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The following courses have just been added or have recently changed:

  • Book-Keeping and Accounts - Level 1 (QC209)This 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 14th February. The examination will take place on 28 March. Exam fee included.
  • Computing: Microsoft Excel (NB319)Do 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.
  • Counselling - An Introduction (NA114)This 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.
  • Creative Writing: Magical, Personalised Story Book (NF72)Would 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.
  • ESOL - Mixed Ability (ND308)A 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.
  • Massage: Body Massage - Beginners Workshop (NF159)This 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.
  • Reiki I - An Introduction (NB272)Reiki 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.
  • Sign Language - An Introduction (NC20)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.
  • Spanish - Beginners Part 1 (NA 303)Our Tuesday evening course is currently full but we are offering this additional course on on Monday evenings.  This 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 Taster (NA302)Our Tuesday evening course is currently full but we are offering this additional course on on Monday evenings.  A 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.