Courses

Community Learning Courses

Would you like to gain skills to help you progress in work and in life? Our courses can help you gain the skills you need to find employment and to progress up the ladder. We also deliver practical courses that will benefit you, your family and your friends. Maybe you're looking to learn something new or something fun out of interest, or maybe you're looking to change your career and don't know where to start? Welcome to Community Learning. 

Enrolment is open for all of our listed online courses. If the course you’re interested in below doesn’t have a start date, don’t worry, you can still get in touch with us and express your interest in the course. We’ll add you to the waiting list and be in touch when a start date is confirmed.

Most of our community learning courses are delivered online via Google Classroom. However, we do still offer a number of courses in centre (adhering to strict COVID-19 guidelines). Confirmed courses and courses in the planning stages (coming soon) are listed below, please keep checking back for further updates.

For further information or to enrol on any of the courses below please call or text 07932 869325, email l&[email protected] or message us through Facebook [external link], Twitter [external link] or Instagram [external link].

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Confirmed online courses
Course Venue Start date and times Course length Cost
Functional Skills Maths/English/ICT/ESOL Google Classroom Various Various Free
Distance Learning Level 2 Courses Google Classroom Various Various Free
Easy Pace English The Coleridge Centre Tuesdays, 9.30am-11.30am Various Free
New Career, New You (Employability) Google Classroom November 2nd, 10am-12pm 6 weeks Free
Developing Personal Confidence Google Classroom November 2nd, 12.30pm-2.30pm 6 weeks Free
Introduction to Volunteering Google Classroom November 2nd, 1pm-3pm 2 weeks Free
Introduction to Supporting Your Child’s Learning Google Classroom November 3rd, 9.30am-11.30am 10 weeks Free
Time for Books Google Classroom November 4th, 1pm - 3pm 8 weeks Free
Level 3 Award in Education and Training Google Classroom November 4th, 6pm-9pm 12 weeks £350
Fun with English Google Classroom November 6th, 10am-12pm 5 weeks Free
Substance Misuse Awareness Level 1 Google Classroom November 9th, 6pm-9pm 6 weeks Free
Fun with Maths (Christmas Crafts on a Budget edition) Google Classroom December 2nd, 1pm-2.30pm 3 weeks Free
Level 2 Volunteering Award Google Classroom January 4th, 6pm-8pm 8 weeks Free
Family First Aid Google Classroom January 12th, 9.30am-11.30am 5 weeks Free
Level 1 Award in Supporting Your Child’s Learning Google Classroom January 26th, 9.30am-11.30am 10 weeks Free
Level 3 Award in Education and Training Google Classroom February 24th, 6pm-9pm 12 weeks £350

These are courses that are currently in the planning stages. When details have been confirmed this page will be updated. You can register for any of the courses listed below today, for free. Please contact us on 07932 869325, l&[email protected] or by filling in the course enquiry form below. Please make sure to leave your name, your email address, contact number and the courses you are interested in and a member of the team will be in touch.

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Course Venue Start date Course length Cost
Working with Children & Young People Level 1 Google Classroom TBC TBC Free
Working with Children, Young People and Families Level 2 Google Classroom TBC TBC Free
Positive Parenting 11-16 Google Classroom TBC TBC Free
Steps to Success with English Google Classroom TBC TBC Free
Creative Writing Google Classroom TBC TBC Free
Introduction to Business Start Up Google Classroom TBC TBC Free
Helping in School Level 1 Award Google Classroom TBC TBC Free
Helping In School Level 2 Award Google Classroom TBC TBC Free
Introduction to Microsoft Office Google Classroom TBC TBC Free
Volunteering Award Level 1 Google Classroom TBC TBC Free
Family First Aid Google Classroom TBC TBC Free
Family Health & Happiness Google Classroom TBC TBC Free
Cooking on a Budget Google Classroom TBC TBC Free
Fun with Maths Google Classroom TBC TBC Free
Positive Parenting 0-5 Google Classroom TBC TBC Free
Positive Parenting 5-11 Google Classroom TBC TBC Free
Parenting Skills Google Classroom TBC TBC Free
Online Safety Google Classroom TBC TBC Free
Introduction to Social Media Marketing Google Classroom TBC TBC Free
Introduction to Customer Service Google Classroom TBC TBC Free

Online course enquiry form

If you are interested in any of our online courses please enquire here

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Free Online Courses- Coming soon!

Distance Learning courses - but shorter! Individual, short courses available to adults aged 19+ to gain the vital skills you need for your workplace or for your CV to help you find employment. Free online courses falls under the jurisdiction of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Booking your place onto a free online course is essential. Please contact us by calling or texting 07932 869325 or email l&[email protected]

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Courses coming soon! Keep checking back.

Distance Learning

Distance Learning is a flexible way to study as you are able to choose when and where you study. Studying by distance learning has the benefit of allowing you to develop your career without having to worry about attending classes, childcare or making changes to your work. It also means that you can apply new knowledge and insights to your working life while you are still studying.

Due to Coronavirus, we have changed the way we offer Distance Learning. You will complete the course online through Skills Network, which is where you will also find your tutor contact details and you hand in dates. Don’t worry, we’ll be there every step of the way to help you sign up, get online and get working.

Our Distance Learning courses are accredited to Level 2 and they are all free of charge. For those who do not have access to the internet or a device to join the course, we can offer the course in a paper based booklet format but this will be discussed and reviewed on a case by case basis.

Booking is essential. To enrol please contact us on 07932 869325, l&[email protected] or message us through Facebook.

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Course details
Course Titles
Level 2 Certificate in Equality and Diversity
Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of the Prevention and Control of Infection in Health Care Settings
Level 2 Certificate in Understanding the Safe Handling of Medication in Health and Social Care
Level 2 Certificate in Common Health Conditions
Level 2 Certificate in Awareness of Mental Health Problems
Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Dementia Care
Level 2 Certificate in Understanding the Care and Management of Diabetes
Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of End of Life Care
Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Dignity and Safeguarding in Adult Health and Social Care
Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism
Level 2 Certificate in Information, Advice and Guidance
Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Behaviour that Challenges
Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Children and Young People's Mental Health
Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Nutrition and Health
Level 2 Certificate in Falls Prevention Awareness
Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Working with Individuals with Learning Disabilities
Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Safeguarding and Prevent
Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties
Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Common Childhood Illnesses
Level 2 Certificate in Counselling
Level 2 Certificate in the Introduction to Neuroscience in Early Years

Booking is essential. To register your interest simply contact us on 07932 869325 or l&[email protected]

Functional Skills, GCSEs and ESOL

Enrolment for Functional Skills, GCSEs and ESOL is now open.

Enrolment for Functional Skills, GCSEs and ESOL is now open.

Don’t miss your chance to join a course, please get in touch with us today.

Are your English, maths, and/or ICT skills a little rusty? Take the opportunity to improve your skills and achieve a recognised Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 (equivalent to a GCSE) FREE Functional Skills qualification. Or perhaps you would you like to gain a full GCSE maths and/or English qualification? We can help.

Alternatively are you, or do you know, someone for whom English is not their first language and would like to study the English language from the very beginning? Our ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) courses are perfect to help you/them begin to learn the English language.

COVID-19 Important Information

Due to the ongoing global situation, the majority of our Functional Skills and ESOL courses are now delivered online through Google Classroom. However, we are very slowly moving some of our courses back to the classroom, adhering to social distancing guidelines. You will be notified if you are joining a physical classroom or an online class when you enrol.

Although the majority of our courses are delivered virtually, a requirement of Functional Skills and ESOL courses are to sit exam/s to achieve your qualification. Your exam/s will take place at our base venue (The Coleridge Centre), adhering to strict social-distancing measures, on a pre-arranged date and time. Under no circumstances can you sit your exam online, at home or at an alternative venue.

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These qualifications are nationally recognised and can help you to upskill and gain employment. You will learn in a friendly, supportive online environment and at a pace to suit your needs.

Initial and Diagnostic Assessments

Before attending Functional Skills courses, you need to complete an initial and diagnostic assessment to check your current working level. Initial and diagnostic assessments are held online and are free of charge. You will receive joining instructions at the enrolment stage.

Please contact us on 07932 869325 or l&[email protected] to book onto an initial assessment.

All functional skills classes are free of charge providing you meet the following criteria:

  • Are aged 19 years or above;
  • Have been a UK, EU or EEA resident continuously for the previous three years;
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK, EU or EEA

If you do not meet any one of the three criteria listed, each level you study will be charged at £135.

The level at which you join Functional Skills is dependent on your results of the initial assessment and any previous qualifications you may hold.

Current Functional Skills courses

Functional Skills Maths

Functional Skills English

Functional Skills ICT

You can join a Functional Skills course at any time during the academic year, however, last enrolments will usually be taken in Spring each year.

Course lengths vary on an individual basis. There is no set start or end date for the course, you will start soon after your assessment and will finish when you and your tutor believe you are ready to sit the exam.

Please note that you may incur a waiting period in between completing your assessment/s and starting lessons.

Enrolment for GCSEs is now open for September 2021

We offer GCSE maths and English qualifications to help you up-skill in your current role or to gain employment. GCSE courses start in September and last one academic year.

To qualify you must:

  • Be 19 years old or over from 31st August 2021
  • Want to achieve the qualification for employment or to up-skill in your current role
  • Not currently hold a GCSE in maths and English that is a grade 4 (old grade C) or higher and was awarded in the previous five years

By expressing an interest in these courses, you are also agreeing to sit a mandatory, online initial assessment to check your current working level in maths and/or English. As GCSEs are highly intensive courses, if your assessment results falls below Level 1 or Level 2 you may not be permitted to join the course/s.

Classes, per subject, will take place once per week over three hours and it is recommended that you also complete at least three hours home study per week.

Due to the Coronavirus we are not yet in a position to confirm if this course will take place online via Google Classroom, in a classroom setting or a mixture of the two. This will be confirmed in due course.

Each subject has a refundable fee of £60 per subject. Your money will be refunded upon successful completion of the course/s. Payment will be taken once you have completed the initial assessment and qualify for the course.

Booking is essential. To register your interest simply contact us on 07932 869325 or l&[email protected].

Learning & Skills offers free ESOL courses for those who speak very little to no English or English is not their first language. We have previous experience of using this course to help integrate Syrian Refugees into the UK. If you know someone who may benefit from this course, please get in touch with us. 

Course details
ESOL Venue Day Times Start Date
ESOL Pre Entry / Entry 1 Online digital learning Various Various Rolling course
ESOL Entry 2 / Entry 3 Online digital learning Various Various Rolling course
ESOL Entry 3 / Level 1 Online digital learning Various Various Rolling course


Entry onto the course depends on the individuals situation (for example if you/they are a refugee or asylum seeker). Please contact us on 07932 869325 or l&[email protected] for further information.

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Further and Access to Higher Education

If you want to learn something different to improve your existing skills or to help with a change of career we can help you. You can choose from a wide range of courses to gain qualifications to suit your needs.

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This programme is ideal for people looking for a career change or to apply to university. You may not have the entry requirements or confidence to go to university at present or it might be a long time since you have studied.

This programme will help you to achieve both a qualification in preparation for university study and give you the confidence to move forward and achieve your goals.

Watch this One Awards video [external link] from people in the North East who have completed other Level 3 Access Courses.

Course details
Course Title Venue Day and time Start Date from Course Length Total Fee

Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma in Social Work Studies

The Coleridge Centre TBC September 2021 24 weeks Advanced Learning Loan

Please contact us on 01325 405601, 07932 869325 or l&[email protected] for further information or to enrol.

For the latest Further Education and Access to Higher Education courses please visit the Online Courses section above.

If you want to learn something different or improve your existing skills then look no further. You can choose from a wide range of courses to gain a qualification, develop your career or enhance your employment prospects. For further information please contact us by calling or texting 07932 869325 or emailing l&[email protected]

Course details
Course Title Venue Start Date and time Course Length Total fee
Training, Assessment and Quality Assurance (TAQA) Online learning Various 12 weeks £450
Level 3 Award in Education and Training Online learning November 4th 2020, 6pm-9pm 12 weeks £350 
Level 3 Award in Education and Training Online learning February 24th 2021, 6pm-9pm 12 weeks £350

 

Intensive Support

The Intensive Support Programme began in 2006 and is a unique service. It is currently the only provision of its kind in the country. Our tutors work with your family in your home or another venue chosen by you. We provide a holistic approach to learning, looking at the whole family and the support required to ensure learning needs are met for all members of the family. This learning could include: Family Safety, Positive Parenting, Online Safety, Family Health and Happiness, Happy Families and much more.

COVID19 Update

We are still taking referrals for the Intensive Support programme. However, we have to change the way we deliver the programme and this will now be online and over the phone rather than face-to-face. As the referrer you will need to ensure that the individual you are referring has access to the internet and a computer or other internet enabled device for them to access the support.

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How will this service support you and your family?

  • We look at positive outcomes and future goals for you and your family 
  • We work on building confidence and self-esteem which leads on to more formal learning
  • We work closely with you and your family with an aim to engage you in specific learning, tailored to your individual identified needs
  • We take into account varied family needs
  • We work within your home and / or local area
  • We provide a bespoke service
  • We introduce you to appropriate group learning and will accompany you on a one to one basis if required
  • It is a quick and easy referral route
  • We link in closely with your referrer, and give regular updates throughout the time you are on the programme with Intensive Support

The aim of the programme is to help families, giving you life skills and enable you to advance to further learning, work and to be more active within the local community.

Referral Process

Referrals are accepted from professionals and practitioners involved in supporting families. Self-referrals are also accepted. A postal, telephone or email referral form is available on the website www.darlington.gov.uk/learningandskillsThe referral form [word document] for Intensive Support is available here.

Once a referral has been received, a member of the Intensive Support Team will arrange a visit to the family home or a neutral venue. Initial visits are joint with either the referrer or another member of the Learning & Skills team. The tutor will undertake an assessment of the learner’s needs, complete an Individual Learning Plan with the new learner and agree the support to be offered. The referrer will be kept updated throughout the time the learner is on the programme.

If you would like further information, please view our Intensive Support leaflet [pdf document] or or contact Tammy Firth on 07966 347120 or [email protected]