This article explores the interests and motivations of older learners, their learning experiences and the barriers faced in accessing education. The research was conducted at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) in Ireland as a postgraduate research project. The aim of the research is to promote inclusiveness in education by investigating the educational needs of older learners and how academic providers can meet these needs. The research incorporates action research, qualitative methodologies and evaluative techniques to explore the educational experiences of older learners and identify their educational needs. The research documents the experiences of older learners in an access to higher education course at WIT, members of the University of the Third Age, and students on a computer course designed specifically for older learners.