Redbridge Institute

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"Redbridge Institute is the leading local provider of part-time day, evening and Saturday courses for adults."


Redbridge Insitute is the leading local provider of part-time day, evening and Saturday courses for adults.

We offer over 400 part-time courses in:

  • arts and crafts
  • beauty
  • business and finance
  • care
  • community interpreting
  • counselling
  • education
  • English
  • foreign languages
  • health and wellbeing
  • ICT
  • maths
  • photography.

We also run a wide-range of courses to help people into employment and develop their work-related skills and careers, including apprenticeships, access to higher education and traineeships. Our extensive programme of Family learning courses - often held at libraries and schools - are a great opportunity for adults to learn with children.

Each year 5000 people gain qualifications or learn new skills with us at our centres in Gants Hill and Ilford or at one of the many local centres provided by Redbridge Institute’s community partners.

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Redbridge Institute (Gearies)

Our main centre is in Gants Hill, just a few minutes walk from the Central Line station and Cranbrook Road (Google map)

Getting there

By Bus
Routes 66, 123, 128, 150, 167, 179, 296, 396, 462, 667, 679.
Any of the bus routes will take you near to Gants Hill roundabout.

By Tube
Take the Central Line to Gants Hill station and follow the signs towards Cranbrook Road (in the direction of Barkingside).

By Car
From Gants Hill roundabout take the route going towards Barkingside then take a left into Waremead Road. Follow the sign posts to the Redbridge Institute (just past the Gants Hill Library).

Mildmay Learning Centre, Ilford

Our Ilford Centre is close to the High Road and pedestrian precinct - we're opposite the Albert Road entrance to the subway beside the Central Library just a few minutes walk from the Town Hall and Ilford station (Google map).


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How to join a course

You can join a course by phone, post or in person.

To join a course in person, please visit one of our centres in Gants Hill or Ilford. For courses held at other locations, you can usual join a course there.

If you'd prefer to join by phone, please call us on 020 8550 2398 and we'll complete the enrolment form with you.

If you'd like to join  course by post, please download our enrolment form and post this to us.

You must enrol in person if an interview is required before joining a course.

Before you join a course

Please contact us to get up-to-date information and details about your course before enrolling. Our Customer Service Advisers can provide information about a course including:

1.    Fees
Please check that the fee you expect to pay is correct and whether you’re entitled to a concessionary or reduced fee. Entitlement to concessionary or reduced fees depends on personal circumstances.
2.    Additional costs
You may need to buy additional equipment or resources for a course. For some courses you may have to pay an additional fee to take an exam.
3.    Interviews
Interviews are required for many courses. An interview gives you the chance to find out more about a course and whether it’s for you and to discuss the relevance of the course to your learning aims and personal development.
4.    Prior knowledge or experience
To join some courses you need to have certain qualifications or experience, for example be working or volunteering in a role or job related to your course.
5.    Course level
We offer courses from entry level to Level 4/5. Choosing the right level is important if you want to get the maximum benefit from a course.


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Learners' stories

All of our learners achieve some personal or professional goal during their time with us - read a few of their stories here...


Kim had been out of work for nearly a year when she started the ITQ Level 2 course at Redbridge Institute. She also joined the Institute’s Get Redbridge Working (GRW) project, which provided her with one-to-one employability support from an adviser, as well as Confidence building and Interview skills workshops.

Kim had previous experience as a secretary but felt she needed to brush up her skills and gain an IT qualification in order to rebuild her confidence and her career. Her GRW adviser suggested a work placement to boost her confidence and to enhance her CV.

Redbridge Institute found Kim a part-time work placement with The Welcome Centre, a charity in Ilford offering a range of services to the homeless. The placement was initially for six weeks and it involved inputting client information into a computer database. Kim enjoyed the work so much that she ended up staying with The Welcome Centre for seven months!

Shortly after the end of her placement Kim started a full-time job as a team secretary with a firm of estate agents in Edmonton.

She said

"Without a doubt attending the course and workshops at Redbridge Institute changed my life for the better. I have to use Excel and PowerPoint in my new job and so would never have applied for it if I hadn’t done the ITQ 2 course. The work placement also helped me to gain confidence."

"Redbridge Institute changed my life for the better. After being unemployed for 18 months, I am now working full time as a secretary."


Volunteering in her children’s school and gaining qualifications both played a part in helping Carolyn secure a job as a teaching assistant.

Carolyn gave up full-time work when she had her first child 10 years ago. However, when her daughter started at Whitebridge Junior School in Loughton she began doing voluntary work for the PTA as well as going into the classroom once a week to help children with their reading.

She said

"I loved all the voluntary work in the school. Eventually, I became Secretary of the PTA, which involved fundraising and organising events. I also progressed to helping out in the classroom two days a week. I decided that when I returned to paid work that I would like to be a teaching assistant. However, I could see that schools were increasingly looking to take on people with qualifications so I enrolled on Redbridge Institute’s Level 2 Teaching Assistant course."

Having gained the Level 2 qualification, Carolyn joined the Level 3 TA course the following year. Shortly afterwards, the school approached Carolyn about taking on a part-time paid post. She added

"They know how I work and knew I was doing the Level 3 qualification."

Carolyn is now working three days a week providing one-to-one support for a child with autism.

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Contact details

If you would like to know more about our courses and learning at Redbridge Institute, please contact us. You can phone, email or call in at our centres and speak to one of our Customer Service Advisers or subject specialists.

Redbridge Institute
Gaysham Avenue,
Gants Hill, Ilford
020 8550 2398

Redbridge Institute - Mildmay Learning Centre
2 - 4 Mildmay Road
020 8514 0569