Development 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 entry level 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 bring 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

There are ways you can find out more about Supported Learning courses.

  1. Contact the Supported Learning Team. Email or call 0300 200 1044.
  2. View our course finder.
  3. Download the learning disabilities (LD) brochure (PDF).

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Supported Learning term dates 2021

Summer term 2021 - 10 weeks

  • Starts: Monday 26 April 2021
  • Half Term: 31 May to 4 June 2021
  • Ends: Monday 12 July 2021

To make up for the May bank holiday on Monday 3 May 2021, Monday courses will be finishing on Monday 12 July 2021.

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.


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.


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.

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.

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.

English skills

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

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.

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.

Other courses offered by Supported Learning

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

Contact us to register your interest in a Makaton course - running 4-25 May 2021.

Enrol on a lipreading course

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