Free adult learning and skills courses in Hackney

Do you want to improve your English, maths, or computer skills, or take a course in art and crafts?

Hackney Council offers a wide range of free courses for adults available at different times and locations across the borough. There are also some classes online. 

Many students discover better English and maths skills are crucial in improving areas of their everyday lives, such as helping their children with homework, or in boosting their career progression.

The Council’s Hackney Adult Learning team offers:

  • Free courses for adults in Hackney to learn new skills
  • Family-friendly courses where you and your kids can learn new skills together.
  • Group learning in classes with other people
  • Community-based classes run by experienced tutors and organisations that know Hackney well.

To take a course you will need to:

  • Live in Hackney
  • Be aged 19+ years.

Priority will be given to those who are unemployed or in receipt of income-based benefits. Limited spaces are available for those who are employed. Some courses have other eligibility needs. If you’re not sure you qualify, speak to an advisor.

Here is our prospectus with an up to date list of courses: HALS-Prospectus-2021-22.pdf

To find out more information and secure a place on a course please contact: 020 8356 5055 or email: iag@hackney.gov.uk; or go to the Council's jobs and learning site. 

Case study:

Sheena Nadunga, 24, Hackney Downs

Course: Maths

Sheena did not gain GCSE maths at school, which affected her work chances. She used the Hackney Opportunities website to enrol on the Hackney Adult Learning maths course. The course has meant Sheena is now fulfilling her aspiration of becoming a nurse, having begun a degree in Mental Health Nursing. 

She said: “My teacher was so supportive, always making sure I understood and giving me the help I didn't receive when I was at school. I would advise anybody to get their GCSE in maths, it’s never too late, don't wait like I did. Take every opportunity you can, don’t let things hold you back!”