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

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

Autumn Term

  • Monday 4 September to Tuesday 19 December
  • (Half Term - Monday 30 October to Friday 3 November)

Christmas Holidays

  • Wednesday 20 December to Tuesday 2 January

Spring Term

  • Wednesday 3 January to Thursday 28 March
  • (Half Term - Monday 19 February to Friday 23 February)

Easter Holidays

  • Friday 29 March to Friday 12 April

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)

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

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