Learning with WEA London
At the WEA, the student is placed at the centre of all our planning and delivery. We do our best to ensure that learning with us is pleasurable as well as stimulating, and that what is learnt - and the way it is learnt - is tailored to students’ own needs as closely as possible.
Courses are offered in response to local community demand- to what students say they want, rather than what others think they should need; and, as much as possible, course content itself is negotiated between students and tutor. In these ways (and very much in keeping with the democratic principles which underpin the WEA), students are placed at the centre of decision-making about their own learning.
Our General Programme provides part-time evening and daytime classes in a wide range of subjects. Much of our branch programme is based in outer London, while courses with partners such as the British Museum take place in Central London.
Learning is the most important part of teaching. We believe every students experience of education should be enjoyable and stimulating. What you learn - and the way you learn it - should meet your needs and goals.
Our courses are always organised in response to demand - to what students say they want, rather than what others think they need. Our volunteers, tutors and organisers spend a lot of time finding out what our students want to learn.
Unlike other colleges, all our courses take place in the community - or rather, the many communities that make up London. Some are open to everyone; others are only for members of specific communities. Some are free; some cost a small amount each term.
Student Case Studies
Bill - 70 years old, former civil servant, not seeking a qualification, interests: science, genetics
Joan - 52 years old, professional, interests: the humanities, part-time higher education, university level
Nirmal - 27 years old, unemployed, in a long term hostel, interests: writing, painting
Michael - 18 years old, youth club member, interests: film-making, script-writing, music technology
If you have problems paying for a course or have a special need of any kind, we may be able to help. Please see our learner support information for further details.