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Adult Education

Kent & Medway Adult Education provides courses for individuals and bespoke courses for businesses in areas such as creative skills, health, sport, leisure and self development.

Courses range from those that help you to develop a hobby, for example painting and drawing, sculpture, pottery and embroidery, to running, yoga, Pilates and dance. They also offer a range of more unusual courses which are ideal for people looking for something different; examples include falconry, canoeing and climbing.

Their wide range of language courses are very popular and include courses in French, German, Spanish, Chinese Mandarin and Russian.

To broaden your qualifications why not enrol on GCSE English, mathematics or psychology, A2 photography or textiles? Courses for general interest include history and law, and for work related courses we have bookkeeping, accounting, ECDL, computing and management. Kent Adult Education also has a beauty and complementary therapies programme allowing individuals to gain ITEC qualifications across a whole range of subjects.

Courses take place across Kent & Medway. You can view Kent's course directories online and you can view courses with Medway learning here

Kent Adult Education

Head Office, College Road, Sittingbourne, Kent ME10 1LF.

Tel: 0845 606 5606
Minicom: 0845 824 7905
Email: contactcentre.adulteducation@kent.gov.uk

Medway Adult Education

Green Street, Gillingham, ME7 5TJ

Tel: 01634 338 400

Email: enquiries@medway.gov.uk

The Open Univeristy

The Open University is a world leader in modern distance learning, enabling you to study at times and in places that are suitable to you.

Medway University of the third age (U3A)

U3A's are self help, self-managed lifelong learning co-operatives for older people who are no longer in full time work, providing opportunities for their members to share learning experiences in a wide range of interest groups and to pursue learning not for qualifications, but for fun. The Medway area has over 40 study groups reflecting both members educational interests and physical activities

Kent and Medway Libraries

Kent and Medway Libraries offer a wide range of services - from free access to books, computers/ internet and information (including local history) to the hire of music, audio books and films. They also provide a wide variety of activities and events.

New to Computers?

Medway libraries reguarly run sessions for people who would like to find out more about using computers. New to computer sessions are ideal if you want to know how to:

  • Use a mouse
  • Print documents
  • Use a keyboard
  • Save work

These sessions are available in all Medway libraries but appointments need to be made in advance. Click here for more information on New to Computers courses

Online resources and reference catalogues

You no longer have to visit a library building to find good quality information for research, study or general interest; you can now access your very own virtual reference collection. This online catalogue lets you search for books and DVDs and put in requests. There is also free access to a wide range of online resources. You just need to enter your library card number.

Mood Boosting Books

Boost Your Mood With A Recommended Read

Research shows that reading improves mental well-being, and reduces stress levels by 67%. Eight reading groups around the UK have read, reviewed and recommended a selection of mood-boosting titles. Why not try one?

Libraries are the ideal places to find a mood-boosting book. As community hubs, libraries are also great places to sample a book group, meet others and get reading recommendations.

Visit Mood Boosting Books for more information

Change 4 Life

Change 4 Life campaign can help you get fitter and healthier, which can be a great help to your mental health.

Visit the Change 4 Life website for more information


Keeping well in mind and body is something we all aspire to. This website shows you new ways to approach wellbeing, through learning to harness your natural creativity. Explore hundreds of creative activities, together with insights into their wellbeing benefits. Experience, for yourself the many ways that art can enhance your life. Expert advice will guide you all the way.

Start2 is made by arts and wellbeing team Start, an award-winning NHS service.

Visit the Start2 website



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