Welcome to the learning & skills page

Welcometo the Learning & Skills page. We are an Ofsted rated grade 2 provider offering a wide range of learning opportunities for all ages from children within our Family Learning provision, to young people embarking on Study Programme, Diplomas, Traineeships and Apprenticeships, to adults who want to develop their careers, have a love for learning or are coming back to learning after many years.

We are based at the Coleridge Centre in Skerne Park and we provide some of our courses here. However, you will see from our prospectus that we also offer courses in many other locations around the town. We are quite a small organisation and we pride ourselves in offering you a unique, friendly service, including 1:1 guidance on your next steps in learning or employment once you have completed a course with us.

We are here to help provide Darlington’s community with the learning you want and we positively welcome any feedback you may have about the type of courses you would like to see in Darlington. Please contact us on 01325 405601, text on 07932 869325 or l&[email protected] for further information about any of our courses, we would love to hear from you.

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Choosing the Right Course

To help you decide which course will suit you, the following definitions explain each level of study and will help you choose according to your existing level of knowledge and experience:

Pre Entry Level 

This course is designed for those with no or very little basic skills and knowledge. The small class settings and additional support prepares the individuals to continue to Entry Level 1. 

Entry level - Beginners, Introductory courses

Courses designed for those who wish to gain basic knowledge and skills. Qualifications are offered at Entry 1, Entry 2 and Entry 3 in a range of subject areas including English and Maths.

Level 1Intermediate courses

Courses designed for those who may have studied or gained a qualification some time ago. These courses provide a foundation to continue to advanced courses. Equivalent to NVQ 1, GCSE grades D – G.

Level 2

Courses for those reasonably confident in their skills and knowledge and want to learn, apply and interpret information about the subject or skill. Equivalent to NVQ 2, GCSE grades A* - C.

Level 3

Courses for those who want to explore a subject in detail, with some independent research and reflection of the subject. Equivalent to NVQ 3, AS/A2 Level.

Level 4/5

Courses for learners who want an in-depth knowledge of current issues and how they apply to the wider environment. Equivalent to Professional Certificates and Awards, Certificate of Higher Education and Foundation Degree.

Term Dates 2018 - 2019

Autumn Term 

Monday 2nd September 2019 to Friday 20th December 2019

(Half Term - Monday 28th October 2019 to Friday 1st November 2019)

Spring Term 

Monday 6th January 2020 to Friday 3rd April 2020

(Half Term - Monday 17th February 2020 to Friday 21st February 2020)

Summer Term 

Tuesday 20th April 2020 - Monday 20th July 2020

(Half Term - Monday 25th May 2020 to Friday 29th May 2020) 

Please note: Some of our courses run during school holidays, this is in the tutors and learners discretion. 

Working and volunteering with Learning & Skills

Please check our jobs page for information about tutor vacancies.

If you want to volunteer and support young people and adults to learn, we are looking for:

  • Learning support with reading, writing and maths
  • Community Learning Champions to help show the benefits of lifelong learning within your local community

You will need to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and be willing to complete Safeguarding training.

To find out more please call 01325 405601.

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For information regarding sub-contracting, please see the Supply Chain Fees and Charges Policy below:

Supply Chain Fees and Charges Policy [pdf document]