Community learning team

The Community Learning team provides short informal courses. Our courses are free and some even lead to qualifications.

Courses include: Cooking, Food Safety, Family First Aid for Babies and Children, Mindfulness and Confidence Building.

How to get a free place on one of our courses

To be offered a free place you will need to be:

  • 19 and over
  • Living in the EU for at least 3 years
  • Living in Brighton and Hove area
  • Unemployed (or working less than 16 hours) or on a low
  • income (less than £13,500 for a single income or less than £18,500 for a combined household income)
  • Or have no qualifications
  • Or you volunteer and are unemployed

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

Our courses

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.

Level 2 Food safety course

Who is this course for?

Anyone volunteering in catering, or a setting where food is prepared cooked or handled. We give priority to people who are currently volunteering within their local community.

What will I be able to do by the end of the course?

  • Understand how to control food safety risks (personal hygiene, food storage, cooking and handling) in a food preparation area
  • Give you confidence and the skills to prepare, cook and store food safety
  • On successful completion you will receive a Level 2 accredited qualification

What learners had to say about the course

"Great course, and great tutor, who made it easy to understand. I feel ready to continue with my plans to look for work in catering now."

Download our brochure for upcoming course dates (PDF 69KB).

Family First Aid for babies and children course

Who is this course for?

  • Parents, grandparents, carers, volunteers working with children, anyone with younger babies or young children in their family
  • You might also want to attend the course if you are preparing for working with babies or young children
  • If you are involved with local community groups, community nurseries, or children’s sports clubs

What will I be able to do by the end of the course?

Know what to do in an emergency situation, including when a baby or child:

  • Becomes unconscious or stops breathing
  • Gets burned
  • Is choking
  • Bleeding heavily
  • Has an asthma attack, or suffers from an anaphylactic shock
  • Has signs of meningitis
  • Fits with febrile convulsion
  • Goes into shock

What learners had to say about the course. 

"I feel like I have learned so much. The course is really practical and was easy to understand, and the tutor was so helpful."

Download our brochure for upcoming course dates (PDF 69KB).

Emergency first aid for adults – central Brighton

Who is this course for?

  • If you want to have experience for a real life emergency
  • If you want to be able to help family, friends or neighbours in an emergency
  • Are involved with local a community group, faith group or sports club
  • You might also want to attend the course if you are preparing for volunteering or work

What will the course cover?

  • dealing with an emergency
  • unresponsive – breathing
  • unresponsive – not breathing (cardiopulmonary resuscitation – CPR)
  • seizures
  • burns
  • bleeding heavily
  • head injury
  • choking
  • heart attack
  • stroke
  • allergic reaction
  • diabetic emergency

Download our brochure for upcoming course dates (PDF 69KB)

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, please ring Kirsty Cregan on 01273 810213 or 07795 336142. You can also email Kirsty at

English and maths tasters

  • Are you nervous about studying maths or English again?
  • Do you fancy a taster course to brush up your skills before taking on a qualification?

If you don’t have any English or maths qualifications and would like to find out more about non-exam courses, call Kirsty Cregan on 01273 810213 or 07795 336142. You can also email Kirsty at
The classes are at different locations in the city and are free, friendly and supportive. 

Information, advice and guidance service (IAG) 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.

Contact Friends Centre reception on 01273 810210.

Cooking with Dad

Who is the course for?

For dads, or male carers and children aged 5-11.

What will the course cover?

Prepare, cook and eat your own pizza and muffins. A fun, hands-on way to discover new foods and flavours. Boost your child’s maths, language skills and emotional development and encourage healthier food choices.

Book your place

  • When and where: Saturday 7 July 2018, 10am to 1pm at the Community Kitchen, 113 Queens Road, Brighton.
  • Call 01273 810213 for more details or to enrol.
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