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Learning From Home | For Adults

Learning is a fantastic way of building confidence and resilience, while staying engaged with the world.

As we all adjust to a new way of working, many of us are finding that we have more time on our hands. Why not use this extra time as positive momentum to start a personal development course or challenge ourselves?


Online Courses

The Institute of Leadership & Management Discount

Learn more. Go further. ILM are passionate about how great leadership can transform you and your work. Improve your leadership capability with access to their award-winning online portal – MyLeadership, accessing bite-sized learning across 49 leadership topics.

CSSC members get a great discount on the yearly subscription rate, which includes learning more about yourself and testing your ability with leadership learning topics and keeping up to date with the latest leadership in the news and quarterly online journal ‘Edge’.

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The Open University have 1,000 free courses available online, on a range of topics from business through to science. When you sign up, you set the level of learning you’d like to achieve, from basic to advanced. You’re allocated a personal learning profile with a record of achievement that you earn while you study. 

OpenLearn has a range of resources to cater for all styles of learning from videos through to worksheets. The courses have a suggested timeframe for completion and come with a free statement of participation on completion.

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Future Learn offers a selection of courses from leading universities, including Henley Business School and cultural institutions from around the world. 

The lessons can be accessed via your computer or smartphone, to help you schedule learning around your daily routine.

The courses vary in length from six to ten weeks and there’s an option to invite a friend to take part with you, by email or social media when you sign up.

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Ivy League Learning

Why not try a course from one of these famous American universities? You can access online courses for free or a small fee from a number of America’s most prestigious universities.

Yale University have provided free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by the university’s esteemed scholars. There are downloadable lecture videos, as well as suggested reading. Harvard is sharing free, self-paced online learning courses, who, for a small fee can award certificates.

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Learning a Language

Proficiency in languages is a vital skill that gives you the opportunity to engage and connect with the world in a meaningful way and can help you in the business world to compete and succeed.

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Rachel Rowland Life Coaching

Get one-to-one coaching programmes where you’ll explore the power of who you are. Discover new ways to create change and experience true confidence in your choices, with Rachel Rowland.

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Review your Soft Skills

According to recent research, there are ten top employability skills that employers are searching for. We’ve suggested why these skills are vital, as well as some recommended ways to improve these areas.

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Creative Writing Courses and Resources


The Arvon Foundation is the UK’s home of creative writing. Their writer’s hub provides writing tips and exercises from Arvon tutors, including some of our leading authors, poets and playwrights and is a great starting point.

Their website hosts a range of tips and resources to help inspire and hone your skills.

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The National Centre for Writing

Head to the National Centre for Writing’s website for access to their digital creative programme and free online resources. They also offer a wide range of online creative writing courses, including their 12 and 24 week tutored courses, designed with the prestigious creative writing school at the University of East Anglia.

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Apples and Snakes

Looking to get inspired? England’s leading poetry and spoken word organisation has a vibrant website to explore.

Start with their Read, Watch, Listen! pages to hear from the artists that are part of the Apples and Snakes community and try something new.

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Masterclass offer online courses taught by leaders in their field. Some of the highlights include creative writing taught by Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman, Shonda Rhimes, James Patterson, Dan Brown and Judy Blume.

There is a charge for courses, but currently you can buy one annual membership and share one free.

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