It's Never Too Late for College

The Evening Standard (London, England), May 18, 2010 | Go to article overview

It's Never Too Late for College


ADULT learners will soon be able to pick up skills for life and work in a stunning new location which promises to open up even more opportunities for lifelong learning. City of Westminster College, which offers more than 250 full and part-time courses to students each year, is looking forward to the opening of its new [pounds sterling]102 million campus on Paddington Green next January.

Anyone 19 or over is classified as an adult learner in teaching terms -- and the college welcomes all ages and stages: in fact, its oldest learner to date was over 85 when he joined the college to brush up on his English.

For those interested in learning for fun, the college offers classes -- some of them in the evenings -- for students who want to pursue a hobby or simply learn something new. These include short courses in photography, life drawing, photoshop, DIY car maintenance and DIY PC maintenance. Language classes are also offered. With some of these classes, students have the option to sit an exam to earn an extra qualification for work or move on to a higher-level course. But much of the college's provision is also designed to ensure that its students can access the work place. This includes Personal Best, a 10-week course for people of any age who don't have a Level 2 qualification, which builds confidence, skills and self-esteem, and provides volunteering experience at major events. Participants work towards a Level 1 qualification and it could lead to opportunities to volunteer at the London 2012 Olympics.

Team, a 12-week programme, is for unemployed young people aged up to 25 which the college runs in conjunction with The Prince's Trust. …

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