Welcome to Adult Community Learning
Bath College Adult Community Learning provides a wide range of courses intended for those who want to improve their chances to find work, support their families or live independently. From art to IT, we have a selection to suit nearly every need and interest.
Our courses are free of charge for people who:
- Are not currently in work and/or on benefits, and looking for new skills, ideas and advice
- Want to gain skills that will help with volunteering, improving confidence and working within their home and community
- Are earning less than £21,255 if a resident of B&NES or £18,525 if outside of the area
- Have been a resident in the UK for 3 or more years
English, maths and IT skills (EDSQ) initial assessments and classes are offered free of charge to anyone who has not already obtained a grade C at GCSE in these subjects. Please get in touch to arrange a convenient time and location for these, our contact details are at the bottom of this page. Please note: we will need to see proof of your right to remain in this country before we can enrol you onto a course
We try to make our courses accessible to as many people as possible, so they are taught in small groups by friendly tutors not only in our main campuses in Bath and Radstock but also in many other community hubs. If you require help with transportation, equipment or childcare costs, please let us know and we may be able to help.
The Prince’s Trust Team Programme is a 12-week-course for young people who are not in employment, education or training between the ages of 16-25. The course is free, and you won’t lose any benefits you may be claiming. Furthermore, any public transports costs incurred by attending the course will be refunded back to you at the end of each week.
Our friendly and supportive Team Leaders will guide you through each phase of the programme as you develop new skills. The programme includes an action-packed residential, a work placement, challenging community-based projects of your team’s choosing and an end-of-team presentation to celebrate your achievements.
SWAPs at Bath College
Bath College are delivering a series of SWAPs (Sector-based Work Academy Programmes) and we are lining up SWAPs in hospitality, employability and construction this side of Easter. In a nutshell, SWAPs are for over 19s who are either not in work or are on a low income. Job Coaches would normally refer people who are on Universal Credit onto the courses but people can enrol directly through the college. Please chat with your Job Coach if you have one.
Most SWAPs will have some level of Work Experience and/or hands-on taster sessions. We always partner with at least one employer who have live jobs available and at the end of the SWAP, leaners are guaranteed a job interview for one of those jobs. As well as the sector specific training, we will also run a Skills Health Check which will look at your levels of English, maths and ICT as well as looking at more general employability around CVs, covering letters, applying for jobs, progression pathways and preparing you for the workplace.
SWAPs are free (please check eligibility) and other sectors we’re looking at running SWAPs in the future will be in pathways into education, NHS (clinical and non-clinical), admin and apprenticeships. For more information get in contact with our Adult Community Learning team today!
Bath College are aware that everyone's journey is different. That's why we have launched the Life Academy - a short course to help you work out what your next steps are in life. Life Academy will help you to take more strategic steps towards either getting ready for work or moving into some further training or even just growing in confidence. We'll give you some tools but the size of the steps you take and the direction you go in will be up to you.
Our next Life Academy course is due to to start on the week commencing 15th May 2023, if you would like more information or to enrol, please contact us today (contact info at the bottom of this page).
English & Maths at Bath College
At Bath College we offer free English & Maths courses from entry level to GCSE level for adults. These course are available to anyone who has not yet achieved a GCSE grade 4/C in these two areas. Gaining these valuable qualifications can boost your confidence, open up further training and education routes and improve your job prospects for the future. Enquire today to find out if you fit the criteria!
Free Career Coaching available to more residents
Future Bright offers free careers coaching, training and support to help you develop the skills and confidence you need to take your next step.
You can access the service if:
- You're aged 18 or over
- You're in paid work (including zero hours and self-employed)
- You live in Bath & North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire or Bristol
Our support is tailored to each individual and the level of support may vary depending on your individual circumstances.
Achieve in B&NES
If you're a resident of Bath & North East Somerset you can find our courses through Achieve in B&NES, use the button below to access the Achieve website and find out more:
If you have any questions about course provision, to find out if you are eligible or there is anything else that you would like to talk to us about you can reach us below:
Adult Community Learning
Bath College - Somer Valley Campus
South Hill Park
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