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Our Vision

A Vision for DACE

DACE offers enjoyable and stimulating part-time, community-based learning for adults in the South West Wales region. We listen to our learners, ensuring that our courses and progression routes are relevant, clearly described and open to all.

We provide opportunities for personal growth and new skills development by increasing social, political and cultural awareness; transforming lives and changing communities! 

Welcome to DACE

‌We hope to encourage you to take up a new interest or indulge a favourite topic of study.  More than anything, we want to make sure there is something for everyone and that you will talk to us if you need help deciding what to do.  Every year, around 2,000 students pass through DACE.  Some students pursue subjects with a definite purpose in mind, such as a change of career or a new academic course of study while others develop new interests.  Whatever the reason, you are assured of an interesting group of fellow students, from all walks of life.  You are also assured a welcome from a highly committed and enthusiastic group of tutors.

The wide geographical spread of course locations reflects our commitment to widen participation in adult education.  Courses have been organised in Communities First areas to make it easier for people living there to join classes.  We also offer an advice and guidance service for any prospective students, designed to help you make the right choice of study.  For free and confidential guidance and advice, call Jane Lingard on +44 (0)1792 602211 to discuss course options and any support needs or concerns you may have.

DACE delivers a Preparation for Higher Education Programme at University campuses and in community venues every April.  Students have the opportunity of studying two academic subjects and a module on study skills to prepare themselves for further study either full time or on the Part-time BA Humanities scheme or on various HE Certificates run by DACE.

The BA Humanities, English and History (part-time) Degrees are offered on Singleton and Hendrefoelan campuses and in community venues - The Phoenix Centre (Townhill); Forge Fach Community Resource Centre (Clydach);  Canolfan Y Bont (Pontarddulais); DOVE Workshop (Banwen); Glynneath Training Centre (Glynneath); YMCA Neath; YMCA Port Talbot; The Bloomfield Centre (Narberth). 

Our programme of courses has been designed to be flexible with regard to time as well as location, so you can study in the daytime or evening to suit your lifestyle.  We aim to offer you clear opportunities for progression and hope you will consider other programmes of study within DACE and Swansea University.  DACE students come from many different backgrounds and experiences, and it is this diversity and cross-fertilisation of ideas that we celebrate.  Our aim is to provide something for everyone and if not we are always ready to listen to your ideas.

Mr Bernard Salter

Acting Head of the Department of Adult Continuing Education