Course List A-Z

  • Art for StartersThis course is an ideal way to get to grips with basic techniques and will help you create beautiful images, unlock hidden skills and unleash your potential. You will be guided step-by-step through a range of techniques in a variety of mediums to produce stunning images and open up new ways of seeing and drawing. We will focus on drawing using pencil, charcoal and ink with pen and brush, mixed media techniques and experimental approaches. Topics such as tonal work (light and shade), composition and perspective will be covered and explained clearly, as well as methods to explore the language of drawing. Subjects covered will include observational still life from objects, landscape, portraits, working from photographs and other 2-D images. This course will provide an introduction on learning how to use drawing techniques to expand variety of mark making, develop skills in a number of drawing methods and gain confidence in creative expression.
  • Art: Botanical Watercolour - Beautiful Roses NEWThis course is for those who are interested in studying roses in detail using watercolours. Learners will be provided with photos and samples to draw, as well as learning how to study and practice observation skills in pencil. Learners will be encouraged to use a sketchbook to develop their observation techniques. The tutor will then demonstrate simple watercolour techniques, with advice on colour mixing, and provide one to one support on how to complete a simple botanical watercolour study.
  • Art: Botanical Watercolour - Rich Colours of Autumn NEWThis course is for those who are interested in studying berries, rose hips and dried seed heads in detail using watercolours. Learners will be provided with samples to draw as well as learn how to study and practice observation skills in pencil. Learners will be encouraged to use a sketchbook to develop their observation techniques. The tutor will then demonstrate simple watercolour techniques, with advice on colour mixing, and provide one to one support on how to complete a simple botanical watercolour study.
  • Art: Botanical Watercolour - Spring Delights - Tulips and Daffodils NEWThis course is for those who are interested in capturing the essence of spring! We will concentrate on studying daffodils and tulips. Learners will be provided with samples to draw, as well as learning how to study and practice observation skills in pencil. Learners will be encouraged to use a sketchbook to develop their observation techniques. The tutor will then demonstrate simple watercolour techniques, with advice on colour mixing, and provide one to one support on how to complete a simple botanical watercolour study.
  • Art: Painting Birds in Watercolour NEWIn the natural world we see and hear birds every time we step outdoors. They are colourful and charming - it's no wonder they make popular subjects for paintings. Learn how to paint feathers, eyes, feet and form in watercolour. In this workshop we will paint a Chaffinch - a familiar and colourful garden bird. Your tutor will provide a colour reference and simplified drawing of the subject.
  • Art: Perfect Pet Portraits in Acrylics NEWThis course is for pet lovers wanting to learn how to paint a portrait of their pet. You will concentrate on painting dogs, although cat lovers are welcome! Learners are invited to work from their own photos to develop their own pet portrait. A portrait of the head and shoulders only would be preferable, perhaps from a slightly side view. In natural light, not bright sunlight, as this will bleach the colour of the picture. You will start by learning how to use the grid method to enlarge the reference photo and transfer the image onto canvas. You will then start to block in the main areas using acrylics. Subsequent layers will be developed using blending techniques to create the effects of fur and a final finished portrait. The tutor will provide one to one support on which colours learners will need to use and demonstrate all the painting and blending techniques required to complete a portrait of your perfect pet!
  • Art: Sketching to Painting - BeginnersThis course will provide an introduction on learning how to draw and paint. We will cover: 1 Drawing simple shapes and understanding how they relate to the subject. 2 Developing drawing skills using shading techniques, understanding tonal values 3 Develop drawing skills using scale and proportion. 4 Introduction to colour theory and how to mix colours. 5 How to use different mediums, eg, watercolour, pencils, chalk pastels and how to mix paint using acrylics.
  • Art: Water, Boats and Buildings in Watercolour NEWWhen 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 - Christmas Designs NEWThis course is for those who are interested in producing their own festive designs using watercolours. Learners will discuss and share ideas around the theme of Christmas to develop a series of designs. Learners will be encouraged to use a sketchbook to develop their ideas with guidance from the tutor. The tutor will then demonstrate simple watercolour techniques, with advice on colour mixing, and provide one to one support on how to complete a series of festive designs.
  • 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: 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: Watercolour Landscapes Workshop NEWYou will be painting a local scene including water and reflections. Useful tips for adding boats and people will also be taught. A colour reference and simplified drawing will be supplied on the day. Your tutor has painted in watercolours for over 50 years and he adopts a loose, free style when painting landscapes. He has taught watercolour painting for many years and in this workshop you will learn the secrets of successful landscape painting.
  • 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.
  • AssertivenessThe course will aim to provide an understanding of what non-assertive behaviour looks like as well as assertive behaviour. Communication strategies will be offered to learners to be able to face challenging interpersonal conflicts with more confidence, assertiveness and control. Many of us face interpersonal challenges frequently, whether at work, or in our social or private lives. Being unable to assertively communicate our needs can be frustrating at best and in some cases can lead to very negative repercussions. If you would like to discover practical strategies for improving your assertive communication skills in order to develop better boundaries and more harmonious relationships, then this course is for you.
  • Astronomy - The Grandest Tour from Earth to the Edge of the Universe NEWAssuming no prior knowledge, as celestial traveller's we'll obtain a step-by-step overview of this amazing cosmos, through the full-spectrum eyes of our present golden era of astronomy and the new age of precision cosmology, with a grand tour of the Solar System, galaxy and beyond. Starting outwards from our favourite star, passing the asteroids and planets of our small corner of the Universe, and beyond into the wider stellar neighbourhood. Taking in cosmic wonders of our Galaxy along the way, from the gentle birth of stars to their cataclysmic demise, pulsars to black holes, we'll enter the domain of the Local group and super-clusters beyond, formed by billions of galaxies, as many as stars in our galaxy, shaped into vast filaments around vast cosmic voids. This cosmic vista will take in galaxies colliding and cannablising, fantastically sized black holes feasting on stars and illuminating the cosmos over vast distances, and perhaps the most violent of all events as we witness the birth scream of black holes. Finally, taking a peak behind the curtain of the Cosmic Microwave Background to wonder at how it all began in the cosmic fireball of the Big Bang, the origin of all that we know. So if you truly wish to expand your horizons, and occasionally blow your mind in the process, then please join me for this one truly amazing journey as we explore the full 'Big History' of our cosmos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8zZZZzppIM
  • Ballroom DancingWant to have some fun, make new friends and keep fit? This social dance class is for those new to ballroom and those with some prior experience. You will be taught dances such as - Latin, Samba, Cha Cha, Jive, Rumba, Pasodoble, Waltz, Quick Step, Foxtrot and Tango.
  • Beekeeping - BeginnersThis course is intended for prospective beekeepers. Students will learn about setting up an apiary and caring for a colony of bees, with classes looking at the life of the European honey bee, the various pests and diseases that affect them, and the methods of extracting honey from the comb and the production of other saleable hive products. In addition to the five weeks of classroom based learning you will also participate in a practical session off site where you will handle a colony of bees.
  • Brew your own Craft BeerThe course will take the learner through all the equipment and steps needed to produce all-grain beer on a small scale, at home, using commercial quality ingredients. It will NOT cover brewing using malt extract kits. The course may be supplemented with an additional brewing demonstration workshop on a Saturday morning, after some initial learning has been done.
  • Bridge - Beginners Part 1The daytime 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 - 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 daytime 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 - 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 daytime 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.
  • British Sign Language - An IntroductionYou 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 Craft: Cake Decorating - BeginnersLearn 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: Cake Decorating Extra NEWLearn some more involved decorating techniques and how to use them on your celebration cakes. To include frills and drapes, piped embroidery and some sugar crafting. You will learn how to make your cake look like the professionals, under the watchful eye of our expert tutor. Wow friends and family with your newly acquired skills.
  • Cake Craft: Christmas Cake Decorating NEWLearn to cover a fruit cake with marzipan and icing then decorate with some simple techniques to produce an impressive homemade Christmas cake.
  • Cake Craft: Cupcake KitchenCome along and bake, make and decorate! You will learn all the skills you need to bake light and fluffy cupcakes, make delicious buttercream icing and decorate like a pro. With different flavour sponges, icing and toppings to explore, master the basics and the variations are endless!
  • Cake Craft: Sugar Flowers - BeginnersLearn to make beautiful sugar flowers step by step then colour them to make various types of orchids and lilies eg Stargazer and Tigerlily. Materials included.
  • Cake Craft: Sugar Flowers Workshop - BeginnersLearn to make beautiful flowers such as carnations and how to tape them into a small posey that can be used to adorn celebration cakes. Materials included.
  • Calligraphy: Decorative Capitals with Gothic Script NEWThis workshop is an introduction to calligraphy: Learning to write with an edged nib, writing two calligraphic styles (Gothic script and decorative capitals), using colour, and using these skills to create a small concertina booklet which can be used as a greeting card or as an unusual way of recording a favourite quotation.
  • 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.
  • Cinema: The French New Wave NEW'The French New Wave has influenced all filmmakers......It submerged cinema like a tidal wave.' - Martin Scorcese We will explore how the French New Wave (la nouvelle vague) revolutionised cinema in the late 1950s and remains the epitome of cool today and an ongoing influence worldwide. We will trace the origins of French New Wave cinema and focus on some of its most iconic works and directors - the 400 Blows by François Truffaut and Breathless by Jean-Luc Goddard - in their social, political and cultural contexts.
  • Computing for Beginners with Internet and EmailBuild your confidence with computers now! If you are a complete beginner, this is a fun hands-on course where you will be able to ask questions and enjoy learning within a friendly and supportive environment. You will learn about privacy, how to use the internet securely, email, formulate formal and informal letters, send photo and document attachments, open and close programmes and have far more confidence to experiment with the things that you would like to do.
  • Computing: Microsoft ExcelDo you want to produce more professional looking and complex documents and outputs? This course is designed to progress the computer learner from a basic level to a much higher level using particular applications. It delivers a broad range of skills that can be transferred across a number of sectors. We use Microsoft Internet Explorer web browser and a network using Windows 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 Powerpoint NEWDo you want to produce professional looking PowerPoint presentations? This PowerPoint workshop will cover a range of skills including creating, saving and retrieving PowerPoint presentations, using simple and complex slides, inserting text/pictures/charts, previewing and printing your slides, inserting/deleting/moving slides, slide transitions, slide animation, changing Colour Schemes. We use Windows 10 operating system, together with Office 2016.
  • 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: Authentic Chinese - Northern China NEWChinese cuisine has huge regional variations influenced by local resources and ingredients. During this hands-on cookery course your Chinese tutor will impart her passion for this healthy and delicious cuisine as you learn to prepare authentic recipes from North China such as meat balls and steamed rice, aubergine cooked in Tianjin style, stir-fried chicken noodles and shao mai (pork dumplings).
  • Cookery: Authentic Chinese - Southern China NEWExplore the exotic and fragrant cuisine of Southern China. Your Chinese tutor will guide you as you learn to prepare authentic recipes from the South such as fish fragrant chicken strips, Yangzhou stir fried rice, tofu in black bean sauce, chicken stir fried rice and prawn dumplings.
  • Cookery: Baking for BeginnersIf you are new to baking or have always wanted to be able to make those classic cake favourites at home, come and learn how in our baking class for beginners. Recipes include Victoria sponge, chocolate fudge cake, lemon drizzle and carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. Our expert tutor will give you lots of baking hints and tips along the way and can advise on alternative flavours/fillings too!
  • Cookery: Bistro ChefA hands-on, relaxed cookery course that will introduce you to recipes from a french bistro. You will make pan seared duck breast with cherries, twice baked soufflé, onion and olive tart and chicken/rabbit terrine.
  • Cookery: Breadmaking - BeginnersDitch those shop bought loaves and learn to make delicious speciality breads of your very own! Join us to make and take home freshly baked soda bread, a Mediterranean bread plait with olives, sundried tomatoes and mozzarella and sticky Chelsea buns.
  • Cookery: Chinese Dim Sum Day NEW'Dim sum' means snacks in Chinese. These tasty little treats from the Canton region were originally served in tea houses, at any time of day, and there are over 100 varieties. During this friendly and hands-on day your Chinese tutor will teach you how to cook delicious authentic dim sum including grilled dumplings, Hongshao mini ribs and crispy vegetable spring rolls.
  • Cookery: Chinese Feast for Friends NEWIf you want to show off your cooking skills then Chinese food is a great choice, not as complicated to make as you might imagine and always impressive! Your Chinese tutor will guide you through preparing and cooking a range of authentic Chinese dishes fit for a dinner party, which you can take home to share with your family and friends. During the day you will be making hot and sour soup, Hongshao pork, green tea flavoured king prawns and pineapple rice.
  • Cookery: Chinese Take-Away Favourites NEWWe all love Chinese food but how would you like to cook those take-away 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 three different delicious dishes including sweet and sour pork or chicken, chicken in black bean sauce and chicken and cashew nuts in yellow bean sauce plus authentic egg fried rice to take home and enjoy with your family and friends.
  • Cookery: ChocoholicsYou will understand how to use chocolate in a variety of ways to produce high quality products such as demon truffles and luscious brownies and cookies. We shall also look at the different types of chocolate available and their uses, with the addition of heat or chilling and how these techniques can be used in everyday and luxury chocolate items.
  • Cookery: Chocoholics WorkshopYou will understand how to use chocolate in a variety of ways to produce high quality products such as demon truffles and luscious brownies and cookies. We shall also look at the different types of chocolate available and their uses, with the addition of heat or chilling and how these techniques can be used in everyday and luxury chocolate items.
  • Cookery: Classic Indian Delights NEWIndian food with its aromatic spices and richly exotic flavours has an appeal that has reached all over the world. You will prepare classic 'Real Indian Food' using all natural ingredients. You will gain confidence to use the spices to suit your taste, preparing dishes such as hyderabad biriyani, masaledar channa (a lentil dish), some delicious snacks and raitas (yogurt dishes) as well as authentic Indian breads.
  • 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: Danish Pastries NEWLearn how to make the buttery, flaky pastry that is synonymous with Danish pastries. You will then learn how to make the different shapes and to use various fillings to create a variety of delicious treats.
  • Cookery: Decorated 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: 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: Indian Street Food NEW MENUIn India 'Fast Food' or Chaat is very popular. Cooked and eaten on the street, it is tasty and tangy! Fun to cook and using a few unusual ingredients, you can now try these recipes for yourself and enjoy them at home. We will be cooking tasty dishes such as ragada pattice, moong chillah, spicy but not hot pakoras and spiced pancakes, along with delicious chutneys and raitas to enjoy them with.
  • Cookery: Indian Stuffed Breads NEW MENUThere are many different kinds of breads, most of them unleavened, eaten in the Northern part of India with every meal; chapathis, parathas, poori and naan. Many of these everyday breads are made with wholemeal flour, known as 'atta'. You will learn how to prepare such breads and how to fill them with a variety of fillings to create mouthwatering snacks like aloo parathas, cauliflower parathas, ragini naan (filled with curried mince) and peshwari naan.
  • Cookery: Indian Thali NEW MENUThali is an Indian meal made up of a selection of dishes served on a platter, with each item in a small bowl. The meal will include items like curry, lentils, rice, raita and breads; delicious! This makes a balanced and complete meal found throughout India, with regional variations and favourites. You will learn how to use spices and herbs in a subtle way to create authentic home-cooked flavours.
  • Cookery: Italian Trattoria CookeryJust like a traditional Italian Trattoria, our four week cookery course offers tasty food, a relaxed atmosphere and a warm welcome.You will learn to make recipes such as tomato upside down tart, gnocchi with rocket pesto, lemon and almond tart and home-made pasta.
  • Cookery: Kitchen Confidence - BeginnersThis course will teach the basic kitchen skills needed to produce nutritious and tasty everyday meals. You will become confident to try more adventurous dishes.
  • Cookery: Men in the Kitchen NEWThe aim of this course is to enable learners to produce hearty meals quickly and easily. You will gain skills and confidence in cooking the correct portion sizes and how to store and reheat food safely. Make tasty meals for yourself or entertain your family and friends at home.
  • Cookery: Men in the Kitchen Workshop NEWThe aim of this course is to enable the learner to produce tasty meals quickly and easily. By the end of the day learners will have picked up skills and confidence in cooking the correct portion sizes and how to store and reheat food safely. You will also learn how to repeat the recipes for family and friends time and time again.
  • 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 petits fours, cream eclairs, mille-feuilles and fudge tart pate brisee.
  • Cookery: Ultimate Home-made Pork PieLearn to make a raised pork pie and a gala pie in this two hour session. You will make the pie crust and filling from scratch and will discover how to prepare your ingredients to get the very best results. If you choose to make two pies the gala pie will be prepared in class and may need to be cooked at home depending on time.
  • Cookery: Vegetarian Wonders from India NEWThis 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 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 IntroductionThis course provides a general introduction to counselling. You will gain a basic understanding of counselling skills to help other people and will deepen your understanding of the emotional needs of yourself and others. You will also learn about basic interpersonal and counselling skills which are transferable to a range of voluntary and paid opportunities in the health, social care, justice and other sectors. The course covers the difference between counselling and other helping relationships, the use of helping skills, and a general introduction to counselling theory. A certificate of attendance will be issued on successful completion of the course.
  • Craft: Christmas Needle FeltingIf you are looking to learn a new craft, the increasingly popular needle felting could be for you. You will learn how to sculpt fibres with a barbed felting needle to create 3D felted items, such as a robin and decoration for your Christmas tree. Suitable for all abilities. ALL materials included.
  • Craft: Needle FeltingCreate beautiful 3D felt decorations through the popular art of needle felting. You will learn how to sculpt fibres with a barbed needle to make small items such as flowers, birds, animals and even a mini landscape. Each workshop covers a different theme so check before booking if you have a favourite. Materials included.
  • Creative Writing - BeginnersThe course is designed to cultivate and develop an ability to write within a number of creative forms. We will evaluate various types of literary works in order to identify, evaluate and measure the merits of creative writing so as to develop and demonstrate a growing ability within our own creative work. We will compare and contrast the works of writers in different genres of creative literature to help to develop a broad appreciation of literary form and style. Additionally, we will look at basic form and structure within poetry, short stories, novels and screenplays so as to better inform our own work. We will each produce several pieces of creative work throughout the duration of the course. These creative pieces will include a poem, short story, synopsis for a novel and one full scene from a screen, stage or television play. An end of course booklet will be produced, holding within it one piece of work from each student of their own choosing. The booklet will be edited and forwarded by your tutor. There may be an additional cost for this, depending how it is published.
  • Creative Writing - Flash Fiction for BeginnersFor those wanting to get into creative writing, Flash Fiction is a great way of generating confidence in your writing. During this course you will be writing tiny complete stories under 750 words long. We will look at examples of Flash Fiction, explore its history and growing popularity, draft our own stories starting with 6 words and working up to longer pieces. Ultimately learners will be able to enter their finished piece into a free competition if they wish.
  • 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.
  • Dieting Mindset NEWThis course covers Mindset techniques and approaches for weight management. Ideal for anyone interested in slimming and maintaining weight. The main element of the course will be understanding Neuro-Linguistic Programme techniques and how the unconscious mind can be accessed to provide change management. Other techniques may be incorporated including Emotional Freedom Therapy, Visualisation and Aromatherapy.
  • Dogs: Practical Dog First Aid NEWThis practical first aid workshop covers hands on training to provide basic first aid to a dog. There are plenty of opportunities to practice skills such as bandaging and CPR and also to ask questions if required. As well as the animal first aid kit you will receive a certificate of attendance to take home!
  • 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. Tea and coffee will be available free of charge.
  • eBay 1: Beginners' Buying on eBayThis is a basic introduction to buying on eBay course and it covers: • What is PayPal, how it works, advantages of using Paypal, why you need a PayPal account and set up a PayPal account (credit / debit card needed) • What is eBay, set up an eBay account • Link the Paypal and eBay accounts together (mobile phone needed) • Overview of your eBay account (explaining the menus) • Searching on eBay using keywords, categories and specific filters • Bidding and buying on auction • Buying via Buy It Now • Using Best Offer • Messages and communication with sellers • Delivery and receiving your item • Feedback – how it works, what is measured and the importance of it • Returns and refunds – your rights and responsibilities • What if things don’t go well? – how to deal with mishaps
  • eBay 2: Beginners' Selling on eBayThis is a basic introduction to selling on eBay course and it covers: • Overview of the selling part of your eBay account (explaining the menus) • Different selling options (Auction, Buy It Now, using Best Offer) • Checking, measuring and weighing your item • How to photograph your item • Researching your item • Describing your item and creating the best title possible to maximise selling • Pricing your item for the different selling options – calculating eBay and PayPal fees • How to deal with and calculate posting cost • Messages and communication with buyers • Posting your item • Feedback – how it works, what is measured and the importance of it • Returns and refunds – your rights and responsibilities • What if things don’t go well? – how to deal with mishaps
  • ESOL - BeginnersA friendly, informal course for those whose first language is not English. These classes cover everyday topics and will improve speaking and listening, reading and writing skills. These structured lessons will help prepare learners for formal examinations (not available at this centre). This beginners class will cover topics such as introducing yourself, meeting people, daily life, likes and dislikes, home and shops, film, music, news, work, holidays and future plans.
  • ESOL - ImproversIf you have completed a Beginner’s ESOL course or have a basic knowledge of the language, this course will further increase your skills and confidence. These structured lessons will help prepare learners for formal examinations (not available at this centre). This improvers class will cover topics such as work, hobbies, travel, future plans, technology and world news.
  • Family Learning: Baby Signing - An Introduction NEWImagine your baby being able to communicate with you before they have acquired speech, and telling you "I'm hungry", "I'm thirsty", "I have earache" - a baby communicating with their hands! Amazing! You will learn basic Baby Signs for day to day situations, such as naming something, addressing someone, asking for more and possessing something, along with a couple of songs.
  • Family Learning: Families in the Kitchen - Animal Macaroons NEWThe price is for one parent/carer/grandparent and one child aged eight upwards. Animal Macaroon Magic! See your child’s imagination grow as you work together decorating your freshly baked macaroons with delightful animal faces of your choice. Pandas, pigs, cats and more - will this be an edible zoo or will they be just too good to eat!
  • Family Learning: Families in the Kitchen - Christmas Stained Glass Biscuits NEWThe price is for one parent/carer/grandparent and one child aged eight upwards. Learn to make biscuits with ‘stained glass’ in them. You will start with a basic biscuit recipe, but then the fun comes when you add the coloured centre. These can then be adapted to thread ribbon through to create hanging decorations or simply display them on a plate, either way we are sure these delicious treats won't last long!!
  • Family Learning: Families in the Kitchen - CupcakesThe price is for one parent/carer/grandparent and one child aged eight upwards. Little cooks will work alongside big cooks to make, bake and decorate 12 cupcakes. You will learn to pipe buttercream and make decorative toppers. Whilst having fun you will be helping to build your child’s confidence and independence.
  • Family Learning: Families in the Kitchen - Pizza MakingThe price is for one parent/carer/grandparent and one child aged eight upwards. Come along and spend some quality time in the kitchen with a young person who is special to you. Work together as a team producing a high quality, healthy pizza that can easily be replicated at home. Add the toppings of your choice and design the base e.g. stuffed crust, thin and crispy or deep pan to suit your taste.
  • Family Learning: Family Dog Workshop FREE NEWThe workshop is designed to provide families with information to allow them to live happily with their family dog. There are separate workshops for adults and children (5+) which cover the same topics using different styles. Topics include talking dog language, staying safe at home and out and about, having fun with your dog, plus hands on dog training (children’s workshop only). Suitable for 5 year olds to 95 year olds! Due to the content of this session it is NOT suitable for children under five years of age. Booking essential as places limited. PLEASE NOTE: NO DOGS CAN BE BROUGHT TO THE WORKSHOP.
  • Family Learning: Screen Printing Workshop NEWThe price is for one parent/carer/grandparent and one child aged eight upwards. You will create your own number and letter stencil designs in paper for using with a screen and print onto your chosen textile (T-shirt/tote bags/tea-towel). You can work alongside your child to either produce one outcome between you or individual outcomes.
  • Family Learning: Support Your Child’s Learning in English -Years 6, 7 and 8 NEWThe course is designed to enable parents and carers to support their child with the reading and writing skills taught in school. The course will focus on improving writing skills such as spelling, punctuation and sentence grammar. We will also focus on how to read and analyse a text, thinking about the choices the author made and how to infer meaning from texts.
  • First AidThis one day course covers lots of different aspects of 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, such as a defibrillator. Additionally there may be an overview of burns, anaphylaxis, heart attack, stroke, epilepsy and diabetes. Exam available for additional £15.00, please contact the Adult Learning office ahead of the workshop for details. Please bring photo ID with you to show the tutor in order to sit the exam.
  • First Aid: Baby and Child This session focuses on first aid for children and babies. You will cover unconsciousness and recovery positions, child and baby CPR, choking, bleeds and burns. You will also receive a Paediatric First Aid book to take home that goes into more detail about other illnesses such as meningitis. Suitable for parents, expectant parents, babysitters, carers and anyone who looks after children in the home.
  • First Aid: Emergency First Aid at Work Level 3This one day course covers lots of different aspects of 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.
  • First Aid: Emergency Paediatric First Aid NEWThe QA Level 3 Award in Emergency Paediatric First Aid (RQF) qualification has been designed in-line with the current Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) requirements and is ideal for: Those who have gained a level 2 or 3 childcare qualification and have entered into an early years setting and wish to be included in the staff to child ratios to comply with the EYFS requirements. Anyone who cares for infants and children, such as parents, guardians, grandparents or those who have an involvement with infants and children and want to learn key paediatric first aid skills. This course will cover things such as; choking, bites and stings, external bleeding, CPR and AED, seizures and unresponsive infants and children.
  • Flowers: Bunches Made Beautiful NEWEver wanted to arrange flowers in a vase without them flopping? Then this workshop is for you. You will watch a demo and discuss various ways of styling vase flowers. You will create your own vase arrangement to take home and watch a demo of another technique. You will learn how to handle and care for your flowers and foliage to get the best from them.
  • Flowers: Christmas Long Lasting Florals NEWCreate seasonal arrangements using long lasting materials and foliage that will last the festive period! Each week you will create your own arrangement to take home and enjoy. Projects include Christmas long lasting gift, Christmas long lasting rustic style table arrangement and Christmas hanging swag.
  • Flowers: Flowers Fit for a WeddingThis one day workshop covers the basics of planning and creating affordable bridal party wedding flowers which need not be dull! From choosing the right type of bouquet to looking at plant material for buttonholes your experienced wedding floristry tutor will take you through the process to ensure a successful wedding day. It is ideal if you are considering creating any flowers for your own or your family wedding or event or if you simply want to know a bit more about bouquets and wiring techniques. Why not come with a friend so that you can then make flowers together back at home? On the day you will make a bridal hand-tied vintage bouquet with natural stems, a buttonhole and simple corsage.
  • Flowers: Fresh Flowers - Christmas RingCreate a rustic style, long lasting foliage wreath for the festive season which can be used to hang on a door or placed on a table to welcome advent with the addition of 4 candles once home. Some festive decoration and ribbon is also included.
  • Flowers: Fresh Flowers for AutumnCreate a simple stunning floral autumnal design each week on this short course. Learn how to include berries and autumn leaves in an arrangement and get tips on how to care for your creations to prolong their life. Projects will include a rustic gift arrangement, an autumn vase, autumn fantasy forest, autumn hanging and a rustic floral pumpkin.
  • Flowers: Fresh Flowers for SpringCreate a simple stunning floral spring design each week on this short course. Learn how to include spring bulb flowers and spring blossom in a floral arrangement and gain tips on how to care for your creations to prolong their life. Projects include spring daffodil topiary, spring vase with secret support, spring votive design with aluminium wire, spring twiggy contemporary design and spring Valentine’s arrangement. PLEASE NOTE THERE WILL BE NO CLASS ON THURSDAY 7TH FEBRUARY OR THURSDAY 21ST FEBRUARY. CLASS DATES WILL BE; 17TH JAN, 24TH JAN, 31ST JAN, 14TH FEB & 28TH FEB.
  • Flowers: Fresh Flowers for SummerThe ideal progression from our Fresh Flowers for Spring course. Create a simple stunning floral summer design each week on this short course. Learn how to include summer flowers and foliage in an arrangement and get tips on how to care for your creations to prolong their life. Projects include summer garden design, summer with succulents, summer tall arrangement, summer pot et fleur and summer table centrepiece.
  • Flowers: Gift Bouquets NEWCome along and enjoy the spring time by learning how to create gorgeous spring flower gift bouquets. You will create a gift wrapped bouquet to take home and learn more as your tutor demonstrates another way of creating a gift bouquet. You will learn how to handle and care for spring flowers and foliage to get the best from them and learn a few tips for successful floral design.
  • Flowers: Go Wild with Tropical Style Flowers NEWCreate a beautiful tall, tropical style floral design on this workshop. You will learn how to handle and care for tropical plant material.
  • Flowers: Special Occasion Spring Blooms NEWCreate themed seasonal arrangements for spring occasions on this short course. Each week you will create your own arrangement to take home and enjoy. Learn how to care for your plant material and gain tips to prolong the life of your designs. Projects include St Patrick’s Day green and white floral, succulents spring party hoop and Easter floral table piece.
  • 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 - 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 - Élargissez vos Horizons - 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 - Franglais into Français! - ImproversThis is a progressive three term course starting in September, and you need to register before the start of each term. Learners may join at terms 2 and 3 depending on ability. It builds on the Beginner’s French course, and will cover areas such as: • Talking about events in the past tense, as well as talking about thoughts and feelings in the past tense. • Talking about events that will happen in the future. • To/by/in/of and other prepositions. • Improving your pronouns. • Reading real French, building up to being able to understand the main points in simple newspaper articles. • Practice speaking French in different situations. • This course will also focus more on perfecting pronunciation. • The flexibility of this course also means that topics can be adapted to suit the needs of the class, any specific areas which learners raise can usually be accommodated. The taster option will allow you to come for two weeks to experience the course. If you choose to continue, the cost will be deducted from the full course fee.
  • French - Franglais into Francais! Improvers TasterSee French - Franglais into Francais! Improvers for the content of this two week taster. Cost will be deducted from the full course fee if you choose to continue.
  • 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.
  • Guitar - Next StepsThe course is a follow-on from the Beginners Course in the Autumn Term. You will develop confidence by using various playing techniques.
  • Indian Dance WorkshopIndian Dance is a delicious blend of classical Kathak, folk dance, film-syle dance (Bollywood) and fusion dance. You will be dancing to upbeat music with beautiful melodies and enticing rhythms; a great way to improve fitness! During the workshop we will be learning: • Basic footwork • Spin Techniques • Hand movements • Expressions in dance • Dance routines to Fusion and Film music • Techniques in choreography
  • Interview Skills and Confidence Building to Get That JobDo you want to feel more confident when you attend job interviews? This workshop will provide you with the knowledge and skills to perform to the best of your ability in an interview situation. You will find out about different types of interview (one to one, phone, group, video/skype, panel, assessment, practical and informal), what to do and not do at interview, about competency/scenario based interview questions, how to structure examples at interviews using STAR, asking questions at interview and how to think of them, and reviewing your CV.
  • Investments - An IntroductionJoin us to gain more than a basic knowledge and understanding of investments, starting with concepts such as the time value of money, the main types of risk and the different types of investment products (savings, shares, bonds, funds etc). We will look at how economic news affects investments and how tax can affect decisions. We will learn how to analyse the performance of investments and how to trade off risk and return. The course will also help learners understand the main investment theories but will be grounded with practical tips.
  • Italian - Beginners Part 1This is term one of a progressive (three term) course starting in September and you need to register before the start of each term. The Course is for complete beginners and the basic skills of speaking, reading, writing and listening will be practised, but the emphasis is on speaking. A grammatical basis is promoted through active examples and practice, enabling learners to build on their own knowledge independently. You will also gain an insight into Italian culture and have the language required to be able to handle everyday situations. The taster option will allow you to come for two weeks to experience the course. If you choose to continue, the cost will be deducted from the full course fee. Please note that a taster option is available for this course. Please consider this as we only give refunds where we cancel or substantially alter a course .
  • Italian - Beginners Part 2This is term two of a progressive (three term) course starting in September and you need to register before the start of each term. The basic skills of speaking, reading, writing and listening will be practised, but the emphasis is on speaking. A grammatical basis is promoted through active examples and practice, enabling learners to build on their own knowledge independently. You will also gain an insight into Italian culture and have the language required to be able to handle everyday situations.
  • Italian - Beginners Part 3This is term three of a progressive (three term) course starting in September and you need to register before the start of each term. The basic skills of speaking, reading, writing and listening will be practised, but the emphasis is on speaking. A grammatical basis is promoted through active examples and practice, enabling learners to build on their own knowledge independently. You will also gain an insight into Italian culture and have the language required to be able to handle everyday situations.
  • Italian - Beginners TasterA taste of the full Italian Beginners course – see that course description for full details. Cost will be deducted from full course fee if you choose to continue.
  • 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. 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. Try out new styles and techniques and discover the best products for you from brands across the high street.
  • Makeup for Summer WorkshopThis workshop will focus on how to apply your makeup during the summer months - fresh looks and colours to use as the temperature rises, products to use that will feel lighter and give you that sun kissed look, with a minimum of effort.
  • Makeup RevampThis course will teach you how to give your makeup that extra special something to make you stand out at that party or event. You will learn how to build on your daytime look to take you straight from day to night with a few simple techniques. Achievable, professional looks using makeup found in your own bag or a few simple additions from the high street.
  • Makeup Revamp - WorkshopThis workshop will teach you how to give your makeup that extra special something to make you stand out at that party or event. You will learn how to build on your daytime look to take you straight from day to night with a few simple techniques. Achievable, professional looks using makeup found in your own bag or a few simple additions from the high street.
  • Massage: Body Massage - BeginnersThis is a very 'hands-on' course - the price is just £55 per couple, please note that you need to come with a friend or relative so that you both have someone to practise on! You will learn a routine to enable you to give a back massage. This course will focus on the practical application rather than theory although you will learn a little about the history of back massage and massage techniques.
  • Massage: Body Massage - Beginners WorkshopThis is a very 'hands-on' workshop - the price is just £55 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.
  • Massage: Indian Head Massage - Beginners WorkshopIndian 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
  • Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Workshop NEWThis workshop will cover: The background to Neuro-Linguistic Programming, ie understand how the brain handles, stores and retrieves information. Understanding strategies to make better decisions. Learn self-empowerment techniques to remove old habits, unwanted feelings and install new ways of thinking and behaving. Create better relationships with others based on speaking the same language patterning.
  • 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: Digital Photography Advanced NEWThe course aims to build on existing beginners skills. The course will cover a range of photography topics such as portraiture/fashion, food, nightscapes, landscapes, motion and monochrome.
  • Photography: Getting to Know Your Digital CameraThis workshop is about learning the basics of your digital 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.
  • Photoshop WorkshopThe 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.
  • Psychology - An IntroductionPsychological 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.
  • Reflexology NEWDuring 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.
  • Reflexology - Workshop NEWDuring this workshop 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 workshop 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.
  • Sewing: Free Motion Machine Embroidery and More NEWIf your sewing machine has some decorative stitches which you have never used then come and explore many ideas for decorative sewing by machine. All the techniques can be used to enhance the projects that you like to make. Even the most basic machine can be used to create decorative effects and providing the feed dogs on your machine can be lowered or covered, you can also do Free Motion Machine Embroidery. Using FME you will be able to use two methods and learn how to achieve success with different fabrics and threads. You will also explore decorative machine techniques such as using metallic and embroidery threads, trying the built-in decorative stitches on your machine, using a twin needle and learn how to make cords and braids. Samples can be made of all these techniques and with the notes provided they can be used as a reference guide for future projects.
  • Sewing: Love your OverlockerDo you have an overlocker but are unsure how to use it, or do you find the threading a nightmare, or you can't get the tension right? This workshop will make threading easy and explain tension so that you can set it correctly every time. You will see how to adjust your overlocker to ensure a perfect stitch for everything you want to make. You will also learn how to seam and neaten a variety of fabrics, do rolled hems and use threads for decorative effects. You will also have an opportunity to use the overlocker to make simple projects, using the overlocker for most of the construction.
  • Sewing: Machine 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: Make a Summer Skirt in One Day NEWDo you love to make your own clothes but find it seems to take a long time, often does not fit well and then looks a bit "home-made"? Would you like to take a course but your time is limited? If the answer is yes then why not join this one day course and find out how you can complete a skirt in just a day. Using an easy to sew pattern you will learn how to alter the pattern to fit your measurements and then how to cut out and quickly prepare the skirt for construction. Then using fast professional techniques you will make a skirt that fits you and that you are proud to wear. Everything you learn on the day can be applied to all the other garments that you make.
  • 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.
  • Silver Jewellery - Mixed AbilitySilver jewellery making covers a range of techniques and processes using sterling silver, semi precious and precious stones. Students will learn techniques and apply these to three projects delivered over ten weeks. These include making a link bracelet with charm, ring and earrings. Beginners will learn the basic skills of jewellery making including piercing, filing, drilling, texturing, annealing, forming, soldering and polishing. Intermediate and advanced learners will have the opportunity to work on individual projects, develop existing skills and learn new techniques.
  • Sleep BetterThis is a workshop for people experiencing problems with sleep. Whether you oversleep, wake through the night, too early in the morning or struggle to get off to sleep, sleep disturbance can be ‘a nightmare’ to manage. This workshop helps you understand why sleep problems develop and the factors related to poor sleep and offers some tools and strategies to help you improve poor sleep and sleep soundly once more.
  • Social Media for BeginnersFind out how the most popular social media platforms can help you connect with the world from home, your local coffee shop, library and even the guided bus! In this course, you will learn how to interact with others online via social media using Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. You will also learn how to protect your privacy, FaceTime your friends and family, post comments and write a blog. Please feel free to bring your own laptop, tablet or smartphone.
  • Spanish - Beginners Part 1This is term one of a progressive (three term) course starting in September and you need to register before the start of each term. Through fun and interactive activities you will learn the basic language skills to communicate simply in everyday situations in Spanish, such as how to greet, introduce oneself, ask the time, get public transport, ask directions, ask for a cup of coffee, beer, ‘tapas’, ice cream, etc. Each topic will be widely linked with a vibrant cultural approach. The taster option will allow you to come for two weeks to experience the course. If you choose to continue, the cost will be deducted from the full course fee. Please note that a taster option is available for this course. Please consider this as we only give refunds where we cancel or substantially alter a course .
  • Spanish - Beginners Part 2This is term two of a progressive (three term) course starting in September and you need to register before the start of each term. Through fun and interactive activities you will learn the basic language skills to communicate simply in everyday situations in Spanish, such as how to greet, introduce oneself, ask the time, get public transport, ask directions, ask for a cup of coffee, beer, ‘tapas’, ice cream, etc. Each topic will be widely linked with a vibrant cultural approach.
  • Spanish - Beginners Part 3This is term three of a progressive (three term) course starting in September and you need to register before the start of each term. Through fun and interactive activities you will learn the basic language skills to communicate simply in everyday situations in Spanish, such as how to greet, introduce oneself, ask the time, get public transport, ask directions, ask for a cup of coffee, beer, ‘tapas’, ice cream, etc. Each topic will be widely linked with a vibrant cultural approach.
  • Spanish - Beginners TasterA taste of the full Spanish Beginners course – see that course description for full details. Cost will be deducted from full course fee if you choose to continue.
  • Spanish - Un poco más de Español - ImproversThis is a progressive three term course from September, and you need to register before the start of each term. Learners may join at Term 2 or 3, depending on ability. The course will revisit the basics of the language and take students forward to develop their ability to speak, understand replies and experiment with reading and writing in Spanish; to broaden vocabulary and its uses in new contexts; to extend grammatical knowledge; to use the past and future tense. Each topic will be widely linked with a vibrant cultural approach. The taster option will allow you to come for two weeks to experience the course. If you choose to continue, the cost will be deducted from the full course fee.
  • Spanish - Un poco más de Español TasterA taste of the full Un poco más de Español course – see that course description for full details. Cost will be deducted from full course fee if you choose to continue.
  • Tax: Self Assessment for LandlordsYou will learn how to register and file a tax return including the Land and Property section, what to include on a tax return; allowances, personal allowances, income, expenses, expenses which are not allowable etc, income tax rate bands, capital gains tax, accounting years versus tax years, when to pay your tax liability, what records you should keep and how to keep them, and more.
  • Tax: Self Assessment for the Self-EmployedYou will learn how to register and file a tax return, what to include on a tax return; allowances, personal allowances, income, expenses, expenses which are not allowable etc, income tax rate bands, accounting years versus tax years, when to pay your tax liability, what records you should keep and how to keep them, and more.
  • Teaching Assistant - An IntroductionIf you are considering a career change to becoming a Teaching Assistant, this course is a general introduction to support the parent helper in developing the requisite skills and competencies which are needed to work effectively in the primary education setting. This course is free-standing but is good preparation if you would like to move on to undertake the QCF qualification in supporting learning in the classroom in the primary phase. You will gain an understanding of key aspects needed for successful integration into the classroom delivery team and the impact that this may have on your work with children. You will be introduced to the skills that underpin a thoughtful approach to your practice and to understand the importance of diversity within the classroom. Ways in which to develop your professional practice will also be considered as will some of the fundamental skills in working with children in activities and the techniques used to make basic observations of their progress. During the course you will look at: 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 BoostThe course will cover: • 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. The course will cover: Meditation Drumming Massage Aromatherapy Emotional Freedom Technique Reiki healing Crystals and Colour
  • 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 different postures will be featured throughout each term. Each session will start with gentle preparation postures followed by main postures and will include a relaxation session. All postures can be modified (or substituted) to suit the individual – you do not have to be able to touch your toes to stretch your hamstrings. However, those who can easily touch their toes can be given modifications so that the hamstrings are stretched. Each learner will be encouraged to work within his/her own ability.
  • Zumba Gold®Designed to meet the needs of those looking for a low impact or slower paced workout, Zumba Gold® is perfect for the "mature mover", those with limited or reduced mobility (can also be taken as a seated workout) or those just beginning a move towards a healthier and fitter lifestyle. Still with all the Zumba® fun and party atmosphere. This is a Fun class, there is no wrong direction just different directions. 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 £45 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. 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 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 £45 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!!