Enrol on our creative, gardening, family and wellbeing courses

We have hundreds of courses for you to choose from here at Waltham Forest Adult Learning Service. Aside from gaining job skills and digital skills, our courses can help expand your creativity and wellbeing.

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Art, crafts and fashion

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From DIY art to dress-making, learn all sorts of creative courses with us. Find your course and enrol today or read more about our art, crafts and fashion courses.

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Horticulture and gardening

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Get outdoors with us and learn about plants in green spaces all around Waltham Forest. Find your course and enrol today or read more about our horticulture and gardening workshops and courses.

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Free courses: creativity, wellbeing and family learning

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For relaxation tips, mindful art, everyday maths and English, parenting classes, family activities and more, book our free community and family learning courses.

Find your course and enrol today or read more about our community, family, creative and cultural learning workshops and courses.

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Enrol with us: book online

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Please enrol at least one day before the start of the course(s) you want to do.

You don’t need an assessment for most of our art, crafts, fashion, gardening, community learning and family learning courses and workshops. This means you can enrol using our online course finder. You will need to select the relevant area, for example ‘Art, crafts and fashion’, ‘Horticulture & gardening’, ‘Community’ or ‘Family learning’ for the course you want to do.

Enrol today: find your course(s) and enrol using our online course finder.

Need help? Start with our guide to enrolling online or phone us on 020 8496 2974.

Who can attend

Our courses are open to all adults aged 19 and older. Some family learning courses are for adults and children together.

Free courses and discounts

Many of our courses are free or up to 70 percent off depending on your circumstances. If you don’t qualify for free courses, book early to get a 10 percent discount!


Our courses are either online, in-class (outdoors for gardening courses) or a mix of these (blended). Each course description or listing shows the course location(s).

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Wellbeing programme (socially prescribed)

Learners and tutors on social prescribing courses at Waltham Forest Adult Learning Service and outdoor spaces including Walthamstow Wetlands. Composite of four images: learner doing screenprinting, tutor showing a drawing to a learner, the back of an adult outdoors in the rain with an umbrella, a tutor in a raincoat presenting a class under a tree.
Social prescribing – or community referral – allows GPs, nurses and other primary care health professionals to refer people to a range of local non-clinical services. Our award-winning wellbeing programme includes a range of creative and gardening courses at different venues in the borough. Interested? Find out how to take part in our socially prescribed wellbeing programme.

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Other courses: English, maths, digital skills and more

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Need new skills for work or want to change career? We have courses and training for beginners and experienced learners in subjects ranging from English and maths to childcare to hair and beauty.

For English, maths, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and any courses that can give you a formal qualification, you will need to do a free pre-course assessment with us before you can enrol.

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Please note: the group images of learners and staff on our website were taken before Covid-19 safety measures and restrictions.