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No hidden course fees

We pride ourselves on making education accessible for all, and do not have any hidden fees within our courses. We also offer financial support and concessionary rates.

Support throughout your course

Your dedicated tutors and Learning Support Officers will ensure you feel comfortable and supported throughout your time with us.

Not for profit, for the community

We are Dorset and BCP Council’s joint adult education provider. We do not exist to make a profit but to support adults across Dorset gain confidence, skills and qualifications.


We pride ourselves on being a sustainable organisation and doing all we can to minimize our environmental impact.

Fully qualified & experienced tutors

All our tutors are fully qualified and have an average of 21 years experience within their fields to ensure you receive a high quality learning experience.

Small classes

We pride ourselves on offering smaller classes than other organisations to create a welcoming, safe and supportive environment for your learning.

A message from Lesley Spain, our Principal Learning Manager

Skills & Learning is one of the top performing adult education providers in the country with some of the highest learner satisfaction rates in Dorset. We are proud of our national reputation for success and you will find us a welcoming, respectful and friendly place to learn.

Learning here is rewarding and enjoyable and whatever your starting points you will have the excellent support of our very committed, well qualified teaching and support team. We encourage all our learners to be ambitious and believe they can succeed by developing confidence, skills and improving well-being.

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100%Pass rate for BiologySummer GCSEs 2021
93%Pass rate for MathsSummer GCSEs 2021
89%Pass rate for EnglishSummer GCSEs 2021
35000+Learners since 2013
98%Learners likely to undertake further learning
94%Learners said they gained confidence

Our Vision:

Strong, skilled and prosperous communities.

Our Mission:

Improving skills and wellbeing for you, your community, your business. Skills & Learning contributes to the two Councils’ agendas by improving the life chances for young people and adults in Dorset. Qualifications and participation in learning helps people into work, to adapt to new labour markets and improves health and well-being. Increasing the skills and independence of local people is the best investment the service can make for individuals, communities and businesses.

Our Values:

  • Outstanding in teaching and learning
  • Inclusive and ethical
  • Excellence in customer service
  • Inspiring ambition, supporting progress

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