Education and lifelong learning information

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Primary and secondary education

Further and higher education



Student finance

Languages and English for speakers of other languages

  • Babbel This resource is offering free access for Ukrainian refugees to language resources
  • Cheshire and Warrington Equality and Race Centre (CHAWREC) Based in Chester, offering English speakers of other languages (ESOL) a range of classes with qualified ESOL tutors. All abilities are catered for with both accredited and non-accredited classes and one to one support
  • Duolingo Learn a language for free. Also provides help with learning English as a second language. The default language of the webpage can be changed from English to another language, e.g. Ukrainian
  • English Language Centre The English Language Centre in Chester is a British Council accredited school. The general English course aims to develop communicating effectively in English. All aspects of language are covered, with an emphasis on speaking and listening
  • ESOL providers in the North West Interactive map of ESOL and IELTS providers in the North West
  • Learn a Language
  • Learn English for Free with Cheshire East Skills and Lifelong Learning
  • Learn English Online British Council site for teachers and learners of English
  • Mondly app Learn 41 languages from your native language via the Mondly app which is accessible on any device. Mondly is offering free mobile language courses for Ukrainian refugees
  • Open Culture language courses Learn over 40 languages for free online
  • SayHi Voice translation app with 101 languages and dialects
  • Tradduka Translation service for English to Ukrainian and other languages
  • Translator EU Translation service for English to Ukrainian and other languages
  • Ukraine Unlimited Learning  Learning and entertainment platform from Odilo. Ukrainian students, teachers and families can access 3,000 e-books and audiobooks. Learn new languages, cultures, history of the country of residence and many other subjects through virtual classes, book clubs and other learning experiences. Free apps available: Ukraine Unlimited Learning for Android and Ukraine Unlimited Learning for Apple

Lifelong learning

  • City & Guilds Career and leisure courses, including NVQs and SVQs
  • City and Guilds apprenticeships
  • Employment Skills and Community Learning Advice and courses from Cheshire East Skills and Lifelong Learning team
  • Find Courses Professional and personal development courses
  • FutureLearn Free online courses from top universities and specialist organisations on a wide variety of subjects and skills areas
  • Google Digital Garage Expand your career or business, and upgrade your  digital skills
  • Guild for Lifelong Learning Offers a range of classes and course for adults, in partnership with Cheshire East Lifelong Learning
  • LearnDirect Flexible courses via a local centre or from home
  • Learn my Way from UK Online Centres has online courses from IT basics to shopping, job hunting, looking after your money and health & wellbeing
  • Open Learn Free learning resources from the Open University
  • Prince's Trust Team personal development programme Develop your skills and potential, increase confidence, self-esteem, teamwork and employability skills. Free for young people aged 16-25 years who are not in education, employment or training. Delivered by Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service
  • Right Driver Practise the Highway Code online for free. All the DVSA revision. Questions for car, motorbike, lorry or bus. Compatible with phone, computer or tablet
  • Skills Toolkit Free courses to help you learn new skills or change job. Hosted by
  • Springboard Community, business and online courses, and work hubs
  • Theory Test Pro S Simulation of UK's theory driving test
  • University of the Third Age (U3A) Learning cooperative for people who are retired or semi-retired
  • Vocational courses Free courses under the government's Plans for Jobs
  • We Find Any Learner Matches people to free funded training courses nationally, using leading training providers. Suitable for individuals wanting personal development or organisations looking to upskill their workforce
  • Where to Find Free Online Learning Advice from the National Careers Service
  • Workers' Educational Association Provider of adult learning

Special educational needs and disabilities

Page last reviewed: 18 March 2024