Adult learning

Find out about learning opportunities available to adults in East Renfrewshire.

Our Adult Learning Services offer a range of learning opportunities for everyone. Whether you want to gain new skills or qualifications, get a new job, go to college or just build your confidence, you'll be welcome to attend the courses we provide.

Who can attend?

Anyone who is 16 or over.

Please note, East Renfrewshire residents will be prioritised.

What courses do we provide?

  • Adult Literacies: brush up on numbers and money
  • Adult Literacies: brush up on reading and writing
  • SQA accredited courses in partnership with West College Scotland and Clyde College (examples include ESOL, IT, Early Years and Childcare, Wellbeing) 
  • SQA accredited courses in Numeracy
  • ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) including ESOL for Work and ESOL for Parents
  • Personal Development and Confidence Building

How much does a course cost?

All of our courses are free.

Please note, West College Scotland offer a few accredited courses for us, which you may have to pay for if you don't qualify for a fee waiver.


Our Adult Learning Service is offering a variety of maths and numeracy based courses for those over 19 years old without Level 5 maths qualification. Courses will focus on developing confidence in maths, maths for parents, maths in the workplace, SQA maths, financial numeracy and maths in the community.

There are options to develop your confidence with numbers as well as gaining a qualification and volunteering opportunities. We're partnering with Glasgow Clyde College, Voluntary Action East Renfrewshire (VAER), our Money Advice & Rights Team and Recovery across Mental Health to assist in the delivery of this project.

If you're aged 16 or over and don't have at least a National 5 or Standard Grade or O-Grade qualification in maths or arithmetic or if your qualification was some time ago, then you are eligible for a free training course.

The free Multiply courses and activities are for adults aged 16 and over:

  • 16 - 18 year olds who are not in education, employment or training.
  • 19 years and over who want to improve your maths skills for work, career or training, and don't have a maths qualification in National 5 at Grade C or if you do, your qualification was some time ago.

If you're interested, call 0141 577 3454 or email

More information

We can also help you develop core skills for work such as:

  • using a computer to edit and update a CV
  • create and use your email account to send your CV to employers
  • complete on-line application forms
  • support to learn how to use the Universal Credit website, enabling you to maintain your claimant commitment
  • upload your CV or other documents to job-sites
  • prepare for entrance exams and speaking confidently at interviews

How to apply

Contact the Adult Learning team

What happens next

When we contact you, we'll arrange a time to phone you to talk about what it is you want to do, develop a learning plan for you by discussing how you feel about your learning and your goals for the future, and arrange learning opportunities that'll suit you.

We'll speak with you at regular intervals to review your progress and support you to identify the correct route for you when you're ready to move on.

Last modified on 25 March 2024