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Do you want to learn something new, meet new people or gain skills for work? We have a variety of accredited and non-accredited courses to suit you.

We provide a range of courses at our Learning Centres in County Durham (Bishop Auckland – Newgate and Newton Aycliffe) and at a range of community venues locations throughout the area. There’s also no problem fitting learning into your lifestyle, some of our courses are ‘roll-on, roll-off’ – so you can start throughout the year, not just September.

With Community Learning courses you can:

  • Enrol and learn in your community
  • Start a course throughout the year
  • Enjoy flexible learning options
  • Choose courses for all ages and abilities
  • Choose the right course for you

If you are unsure which course or pathway is right for you, why not talk to one of our team who can advise you on the best level to start on.

For more information telephone 01388 443133 or email: newgate.admin@bacoll.ac.uk.

Current Courses:

Distance Learning Maths & English  – from Entry level up to Level 2 at Newgate Learning Centre, Newgate Shopping Centre, Bishop Auckland, DL14 7JQ. Gain the necessary Maths & English skills to progress your career or support your children at School. Workshops held every 3rd Saturday morning & interim online & practical support.  Complete your coursework at a time that suits you! FREE to anyone with no or lower level Maths & English qualifications.

City & Guilds Start IT (Entry Level 3) at Newton Aycliffe Learning Centre @ South West Durham Training, Aycliffe Business Park, Durham Way South, Newton Aycliffe DL5 6AT. Getting online, online safety, creating an e-mail account, send & receive e-mails and attach documents, create & save word documents. This is a rolling programme with new starts each week, for 3 weeks as follows: Tuesdays 9-3.30 & Thursdays or Fridays 9-12. FREE.

City & Guilds for IT Users (Levels 1 &2) at Newton Aycliffe Learning Centre @ South West Durham Training, Aycliffe Business Park, Durham Way South, Newton Aycliffe DL5 6AT. Further progression programmes to gain the skills pivotal in the workplace.  Using Microsoft Office for Word Processing, Spreadsheets & formula, Database, Presentations, Desktop Publishing with more advanced techniques & greater depth of topics applied at Level 2. This is a rolling programme with new starts each week, for 6 weeks as follows: Tuesdays 9-3.30 & Thursdays & Fridays 9-12. FREE to anyone in receipt of a means tested benefit, if not there is a charge of £189 for Level 1 & £199 for Level 2.

IT Skills for Universal Credit at Newgate Learning Centre, Newgate Shopping Centre, Bishop Auckland, DL14 7JQ. Learn the IT skills required to manage your online benefit claim, including your job search diary & ‘to do’ lists. These 2 day programmes run each week on Mondays & Wednesdays, 9-3.30. FREE to anyone in receipt of a means tested benefit.

Budgeting & Money Management for Universal Credit at Newgate Learning Centre, Newgate Shopping Centre, Bishop Auckland, DL14 7JQ. Learn how to effectively plan & manage your money. This 1 day programme runs each week on Tuesdays, 9-3.30. FREE to anyone in receipt of a means tested benefit.