PEARL - Part time Education for Adults Returning to Learn - About Skip to content


PEARL is a website which aims to bring the worlds of education and work closer together. It includes information on a range of learning opportunities offered by different providers across England and to some extent the whole of the UK. You will find all levels of courses and learning opportunities to suit your needs ranging from short, online courses which do not carry any credit right through to higher education level learning offered by Colleges and Universities.

The focus is to support adults, particularly those who may be looking to identify their first steps towards improving their long term career prospects. There is a strong emphasis on part-time study and flexibility noting that many working adults would not be able to commit to giving up their jobs to study full-time.

The establishment of PEARL has been led by The Open University in collaboration with a number of other national organisations which form the Social Partnerships Network. It has been developed with funding received from the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s National Networks for Collaborative Outreach scheme.

More information about the Social Partnerships Network can be found at: