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Adult learning courses - GoLearn!

You can find weekend, day or evening classes in a range of subjects - Go Learn!

Computing and ICT

English and Maths


Courses for adults with learning difficulties and disabilities

Learning for wellbeing

Learning for work

Help choosing a GoLearn! course

You can get free advice from a Learning and Work Advisor to:

  • find you the right course
  • help you with your CV
  • help you with getting a job
  • know your career choices

Linda helped me to work out what I needed to do when I was really low in confidence and didn’t know what I could do. The courses I have taken were really useful to me and I’m sure I wouldn’t be where I am now without the skills and confidence I have gained.


To get information advice and guidance call us to book an appointment or complete the Leicestershire Adult Learning Service general enquiry form.

Computing and ICT

Beginners computing

Introduction to computers

A short course teaching you some basic computer skills and helping you to create simple documents and get started using computers.

Find and apply for a beginners computing course

Confidence building

Moving on with computers

Improve your knowledge and understanding about different features of computers such as computer security, creating useful emails and improving your documents. Use your computer more effectively and confidently in this tutor led class.

Introduction to Windows 10

A beginners course to using a computer or laptop with the Windows 10 operating system. Learn how to work with 'apps', personalise settings, and adjust 'tiles' to suit your needs. Some previous experience of keyboard and mouse skills will help you in this course.

Find and apply for a confidence building course

Creative computing

Creative photography - learn to use your Digital Single-Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera

Explore manual setting, filters, composition and other controls on your DSLR to take better photographs.

Photoshop - introduction

Learn how to remove parts of a photo or merge images. Use Photoshop to apply different editing skills to repair, restore or improve your images.

Website development

Create, design and develop websites using Wordpress software. Understand website structures, planning and formatting skills to develop a basic interactive site. This course is suitable for confident computer users with a good understanding of file / folder management.

Website development - part 2

Suitable for a confident computer user who has completed the Website Development course or who has experience using WordPress. Develop your skills by learning to customise new themes such as e-commerce, advanced HTML and CSS, Google Chrome Inspect mode, create new layouts, Google calendars, keywords and descriptions, and more.

Find and apply for a creative computing course

Computerised accounts

SAGE computerised accounts

Learn how to use SAGE. You’ll be given the principles of manual accounting and book-keeping before using the software. You should know how to use a computer before joining this course and if you know how to use Excel, the internet and email this will help. This course is approved through an ITQ level 1 certificate.

Find and apply for an computerised accounts course

Computing for work

Office Software Skills

Feeling a little rusty when using Word, Spreadsheets or Powerpoint at work or in your own projects? Then this short course will help you use many additional features to make your tasks easier and more productive. This course gives a good basis before enrolling onto IT Skills for Employment.

IT skills for employment

You can do this course at level 1 or 2. Improve your IT skills in word processing, internet and email. You can also choose to focus on Excel spreadsheets, Powerpoint presentations, Access databases or desk top publishing. If you want a ITQ Level 1 or Level 2 qualification, at the end of this course, you will need to arrange this with your tutor.

Find and apply for an IT skills for employment course

IT skills for enjoyment

Introduction to tablets

Learn how to set up a tablet, including security settings and using wifi and 'apps'.

Raspberry Pi - coding for beginners

Learn basic coding using a new low cost computing device (which will be provided in class but not to take home). Develop ideas to create small practical projects.

Find and apply for an IT skills for enjoyment course

English and Maths

Skills for life

English and Maths – functional skills

Get a qualification in English and/or maths whilst developing the skills and confidence you need at work and at home. You can apply for a beginner level or level 2 (which is the same skill level as a GCSE). Before you enrol you can discuss the skills you’d like to develop and which will be the right course for you.

English and Maths GCSE

Get a GCSE in English or Maths in this fast paced course aimed at people who are confident in everyday English and Maths skills. These courses start once a year in early September - unfortunately no late enrolments can be accepted.

Find and apply for a skills for life course

English for speakers of other languages (ESOL)


Learn or improve your English – this course is for learners whose first language is not English. You will learn how to speak, listen, read and write in English. New learners can enrol on existing courses if there are spaces. More courses may be offered through the year if people want to attend.

Find and apply for a ESOL course


Modern foreign languages

You can choose to learn Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese or Spanish. Each level takes about 2 years to complete.

Beginners - a taster (entry level)

Learn some basic ‘holiday’ language such as introducing yourself and others, numbers, shops, ordering food and drinks. This is a short course for complete beginners to try out learning the language you have picked. You would then do the ‘Beginners Part 1’ course below to complete your first year of this level.

Beginners - part 1, entry level

A follow-on from the taster course for complete beginners. Learn practical phrases that can help you with shopping, finding your way around, the time and booking accommodation.

Beginners - part 2, entry level

You can join this course if you already know the basics covered in the courses above. You will learn topics such as: shopping, using transport, tourist information, dining out, home and leisure activities, weather, and speaking about your daily routine.

Level 1 - part 1

You need some knowledge to join this course, ideally as listed in the entry level courses above. You will learn how to talk about things in the past and going to do in the future. You will use different learning materials to help you such as practical activities, games and the internet.

Level 1 - part 2

Suitable for learners who have started to use the present, past and future tenses. You will develop your talking skills about what you did / used to do and would like to do in the future.

Level 2 - part 1

Develop your confidence and ability to speak with ease using present, past and future tenses and conditional forms. For example, I go to town every day, I will go to town tomorrow or I would prefer to go to town tomorrow. You’ll speak about and read formal letters, authentic text and tourist information leaflets, and give your opinion.

Level 2 - part 2

Improve your language skills in everyday topics / current affairs using the imperative forms (eg ‘mix these ingredients together’), adjectives and adverbs, and common phrases. Suitable for those who have 4-5 years of part-time study or approximately GCSE/O Level standard gained elsewhere.

Year 5+ advanced conversation courses

You must have at least 5 years previous study, or the knowledge detailed for the language courses above. You can gain confidence in giving your opinion and understand other people’s opinions; discuss topics such as current affairs, personal interests, films, travel and culture

Find and apply for a modern foreign languages course

Courses for adults with learning difficulties and disabilities

You can apply for a course to help with living and working such as:

  • communication
  • health
  • personal safety and wellbeing
  • skills for employment and volunteering
  • sensory learning
  • independent living skills
  • creative skills
  • leisure

We also have a specialist Transition Learning Programme for young adults with learning difficulties and complex health needs leaving specialist school, making the transition into adult services and education.

To find and apply for a course call Leicestershire Adult Learning Service on 0800 988 0308.

Learning for wellbeing


Apply for a course in:

  • Botanical drawing and painting
  • Drawing and painting
  • Watercolour painting

Find and apply for an art course


Back to basics cookery NHS funded

Learn the skills of healthy cooking and eating, build your confidence in the kitchen and understand how to safely store and use your leftovers.

Find and apply for a cooking course


Apply for a course in:

  • Jewellery making - beading workshop
  • Pottery workshop
  • Silversmithing workshop
  • Tiara and fascinator workshop
  • Upholstery and soft furnishings workshop

Find and apply for a crafts course

Fitness and health

Apply for a course in:

  • Ballet for wellbeing and fitness
  • Pilates - mixed ability
  • Pilates based body conditioning
  • Pilates for pregnancy
  • Yoga - mixed ability

Find and apply for a fitness and health course


Apply for a course in:

  • Glass - stained glass workshop

Find and apply for a glass course

Learning for confidence and better mental health

Build your confidence and enjoy the chance to learn and join in activities, in supportive and safe groups.

Complete the referral form

and a member of the team will contact you.


Apply for a course in:

  • Photography

Find and apply for a media course

Special interest

Apply for a  course in:

  • Astronomy

Find and apply for a special interest course


Apply for a course in:

  • Creative crochet
  • Patchwork and quilting
  • Felting for beginners
  • Creative sewing workshop

Find and apply for a textiles course

Learning for work

Skills for jobs

Adult Directions – planning your future

Want to get some quick ideas on a job role or need help recognising your own skills? Explore career and training opportunities to help and plan your next steps towards employment, create an action plan and get access to impartial information, advice and guidance to aid your plan.

Confidence for work and volunteering

This course offers support for learners who want to increase their everyday confidence ready to work. In a friendly and supportive environment improve your self-confidence and create a clear action plan to help you progress towards work or volunteering roles. The course is flexible and can be adapted to individual learner needs and interests.

Customer service skills

Good customer service should be at the core of any business and organisation. This course focuses on giving you the right skills and knowledge to respond to customer needs and meet their expectations. Learning takes place in a friendly and informal setting to let you safely develop these skills before working with real customers!

Emergency first aid at work - level 2

Develop your skills in handling emergency situations including vital lifesaving and resuscitation techniques.

Food safety in catering - Level 2

Develop your skills to work safely in a food environment.

Introduction to computers - skills for jobs

Learn to use a computer and gain confidence when looking for work using technology. Send and receive emails and attachments, search the Internet for jobs and learn what you can do to speed up your search for a job.

Skills for jobs

Applying for this course will help you with your:

  • job applications
  • CV
  • interview skills
  • approach to getting a job

You will also be able to gain skills for:

  • IT
  • English
  • Maths
  • known business qualifications (ie Emergency First Aid at Work and Food Safety in Catering)

Universal Credit Ready

A short course helping to prepare people to make a claim, access and start using their account for Universal Credit.

Find and apply for a skills for jobs course

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