Term Dates

Most courses will fit within these dates, with breaks as shown. However, tutors may sometimes negotiate changes with individual groups.


Term Holiday Week commencing Duration
Autumn (1)   4 September 2023 6 Weeks
Autumn Half Term 16 October 2023 2 Weeks
Autumn (2)   30 October 2023 7 Weeks
  Christmas 18 December 2023 2 Weeks
Spring (3)   2 January 2024 7 Weeks
Spring Half Term 19 February 2024 1 Week
Spring (4)   26 February 2024 5 Weeks
  Easter 1 April 2024 2 Weeks
Summer (5)   15 April 2024 6 Weeks
Summer Half Term 27 May 2024 1 Week
Summer (6)   3 June 2024 7 Weeks

Learner Handbook

Click here to see a copy of the Learner Handbook

Learning Agreement

Before enrolling, you should read the learning agreement included in the Learner Handbook. By completing and submitting the enrolment form, you are giving your agreement to the terms and conditions included in this document.

If you opt to enrol you are also accepting that RALSS may not be able to provide the services or programmes outlined in promotional materials in a range of circumstances, including: low class numbers, staff sickness, industrial action, severe weather conditions or any circumstances which may affect the Health and Safety of staff or learners. However, we will make every effort to complete your course.

 Missed Classes

If you are unable to attend a session, please notify us by email or phone. Don’t forget to tell us your name, course, venue and how long you are likely to be absent.

If you are absent for three weeks or more and we don’t hear from you, we will contact you to check that everything is OK. If financial difficulties are preventing your attendance, we may be able to help – see our Fees and Funding page for more information.

Comments and Complaints

Whilst we hope your experience of RALSS is a positive one, we welcome all feedback – whether it’s positive or negative.

We take feedback seriously and always thoroughly investigate any issues that are brought to our attention. If you wish to make a complaint, please mark it for the attention of the Adult Learning Manager. You can read our Comments and Complaints Statement online. 

ICT Code of Conduct

If you use computers in your classes you will also be asked to sign the ICT Code of Conduct. There are some safeguards in place, and misconduct can be identified by the login used, and the time. If this is identified, the learner will be removed from their course without refund.

If you would like to read this agreement before attending, it is in the Learner Handbook.