Course List A-Z

  • Art for Starters NEWThis course will focus on learning how to draw using pencil, charcoal and pastels. Lessons will include: • understanding tonal values, scale and proportion, perspective, colour theory and practice. • how to mix colours. • understanding elements of composition in still-life and landscapes. • developing expressive and experimental mark making techniques using wax resist, pen and ink. • learning how to use acrylic paints and paint using mixed media. The subject matter will change depending on the term and the ability of the learners.
  • Art: Sketching to Painting - BeginnersThis course will provide an introduction to learning 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: Sketching with Confidence Workshop NEWThis workshop is an introduction to understanding tonal values and strengthening drawing skills using scale and proportion. Learners will practise how to draw basic shapes followed by a simple still-life arrangement. The tutor will encourage learners to explore different mark making techniques using pencils, charcoal, pen and ink wash.
  • Art: Water, Boats and Buildings in WatercolourWhen painting local landscapes we often need to include water, boats and buildings. It is important to paint them effectively, creating the correct atmosphere and mood for the scene. Each of these subjects can prove troublesome. In this workshop your tutor will share his techniques creating a beautiful Cambridgeshire landscape. Your tutor will provide a colour reference and simplified drawing of the subject.
  • Art: Watercolour - Plants and Flowers Through the SeasonsThis 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: 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: 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 and experimentation with the use of paint and colour in ways that will widen the creative and expressive appeal of the medium.
  • Astronomy: An Introduction to the Grandest Tour of the Universe NEWJoin us for an introduction to the grand tour of the Universe and the wonders that it contains, all in four hours! Our whistle-stop tour will take us from the Sun, passing the asteroids and planets of our small corner of the Universe and beyond into the wider stellar neighbourhood. We will take in various cosmic wonders of our Galaxy along the way, from pulsars to black holes, before reaching the superclusters of billions of galaxies beyond. We will gaze on some of the amazing wonders that modern astronomy has revealed, from exoplanets to dark matter and even the ultimate fate of the universe. Perhaps you will be inspired to join our eight week evening course to cover the topic in more depth?
  • 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 weekend course is intended for prospective beekeepers. Students will learn about setting up an apiary and caring for a colony of bees, with topics 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 two days of classroom based learning you will also participate in a practical session off site where you will handle a colony of bees. Please note that the practical hive session will take place a couple of months after the course, when the weather is warmer and the bees are active.
  • Bridge - Beginners Part 1The Monday morning class will take place at Hartford Village Hall and the Wednesday morning class will take place at St Ivo Academy. Please note that there will be no lessons during week commencing 21 and 28 October 2019. 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.
  • British Sign Language - An IntroductionSPECIAL PRICE £20 for low waged/unwaged! Absolute beginners are invited to join us to learn the basics of British Sign Language. Immerse yourself in this interactive course, which will provide you with the skills and confidence to communicate with those who have deafness or hearing loss. You will learn a multitude of signs - topics which include: finger spelling, family, emotions, numbers, colours and much more. You will be taught to understand facial expressions, hand shapes and tips for fluency, all of which lead you to communicate using British Sign Language.
  • Cake Decorating with Sugar Flowers, Cake Lace and Brush Embroidery NEWYou will learn all the icing and decorating techniques to produce a perfectly smooth marzipan and fondant covered fruit cake base, with an iced and ribboned base board for a professional finish to your cake. Then you will learn everything you need to make beautiful sugar flowers teamed up with delicate brush embroidery and cake lace for a truly lovely cake, perfect for any occasion. At week one you will prepare and marzipan your fruit cake, cover it with fondant and ice and ribbon your cake drum (board). At week two you will learn how to make cake lace and royal icing and use brush embroidery and cake lace on your cake. At week three you will learn to make rose buds and leaves for your cake, and at week four you will learn to make blossoms, petunias and other flowers and wire them together to create sprigs to complete your cake decoration.
  • Calligraphy: Uncial Script NEWThis workshop is an introduction to using calligraphic pens. You will cover a brief history of the Uncial Script (looking at 8th century manuscript). You will learn to write the Uncial alphabet with calligraphic pen, try out different sizes of writing, write out a haiku or short verse using the script, arrange the verse in a pleasing design on the paper and write a neat version and add background colour if wished.
  • 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: 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 10 operating system, together with Office 2016. 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 10 operating system, together with Office 2016. 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: Baking Basics - Cakes NEWMaster the four basic cake types (creamed, whisked, rubbed-in and melted) and produce delicious home-made goodies to delight your family and friends, including a decorated Victoria Sandwich, sweet or savoury scones, brownies and a decorated swiss roll. Using fresh ingredients that you can adapt to your own preferences, baking has never tasted so good!
  • Cookery: Beginning Sourdough NEWThe secret of sourdough is in the mother dough. At this workshop you will make your own mother dough which you can then take home and nurture, ready for baking your own sourdough loaves. You will learn the art of sourdough baking and taste some delicious garlic sourdough slices.
  • Cookery: Breadmaking NEWBaking wellbeing! Enjoy a therapeutic day of kneading out your frustrations and make three delicious bread dishes to take home and enjoy. You will be making bread rolls, Chelsea buns and soda bread.
  • Cookery: Caribbean Classics! NEWCaribbean classics made easy! You will learn how to make tasty Caribbean dishes such as juicy jerk chicken, pepper pot stew, traditional rice and peas and crispy Caribbean cornbread.
  • Cookery: Chinese Takeaway Favourites NEW MENUWe all love Chinese food but how would you like to cook those takeaway favourites at home, more delicious and authentic than your local restaurant? Our Chinese chef will inspire you with her know-how and help you to create; • Sticky mini ribs • Gongbao Chicken • Stir-fried seasonal vegetables in garlic sauce • Chicken Chao Mian
  • 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 TreatsChocoholics who want to get hands-on will use heat and chilling to produce truffles and treats. You will learn how to use chocolate in a variety of ways to produce high quality products.
  • Cookery: Curry House Favourites NEW MENUFor all lovers of Indian food - learn to prepare popular 'Curry House' recipes at home. We will make well known curry house dishes, rices and Indian breads. Learn through practical experience and gain confidence with herbs and spices to achieve the subtle blend of exotic flavours.
  • Cookery: Indian Feast for Friends NEW MENUIndian 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 take-away menu!
  • 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.
  • Cookery: Kitchen Confidence Workshop NEWThis course will give learners the skills they require to attempt and be confident in following a recipe and produce good quality dishes. Learners will gain the confidence to use equipment correctly in the kitchen. They will learn what different terminology means and how dishes should be produced.
  • Cookery: Meringue Kisses with Simple Sugar Flowers NEWWe will make perfect meringue kisses in a variety of piping styles and decoration techniques to create gorgeously pretty meringues, so lovely that you'll never buy shop bought meringues ever again! Bake a batch and store them in your freezer for an ever ready dessert or to add a wow factor to ice cream and Eton Mess. In addition we will make some sugar blossom flowers and leaves to decorate our meringues; perfectly elegant and delicious decorations on cakes or a tasty little treat with your coffee.
  • Cookery: Perfect Pumpkin Pie NEWGet out of the cold and into the kitchen to make a perfect pumpkin pie! You will learn how to make a crisp shortcrust pastry, fill it with your home-made sweet and spiced pumpkin filling and add a topping of your choice such as Chantilly cream, pecans or chocolate drizzle. An authentic taste of the USA!
  • Cookery: Quick and Healthy Chinese NEWThis course is for anybody who wants to learn how to cook authentic, healthy and delicious Chinese food themselves. You will learn the skills and techniques to make Chinese food that is characteristic of different regions. Dishes taught during this term will include • Stir-fried chicken in Black bean sauce • Egg fried rice • Stir-fried pork fillet in Yellow bean sauce • Simply pancakes • Green tea flavoured king prawns • Fish fragrant chicken strips • Mongolia lamb cooked in stir-fried method • Stir-fried noodles
  • 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: Vegan And Vegetarian NEWCreate tasty vegan and vegetarian meals such as popcorn cauliflower burgers with tofu mayonnaise and crispy vegan mac 'n' cheese with crunchy 'cheese' topping. You will also learn how to swap out ingredients to make your favourite meals vegan or vegetarian.
  • Cookery: Vietnamese Street FoodVietnamese food is about the balance of flavours of sweet, salty and sour. This course will give you a taster of 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
  • Counselling - An IntroductionSPECIAL PRICE £20 for low waged/unwaged! 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.
  • Craft: Fused Glass Christmas Decorations NEWEnjoy creating your own glass Christmas decorations. You will learn how to handle glass and make six decorations, two of each design. A £25 charge for materials and equipment is payable to your tutor on the day. Your designs will be fired by the tutor and will be available for you to collect from the Adult Learning office within a week.
  • Craft: Fused Glass Jewellery NEWTry your hand at making some beautiful, colourful glass jewellery. You will learn about different types of glass and make a number of different items; you can choose between pendants or earrings, or make a mixture of both. You will learn how to work with glass, how to use tools safely and how to develop and produce pleasing designs. There is a charge of £35 for materials and equipment, payable to your tutor at the first class.
  • Craft: Fused Glass Jewellery Workshop NEWA hands-on workshop for anyone who would like to try working with glass. Learn how to cut and assemble coloured and dichroic glass into some unique and stunning pieces of jewellery. We will begin by discussing the different types of glass, safety and basic techniques for handling and cutting and then you will be designing and assembling a number of pieces during the day. Your designs will be fired by the tutor and will be available for you to collect from the Adult Learning office the following week. There is a £25 charge for materials and equipment, payable to your tutor at the workshop.
  • 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.
  • Creative Writing: Short Stories - Beginners NEWIf you've got a story you're dying to tell, or if you've always wanted to know how to write short stories good enough to be published, then this beginner's guide to short story writing will show you how. Over five weeks our award winning short story writer will guide you through the techniques needed to begin writing a structurally sound and engaging story. The course will look at what short stories are, their history, the components that make short stories, and will look at voice, plot, form, ideas, setting, using tense, point of view, different genres within short story telling, getting started, free-writing, clustering, writing what you know, on-line research, handling time, writing to word counts, showing not telling, building confidence. By the end of the course you should have a first draft of a work in progress of up to 1500 words.
  • Dieting Mindset Workshop NEWThis workshop looks at mindset techniques and approaches for weight management. It is ideal for anyone interested in slimming and maintaining weight. We will incorporate NLP (neuro-linguistic programming), EFT (emotional freedom technique) and some holistic therapeutic strategies to enable your transformation.
  • 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.
  • eBay 1: Beginners' Buying on eBayThis is a basic introduction to buying on eBay and will cover: • 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
  • English For Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)A friendly, informal class for those whose first language is not English. These sessions will cover a range of topics to help navigate everyday life; from first introductions and meeting people to holding conversations and communicating at work. Whether you are a beginner or already have a basic understanding you will work to improve on all areas of the language; speaking, listening, reading and writing. Most importantly the course will enable you to progress onto higher level accredited courses.
  • First Aid - Basic First Aid Life SupportThe course will cover scene safety and approach, assessing basic life support functions (DRABC), recovery position, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), automated external defibrillation (AED), choking and controlling minor and major bleeds.
  • 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.
  • Flowers: Fresh Flowers - Christmas RingCreate a rustic style, long lasting foliage wreath for the festive season which can be hung on a door or placed on a table to welcome advent with the addition of 4 candles. Some festive decoration and ribbon is also included.
  • Flowers: Fresh Flowers for AutumnCreate a simple stunning autumnal design each week. 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. Projects will include; 1. Autumn rustic gift 2. Autumn bounty vase 3. Autumn hanging for the door 4. Autumn topiary sphere arrangement
  • Flowers: Fresh Flowers for Winter NEWCreate seasonal arrangements using long lasting materials and foliage. You will get tips on how to care for your creations to prolong their life. Each week you will create your own arrangement to take home and enjoy. 1. Halloween/harvest arrangement 2. Using an interesting container 3. Long lasting tall Festive table piece PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE WILL BE NO CLASS ON THURSDAY 7TH NOVEMBER. CLASS DATES WILL BE 31ST OCT, 14TH NOV AND 21ST NOV.
  • Flowers: Kissing Ball NEWTry a completely different way of arranging your flowers. The Kissing Ball is an on trend floral design that was a favourite with the Victorians. This unusual and versatile design can be hung indoors or out! You will use fresh foliage and long lasting materials and learn how to care for them in this friendly and fun workshop.
  • Flowers: Wedding Flower WorkshopThis one day workshop covers the basics of planning and creating bridal party wedding flowers tailored to you. From choosing the right type of bouquet to looking at plant material for buttonholes your experienced wedding floristry tutor will take you through the whole process to ensure a successful wedding day. You will be making a bridal hand-tied vintage bouquet with natural stems, a buttonhole and a simple corsage.
  • 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 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 - 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 - Improvers TasterSee French - Improvers for the content of this two week taster. Cost will be deducted from the full course fee if you choose to continue.
  • Guitar - BeginnersThe course will cover basic guitar theory and the physical structure of the acoustic guitar. You will learn basic chord shapes, how to fine tune, read basic standard notation and number tablature. You will develop confidence by using various playing techniques. Please note that there will be no lessons during weeks commencing 14 and 21 October 2019.
  • 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 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. This course will help you to develop an appreciation of the Italian language and culture. You will learn to use basic vocabulary and grammatical structures in short conversations to communicate in everyday situations. You will also practise writing simple sentences. You will learn how to place orders in bars and restaurants, book hotel rooms, shop for food, clothing, souvenirs and presents, count up to 6 digit numbers, be able to spell using the Italian alphabet, tell and understand the time, ask for directions, use verbs in the present, past and future tenses etc. Please note that a taster option is available for this course, which 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 consider this option as we only give refunds where we cancel or substantially alter a course.
  • Italian Improvers Part 1This is a progressive (three term) course starting in September and you need to register before the start of each term. This course is suitable for those who have studied Italian for two terms. Learners may join at terms 2 or 3 depending on ability. As well as developing an appreciation of the Italian language and culture, this course aims to improve the four language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) giving more emphasis to speaking, listening and reading. You will converse developing an authentic pronunciation enriched with expanded vocabulary and grammar. Topics will be more personal and will include giving and asking opinions. Please note that a taster option is available for this course which 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 consider this option as we only give refunds where we cancel or substantially alter a course .
  • Italian Improvers TasterA taste of the full Italian Improvers course - see that course description for full details. Cost will be deducted from full course fee if you choose to continue.
  • Makeup for Mature SkinThis is fun, informative and practical. Learn how to choose the right colours to suit your skin and how to apply makeup as your skin matures. You will also learn some trade secrets on how to take care of your skin, creating a perfect canvas to apply makeup to. You will try out new styles and techniques and discover the best products for you from brands across the high street.
  • Makeup for Mature Skin - WorkshopThis is fun, informative and practical. Learn how to choose the right colours to suit your skin and how to apply makeup as your skin matures. You will also learn some trade secrets on how to take care of your skin, creating a perfect canvas to apply makeup to. You will try out new styles and techniques and discover the best products for you from brands across the high street. Please note that there will be a short half hour break during this course. The class will therefore finish at 14.30 to accommodate this.
  • Makeup: Wedding Day NEWThis workshop will teach you how to create that special look that will stay put all day, whether you are the bride, part of the bridal party or a guest. You will learn how to cut out the shine from camera flash for a nice dewy complexion and create stunning, beautiful looks to accentuate all your best features. Whether you are looking for a more natural look, or going for full on glamour, you will learn the best products and methods to achieve this. Please note that there will be a short half hour break during this course. The class will therefore finish at 14.30 to accommodate this.
  • Massage: Body Massage - BeginnersThis is a very 'hands-on' course - the price is just £70 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.
  • 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. Mindfulness can also be viewed as a ‘way of life’. From this perspective, this course emphasises the importance of living according to ethical values and explores some of the challenges we can face in doing this and how we might overcome them. The core teaching stresses how to develop mastery over your mind, improve relationships and live in a peaceful and harmonious way as you navigate life’s ups and downs. In as little as eight 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 and how it can transform relationships • How to manage your mind and conquer stress • Various meditation techniques • What value-based living means • Practical tips for creating harmonious relationships • How to develop inner wisdom
  • Photography: Digital Photography - BeginnersThe course will discuss the fundamental and technical aspects of the DSLR camera, such as settings and functions. Lessons will cover a wide range of skills to create a good photograph using composition, depth of field, aperture, shutter speed and ISO features. Learners will be expected to submit images on a weekly basis and critique each other's work as a learning tool. This will help build confidence and establish sound knowledge. Practical group sessions will also be maintained throughout this course.
  • Photography: Getting to Know Your Digital CameraThis workshop is about learning the basics of your DSLR camera; from the technical aspects to an explanation of the external camera functions and a range of internal settings. You will learn how to take your first quality photograph with confidence.
  • Photoshop - BeginnersThe 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.
  • Psychology BeginnersPsychological theories, models and ideas touch every area of our lives. This course offers an insight into some of the main schools within this interesting discipline and looks at its relevance in our everyday lives. Topics covered include myths of popular psychology; behaviourism; brain, biology and behaviour; social psychology; humanistic psychology; cognitive psychology; psychology at work; life-cycle psychology.
  • ReflexologyDuring the course we will find out how the foot has been mapped out to represent the body and learn a routine to help give a relaxing, sense of wellbeing treatment. The course will also contain information on the effects and benefits to our bodies of this wonderful therapy. The history of the development of reflexology is fascinating and we will explore this along with looking at the more practical aspects of foot structure and learning how to use reflexology safely on friends and family and when reflexology should be avoided.
  • 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.
  • Russian - Beginners Taster NEWA taste of the full Russian Beginners course – see that course description for full details. Cost will be deducted from full course fee if you choose to continue.
  • Russian - Beginners Part 1 NEWThis 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. Please note that a taster option is available for this course. This 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 consider this as we only give refunds where we cancel or substantially alter a course .
  • Science and Religion: The Great Debate NEWThe 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: 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.
  • 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 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.
  • Teaching Assistant - An IntroductionSPECIAL PRICE £20 for low waged/unwaged! If 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 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: 1. The scope of the TA’s role, responsibilities and boundaries 2. Anti-discrimination practice 3. The basics of working effectively with the teacher 4. Some communication techniques 5. Issues of learner-independence 6. The basic SPICE sequence of child development 7. Types of play 8. Child observation methods 9. The skills that underpin a thoughtful approach to practice 10. Progression routes
  • Website Design - 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 BoostUnderstand what true wellness is and how it affects your body, mind and soul. We will look at: • Meditation • Drumming • Massage • Aromatherapy • Emotional Freedom Technique • Reiki healing • Crystals and Colour
  • Wellness Boost WorkshopUnderstand what true wellness is and how it affects your body, mind and soul. Experience meditation, drumming, massage, aromatherapy, emotional freedom technique, Reiki healing, crystals and colour; all therapies that can improve wellbeing.
  • Worry LessDo 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 throughout each term, different postures will be featured. 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, for example; you do not have to be able to touch your toes to stretch your hamstrings, however, those who can easily, can be shown modifications. 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. Taster available.
  • Zumba Gold® TasterIf you are not sure Zumba® is for you, try this Taster for £5. If you then choose to join the full course the balance of £50 will be payable. 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.
  • 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 TasterIf you are not sure Zumba® Fitness is for you, try this Taster for £5. If you then choose to join the full course the balance of £50 will be payable.You can wiggle, jiggle and giggle on this taster course and go away with the ‘feel good factor’. Why not give it a try!!