Adult Education

We are delighted to be relaunching our programme of adult education for January 2024!

We have been working hard to refresh the programme ready for the centenary of Henry Morris’ appointment as Chief Education Officer in Cambridge. Morris wrote his famous memorandum in 2024 which led to the founding of the Village Colleges. Morris referred to ‘raising the school leaving age to 90’ , and placing the College ‘as the community centre of the neighbourhood’. We are delighted to be opening our doors again to the community and beginning to relaunch our offer. 

In line with our ethos as an IB World School, our programme for the spring focuses largely on language learning, with classes in French, Portuguese, Mandarin and Italian. We will be continuing to offer pottery, yoga, ballroom dancing and adding in classes in upholstery and resin. In addition to these courses, we will be running heavily subsidised ESOL classes and functional skills maths classes.  

Our classes are run by enthusiastic and experienced teachers and we are very excited to offer a unique opportunity within Cambridgeshire for families to join classes together. The programme will be open to ‘parent/carer and child’ options, where children aged 14+ will be able attend classes accompanied by their parent/carer for 50% of the full cost.  

The full list of classes, days and times are here: 


  • Ballroom Dancing: Beginners (Wednesdays 8.00-9.00pm) 
  • Ballroom Dancing: Improvers (Wednesdays 7.00-8.00pm) 
  • Creative Writing (Thursdays 6.30pm – 8.30pm)
  • Indian Cookery (Mondays 6.30–8.30pm)
  • Indian Cookery (Wednesdays 6.30–8.30pm)
  • Mixed Media / Assemblage (Wednesdays 7.00pm – 9.00pm)
  • Pottery: Beginners (Mondays 7.00-9.00pm) 
  • Pottery: Improvers (Wednesdays 7.00-9.00pm) 


  • Portuguese for Beginners (Thursdays 6.00-7.15pm) 
  • French for Beginners (Thursdays 7.30-8.45pm) 
  • Mandarin for Beginners (Tuesdays 6.00-7.15pm) 
  • Italian for Beginners (Mondays 7.30pm-8.45pm)  

Community Access (subsidised courses) 

  • English for speakers of other languages (ESOL)- Level 1 (Mondays 6.00-7.15pm) 
  • Functional Skills Maths Level 2- preparing for Level 2/GCSE (Wednesdays 6.00-7.15pm) 

We are always looking to expand the programme and are keen to add more classes from April 2024. If you would be interested in running a class, please contact


Browse our courses

Ballroom Dancing for Beginners

Ballroom Dancing for Non-Beginners

Creative Writing

English for Speakers of Others Languages

French for Beginners

Indian Cooking

Italian for Beginners

Mandarin Chinese for Beginners

Mathematical Functional Skills Level 2

Mixed Media / Assemblage

Portuguese for Beginners

Pottery for Beginners

Pottery for Improvers

Resin Coasters – Course 1

Resin River Plaque – Course 2

Concessionary Fees

Concessionary discounts of 25% (excluding materials) are available if you are in receipt of a means-tested benefit: JSA/ESA or Universal Credit; Carers Allowance or a social care assessment (EHCP, DLA PIP). Evidence of this must be presented on enrolment. It is also possible to pay by instalments – please ask for details.

ELA employees also receive a 50% discount on any adult education classes.


Refunds are only available if we close a class or you choose to withdraw no less than two weeks before the start date. In the latter instance, there will be an administrative charge of £5.00. If a class is cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control, such as snow or tutor illness, an extra class or classes will be added to the programme and no refund will be available.


  • A refund will only be given if you cancel a booking more than 2 weeks before the start date.
  • No refunds will be given if the course has started.
  • If Community Learning cancels a course/workshop a full refund will be given.


Online via our website, or in person on Wednesday mornings between 9am and 12pm in the main College reception.

Contact for further information

T 01223 200400


Free parking is available at the College on the hard playground area and at the front of the College.


There is a bus stop right outside the College. The College is on the Citi 8 route.

We are only a short walk away from the Guided Bus stop (1 mile). Please contact the office for directions to get to the College from the stop in Histon.

Closure of College

In the event of severe weather conditions that could result in school closure, please check the website or tune into local radio for up-to-date information.

Equalities statement

We are fully committed to equality of opportunity and welcome enrolments from everyone.

We positively encourage all learners with any concerns about specific needs which might affect their learning to discuss their requirements with us in confidence. We believe that everyone is entitled to learn in an environment that is free from discriminatory behaviour so that we build a community based on mutual trust and respect.

We will ensure that resources and equipment are accessible to all and make reasonable adjustments to ensure that all learners can access activities.

Insurance and losses

The College cannot accept responsibility for loss of personal property left on the premises, nor for damage to cars and bicycles.


By enrolling on one our courses, you are agreeing to our health declaration and confirming that you do not have any injury or illness which will affect your ability to participate safely in the course. If you have any concerns , you should speak to a medical professional before attending. You should also make the instructor aware of any injuries or illnesses prior to the start of the course.

A copy of our health declaration can be found here.

No smoking

Government Legislation, introduced on 1st July 2007, places a total ban on smoking in public places. Impington Village College operates a No Smoking policy. Learners wishing to smoke are asked to do so away from the immediate vicinity of the College.

General Data Protection Regulation

All students will be required to complete an enrolment form for the course they are attending. Details are governed by the General Data Protection Regulation. Our privacy notices can be found here.


We have made arrangements to ensure that you are safe at our centre. If you feel you are not safe for any reason, for example through verbal or physical abuse or you have been discriminated against, tell your tutor or the Centre Manager. We will investigate and try to resolve the situation.

Language courses

If you are unsure about the level of your language skills, please speak to the office and we will ask tutors to contact you to discuss your needs further.

For guidance:

  • Beginner – No experience necessary
  • Improver – 50-60 hours prior experience required
  • Intermediate – 120 hours prior experience required
  • Advanced or conversation – Over 120 hours prior experience required

To attend our courses, you must book in advance.  Please note that places on our courses are only secure upon receipt of full payment.  To avoid disappointment, it is advisable to book early.

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