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The Adult and Community Learning service provides learning opportunities for adults and families in the Dudley borough.

We have courses that are designed to help you to get a job or gain new skills for work. Other courses offer opportunities to improve your health and mental wellbeing, and we have family learning to help you support your children with their schoolwork.

We pride ourselves on our personal and caring approach, and our focus is to help our learners progress and achieve success.

Ofsted say we are, 

….a good provider of adult learning. Dudley learners develop successfully and achieve their qualifications, develop self-esteem and confidence and improve their prospects of employment. Ofsted report February 2020

Learner services

Planning your learning
Choosing the right course for you will help you achieve your goals. We will work with you to help you plan a personal programme of learning which will meet your individual needs, aims and aspirations. To help with your planning we can offer you an Information, Advice and Guidance interview with a qualified advisor at any of our learning centres. This will help you to make the right course choice and to plan your learning.

For further information please see ACL learner services information sheet below.

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. 

Visit our online course directory to find out about our full range of courses

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 to find a course and enrol

Have a look through our brochure or online courses or speak to one of our members of staff to help you choose the right learning programme for you and to secure a place on the course. To book a place please call 01384 818143 or call into one of our learning centres, or book with our online course finder.

For some courses, mainly English, maths and ESOL, you may need to do an initial assessment to check which level you are working at before you enrol.

Visit our online course directory to book a course.

Fees and concessions

Most of our advertised courses include the fees payable. Where it says ‘ring for details’ these courses may offer concessions and reduced fees.

English and maths courses are free if you do not already have a GCSE grade C or above in these subjects. Family Learning courses are also free. ICT courses for complete beginners through to Level 1 qualifications are free if you have not previously achieved an ICT qualification at that level or above.

Many of our learners are eligible for a free or discounted course. Concessions may be available for people who receive certain means-tested benefits, including:

  • Job Seekers Allowance (JSA)
  • Employment Support Allowance Work Related
  • Activity Group (ESA / WRAG)
  •  Income Support
  •  Pension Credit
  •  Housing Benefit
  •  Working Tax Credit

To receive a concession, you must provide proof of entitlement and bring proof of identity at enrolment. This includes any of the following:

  • National Insurance Number
  • proof of identity (with current address)
  • proof of benefit (if applicable)
  • up-to-date proof of UK residency.

You will need to pay a full fee if you are not eligible for a concession and will also have to pay any exam or assessment fees.
We want you to enjoy your learning and to succeed, so please talk to us if you have any concerns or require any specialist support.

How to pay
Payment is by cash or debit card at the venue where your course is held.

Additional support

We can offer you additional support to help you succeed in your learning, including:
• practical help for learners with a disability
• specialised equipment such as ICT software and adjustable desks
• information and resources supplied in alternative formats on the courses
• reduced fees for adults who meet eligible criteria such as those on a low income or who are unemployed.

Talk to us if you think that you may need some extra help with your learning.

Data protection - what we do with your personal information

We are committed to protecting your privacy when you use our services. We only collect information from learners where there is a mandated requirement, or we have identified a business need.
Your information will be shared with external funders such as the Education and Skills Funding Agency and West Midlands Combined Authority. Information will also be shared with examination boards in relation to exams that you have specifically entered for.

Safeguarding

Dudley Adult and Community Learning has a legal responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all our learners, volunteers, staff and visitors. We provide a safe learning environment that protects individual rights and keeps learners free from harm, abuse and neglect.
We seek to safeguard learners by:
• valuing learners and listening to them
• adopting safeguarding guidelines and procedures
• recruiting staff safely
• sharing information about concerns with agencies who need it and involving learners and their parent(s) or carer(s) appropriately.

For more information contact your tutor, your learning centre’s safeguarding officer or call our main number on 01384 818143.

Dudley Safeguarding People Partnership web site.

  • Adult and Community Learning

    Contact form

    General enquiries 01384 818143

    Email: acl@dudley.gov.uk

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

    Castle and Priory Neighbourhood Learning Centre, 52 Limes Walk, Dudley DY1 4AQ

    Brierley Hill Neighbourhood Learning Centre, Hill street, Brierley Hill DY5 2UE

    Dudley Wood Neighbourhood Learning Centre, Dudley Wood Road (off Pavilion Gardens), Dudley DY2 ODB

    Phone 01384 818143
    Email acl@dudley.gov.uk