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"We offer part time day, evening and weekend adult education courses for both work and leisure, in the London Borough of Croydon."


Croydon Adult Learning and Training (CALAT) is one of the largest adult education services in the country with a wide range of part-time courses. The service is committed to adult learning and training and has over sixty years’ experience of creating a focused environment that supports and helps people achieve their goals.

CALAT provides courses, training and support services for businesses and individuals for both leisure and work. Our key aims are to develop the skills and abilities of adults by providing a wide range of accessible learning opportunities, offering scope for personal and social development.

What's on offer

We offer over 1200 part-time courses to 16,000 people every year, across the London Borough of Croydon.

Whether you are looking for a qualification, or want to learn for personal well-being and interest, there is something for you in a friendly and welcoming environment.

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Subject Strengths

CALAT has over sixty years' experience of offering courses to adults, including beauty therapy; business, administration and bookkeeping; childcare and teaching assistant training; art and craft; English and maths; health and social care; fitness and exercise; counselling; computing and IT; languages, including British Sign Language; cookery and cake decorating; photography; home and  garden; dance and singing; English as a foreign language (EFL); English for speakers of other languages (ESOL); family learning; interpreting, careers advice and courses for learners with difficulties and/or disabilities.

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Information, advice and guidance:

We provide free and impartial advice about courses, training opportunities and careers advice.

Contact us on +44 (0)20 8604 7040 at Learning Curves, CALAT Central Croydon, Croydon Clocktower, Katharine Street, Croydon, CR9 1ET


Light refreshments are served in the cafeteria at CALAT Coulsdon Centre: Monday to Friday 9.00-2.30pm (open term time only). Drinks and snacks are available from vending machines at CALAT Thornton Heath Centre and CALAT Central Croydon Centre. There is also a cafe within the Croydon Clocktower complex in which CALAT Central Croydon is located.

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Our centres are situated throughout the borough of Croydon, in Coulsdon, Thornton Heath, New Addington and the centre of Croydon.

How to enrol

How to enrol

Complete the enrolment form available from CALAT centres and our website. To secure a place on a course, payment is required at time of enrolment. We accept payment by credit/debit card, cheque or cash. If paying by credit or debit card please remember to complete your card details on the enrolment form. Cheques should be made payable to Croydon Council with the guarantee card number and expiry date written on the reverse of cheques. Please click this link to download the 2015-16 enrolment form.

You can enrol:

In person:

Visit any full time CALAT centre with payment and completed enrolment - see our website for opening hours.

By phone

Call the enrolment line on 020 8726 7777. Please have your credit/debit card details and completed enrolment form to hand when calling.

By post

Send in your completed enrolment form and payment (no cash please) to: CALAT Enrolment, CALAT Coulsdon Centre, 41 Malcolm Road, Coulsdon, Surrey, CR5 2DB

Please note that all CALAT Centres will be closed on all public holidays

Payment by Standing Order

Enrolment to be made in person only.  Bank mandate  must be completed at time of enrolment.

  • Only available for courses running for six weeks or more with a total fee above £120
  • A fee of £10 will be added to your fee when using this facility (this is not included in the £120 total fee)
  • An initial payment of 35% must be made at time of enrolment and the remaining fee will be paid by standing order starting 30 days after enrolment date

When you enrol you must provide the following at the time of enrolment:

  • Proof of address – utility, phone or credit card bill not older than 3 months
  • UK bank account details – sort code, account number and full bank address including postcode
  • If standing order paid by someone else –  bank account payee proof of address

If you withdraw from the course you will still be liable to pay the total course fee.

Please contact any CALAT Centre for further information. Please consider carefully before you enrol. See our Refunds & Transfer Policy.

We reserve the right of refusal to enrol any learner who has a current debt with Croydon Adult Learning and Training (CALAT).

Any information received by CALAT is treated with sensitivity. It is only shared, with your permission, with staff who need to know. This is to ensure that we offer you the right support. For certain courses you may need to speak to an adviser before enrolling.

Details of any special assessment/enrolment arrangements can be found against the course listing on the CALAT website, on the course outline, or in the Course Directory.

Enrolment line: 020 8726 7777

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Student Story

Jamaican born Calbert Williams, 37, from Shrublands attended English classes with Croydon Adult Learning and Training (CALAT). When he started classes Calbert couldn’t read or write, but he turned his life around and won a national literacy competition. His piece of writing was picked from hundreds of entries to appear in the Voices on the Page project.

Calbert, who had never won anything in his life before, said: ‘People look at you as if you are nothing when they find out you can’t read and write. I have always wanted to learn but it took me a couple of years to pluck up the courage to enrol on the course. Now I can write a proper sentence and it has really built my confidence. I want to carry on and to let people like me know that the teachers aren’t monsters and that it doesn’t matter what age you are, you can still learn.’

Says his former tutor: ‘Calbert is testament to the fact that it is never too late to learn and he is truly deserving of this success.’

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Contact Details

CALAT Central Croydon Centre
Croydon Clocktower
Katharine Street
Croydon, CR9 1ET
CALAT New Addington Centre
61 Central Parade
New Addington
Croydon CR0 0JD
CALAT Coulsdon Centre
41 Malcolm Road
Coulsdon CR5 2DB
CALAT Thornton Heath Centre
Strand House
Zion Road
Thornton Heath, CR7 8RG
Tel: 020 8726 7777