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"The Institute believes in the benefits of life-long learning and offers part-time study options to more than 1000 adults every year."


Reasons to choose The Institute

  • Experience – We have been providing adult education across North London and beyond for over 100 years.
  • Reputation – A proven track record of delivering high quality courses. Many of our students return year after year.
  • Flexibility – Full-time, part-time, evening, daytime and weekend courses, or tailor-made to suit your needs.                                                                       
  • Value For Money – Offering outstanding value due to our status as a not-for-profit organisation.
  • Friendly and Supportive – Whether you are studying for work or pleasure, whatever your age, nationality or educational background , you will receive a warm welcome and help in achieving your goals.
  • Convenience – Located close to Kingsbury Underground Station, 25 minutes from central London by Tube.
  • Facilities – State-of-the-art, purpose-built rooms in our newly renovated building,Masons House, Kingsbury.


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Subject strengths

Art & Creative Studies

The Institute offers a fantastic choice of Art, Design and Creative courses. Ranging from our accredited 3 term Art Foundation course which prepares students for entry to an art degree course to a selection of short summer courses, there is something to inspire everyone. As well as the traditional arts of painting and drawing, watercolour and life drawing, we have a number of fascinating Art History courses taught by experts in their field. If it is craft courses which you are looking for, our choice is huge: Picture framing, Furniture Restoration, Bookbinding, Calligraphy, Sewing and Embroidery to name but a few.

We also have a wide selection of Digital Media & Photography courses.

Looking for something different ...

The Institute also offers a variety of languages from entry to advanced, whether you want to study a language for personal interest or to enhance your career prospects, we offer pathways which enable you to achieve your own personal goals.

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Student life

If you are one of our 2,000 or so students who return year after year, you already know that studying at The Institute is special. You receive expert high quality tuition from inspiring nurturing tutors and the opportunity to be challenged and supported in learning new skills and developing your talents.
If you are new to The Institute, we invite you to have a good look at the sheer diversity of courses on offer. Maybe you have more time to invest in yourself now or are looking for part-time learning to fit in around other commitments – check out our student testimonials and see why studying at The Institute is rewarding and life-enhancing for them.
Many of our students have found that learning something new has led to further career options and, in some cases, has been a springboard to setting up their own business. 
We hope you will find something to inspire you too and look forward to welcoming you to The Institute.

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The Institute has two premises:

The Institute - Masons House, The Institute's main site, just a 5 minute walk from Kingsbury tube station, there is a large communal room, Wi Fi equipped with tea and coffee available.

The Institute - Archer Academy, Located in East Finchley a pleasant neighbourhood full of little cafes and restaurants.


The Institute has two sites: Masons House, Kingsbury, a 5 min walk from Kingsbury tube station and The Archer Academy adjacent to East Finchley tube station ( home to our cookery courses)

The Institute, Masons House, 1-3 Valley Drive, Kingsbury, London NW9 9NG Telephone: 020 8829 4229 See map for best routes.                               

The Institute, The Archer Academy, 3 Beaumont Close, The Bishops Avenue. London N2 0GA
Telephone: 020 8829 4229

How to enrol

Once you have chosen a course you can enrol either...

1. In Person

Application forms can be found inside our prospectus. Just enter the details and drop the form in to our reception at Masons House, Kingsbury, London NW9 9NG.

2. By Post

Complete and send the enrolment form from the prospectus, together with payment by cheque, debit or credit card, to The Institute, Masons House, Kingsbury, London NW9 9NG.

Cheques should be made payable to: H.G.S Institute

3. By Telephone

Call our main enrolment office on 020 8829 4229. Have your credit/debit card ready. We accept Mastercard®, Visa®, Delta®, Maestro® and some other cards. We do not accept American Express or Diners Club.

4. Online

See our website for full details.

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Open Days

* 2016 Open Days and IAG evenings to be confirmed. Please see website for further details.


Student Story

Student Rebecca Dowman from Muswell Hill shares with us her pleasure in discovering patchwork and quilting. 
“The class itself is great fun. Our tutor is patient, enthusiastic and talented and, while setting class-wide projects and very supportive to each of us individually, as we all work at our own pace.
As well as learning quilting techniques, I have really enjoyed working beside the other students and watching their work developing. Everyone has created such diverse and striking pieces – despite most of us having started with no prior quilting experience or, in my case, no sewing skills.
What I have learnt at The Institute has broadened my mind and interests outside of class. I’ve bought a sewing machine and I am working away on my quilt at home; I’ve started noticing and enjoying textiles much more and, just recently, had a great ‘craft day’ quilting with an old friend.
With life being so busy, it is such a joy to have an interest that enables you to go slower, to delight your senses and bring together colours, textures and shapes from different stages of your own life – and the lives of those you love – to make something beautiful. The Institute class has enabled me to do that.”
Rebecca Dowman, Patchwork & Quilting


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Contact Details

The Institute, Masons House, 1-3 Valley Drive, Kingsbury, London NW9 9NG Telephone: 020 8829 4229