Are you looking to take your first step back into education? Perhaps you have been unemployed for a while and are looking to upskill, or maybe you would like to meet new people and improve your wellbeing.

If this sounds like you then an Adult Community Learning course could be exactly what you need. The Community Learning team offer short courses in a range of areas such as arts and crafts, food and cooking, wellbeing, creative writing, and courses for parents. Most importantly, our courses are friendly, welcoming, and there is no pressure to work towards a qualification.

Courses are fully funded for adults aged 19 or over on 1st September 2023 and those who are eligible to receive public funding.

Contact the Adult Community Learning Team:

Tel: 030 300 38212
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Adult Community Learning Co-ordinators: Zoe Nickolls, Nikki Collins and Becky San Emeterio


Please note: learners are limited to taking part in a maximum of three community learning courses throughout the academic year.

Street Learning are courses that are FREE for any Wealden resident on all types of topics.

East Sussex College Community Learning works in partnership across East Sussex to provide FREE courses to engage, motivate and inspire adults.

We are partnered with a number of organisations and charities in the East Sussex area to support adults with low qualifications, mental health challenges, or any other needs to move forward in their lives.

We organise a suite of courses of which we welcome referrals for adults who would like to participate. We can also arrange bespoke courses for organisations supporting adults in the community, ranging from one-off workshops to 10-week courses.

Please get in touch if you would like to know more!

Community Learning is good for you!

In 2016/17 over 23,000 learners took part in a study looking at the effects of community learning on their mental health. The study found that taking part in short courses had a positive effect on the wellbeing of people and East Sussex College continues to provide these short courses to adults in our community.

Click here to read the full report on the Community Learning Mental Health Project and watch a short animation about the study below.