Humanities and Social Science courses in adult learning

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Broaden your horizons with our wide variety of fascinating courses covering topics in History, Psychology, Counselling, Cultural Studies and Nutrition.

Our tutors are passionate about their subject, knowledgeable and have experience in teaching adults.

Choose from a short 2 hour lecture, right up to a full term's course.


Learn how you can add range, meaning and nuance to your words, as well as how to listen deeply to yourself, fellow actors and your audience. On our beginners course learners will also look at text and learn to 'taste' the sounds and understand the punctuation and meaning of the characters.

Enrol on an acting course


Learn basic counselling skills to use with family, friends or in the workplace. Our Counselling courses are also a great first step towards training as a counsellor.

Enrol on a counselling course

Creative writing

Let your imagination run and learn how to turn your ideas into credible stories, and experience various genres and forms. Our courses will help you whether you are interested in learning about life writing, plotting and structure, science fiction or fantasy or bringing your characters to life on the page.

Enrol on a creative writing course

Cultural Studies

How do other countries celebrate Christmas? Why are gestures so important in Italian? And where did the legend of the Chinese dragon begin?

Learn the answer to these and many more questions with our series of one-off cultural lectures.

Lectures coming soon!


Explore aspects of Royal History, find out about life in Ancient Greece and Rome or take a historical tour around London. Our courses are a fantastic way to learn more about history in bite-sized chunks.

Enrol on a history course

Lip reading

We offer lip reading courses for adults with hearing difficulties. Learn about lip shapes and tactics to help you manage difficult listening situations.

Enrol on a lip reading course


Do you want to know more about how to manage stress through diet? Or perhaps you're interested in understanding which foods can help you sleep better? Find out how to use optimum nutrition to improve your health with our nutrition courses.

Enrol on a nutrition course


Explore the workings of the mind with short courses designed to spark an interest in Psychology or join one of our longer courses to really get to grips with how we think.

Enrol on a psychology course

Next steps to continue your learning

When you finish your course you may wish to explore other humanities and social science areas - take a look at the course options above.

There are also many other courses from Surrey Adult Learning that may be of interest.

Take a look at our other courses

There are other providers you can contact to help build your knowledge and skills too.

Find out about other adult learning opportunities