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Courses and Workshops

Have a look at our courses and workshops! Courses include accredited English, Maths and ESOL, a range of non-accredited courses and workshops in arts, crafts, pottery, jewellery, glasswork etc. 



We offer a wide range of courses at Swarthmore - have a browse! Summer Term enrolments coming soon. 



We offer one-off workshops at Swarthmore - have a browse! 



Membership Fees – A membership fee is payable for all courses above 6 hours

£5 termly fee payable at booking.

Further Information

  • For all courses over 6 hours, a £5 termly membership fee is applicable at the time of booking. 

    • Equipment such as Chromebook or laptop to access our online classes. (If you do not have any IT equipment, we can provide access to a Chromebook at the Centre for in house classes).
    • Mobility issues – Please be aware that some of our classes take place in our first floor rooms and we do not have a lift available. Please contact the Centre to check before booking for any courses at the Centre.
    • Attendance – please make sure you are able to attend all classes before booking.
  • Swarthmore have a team of talented and passionate tutors and artists who teach our courses. See the details of some of our team by visiting the 'About Us' page.

  • For online courses, please make sure you join the Welcome Class as soon as possible as this gives you access to your chosen online class.


    • Equipment such as Chrome book or laptop to access our online classes. (If you do not have any IT equipment, we can provide access to a chromebook at the centre for in house classes).
    • Attendance – please make sure you are able to attend all classes before booking.
    • If you have applied for a beginners course and have attended a previous beginners course, your application may be declined, or you may be added to a waiting list. All those applying for beginners courses will be contacted by our student support team prior to the start of term. Please contact us for further information.
      All of our courses, whether in house, or online, have access to a Google Classroom. You will be sent a link and log in details for our Welcome Classroom, where you will find lots of useful information relating to being a student with us. You will then be sent a link to access your chosen class / classes. These contain lots of additional and useful information relating to your course.

  • Swarthmore provides a variety of courses, some of which are subsidised by public funding based on your circumstances or the nature of the course. 

    Please note that if you are claiming a fee reduction for your course and have signed your declaration, you are confirming that you are eligible and will need to provide evidence prior to your class starting. Evidence will be checked at reception, and can be done before term, or on the first day of your new class. If you are unable to provide evidence of concession, the full fee rate will be applicable.

    Please click the More Info button to see if you're eligible to recieve concessions and exemptions.

  • We currently offer the following payment methods online:

    Debit/Credit Cards accepted

    • Visa
    • Mastercard
    • Maestro
    • Visa Debit

    Alternative Payment Methods

    • Apple Pay
    • Google Pay
    • Klarna (Same price, more time to pay, zero interest – available as an option at checkout)
    • Paypal

  • If you are struggling to pay for a course at Swarthmore, we now have a hardship fund to support those in financial difficulty. 

    Swarthmore Hardship Fund

    Swarthmore Hardship fund is available to anyone who finds it difficult to self-finance a course at Swarthmore. Our aim is to provide education for all, regardless of financial status, and that education should be accessible for everyone in our community.

    Funds are raised by our students, supporters and through fundraising activities, and we thank all who contribute so generously.

    If you are experiencing financial hardship and would like to enrol on one of our courses, please complete our Hardship Application form.

    Examples of financial hardship may be: being a single parent, being from a low income family, having a disability, being a care leaver, having unexpected financial burdens etc. Each application will be considered (in its own merit), and we will respond to you as quickly as we can. Proof of hardship may be required.

    If you would like to donate to our hardship fund and support those in the Leeds Community to access education at the centre, please do so via our donate page – all donations are gratefully received and will be used solely for the purpose of supporting our students

  • If you're attending a course here at Swarthmore, please familiarise yourself with the Student Handbook.

We look forward to welcoming you to Swarthmore, and hope you find something of interest amongst our many courses and workshops. 

Please find details above regarding course requirements, claiming fee reductions, cancelling a booking, refund policy, payments etc. 

Contact our Student Support Team for any help or further information.

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