Course List A-Z

  • Acting: Get Into ActingThe course is first and foremost about cultivating self expression. Core course components that will include vocalisation, movement, performance technique, work shopping (trust exercises/improvisation basic narrative deconstruction) and an end of course learner performance will build a basic foundation on which the learner can begin to develop a confident approach not just to any further acting they may wish to pursue but also its useful application in everyday life.
  • Arabic - Beginners Part 1 NEWThe course is very suitable for anyone wishing to travel to the Arab world and converse in everyday situations whether that’s meeting local people, using a hotel, transport or at restaurants. The course also touches upon many useful cultural aspects of the Arab world and their importance in conversation. As you progress you will build upon previously learnt vocabulary without too much memorising efforts, with the language and grammar being taught through ‘key language’ – language that is most used and relevant for beginners. 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 .
  • Arabic - Beginners Taster NEWSee Arabic Beginners for the content of this two week taster. Cost will be deducted from the full course fee if you choose to continue.
  • 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: Sketching to Painting for Beginners NEWThis 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 Wash (NEW)You 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.
  • Astronomy: Your Place in the Cosmos NEWEveryone knows space is big - but where and how do we and the planet we live on fit into the Solar System, or our own Galaxy? Then what lies beyond the Milky Way? During this fascinating presentation from the Public Astronomer of the University of Cambridge Institute of Astronomy, you will discover the scale, structure and geography of our Universe. Come along and get a new sense of perspective...
  • 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.
  • Beaded Jewellery Mixed Ability NEWWhether you want to make beaded jewellery as a hobby or take it further as a home business this class covers all the basic skills needed. You will learn to use a range of beading tools, how to string beads, make your own clasps and ear wires, and design and make a variety of beaded necklaces, bracelets and earrings to your own specifications. Lots of information will be provided to help you get started making your own professional quality jewellery at home!
  • 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.
  • BellydanceDuring 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!
  • Block Fit Masterclass NEWBlock fit is the latest fitness sensation - a revolutionary all in one fitness brand that fuses dance, combat, high intensity training and Yoga inspired moves and meditation which is really exciting and fantastic fun. It is an all over body workout with a mind, body, soul approach performed to easy to follow Blocks of choreography to original and uplifting music. Participants can burn between 650 and 1,000 calories per class!
  • 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 OF £27.00 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.
  • Book-Keeping and Accounts - Level 3 NEWThe aim of the Level 3 qualification is to further develop the practices and processes studied at Levels 1 and 2, to enable candidates to record and interpret transactions up to and including the preparation of final accounts. Learners will be able to prepare final accounts for sole traders, partnerships, companies and not-for-profit organisations from conventional and incomplete records. Learners will be competent at preparing year end and other adjustments associated with a variety of organisations and will demonstrate an understanding of accounts through analysis and interpretation. Please note that there will be no class on 15th February, 24th May or 31st May. The examination will take place on 19th July and will be 2.5hrs.
  • 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 24 and 31 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 Advanced NEWThis course is for those who have attended the beginners course or those with some experience of cake decorating. You will learn how to make delicate piped lace and frills and produce run outs. In the final week you will bring together all the techniques learned to decorate your own celebration cake.
  • Cake Craft: Cake Decorating Beginners NEWCome 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: Luxury Chocolate Cake NEWRich chocolate cake, filled and covered with a chocolate ganache, and all made by you! You will learn all the techniques needed to produce a luxury decorated cake worthy of taking centre-stage at any celebration. You will bake the cake, make the ganache, learn how to pipe with chocolate and make chocolate decorations.
  • Cake Craft: Modelling 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.
  • Cake Craft: Sugar Flowers - An IntroductionThis introductory session will give you an insight into how to make beautiful sugar flowers for your cakes.. You will learn to make and colour flower paste and produce some simple unwired roses and leaves and basic wired flowers.
  • Cake Craft: Sugar Wedding Flowers - Beginners NEWCome 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.
  • 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: Get Online for Complete BeginnersIf you feel you have been left behind with computers – start here. Our free workshop is designed to encourage everyone not yet familiar with computers to get online and enjoy using the internet. We will assume you know nothing about computers. By the end of the workshop you will know more about - Opening and closing programmes - Searching the internet for things of interest - Sending and receiving emails
  • 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, simple mail merge, adding table of contents.
  • 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: Authentic Indian Cookery Made EasyThis course is especially for all those who love Indian food. You will learn how to cook well known curries, rice dishes and some breads like parathas and 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: Breadmaking - BeginnersLearn to make perfect bread. Our tutor will teach you all the basic techniques you will need. During the course you will make and take home freshly baked bread such as delicious focaccia and rolls with your own favourite flavours.
  • Cookery: Breadmaking WorkshopLearn to make perfect bread. Our tutor will teach you all the basic techniques you will need. During the workshop you will make and take home freshly baked speciality products such as soda bread, a Mediterranean bread plait and sticky fruit buns.
  • 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: Curry Delicious NEWThis course is a must for lovers of Indian food. Learn how to prepare authentic, home-cooked dishes. You will learn how to mix herbs and spices to create both familiar and new dishes, including side dishes and chutneys/pickles.
  • Cookery: Gourmet BurgersCome along and make your own gourmet burgers whilst learning key cookery skills from our expert tutor. At each session you will be taught to make a different burger and accompaniment. Not your average burgers! Impress your friends and family with a homemade beef and bacon burger with slaw, a spicy vegetarian burger with chilli relish or minted lamb burger with a yoghurt and garlic relish.
  • Cookery: Indian Dinner for Friends NEWIndian 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!
  • 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: Japanese/Oriental CookeryCooking and eating together are central to everyday life in Japan. On this course you will learn how to prepare and cook a range of popular and traditional Japanese and Oriental dishes, discover the history of the cuisine and the background and health benefits of the interesting and delicious ingredients you will be using; you will discover the best places locally and online to source your ingredients. You will be preparing dishes such as Karaage (a chicken dish), miso soup, sushi, teriyaki salmon, dumplings, Nick-Jaga (a popular stew), Gomoku-gohan (lucky number 5 toppings) and Harumaiki (spring roll). This course will also be suitable for vegetarians.
  • 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.
  • Cookery: Thai CookeryThis course offers the perfect balance of demonstrations by our chef and hands-on cooking.Throw away those takeaway menus and learn the secrets of this delicate and exotic cuisine. Make your very own spring rolls, thai fishcakes with sweet chilli dipping sauce and thai red curry to take home and enjoy.
  • Cookery: Ultimate Homemade Pork PieLearn the art of making a perfect homemade raised pork pie and gala pie. You will learn how to make the pie crust and filling from scratch and 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.
  • Cookery: Vietnamese Street Food NEWVietnamese food is about the balance of flavours of sweet, salty and sour. This course will give you a taster into the world of Vietnamese street food and its wonderful simple but flavoursome dishes. You will learn what makes these dishes sing and gain an insight into making the most of ingredients. Delights may include: Meat and prawn rice paper rolls Dipping sauce (nuoc cham) Vietnamese pancakes (banh xeo) Stir-fried chicken with lemon grass and chilli
  • Cookery: World Street FoodLearn the art of simple street food. You will learn to make easy and delicious dishes from around the globe. Each class will start off with a demonstration from your tutor. You will then cook your own street food dishes, such as pad thai noodles, scotch eggs with piccalilli, vegetable samosas and onion bhajees with yoghurt dip, which you will take home to enjoy.
  • Counselling - An IntroductionThis course will give you a general introduction to Counselling. You’ll gain a basic understanding of counselling skills to help other people. You’ll deepen your understanding of the emotional needs of yourself and others. You’ll 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 or 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 - Christmas Needle Felting NEWIf 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.
  • Craft - Needle Felting NEWCreate beautiful 3D felt decorations through the popular art of needle felting. Over the two weeks you will learn how to sculpt fibres with a barbed needle to make two small items such as a blue tit and a flower.
  • Craft: Crochet - BeginnersDuring this introduction to crochet you will learn how to form a variety of basic stitches, follow a simple pattern and how to create a foundation chain. You will be shown the traditional English method and, for those that knit, a form of crochet based on knitting. You will make and take home your own decorative item such as a flower brooch.
  • Craft: Crochet - Improvers NEWThis course is for learners who have already attended the beginners crochet course and would like to develop their crochet skills. Learn to combine a variety of stitches (slip, double crochet, half treble, treble and double treble) with confidence, follow a pattern and understand and create a free form crochet item to take home with you.
  • Craft: Garden MosaicA workshop for 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. Materials included.
  • Craft: Garden MosaicThis two week course 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: Machine Embroidery - An IntroductionJoin us for an introduction to free-motion machine embroidery. You will learn techniques which can be used to enhance textile projects, 3D pieces or mixed media art.
  • 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.
  • Craft: Stained Glass DemonstrationJoin this demonstration and find out about the ancient craft of stained glass from a professional maker. Watch him at work - he creates pieces of all kinds and every one is unique. Will you be inspired to join our nine week stained glass course and have a go yourself?
  • 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 - 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: 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 - Living with Dogs FREEThis session covers canine communication, how to understand and respond to dog body language, how to stay safe around dogs as well as comparing different breeds and their needs. It is a very interactive session which encourages participation from those who wish. Sadly all too frequently we are seeing headlines in the press relating to attacks on children by the family dog or friends’ or relatives’ dogs. We are working in partnership with Wood Green to advise people on how best to try to avoid this happening in their families and communities.
  • Dowsing - An IntroductionStudents 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.
  • Dressmaking - Mixed AbilityThis practical course will teach you the skills you need to successfully create your own garments at home. We will look at many different aspects of dressmaking from seam style to correct thread use, machine needles and machine feet to professional finishing techniques including hems, bindings, stitch guidance and not forgetting pressing.
  • 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 photographing 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
  • English - Functional English BeginnersThis course requires attendance over two terms. Functional skills are practical skills in English. Learners will study a range of English skills used in real-life settings so that they can use these skills in a functional way throughout life; skills that allow learners to work confidently, effectively and independently in life.
  • English - Functional English ImproversThis course requires attendance over two terms. Functional skills are practical skills in English. Learners will study a range of English skills used in real-life settings so that they can use these skills in a functional way throughout life; skills that allow learners to work confidently, effectively and independently in life.
  • ESOL - BeginnersThis is a progressive (three term) course starting in September and you will need to pay the course fee before the start of each term in order to register and continue. The course is for learners who don’t speak English and will develop reading, speaking and listening and writing skills. Following an initial assessment, an individual learning plan will be arranged and developed with each learner. EXAMS Successful completion of each term would give learners unit credits towards the OCR Functional Skills in English Qualification. Late joiners will not sit a formal examination and therefore will not attend week 10, for which there is no price adjustment. We cannot guarantee that formal examinations will be offered from September 2016 due to funding rules.
  • ESOL - ImproversThis is a progressive (three term) course starting in September and you will need to pay the course fee before the start of each term in order to register and continue. The course is for learners who don’t speak English or need to improve their English, and will develop reading, speaking and listening skills. Following an initial assessment, an individual learning plan will be arranged and developed with each learner. EXAMS Existing learners may sit an examination in the Summer term, if ready. Late joiners will not sit a formal examination and therefore will not attend week 10, for which there is no price adjustment. We cannot guarantee that formal examinations will be offered from September 2016 due to funding rules.
  • 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 £15.00. Please bring photo ID with you to show the tutor in order to sit the exam.
  • First Aid - Baby and Child This course deals with first aid for children and babies. It covers unconsciousness and recovery positions, child and baby CPR, choking, bleeds and burns. Other illnesses such as meningitis are informed upon through a Paediatric First Aid book you take home with you. The workshop is suitable for 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.
  • Fit & Active for Life in Houghton VillagePlease note that this class takes place in the village of Houghton. All fitness levels will be accommodated in this friendly group, as the exercises will range from sitting to circuit type to suit each learner. You will work at your own pace, this is not competitive. Exercise can be chair based where needed. Each session will start with a group warm up. The exercises will improve flexibility, strength and fitness. There will be exercises that work on the heart and lungs and that strengthen bone density.
  • Flower Arranging: Christmas FlowersBasic principles, techniques and elements of design, plus styling tips and ideas will be shared as you create at least two floral designs suitable for the Christmas season. Just bring scissors - everything else provided.
  • Flower Arranging: Fun Flowers NEWBasic principles, techniques and elements of design, plus styling tips and ideas will be shared as you create at least two fresh floral designs. Just bring scissors - everything else provided.
  • Flower Arranging: Wedding FlowersBasic principles, techniques and elements of design, plus styling tips and ideas will be shared as you create at least two fresh floral designs suitable for weddings. Buttonholes will be included in the designs. Just bring scissors - everything else provided.
  • 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! - Improvers (1)This 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 Français! - Improvers (2)This 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 TASTER (1)See 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.
  • French - Franglais into Francais! Impr TASTER (2)See 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.
  • Guitar - Beginners Part 1This course is progressive and learners joining in subsequent terms will require previous experience. We will discover what constitutes a decent quality, playable guitar and discuss the most effective ways of using the instrument. We will work towards having an overview of the mechanics of music, and being able to demonstrate an understanding of the diatonic system. This, along with the analysis of core skills and techniques, will be put to use in practical demonstrations at points during the course. As far as certain individual objectives are concerned, the tutor will work to develop all students to the point where they can accompany other musicians on simple tunes and songs in addition to being able to perform one solo guitar piece within the above parameters.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Italiano Part 1This 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 - Refresh Your LookThis 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' 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.
  • Maths (Mathematics) GCSE - Foundation TierThe course is Maths GCSE Foundation Tier (Grades 1-5) and will cover the following topics: number, ration, proportion and rates of change, algebra, geometry and measures, probability and statistics. There is an emphasis on problem solving and mathematical reasoning. Students will: - Develop the ability to acquire and use problem solving strategies. - Select and apply mathematical techniques and methods in mathematical, every day and real world situations. - Reason mathematically, make deductions and inference and draw conclusions. - Interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context. Tuition on this course is free to learners who have not reached GCSE level C or above in GCSE Maths. You will need to pay a refundable fee of £100 to secure your place and this will be returned to you on completion of the course unless you stop attending within 42 days, have an unauthorised absence of two consecutive weeks, have a total of five unauthorised absences, do not undertake appropriate coursework/assessments or do not attend the exam. If you book via our website you will need to contact us by telephone to make the £100 payment – your place will not be confirmed until this has been done.
  • Mindfulness (NEW)Mindfulness 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 5 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
  • Nordic Walking - BeginnersNordic Walking uses poles in order to add two major benefits to walking. The use of poles means the upper body muscles are used as well as legs. The poles help to propel you along. It has been shown to provide many health and fitness benefits and is suitable for all including those with medical conditions that restrict them from jogging and running. Those who have arthritis or other conditions that prevent them from walking without support can now get the advantages of a real workout for the whole body. It can burn up to 46% more calories compared to walking without poles, tone your legs, buttocks, chest, shoulders and particularly the backs of your arms, release tension in the neck and shoulders, improve your posture and gait, improve the condition of your abdominals which provide core stability, reduce the impact on joints and, because Nordic Walking doesn’t feel like hard work, you will be happy to walk further and for longer!
  • 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: 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: 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.
  • Photography: Photoshop - Improvers NEWThe course will expand your knowledge of Photoshop, starting with an evaluation of your existing abilities. Learners will be shown how to: Enhance and modify their images for printing, for social media or for other purposes. Edit photographs, adding objects from other images and deleting unwanted objects. Explore layers and masks along with the more advanced tools. You will be encouraged to share particular techniques you have struggled with and those that you want to learn.
  • Photography: 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.
  • 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.
  • Psychology NEWSince 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 Self NEWThe 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.
  • Psychology: The Psychology of Persuasion NEWIn 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.
  • Russian Language and Culture - 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 this course will help you understand Russian people, culture and traditions. You will learn the basic language skills to communicate simply in everyday situations, covering topics such as people and places, transport, directions, weather, booking a hotel, ordering in a restaurant and expressing opinions etc. 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 .
  • Russian Language and Culture - Beginners TasterA taste of the full Russian Language and Culture Beginners course – see that course description for full details. This 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.
  • 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.
  • Seven Ways to WellnessThe course will cover: • Meditation • Drumming • Massage • Aromatherapy • Emotional Freedom Technique • Reiki healing • Crystals and Colour
  • Sewing - Basic Sewing - Beginners NEWA beginner level course that will teach you to set up a sewing machine and learn to use various stitches including zig zag and straight stitch. Over the course of the four weeks you will make several small items of your choice using the skills that you have learnt, such as a purse, glasses case and bunting.
  • 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 Guide NEWThis course will teach you the basic skills you need to use a sewing machine. You will learn to set up a machine and use various stitching techniques including zig zag and straight stitch.
  • Sign Language - An IntroductionThis 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 Ability NEWSilver 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.
  • Social Media for BeginnersFind out how the most popular social media platforms can help you connect with the world either from home, your local coffee shop, library and even the guided bus! In this course, you will create Facebook and Twitter accounts, learn how to protect your privacy, Skype or FaceTime your friends and family, post comments, write a blog, and share pictures using other social media sites such as Instagram and Pinterest. Please feel free to bring your own laptop, tablet or SmartPhone.
  • Soundful Meditation (NEW)Learn 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!
  • 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.
  • St Ives Time Bank FREESt Ives Time Bank is three years old and has over 100 members. It is a means of voluntary exchange, bringing individuals, communities and organisations together, where the only currency is time. You can be as involved as your busy life allows. Unlike traditional volunteering, you bank time credits when you help someone and claim your time back when you need something in return. Everyone’s time is equal, irrespective of whatever you need or can offer. Because the St Ives Time Bank is fundamentally a system of exchange, it can be used in an endless variety of settings; visiting someone in isolation, ironing, foreign language lessons, fitness training, computer knowledge, baking, friendship, DIY and so on. Time credits can be accepted on any of our courses; one time credit is worth one hour of learning. They can also be used for a multitude of activities in Cambridgeshire and nationwide. There are no time limits or constrictions.
  • Stand Up ComedyHave you always wanted to try stand up but felt you needed help and support to do this, or you would simply like to feel more confident about speaking in social situations? Have you ever sat and watched a comedian and wondered if you could do better? Whether if only you had the nerve to get up on stage you would find to your amazement that you were a natural John Bishop or Billy Connolly? Well this course will give you the skills and confidence to have a go. By learning the skills needed to do stand-up comedy you will at the very least feel much more confident about speaking in social situations and making presentations. You may even stumble on a new career and end up as the star billing at the O2 arena. Over the course you will be encouraged to write and perform your own material to form the basis of a five minute set.
  • 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. 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
  • Upholstery & Chair Caning Beginners/ImproversLearn 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. 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.
  • Wellness Workshop (NEW)Improve 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
  • 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.
  • ZdressmakingYou 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 the 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.
  • 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!!