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Learn in Hackney

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Our offices are closed to the public. You can still contact us online or over the phone, though it may take longer to get through. We're prioritising vulnerable people, such as those facing redundancy, and those in key worker roles.

Do you want to improve your English, maths, or digital skills, gain a qualification to enhance your career, or develop your personal and wellbeing skills?

Hackney offers a wide range of courses. For more information on how to enrol, contact 0208 356 5055 or email

What we offer

Free courses for adults and families in Hackney to learn new skills

  • Group learning where online and in-person courses are taught in classes with other people
  • Community-based classes run by experienced tutors and organisations who know Hackney well.
  • Family-friendly courses where you and your kids can learn new skills together

What you can learn

We offer a broad range of courses that you can take on your own and some that are just for families, so you can learn together.

Here is our Prospectus with an up to date list of courses:


Our most popular courses are:

  • Computer skills
  • Maths skills
  • English (Functional Skills/Literacy) 
  • ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)
  • Career and technical training
  • Art and crafts
  • Life skills, wellbeing and personal development

To express your interest in our available courses complete the following form.

Who is eligible?

To take a course with Hackney Adult Learning you will need:

  • to live in Hackney
  • to be aged 19+ years

Priority will be given to those who are unemployed or in receipt of income-based benefits. Limited spaces are available for those who are employed. Some courses have other eligibility needs.

If you’re not sure you qualify, speak to an advisor.

How to join a course

For information about joining a course, please call 0208 356 5055 or email

Check out our safe online learning tips

Before starting some courses, you’ll need to have a chat with an advisor or tutor so they can make sure the course is a good fit for you. You’ll be able to talk about what you want to learn and why.

It contains key contact details for extra support, how to give us your feedback and lots more.

Page last reviewed: October 29, 2021

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