What is adult learning?

Surrey Adult Learning provides inclusive opportunities to promote learning, health and wellbeing. We inspire people to achieve their potential. With seven dedicated adult learning centres in North and South West Surrey, plus nearly a hundred community venues and an extended online programme, we can meet the needs of learners in and around Surrey.

There are hundreds of courses to choose from and there is something to suit everyone, of all ages and abilities. Whether you're a beginner, want to improve your skills, gain a long-desired qualification or just fancy trying a new hobby, we've got the course for you.

We provide courses, workshop and lectures across all aspects of life, work and leisure.

View courses, workshop and lectures by topic

Courses are available daytime, evening and weekends for most of the year during term times and are a mixture of online delivery and face-to-face courses. Courses can be booked online when you click through to the topic that interests you, or by calling 0300 200 1044.

We also run a range of free or subsidised targeted community learning programmes.

These include:

The Service was reviewed by Ofsted in May 2022, in the form of a short inspection. The Ofsted judgement was that the Service remains 'Good', that Surrey Adult Learning offers a wide variety of quality educational experiences and that Safeguarding is 'Good'. It also noted that Surrey County Council (SCC) has good oversight of the provision and provides appropriate support and challenge to all proposed initiatives.

If you are not sure which is the right course or level for you, or you have any questions about our courses, please contact our Customer Services team.

We promise to:

  • Provide a learner first culture in our decision making.
  • Work hard so that your individual needs are met as a learner.
  • Meet our commitment to equality and promote British values of democracy, by treating everybody fairly and with respect.
  • Make sure you learn in a healthy and safe environment and are made aware of Safeguarding and Prevent.
  • Give you accurate information about the learning opportunities that meet your needs.
  • Collect only the relevant information about you and your learning, which helps us to develop your skills.

As a learner we ask you to:

  • Attend every session of your course, arrive on time and participate in the class
  • Treat others with fairness and dignity.
  • Provide the information we need about you and your learning.
  • Provide feedback on your learning experience – your views are important to us.
  • Engage in activities that are safe for yourself and others around you.
  • Recognise that everyone has the right of free speech, provided this does not incite violence or hatred against other people or groups.

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