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Welcome to Bury Adult Learning Service Bury Council

Welcome to Bury Adult Learning Service - changing lives and communities through learning.

About us

Bury Adult Learning Service, part of the Communities and Wellbeing Department of Bury Borough Council, has a strong track record of delivering adult and community learning in the Bury area.

Whether you are a returning learner wanting to improve your skills, or are considering learning a new one, looking to acquire skills that will help you improve your job prospects or wanting to gain a qualification, we have something for you.

Particular areas of expertise are fast track ICT courses, Employability Skills (including Traineeships, which prepare young people for apprenticeships), English and maths.

Learning can make a huge impact on people's lives; we know this because our learners tell us and it's inspiring to hear their stories.

Facilities available

Bury Adult Learning Service delivers provision in a wide range of locations across the area.  We have a modern Adult Learning Centre in the very heart of the town centre, which is fully equipped to meet the needs of our learners.  In addition, we offer learning in libraries, community centres and other venues across Bury.  Much of our Employability Skills provision is delivered in a business unit close to the town centre, enabling learners on this programme to access learning in a suitable business-based environment.

Most of our centres are fully accessible to learners with disabilities.  In the small number of cases where full access is not available, the service remains flexible and committed to moving provision to a more suitable venue where necessary. 

Additional support

We want learners to enjoy their time with Bury Adult Learning Service and to be successful in whatever course they have decided to study.  If you need special help or assistance, advice will be available from the learning support office.  If you have a learning support need, please indicate this at enrolment.

The learning support team is specially trained to provide a quality service for learners with additional learning needs.  These learners can get:

- support in maths and English

- an initial assessment to identify personal and challenging goals

- special exam arrangements

- support in some classes if needed

- study skills support

- advice to tutors on how best to support you

- monitoring and reviewing your progress

- a wide variety of special equipment and/or materials made easier to use, including laptops, coloured overlays, digital cameras, voice recorders and video cameras

Learner success

Connor's Story:

Connor started on the traineeship programme in September 2014, taking up a work placement at Six Town Housing and following Employability Skills, English and maths courses.

Connor was a polite and hard working member of the group, gaining confidence in his skills and abillities.  He provided good support to the rest of the group, particularly those less able than him.  At the outdoor activity day attended by the group, he demonstrated excellent leadership skills and supported the rest of the group to succeed in the activities.  Throughout the programme, he demonstrated great willingness to develop his skills by taking on board all advice given.

During the traineeship, he achieved the Level 1 Certificate in Employability Skills, demonstrating very high standards of work throughout his portfolio.  He also achieved Level 1 in maths and English and is now well on his way to achieving Level 2 qualifications in both.

Connor worked hard on his work placement, getting excellent feedback from managers, and being offered a paid six month placement with Six Town Housing at the end of his initial traineeship.  He has now started a further six month placement (July 2015) with a view to being offered an apprenticeship at the end of it.

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Bury Adult Learning Service Bury Council directly.

Last updated date: 07 February 2018

Key information


  • A: Bury Council - Main Campus
    • Address:
    • 18
    • Haymarket Street
    • Bury
    • BL9 0AQ
    • Telephone number:
    • Main: 01612535772
    • Website:
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    • This is a town centre location.  The building is on 2 floors with a lift serving the first floor.  The building is easily accessible for people with mobility problems.  We do not have our own car park but there are plenty of public car parks around the town centre.  We are ideally placed for both bus and tram travel with the Interchange being just across the road.