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We offer a wide range of courses for adults across Merton in partnership with our specialist training providers South Thames College and Groundwork London.

Whether you're looking to learn a new skill, boost your career prospects with a qualification, meet people or simply learn for fun, you'll find a course that interests you.

Courses for all adults

These courses are delivered by South Thames College at their Merton campus and in community venues across Merton.

Browse and enrol on Merton adult education courses delivered by South Thames College

With many courses to choose from, our adult learning programme caters for every need. Courses on offer include:

  • Art and Crafts: Drawing, Painting, Sculpture in Clay, Pottery, Stained and Fused Glass, Upholstery, Clothes Making, Embroidery, Photography and more.
  • Childcare and Teacher Training: Supporting Teaching and Learning and Early Years Care and Education
  • Computing and Digital Skills: Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Google Adwords and Analytics, eCommerce, ECDL, Computing, Excel, Microsoft Office and more
  • English and Maths: GCSE English, GCSE Maths, Functional Skills in English, Functional Skills in Maths and more
  • ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)
  • Health: Tai Chi, Yoga, First Aid, etc.,
  • Languages: Spanish, Italian, French, Interpreting, British Sign Language and more
  • Work Skills: CV writing, Interview Skills, Jobsearch, Career matching etc.
  • Professional Development and Lifestyle: Book Keeping, Accounting, Business Start up, Translation and Interpreting, Literature Appreciation, Cake Decorating, Cake Baking, Public Speaking, Counselling, Guitar Rock and Pop and more  

Browse all Merton Adult education courses provided by South Thames College or call the college on 020 8918 7777 with any general or course related enquiries.

Employability and family learning services

Working with Groundwork London, we provide a range of community based family learning and employability courses in accessible venues across Merton throughout the year.

Our family learning courses for parents and carers cover a range of topics including healthy eating, growing, jam making, local history, confidence building, energy saving in the home and more. Our “Keeping up with the kids” course is designed to help parents and carers understand what their children are learning in English, Maths and ICT and improve their skills to enable them to help their children.

Our employability skills training is designed to help those who want to gain employment, boost their confidence or improve their career prospects. The programme is delivered in six, three hour sessions typically spread over six weeks. Courses include training and support in finding job vacancies, writing job applications and CVs, preparing for interviews and accessing work experience.

Courses will be delivered from September 2016 in various venues across Merton.

For more information and to register an interest in any of our family learning and employability programmes, contact Geoff Herschell by email on or telephone on 07702 942144.

Towards Independence - Courses for learners with learning difficulties and /or disabilities

Merton Council will continue to deliver a wide range of courses for adult learners with learning difficulties and disabilities (LLDD) in venues within Merton.

Our new programme of courses will start in late September and will include meal preparation, life skills, moving towards independence, arts and crafts, IT for the visually impaired, lip reading, personal safety, photography, designing a room, dance, looking after yourself, and more.

The courses will be held primarily at three venues: MertonVision at the Guardian Centre, Colliers Wood, Pollards Hill Library and High Path Day Centre. All venues offer a safe environment with good transport links and safe drop-off points.

Our Towards Independence courses are offered to learners on an individual basis. Learners will receive a letter in August offering a course allocation that is most suited to their learning needs and preferences. The letter will include enrolment information, class times, term dates, travel information as well as general course information. A different process is in place for lip reading learners who should contact us directly. Visually impaired learners who want to enrol on the IT course can be referred via Merton Vision.

If you or anyone you know would like to attend one of these courses please call us on 07976 888 657 or email

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This page was last updated on Tuesday 16 August 2016

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