Learning in Bromley

There are many places offering learning opportunities for adults in Bromley.  Pile of books

Further and higher education colleges offer a variety of courses leading to academic and vocational qualifications.  Details on the courses available and how to apply can be found at the individual college websites (listed below).

Further Education (FE) is normally open to students aged 16 plus; Higher Education (HE) normally applies to those aged 18 plus. Students may be eligible for financial assistance for living expenses and travel costs.

Further & Higher Education colleges in Bromley:

  • Bromley College of Further and Higher Education
  • Bromley Adult Education College
  • Nash College of Further Education (for young people with physical and learning difficulties)
  • Workers' Educational Association

Bromley College of Further and Higher Education has two main sites (Bromley and Orpington Campuses). They specialise in helping people acquire skills and qualifications for working life. Courses have a very strong vocational bias, which means that they have been designed with work in mind - and offer a huge range of different subject areas.   Vocational courses recognise different kinds of learning styles and skills.  Courses offer roads to new skills, new jobs and higher education – giving all students the chance to build a future in the modern world.

The college has over 8,000 students - around 1,700 young people, 5,000 adult learners, 750 higher education students and 250 14-15 year olds attending from local schools. 

A new option for 14 year olds: September 2014 sees the launch of our new 14-16 College, which will offer something completely new for young people.

Students choosing their options can now study full-time with us. They will take GCSEs in key subjects including English, Maths and Science, alongside vocational qualifications such as Construction, Hair and Beauty, Engineering and Motor Vehicle. New! Introduction from the Head of our 14-16 College

The benefits of enrolling at Bromley College include:

  • More individual support
  • Practical training facilities, including industry standard working hair and beauty salons and a state-of-the-art Technology Centre
  • A range of free events ensuring that you will enjoy your time at College
  • Opportunities to undertake work placements and increase your future chances of getting a job
  • Studying at a college graded by Ofsted as 'Good' with 'Outstanding' features

Bromley Adult Education College - has a well deserved reputation for offering good quality part time adult education courses. These are taught by enthusiastic, experienced and well qualified tutors. From archery to yoga, counselling to silversmithing you really will find something of interest to you. Some courses lead to a qualification whilst others are designed to help you acquire new knowledge and develop new skills.

The College has three main centres across the Borough. The Widmore Centre, which is close to the centre of Bromley, the Kentwood Centre in Penge and the Poverest Centre on the Orpington / Petts Wood border. In addition we run courses at a variety of community venues across the Borough. Whichever centre you choose, you will find them all a friendly place to learn.

Nash College of Further Education is part of Livability which aims to give disabled and disadvantaged people real choice about how they live their lives. It is a specialist further education college, providing holistic education through a curriculum geared to the development of the individual. Where students are encouraged to pursue outside interests and live a full social life. In particular, young people are supported in developing skills that maximise their independence and choice as they prepare for life beyond full time education.  The college provides residential and day further education for 65 students, aged from 18 to 25 years. 

Workers' Educational Association (WEA) >With the support of over 400 local branches, 3,000 volunteers, 2,000 part-time tutors and our active membership, the WEA provides high quality, student-centred and tutor-led education for adults from all walks of life. We bring education into the heart of communities, helping people learn whatever they want - from maths and English to local history.

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