Adult and community learning

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Swindon Borough Council’s Adult Community Learning Service provides 150+ courses, enrolling over 1500 residents in 40 locations a year to gain new skills for health and wellbeing or to improve their confidence in maths, English and IT or to prepare to return to work.

Working with local providers the vision for this service is to become outstanding by providing excellent teaching and learning which responds to local priorities for skills and employment for residents.

Currently Swindon Borough Council is working with the following providers of Adult Community Learning provision:

  • Best Practice Training and Development Ltd
  • Madanu
  • Smiley Cats Ltd
  • Whitehead Ross Education Consultants (WREC)

Learner eligibility

The following eligibility is set by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) who fund our courses. Swindon residents who meet the following criteria are entitled to our courses free of charge if they are:

  • Unemployed and in receipt of a benefit, job seeking or working and earning below £15,737 annual gross salary
  • Have lived in the UK or an EU country continuously for the last 3 years on the first day of their intended course

Learners who haven’t lived in the UK or EU for the required 3 years are eligible if they meet the criteria above and have have one of the following:

  •  Refugee status
  • Humanitarian Protection
  • Indefinite Leave to enter/remain
  • Discretionary Leave to enter/remain
  • Leave to enter to accompany a spouse.

We are required to see evidence of residency in the form of visas and relevant home office documents, this is to ensure we meet our funding requirements.

Current courses

This booklet provides an overview of the range of courses we provide:

Alternatively, you can view the Webenrol website.

What should I do next?

You may want to enrol on a course to help you return to work or improve your skills, perhaps gain some confidence or maybe you just want to be able to help your child with maths and English. We can offer you impartial advice about getting back into learning and can provide information about all learning opportunities across Swindon including the local colleges and other training providers. We can help you find the right next step.

How do I get involved?

The Adult Community Learning Team are keen to recruit local residents as volunteers to help our tutors and learners within the classroom and learning groups. To get involved or to find out more, please email us at:

Supply chain and management charges

We are required by the ESFA to publish details of supply chains, fees and charges guidance in the interests of transparency and openness.

Please find details in the following documents:

Further information

To contact us, please use the information below:

Tel: 01793 466482

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