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Local Learning Groups

Skills & Learning Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole

Skills & Learning Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole run an exciting and inspiring range of personal and professional development courses across a number of venues in Dorset. Their ever-expanding range of vocational, Return to Learn and leisure courses open up a whole new world of opportunities for all ages and abilities. Course subjects include Arts and Media, Beauty Therapy, Accounting and Computing, Languages, Hairdressing, English, Maths, Food and Wine, Sign-language, Apprenticeships and Traineeships, Job and ICT Clubs, and more. Subsidised fees are available. For further information visit the Skills & Learning website.


Skills & Learning Living Well Courses

Skills & Learning Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole are taking part in a research project. They are testing out whether short, part-time community learning courses help people develop strategies to manage their mild to moderate mental health problems (like stress, worry, anxiety, and depression). Their Living Well courses are available across Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole and focus on self-help, lifestyle, confidence building, progression and employability. They also offer an opportunity to meet new people, learn new skills and develop new interests. For more information about taking part in these courses visit the Skills and Learning website


Bournemouth and Poole WEA  

The Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) is a charity founded in 1903 and is the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of adult education. Bournemouth & Poole WEA courses are all held at either Castlepoint Library or Bournemouth Central Library. For more information about the courses taking place visit the Bournemouth & Poole WEA website 


University of the Third Age

The Poole branch of the U3A was formed in 1993 and is one of the largest U3A groups in the country. Their activities are not usually led by professional teachers but by fellow members of Poole U3A who are unpaid enthusiasts. Classes are small, informal and interactive. There are no examinations, no qualifications required or awarded, and only enjoyment to be gained. They especially welcome members who are willing to share their experiences or specialised knowledge, so that they can extend the range and scope of our courses. For further information visit the Poole U3A website.



Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

FutureLearn offer a diverse selection of free courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. They are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life. For more information about how the courses work and to see the wide range of courses available visit the FutureLearn website.



Learn a Language

Learn a language online with our cassette or CD packs which are free to borrow from all libraries.

We also have books to borrow in seven languages - English, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Polish and Spanish. You can find them in Poole Central Library. If you are learning or improving your English, try our Quick Reads (available at all libraries) or Easy Reading books (at Poole Central Library and Rossmore Library).

Plan your further or higher education with university and college guides, information on grants, and books to help you manage student life; all available at Poole Central Library.