Financial Literacies & Financial Citizenship

Financial Literacies sessions help learners deal with the financial transactions they come across in their day-to-day lives, including understanding payslips, credit card costs, paying bills, and an overview of in- and out-of-work benefits. Designed around the needs, interests and numeracy levels of learners, these classes take some of the stress out of money-management.

Research and Writing Skills

Want to tell the story of your group or organisation, but don’t know how to begin? Want to get service-users talking about their lives or interests? Fancy doing a bit of research into your local community, or investigate an episode in history that interests your branch members? WEA tutors can help turn your group’s idea into reality, embedding literacy and ICT skills where required.

Creative Writing

Through getting involved in a range of creative writing projects, learners will develop a closer relationship to, and pleasure in, their own writing. Placing learners at the centre of their learning, no two WEA Creative Writing courses are alike. Past projects have seen learners publish books of their work, perform at venues throughout Glasgow or go on to take part in a variety of further learning.

Each Creative Writing Course run by the WEA is unique, responding to the needs and desires of each particular group.

Charity Counts – Numeracy for Charity Shop Volunteers

The WEA has developed practical numeracy based training for charity shop volunteers to help increase charity shop surpluses and develop skills for everyday life and the retail sector

Financial Literacies for ESOL learners

The overall aim of the learning programme will be to enable participants to make better and more informed financial choices, to understand and manage a budget and equip them with the knowledge and skills to live a life free from debt.  The course is aimed at low level ESOL learners

This course has been developed and piloted with a grant from the Bank of Scotland Foundation.

It is a well-established fact that accumulating and unmanageable debt is a fact of life for many families.


This course aims to use the shared life experience of older people to help combat isolation, reduce loneliness and provide mental stimulation.

ESOL in the Workplace

To assist participating learners improve their English language and communication skills and help with employability and integration. Learners could for example include migrant workers needing to understand the language of their workplace and communities.

ESOL for Resettlement and Integration

While COVID 19 has brought its share of challenges, Education Coordinator for the Women in the Highlands Project: Harriet Tay, outlines a number of benefits that have materialised from the delivery of virtual learning

ESOL Survival English

‘Survival English ESOL’ is a flexible programme aiming to equip those possessing basic language abilities with essential English skills.  We encourage social connections and familiarity with local community and culture. 

The programme will build learner confidence to engage in further learning and utilise established relationships with ESOL providers to provide progression routes.

Open Programmes Edinburgh and Lothians

To make available stimulating and enjoyable adult learning opportunities to people from across Edinburgh and further afield. 

A range of programmes and courses are available at central venues across the city. Many of the courses run several times per year and benefit from having hugely experienced and committed tutors. Courses and subjects include:   

▪ Exploring Scottish Literature
Fun, friendly and informative course exploring the and celebrating the vast treasures to be found within the many centuries of Scottish Literature.