Adult Learning

Courses Available

Please see below details of several local organisations who organise and run many and varied courses in this area:


FREE English Lessons For Women

Run by Salaam Women's Fellowship at St Paul's Church on Blandford Road, AL1 4JP, this group of volunteers offer FREE English lessons to women needing support and encouragement in gaining language skills to aid their integration into life in the UK.

The group usually runs from 1pm to 2.45pm on Wednesdays during term time, enabling ladies to leave in time to collect school children if necessary.

Ladies with babies and toddlers are also very welcome; although there is not a separate crèche, there are toys available to play with.

The aim of the group is to help those ladies who are either unable to go to college, or who go to college but would benefit from extra language practise in a very relaxed environment.

Please contact St Paul's Church office on 01727 846 281 or office@stpauls-stalbans.org to find out when the next class will be; there will be no classes during Ramadan.

Oaklands College also deliver English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses - they are delivered at Camp School and London Colney School - £80 for 20 weeks.  For more details please click here.


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Hertfordshire Adult and Family Learning Service (HAFLS) receives funding from the Skills Funding Agency to provide a variety of learning opportunities for adults and families across Hertfordshire; "affordable courses that enhance the lives of local communities."  They offer a wide range of courses, including:

Preparation for Life and Work courses include:

  • Confidence Building
  • ICT for Beginners & Intermediate learners
  • Art Courses
  • Exercise Courses
  • CV Writing
  • First Aid
  • Anger Management
  • Drama
  • Music

Wider Family Learning Courses

  •  Family Arts & Crafts, Funky Food, Story Sacks, Dad and Me, Outdoor Fun, Creative Clay and others.

Family English language or Maths Courses 

  • Play and Talk, Family Health, Keeping Up With the Children, Parent and Child English Language and Maths, Family Finance and others.

Qualification courses in English & Maths are offered at all  levels up to Level 2. 

  • Functional Skills in English, Maths and Certificates in English and Maths.


For more information on HAFLS and the courses they have an offer, visit their website here, or click here to have a look at their 2016/17 leaflet.  Alternately, you can call 01992 556 194 or email hafls@hertfordshire.gov.uk

Also, if you are interested in a particular course please let us know as we are able to arrange to host courses if there is enough demand!

HAFLS works with providers in Welwyn, Hatfield and St Albans to deliver courses locally.  For more information contact the providers below.

Oaklands College

Offers a broad range of courses to appeal to learners of all ages.

Website: www.oaklands.ac.uk/courses/
Email: acl@oaklands.ac.uk
Contact Centre 01727 737 000
Adult and Community Learning 01727 737 154

University of Hertfordshire

Deliver a range of courses on-site at Hatfield within the University premises.  Courses include Web Design for beginners & intermediates, Illustration, Interior Design and Introduction to Art Therapy.

Website: go.herts.ac.uk/creativeshortcourses
Email: ad-shortcourses@herts.ac.uk
Telephone: 01707 285327


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bsv_logo.png  BeauSandVer Consortium in St Albans (made up of Beaumont, Sandringham and Verulam Schools) provides a wide variety of after-school and evening courses for children, parents, family members, teachers, and anyone in the wider community.  They offer adult evening classes in modern foreign languages, arts and crafts (art textiles, watercolours, drawing skills, flower arranging, jewellery making), choir, creative writing, woodwork, flower arranging, jazz band, and for children, street dance classes and a Super Science club after school.  Please check out their website at www.bsvcourses.co.uk for more details and prices, or click here for the current term’s programme.

For further information, or to enrol, contact Carole Heselton on 01727 754 113 or email carole.heselton@verulam.herts.sch.uk


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dcfl_logo.pngDCFL (Dacorum Communities For Learning) is a local charity offering very low cost courses that are part funded by the Government.  They run a huge variety of courses, for example:

  • Computer courses for complete beginners
  • Internet, Email & Skype
  • Microsoft Word, Further MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Publisher
  • Digital Photograph Editing
  • Spanish and German
  • Arts & Crafts, Watercolour Painting and Creative Writing
  • HOW to use and get the most out of your mobile phone
  • Level 2 Certificate in Food Hygiene & Handling
  • Learning to play Bridge

They would also like to hear your suggestions for future courses.

Please call their office on 01442 251 930 or email admin@dcfl.org.uk for course prices and further information about courses.


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For further information on learning opportunities in St Albans, Welwyn and Hatfield, please visit the HertsDirect.org website by clicking here.