Education Advice Hub

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Summary of sections: 

  1. Learn Hillingdon - Adult Community Education - About the service, website and key documents
  2. Hillingdon Schools - Provides information about schools in the borough
  3. Universities and UCAS - Universities and colleges in and around Hillingdon and course search links to UCAS
  4. Adult Learning - Links to adult learning resources and websites
  5. Bursaries, Grants and Funding - Eligibility criteria and how to apply
  6. Hillingdon Libraries - Information and links to Hillingdon Libraries and the services offered

1. Learn Hillingdon - Adult Community Education

Brochure cover

This section covers:

  1. Information about the service, what we do, our mission and our centres in the borough

  2. Learn Hillingdon key documents - Website, ALDD  brochure, learner handbook

1.1. About the service


Learn Hillingdon offers hundreds of courses for day, evening or weekend study, with centres around the borough.

  • We provide courses for adults aged 19 and over who wish to learn a new skill, improve their English, maths or digital skills, or change their career.

  • We offer impartial and practical information and advice, with an aim to support you in identifying and achieving your end goal, whether you are learning with us or not. 

  • Through our Education and Careers Hub we will help support you in making fully informed choices that will help move you towards realising your ambitions and unlocking your potential.

  • We have a wide range of courses including ESOL, Maths, English, IT, Childcare, Floristry and many more vocational courses.

  • We also offer a wide range of courses in community settings. These courses are designed to help residents access learning that enhances their everyday lives and support them to progress.

Mission Statement Mission statement

Our Vision:  That every learner receives an outstanding learning experience that supports them towards a clearly identified and ambitious goal and encourages their economic, social and emotional wellbeing.  

Our Values: Aspiration, Commitment, Integrity, Passion, Pride. 

Our Mission:

  • To put learners at the heart of everything we do, providing a safe, purposeful and focused environment in which to learn

  • To provide consistently outstanding learning opportunities for all adult residents

  • To provide robust and successful vocational and second chance learning opportunities for residents, offering a clear line of sight to work

  • To improve the English, maths and digital literacy skills of residents 

  • To increase the engagement of disadvantaged groups and residents from deprived communities in learning

  • To promote residents health, wellbeing and independent living through bespoke learning opportunities

  • To provide free, high quality information, advice and guidance for every adult resident who requests it, whether or not they are enrolled with us.

  • To be a sought-after place to work that values employees’ ideas and contributions and is driven by high standards, continuous improvement and a desire to ‘go the extra mile’.

This organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of learners and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. 

Adult Education Centres:


The addresses, phone numbers, transport and directions  to adult and community education centres in Hillingdon can be found below.

Click View courses to browse our range of courses.

Enrolling on a course:

To enrol onto our Learning for yourself courses (which do not have a qualification attached), please enrol online.

Our English, Maths, ESOL and digital skills courses require you to take a skills assessment before you enrol. Some assessments can be taken online and others are held in our centres.

To enrol on our Work and life courses (which have a qualification attached), we need you to complete a skills assessment to find out what your starting point is. You can book a skills assessment session using this online form: skills assessment booking form Once you have completed the form, we will email you with a link to the online skills assessment session.

If you are unable to do a skills assessment online, we will make an appointment for you to attend one of our Our centres

If you have any general questions or questions about the enrolment process, please call 01895 556455.

1.2. Key Hillingdon Adult and Community Learning Documents

1. Website


Visit our website for information on our course offer,  how we can support you and to enrol online for non qualification courses. 

2. ALDD Brochure: 

Please click on ALDD brochure for courses which support independent living and skills for work. 

3. Learner Handbook

Learner Handbook 20-21
The Learner handbook includes information about what to expect while learning with us; equality and diversity; staying safe; quality assurance and how to access support with your learning. Click below to access Learner Handbook:

Learner Handbook 2020-21
ALDD Learner HAndbook 2019-20


2. Hillingdon Schools

Schools in Hillingdon

Hillingdon Schools: Click here for information on finding a school, school placements & admissions, special education needs schools, welfare, attendance & exclusions etc. 

3. Further Education, Universities and UCAS

further education

Further education

  • Uxbridge College provides the skills needed to study higher education at college or at university, to prepare for work with an apprenticeship or to go straight into a great career.
  • Stanmore College delivers a range of A level and vocational programmes to 16-19 and 19+ learners both day and evening, part time and full time.

University and higher education



The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service is a UK-based organisation whose main role is to operate the application process for British universities.

You can use the UCAS calculator. The UCAS calculator enables you, the student, to input your A/AS Level grades then calculate how many UCAS points you need to go to university and study a course

UCAS -  full time course search 

UCAS - Part time and distance learning course search offers options of courses to study online.

You can also use financial support for Higher Education. If you need more information please go to:  Student Finance  

4. Adult Education

HACL courses

Learn Hillingdon offers hundreds of courses for day, evening or weekend study, with centres around the borough.

Listen to our Service Manager, Debbie Scarborough, on Uxbridge FM about the adult education in the London Borough of Hillingdon

View our courses
To enrol on 'learning for yourself 'courses that do not have a qualification attached, please enrol online.
To enrol on 'learning for work and life' courses that do have a qualification attached, we need you to complete a skills assessment to find out what your starting point is. If you would like a member of staff to contact you to discuss your choice before enrolling, please complete this form.
Make an enquiry

A charity dedicated to bringing high-quality, professional education into the heart of communities.

The University of the Third Age is an international movement whose aims are the education and stimulation of mainly retired members of the community—those in their third 'age' of life.

5. Bursaries, Grants and Funding


This section includes information with links to websites and resources on bursaries, grants and funding, the eligibility criteria and how to apply.

  • 16-19 Bursary Fund to help with education-related costs. 

    A bursary is money that you, or your education or training provider, can use to pay for things like:

    • clothing, books and other equipment for your course
    • transport and lunch on days you study or train

  • Advanced Learner Loans You can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the costs of a course at a college or training provider in England. You’ll have to start repaying your loan when your income is over the ‘threshold’ amount.

6. Hillingdon Libraries


All London Borough of Hillingdon residents have access to Hillingdon Library services. This includes computer access and access to online learning opportunities. 

Click on the links below for more information.