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Adult Learning

Adult Learning

There could be many reasons you want to study as an adult. You may want to develop your existing skills, learn something new, choose to gain qualifications to advance in your career or simply study for fun. Fortunately there are many opportunities for adults to continue to learn locally or through distance learning. We have included some website and contact details of local and distance providers who will hopefully provide a course that meets your needs below.

We also have many adults asking how they can gain their early years qualification. We appreciate it can be very difficult to get the qualifications you need in this area once you are an adult. Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering and studying at the same time and we may be able to help you.

Adults interested in doing a paid Apprenticeship with us should contact Paul on (01823) 664323 or send us an email.


Somerset Skills and Learning

Website :
Telephone     : 0330 332 7997
Email :

Somerset Skills and Learning offers a huge range of adult courses. Some of these may be free to you but you will need to check their terms and conditions. The courses range from English and Maths to Pottery and Computing. We have used Somerset Skills and Learning many times for our training needs and they have always been extremely helpful and supportive.


The Open University

Website :
Telephone : (0)300 303 5303
(Monday to Friday 08:00 to 20:00, Saturday 09:00 to 17:00 UK Time)
Address : Student Recruitment,
The Open University, PO Box 197
Milton Keynes
United Kingdom

The Open University also offers many different qualifications which can support you in developing your skills and knowledge. Several of us at Bouncy Bear have studied with the Open University to get the qualifications we wanted. Please be aware this is a distance learning qualification and you will need to motivate yourself to meet deadlines for assignments etc. It is however very flexible and you can study around your day to day responsibilities. You will need to check the fees for each course, the finance options and the repayment expectations. 


Somerset College

Website :
Telephone     : (01823) 366 570 or (01823) 366 331
Address : Somerset College
Wellington Road

Somerset College also offers many different adult learning courses. They have a detailed prospectus which details all their courses, start dates and fees and can be accessed from their website. Alternatively they can send you a paper copy if you contact them directly.

There are also many other providers who can help you with your studies.
If you are currently an adult learner who is using a provider you think may be able to help others with their studies please let us know and we can update the website with their information.

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