Diplomas and Study Programmes

Level 1 and Level 2 Diplomas

Diplomas are offered to 16-18 year olds in Childcare, Health and Social Care, Site Joinery and Motor Vehicle Maintenance and Repair. The course lasts an academic year and allows you to study the different areas of your chosen area, whilst gaining a recognised Level 2 Diploma qualification, which can be used as part of an Apprenticeship or as a standalone qualification. The course involves interactive lessons relevant to employment in your chosen area, as well some short work experience with a local business and the possibility of gaining industry qualifications, such as a CSCS card or First Aid. The course will also enable you to develop your maths and English skills (if required) to support your progression.

Progression from this programme would be an Apprenticeship Scheme with Darlington Borough Council Learning & Skills or a Level 3 Diploma.

Course details
Course Title Venue Day Times Dates Course Length Total Fee
Level 1 Diploma in Carpentry and Joinery Unit 14, FlexSpace Lingfield Way Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays 9.30am - 4pm Roll on/Roll off Various Contact Learning and Skills
Level 2 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance Unit 2, FlexSpace Lingfield Way Mondays and Tuesdays 9.30am - 3.30pm Roll on/Roll off One academic year Contact Learning and Skills
Level 2 Diploma in Site Joinery Unit 14, FlexSpace Lingfield Way Mondays and Tuesdays 9.30am - 3.30pm Roll on/Roll off One academic year Contact Learning and Skills

For further information or an application form, contact 01325 405601 or email l&[email protected]

Diploma / Study Programme Referral Form [word document]

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Level 3 & 4 Diplomas

Level 3 Diplomas are available in the following courses. Learners will be required to be in work placement or employed in the chosen area for a minimum of 16 hours per week.

Course details
Course Title Venue Day Times Dates Course Length Total Fee
Level 3 Diploma for Early Years Workforce – Early Years Educator (QCF) The Coleridge Centre Various Various Various Minimum of 12 months Contact Learning and Skills
Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Adult Care (Adults for England) (QCF) The Coleridge Centre Various Various Various Minimum of 12 months Contact Learning and Skills
Level 3 Diploma for Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (QCF) The Coleridge Centre Various Various Various Minimum of 12 Months Contact Learning and Skills
Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care The Coleridge Centre Various Various Various Minimum of 12 Months Contact Learning and Skills


If you are 19 years old or above, you will need to pay a course fee or you will need to apply for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan. For further information or an application form, contact 01325 405601 or email l&[email protected]

Diploma / Study Programme Referral Form [word document]

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Study Programme

Study Programmes are a range of courses for 16-18 year olds that enable them to develop their personal, social and employability skills, whilst in an environment that suits their way of learning. The courses allow the young person to gain some real life work experience with an employer to increase their chances of gaining employment, further training or an Apprenticeship in their chosen area.

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Are you aged 16-18 and interested in a career in Customer Service? Our Customer Service qualification will develop your skills and help you communicate professionally with customers.

  • Deal with customer queries and requests
  • Meet and greet visitors
  • Understand personal performance and development
  • Understand working in a business or retail environment
  • Telephone communication skills 

This course could lead onto a Level 2 Diploma. A work placement is provided for this course which also gives you opportunity to improve your maths and English skills. The course lasts up to a full academic year.

Course details
Course Title Venue Day Time Dates
Study Programme - Customer Service and Retail L&S Tubwell Row  Wed, Thu, Fri minimum of 1 day work experience  9am - 3pm Roll on/Roll off


You may be entitled to free lunch and free travel arrangements (to be confirmed during application process). 

We are now taking applications and enrolments will take place each Wednesday from 9.30am - 4pm at Tubwell Row, Darlington. 

For further information or an application form, contact 01325 406422 or email l&[email protected]

Diploma / Study Programme Referral Form [word document]

Are you looking for that stepping stone towards an apprenticeship or further training? Our Employability course can help. We have qualifications and experience opportunities including:

  • Confidence building
  • Career planning
  • Teamwork Skills
  • Work Experience
  • Time Management 
  • Job Seeking Skills
  • Employment Rights
  • ICT Skills 

A work placement is provided for this full academic year course.

Courses designed for 16 – 18 year olds also includes opportunity to improve maths and English skills. 

Course details
Course Title Venue Day Time Dates
Study Programme - Employability L&S Tubwell Row Mon, Tue, Wed, minimum of 1 day work experience 9am - 3.30pm

Roll on/Roll off


You may be entitled to free lunch and free travel arrangements (to be confirmed during application process). 

We are now taking applications and enrolments will take place each Wednesday from 9.30am - 4pm at Tubwell Row, Darlington. 

For further information or an application form, contact 01325 406422 or email l&[email protected]

Diploma / Study Programme Referral Form [word document]

School leavers or anyone under the age of 19 can be referred onto our Study Programmes or any of the Diploma programmes.

Our Study Programme courses are free of charge. Those who join the course may be eligible to a free lunch and free travel with Arriva North East. 

Our Study Programme courses can take up to a full academic year and range from entry level up to level 2.

For more information please telephone 01325 406422 or email l&[email protected]

Diploma / Study Programme Referral Form [word document]

Who is this course for?

The Study Programme is designed for learners aged 16-18.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no entry requirements for the course.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The course is designed to improve learners preparation for adulthood, enhance their skills and improve confidence in social, academic and working lives ready for work or further educational opportunities. The programme runs for a full academic year, September to July (shorter courses are available depending on the time of application). Learners will have gained an academic qualification relevant to their level of study in their chosen vocational area, maths and English, gained work experience in an area of their choice and developed social skills as part of their Study Programme.

What will the course cover?

We offer qualifications from pre-entry level up to level 2 depending on the learners’ ability and pre-course experience. These include maths, English, Skills for Employment, Training and Personal Development, joinery, motor vehicle maintenance as well as business administration and customer service.  Real life work experience also forms part of the programme as well as many enrichment activities and opportunities.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

Completion of the programme will enhance your application to an apprenticeship, further education or employment.

Where and when will I learn?

Our learning takes place in various places in and around Darlington depending on your qualification, including the Learning & Skills centre at Tubwell Row and vocational workshops at Lingfield Way.

What should I bring with me?

You will need to bring proof of ID with you (if you have any, don’t worry if not) when you enrol, and any qualifications that you have previously gained (again, don’t worry if you don’t have any).

How much will the course cost?

The programme is free to attend with no cost to any applicant.  You will receive weekly transport vouchers and lunches whilst attending your programme, and you may be eligible for a bursary to enhance your learning (terms and conditions apply).

What shall I do next?

For further information contact Curriculum Lead, Mally Bleasby on 01325 406422 / 07983 996144 or [email protected] or complete the referral form on our website to apply.

Traineeships

These are offered to 16-24 year olds in Business Administration, Childcare, Health and Social Care, Site Joinery and Motor Vehicle Maintenance and Repair. They last up to 6 months and enable the learner to complete vocationally related qualifications and industry related qualifications. The course involves classroom based lessons, workshop experience and work experience, as well as an opportunity to build on maths and English skills. We will need to secure employers prior to learners starting the course, as this is a funding requirement.

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