Barnsley Adult Skills and Community Learning

Welcome to Adult Skills and Community Learning

We offer courses and classes for people aged 19 and over who want to improve their wellbeing, employability and skills or gain qualifications.

With options for a range of levels and abilities, we can help you to set goals based on what you’d like to achieve. You can ease back into learning with a taster class and go right through to gaining a full qualification.

Our team of friendly tutors and advisors will support you every step of the way and make sure you can start a learning journey that’s right for you. Get in touch to find out more!

Find out why people #LoveToLearn with us

Heather and Debbie were both at a stage where they'd lost all confidence and were unable to go to work.

Together they joined a creative wellbeing class and rediscovered a sense of direction and purpose which helped boost their self-esteem and made them able to face daily challenges head on. 

Hear from Gary

“I don't think I'm exaggerating when I say that learning a new skill has changed our learners' lives. They are more confident, and what could be better than that?"

Gary - Tutor at Barnsley's Adult Skills and Community Learning

Gary - adult skills learner

Hear from Sue

“Learning has given me a real confidence boost that I can do things out of my comfort zone."

Sue - a former student at Barnsley's Adult Skills and Community Learning

Sue - adult skills learner with paintings

Hear from Lisa 

“Learning gave me that belief that I could get a better job, I could do it. All I've done since joining Barnsley's Adult Skills and Community Learning is achieve."

Lisa - an employee at Barnsley Council and a former student at Barnsley's Adult Skills and Community Learning.

Lisa - adult skills learner outside Barnsley Town Hall

Hear from Jiu

Jiu – a student at Barnsley's Adult Skills and Community Learning

“After my positive thinking course, I've changed a lot. Help is there. You can come as you are, and share what you are going through."

Jui - adult skills learner

Come to our enrolment days

If you're interested in finding out more and taking the next step, come and have a chat! We are hosting enrolment days which allow you to see our facilities, talk to our staff and take an assessment if needed to see what level you are currently at. You will also be able to chat with an advisor who can help you choose the right course for you. Whether you're looking to get a job in childcare, IT services or something to improve your wellbeing, we are here to help. 

Come along and see us on one of the following dates in Wellington House, 2nd Floor, Market Street, Barnsley S70 1WA.

  • Saturday 20 August from 9.30am to 12.30pm
  • Monday 22 August from 9.30am to 5pm
  • Tuesday 23 August from 9.30 to 7pm
  • Monday 5 September from 9.30am to 5pm
  • Wednesday 7 September from 12.30pm to 4pm for ESOL courses
  • Wednesday 7 September from 9.30am to 7pm

How to enrol

Before you enrol for a course you’ll have a conversation with a member of staff about the right course for you.

Paying for a course

You can pay online for any of our courses. You might also be entitled to a reduction in course fees if you're on certain benefits.

Support for learners

When you're learning with us we'll make sure you've got all the support you need from your tutor and from our platform for learning.

Advance Barnsley

Find out more about Advance Barnsley supporting 16 to 24 year olds get into work.

Courses for businesses

Keep your business on track with our courses for employees, some of which we can deliver on your premises.

Tell us what you think

You can help us improve our courses by completing our online learner surveys and taking part in the national learner survey.

Why choose us?

  • Over 95% of our adult learners say they would recommend us to family or friends.
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  • 90% of our adult skills learners achieved their qualification.
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  • In 2017-18 our learners achieved over 1700 certificates between Entry level to Level 2.
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  • In 2017-18 we enrolled almost 4000 learners across 17 different subject areas.
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