Community learning team

The Community Learning team provides short informal courses and advice for adults who are not currently in work or those who have less than a Level 2 qualification (GCSE or NVQ level 1). Our courses are free and some even lead to qualifications. Courses include: Food Safety, First Aid for Babies and Children and Confidence Building.

To be offered a free place you will need to:

  • be 19 and over (except Young Parent courses)
  • live in Brighton & Hove
  • be unemployed (or working less than 16 hours)
  • be on a low income
  • have no qualifications (or few)

Contact us on 01273 810210 for information about courses to get you back into learning and volunteering.

You can also find out about other organisations that provide courses and opportunities for learning across the city.

Our courses for spring 2016

Click on the links below or see the full list of courses (PDF 266KB).

Food safety courses

Are you volunteering for a community group, or receiving benefits and hoping to work in catering? A Food & Hygiene certificate is needed by everyone preparing and serving food. This free one day course will provide you with a Level 2 certificate in Food & Hygiene. There is a multiple choice assessment at the end of this course.

To book a place call: 01273 810210

Level 2 Food Safety – Central Brighton

This is a one day course
There is no crèche facility
Date: Tuesday 19 January
Time: 9.30am to 4.30pm
Venue: Brighton Town Hall, Bartholomew Square BN1 1JA
Tutor: James Aldcroft

Level 2 Food Safety – Central Hove

This is a one day course
There is no crèche facility
Course date: Monday 7 March
Time: 9.30am to 4.30pm
Venue: Vallance Community Centre, 2 Conway Court, Clarendon Road, Hove, BN3 3WR
Tutor: James Aldcroft

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First aid for babies and children courses

You will find out about: managing burns and scalds, how to deal with choking, the recovery position and basic life support for babies and children. You need to be a local resident to attend this course.

To book a place on either of these courses please call 01273 810210

First Aid for Babies and Children - Brighton Town Hall

This is a one day course
Starts: Thursday 7 January
Time: 10am ​to 1.15pm
Venue: Brighton Town Hall, Bartholomew Square, Brighton. BN1 1JA
Tutor: Agnes Munday

First Aid for Babies and Children - Central Hove

New course date coming soon


New! An introduction to the Care Certificate - Central Brighton

This short, engaging and useful course will give you a clear introduction to the care sector with focus on the standards within the care certificate.

To book a place on this courses please call 01273 810210

This is a one day course
Course date: Wednesday 16 March
Time: 10am - 1pm
Venue: Friends Centre, Brighton Junction Isetta Square, 35 New England Street BN1 4GQ
Tutor: James Aldcroft

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Functional Skills courses

We offer Functional Skills English and Maths classes at various schools and Children’s Centres across the city.

The classes are free, friendly and supportive.

If you do not have any English or Maths qualifications and would like to find out more about starting in September 16 please ring us on

01273 810210 and ask for Christina Mendez.

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Information, advice and guidance service (IAG)

Information about IAGs at Children’s Centres
If you are not sure about what course to take next, we can offer you free personal support to help you find the information you need.

We can offer you:
• an individual session to discuss what you are interested in
• information on other courses and services
• impartial guidance to help you make the right choices
• advice on volunteering and training

You can contact our advice staff via your local Children’s Centre, or call directly:

Christina Mendez 
01273 810213 or 07795 336412


Learning across the city

Many organisations in Brighton & Hove offer opportunities for adults to learn. Some of these are voluntary or charitable organisations, and some are supported by the government’s Skills Funding Agency to provide education for those who might not have had opportunities whilst at school. There are also private learning providers offering learning opportunities across the city. You can find out more by going to our directory of adult learning providers.

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