Adult and Community Learning

Daytime and Evening Courses

01825 761820


Welcome to the Adult College for Rural East Sussex. We offer a wide range of adult learning courses across the Wealden area. Use our course search facility to find the course you would like. If there is a course you would like to study which we do not offer, please let us know and we will see what we can do.


The Adult College for Rural East Sussex (ACRES) manages the adult learning programme in Hailsham, Heathfield and Uplands Community Colleges, and Uckfield Community Technology College. It serves the rural area of East Sussex and provides courses in Crowborough, Hailsham, Heathfield, Uckfield and Wadhurst and their surrounding areas.


The management of the College is overseen by a Board made up of the Principals of the Community Colleges and a representative of East Sussex County Council.


The main ACRES Office is located at Uckfield Community Technology College and we have evening offices at Hailsham, Uplands and Heathfield Community Colleges. We are delighted that from October 2016, Claverham Adult Learning based at Claverham Community College, Battle, will be joining ACRES.


Courses are held in the daytime in community based locations and in the evenings at the different community colleges and a range of community based venues. 1 day workshop courses are held throughout the year.


ACRES receives funding from the Skills Funding Agency and offers courses that lead to a qualification, such as GCSEs, along with courses that do not lead to a qualification and help people develop new skills or hobbies.


Ever thought of teaching adults? We are always looking to recruit tutors, view our vacancies page for current vacancies. If you do not have a teaching qualification we will be able to offer you one free, all you have to do is pay for the nationally recognised certifiate.