Part-Time Adult Education Courses

2018 New Term Courses

Timetable/Prices


2018 New Term Dates

8TH JANUARY 2018 TO 16TH OF FEBRUARY 2018 and;
26TH FEBRUARY 2018 TO 29TH MARCH 2018

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.

Photography | IT | Arts & Crafts | Creative Writing | Cake Decorating | Cookery | Languages |

Photography

This 10 week course is designed to improve your photography, learning with others and having lots of fun. We cover the basic principles and techniques of photography, inc; Types of Cameras (compacts, point and shoot, DSLR, iPads etc), Lenses and Equipment; understanding the Exposure Triangle and controlling Depth of Field.  You will also learn about Composition and how to construct a pleasing picture, how to Crop. We also look at the Key Picture Elements; colour, form, texture, shape and pattern. Most importantly you will get out to practise the theory as a group in three outdoor sessions, taking photos, then discussing and analysing your images together the week after.  *Please bring along a notepad, pen and camera (whatever type you have). To get maximum benefit from this course you should be familiar with selecting and using the basic controls of your camera


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IT - Course 1

IT courses, Blueberry Learning

An introduction to computers, email and the internet

· Basic computer settings and preferences, troubleshooting · Windows and windows explorer - programs, folders, files, navigation and housekeeping · Using the internet, browsers, search, safety, privacy, virus and malware protection · Email and webmail accounts, social media, blogs · Cloud storage and cloud services - google/microsoft drive, docs & sheets, calendars, reminders, notes and memos · Beyond email: various forms of online communication, including chat, instant messaging, video and voice chat, and blogging. · Outline of Microsoft Office and alternatives especially word processing and spreadsheets · Transferring files between computers, phones & devices - documents/photos/music/video, storing, sharing · File backups, external drives & cloud · Useful hints and tips


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IT - Course 2
IT courses, Blueberry Learning

An introduction to Microsoft Office and free alternatives

· Word - word processing
· Excel - spreadsheets
· Outlook - email
· Powerpoint - presentations
· Publisher - desktop publishing
· Microsoft office.com and Google Suite
· Libre Office/Open Office/WPS Office


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Art

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 (All Levels)

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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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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Sewing Beginners

Learn all about the sewing machine, how to use it safely and correctly then get to practise sewing seams.

What to look for when choosing a pattern.
Discuss about choosing the correct fabric and the fabric quality.
Learn how to lay a pattern out on the fabric, then how to cut out.
Sue will share lots of tips, she has learn't along the way.

Starting off with completing a peg bag/table runner and discuss embellishments and how to make the garments unique.


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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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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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Interior Design

Whether its a future career or a hobby at home, interior design encourages you to nurture your own sense of unique creativity and flair.

Some of the areas that will be covered are space, form and proportion. Textures of materials used, different uses of lighting, drawing and presentation techniques and many more subjects.


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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 Novelty Improvers

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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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.

You will receive your recipes each week and require to bring basic equipment to create these amazing recipes. It will be discussed on the first class whether you purchase the ingredients from the tutor as she can locate the unusual ingredients or you can bring them in.


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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.

You will receive your recipes each week, you then bring your ingredients and basic equipment to achieve these delicious meals.


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Good Food Made Easy

Everyone can learn to cook nutritious simple every day meals whilst improving their confidence in the kitchen. With this 10 week course you will happily put away the convenience foods, jars, packets etc. once you see how easy it is to cook from scratch. Your tutor has designed the first 5 weeks and as a group you will decide on the rest.

Recipes are designed to be flexible to accommodate peoples special dietary requirements.

So come along and have some fun learning a skill that can change the way you eat.

You will receive your recipes each week, you then bring your ingredients and basic equipment to achieve these delicious meals.


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The Great Cake Bake

Baking is a very popular past time and we have the opportunity to offer a course with some of your favourite bakes. Whilst learning about the different types of sponges and what their uses are. This course will cover tray bakes, cupcakes, crumbles, different types of sponges, tortes and many, many more. Plus a small insight to dairy free sponge also suitable for vegans.

You will receive your recipes each week, you then bring your ingredients and basic equipment to achieve these delicious bakes.


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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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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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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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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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