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LATEST NEWS UPDATE: Our Neighbourhood Learning Centres will gradually open up following easing of lockdown. We will be able to offer some classes in the centre and many will still be offered online. We have a range of courses in English, maths, computers, arts and crafts, family learning, sign language and health and wellbeing. Some are FREE. For more information about learning, or for advice and guidance, please call us on 01384 818143 or email: acl@dudley.gov.uk and someone will contact you.

Employment support

We are also offering an employability support package for residents and businesses and one to one support for those seeking long or short term employment or volunteering. More information.

Further information

Courses on offer

We have a wide range of courses on offer including English and maths, computers, arts and crafts, and health and well-being. Our courses provide the opportunity to learn a new skill, meet people, gain a qualification, further your career, or to learn new skills. 

Find out about our full range of courses here 

We also have a team of people dedicated to helping you get the skills needed to find a job. Whether it’s your first job or getting back into work we can help you to:
• search for a job
• write your CV / application
• improve your interview skills
• find the right course for you
For more information call ACL on 01384 818143.


How do I book a class/course?

Visit our online directory of classes and courses for detailed information about courses and to book daytime and evening courses.

You can also book a course by visiting the centre where the course is running or by calling the centre to reserve your place and complete the enrolment form when you start. Contact details are available in the details section for each course.

The minimum age of registration is 19 years.

Visit our online course directory to book a course.

How much does a class/course cost?

Fees charged for adult learning courses vary – fees for individual courses are included in the course details in our brochure and online directory. Our online provision is free. 


You may be entitled to a free or a discounted course if you meet residency requirements and are in receipt of certain means-tested benefits. Some courses are also free or discounted if you are unemployed and looking for work and the course is targeted to provide a work related outcome.

English and maths courses are free if you do not already have a GCSE grade A-C in these subjects.

To receive a concession you must provide proof of entitlement and bring proof of identity at enrolment. This includes:
• national insurance number
• proof of identity (with current address)
• proof of benefit (if applicable)
• up to date proof of UK residency
• proof of annual household income

Please contact the learning centre where the course is run for more information.


We have specialist support services including support for adults with learning disabilities and mental ill health.  We can provide:

  • Practical help for learners with a disability
  • Specialist equipment, e.g. ICT software, adjustable desks
  • Information and advice about what to do next
  • Information supplied in alternative formats and languages

To find out about access or to discuss any particular needs you may have please contact us or the relevant centre.

Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)

The ACL Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) has been developed to enhance the quality of teaching and learning for our learners and staff team.

Neighbourhood Learning Centres

Brierley Hill NLC
Hill Street, Brierley Hill DY5 2UE
01384 812371
Opening times:  Monday – Thursday 8.30am – 5pm.  Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm

Dudley Wood NLC
Off Pavilion Gardens, Dudley Wood Road, Dudley DY2 0DB
01384 816471
Opening times:  Monday – Thursday 9am – 5pm.  Friday 9am – 4.30pm

Castle & Priory NLC
Limes Road, Dudley DY1 4AQ
01384 812337
Opening times:  Monday – Friday 9am – 4.30pm

  • Adult and Community Learning

    Contact form

    General enquiries 01384 818143

  • For further information please contact your local neighbourhood learning centre:

    Castle & Priory NLC: 01384 812337
    Brierley Hill NLC: 01384 812371
    Dudley Wood NLC: 01384 816471