Adult Learning

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Calderdale Adult Learning (CAL) provides a wide range of learning opportunities if you want to learn for personal interest and wellbeing or to gain skills for a job and to help with your career progression. There are also a range of courses aimed at families learning together. Our courses are partially funded by the Skills Funding Agency.

We also work in partnership with over 60 organisations, including schools, local community, businesses and voluntary bodies. Through these partnerships we aim to provide education and training that will meet the needs and interests of the residents of Calderdale and to reach those who can benefit from it the most.

Festival of learning

"Have a go" drop-in: Monday 26 to Thursday 29 June

Come and try different activities from the new 2017/18 curriculum areas at Heath Campus . We're holding a PDFHave a go drop-in [PDF 3462KB] as part of the Festival of Learning. Activities include:

Day Curriculum area Activities
Monday Adults with learning difficulties
  • Art and craft activities;
  • Cookery classes.
Tuesday Community and family learning
  • Art, craft and sewing workshops;
  • Modern foreign language taster classes - Italian and Spanish.
Wednesday Lifelong learning and work skills
  • IT workshops;
  • Taster classes / activities for GCSE, Functional skills and ESOL qualifications;
  • Latin taster session 10.00 am to 12.00 noon.
Thursday Professional development and training
  • First aid taster sessions;
  • Information available on a range of qualifications, eg Health and safety, Teaching and Security;
  • Calderdale and Kirklees (C&K) Careers offering information, advice and guidance 10.00 am to 12.00 noon.

There will be a preview of the new 2017/18 curriculum - register your interest in any of the courses at the drop-in and you'll be eligible for a 20% discount.

2016/17 courses and discounts

The 2016/17 courses include new and exciting courses using our brand new facilities at Heath Campus, Free School Lane, Halifax, including a purpose built cookery room, IT suite, art and holistic therapies rooms. Note that you must be aged 19 or over (on 1 August 2016) to enrol on any of the courses.

For course details, see: Courses .

Most courses will include a 15% discount if you enrol early, throughout 2016/17, see: How to enrol .

Also try some of our 'Friday Fivers', courses that give you a taster of adult learning for £5.

Please note: As a result of significant changes in the external environment, we will be reviewing our provision over the year in order to increase opportunities for all learners, and create pathways on to higher level courses and into employment. Your tutors will keep you updated on any changes to the curriculum offer.

What you need to know

Details of how to enrol on courses can be found in How to enrol . All other details can be found in What you need to know , including:

If you would like more information or advice, or you would like this information in another format (e.g. Braille, large print, audio type) contact us.

CAL Update Newsletter

For regular updates, including learning opportunities and events, special offers and the latest news, sign up to receive our CAL newsletter ,

CAL plans and policies

Strategic Plan 2016-19

The Calderdale Adult Learning (CAL) Strategic Plan sets out the aims and values of CAL. It explains how these fit into the wider Council values and strategic plans, plus other national and regional plans:

Supply chain fees and charges policy 2016-17

CAL subcontracts some of its provision (funded by the Skills Funding Agency) to community partners to enhance the curriculum offer to vulnerable and hard to reach groups. This policy covers the subcontracting arrangements for the current academic year and the actual funding paid to subcontractors in 2015-16:

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matrix Standard of Quality

Calderdale Adult Learning Service achieved the matrix Standard in May 2014. The matrix Standard is a quality framework for the effective delivery of information, advice and guidance (IAG) on learning and work.

Family Learning

Family learning provides opportunities for families, in the widest sense, to learn together. These take place in partnership with schools, children's centres and local community learning centres. All Family Learning courses are free! Select Family Learning on the  Courses  search to see the full range available. For more information, contact the Learning Support team .

Workplace courses

In addition to the workplace courses listed, we can also deliver high quality bespoke or accredited training at your workplace or at one of our local centres at a time to suit you. Contact the Learning Support team for more details.


Tutor vacancies are advertised during early Spring term. To find out about tutor vacancies, see: Council jobs, or contact the Learning Support team for an informal chat.

If you have a skill or subject you would like to teach in the adult learning community, we run the Level 3 Award in Education and Training. This is an introductory course for those wishing to teach in the adult learning sector. See the Courses listing for more information.