Adult Courses

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For your curious mind. A programme of vibrant subjects for you to study wherever you are.

Online courses

Join us for one-off or sessional courses delivered online, the perfect way to be kind to your mind right now.

Learn Live courses are 90 minute sessions with our expert tutors. Listen, reflect and discuss with your fellow participants, with just 35 places per course.

Craft Live courses are 90 minute creative courses for you to get hands-on with a new skill. With just 18 participants per course, you’ll get expert guidance from our tutors.

Webinars are a great way to sit back and absorb presentations from our expert speakers, before they guide you to apply what you’ve learnt to your own projects.

All our online courses take place on Zoom, and we will email you a joining link the day before.

Who are our courses for?

Courses are for adults aged 18 years and over. If you are aged between 16-17 years, please contact adultLearning@bl.uk and your parent/guardian will be asked to sign a permission form.

Our courses are in English and are mostly aimed at beginners unless otherwise stated. Please check the individual course outline for specific details.

Sign up to hear about future courses

We're regularly developing new courses. If you would like to join our mailing list to be notified when courses are open for booking, please email adultlearning@bl.uk.

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Learn Live: African Women Writers Series

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Learn Live: Life Writing – Biography

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Learn Live: Intermediate Old English

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Learn Live Life: Writing – Family History Research

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Craft Live: Poster Making – ‘Finding Joy’

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Craft Live: Activist Embroidery

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Learn Live: Old English for Beginners

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Craft Live: Drawing and Mindfulness

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Craft Live Drawing and Mindfulness

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Learn Live: Intermediate Old English

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Learn Live: Writing Comedy Scenes for Novels and Short Stories

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Learn Live: Memoir - Getting Started

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Learn Live: Introduction to Hebrew

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Craft Live Drawing and Mindfulness

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Learn Live: Memoir - Shaping Your Story

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Learn Live: Memoir - The Art of Remembering

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Webinar: Creating Comedy Characters

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Learn Live: Intermediate Old English

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