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IT – Absolute Beginners
A short course teaching you some basic computer skills and helping you to create simple documents and get started using computers.
IT – Next Steps
Improve your knowledge and understanding about different features of computers such as creating useful emails, improving your documents and computer security. Use your computer more effectively and confidently in this tutor led class.
Introduction to Windows 10
A beginner’s course in using a computer or laptop with the Windows 10 operating system. Learn how to work with 'apps', personalise settings, and adjust 'tiles' to suit your needs. Some previous experience of keyboard and mouse skills will help you in this course.
Photoshop - Introduction
Learn how to remove parts of a photo or merge several images. Use Photoshop to apply different editing skills to repair, restore or improve your images.
Introduction to Tablets
Learn how to set up a tablet device, including security settings, using WIFI and everyday 'apps'.
Create, design and develop websites using Wordpress software. Understand website structures, planning and formatting skills to develop a basic interactive site. This course is suitable for confident computer users with a good understanding of file / folder management.
SAGE Computerised Accounts
Learn how to carry out routine accounting tasks by using the popular SAGE accounts software. You should know how to use a computer before joining this course and knowledge of Excel, the internet and email will help. This course is approved through an ITQ level 2 Computerised Accounts certificate.
Office Software Skills
Feeling a little rusty when using Word, Spreadsheets or PowerPoint at work or in your own projects? Then this short course will help you use many additional features to make your tasks easier and more productive. This course gives a good basis before enrolling onto IT Skills for Employment.
IT Skills Level 1 or 2
You can do this course at level 1 or 2. This course covers a range of computer skills that are widely used in the workplace or home. You can improve your IT skills in word processing, internet and email, Excel spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations or Access databases. If you want an ITQ Level 1 or Level 2 qualification, at the end of this course, you will need to arrange this with your tutor.
Introduction to Coding using Scratch and Moving on with Coding using Python
Both Scratch and Python are being taught in schools to young people aged 9-16. This could be a good starting point for you to develop your skills to help them with the work they are doing at school or even a step towards a new career for yourself or a new hobby.
This course offers support for learners who want to increase their everyday confidence ready to work. In a friendly and supportive environment improve your self-confidence and create a clear action plan to help you progress towards work or volunteering roles. The course is flexible and can be adapted to individual learner needs and interests.
Thinking about which job might suit you best? Looking for more information on your options? This course will help you to identify your strengths and your skills, research what a job might involve and start to plan your route into successful employment.
CV Writing – Create or Update
Want to refresh or create a CV but not sure how to tackle it? Learning how to structure and create an effective CV that really sells YOU!
Emergency First Aid at Work (level 3)
Develop your skills in handling emergency situations including vital lifesaving and resuscitation techniques.
Food Safety in Catering (Level 2)
Develop your skills to work safely in a food environment.
Get a qualification in English and/or maths whilst developing the skills and confidence you need at work and at home. You can apply for a beginner level or level 2 (which is the same skill level as a GCSE). Before you enrol you can discuss the skills you’d like to develop, and which will be the right course for you.
Get a GCSE in English or Maths in this fast-paced course aimed at people who are confident in everyday English and Maths skills. These courses start once a year in early September - unfortunately no late enrolments can be accepted.
You can choose to learn French, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese or Spanish. Each level takes about 2 years to complete.
Beginners - A Taster
Learn some basic ‘holiday’ language such as introducing yourself and others, numbers, shops, ordering food and drinks. This is a short course for complete beginners to try out learning the language you have picked. You would then do the ‘Beginners part 1’ course below to complete your first year of this level.
Beginners - Part 1
Part 1 is a follow-on from the taster course for complete beginners. Learn practical phrases that can help you with shopping, finding your way around, the time and booking accommodation.
Beginners - Part 2
In part 2 you can join this course if you already know the basics covered in the courses above. You will learn topics such as: shopping, using transport, tourist information, dining out, home and leisure activities, weather, and speaking about your daily routine.
Level 1 - Part 1
In part 1 you need some knowledge to join this course, ideally as listed in the entry level courses above. You will learn how to talk about things in the past and going to do in the future. You will use different learning materials to help you such as practical activities, games and the internet.
Level 1 - Part 2
Part 2 is suitable for learners who have started to use the present, past and future tenses. You will develop your talking skills about what you did / used to do and would like to do in the future.
Level 2 - Part 1
Part 1 develops your confidence and ability to speak with ease using present, past and future tenses and conditional forms. For example, I go to town every day, I will go to town tomorrow or I would prefer to go to town tomorrow. You’ll speak about and read formal letters, authentic text and tourist information leaflets, and give your opinion.
Level 2 - Part 2
Part 2 improves your language skills in everyday topics / current affairs using the imperative forms (eg ‘mix these ingredients together’), adjectives and adverbs, and common phrases. Suitable for those who have 4-5 years of part-time study or approximately GCSE/O Level standard gained elsewhere.
Year 5+ Advanced Conversation Courses
You must have at least 5 years previous study, or the knowledge detailed for the language courses above. You can gain confidence in giving your opinion and understand other people’s opinions; discuss topics such as current affairs, personal interests, films, travel and culture
Learn or improve your English – this course is for learners whose first language is not English. You will learn how to speak, listen, read and write in English. New learners can enrol on existing courses if there are spaces. More courses may be offered through the year if people want to attend.
Our BSL courses are a fantastic opportunity to learn more about D/deafness and how better to communicate with someone who has hearing loss. We offer introductory 2-week courses which include deaf awareness information as well as basic signs and longer programmes for anyone looking to continue with more detailed study.
You can apply for our courses for adults with learning difficulties and disabilities to help with living and working such as:
health, personal safety and wellbeing
skills for employment and volunteering
independent living skills
creative skills and leisure
literacy and numeracy
We also have a specialist Transition Learning Programme for young adults with learning difficulties and complex health needs leaving specialist school, making the transition into adult services and education.
Designed for adults recovering from, or experiencing, mental health difficulties this course aims to support you to improve your health and wellbeing through learning. We offer learning opportunities in friendly, supportive and safe groups with learning personalised to support your needs.
For more information or to be enroled on this course please complete our online referral form and a member of the team will be in contact.
Learning for Wellbeing
Our Wellbeing Saturday courses are one day courses aimed at giving you a basic introduction to that craft. This year our courses include:
Creative Cushion Covers
Make Your Own Bread
Upcycling Furniture Techniques
Our Art courses are delivered in both ‘Beginners’ and ‘Mixed Level’ formats where the learners in the class may all be working at different levels with tutors providing expert support and tuition.
Drawing and painting
Botanical drawing and painting
Crafts and ceramics
These courses may be delivered as either workshops or ‘taught’ sessions. With workshops learners bring in projects which are completed with the expert advice of their tutor. Jewellery making
Upholstery and soft furnishings
Healthy Cooking – Zero Waste
Cooking for One
Fitness and health
Ballet for wellbeing and fitness
Adult Tap Dancing
Dance Fitness (for those aged 50+)
Drama for Confidence
Patchwork and quilting
Reuse Fabric – Tote bags, shift dresses and skirts