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, we can meet the needs of learners across Surrey.

There are thousands 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 in for individuals in all aspects of life, work and leisure.

This includes:

Courses are available daytime, evening and weekends for most of the year. Due to the current worldwide coronavirus situation, the autumn term of our 2020-2021 academic year will be a mixture of online delivery and face-to-face courses. A live enrolment date is currently set for early August, via the online enrolment method.

We also have targeted community learning programmes, which work through partnerships; these consist of:

The Service was reviewed by Ofsted in May 2016, in the form of a short inspection. The Ofsted judgement was that the Service remains 'Good', that SAL 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:

  • Work hard to meet your individual needs as a learner.
  • Meet our commitment to equality and promote British values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs.
  • 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.
  • Only collect information about you and your learning which helps us to develop your skills or is required by the Education and Skills Funding Agency.

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, especially what you expect to get from your learning.
  • Provide feedback on your learning experience – your views are important to us.
  • Only engage in activities that do not put yourself or others at risk or in danger.
  • Recognise that everyone has the right of free speech, provided this does not incite violence or hatred against other people or groups, particularly in relation to their race, religious beliefs, gender or sexual orientation.