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How to join a course

How to join an ESOL, English or Maths course at Idea Store Learning

Our courses are very popular, and as a result we cannot guarantee a place for everybody. If we cannot find you a course, we will always try and signpost you to other providers across the borough.

Before you can enrol on a course, you will need to complete an assessment of your level and needs.


If you are interested in applying for an ESOL course, please visit our ESOL page for more information, or email  if you have any questions.

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Digital skills and IT

If you are interested in applying for a Digital Skills course, please visit our Digital Skills page to book an assessment appointment, or email our digital skills team if you have any questions.

English and Maths classes

Our Functional Skills English and Maths classes are now full for September 2023.

Please check back here on Monday 4 December 2023 to book an assessment appointment for January 2024.

If you are interested in applying for a Multiply Maths course, please book an appointment here: Maths, Multiply and English Enquiry List

This is NOT an ESOL course.

Please email if you have any questions.


Are you currently looking for work but need to improve your skills or gain a qualification?

We work in partnership with WorkPath to offer a range of unique ESOL, English, Maths and Employability courses that can help you on your pathway to employment. For more information about WorkPath and to register as a client please visit the Workpath website.

As part of the registration process, you will complete an online English and Maths assessment and your advisor can refer you to our courses if you need additional support.

Early Help Children and Families Service

As part of the LBTH Early Help Children and Families Service, the Parenting and Adult Education (PAE) team coordinate courses, programmes and employment pathways for families with children birth – 19 years old (25 years old for children with SEND).

Their offer is focused on enabling early steps into parenting and education which includes:

  • increasing parenting capacity and knowledge
  • access to education and training
  • employability and good job opportunities
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Is English your second language and you want to practise speaking it with others? Then join our weekly Conversation Club. 

Mondays, 11am - 12noon
Idea Store Watney Market

Tuesdays, 11am - 12noon
Idea Store Chrisp Street