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Lifelong learning

Learning new skills and gaining knowledge is a great way to keep your mind active and to meet new people.

Swansea Lifelong Learning offer a range of non-vocational programmes throughout the Swansea area in community based settings. Courses include cookery, arts and crafts, computing and woodwork. A complete list of courses and information on how to book is available on the Adult education - lifelong learning pages of this website.


Want to get online but don't know where to start? Get Swansea Online run free computer and tablet courses to help you. Courses are run over 5 weeks and are 2 hours long. The sessions are tailored to meet the needs of the people taking part. You can find more information on the courses on the Get Swansea online (free computer courses) pages of this website. If you would like to take part in a course you can book by phoning Lifelong Learning on 01792 470171.


Welsh courses are available for adults who would like to learn the language or brush up on their command of the language. Whether its to help with grandchildren's school work or to meet new people there is a course for you. Courses are run by Swansea University on behalf of the National Centre for Learning Welsh. You can find out information on the courses on their website at new window. If you would prefer to speak to someone you can phone them on 01792 602070.


The University of the Third Age (U3A) is a nationwide organisation of members who share knowledge and experience with others in interest groups. In Swansea there are over 90 activity groups who meet regularly as well as a programme of talks and dinners, quizzes and social events. The U3A approach to learning is - learning for pleasure. There is no accreditation or validation and there are no assessments or qualifications to be gained. You can find out about the Swansea group and how to take part in their activities on their website at new window.


Online learning

If you are looking to learn something new then how about trying an online course. The Open University run free course as part of their OpenLearn programme. With over 900 courses at different levels and support from games, videos and podcasts there is plenty to choose from. Many of their courses act as an introduction to their degree programs to extend your learning even further. You can find out more and browse courses on their website at new window.

FutureLearn also provide courses from a number of universities and specialist organisations. With 93 partners worldwide there is a large variety of courses that you can take. Courses vary in length with most being between six and ten weeks long although there are some shorter two or three week courses. You can find out more and browse courses on their website at www.futurelearn.comOpens new window.

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