Mary Ward Centre

The first thing you will notice about the Mary Ward Centre is the stunning Georgian building, in the peaceful surroundings of Queen Square. An adult education centre with a difference, whatever you want to learn, you’ll find it here. From art to zumba, computing to counselling, there are plenty of short courses to get involved in. With its own roof garden cafe, the Mary Ward Centre is a popular choice for learners all over London. We particularly like the over 60s programme, something that proves you really are never too old to try something new!

The Mary Ward Centre, in the heart of London, is a specialist adult education college offering a wide range of part-time courses in the daytime, evenings and at weekends in subjects that have relevance for work, personal growth or just for fun.

Every year 7,000 Londoners choose to study at the Mary Ward Centre, also known as the friendly place to learn. The courses available are at all levels from introductory to challenging and are taught by experienced tutors. Day, evening and weekend options of varying length help ensure a time convenient for any schedule. From art to Anatomy, Yoga to Excel, we have a course for you.


Queens Square houses our Art and Sculpture studios, various classrooms all with modern technology as well as original Georgian features, and a hall for music practice and performances. Here you will also find our very popular vegetarian café and a roof garden, which are open when the Centre is open – weather permitting in the case of the roof garden.

Great Turnstile is located closer to the business sector of Holborn. 10GT has large and airy classrooms and purpose-built basement movement and dance studios – The Robert Rich Studios – named after a former resident of the Mary Ward Settlement.

Equality & Diversity

At the Mary Ward Centre, equality and diversity is central to the creation of a fair organisation where everybody can take part and fulfil their potential free from discrimination, harassment and victimisation. It is about advancing equality of opportunity to all. Diversity is about respecting, valuing and celebrating all people as individuals. It is also about fostering good relations among diverse groups of people. At the Mary Ward Centre, equality and diversity has a long history, dating from our foundation by Mrs Humphrey Ward (Mary Ward), and her idea of “equalisation”. 

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Professional Training
Archeology Length Price Location Reviews
Archaeology Of London 12 weeks From 109 GBP London
Introduction To Archaeology 12 weeks From 109 GBP London
Interior Design
Introduction To Felt Making 1 week London
Art & Design
Advanced Creative Practice in Art and Design London
Arts Open Days 1 week From 0 GBP London
History of Art: Modern Art – Online From 147 GBP London
L2 Pre-Foundation Art and Design 33 weeks From 1,425 GBP Multiple (2)
L3 Foundation in Art and Design 36 weeks London
Over 60s' Art 36 weeks From 105 GBP London
Painting And Drawing For Beginners And Improvers 8 weeks From 133 GBP London
Painting and Drawing on Location 12 weeks From 199 GBP London
Painting And Drawing On Location - Weekend 4 weeks From 101 GBP London
Staging An Independent Exhibition 10 weeks From 165 GBP London
Working in Community Arts 24 weeks From 900 GBP London
Working in Community Arts 24 weeks London
Illustration For All Abilities From 244 GBP London
Contemporary Approaches to Painting From 140 GBP London
Intro To Watercolour Painting 3 weeks From 46 GBP Online courses
Sculpture & Pottery
Intro To Sustainable Sculpture 2 weeks From 77 GBP London
Sculpture Animals In Wire And Plaster – Summer School From 77 GBP London
Sculpture: Inspired By The Classics From 138 GBP London
Business & Management
IT And Business Open Days 1 day London
Business Administration
Business Administration: Essentials for Work 6 weeks From 99 GBP London
Introduction To Business Administration 6 weeks From 99 GBP London
Business Planning
Business Startup From 89 GBP Online courses
Business Startup for Social Enterprise, Micro Enterprise, Sole Trader 4 weeks From 66 GBP London
Coaching and Mentoring Introduction - Online 3 weeks From 50 GBP Online courses
Coaching And Mentoring Summer Taster 1 week London
Coaching Your Inner Team - Whos Top Banana? 1 day From 47 GBP London
Communications & Media
Communication Skills
Pronunciation Stage 1 12 weeks London
Pronunciation Stage 1 2 weeks From 109 GBP London
Pronunciation Stage 2 12 weeks From 109 GBP London
Pronunciation Stage 3 12 weeks From 109 GBP London
Public Speaking Workshop 2 weeks London
Public Speaking Workshop 3 days From 57 GBP London
Public Speaking Workshop 2 weeks London
Film and Television
History of Film – Online From 140 GBP Online courses
History Of Film First Steps From 23 GBP London
Literature, Art and Economics London
Jewellery Making
Metal Jewellery Projects 9 weeks From 222 GBP London

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Mary Ward Centre

42 Queens Square
WC1N 3AQ London

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