Adult Skills and Community Learning

This course is for adults with learning difficulties and/or disabilities who want to develop their basic cookery and skills for independent living.

Length of course

The classes are 2.5 hours in length. The course runs for 18 weeks from:

  • September to February
  • February to July

Course content

You'll learn:

  • to prepare meals
  • to shop for food to make meals
  • money skills and handling change
  • using different cooking methods for example boiling and grilling
  • personal safety and hygiene when preparing and cooking food
  • basic food hygiene
  • planning simple meals
  • safe use of a cooker, oven and microwave
  • safe use of cooking equipment for example, knives and mixers
  • how to weigh and measure ingredients
  • food preparation methods
  • understanding cooking times for food
  • seasonal and multicultural foods

How to apply

You need to book an appointment with us to discuss your learning needs before you can start the course, to help you choose the right course and level for you. We'll also look at any additional support or learning materials that you may need.

The appointments take place at Wellington House in Barnsley town centre and last for about an hour.

If you're already learning with our LLDD department your tutor can tell you about your next steps.

Course fees

The cost of the course is £164 which includes all tuition and materials.

If you're under 24, or receive certain benefits, you may be entitled to a fee reduction or remission. See our information about paying for a course for details.

What you can do next


You can move onto further adult learning courses in independent living, work based skills and leisure.


If you've have been studying on one of our work skills courses you may want to apply for a job or volunteer.


What our learners say

  • I like learning about different things, meeting new people, helping other people.
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  • I think that the course is doing me good, because I am learning new skills.
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  • I voted for the first time after learning about voting which I really enjoyed.
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  • I think the teacher is a very caring person. I would like to come back next year.
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