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Community learning general information


We have a wide range of courses on offer, from computer skills, arts, crafts cookery and more. See our courses pages for details.


The council receives funding from the Education Skills Funding Agency to provide community learning courses.

To be eligible to attend a course you need to be aged 19 years (as at 31 August 2017) or over and have been resident in the European Union for 3 years or more.

Course fees

Course fees may be paid online, by credit or debit card over the phone or by cash at Bracknell Open Learning Centre.

Fees must be paid in advance in order to confirm a course booking.

Please note that fees are not refundable unless we cancel a course.

Free courses for job seekers

If you are claiming Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) you may be able to attend some courses for free.

Claimants of other benefits, for example Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), may be entitled to subsidies for courses leading to skills-related qualifications.

Please call into the Thursday Job Club held at the Open Learning Centre between 10am and 4pm to discuss what is available for you.

Can’t find what you are looking for?

If you don’t see the course you are looking for, please let us know. We welcome any suggestions you might have.

If you would like to be kept up to date about new courses, like the Open Learning Centre on Facebook or contact us for email updates.

We work closely with other providers in the area. You may also like to search for courses at Bracknell and Wokingham College or Wokingham Borough Council.

Contact Information

Display Name Community Learning Team

Telephone Number 01344 354220

The Open Learning Centre
Rectory Lane
RG12 7GR
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