Adult education courses

We provide part-time day and evening courses in several subjects at centres across Newham.Our courses are for anyone aged over 16.
Adult education class

Part time courses

We offer a wide range of adult education courses including childcare, beauty, arts and crafts, languages and cookery.
When you sign up to a course we will assess your skills to make sure we put you in the correct class. We also offer extra help if you have a learning difficulty.
You can find details of all the part time courses we offer on the Newham Adult Learning Service website.

You can also contact your local adult education centre for information:

Manor Park, East Ham and Green Street area

Little Ilford Learning Zone
1a Rectory Road
Manor Park
E12 6ET
Tel: 020 8522 5770

Forest Gate and Stratford area

Forest Gate Learning Zone
1 Woodford Road
Forest Gate
E7 0DH
Tel: 020 8257 4680


Beckton area

Beckton Globe
1 Kingsford Way
E6 5JQ
Tel: 020 3373 4030

Canning Town, Custom House, North Woolwich and Plaistow area

Gainsborough Learning Centre
1 Hamilton Road
West Ham
E15 3AE
Tel: 020 3373 1290

Online courses

If you are short of time or cannot commit to a weekly course, instead try an online course at a time that suits you. You could soon be learning a new language, accounting skills or how to use the latest computer software - all for free.

To register, all you need is access to the internet and a Newham library card.

Go to the Library resources available online page to find out more about the online courses and how to register.


English and maths

All our English and maths courses are free for everyone.

To enrol on a course we will assess you at one of our adult education centres. We will then be able to offer you a place on an appropriate course where the teacher will discuss and plan with you what skills you would like to work on.

All courses are part-time with a variety of lesson times available throughout the day. Courses are normally 12 weeks long unless stated otherwise.

English for speakers of other languages (ESOL)

We offer English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes for all abilities; from complete beginners to confident speakers.

We also offer unit certificates for the Gateway Qualifications Entry Level Award and Level 1 Award in English for Reading, Speaking and Listening and Writing.

All our courses include English, maths and soft skills development. For complete beginners who want to learn how to read and write, we also run specialised courses.

For more information about our ESOL courses, call us on 020 3373 0755.

English and maths courses

We offer basic courses in reading, writing and maths to help you brush up your skills or get a job.

Courses range from Entry Level qualifications, Level 1 and Level 2  Functional Skills, through to GCSE level.

We tailor courses to suit your learning needs so you can achieve your very best. If you have a learning difficulty, such as dyslexia, we can offer extra help.

For more information about English and maths courses, call us on 020 3373 8254.


Debden House weekend residential courses

Debden House in Epping Forest offers a wide range of courses including:
  • quilting
  • papercrafts
  • bridal make-up
  • summer fashion jewellery making
  • art and mosaic classes
  • literature, theatre and creative writing.
Visit the Debden House website​ for a full list of residential courses and details of how to book your place.
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