Community learning team

The Community Learning team provides short informal courses and advice for people aged 19 years and over living in Brighton & Hove 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.

How to apply for a free place on one of our courses

You must be 19 and over and living in Brighton & Hove and you must also be in one of the following categories

  • unemployed (or working less than 16 hours), or
  • on a low income (Less than £13,500 single income, or less than £18,000 combined household income), or
  • have no qualifications (or few), or
  • be an unemployed volunteer

If you are not eligible to be offered a free place, ask about our reduced course cost

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

Our courses for autumn 2016

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. We give priority to people who are currently volunteering within their local community.

To book a place call: 01273 810210

Level 2 Food Safety – Central Brighton

  • This is a one day course
  • There is no crèche facility
  • Course date: Tuesday 4 October
  • 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: Wednesday 16 November
  • Time: 9.30am to 4.30pm
  • Venue: Vallance Community Centre, 2 Conway Court, Clarendon Road, Hove, BN3 3WR (Next to Honeycroft café)
  • 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.

First Aid for Babies and Children - Central Hove

  • This is a one day course
  • Course date: Thursday 29 September
  • Time: 10am ​to 1.15pm
  • Venue: Brighton Town Hall, Bartholomew Square, BN1 1JA
  • Tutor: Agnes Munday

Emergency first aid for adults – Central Brighton

This one day course will help you to respond to an emergency situation. You will learn how to deal with unconsciousness, bleeding, chocking, shock, seizures, provide CPR, and recognise signs of heart attack and stroke.

  • This is a one day course
  • Course date: Thursday 10 November
  • Time: 10am to 1.15pm
  • Venue: Brighton Town Hall, Bartholomew Square, BN1 1JA
  • Tutor: Agnes Munday

To book a place call: 01273 810210

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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 810213 and ask for Christina Mendez.

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English and Maths Tasters

Are you thinking about getting an English or Maths qualification?

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

Then this is the course for you!

Please contact Christina Mendez on 07795 336 412

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 

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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