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There really is something for everyone on offer whether you want to study at home online, part-time or full-time. Here’s a quick guide to what you will find.

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Courses for the unemployed or those on low incomes

Online courses

Health, wellbeing, confidence and motivation courses

Maths & English

ESOL

Professional courses

Digital skills

Vocational courses

Apprenticeships

Access to degree courses

Degree courses

Hobby or interest courses

Courses for the unemployed or those on low incomes

These free courses can be your first step back into education or retraining and will give you a flavour of your chosen field. Subjects range from adult social care, business administration, counselling and accounting.

Providers include

South Essex College

Thurrock Adult Community College

Southend Adult Community College

Southend Council SBWA

Basildon Advice Store

Online courses

In the current climate many people are finding time to study safely in the comfort of their own home. There is a whole host of topics you can study online, many of these are free or at a low cost.

Providers include

South Essex College

Southend Adult Community College

Basildon Advice Store

Thurrock Adult Community College

Health, wellbeing, confidence and motivation courses

You may feel that you lack confidence after years away from study so there are a wide range of free courses available to boost your confidence, mental health or self-esteem.

Providers include

Thurrock Adult Community College

Southend Adult Community College

Maths & English

Basic level maths and English is a necessity for most job roles. If the lack of these qualifications is holding you back, you can study functional maths and English or GCSEs for free.

Providers include

South Essex College

Southend Adult Community College

Thurrock Adult Community College

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

For adults who want to improve their English language skills and gain a nationally-recognised qualification, many providers offer ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages).

Providers include

Thurrock Adult Community College

South Essex College

Southend Adult Community College

Professional courses

There are a wide range of courses available if you want to upskill or retrain as an accountant, HR manager, web designer, childcare worker, carer, counsellor, teacher or many other professions.

Providers include

South Essex College

Southend Adult Community College

Thurrock Adult Community College

Digital skills

Having basic digital skills is a key requirement for most employers or job roles. If you feel your digital skills are holding you back why not access some free or low cost training.

Providers include

Basildon Advice Store

Thurrock Adult Community College

Southend Adult Community College

South Essex College

Learn with Google: Digital Garage

Vocational courses

Fancy retraining as a hairdresser, electrician or other hands-on occupation? There are a whole range of courses you can do part-time that will springboard you into a new career.

Providers include

South Essex College

Thurrock Adult Community College

Southend Adult Community College

Southend Council SBWA

Apprenticeships

Traditionally apprenticeships were for school leavers but there is now no upper age limit. Apprenticeships are a great way to earn while you learn to get into a new role or career. You usually spend four days a week at work and one at college (or distance learning at the moment).

Providers include

South Essex College

Thurrock Council

Southend Adult Community College

Access to degree courses

Access courses are designed for people who have been out of education for some time but wish to retrain into a profession that is reliant on a degree-level education. Completing an Access course will ensure that you are confident and well prepared to go and study a degree. These qualifications are widely recognised by universities and are a full level 3 qualification which is comparable with A-levels or BTEC Extended Diplomas. Subjects include midwifery, teaching, counselling, art & design and many more.

Providers include

South Essex College

Degree courses

You may wish to study for a degree locally as this allows you to juggle outside commitments whilst studying for the career of your dreams. There are over 150 universities in the UK and you can still apply through clearing for September.

Providers include

South Essex College

Hobby or interest courses

Fancy trying a new hobby or interest? There are hundreds of short courses to choose from at local adult community colleges. Courses include arts and crafts, languages, yoga, performing arts, photography and much more!

Providers include

Thurrock Adult Community College

Southend Adult Community College

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