some courses run for only a few hours per week, expecting you to engage in a few hours of self-directed learning at home. This means that you will only have to commit a small portion of your time to being in the classroom. 

Online and ‘distance learning’ courses are also offered by many providers. 

‘It is too expensive!’ 

Some training providers offer financial support packages which help to cover childcare and travel costs, and sometimes fees are available to pay in instalments. You can also apply for an Advanced Learner Loan, which can be used to help pay for courses offered by a variety of course/training providers and colleges. Not to mention, many adult education courses are free!