Courses

We offer a wide range of learning opportunities for all ages to help you increase your skills, progress in your career, gain qualifications, learn something new and learn for fun. We are here to help you on every step of your journey.

Course fees and enrolment details can be found here.

Apprenticeship, Diploma, Study Programme and Alternative Education Provision information can be found here.

Learning for Leisure

If you're aged over 19 and would like to learn for fun and increase your skills too? Then you're in the right place. Our previous courses have ranged from languages to cookery, baking to dressmaking, Computer for Beginners to Art and Crafts. These courses come with a fee and they are unaccredited (that means you don't get a certificate).

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Learning for Leisure courses will resume in 2020. Stay tuned for updates.

Enrolment information can be found here

Family Learning

Programmes available to parents, grandparents and carers to increase their ability to support their child’s learning and encourage families to work and learn together in a fun and safe environment. If you would like further information please see our Family Learning Booklet [pdf document]

Booking onto a Family Learning is essential. Please contact us on 01325 405601 / 07932 869325.

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 Autumn Term 2019

Course Title Venue Day Start Time Finish Time Start Date End Date Course Length Total Fee
Christmas Art & Crafts on a Budget The Coleridge Centre Thu 1pm 3pm 12th Dec 12th Dec 1 week FREE
Christmas Art & Crafts on a Budget McNay Street Children's Centre Fri 12.45pm 2.45pm 13th Dec 20th Dec 2 weeks FREE

Spring Term 2020

Parenting Skills The Coleridge Centre Fri 9.30am 11.30am 10th Jan 20th Mar 10 weeks FREE
Helping in School Level 2 The Coleridge Centre Mon 1pm 3pm 13th Jan 18th May 15 weeks FREE
Online Safety McNay Street Children's Centre Mon 12.45pm 2.45pm 13th Jan 27th Jan 3 weeks FREE
Family First Aid Harrowgate Hill Primary School Tue 9am 11am 14th Jan 11th Feb 5 weeks FREE
Online Safety The Coleridge Centre Wed 9am 11am 15th Jan 5th Feb 4 weeks FREE
Dealing with Challenging Behaviours West Park Academy Thu 9am 11am 16th Jan  13th Feb 5 weeks FREE
Positive Parenting 0 - 5 years The Coleridge Centre Thu 1pm 3pm 16th Jan 13th Feb 5 weeks FREE
Positive Parenting 5 - 11 years McNay Street Children's Centre Fri 12.45pm 2.45pm 17th Jan 14th Feb 5 weeks FREE
Family Health & Happiness McNay Street Children's Centre Mon 12.45pm 2.45pm 24th Feb 23rd Mar 5 weeks FREE
Positive Parenting 5 - 11 years McNay Street Children's Centre Fri 12.45pm 2.45pm 28th Feb 27th Mar 5 weeks FREE
Keeping Safe The Coleridge Centre Wed 9am 11am 4th Mar 1st Apr 5 weeks FREE

Summer Term 2020

Spring Crafts McNay Street Children's Centre Fri 12.45pm 2.45pm 24th Apr 1st May 2 weeks FREE
Confidence Building McNay Street Children's Centre Mon 12.45pm 2.45pm 8th Jun 6th Jul 5 weeks FREE
Family First Aid McNay Street Children's Centre Fri 12.45pm 2.45pm 12th Jun 10th Jul 5 weeks FREE

 

Booking is essential. Please contact us on 01325 405601, 07932 869325 or l&[email protected]

Design and Create a Christmas Birdbox

Venue Date Time
Red Hall Community Centre Sat 14th December

10am - 12 noon

Please arrive from 9.30am onwards


Christmas Art & Crafts

Venue Date Time
Red Hall Community Centre Sat 14th December

10am - 12 noon

Please arrive from 9.30am onwards


 

Our workshops are open to parents and guardians AND their children. These sessions are recommended for children aged 3+ years. We recommend 1 adult for every 3 children.

Workshops are free of charge and all materials are provided. 

As with Family Learning courses, booking is essential. To register your interest simply contact us on 01325 405601, 07932 869325 or l&[email protected]

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.

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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/learningandskills. The 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 contact Ruth Owen-Hughes on 01325 405601 or email [email protected]

Further and 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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If you want to learn something different or improve your existing skills, then enrol on one of our courses. You can choose from a wide range of courses to gain a qualification, develop your career or enhance your employment prospects. 

Course Title Venue Day Start time Finish time Start Date End Date Course Length Total fee
Training, Assessment and Quality Assurance (TAQA) The Coleridge Centre Mon / / Various* Various* Various* £450
Level 3 Award in Education and Training (formerly PTLLS) The Coleridge Centre Wed 18.00 21.00 8th January 2020 1st April 2020 12 weeks £350 

*This is a roll on, roll off course. You can join any time of the year. Please contact us on 01325 405601, 07932 869325 or l&[email protected] for further information or to enrol.

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.

Course Title Venue Day Start Time Finish Time Start Date from Course Length Total Fee

Social Work Studies

The Coleridge Centre Mon/Weds 6pm 9pm 6th January 2020 24 weeks Advanced Learning Loan

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

If you're 16+ and you'd like to work in the Early Years or Health & Social Care sectors then these courses are perfect for you.

Course Title Venue Day Start Time Finish Time Start Date from Course Length Total Fee
L3 Early Years Educator
(must be employed in sector)
The Coleridge Centre Various Various Various Ongoing 486 hours Advanced Learning Loan
L3 Diploma HSC Adults England
(must be employed in sector)
The Coleridge Centre Various Various Various Ongoing 477 hours Advanced Learning Loan

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

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.

You will attend one classroom based induction session to enrol onto the course and to receive your deadlines and your tutor contact details. You will also receive a free resource pack for the subject of your choice. All of our Distance Learning courses are free of charge.

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Enrolment Sessions    
Wednesday 15th January 2020, 1pm - 3pm The Coleridge Centre Enrolling Now
Tuesday 18th February 2020, 10am - 12pm The Coleridge Centre Enrolling Now
Tuesday 17th March 2020, 1pm - 3pm The Coleridge Centre Enrolling Now

Booking is essential. To register your interest simply contact us on 01325 405601, 07932 869325 or l&[email protected]

Functional Skills, GCSEs and ESOL

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 who 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.

Alternatively, if you struggle with any combination of Speaking, Reading or Writing we also offer the Easy Pace English course. 

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

Initial and Diagnostic Assessments

Before attending the Functional Skills courses, every person needs to complete an initial and diagnostic assessment to check your current working level. Initial and diagnostic assessments are held at:

  • The Coleridge Centre, Fridays, 1pm - 4pm (term time only, excluding bank holidays)

Please contact Learning & Skills on 01325 405601, 07932 869325 or l&[email protected] to make an appointment for 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 classes

Functional Skills Maths Venue Day Times
Level 1 - Level 2 The Coleridge Centre Tuesday 9.30am - 11.30am
Entry Level 1 - Entry Level 3 The Coleridge Centre Tuesday 12.15pm - 2.15pm
Level 1 - Level 2 The Coleridge Centre Tuesday 5.45pm - 7.45pm

Functional Skills English Venue Day Times
Level 1 - Level 2 The Coleridge Centre Tuesday 9.30am - 11.30am 
Level 1 - Level 2 The Coleridge Centre Tuesday 6pm - 8pm
Entry Level 1 - Entry Level 3 The Coleridge Centre Wednesday 9.15am - 11.15am
Level 1 - Level 2 The Coleridge Centre Friday 9.30am - 11.30pm

Functional Skills ICT Venue Day Times
Level 1 - Level 2 Crown Street Library Wednesday 1pm - 3pm
Level 1 - Level 2 The Coleridge Centre Thursday 9am - 11.30am
Entry Level 1 - Entry Level 3 The Coleridge Centre Thursday 12.30pm - 3.30pm
Level 1 - Level 2 Crown Street Library Friday 9.15am - 12.15am
Level 1 - Level 2 The Coleridge Centre Friday 9.30am - 11.30am


You can join a Functional Skills course at any time during the academic year, however, last enrolments will be taken in Spring 2020.

Course lengths vary on an individual basis. There is no set start or end date 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 due to limited spaces across our classes.

Our GCSEs will resume in September 2020 subject to demand. Please stay tuned for updates.

We offer GCSE maths and English qualifications to help you up-skills or to gain employment. GCSE courses start in September and last one academic year, finishing in June of the following year.

Classroom sessions will take place once per week over three hours and it is recommended that you also complete at least three hours study per week outside of the classroom too. 

Exams will be taken in May/June, corresponding with the exams taken in schools and other institutions across England. These exams are set nationally and cannot be changed.

 

Booking is essential. To register your interest simply contact us on 01325 405601, 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. 

ESOL Venue Day Times Start Date
ESOL Pre Entry / Entry 1 The Coleridge Centre Thursday 9.30am - 11.30am Rolling course
ESOL Entry 2 / Entry 3 Crown Street Library  Thursday 10am - 12pm Rolling course
ESOL Entry 3 / Level 1 Crown Street Library  Thursday 12.30pm - 2.30pm  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 01325 405601, 07932 869325 or l&[email protected] for further information.