Adult learning class

What you need to know

In addition to the information on this page, you can find more information in the Calderdale Adult Learning course guide, Learning handbook, or contact the Learning Support team

PDFCalderdale adult learning 2017/18 brochure [PDF 1756KB]

Term dates 2017-18

Term Dates
Autumn Term 2017 Monday 11 September to Friday 22 December 2017
Autumn Half Term 2017 30 October to 3 November 2017
Spring Term 2018 Monday 8 January to Thursday 29 March 2018
Spring Half Term 2018 19 to 23 february 2018
Summer Term 2018 Monday 16 April to Friday 20 July 2018
Summer Half Term 2018 28 May to 1 june 2018

Please note that term start dates are earlier for Skills for Life courses - your tutors will advise of the dates.

Which level should I choose?

The courses on our website have been listed at various ‘levels’ to help you decide which course is right for you, to show how different courses compare and how one course progresses to another. For a summary of our course levels see the tables below.

Accredited learning

Level Description What do we offer?
Entry 1 - 3 Qualifications at this level recognise basic knowledge and skills used in everyday life or in the workplace, and help to build confidence.
  • ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)
  • Functional skills
  • Digital skills
Level 1 For those who want to build on their basic skills or knowledge gained at Entry Level.
  • Functional skills
  • IT 
  • Computerised Accounting
  • Software/Bookkeeping
Level 2 For learners who have a good knowledge and understanding of the subject or have previously gained a Level 1 qualification. These courses will test and challenge your abilities through a variety of tasks and learning. Suitable for many job roles and can help to increase performance and confidence in the workplace.
  • Functional skills
  • IT (ECDL)
  • Computerised accounting software / bookkeeping
  • First aid
  • Food safety
  • Security
GCSE For learners working at or above Level 2 who want to work towards a recognised GCSE qualification. These qualifications will support access to Higher Education courses.
  • English & Maths
Level 3 These courses enable you to gain or apply a range of knowledge, skills and understanding at a detailed level.
  • Award in Education and Training
  • First aid
  • IT (ECDL)

Non-accredited learning (informal adult learning classes)

Level Description What do we offer?
Entry 1-3 These courses are specifically designed for adults with learning disabilities with the aim of building confidence and basic skills for independent living. Suitable for learners who may need a lot of extra support in classes.

Classes in a range of subject areas including:

  • Art, craft and sewing
  • Computing and digital media
  • Health , wellbeing and leisure including beauty, cookery, history, etc
  • Languages
Beginners Courses suitable for complete beginners where no previous knowledge of the subject is required.
Improvers These courses are for people who are already confident with the basics but feel they need to build on their existing skills or knowledge.
Next step These courses are for those who are confident in their skills or knowledge of the subject area but who wish to progress further.


We encourage progression through our programmes, and all learners who wish to enrol on an accredited course will need to contact us to arrange an assessment. This is so that we can establish your starting point prior to beginning the course.