Learning opportunities

Coronavirus (COVID-19): change to service

On advice from the government regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), all learning centres are closed across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. 

See further information about changes to services.

Local Learning Groups

Skills & Learning Adult Community Education - Dorset

Skills & Learning Adult Community Education run an exciting and inspiring range of personal and professional development courses across a number of venues in Dorset.The ever-expanding range of vocational, employability, English, maths, computing and leisure courses open up a whole new world of opportunities for all ages and abilities.  

Course subjects include Arts and Crafts, LivingWell, AgeWell, Beauty and Complementary Therapies, Bookkeeping, Computing, Languages, Hairdressing, English, Maths, Sign-language, Apprenticeships, Job Clubs, Employment and Learning Hubs, and much more. Subsidised fees and financial support is available for eligible learners. For further information, visit the Skills and Learning website.

Skills & Learning Your Next Steps

Skills & Learning offer a high quality, impartial, relevant and current Careers Education, Information, Advice & Guidance Service. The Next Steps Service offers free tailored advice sessions to help you understand all the different options and choices you have as well as supporting you to make the right choice for you. To book your own 1:1 appointment please visit the Skills & 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 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.

Page last updated: 10 July 2020
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