Part-Time Adult Education Courses

September 2017 Timetable Coming Soon!

Autumn Term Dates:

11th September 2017 to 27th of October 2017 (1 week break) and;
6th of November 2017 to 8th of December 2017

Please see below our full list of expected courses and descriptions.

If you have any questions regarding any of our listed courses, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Please note: Dates and times may be subject to change. No classes during half-term dates.

Arts & Crafts | Creative Writing & Psychology | Cake Decorating | Cookery | Languages

Art For Beginners

During this course you will explore different art media - watercolour, acrylic, pastels (oil and chalk) learning how to apply them and which brushes and papers to use. You will also be gently introduced to how to draw (nothing too terrifying!). As part of your art journey we will look at some famous artists for techniques and inspiration.

For the first day just arrive with an A4 mixed media sketchbook, a pencil, a rubber ...and be ready ...we will create works of art!


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Drawing for Pleasure (Beginners)

On this sociable course you will develop the confidence to draw. There are introductions and practical sessions on three dimensional drawing, light and shade, texture, perspective, composition, the head and figure drawing, and landscapes. Subject notes will be issued to participants explaining each process.

You will need a drawing pad, a set of pencils, an eraser, a pencil sharpener and a willingness to have a go! Previous participants are welcome.

Tutor: Bruce Madge


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Drawing for Pleasure (Int/Adv)

This is a course for those who have attended previous drawing classes. The sessions cover drawing heads, figures, animals and birds, landscapes and townscapes. Comprehensive subject notes will will be issued to participants. You will need a drawing pad, a set of pencils, an eraser and a pencil sharpener. Previous participants are welcome.

Tutor: Bruce Madge


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Contemporary Home Crafts

(The Handmade Home)

You will create unique hand-made items using beautiful fabrics using both hand & machine stitching. You will design and create personalised bunting and other items of home decor, learn about different fabrics, die cutting, bonding and applique techniques.

All tools & materials provided.


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Jewellery Making

This course covers both beaded and wired jewellery making.

Each week you will cover a different jewellery making technique enabling you to produce a finished piece of jewellery to take home.

You will learn about the tools, findings, threading materials and components required to create beautiful bespoke jewellery.


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Introduction to Sculpture

This 8-week course will demonstrate the step by step process of making a sculpture. The theory of sculpture and the use of armatures will also be covered. Materials used will include wire, plaster bandage and a wooden base. Week by week you will work on a unique design to take away with you at the end of the course.

Everyone is welcome to join this course. No prior knowledge or experience is required. All materials are included in the course fee.
Tutor: Darren Foster


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Flower Arranging

On this beginner level course, you will use flower arranging and floristry techniques to create beautiful, simple floral designs for a number of occasions.

This course will teach how to create your own impressive flower arrangements using a variety of fresh materials and foliage.

Please note you will need to source flowers for your class each week.

Tutor: Ann Ludwig


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Watercolours, oils & Acrylics

Do you want to learn the skills of how to manipulate oil paint & acrylics or how to paint lively watercolours? Maybe you are new to the media or need a refresher course on colour mixing and painting techniques then this the course for you.

You will learn how artists work, how to apply the paint and the types of brushes and paper to use. You will also learn basic perspective and colour theory and how to mix colours using a variety of techniques.

The course will cover how to use your chosen media and the development of paintings around tutor led projects.

Guidance on the best materials to use and where to get them will be given by the tutor.


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Cake Decorating Beginners

This course will cover all the basic skills and techniques you need to successfully cover and decorate cakes in fun and exciting ways.

Here are just a few of the things you will learn:

- The difference between sugar paste and flower paste
- Creating basic modelling shapes
- Learn how to cover a cake including unusual shapes
- Making fantasy and filler flowers for butter cream cupcakes


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Cake Decorating Improvers (Y2)

This course will move on from basic skills and cover higher level skills and techniques.

Here are just a few of the things you will learn:

- Sitting and standing figures
- Suspended chocolate sweets packet cake
- Learning to frill and different uses
- Wording on your cakes
- Christmas decoration on cakes and cupcakes


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Cake Decorating Improvers Plus

This course will move on from improvers, developing skills learnt on eariler courses to a higher level, to include:

- Ombre cakes
- Novelty cakes
- Embossers colouring with petal dusts and paste colours


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Wired Sugar Flowers

This course is designed to allow you to learn the important basic skills needed for floral sugar craft, giving you an understanding of how to use some of the extensive sugar craft equipment available.

This course will also help the more able student to widen their knowledge of the more advanced techniques in this art form.

You will be using Pulled and cutter seasonal flowers to create beautiful realistic looking sprays, displays and arrangements to decorate your cakes providing a truly professional finish.


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Thai Cookery

Learn to prepare and cook a selection of fragrant, healthy and beautifully balanced Thai snacks, salads, curries and desserts.

Join us on Thai Cookery to learn new skills, have fun and walk away with recipes you'll use time and time again.

Discover the numerous Thai ingredients and make delicious meals from scratch.


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'Off to Uni' Cookery Course

See how easy it can be to create delicious and affordable meals when you leave home. This course is designed to boost confidence and develop your culinary skills, giving you the ability, inspiration and enthusiasm to create delicious, nutritious and affordable meals for yourself, friends and family. Suitable for learners aged 16-19 years old only.


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Great British Baking

On our baking course our professional pastry chef will guide you through some classic British cake recipes such as the traditional battenburg and eclairs.

You will also come away with skills in sweet & shortcrust pastries. Recipes will include fruit tarts, quiche and palmiers.

Come along and see how easy it can be to make delicious restaurant quality cakes and pastries.


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Cook your Way Around the World

Why carry on cooking close to home when there's whole globe of gastronomic adventure out there to get your teeth into?

Delivered by a professional chef who works in a highly regarded restaurant, this popular course will take you on a culinary journey across all five continents, stopping off at some of the world's most famous dishes from its most classic cuisines.

Along the way, you'll be bumping into exciting, exotic, new ingredients and picking up a veritable suitcase full of useful new recipes and techniques you can take back to your own kitchen to wow your friends and family.


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Italian Cookery

Learn how to prepare simple, authentic regional dishes from all over Italy. Your tutor, Patrizia, is an Italian home cook with a passion for her native cuisine.

Basic health & safety will be covered in terms of the actual kitchen environment, use of knives, basic food hygiene & the safety of the food once you get it home.

The sessions are delivered in 2hrs (so you don't need to spend all day tied to the stove!) giving you the skills to provide you with a repertoire of easily achievable dishes and recipes which you will be able to adapt and put your own hallmark on.


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Indian Cookery

Learn how to make spiced curries, fragrant rice and buttery flatbreads at our Indian Cookery class.

Delivered by a relaxed home-cook who has learnt all the secrets of Indian cuisine from her mother and grandmother, this fun-filled course will equip you with heaps of practical skills and tips on cooking delicious curries cheaply and quickly.

The class will cover everything from koftas and kebabs to tarka daals, hearty vegetarian dishes and pakoras. Plus, you’ll learn about unusual spices like black cardamom, fenugreek seeds and asafoetida alongside familiar ingredients like cumin, coriander and turmeric. Better yet, all this will take place in a friendly environment where laughter and conversation are warmly welcomed.

What are you waiting for? Discover a world of super-charged South Asian dishes that you can create at home every day of the week. Say bye bye to that takeaway!


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Creative Writing

Think there might be a budding writer locked inside you but you're not sure how to turn the key? Or maybe you're just longing to spark up your imagination and get something down on paper because... well, because it just feels like the right thing to do.

If this sounds like you, then you're half way there already.

This course will help you to use your own memories, emotions and experiences to fuel the creative writing process. You'll also learn the practical rudiments of things like plot, characterisation, dialogue and these of language techniques.

But mainly, it's about having fun with the written word; turning a blank piece of paper into something you can be proud of and truly call your own.


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Understanding Anxiety

This 6-week course is aimed at people who want to understand anxiety in more detail, either personally or professionally.

This 6-week course is aimed at people who want to understand anxiety in more detail, either personally or professionally.
  • understanding the physiology of anxiety including psychological models of anxiety;
  • anxiety related disorders case studies and psychological interventions;
  • signs and triggers including self-care;
  • managing anxiety in work/personal life

At the end of each session a practical relaxation element with take place (this is optional).

This course is designed to help you develop your knowledge of anxiety related disorders and is not a replacement for professional therapy.

Course tutor: Andrea Peers (MBPsS)


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Holiday Lingo - Spanish, French, Italian

These courses are for complete beginners or for people who wish to brush up their school language. You will learn how to ask for and give basic information and also have conversations in a variety of settings whilst visiting your holiday destination.

Learning is through tutor presentation, role plays and practice, with the emphasis on speaking.


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French Beginners

Have you always wanted to learn French? Do you want to be able to speak French at the basic level when you visit France? Then this is the course for you. This 'French Beginners' course will teach you how to exchange information in simple everyday situations. By the end of the course, successful students should be able to:

- Give and receive personal information
- Order and pay for food and drink in a restaurant or cafe
- Ask for and use directions
- Make travel arrangements
- Ask for repetition and check meaning i.e. at the tourist office

Basic French grammar will be taught and students will also gain an insight into the culture.


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French Pre-Intermediate (y2)

Do you want to speak more French when in France and build on your basic skills? Then this French Improvers course is for you. This French course follows on from our French Beginners course and is for anyone who wants to consolidate their knowledge of basic key phrases and vocabulary. Successful students should be able to:

- Understand and exchange information about self, work and daily routine
- Express likes and dislikes including hobbies
- Understand and exchange information about past holidays
- Follow simple instructions
Basic French grammar will be taught and students will also gain an insight into the French culture.


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German Beginners

Have you always wanted to visit Germany or maybe you have already done so and wish to return? Do you want to be able to speak German at a basic level when you visit? If so, then this is the course for you. This 'German Beginners' course will teach you how to exchange information in simple everyday situations. By the end of the course successful learners should be able to:

- Give, find out and understand personal information
- Order and pay for food and drink in a restaurant or cafe
- Ask for and use directions
- Ask for repitition and check meaning i.e. at the tourist office

You will learn through speaking, listening, role-play and games. Pronunciation, learning how the language works and cultural input are an integral part of the course.


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German Pre-Intermediate (y2)

Do you want to speak more German when in Germany or build on your basic skills? Then this German Improvers course is for you. The course follows on from our German Beginners course and is for anyone who wants to consolidate their knowledge of basic key phrases and vocabulary.

Successful students should be able to:
- Understand and exchange information about self, work and daily routine
- Express likes and dislikes including hobbies
- Understand and exchange information about past holidays
- Follow simple instructions
- Understand announcements etc.

You will learn through speaking, listening role play, games and reading and writing simple texts. Basic German grammar will be taught and students will also gain an insight into the German culture.


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German Intermediate (y3)

At this level you will learn to communicate more effectively with native speakers, staying for instance as a guest in a family or welcoming guests to you.

You will be able to talk about daily routines, work and leisure, as well as describing places and the home.

You will cover talking about holidays and past, present and future events.

You will use language effectively in the class through listening, speaking and role play.

You will read and write longer texts, such as emails and instructions.


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Italian Beginners

Have you always wanted to learn Italian? Do you want to be able to speak Italian at a basic level when you visit Italy? Then this is the course for you. This Italian Beginners course will teach you how to exchange information in simple everyday situations.

By the end of the course successful learners should be able to:

- Give, find out and understand personal information
- Order and pay for food and drink in a restaurant or cafe
- Ask for and give directions
- Ask for repitition and check meaning i.e. at the tourist office

Basic Italian grammar will be taught and students will also gain an insight into the culture.


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Italian Pre-Intermediate (y2)

Would you like to speak more Italian when in Italy or build on your basic skills? Then this Italian Beginners Plus course is for you. This Italian course follows on from our Italian Beginners course and is for anyone who wants to consolidate their knowledge of basic key phrases and vocabulary.

Successful students should be able to:
- Understand and exchange information about self, work and daily routine - Express likes and dislikes including hobbies
- Understand and exchange information about past holidays
- Follow simple instructions
- Understand announcements etc.

Basic Italian grammar will be taught and students will also gain an insight into the Italian culture.


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Spanish Beginners

Have you always wanted to learn Spanish? Do you want to be able to speak Spanish at a basic level when you visit Spain on your holiday? Then this is the course for you. This Spanish Beginners course will teach you how to exchange information in simple everyday situations.

By the end of the course, successful students should be able to:

- Give and receive basic greetings and personal information
- Tell the time and use numbers and currency
- Order and pay for food and drink in a restaurant or cafe
- Ask for and give directions


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Spanish Pre-Intermediate (y2)

Do you want to speak more Spanish when in Spain or build on your basic skills? Then this Spanish Pre-Intermediate course is for you. This Spanish course follows on from our 'Spanish Beginners' course and is for anyone who wants to consolidate their knowledge of basic key phrases and vocabulary.
The students will be immersing in each of the four language skills: listening, reading and writing with more emphasis in speaking. Topics include:

- Understand and exchange information about self, work and daily routine
- Express likes and dislikes including hobbies
- Understand and exchange information about past holidays
- Follow simple instructions
- Understand announcements etc.

Basic Spanish grammar will be taught and students will also gain an insight into the Spanish culture.


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Spanish Intermediate (y3)

Do you want to be able to use your Spanish in a range of real life situations? Then this 'Spanish Intermediate' course is for you. This Spanish course is for anyone who wants to develop their skills further.

By the end of this course, successful learnings should be able to:

- Describe people, places, situations, events etc.
- Exchange/extract key information on a variety of topics/situations
- Give and follow specific instructions
- Make simple arrangements
- Express an opinion
- Listen and respond to information from a range of sources (telephone messages, news headlines/public announcements, instructions, conversations). - Grasp general meaning of written.

Grammar will be expanded. You will learn to use expressions and forms appropriate to the language using present, future and some past tenses.


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Spanish Intermediate Plus (y3+)

This level is a continuation of the independent stage where you will continue to learn more complex grammar.

The aim of this level is to enable you to deal with most situations likely to arise when travelling in an area where Spanish is spoken and interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity with native speakers.


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