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  • 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: 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.
  • 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.
  • British Sign Language - An IntroductionSPECIAL PRICE £20 if you are low waged or unemployed, or low skilled (level 2 or below) or want to progress to more sustainable employment (conditions apply) - If this is you, contact us to book! 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 EmbroideryYou 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: Calligraphy for Christmas NEWRecap of lettering style which learners have already covered. Introduction to calligraphy pen and a lettering style for brand new students. Use of decorative techniques to enhance lettering. Choice of various small projects, which are Christmas-themed but can also be applied to any other occasion or celebration. Please note - this is a traditional edged-pen calligraphy workshop and is NOT a “modern calligraphy” workshop.
  • Cookery: Cake Baking DayWhether you want to perfect your baking skills or you are a complete beginner baker, this class will give you every recipe and technique you need for gorgeous cakes that are guaranteed delicious. No more dry sunken cakes or flat bakes; learn how to produce perfectly risen, light and fluffy sponge cakes every time, from the classic Victoria sponge to a decadent chocolate cake. We fill finish off with 'healthy' fruit or vegetable muffins!
  • 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 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.
  • Counselling - An IntroductionSPECIAL PRICE £20 if you are low waged or unemployed, or low skilled (level 2 or below) or want to progress to more sustainable employment (conditions apply) - If this is you, contact us to book! 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 DecorationsEnjoy 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.
  • 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.
  • Dressmaking - Mixed AbilityThis practical course will teach you the skills you need to successfully create your own garments at home. Through following a commercial pattern, we will look at many different aspects of dressmaking from understanding and following printed instructions, cutting out and construction of a garment, including darts, waistband and zips, as the variety of pattern choices dictate.
  • English For Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)SPECIAL PRICE £20 if you are low waged or unemployed, or low skilled (level 2 or below) or want to progress to more sustainable employment (conditions apply) - If this is you, contact us to book! STANDARD RATE £69.00 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.
  • First Aid - Introduction to Mental Health First Aid NEWSPECIAL PRICE £5 if you are low waged or unemployed, or low skilled (level 2 or below) or want to progress to more sustainable employment (conditions apply) - If this is you, contact us to book! Gain a basic awareness of mental health issues, together with steps to alleviate the impact of stress, depression and anxiety amongst colleagues - a valuable workplace skill.
  • First Aid: Baby and ChildThis 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: 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 four candles once home. Some festive decoration and ribbon is also included.
  • Flowers: Introduction to Floristry as a Business NEWSPECIAL PRICE £30 if you are low waged or unemployed, or low skilled (level 2 or below) or want to progress to more sustainable employment (conditions apply) - If this is you, contact us to book! You will create simple commercial floral designs and learn about their costing, planning and time keeping as an introduction into the world of commercial floristry. Ideal if you want to take your floral skills to the next level but are unsure if commercial floristry is for you. This course is also suitable if you just would like to know more about successful floral design.
  • 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 the autumn 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 - ImproversThis is a progressive three term course starting in the autumn, 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.
  • Guitar - Next StepsThis course is for learners who have completed a beginners course or have a little experience, who would like to build on their knowledge. You will develop confidence by using various playing techniques.
  • Italian Beginners Part 1This is term one of a progressive (three term) course starting in the autumn 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.
  • Italian Improvers Part 1This is a progressive (three term) course starting in the autumn 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.
  • 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.
  • Reflexology - An Introduction to Becoming a Reflexology Practitioner NEWSPECIAL PRICE £20 if you are low waged or unemployed, or low skilled (level 2 or below) or want to progress to more sustainable employment (conditions apply) - If this is you, contact us to book! This introductory course relates to body systems and the techniques and reflex points associated to them and will also be of benefit to all in that a skill will have been gained to help aches and pains in the major joints and spine for self-help and for friends and family. Importantly there will be significant opportunities for extended learning within the course for any student that wishes to progress their career.
  • 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.
  • Social Media for SuccessSPECIAL PRICE £20 if you are low waged or unemployed, or low skilled (level 2 or below) or want to progress to more sustainable employment (conditions apply) - If this is you, contact us to book! Find 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 the autumn 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 - ImproversThis is a progressive three term course from the autumn 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.
  • Teaching Assistant - An IntroductionSPECIAL PRICE £20 if you are low waged or unemployed, or low skilled (level 2 or below) or want to progress to more sustainable employment (conditions apply) - If this is you, contact us to book! If you are considering a career change to becoming a Teaching Assistant, this course is a general introduction to support the parent/helper (those without children are very welcome) 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: Session 1: SCHOOLS AS ORGANISATIONS Session 2: EFFECTIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS Session 3: EQUALITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION IN A LEARNING ENVIRONMENT Session 4: SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN Session 5: UNDERSTAND YOUNG PEOPLE’S DEVELOPMENT Session 6: UNDERSTAND EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION Session 7: UNDERSTAND CHILDREN’S PLAY Session 8: CREATING DISPLAYS Session 9: CONTRIBUTE TO TEAMWORK IN A LEARNING ENVIRONMENT Session 10: IDENTIFYING PROGRESSION ROUTES and TECHNIQUES
  • Website Design - BeginnersSPECIAL PRICE £20 if you are low waged or unemployed, or low skilled (level 2 or below) or want to progress to more sustainable employment (conditions apply) - If this is you, contact us to book! Website 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.