Course List A-Z

  • Art for Starters NEWThis course is an ideal way to get to grips with basic techniques and will help you create beautiful images, unlock hidden skills and unleash your potential. You will be guided step-by-step through a range of techniques in a variety of mediums to produce stunning images and open up new ways of seeing and drawing. We will focus on drawing using pencil, charcoal and ink with pen and brush, mixed media techniques and experimental approaches. Topics such as tonal work (light and shade), composition and perspective will be covered and explained clearly, as well as methods to explore the language of drawing. Subjects covered will include observational still life from objects, landscape, portraits, working from photographs and other 2-D images. This course will provide an introduction on learning how to use drawing techniques to expand variety of mark making, develop skills in a number of drawing methods and gain confidence in creative expression.
  • Art of Indian Miniature Painting NEWMiniature painting is a highly designed and expressive form of art, the origin and development of which can be seen in many illustrated manuscripts. The course will introduce you to the beautiful style of Indian miniature painting. The course gives students a basic practical understanding in the traditional technique of Indian miniature painting including the preparation and treatment of wasli (the paper/ground for the painting); colour pigments and their use; the polishing and burnishing of paper; gilding and the making of brushes from squirrel hair. Students are expected to practice these techniques in reproducing an existing miniature painting during the course. Find out more about your tutor: http://www.effzedd.co.uk/
  • Art: Botanical ArtThis course will give you an introduction to painting and drawing flowers, fruit and natural objects in graphite and watercolour. We will cover: Perspective for flowers and leaves Shading and tonal work Colour mixing Wet in wet and drybrush techniques Composition
  • Art: Botanical Watercolour - Autumn Glory NEWThis course is for those who are interested in studying plants and Autumn leaves in detail using watercolours. Learners will be provided with plant samples to draw as well as learn how to study and practice observation skills in pencil. Learners will be encouraged to use a sketchbook to develop their observation techniques. The tutor will then demonstrate simple watercolour techniques with advice on colour mixing and provide one to one support on how to complete a simple Botanical watercolour study.
  • Art: Botanical Watercolour - Holly and Ivy NEWThis course is for those who are interested in painting a sprig of Holly or Ivy in detail using watercolours. Learners will be provided with plant samples to draw as well as learn how to study and practice observation skills in pencil. Learners will be encouraged to use a sketchbook to develop their observation techniques. This study could make a lovely Christmas Card design. The tutor will demonstrate simple watercolour techniques with advice on colour mixing and provide one to one support on how to complete a simple Botanical Study of Holly or Ivy.
  • Art: Botanical Watercolour - Snowdrops NEWThis course is for those who are interested in studying plants and flowers in detail using watercolours. Learners will be provided with plant samples to draw as well as learn how to study and practice observation skills in pencil. Learners will be encouraged to use a sketchbook to develop their observation techniques. The tutor will then demonstrate simple watercolour techniques on how to paint white flowers with advice on colour mixing and provide one to one support on how to complete a simple botanical watercolour study of snowdrops.
  • Art: Sketching to Painting for BeginnersThis course will provide an introduction on learning how to draw and paint. We will cover: 1 Drawing simple shapes and understanding how they relate to the subject. 2 Developing drawing skills using shading techniques, understanding tonal values 3 Develop drawing skills using scale and proportion. 4 Introduction to colour theory and how to mix colours. 5 How to use different mediums, eg, watercolour, pencils, chalk pastels and how to mix paint using acrylics.
  • Art: Watercolour - Pen and WashYou will be working on a local landscape subject including water and buildings.
  • Art: Watercolour Landscapes - BeginnersThis course is for beginners and those wishing to return to art after a long absence. This course will focus on watercolours with a little drawing using pencil during the first half-term. You will be taught basic techniques as you paint. Topics such as tonal work (light and shade), composition and perspective will be covered and explained clearly. Subjects covered will include landscape, still life and working from photographs. You will also be introduced to the basics of watercolours, as the drawing skills you have gained will provide a foundation for progression to Watercolours.
  • Art: Watercolour Landscapes - Beginners PlusIf you have begun a course or are returning to art after a long absence, this course is right for you. It will focus on application of techniques such as those learned in our Introductory course. You will cover water, mists, reflection, snow, ice and buildings. Additions like animals, vehicles, boats and harbours will also be covered.
  • Art: Watercolours and More - Mixed AbilityThis course aims to stimulate learners who already have an ability to paint and who understand many of the materials used in painting. The course aims to encourage the use of watercolour and acrylics, in fresh ways. To experiment with the use of paint and colour in ways that will widen the creative and expressive appeal of the medium.
  • Assertiveness NEWThe course will aim to provide an understanding of what non-assertive behaviour looks like as well as assertive behaviour. Communication strategies will be offered to learners to be able to face challenging interpersonal conflicts with more confidence, assertiveness and control. Many of us face interpersonal challenges frequently, whether at work, or in our social or private lives. Being unable to assertively communicate our needs can be frustrating at best and in some cases can lead to very negative repercussions. If you’d like to discover practical strategies for improving your assertive communication skills in order to develop better boundaries and more harmonious relationships, then this course is for you.
  • Astronomy and the StarDome PlanetariumThe workshop covers our Solar System, how stars live and die, information on telescopes and observing and the day and night sky. The session ends with a planetarium show and space exploration.
  • Ballroom DancingWant to have some fun, make new friends and keep fit? This social dance class is for those new to ballroom and those with some prior experience. You will be taught dances such as - Latin, Samba, Cha cha, Jive, Rumba, Pasodoble, Waltz, Quick Step, Foxtrot and Tango.
  • Beekeeping - BeginnersThis course is intended for prospective beekeepers. Students will learn about setting up an apiary and caring for a colony of bees, with classes looking at the life of the European honey bee, the various pests and diseases that affect them, and the methods of extracting honey from the comb and the production of other saleable hive products. In addition to the five weeks of classroom based learning you will also participate in a practical session off site where you will handle a colony of bees.
  • Bellydance - BeginnersDuring this fun and friendly introduction to the basics of Egyptian style bellydance we will learn the basic building blocks of the dance and put them together to create a choreography. A look at bellydance history will put the dance into context. Don't worry - you don't need to show your belly!
  • Book-Keeping and Accounts - Level 1This Level 1 qualification covers an introduction to book-keeping practices including how to process source documents that underpin accurate record keeping. The course also comprises checking and processing documents involved in financial record keeping, developing skills to carry out routine book-keeping processes, developing knowledge of book-keeping principles and preparing statements to aid financial control. Please note that there will be no class on 25th October. The examination will take place on 6 December. Exam fee included.
  • Book-Keeping and Accounts - Level 2At Level 2 this qualification further develops the introductory book-keeping practices and processes studied at level 1. The course covers adjustments to ledger accounts to take account of activities at the trial balance date which affect the production of an accurate trading, profit and loss account and balance sheet. Students will check and correct errors arising from inaccurate/incomplete/missing entries in the ledgers; provide for depreciation of fixed assets using ledger accounts; account for accruals, prepayments, bad debts and provide for doubtful debts; prepare individual accounts in purchase and sales ledgers; prepare purchase ledger control accounts and sales ledger control accounts; and complete an extended trial balance. Please note that there will be no lessons on 23rd May or 30th May. The examination will take place on 11th July. Exam fee included.
  • Brew your own Craft Beer NEWThe course will take the learner through all the equipment and steps needed to produce all-grain beer on a small scale, at home, using commercial quality ingredients. It will NOT cover brewing using malt extract kits.
  • Bridge for Beginners Part 1The morning class will take place at Hartford Village Hall. Please note that there will be no lessons during week commencing 23 and 30 October 2016. The course will cover the basics of Acol Bridge with a weak NT. Opening bids, responding and intervening. Strong twos, pre-emptive bids, and how to get to a game, slam and grand slam. Participants will understand the difference between duplicate, playing teams and Chicago. They will also understand how to get into the best contract for their side. The course will introduce participants to a new skill that will enable them to join a Bridge club, and develop another social life.
  • Bridge for Beginners Part 2This is term two of a progressive (three term) course starting in September and you will need to register before the start of each term. The morning class will take place at Hartford Village Hall. The course will cover the basics of Acol Bridge with a weak NT. Opening bids, responding and intervening. Strong twos, pre-emptive bids, and how to get to a game, slam and grand slam. Participants will understand the difference between duplicate, playing teams and Chicago. They will also understand how to get into the best contract for their side. The course will introduce participants to a new skill that will enable them to join a Bridge club, and develop another social life.
  • Bridge for Beginners Part 3This is term three of a progressive (three term) course starting in September and you will need to register before the start of each term. The morning class will take place at Hartford Village Hall. The course will cover the basics of Acol Bridge with a weak NT. Opening bids, responding and intervening. Strong twos, pre-emptive bids, and how to get to a game, slam and grand slam. Participants will understand the difference between duplicate, playing teams and Chicago. They will also understand how to get into the best contract for their side. The course will introduce participants to a new skill that will enable them to join a Bridge club, and develop another social life.
  • Cake Craft: Cake Decorating - BeginnersCome and learn how to decorate cakes to a professional standard using sugar paste. No previous cake baking or decorating experience required. You will learn basic sugar paste and decorating techniques including coating, covering, crimping, letters and numbers, cutting shapes and attaching ribbon.
  • Cake Craft: Christmas CupcakesTime to get festive! Learn to decorate professional looking cupcakes in time for Christmas.You will learn to pipe buttercream and be shown all the tips, tricks and techniques needed to create beautifully iced reindeer, snowmen, Christmas tree and present cupcakes.
  • Cake Craft: Cupcake KitchenCome along and bake, make and decorate! You will learn all the skills you need to bake light and fluffy cupcakes, make delicious buttercream icing and decorate like a pro. With different flavour sponges, icing and toppings to explore, master the basics and the variations are endless!
  • Cake Craft: Sugar Flowers - BeginnersLearn how to create beautiful sugar paste roses and sweet peas using a variety of techniques. By the end of the course you will be able to produce simple yet impressive unwired flowers and more delicate and refined wired flowers. The wired flowers can be taped into small arrangements that can be used to form bouquets for more formal cakes and are generally saved as keepsakes after an event. The unwired flowers are created using more simple techniques and can be used to decorate basic cakes and cupcakes and are more likely to be eaten!
  • Cake Craft: Sugar Wedding Flowers - BeginnersCome and learn how to create beautiful unwired sugar flowers such as freesias and variegated ivy from sugar paste. You will learn simple techniques for piping and making edible flowers and colouring them to make them fit the colour scheme of your wedding or special occasion. You will also be shown how to combine the flowers into a small bridal bouquet, perfect for wedding cakes. Suitable for all abilities.
  • Cake Craft: Sugarcraft Christmas CharactersDuring this practical course you will learn to create perfect festive characters such as Santa, snowmen, Rudolph, robins and penguins to use on a whole range of seasonal goodies. Materials included.
  • Car Maintenance Basics - Bring your own CarThe course covers the day-to-day checks to help maintain a vehicle and how to help yourself at the roadside in case of a minor breakdown. We will be looking at Health and Safety issues, how to replace a wheel tyre combination, opening the bonnet, checking the oil, water, battery, windscreen washer, fuses, brakes and brake fluid, clutch, lights and drive belts. You will also learn how to replace a bulb and the different types of bulbs available, window wiper checking and replacing and basic breakdown checks. If you bring your car manual to the workshop we hope to give advice relating specifically to your car. However the course is designed to be generic in nature and we cannot be held responsible for the specific jacking location of your vehicle. Therefore we suggest you take advice from your garage to confirm this. Please note that cars WILL NOT be raised off the ground. Please note we cannot be held responsible for any work you undertake on your car as a result of attending this course.
  • Computing for Beginners with Internet and EmailBuild your confidence with computers now! If you are a complete beginner, this is a fun course where you will be able to ask questions and enjoy learning. You will learn how to use the internet, email, type letters, open and close programmes and have far more confidence to experiment with the things that you would like to do.
  • Computing: Microsoft ExcelDo you want to produce more professional looking and complex documents and outputs? This course is designed to progress the computer learner from a basic level to a much higher level using particular applications. It delivers a broad range of skills that can be transferred across a number of sectors. We use Microsoft Internet Explorer web browser and a network using Windows 7 operating system, together with Office 2007. Email is via webmail accounts. The Excel course will cover a range of skills including creating, saving and retrieving spreadsheets, using simple and more complex formulae, previewing and printing your work, changing page settings, cut, copy, paste and paste special, producing charts from the inputted data.
  • Computing: Microsoft WordDo you want to produce more professional looking and complex documents and outputs? This course is designed to progress the computer learner from a basic level to a much higher level using particular applications. We use Microsoft Internet Explorer web browser and a network using Windows 7 operating system, together with Office 2007. Email is via webmail accounts. The Word course will cover a range of skills including moving and copying text, creating tables, inserting text boxes, adjusting margins, creating borders, importing graphics, inserting bullets points and numbering, formatting paragraphs, creating headers and footers, using envelopes and labels tools and simple mail merge.
  • Computing: Windows 10 BeginnersIf you are struggling with Windows 10, start here! We will give you a general overview of Windows 10 and an insight into what is new and how it compares with older operating systems. You will learn using your own laptop.
  • Cookery: Advanced Cookery NEWA course for those who have already done some basic cookery. Learn some more advanced skills from our expert tutor and create recipes such as soufflé suissesse, pork medallions with mushroom ragu, fillet of cod, clams and pasta and raspberry and hazelnut tart.
  • Cookery: Authentic Indian CookeryThis workshop is especially for all those who love Indian food. You will learn how to cook a well known curry, rice dish and bread like parathas or naan bread, all as they are cooked in India. You will gain the confidence to use herbs and spices in your cooking - it really is easy!
  • Cookery: Baking for BeginnersIf you are new to baking or have always wanted to be able to make those classic cake favourites at home, come and learn how in our baking class for beginners. Recipes include Victoria Sponge, chocolate fudge cake, lemon drizzle and carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. Our expert tutor will give you lots of baking hints and tips along the way and can advise on alternative flavours/fillings too!
  • Cookery: Bistro Cookery NEWA hands-on, relaxed, cookery course that will introduce you to recipes from a french bistro. You will make pan seared duck breast with cherries, twice baked soufflé, onion and olive tart and chicken/rabbit terrine.
  • Cookery: BreadmakingDitch those shop bought loaves and learn to make delicious speciality breads of your very own! Join us to make and take home freshly baked soda bread, a Mediterranean bread plait with olives, sundried tomatoes and mozzarella and sticky Chelsea buns.
  • Cookery: ChocoholicsYou will understand how to use chocolate in a variety of ways to produce high quality products such as demon truffles and luscious brownies and cookies. We shall also look at the different types of chocolate available and their uses, with the addition of heat or chilling and how these techniques can be used in everyday and luxury chocolate items.
  • Cookery: Chocoholics WorkshopYou will understand how to use chocolate in a variety of ways to produce high quality products such as demon truffles and luscious brownies and cookies. We shall also look at the different types of chocolate available and their uses, with the addition of heat or chilling and how these techniques can be used in everyday and luxury chocolate items.
  • Cookery: Chocolate Truffles and FlorentinesChocoholics who want to get hands-on will use heat and chilling to produce truffles and florentines. You will learn how to use chocolate in a variety of ways to produce high quality products. Gift wrap or package your finished truffles and florentines to make perfect gifts.
  • Cookery: Contemporary Vegetarian Cookery NEWKick-start your New Year with lots of fresh veg and learn some new cookery skills at the same time! Create some impressive vegetarian food to take home and enjoy. Recipes will include butternut squash and pecorino tart with crispy shallots, chargrilled vegetable tart with roasted red pepper sauce and home-made gnocchi with spinach and caramelised leeks.
  • Cookery: Curry House Favourites NEWExplore the influence of Indian culture through its delicious cuisine. We will make well known curry house dishes such as Chicken Jalfrezi, Rogan Josh, Lamb or Chicken Dhansak and Vindaloo along with fried rice, naan bread and many more dishes to enjoy in the comfort of your own home with friends or family.
  • Cookery: Families in the Kitchen - Cupcakes NEWLittle cooks will work alongside big cooks to make, bake and decorate 12 cupcakes. You will learn to pipe buttercream and make decorative toppers. Whilst having fun you will be helping to build your child’s confidence and independence. For children aged 10 upwards and parent/carer.
  • Cookery: Families in the Kitchen - Pizza NEWCome along and spend some quality time in the kitchen with a young person who is special to you. Work together as a team producing a high quality, healthy pizza that can easily be replicated at home. Add the toppings of your choice and design the base e.g. stuffed crust, thin and crispy or deep pan to suit your taste.
  • Cookery: First Time Cook NEWFirst Time Cook is a workshop designed to give you the confidence to have a go at cooking meals from scratch using fresh ingredients. You will follow demonstrations and recipes to learn basic skills making lasagne, cheese and onion pie and risotto. You will learn knife skills, measurements, making a ragu, a cheese sauce, shortcrust pastry and the art of making risotto. There will always be a vegetarian option and the recipes we use will also show alternative recipes using similar ingredients and methods.
  • Cookery: Handcrafted Sausage Rolls NEWGolden, flaky, melt in the mouth rough puff pastry wrapped around a lightly seasoned sausagemeat filling – all made by you! You will never be tempted by a supermarket sausage roll again. The tutor will demonstrate the recipes and will then be on hand to assist and advise while you have a go at making your own.
  • Cookery: Home-made Strawberry Jam and Scones NEWCome along and enjoy making the traditional English cream tea. During the session we shall make light, soft scones to accompany your handmade, sweet strawberry jam.
  • Cookery: Indian Dinner for FriendsIndian food is becoming the nation's favourite! Join us and prepare a set menu of five delicious dishes suitable for entertaining friends or family. Learn how to use herbs and spices to achieve a delicious home-cooked taste and gain confidence to prepare Indian food at home. Indian food is particularly good to share with friends as the flavour improves after resting for some time or even overnight. Using all natural ingredients, you will discover how healthy and economical Indian home-cooking is and be less quick to reach for the takeaway menu! New menu for this year.
  • Cookery: Indian Street FoodIndian Street Food is popular not just in India but around the world. India is a huge country and its regional street food has many varieties which are rich in colour and flavour, an incredible cuisine. This course is a journey that will broaden your knowledge and experience of spices. Dishes you may prepare during the course include: Pav Bhajji – cooked with vegetables and spices served with bread rolls. Chicken Katti Kebab rolls – Chicken cooked full of spicy flavours and served with freshly made flat bread wraps and coriander mint chutney. Golguppas – Pani puri - Tiny puris – fried bread served stuffed with potatoes, chickpeas, sweet chutney, red garlic chutney and tamarind water – DELICIOUS ! Samose Ki Chaat – A triangular snack stuffed with curried mince or vegetable stuffing and served with green chutney and sweet chutney. You might also try your hand at vada pav, groundnut chaat, instant bhel or palak pakoda chaat.
  • Cookery: Indian Stuffed BreadsThere are many different kinds of breads, most of them unleavened, eaten in the Northern part of India with every meal; chapathis, parathas, poori and naan. Many of these everyday breads are made with wholemeal flour, known as 'atta'. You will learn how to prepare such breads and how to fill them with a variety of fillings to create mouthwatering snacks like aloo parathas, cauliflower parathas, ragini naan (filled with curried mince) and peshwari naan.
  • Cookery: Indian Thali NEWThali is an Indian meal made up of a selection of dishes served on a platter, with each item in a small bowl. The meal will include items like curry, lentils, rice, raiti and breads; delicious! This makes a balanced and complete meal found throughout India, with regional variations and favourites. You will learn how to use spices and herbs in a subtle way to create authentic home-cooked flavours.
  • Cookery: Italian Trattoria Cookery NEWJust like a traditional Italian Trattoria, our four week cookery course offers tasty food, a relaxed atmosphere and a warm welcome.You will learn to make recipes such as tomato upside down tart, gnocchi with rocket pesto, lemon and almond tart and home-made pasta.
  • Cookery: Kitchen Confidence - BeginnersThis course will teach the basic kitchen skills needed to produce nutritious and tasty everyday meals. You will become confident to try more adventurous dishes. This course is especially popular with men!
  • Cookery: MacaroonsGive them as a gift or eat them all yourself! Either way these tasty sweet treats will go down well! You will make and bake delicious macaroons in a variety of flavours according to your personal preference and learn all the techniques needed to decorate and paint them to add the finishing touches to your mini masterpieces!
  • Cookery: Malaysian Street FoodMalaysian cuisine is all about spice, flavour and passion. You will be given a special insight into the country’s taste-bud tingling, vibrant Street Food. Each dish will be explained and demonstrated step-by-step, so that you can follow and practically prepare the food. Delights may include: Fried kway teow - stir-fried ricecake strips Ngoh hiang - 5-spice meat roll Apam balik - a traditional Malaysian crispy pancake or crepe Penang acar - a special pickled vegetable dish
  • Cookery: PatisseriePerfecting the art of patisserie requires patience and precision - the hard work will pay off when you get to take home your mouth-watering treats! Recipes include profiteroles with salted caramel, pâte brisée with crème anglais (custard tarts), Genoese sponge and Danish pastries. This course is suitable for all abilities.
  • Cookery: Simply IndianIndian food doesn't have to be 'HOT' and preparing it isn't difficult! Come and gain the skills to prepare well known and more unusual dishes, and the confidence to be creative with your cookery and your use of herbs and spices. We will be preparing a set menu of a minimum of five dishes, suitable for a party or just to share with family and friends. Each dish will be explained and demonstrated step-by-step, so that you can follow and practically prepare the dishes. We will cook a rice dish, flavoured with spices, delicious curry with chicken or lamb, a yoghurt dish and mouth-watering snacks like onion baggias or samosas. New menu for this year.
  • Cookery: Thai CookeryCreate delicious, spicy thai dishes with fresh, aromatic ingredients. This course is a perfect mix of hands-on cooking, tutor demonstration and one-to-one help and tips. Take home spring rolls, thai fishcakes with sweet chilli dipping sauce and thai red curry, all made by you.
  • Cookery: Ultimate Home-made Pork PieLearn to make a raised pork pie and a gala pie in this two hour session. You will make the pie crust and filling from scratch and will discover how to prepare your ingredients to get the very best results. If you choose to make two pies the gala pie will be prepared in class and may need to be cooked at home depending on time!
  • Cookery: Vegetarian Indian DelightsThis workshop offers you the opportunity to discover that vegetarian Indian cookery is fun, tasty and economical with distinct blends of herbs, spices and lentils. We will very confidently prepare a set menu after a demonstration, using herbs and spices. You will finish with a selection of popular dishes to share with family and friends.
  • Counselling - An IntroductionThis course provides a general introduction to counselling. You will gain a basic understanding of counselling skills to help other people and will deepen your understanding of the emotional needs of yourself and others. You will also learn about basic interpersonal and counselling skills which are transferable to a range of voluntary and paid opportunities in the health, social care, justice and other sectors. The course covers the difference between counselling and other helping relationships, the use of helping skills, and a general introduction to counselling theory. A certificate of attendance will be issued on successful completion of the course.
  • Craft: Beautiful ButtonsUse your own designs to create beautiful shrink plastic and fimo buttons to embellish any craft project. Suitable for all abilities. Materials included.
  • Craft: Christmas MosaicThis workshop will give you an introduction to mosaic and teach you all you need to know to make your very own Christmas room decorations or small candle holder to take home. You will learn how to safely cut glass tiles, apply them to a surface and how to grout in order to create your own designs. Some materials included.
  • Craft: Christmas Needle FeltingIf you are looking to learn a new craft, the increasingly popular needle felting could be for you. You will learn how to sculpt fibres with a barbed felting needle to create 3D felted items, such as a robin and decoration for your Christmas tree. Suitable for all abilities. Materials included.
  • Craft: Garden MosaicThis workshop is aimed at those who wish to make mosaic items for their garden. Using an easy-cut cement based product you will learn techniques which will allow you to create two pieces of your choice to take away. This course is suitable for all abilities. Some materials included.
  • Craft: Needle FeltingCreate beautiful 3D felt decorations through the popular art of needle felting. You will learn how to sculpt fibres with a barbed needle to make two small items such as a blue tit and a flower. Materials included.
  • Craft: Stained GlassDuring your first term you will learn the foundations of this ancient craft - from how to cut glass incredibly accurately, grinding, copper-foiling, soldering and using patinas - and make your own stained glass apple with leaf, a red rose with wire overlays and an intricate Celtic knot. The Celtic knot introduces the need for accuracy and precision that is required for all sophisticated stained glass projects. Materials will be supplied at a cost of £5-£10 per project and you will need your own starter kit of basic tools which will be available for you at a cost of £45. During subsequent terms you will build on your skills and move on to larger projects such as a three dimension jewelled prairie box lamp. These more advanced projects offer a series of challenges as you create beautiful practical pieces for your home or as unique gifts, and the materials cost will vary depending on the project chosen. As you gain confidence and ability you may decide to move on to a project of your own design. Beginners can join in the autumn, spring or summer terms as the course is run in a workshop style with learners working at different levels on their own projects, under the expert guidance of the tutor.
  • Creative Writing - BeginnersThe course is designed to cultivate and develop an ability to write within a number of creative forms. We will evaluate various types of literary works in order to identify, evaluate and measure the merits of creative writing so as to develop and demonstrate a growing ability within our own creative work. We will compare and contrast the works of writers in different genres of creative literature to help to develop a broad appreciation of literary form and style. Additionally, we will look at basic form and structure within poetry, short stories, novels and screenplays so as to better inform our own work. We will each produce several pieces of creative work throughout the duration of the course. These creative pieces will include a poem, short story, synopsis for a novel and one full scene from a screen, stage or television play. An end of course booklet will be produced, holding within it one piece of work from each student of their own choosing. The booklet will be edited and forwarded by your tutor. There may be an additional cost for this, depending how it is published.
  • Creative Writing - Flash Fiction - Next Step NEWFor those wanting to get into creative writing, Flash Fiction is a great way of generating confidence in your writing. During this follow on course you will be writing further tiny complete stories.
  • Creative Writing - Flash Fiction for Beginners NEWFor those wanting to get into creative writing, Flash Fiction is a great way of generating confidence in your writing. During this course you will be writing tiny complete stories under 750 words long. We will look at examples of Flash Fiction, explore its history and growing popularity, draft our own stories starting with 6 words and working up to longer pieces. Ultimately learners will be able to enter their finished piece into a free competition if they wish.
  • Creative Writing - Next StepsNext Steps will expand on a number of specific areas that are covered very generally on our Creative Writing – Beginners course. This course will primarily involve the completion of a single story, either within prose or poetical form, with the task of writing a considerably longer and more detailed piece over the duration of the course. In-session writing tasks will still be undertaken but instead of different homework assignments there will be only the continued completion of the short story. Specific areas of creative enquiry will cover a more detailed examination of story structure, character design/development and storytelling themes and motifs.
  • Creative Writing: Magical, Personalised Story BookWould you like to create a story book for yourself or a loved one? This day course will give you ideas and tips about how to make one. Plot structure will be looked at and story ideas will be workshopped - but there will be opportunities for creative exercises during the session so if you're not sure what you want to write about, that is fine! Ideas about how to complete the book after the session will be given.
  • Creative Writing: Writing for ChildrenThis workshop offers a basic overview of each age range in children’s books. There will be an explanation of each of those age ranges and a consideration of their content and word count demands. There will be creative opportunities for each of these age groups and information on where to find out about publishers and agents.
  • CV Writing SkillsThis workshop will provide you with the skills, information and knowledge you need to produce an effective and professional CV. You will learn how to create a CV incorporating your skills and experience, how to prepare effective and tailored CVs for different jobs and gain knowledge of the different CV resources which are available.
  • Dogs: Understanding Dog BehaviourThis introductory course is suitable for anyone with an interest in dogs, dog owners and those who are considering getting a dog. It covers many basic life skills like socialisation, meeting and greeting strangers, housetraining and successfully teaching dogs to be left at home alone. You will learn about the needs of different breeds and types of dog, discovering what their favourite activities are and why. You will develop an understanding of the background causes to some common and frustrating dog behaviours, finding out how to try to avoid them and how to take steps in the right direction towards overcoming them.
  • DowsingStudents will learn how dowsing works and will create their own pendulum dowser. They will use different dowsers to locate items and to find answers to questions they pose as well as exploring some food intolerances for themselves and others. Materials for pendulum dowser are included in the price. Tea and coffee will be available free of charge.
  • eBay 1: Beginners' Buying on eBayThis is a basic introduction to buying on eBay course and it covers: • What is PayPal, how it works, advantages of using Paypal, why you need a PayPal account and set up a PayPal account (credit / debit card needed) • What is eBay, set up an eBay account • Link the Paypal and eBay accounts together (mobile phone needed) • Overview of your eBay account (explaining the menus) • Searching on eBay using keywords, categories and specific filters • Bidding and buying on auction • Buying via Buy It Now • Using Best Offer • Messages and communication with sellers • Delivery and receiving your item • Feedback – how it works, what is measured and the importance of it • Returns and refunds – your rights and responsibilities • What if things don’t go well? – how to deal with mishaps
  • eBay 2: Beginners' Selling on eBayThis is a basic introduction to selling on eBay course and it covers: • Overview of the selling part of your eBay account (explaining the menus) • Different selling options (Auction, Buy It Now, using Best Offer) • Checking, measuring and weighing your item • How to photograph your item • Researching your item • Describing your item and creating the best title possible to maximise selling • Pricing your item for the different selling options – calculating eBay and PayPal fees • How to deal with and calculate posting cost • Messages and communication with buyers • Posting your item • Feedback – how it works, what is measured and the importance of it • Returns and refunds – your rights and responsibilities • What if things don’t go well? – how to deal with mishaps
  • ESOL - BeginnersA friendly, informal course for those whose first language is not English. These classes cover everyday topics and will improve speaking and listening, reading and writing skills. This is not a qualification course, however structured classes will help prepare those who do want to go on to take formal examinations (not available at this centre). This beginners class will cover topics such as introducing yourself, meeting people, daily life, likes and dislikes, home and shops, film, music, news, work, holidays and future plans.
  • ESOL - ImproversA friendly, informal course for those whose first language is not English. These classes cover everyday topics and will improve speaking and listening, reading and writing skills. This is not a qualification course, however structured classes will help prepare those who do want to go on to take formal examinations (not available at this centre). This improvers class will cover topics such as work, hobbies, travel, future plans, technology and world news.
  • ESOL - Mixed AbilityA friendly, informal course for those whose first language is not English. These classes cover everyday topics and will improve speaking and listening, reading and writing skills. This is not a qualification course, however structured classes will help prepare those who do want to go on to take formal examinations (not available at this centre). This is a mixed ability class, suitable for beginners and improvers, that will cover topics such as daily life, hobbies, travel and future plans.
  • First AidThis one day course covers lots of different aspects on giving first aid, such as: acting safely, promptly and effectively in an emergency, CPR, treating an unconscious casualty (including seizure), wounds and bleeding, shock, minor injuries, choking, preventing cross infection, recording incidents and actions and the use of available equipment. Additionally there may be an overview of burns, anaphylaxis, heart attack, stroke, epilepsy and diabetes. Exam available for additional £10.00, please contact the Adult Learning office ahead of the workshop for details. Please bring photo ID with you to show the tutor in order to sit the exam.
  • First Aid - Baby and Child This session focuses on first aid for children and babies. You will cover unconsciousness and recovery positions, child and baby CPR, choking, bleeds and burns. You will also receive a Paediatric First Aid book to take home that goes into more detail about other illnesses such as meningitis. Suitable for parents, expectant parents, babysitters, carers and anyone who looks after children in the home.
  • First Aid - Emergency First Aid at WorkThis one day course covers lots of different aspects on giving first aid, such as: acting safely, promptly and effectively in an emergency, CPR, treating an unconscious casualty (including seizure), wounds and bleeding, shock, minor injuries, choking, preventing cross infection, recording incidents and the use of available equipment, such as a defibrillator. Additionally there may be an overview of burns, anaphylaxis, heart attack, stroke, epilepsy and diabetes. Participants will cover the requirements needed to be awarded the Ofqual regulated Emergency First Aid at Work certificate. The practical assessment of this course is continuous.
  • Flowers: Fresh Flowers - Bring in SpringBring spring into your home when you create a beautiful cut flower spring design in this workshop. You will learn how to handle and care for spring flowers and foliage to get the best from them and will learn tips and tricks for successful floral design. Please let us know of any plant allergies when you book this workshop.
  • Flowers: Fresh Flowers - Christmas RingCreate a rustic style, long lasting foliage ring with festive decoration and ribbon which can be used to hang on a door or placed on a table to welcome advent with the addition of four candles once home. Please let us know of any plant allergies when you book this workshop.
  • Flowers: Fresh Flowers for Autumn NEWCreate a simple yet stunning floral design each week on this short course. Learn how to include berries and autumn leaves in an arrangement and get tips on how to care for your creations to prolong their life. Over the four weeks you will produce the following: a rustic gift arrangement, a handtied floral wrap, a contemporary fresh flower design and a rustic table centre, all with an autumnal theme. Please let us know of any plant allergies when you book this workshop.
  • Flowers: Fresh Flowers for Spring NEWCreate a simple yet stunning floral design each week on this short course. Learn how to include spring bulb flowers and spring blossom in a floral arrangement and gain tips on how to care for your creations to prolong their life. Over the four weeks you will produce the following: spring vase, spring pot, spring tulip flow and spring table centrepiece.
  • Flowers: Fresh Flowers for Summer NEWThe ideal progression from our Fresh Flowers for Spring course, you will create a stunning floral summer design each week on this short course. Learn how to include summer flowers and foliage in an arrangement and get tips on how to care for your creations to prolong their life. Over the four weeks you will create the following: summer posy, summer country basket, summer tall and stately arrangement and a summer floral ring. Please let us know of any plant allergies when you book this workshop.
  • Flowers: Wedding Flowers on a BudgetThis workshop covers the basics of planning and creating beautiful bridal party and wedding flowers. From choosing the right type of bouquet to looking at plant material for buttonholes, our experienced wedding floristy tutor will guide you through the process to ensure successful floristy on the big day! This workshop is also ideal if you are considering creating floral arrangements for a wedding or event or if you simply want to know a bit more about bouquets and wiring technique. Why not come with a friend so you can make flowers together back at home? On the day you will make a bridal handtied vintage bouquet with natural stems, a buttonhole and a simple corsage. Please let us know of any plant allergies when you book this workshop.
  • French - Beginners Part 1This is term one of a progressive (three term) course starting in September and you will need to register before the start of each term. The course covers situations such as: introducing yourself, talking about your family, jobs, shopping for food, asking for and understanding directions, using public transport, booking a room in a hotel, dealing with restaurants and more. All four skills will be used: speaking, listening, reading and writing. There will be the possibility to carry out practical tasks as well as to gain an in-house certificate which will acknowledge individual learning. The taster option will allow you to come for two weeks to experience the course. If you choose to continue, the cost will be deducted from the full course fee. Please note that a taster option is available for this course. Please consider this as we only give refunds where we cancel or substantially alter a course .
  • French - Beginners Part 2This is term two of a progressive (three term) course starting in September and you will need to register before the start of each term. The course covers situations such as: introducing yourself, talking about your family, jobs, shopping for food, asking for and understanding directions, using public transport, booking a room in a hotel, dealing with restaurants and more. All four skills will be used: speaking, listening, reading and writing. There will be the possibility to carry out practical tasks as well as to gain an in-house certificate which will acknowledge individual learning.
  • French - Beginners Part 3This is term three of a progressive (three term) course starting in September and you will need to register before the start of each term. The course covers situations such as: introducing yourself, talking about your family, jobs, shopping for food, asking for and understanding directions, using public transport, booking a room in a hotel, dealing with restaurants and more. All four skills will be used: speaking, listening, reading and writing. There will be the possibility to carry out practical tasks as well as to gain an in-house certificate which will acknowledge individual learning.
  • French - Beginners TasterSee French Beginners for the content of this two week taster. Cost will be deducted from the full course fee if you choose to continue.
  • French - Beyond Improvers TasterA taste of the full Élargissez vos horizons - French Improvers Course - see that course description for full details. Cost will be deducted from the full course fee if you choose to continue.
  • French - Élargissez vos horizons- Beyond ImproversThis is a progressive three term course from September, and you need to register before the start of each term. Learners may join at Term 2 or 3, depending on ability. The course covers many different aspects of French life and culture. Where possible the topics will be decided by the group at the start of the course, so that each learner gains the maximum from the course. The focus will be on speaking and listening and exposing each learner to as many different facets of French language and culture as possible. There will be some grammar exercises, but these will be gateways to the learner expressing themselves in conversational French which is more advanced and able to express more complex ideas. One of the hardest things about learning a foreign language is dealing with unexpected situations. This course aims to give each learner a toolkit of vocabulary and grammar to be able to deal with the unexpected. The taster option will allow you to come for two weeks to experience the course. If you choose to continue, the cost will be deducted from the full course fee.
  • French - Franglais into Français! - ImproversThis is a progressive three term course starting in September, and you need to register before the start of each term. Learners may join at terms 2 and 3 depending on ability. It builds on the beginner’s French course, and will cover areas such as: • Talking about events in the past tense, as well as talking about thoughts and feelings in the past tense. • Talking about events that will happen in the future. • To/by/in/of and other prepositions. • Improving your pronouns. • Reading real French, building up to being able to understand the main points in simple newspaper articles. • Practice speaking French in different situations. • This course will also focus more on perfecting pronunciation. • The flexibility of this course also means that topics can be adapted to suit the needs of the class, any specific areas which learners raise can usually be accommodated. The taster option will allow you to come for two weeks to experience the course. If you choose to continue, the cost will be deducted from the full course fee.
  • French - Franglais into Francais! Impr TasterSee French - Franglais into Francais! Improvers for the content of this two week taster. Cost will be deducted from the full course fee if you choose to continue.
  • History: Curse Tablets in Roman Britain NEWThe curse tablet phenomena is well attested throughout the Roman world, they are the private messages, never to be read, to the gods who controlled all things. Whether for guidance, favour or luck, they are the windows to the lives of the unseen faces of history. Over 300 have been recovered from Roman Britain. These curses from Britain are unique in the entire Roman world, and they give a small but vital window into a world not unlike our own, of real world problems, 1900 years ago. From the petty theft of a humble ring, to unrequited love, the curse tablets from Roman Britain are the real Romans, warts and all.
  • History: Life in Pompeii and HerculaneumWould you like to know what life in ancient Pompeii and Herculaneum was like? Then join us for short talks, photos and videos. You will find out about the history of the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, and will be given an amazing insight into Roman life. All welcome - under 18s who are not pupils at St Ivo School must be accompanied by an adult.
  • History: Shopping through the Centuries NEWLike it or loathe it, shopping is an important economic and social activity, central to who we are and how we relate to each other. But how did we get from swapping stone hand axes to online shopping? This talk will take you on a whistle-stop tour through the History of Shopping, from St Ives' medieval markets to the present day. Your speaker will bring along artefacts from The Norris Museum relating to the history of shopping for you to handle. Tea/coffee and biscuits included.
  • History: The Radiant Art of Stained Glass NEWLearn about the unique art of stained glass, its history and stylistic development from the medieval period to the present day. Your speaker, the curator of The Stained Glass Museum, Ely will illustrate the presentation with examples from their collection and reveal the little-known treasure to be found there. Tea/coffee and biscuits included.
  • Indian Dance NEWIndian Dance is a delicious blend of Classical Kathak, Folk Dance, Film-style Dance (Bollywood) and Fusion Dance. You will be dancing to upbeat music with beautiful melodies and enticing rhythms; a great way to improve fitness! During the course we will be learning: • Basic footwork • Spin Techniques • Hand movements • Expressions in dance • Dance routines to Fusion and Film music • Techniques in choreography
  • Indian Dance Workshop NEWIndian Dance is a delicious blend of Classical Kathak, Folk Dance, Film-syle Dance (Bollywood) and Fusion Dance. You will be dancing to upbeat music with beautiful melodies and enticing rhythms; a great way to improve fitness! During the workshop we will be learning: • Basic footwork • Spin Techniques • Hand movements • Expressions in dance • Dance routines to Fusion and Film music • Techniques in choreography
  • Interview SkillsDo you want to feel more confident when you attend job interviews? This workshop will provide you with the knowledge and skills to perform to the best of your ability in an interview situation. You will find out about different types of interview (one to one, phone, group, video/skype, panel, assessment, practical and informal), what to do and not do at interview, about competency/scenario based interview questions, how to structure examples at interviews using STAR, asking questions at interview and how to think of them, and reviewing your CV.
  • Investments - An Introduction NEWJoin us to gain a basic knowledge and understanding of investments, starting with simple concepts such as the time value of money, the main types of risk and the different types of investment products (savings, shares, bonds, funds etc). We will look at how economic news affects investments and how tax can affect decisions. We will learn how to analyse the performance of investments and how to trade off risk and return. The course will also help learners understand the main investment theories but will be grounded with practical tips.
  • Italian - Beginners Part 1This is term one of a progressive (three term) course starting in September and you need to register before the start of each term. The Course is for complete beginners and the basic skills of speaking, reading, writing and listening will be practised, but the emphasis is on speaking. A grammatical basis is promoted through active examples and practice, enabling learners to build on their own knowledge independently. You will also gain an insight into Italian culture and have the language required to be able to handle everyday situations. The taster option will allow you to come for two weeks to experience the course. If you choose to continue, the cost will be deducted from the full course fee. Please note that a taster option is available for this course. Please consider this as we only give refunds where we cancel or substantially alter a course .
  • Italian - Beginners Part 2This is term two of a progressive (three term) course starting in September and you need to register before the start of each term. The basic skills of speaking, reading, writing and listening will be practised, but the emphasis is on speaking. A grammatical basis is promoted through active examples and practice, enabling learners to build on their own knowledge independently. You will also gain an insight into Italian culture and have the language required to be able to handle everyday situations.
  • Italian - Beginners Part 3This is term three of a progressive (three term) course starting in September and you need to register before the start of each term. The basic skills of speaking, reading, writing and listening will be practised, but the emphasis is on speaking. A grammatical basis is promoted through active examples and practice, enabling learners to build on their own knowledge independently. You will also gain an insight into Italian culture and have the language required to be able to handle everyday situations.
  • Italian - Beginners TasterA taste of the full Italian Beginners course – see that course description for full details. Cost will be deducted from full course fee if you choose to continue.
  • Italian - Perfezionare il vostro ItalianoThis is a progressive (three term) course starting in September and you need to register before the start of each term. Learners may join at terms 2 or 3 depending on ability. The course is suitable for those who wish to improve their language skills. Within a few weeks you’ll be more confident in asking for local information and advice, talking about leisure interests, enquiring about renting a villa or car, shopping, discussing and making holiday plans, describing symptoms if you feel unwell - all in Italian! The taster option will allow you to come for two weeks to experience the course. If you choose to continue, the cost will be deducted from the full course fee.
  • Italian - Perfezionare il vostro Italiano TasterA taste of the full Perfezionare il vostro Italiano course - see that course description for full details. Cost will be deducted from full course fee if you choose to continue.
  • MakeUp and Nails - Beach Beautiful NEWGet ready for your holiday and the summer. Learn to do natural makeup to suit you, perfect for the beach and sunny days. Complement your makeup with on-trend nail colours, learning how to look after your nails too. Get lots of hints and tips to get you looking and feeling beautiful and beach ready!
  • MakeUp MakeoverThis is an opportunity to learn simple makeup techniques and the importance and benefits of good skin care. Learn how to apply foundation and concealer, select and apply appropriate colours to eyes, cheeks and lips, explore the stages of makeup application and be able to apply flattering makeup with confidence and skill. Find out how to describe seasonal trends in makeup and how to keep looks current. Learners will develop an understanding of makeup expiry dates and how to preserve the life of makeup products and will be able to select and care for makeup tools. You will discuss and sample a variety of makeup brands across the high street and share makeup tips and ideas.
  • MakeUp Makeover WorkshopThis is an opportunity to learn simple makeup techniques and the importance and benefits of good skin care. Learn how to apply foundation and concealer, select and apply appropriate colours to eyes, cheeks and lips, explore the stages of makeup application and be able to apply flattering makeup with confidence and skill. Find out how to describe seasonal trends in makeup and how to keep looks current. Learners will develop an understanding of makeup expiry dates and how to preserve the life of makeup products and will be able to select and care for makeup tools. You will discuss and sample a variety of makeup brands across the high street and share makeup tips and ideas.
  • Massage: Body Massage - BeginnersThis is a very 'hands-on' course - the price is just £35 per couple, please note that you need to come with a friend or relative so that you both have someone to practise on! You will learn a routine to enable you to give a back massage. This course will focus on the practical application rather than theory although you will learn a little about the history of back massage and massage techniques.
  • Massage: Body Massage - Beginners WorkshopThis is a very 'hands-on' workshop - the price is just £35 per couple, please note that you need to come with a friend or relative so that you both have someone to practise on! You will learn a routine to enable you to give a back massage. This course will focus on the practical application rather than theory although you will learn a little about the history of back massage and massage techniques.
  • Massage: Indian Head Massage - BeginnersIndian Head Massage is a massage treatment that involves the scalp, neck, back and shoulders, given whilst the recipient is seated. It does not require the removal of any clothing and usually lasts between 20–30 minutes. The course does contain some explanation of anatomy and physiology that is relevant to the areas as we work through the routine, along with the benefits and effects of Indian Head Massage.
  • Meditation and The Power of SoundLearn how sound creation using the voice and percussion instruments can enhance your wellbeing in this very practical workshop. Experience rhythmic drumming to relax you as it leads you into a guided meditation then raise your energy by playing percussion instruments. Be prepared to have fun…..to feel lighter in mind, body and spirit!
  • MindfulnessMindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present moment. When you are mindful, you can observe your thoughts and feelings without judging them good or bad. Instead of life passing you by, Mindfulness enables you to live in the moment and awaken to each experience of your day and life. In as little as 7 weeks you will be rewarded with mindfulness skills that will last a lifetime! During this course you will learn: • What Is Mindfulness • The benefits of Mindfulness • Setting a Mindful Approach • How to Approach Anxiety & Stress • Meditation • Mindfulness for all • Mindfulness as a therapy
  • Photography: Digital Photography - Beginners This course will teach you how to become a better photographer by explaining how digital cameras work, what the settings on your camera mean and how to use them, how to compose a pleasing photograph, how to use zoom, etc, and how to produce high quality images. One or two evening sessions may be replaced by a Saturday morning shoot. Please let the tutor know if this arrangement is not suitable for you as whole group agreement is needed for any change to the advertised delivery.
  • Photography: Digital Photography - Beginners PlusThis course will help you to improve your photographic abilities and begin to use your camera in more creative ways. There will be a strong emphasis on photographic skills and getting things "right" in the camera. Image manipulation will be covered in the Improvers’ course. One or two evening sessions may be replaced by a Saturday morning shoot. Please let the tutor know if this arrangement is not suitable for you as whole group agreement is needed for any change to the advertised delivery. All learners will be given the opportunity to gain hands-on experience from a professional photographer, including one-to-one practical tuition.
  • Photography: Flash Next Steps:Better Portraits NEWWe will cover using the speed light (flash) off camera, and learn to produce different portraits by simply changing the position and location of the flash. We will discuss and have the opportunity to use modifiers to craft the light as well as cover fill flash to combine ambient light (i.e. available light) and flash to get a better exposure.
  • Photography: Getting to Know Your Digital CameraLearn the basics of digital photography and understand the settings of your digital camera in a fun and not too technical way. Better pictures guaranteed! Please bring your camera.
  • Photography: Introduction to Using a Flash NEWThis workshop is an introduction to using an external flash (speedlight/flashgun). We will cover the various functions of the flash including TTL and manual modes. Learners will begin to learn how to craft the light as well as explore the use of fill flash.
  • Photography: Street Photography in Cambridge‘Street photography’ is just that: We will leave the comfort of the classroom behind and immerse ourselves in the impromptu activity of daily lives in Market Square and capture the splendour of historic buildings and The Backs. We will not only learn more about our cameras but also more about how we view the world as individuals (which sometimes requires us to sit down on the pavement, so prepare to get dirty!) - the goal being to capture YOUR experience of everyday life on camera. We will look at best settings for the changing light and motion, and you will learn to be ready at any second to get “your shot” in a constant-changing scene. You will also have the opportunity to shoot some landmarks from an alternative perspective. Participants will meet in Cambridge.
  • Photoshop - An IntroductionThe course will provide an introduction to Photoshop, starting with an explanation of the different types of picture file and how they are best sized and saved. Learners will be shown how to enhance and modify their images for printing, for social media or for saving in a digital album. You will look at editing photographs, improving or altering their lightness, their colours and removing unwanted elements. Finally, you will look at how to add to an image, introducing objects from other images. You will also explore the many stylistic elements offered by Photoshop, such as fading, transparency, sepia tone and other colour washes. You will be shown how to blur the background of an image, and how to use the 'layers' and 'masks' available in Photoshop. If there is time the tutor will show you how to make animated gifs as the grand finale to the course.
  • Photoshop Workshop - An IntroductionThe course will provide a gentle introduction to Photoshop, starting with an explanation of the different types of picture file and how they are best sized and saved. Learners will be shown how to enhance and modify their images for printing, for social media or for saving in a digital album. You will look at editing photographs, improving or altering their lightness, their colours and removing unwanted elements. Finally, you will look at how to add to an image, introducing objects from other images.
  • PsychologySince the dawn of the world's ancient civilizations in China, India, Egypt and Greece, great thinkers have been asking questions about the nature of the human mind and why people behave in the way they do. Before being limited by ethical guidelines, some psychologists conducted controversial research that would not be allowed today. The results still give us pause for thought and offer insights into the inner world of the ordinary person. Session one will ask 'What is Psychology?' and include a brief history of psychology; areas of psychology; modern psychological techniques; the ethics of research; some applications of psychology. During sessions two to eight we will investigate a range of experiments in social psychology covering such topics as obedience to authority; power and influence; cognitive dissonance; bystander apathy; personal space; conditioning and childhood violence.
  • Psychology of the SelfThe psychology of the self is generally understood as the way one's experience in the world is represented intellectually, emotionally and motivationally. This course covers some of the approaches and disciplines in mostly 20th Century, Western psychology in order to give an all-round, holistic flavour of lived experience. We wll look at Humanistic Psychology, Models of the Self, Positive Psychology, Social Identity, Existentialism, Symbology, Social Movements and Life Cycle Psychology. Various approaches are used including revealing your inner self through dilemmas, psychological tests and quizzes together with the objective, supporting theory.
  • Psychology: The Psychology of PersuasionIn our high-tech world of mass-communication we are constantly bombarded with messages and information, much of which attempts to persuade us in one way or another. Find out how psychological research and theory has influenced the presentation of information which may manipulate our beliefs and control our behaviour. We will discover the tactics of persuasion; the role of psychology in advertising; tactics used by advertisers; propaganda; persuasion in cults; the use of persuasion in political speeches; flawed thinking; obedience to authority and other relevant experiments.
  • Reiki I - An IntroductionReiki is a healing energy that is passed on from a Reiki Master Teacher to a student through an attunement. It enables the student to receive this healing energy to promote relaxation and healing in themselves and others. Reiki I is the foundation course and can lead to the next level of Reiki II which would then enable the student to channel more energy for themselves, others and situations as well as “send” healing. Reiki II is seen as the practitioner status and those taking this level can become insured to offer this healing art to the general public. Reiki I will more specifically cover meditations, Reiki history, Reiki principles, Eastern/Western energy systems, attunements (students must receive all four attunements to enable the Reiki healing energy to flow through them), treatment process for self and others. There will be continuing assessments and tests during the course. A certificate of qualification will be issued at the end of the course. This will act as a pre-requisite should the student want to develop their training to the next level of Reiki II.
  • Reiki IIReiki II is the practitioner level of Reiki healing. Students will increase their Reiki flow by up to 4 times that channelled at Reiki I. They will learn sacred symbols that will enable to add an extra flow of Reiki healing for particular issues. They will learn to do distance healing so that they can send healing without being in the presence of the receiver.
  • Science and Religion: The Great DebateThe course will cover a general introduction to some of the ideas to be found within the science and religion debate. More specific areas of enquiry will focus on the popular arguments for the existence/non existence of God, the for and against “celebrities,” the relevance of both science and religion in the world both historically and in the present day, the nature of faith (scientific and religious) and the survival and evolution of current/future ideas and belief systems.
  • Sewing - Machine Sewing Made Easy - BeginnersThis course is both suitable for complete beginners and those who have had some experience but would like to know more about their sewing machines. You will learn about the machine which will enable you to use it with confidence. Each week you will develop your skills by making something different. All the skills learnt can then be applied to whatever type of sewing you want to do. The course covers cutting out, making seams, basic appliqué, basic quilting and inserting zips.
  • Sewing Machine - A Quick GuideThis workshop will teach you the basic skills you need to use a sewing machine. You will learn how to set up a machine and use various stitching techniques including zigzag and straight stitch. Learn how to create a selection of seams and hems suitable for any project.
  • Sewing: Advanced Machine Sewing Skills NEWDoes your machine have lots of different feet and offer many different stitches? Often the instruction book is not very helpful and after one or two attempts you never use the extra feet and stitches again! This workshop will help you move beyond the basic controls on your sewing machine; you will learn how to use the different presser feet supplied with your machine including how to make a buttonhole, and you will be able to try out the different built in stitches with your machine. In addition you will learn about the different needles and threads and the effects that can be created. There will also be the opportunity to try out your new skills by making a choice of project.
  • Sewing: All About Zips and Piping NEWZips and piping are used on a wide variety of sewing projects from cushions to bags and clothing. They are often a feature in a project so should always look perfectly sewn. During this workshop you will learn how to cut bias strips and make your own piping, then learn how to insert your own or purchased piping, turn corners and finish the ends. You will also be introduced to the many different types of zip and the various methods of insertion including invisible zips, open ended and exposed feature zips. You will learn how to select a zip and method of insertion depending on the project you are making.
  • Sewing: Christmas Appliqué & Decorative StitchingSpend a day making crafted machine sewn projects for Christmas. This workshop gives you an opportunity to learn machine sewing techniques whilst creating some unique items. You will complete some of these projects during the day, and for some notes will be available so that they can be completed in your own time: A stitched Christmas card A gift bag with appliqué detail Christmas bunting A Christmas stocking with stitching or appliqué A decorated placemat and matching napkin.
  • Sewing: Love your Overlocker NEWDo you have an overlocker but are unsure how to use it, or do you find the threading a nightmare, or you can't get the tension right? This workshop will make threading easy and explain tension so that you can set it correctly every time. You will see how to adjust your overlocker to ensure a perfect stitch for everything you want to make. You will also learn how to seam and neaten a variety of fabrics, do rolled hems and use threads for decorative effects. You will also have an opportunity to use the overlocker to make simple projects, using the overlocker for most of the construction.
  • Sewing: Machine Quilting NEWLearn how to quilt using your sewing machine. You will be introduced to various techniques for machine quilting including straight, decorative and free stitching, and you will learn how to prepare the fabric and wadding, which thread to use and the correct type and size of needle. There will be lots of opportunity to experiment with different ways of quilting and at the end of the day you will have detailed notes and samples for reference and lots of ideas so that you can carefully plan your next quilting project.
  • Sewing: Make a Coat for Your Dog NEWDoes your dog feel the cold and need a coat or do you just want to make them a really cute outfit to wear? This course will take you through all the sewing techniques for making a dog coat. You can make a casual coat from fleece fabric, a smart coat in tweed or a snugly coat in quilted fabric. There are lots of patterns available for all sizes and shapes of dog so you will be able to pick one that is just right for your dog. During the course you will learn how to cut out the pattern and the machine sewing techniques needed to make the coat.
  • Sewing: Making ClothesYou will learn How to use the basic dressmaking tools How to use the sewing machine for making clothes How to use the iron and how to press How to buy a paper pattern and how to choose fabric The three essential skills which are used every time for whatever is made in the future: (1) Altering the pattern to fit (2) How to cut out fabric and pattern pieces and (3) Preparation for construction. The actual techniques used on the chosen garment that you will make by the end of the course.
  • Sign Language - An IntroductionPlease note that there be no lesson on 1st November 2017. This fun and interactive course is designed for hearing people who wish to learn finger spelling and basic signing, to converse with and assist the deaf and hard of hearing, or for their own interest. You will learn the basics of British Sign Language and cover many different topics, such as family, hobbies, holidays, numbers and time, food and drink etc.
  • Silver Jewellery - Mixed AbilitySilver jewellery making covers a range of techniques and processes using sterling silver, semi precious and precious stones. Students will learn techniques and apply these to three projects delivered over ten weeks. These include making a link bracelet with charm, ring and earrings. Beginners will learn the basic skills of jewellery making including piercing, filing, drilling, texturing, annealing, forming, soldering and polishing. Intermediate and advanced learners will have the opportunity to work on individual projects, develop existing skills and learn new techniques.
  • Sleep Better NEWThis is a workshop for people experiencing problems with sleep. Whether you oversleep, wake through the night, too early in the morning or struggle to get off to sleep, sleep disturbance can be ‘a nightmare’ to manage. This workshop helps you understand why sleep problems develop and the factors related to poor sleep and offers some tools and strategies to help you improve poor sleep and sleep soundly once more.
  • Social Media for BeginnersFind out how the most popular social media platforms can help you connect with the world from home, your local coffee shop, library and even the guided bus! In this course, you will learn how to interact with others online via social media using Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. You will also learn how to protect your privacy, FaceTime your friends and family, post comments and write a blog. Please feel free to bring your own laptop, tablet or SmartPhone.
  • Spanish - Beginners Part 1This is term one of a progressive (three term) course starting in September and you need to register before the start of each term. Through fun and interactive activities you will learn the basic language skills to communicate simply in everyday situations in Spanish, such as how to greet, introduce oneself, ask the time, get public transport, ask directions, ask for a cup of coffee, beer, ‘tapas’, ice cream, etc. Each topic will be widely linked with a vibrant cultural approach. The taster option will allow you to come for two weeks to experience the course. If you choose to continue, the cost will be deducted from the full course fee. Please note that a taster option is available for this course. Please consider this as we only give refunds where we cancel or substantially alter a course .
  • Spanish - Beginners Part 2This is term two of a progressive (three term) course starting in September and you need to register before the start of each term. Through fun and interactive activities you will learn the basic language skills to communicate simply in everyday situations in Spanish, such as how to greet, introduce oneself, ask the time, get public transport, ask directions, ask for a cup of coffee, beer, ‘tapas’, ice cream, etc. Each topic will be widely linked with a vibrant cultural approach.
  • Spanish - Beginners Part 3This is term three of a progressive (three term) course starting in September and you need to register before the start of each term. Through fun and interactive activities you will learn the basic language skills to communicate simply in everyday situations in Spanish, such as how to greet, introduce oneself, ask the time, get public transport, ask directions, ask for a cup of coffee, beer, ‘tapas’, ice cream, etc. Each topic will be widely linked with a vibrant cultural approach.
  • Spanish - Beginners TasterA taste of the full Spanish Beginners course – see that course description for full details. Cost will be deducted from full course fee if you choose to continue.
  • Spanish - Un poco más de Español - ImproversThis is a progressive three term course from September, and you need to register before the start of each term. Learners may join at Term 2 or 3, depending on ability. The course will revisit the basics of the language and take students forward to develop their ability to speak, understand replies and experiment with reading and writing in Spanish; to broaden vocabulary and its uses in new contexts; to extend grammatical knowledge; to use the past and future tense. Each topic will be widely linked with a vibrant cultural approach. The taster option will allow you to come for two weeks to experience the course. If you choose to continue, the cost will be deducted from the full course fee.
  • Spanish - Un poco más de Español TasterA taste of the full Un poco más de Español course – see that course description for full details. Cost will be deducted from full course fee if you choose to continue.
  • Teaching Assistant - An IntroductionIf you are considering a career change to becoming a Teaching Assistant, this course is a general introduction to support the parent helper in developing the requisite skills and competencies which are needed to work effectively in the primary education setting. This course is free-standing but is good preparation if you would like to move on to undertake the QCF qualification in supporting learning in the classroom in the primary phase. You will gain an understanding of key aspects needed for successful integration into the classroom delivery team and the impact that this may have on your work with children. You will be introduced to the skills that underpin a thoughtful approach to your practice and to understand the importance of diversity within the classroom. Ways in which to develop your professional practice will also be considered as will some of the fundamental skills in working with children in activities and the techniques used to make basic observations of their progress. During the course you will look at: Roles, responsibilities, boundaries and reflective practice Equality and Diversity Communication and listening skills How to promote independent learning How to work effectively with the teacher The basic principles of child observation The young child's intellectual and emotional development
  • Therapy through Nature NEWWith our busy lives we easily become disconnected from ourselves and from nature. This course is designed to help you to pause from your normal routines and reconnect with nature; to grow a deeper understanding of yourself by deepening your connection with nature. Research tells us of the healing power of nature - Green Therapy - and this course takes some of the latest thinking and applies it practically to help learners understand and process their emotions in healthy ways. The day begins with tutor input and activities aimed at understanding yourself better. We will then visit Holt Island or The Thicket to spend time in nature and experience its benefits, capturing our thoughts and feelings and expressing them in words and/or images. The course tutor will facilitate participants to tune back into the rhythms of nature to connect back into themselves and thus grow self-awareness.
  • Upholstery & Chair Caning Beginners/ImproversStart or continue to learn traditional and modern upholstery or chair caning. This workshop is suitable for beginners who have never done any upholstery or chair caning before, as well as those who are more experienced or in the middle of a project. If you are starting out you will need to attend further workshops or work from home to fully complete your project. Allowing for lunch, the workshop may not end until 4.00pm.
  • Website Design for BeginnersWebsite design doesn't have to be a mystery. Learn how to design, build and manage your own cost-free website. You will receive step-by-step instructions, exercises, tips and tools that will enable you to create an attractive and purposeful website. During the course you will design, build and publish a free basic website that incorporates text, sound, images, hyperlinks, plug-ins and social media interactivity. You will receive step-by-step instructions, exercises, tips and tools that will enable you to create an attractive layout for your pages, organise content properly, ensure that the site functions well across mobile devices and keep the site safe. You will not need to write code for this course.
  • Wellness BoostImprove your wellbeing with this dynamic holistic course where you will learn how to calm your mind and energise your spirit. The course will cover: Meditation Drumming Massage Aromatherapy Emotional Freedom Technique Reiki healing Crystals and Colour
  • Wellness BoostThe course will cover: • Meditation • Drumming • Massage • Aromatherapy • Emotional Freedom Technique • Reiki healing • Crystals and Colour
  • Worry Less NEWDo you find yourself over-stressed, anxious and weighed down by the uncertainty of life? This workshop will aim to provide an understanding of why worry happens and offers some practical strategies for managing worry and anxiety. The course will include how to face anxiety-provoking situations with confidence, how to solve problems effectively and how to challenge beliefs about worry. We will also cover understanding the process of how worries build into an ‘anxious storm’. You will be taught practical solutions for how to break the cycle of worry, how to face anxious situations with confidence, and how to challenge unconscious beliefs that keep worry going.
  • YogaThe sessions will include a variety of yoga postures and different postures will be featured throughout each term. Each session will start with gentle preparation postures followed by main postures and will include a relaxation session. All postures can be modified (or substituted) to suit the individual – you do not have to be able to touch your toes to stretch your hamstrings. However, those who can easily touch their toes can be given modifications so that the hamstrings are stretched. Each learner will be encouraged to work within his/her own ability.
  • Zumba Gold®Designed to meet the needs of those looking for a low impact or slower paced workout, Zumba Gold® is perfect for the "mature mover", those with limited or reduced mobility (can also be taken as a seated workout) or those just beginning a move towards a healthier and fitter lifestyle. Still with all the Zumba® fun and party atmosphere. This is a Fun class, there is no wrong direction just different directions.
  • Zumba Gold® TasterDesigned to meet the needs of those looking for a low impact or slower paced workout, Zumba Gold® is perfect for the "mature mover", those with limited or reduced mobility (can also be taken as a seated workout) or those just beginning a move towards a healthier and fitter lifestyle. Still with all the Zumba® fun and party atmosphere. This is a Fun class, there is no wrong direction just different directions.
  • Zumba® FitnessDance fitness exercise classes, using a combination of Latin and World rhythms plus pop and chart music to generate a party-like atmosphere - while providing a fun but effective workout. Zumba® can help you achieve so much towards a fitter and healthier lifestyle, and all while having a great time!! These are really fun and friendly classes, and lots of wiggling, jiggling and giggling! Come along and get sweaty, raise your heart-rate, burn calories, and tone up.
  • Zumba® Fitness TasterYou can wiggle, jiggle and giggle on this taster course and go away with the ‘feel good factor’. You can then join the full course, but there is obligation to do so. Why not give it a try!!