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About Us


We are an Ofsted rated grade 2 'good' provider based in Darlington. We are a leading provider of adult and community learning courses in Darlington and the surrounding area. We pride ourselves on providing the quality education you expect.


We offer a huge variety of courses to help you source employment, upskill in your current workplace or to learn something new and exciting. Courses on offer include:

  • Functional Skills English and Maths
  • Digital Skills (ICT)
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  • Distance Learning (DL) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • Community Learning and Learning for Inclusion courses
  • Employment Academy
  • Family Learning
  • Intensive Support

Visit our Adult and Community Learning page for more information. 

We also specialise in high quality Apprenticeship training across a variety of sectors including Business Administration, Site Joinery and Carpentry, Adult Care, Leadership and Management, Team Leading and lots more. We have dedicated workshops for our Apprenticeship training. Visit our Apprenticeship page for more information.

Finally, our Study Programme based in the heart of the Town Centre is renowned for helping 16-18 year olds develop real world employability skills, as well as their maths and English. These programmes also increase their employability skills and allow them vital work experience to then progress into an apprenticeship or other further training. Visit our Study Programme page for more information.

Welcome to Learning & Skills Darlington.

Learning & Skills Prospectus [pdf document]

Term Dates 2023 - 2024


Summer Term

  • Monday 15 April to Tuesday 23 July
  • (Monday 6 May Bank Holiday - May Day)
  • (Half Term – Monday 27 May to Friday 31 May)

Term Dates 2024 -2025


Autumn Term

  • Monday 2 September to Friday 20 December
  • (Half Term - Monday 28 October to Friday 1 November)

Christmas Holidays

  • Monday 23 December to Friday 3 January

Spring Term

  • Monday 6 January to Friday 11 April
  • (Half Term - Monday 24 February to Friday 28 February)

Easter Holidays

  • Monday 14 April to Friday 25 April

Summer Term

  • Monday 28 April to Friday 18 July
  • (Half Term – Monday 26 May to Friday 30 May)

We are closed on Bank Holidays and offer limited service during school holidays.

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