Adult education courses across the borough

adult education courses

Wokingham Borough Council has a range of courses starting through in September.  All courses are interactive, tutor-led sessions either in a classroom or on Zoom. Application details for all of the courses can be found on the Council’s course listings page or you can enquire via email or by calling 07785 314603.

Wellbeing in Mind courses

The Wellbeing in Mind courses are aimed at adults with mild to moderate mental health issues such as anxiety and sleeplessness. Courses are run on our behalf by Activate Learning – Bracknell and Wokingham college.

If you would like to be included on the mailing list to receive updates of new courses and how to enrol then please email

Courses running this term include:

  • Six Steps To Better Mental Health, 29 September – 10 November, Wednesday 7-9pm, Woodley Hill House
  • Singing4Wellbeing, 1 November – 29 November, Mondays 7-9pm, Online course
  • Intro To Mindfulness Workshop, 15 December, Wednesday 7-9pm, Woodley Hill House
  • Mindfulness Seasonal Nature Walk, meet at Woodley Hill House – date to be confirmed.

Courses for parents or carers

With the start of a new school year there are a variety of courses available for parents and carers. The ‘Raise a Reader’ course looks at techniques which can be used to build a child’s motivation to read, while ‘Helping your child with maths’ course looks at the primary curriculum and gives parents a chance to try some of the methods used themselves.  The ‘Building confidence and resilience in your child’ course looks at preventative measures parents can use to increase resilience.

  • Helping your child with maths, 14 September – 19 October, Tuesdays 10-11.30am, Wokingham Town Centre
  • Raise a Reader,16 September – 23 September, Thursdays 7-8.30pm, Online via Zoom
  • Building confidence and resilience in your child, 23 September – 30 September, 7.30-8.30pm, Online via Zoom 
  • Raise a Reader, 30 September – 7 October, Thursdays 10-11.30am, Online via Zoom

For more details on all these courses – or to apply for a place click HERE.

Digital Skills and IT courses

There are a range of digital and IT courses on offer – from ‘Coding or Excel for beginners’, ‘Excel for work’ or our ‘Digital Skills for beginners’.

  • Coding for beginners, 14 September – 19 October, Tuesdays 6-7pm, Online via Zoom
  • Excel for beginners, 15 September – 6 October, Wednesdays 6-7.30pm, Online via Zoom
  • Excel for Work, 22 September – 20 October, Wednesdays 6.30-8pm, Online via Zoom
  • Digital Skills for Beginners, Tuesdays 2-4pm – ongoing, Online via Zoom at the moment

For more details on all these courses – or to apply for a place click HERE.

If you are interested in the ‘Digital Skills for beginners’ please contact the course admin staff for an initial chat about what you want to learn so that they can tailor their support.  You can contact them via: or 0776 738 0722.

Preparing for employment

The ‘English for Speakers of other languages’ courses are popular with people looking to improve their conversational English or looking to improve their English for work in the future.  The ‘Return to maths’ course is aimed at people who are looking to refresh their skills before applying for a qualification course – or people just wanting to gain some confidence to perhaps help their children in the future. 

  • Return to maths, 15 September – 20 October, Wednesdays 9-10am, Online via Zoom
  • Introduction to being a Teaching Assistant and working in schools, 16 September – 21 October, 16/09/21 – 21/10/21, Woodley Town Centre
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages – Beginners,  22 September – 20 October, Wednesdays 10-11.30am, Online via Zoom
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages – Intermediate,  15 September – 18 October, Mondays 10-11.00am, Online via Zoom

To apply for any of these courses, or to find out more about the course content click HERE or contact them via email or 07785 314603.


For courses starting after 1st August 2021, you need to live or work within the Wokingham Borough, or have a child attending a Wokingham school, be over 19 years old (as of 31st August 2021) AND been a citizen of a country within the EEA and have ordinarily been resident in the EEA for at least 3 years. Also, If you are an EEA National, you need to have obtained either pre-settled or settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme.

There are a number of exemptions including those for asylum seekers or refugees. Please contact the team on 0776 738 0722 if you wish to discuss any exemptions further.

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