Courses for adults with learning disabilities (LD)

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Who are these courses for?

Our Supported Learning team offers an entry-level programme of courses for adults with learning disabilities (LD). Our courses are designed to:

  • improve communication, reading, writing, number, and ICT skills
  • promote community participation, engagement, and social inclusion
  • enable independence
  • develop confidence
  • enhance employability skills
  • provide opportunities to maintain physical and mental wellbeing.

On some of our courses, learners will work towards a nationally recognised qualification. These courses are free to learners who meet the eligibility requirements. We are also able to offer bespoke courses to organised groups.

How to enrol

Before enrolling a member of the Supported Learning Team will invite you to a meeting to talk to you about your interests. We call this an Information, Advice and Guidance meeting.

We will send you an additional needs form and ask for it to be completed and sent back before the meeting. It provides important information to help us assess learner needs. We will also ask you to provide evidence of any benefits you receive so we can see if you are eligible for any of our free courses.

We work with learners to ensure courses meet their needs. To do this we assess your starting points in English and maths.

To set up your meeting and start your enrolment, contact us by emailing or call 0300 200 1044.

Find out more about Supported Learning courses

You can find out more about our Supported Learning courses via the following options:

Contact the Supported Learning Team. Email or call 0300 200 1044.

Contact the Customer Service Team who can email you a copy of our current course directory. Email or call 0300 200 1044.

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Supported Learning term dates 2021/22

Autumn Term, 10 Weeks

  • Starts: Monday 20 September 2021
  • Half Term: Monday 25 October 2021 to Friday 29 October 2021
  • Ends: Friday 3 December 2021*

*For accredited courses the Autumn Term ends Friday 10 December 2021

Spring Term, 10 Weeks

  • Starts: Monday 10 January 2022
  • Half Term: Monday 14 February 2022 to Friday 18 February 2022
  • Ends: Friday 25 March 2022

Summer Term, 10 Weeks

  • Starts: Monday 25 April 2022
  • Half Term: Monday 30 May 2022 to 3 June 2022
  • Ends: Monday 11 July 2022

To make up the bank holiday on 2 May, Monday courses will finish on 11 July.

Supported Learning courses

Creative courses

These include art and craft, pottery, mosaics and textiles.

These courses will help develop your skills in working with different materials along with your personal skills such as making choices, problem-solving and working safely.

Explore our creative courses


Working as part of a team, this course will teach you how to grow plants, use basic gardening tools safely and create garden inspired art and craft projects.

Explore our gardening courses


You will learn skills for everyday life by following an accessible recipe, with or without support, to prepare different healthy dishes using different cooking techniques.

Explore our cookery courses

Performing Arts, Dance and Yoga

These courses will help you, develop confidence, fitness and communication skills. Performing Art learners have an opportunity to work towards an end of term performance.

Explore our arts, dance and yoga courses

Computing, Media, and Photography

You will build your skills through group and individual project working. The information technology courses will give learners a good knowledge of how to develop and safely apply a range of computing skills for use in every day life.

Explore our computing, media and photography courses

English skills

Through a range of different courses you will be supported to develop your communication, self-advocacy, reading and writing skills.

Explore our English courses

Maths skills

These maths courses will help you develop your number and money recognition skills and you will practise using numbers and money in everyday situations. There will be opportunities to develop your maths skills through practical work with blended courses in Mosaics and Numbers, and Numbers and Money.

Explore our maths courses

Enterprise and Mini-Enterprise

These courses show you how to run mini business opportunities. You will produce items for sale and learn different aspects of selling such as advertising, pricing your goods and making the sale.

Explore our enterprise courses

Other courses offered by Supported Learning

We offer Makaton workshops for parents, carers, teaching staff and other professionals and lip reading courses for adults with hearing difficulties.

Contact us to register your interest in a Makaton course.

Enrol in our lip reading course

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