Mary Ward Adult Education Centre

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The Mary Ward Centre is London’s Adult Education College with a difference. The central London location makes it easily accessible, and students will enjoy the experience of working in a beautiful Grade II listed Georgian building in the calm surroundings of Queen Square.

Why choose the Mary Ward Centre? 
Courses run in the daytime, evening or weekend, meaning you can fit your learning around the rest of your life. The Mary Ward Centre has developed a reputation as a friendly place to learn – this is because as well as getting first-rate teaching, students also receive the support and encouragement they need to help them get the most from their learning.
Some of our courses, including some dance movement classes, take place at our other site near Holborn station – 10 Great Turnstile, WC1V 7JU. All classrooms are equipped with excellent facilities, technology and tools for each course. Students will be advised if they need to bring any additional materials.

What can you do here?
Courses are taught at all levels, from introductory to advanced, by experienced well-qualified tutors. From Art to Zumba, Archaeology to Ukulele, Computing and Business to Psychology and Counselling, there is plenty of choices to meet your interests. Many courses lead to a certificate so you can add to your qualifications but there is also lots of opportunity to pursue study purely for the pleasure of learning.  A course prospectus can be downloaded from the website.

Courses fall into the following categories: Business, Digital Media & Computing, Art & Design, Music Singing & Performance, Health & Fitness & Dance, Health & Social Care (inc. Mindfulness & Healthy Living), Writing, Languages, English & Maths, Social Sciences & Humanities (incl. psychology), Over 60s’ Programme.

Costs  If you are on a low income they may be able to help you via their Student Support Fund, which provides money for students to help with travel to and from the Centre, for childcare, materials and equipment for courses, and help with fees.  An information leaflet is available from Reception.

They offer concessionary rates on many of our courses.  You are eligible for concessions if you are:

  • in receipt of an income-based benefit, or is the unwaged dependent of someone who is claiming.

The full concession may apply to you if you are unemployed* and:  in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) or Employment Support Allowance (ESA);  or receive Universal Credit.
Support with learning.  You may need support with your learning. You might have a disability or a learning difficulty. If you need support, please ask. If they can help then they will.
Cafe  There is a cafe on site.

Contact Details

020 7269 6000



Mary Ward Centre, 42 Queen Square, London WC1N 3AQ

Other Info

There is a membership fee and course fees are charged but see above, concessionary rates are often available.

Tube: Holborn Russell Square.

Other information:
Registered charity. Blackfriars Settlement in Southwark is part of the same organisation.

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