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    • Art for Starters NEWThis course will focus on learning how to draw using pencil, charcoal and pastels. Lessons will include: • understanding tonal values, scale and proportion, perspective, colour theory and practice. • how to mix colours. • understanding elements of composition in still-life and landscapes. • developing expressive and experimental mark making techniques using wax resist, pen and ink. • learning how to use acrylic paints and paint using mixed media. The subject matter will change depending on the term and the ability of the learners.
    • Art: Painting with Confidence Using Acrylics Workshop NEWThis workshop is an introduction to understanding colour theory and practise painting skills using acrylics. Learners will learn either basic or more advanced colour mixing skills depending on previous experience. We will also discuss elements of composition and paint a simple landscape and learn the skills to paint a simple still-life.
    • 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: Understanding Watercolour PaintThe purpose of this 4-hour workshop is to know the “tool”. This course will give learners an insight of how watercolour paints were made historically and how they differ today. What ingredients are used to make watercolours and why some watercolour paints can produce desired effects while others can’t, for example why some colours granulate well, or some colours mix well, etc. You will learn the characteristics of each colour and understand the behaviour of pigments and be taught some painting techniques that will make the most of their individual properties. Some materials included.
    • 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 - Pen and WashYou will be working on a local landscape subject including water and buildings.
    • 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 - Beginners PlusFor the spring term, please note that there will be no lessons during week commencing 17th February and 9th March. For the summer term there will be no lesson during week commencing 25th May. If 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 WorkshopYou 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 and experimentation 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 UniverseAssuming no prior knowledge, as celestial travellers 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 cannibalising, 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 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 weekend course is intended for prospective beekeepers. Students will learn about setting up an apiary and caring for a colony of bees, with topics looking at the life of the European honey bee, the various pests and diseases that affect them, and the methods of extracting honey from the comb and the production of other saleable hive products. In addition to the two days of classroom based learning you will also participate in a practical session off site where you will handle a colony of bees. Please note that the practical hive session will take place a couple of months after the course, when the weather is warmer and the bees are active.
    • Bridge - Beginners Part 1The Monday morning class will take place at Hartford Village Hall and the Wednesday morning class will take place at St Ivo Academy. Please note that there will be no lessons during week commencing 21 and 28 October 2019. The course will cover the basics of Acol Bridge with a weak NT. Opening bids, responding and intervening. Strong twos, pre-emptive bids, and how to get to a game, slam and grand slam. Participants will understand the difference between duplicate, playing teams and Chicago. They will also understand how to get into the best contract for their side. The course will introduce participants to a new skill that will enable them to join a Bridge club, and develop another social life.
    • 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 Monday morning class will take place at Hartford Village Hall and the Wednesday morning class will take place at St Ivo Academy. The course will cover the basics of Acol Bridge with a weak NT. Opening bids, responding and intervening. Strong twos, pre-emptive bids, and how to get to a game, slam and grand slam. Participants will understand the difference between duplicate, playing teams and Chicago. They will also understand how to get into the best contract for their side. The course will introduce participants to a new skill that will enable them to join a Bridge club, and develop another social life.
    • British Sign Language - An IntroductionSPECIAL PRICE £20  If you are low waged or unemployed, or low skilled (level 2 or below) or want to progress to more sustainable employment, we may be able to offer you this course for £20. Please contact us to find out more. 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: Sugar Flowers and Blossoms NEWLearn how to make beautiful stylised sugar flowers perfect to bring any cake to life, from a simple cupcake to a stunning wedding cake. This course will teach you a variety of techniques for delicate blossom filler flowers and show stopping wired flowers to create a gorgeous sugar flower display. Flowers will include carnations, delicate blossoms, Lily of the Valley sprigs, roses, magnolias, daisies, twigs and stamens.
    • Calligraphy: Decorative Capitals with Gothic ScriptThis 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.
    • Computing: Microsoft ExcelDo you want to produce more professional looking and complex documents and outputs? This course is designed to progress the computer learner from a basic level to a much higher level using particular applications. It delivers a broad range of skills that can be transferred across a number of sectors. We use Microsoft Internet Explorer web browser and a network using Windows 10 operating system, together with Office 2016. Email is via webmail accounts. The Excel course will cover a range of skills including creating, saving and retrieving spreadsheets, using simple and more complex formulae, previewing and printing your work, changing page settings, cut, copy, paste and paste special, producing charts from the inputted data.
    • Computing: Microsoft WordDo you want to produce more professional looking and complex documents and outputs? This course is designed to progress the computer learner from a basic level to a much higher level using particular applications. We use Microsoft Internet Explorer web browser and a network using Windows 10 operating system, together with Office 2016. Email is via webmail accounts. The Word course will cover a range of skills including moving and copying text, creating tables, inserting text boxes, adjusting margins, creating borders, importing graphics, inserting bullets points and numbering, formatting paragraphs, creating headers and footers, using envelopes and labels tools and simple mail merge.
    • Computing: Windows 10 - BeginnersIf you are struggling with Windows 10, start here! We will give you a general overview of Windows 10 and an insight into what is new and how it compares with older operating systems. You will learn using your own laptop.
    • Cookery: Authentic Indian Cookery Made EasyThis course is especially for all those who love Indian food. You will learn how to cook well known curries, rice dishes and some breads like parathas and naan bread, all as they are cooked in India. You will gain the confidence to use herbs and spices in your cooking - it really is easy!
    • Cookery: Baking Basics - Pastries NEWMaster the four basic pastry types (shortcrust, choux pastry, flaky pastry and sweet flan pastry) and produce delicious home-made goodies to delight your family and friends, including a quiche or bakewell tart, sausage rolls, profiteroles and fresh fruit tarts. Using fresh ingredients to tempt the taste buds, baking has never tasted so good!
    • Cookery: Beginning Sourdough Bread NEWThe secret of sourdough bread is in the mother dough. At this workshop you will make your own mother dough which you can then take home and nurture, ready for baking your own sourdough loaves. You will learn the art of sourdough baking and taste some delicious garlic sourdough slices.
    • Cookery: Breadmaking NEWBaking wellbeing! Enjoy a therapeutic day of kneading out your frustrations and make three delicious bread dishes to take home and enjoy. You will be making bread rolls, Chelsea buns and soda bread.
    • Cookery: Cake Baking Day NEWWhether 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: Caribbean Classics! NEWCaribbean classics made easy! You will learn how to make tasty Caribbean dishes such as juicy jerk chicken, pepper pot stew, traditional rice and peas and crispy Caribbean cornbread.
    • Cookery: Chinese Dim Sum Day'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 yourself, including steamed Char Siu Puffs, Yuntun noodle soup and crispy vegetable spring rolls.
    • Cookery: Complete Cupcakes NEWWe will teach you how to bake perfect cupcakes filled with jam and iced in a variety of designs with all the tips and tricks to produce star baker worthy cakes every time. You will learn how to make perfect buttercream and how to pipe decorative swirls to top your cakes, as well as fondant covered cakes for a sophisticated wedding or celebration style cupcake with show stopping decorations, such as sugar flowers, a 2 toned cameo, a butterfly and a veined leaf. You will also try your hand at embossed lettering plus quilt effect and textured patterns.
    • Cookery: First Time Cook NEWThis course will enable learners to follow a recipe and understand specific terminology used in the kitchen. By the end of the session learners will have the confidence to prepare and cook both sweet and savoury dishes that will enable them to follow a healthy lifestyle.
    • 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 Takeaway NEW'Indian Takeaway' is a favourite for many families. This is an excellent opportunity for Indian food lovers to come and learn how to make proper curries using herbs and spices to bring out those authentic but subtle 'home-cooked' flavours. You will realise how healthy and economical preparing your favourite takeaway dishes at home really is! Each week you will prepare two dishes to take home and enjoy.
    • Cookery: Introduction to the Art of Sushi NEWCreate delicious vegetable sushi with your own favourite fillings. You will learn how to cook the all important sticky rice, how to julienne vegetables for the filling and how to use your sushi mat to create elegant sushi rolls.
    • Cookery: Italian Pizza and Panzanella NEWMamma Mia! Join us to make an authentic Italian pizza dough, add your favourite toppings and create a delicious tomato panzanella salad to accompany your finished pizza.
    • Cookery: Kitchen Confidence - BeginnersThis course will teach the basic kitchen skills needed to produce nutritious and tasty everyday meals. You will become confident to try more adventurous dishes.
    • Cookery: Kitchen Confidence Plus NEWThis course will allow you to try out new skills and expand your cooking knowledge to turn home cooking into dishes suitable for entertaining. We will be making dishes such as gnocchi, learning how to fillet a fish and cut up a whole chicken. This course can be tailored to suit your individual needs.
    • Cookery: Malaysian Street FoodMalaysian cuisine is all about spice, flavour and passion. You will be given a special insight into the country’s taste-bud tingling, vibrant Street Food. Each dish will be explained and demonstrated step-by-step, so that you can follow and practically prepare the food. Delights may include: Fried kway teow - stir-fried ricecake strips Ngoh hiang - 5-spice meat roll Apam balik - a traditional Malaysian crispy pancake or crepe Penang acar - a special pickled vegetable dish
    • Cookery: Traditional Chinese Dishes NEWGreat food doesn’t need to be difficult, this course is designed to be suitable for all abilities and tastes. Learn how to cook authentic, healthy and delicious Chinese food with fresh ingredients like a native. Dishes taught during this term will include … • Hongshao Pork & Shaobing • Steamed Pork Shao Mai • Chicken and sticky rice wrapped in a lotus leaf • Sichuan Dandan Noodles
    • Cookery: Chinese Supper for Friends NEWEntertaining friends or celebrating something at home, cooking Chinese food is a great choice. It’s not as complicated to make as you might imagine and it always looks impressive! Your 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: • Grilled beef and carrot dumplings • Sticky mini ribs • Gongbao Chicken • Broccoli in garlic sauce • Chicken stir fried rice
    • 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, we may be able to offer you this course for £20. Please contact us to find out more. PLEASE NOTE THERE WILL NOT BE A CLASS ON MONDAY 27 JANUARY OR AT HALF TERM, MONDAY 17 FEBRUARY.  THEREFORE THE FINAL LESSON WILL BE ON MONDAY 30 MARCH. This course provides a general introduction to counselling. You will gain a basic understanding of counselling skills to help other people and will deepen your understanding of the emotional needs of yourself and others. You will also learn about basic interpersonal and counselling skills which are transferable to a range of voluntary and paid opportunities in the health, social care, justice and other sectors. The course covers the difference between counselling and other helping relationships, the use of helping skills, and a general introduction to counselling theory. A certificate of attendance will be issued on successful completion of the course.
    • Craft: Fused Glass Christmas Decorations NEWEnjoy creating your own glass Christmas decorations. You will learn how to handle glass and make six decorations, two of each design. A £25 charge for materials and equipment is payable to your tutor on the day. Your designs will be fired by the tutor and will be available for you to collect from the Adult Learning office within a week.
    • Craft: Fused Glass Jewellery NEWTry your hand at making some beautiful, colourful glass jewellery. You will learn about different types of glass and make a number of different items; you can choose between pendants or earrings, or make a mixture of both. You will learn how to work with glass, how to use tools safely and how to develop and produce pleasing designs. There is a charge of £35 for materials and equipment, payable to your tutor at the first class.
    • Craft: Fused Glass Jewellery Workshop NEWA hands-on workshop for anyone who would like to try working with glass. Learn how to cut and assemble coloured and dichroic glass into some unique and stunning pieces of jewellery. We will begin by discussing the different types of glass, safety and basic techniques for handling and cutting and then you will be designing and assembling a number of pieces during the day. Your designs will be fired by the tutor and will be available for you to collect from the Adult Learning office the following week. There is a £25 charge for materials and equipment, payable to your tutor at the workshop.
    • Craft: Fused Glass Easter Decorations NEWEnjoy creating your own glass Easter decorations. You will learn how to handle glass and make a variety of designs. 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.
    • Dieting Mindset Workshop NEWThis workshop looks at mindset techniques and approaches for weight management. It is ideal for anyone interested in slimming and maintaining weight. We will incorporate NLP (neuro-linguistic programming), EFT (emotional freedom technique) and some holistic therapeutic strategies to enable your transformation.
    • DowsingStudents will learn how dowsing works and will create their own pendulum dowser. They will use different dowsers to locate items and to find answers to questions they pose as well as exploring some food intolerances for themselves and others.
    • eBay Beginners Part 1This is a basic introduction to eBay and will cover: • What is PayPal, how it works, advantages of using Paypal, why you need a PayPal account and set up a PayPal account (credit / debit card needed) • What is eBay, set up an eBay account • Link the Paypal and eBay accounts together (mobile phone needed) • Overview of your eBay account (explaining the menus) • Searching on eBay using keywords, categories and specific filters • Bidding and buying on auction • Buying via Buy It Now • Using Best Offer • Messages and communication with sellers • Delivery and receiving your item • Feedback – how it works, what is measured and the importance of it • Returns and refunds – your rights and responsibilities • What if things don’t go well? – how to deal with mishaps
    • eBay Beginners Part 2This 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
    • English For Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)SPECIAL PRICE £20 - conditions apply, please ask for details.  A friendly, informal class for those whose first language is not English. These sessions will cover a range of topics to help navigate everyday life; from first introductions and meeting people to holding conversations and communicating at work. Whether you are a beginner or already have a basic understanding you will work to improve on all areas of the language; speaking, listening, reading and writing. Most importantly the course will enable you to progress onto higher level accredited courses.
    • First Aid - Basic First Aid Life SupportThe course will cover scene safety and approach, assessing basic life support functions (DRABC), recovery position, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), automated external defibrillation (AED), choking and controlling minor and major bleeds.
    • First Aid: Baby and Child This session focuses on first aid for children and babies. You will cover unconsciousness and recovery positions, child and baby CPR, choking, bleeds and burns. You will also receive a Paediatric First Aid book to take home that goes into more detail about other illnesses such as meningitis. Suitable for parents, expectant parents, babysitters, carers and anyone who looks after children in the home.
    • Flowers: Christmas RingCreate a rustic style, long lasting foliage wreath for the festive season which can be hung on a door or placed on a table to welcome advent with the addition of 4 candles. Some festive decoration and ribbon is also included.
    • Flowers: Fabulous Flowers Without Foam! NEWThis one day workshop covers tricks and tips to successfully create stunning arrangements without using floral foam. At a time when we are increasingly thinking of the environment, you will be shown how to arrange your flowers in containers, foam free, and then create your own versions that you can take home. You will also be shown the best ways of caring for your arrangements to help them last as long as possible.
    • Flowers: Fresh Flowers for SpringCreate a simple stunning spring design each week. 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; 1. Hello spring ! 2. Ikebana style 3. Floral plaque 4. Love me do
    • Flowers: Fresh Flowers for SummerThe ideal progression from our Fresh Flowers for Spring course. Create a simple stunning summer design each week. 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; 1. Joyful Germini 2. Natural containers 3. Triangles 4. Afternoon tea There will be an optional trip to a floral wholesalers in the summer term.
    • Flowers: More Spring Flowers 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; 1. Contemporary twist 2. Thank you Mum 3. Spring table PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE WILL BE NO CLASS ON THURSDAY 12TH MARCH. CLASS DATES WILL BE 5TH MARCH, 19TH MARCH AND 26TH MARCH.
    • Flowers: More Summer Flowers NEWLearn floral techniques on this short course to create a variety of designs for a summer event, such as a wedding or summer party. Get tips on how to care for your creations to prolong their life. Projects will include; 1. Wearable floral bracelet 2. Tussie Mussie posy 3. Amazing long and low PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE WILL BE NO CLASS ON THURSDAY 11TH JUNE. CLASS DATES WILL BE 4TH JUNE, 18TH JUNE AND 25TH JUNE.
    • 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 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 - 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.
    • Guitar - BeginnersThe course will cover basic guitar theory and the physical structure of the acoustic guitar. You will learn basic chord shapes, how to fine tune, read basic standard notation and number tablature. You will develop confidence by using various playing techniques. Please note that there will be no lessons during weeks commencing 14 and 21 October 2019.
    • 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.
    • 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. 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 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. 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 2This is a progressive (three term) course starting in September and you need to register before the start of each term. This course is suitable for those who have studied Italian for two terms. Learners may join at terms 2 or 3 depending on ability. As well as developing an appreciation of the Italian language and culture, this course aims to improve the four language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) giving more emphasis to speaking, listening and reading. You will converse developing an authentic pronunciation enriched with expanded vocabulary and grammar. Topics will be more personal and will include giving and asking opinions.
    • Italian Improvers Part 3This is a progressive (three term) course starting in September and you need to register before the start of each term. This course is suitable for those who have studied Italian for two terms. Learners may join at terms 2 or 3 depending on ability. As well as developing an appreciation of the Italian language and culture, this course aims to improve the four language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) giving more emphasis to speaking, listening and reading. You will converse developing an authentic pronunciation enriched with expanded vocabulary and grammar. Topics will be more personal and will include giving and asking opinions.
    • Makeup for Mature SkinThis is fun, informative and practical. Learn how to choose the right colours to suit your skin and how to apply makeup as your skin matures. You will also learn some trade secrets on how to take care of your skin, creating a perfect canvas to apply makeup to. You will try out new styles and techniques and discover the best products for you from brands across the high street.
    • Makeup: Wedding Day NEWThis workshop will teach you how to create that special look that will stay put all day, whether you are the bride, part of the bridal party or a guest. You will learn how to cut out the shine from camera flash for a nice dewy complexion and create stunning, beautiful looks to accentuate all your best features. Whether you are looking for a more natural look, or going for full on glamour, you will learn the best products and methods to achieve this. Please note that there will be a short half hour break during this course. The class will therefore finish at 14.30 to accommodate this.
    • Massage: Body Massage - BeginnersThis is a very 'hands-on' course - the price is just £70 per couple, please note that you need to come with a friend or relative so that you both have someone to practise on! You will learn a routine to enable you to give a back massage. This course will focus on the practical application rather than theory although you will learn a little about the history of back massage and massage techniques.
    • Massage: Body Massage - Beginners WorkshopThis is a very 'hands-on' workshop - the price is 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: Getting to Know Your Digital CameraThis workshop is about learning the basics of your DSLR camera; from the technical aspects to an explanation of the external camera functions and a range of internal settings. You will learn how to take your first quality photograph with confidence.
    • Reflexology - WorkshopDuring 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 IIReiki II is the practitioner level of Reiki healing. Students will increase their Reiki flow by up to 4 times that channelled at Reiki I. They will learn sacred symbols that will enable them to add an extra flow of Reiki healing for particular issues. They will learn to do distance healing so that they can send healing without being in the presence of the receiver.
    • 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 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.
    • Survival SpanishSurvival Spanish is a ten week course specially designed for those who want to acquire a basic level of Spanish to interact in real situations without much knowledge of grammar. The course adopts a communicative approach and each lesson focuses on a different topic of daily life, such as booking into a hotel, ordering in a bar or restaurant, shopping for food and clothes etc.
    • 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, we may be able to offer you this course for £20. Please contact us to find out more. If you are considering a career change to becoming a Teaching Assistant, this course is a general introduction to support the parent helper in developing the requisite skills and competencies which are needed to work effectively in the primary education setting. This course is free-standing but is good preparation if you would like to move on to undertake the QCF qualification in supporting learning in the classroom in the primary phase. You will gain an understanding of key aspects needed for successful integration into the classroom delivery team and the impact that this may have on your work with children. You will be introduced to the skills that underpin a thoughtful approach to your practice and understand the importance of diversity within the classroom. Ways in which to develop your professional practice will also be considered as will some of the fundamental skills in working with children in activities and the techniques used to make basic observations of their progress. During the course you will look at: 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 - BeginnersWebsite design doesn't have to be a mystery. Learn how to design, build and manage your own cost-free website. You will receive step-by-step instructions, exercises, tips and tools that will enable you to create an attractive and purposeful website. During the course you will design, build and publish a free basic website that incorporates text, sound, images, hyperlinks, plug-ins and social media interactivity. You will receive step-by-step instructions, exercises, tips and tools that will enable you to create an attractive layout for your pages, organise content properly, ensure that the site functions well across mobile devices and keep the site safe. You will not need to write code for this course.
    • Wellness BoostUnderstand what true wellness is and how it affects your body, mind and soul. We will look at: • Meditation • Drumming • Massage • Aromatherapy • Emotional Freedom Technique • Reiki healing • Crystals and Colour
    • YogaThe sessions will include a variety of yoga postures and throughout each term, different postures will be featured. Each session will start with gentle preparation postures followed by main postures and will include a relaxation session. All postures can be modified (or substituted) to suit the individual, for example; you do not have to be able to touch your toes to stretch your hamstrings, however, those who can easily, can be shown modifications. Each learner will be encouraged to work within his/her own ability.
    • Zumba Gold®Designed to meet the needs of those looking for a low impact or slower paced workout, Zumba Gold® is perfect for the "mature mover", those with limited or reduced mobility (can also be taken as a seated workout) or those just beginning a move towards a healthier and fitter lifestyle. Still with all the Zumba® fun and party atmosphere. Taster available.
    • Zumba Gold® TasterIf you are not sure Zumba® is for you, try this Taster for £5. If you then choose to join the full course the balance of £50 will be payable. Designed to meet the needs of those looking for a low impact or slower paced workout, Zumba Gold® is perfect for the "mature mover", those with limited or reduced mobility (can also be taken as a seated workout) or those just beginning a move towards a healthier and fitter lifestyle. Still with all the Zumba® fun and party atmosphere.
    • Zumba® FitnessDance fitness exercise classes, using a combination of Latin and World rhythms plus pop and chart music to generate a party-like atmosphere - while providing a fun but effective workout. Zumba® can help you achieve so much towards a fitter and healthier lifestyle, and all while having a great time!! These are really fun and friendly classes, and lots of wiggling, jiggling and giggling! Come along and get sweaty, raise your heart-rate, burn calories and tone up.
    • Zumba® Fitness TasterIf you are not sure Zumba® Fitness is for you, try this Taster for £5. If you then choose to join the full course the balance of £50 will be payable.You can wiggle, jiggle and giggle on this taster course and go away with the ‘feel good factor’. Why not give it a try!!