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Adults 19+

Adult Skills for Work

Whether you are looking to take that first step back into employment and want to enhance your skills or simply take up a new hobby, we have a range of free short courses for you.


A number of exciting courses are on offer in a range of areas from business to beauty, sport to automotive. So there is bound to be a course that is right for you.

Courses typically last between one day and 10 weeks and are a great way to explore a new sector and really find your passion.

So if you are wanting to learn new skills and enhance your knowledge to kick start a brand new hobby or even career, take a look at our courses.

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What can I study?

IT for Beginners

This course is ideal for anyone who has little to no experience using a PC. Learn the basics, such as logging on to a PC, accessing the Internet and sending emails.

Length: 3 hours per week for 4 weeks
Study: Short Course
Start Date: Various
Location: Riverside Dean Campus

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Healthy Lifestyle Awareness - Level 1 (Online)

In this online course you will develop your awareness of the importance of healthy eating and drinking for adults and weight management.

Length: 4 weeks
Study: Online Learning
Start Date: Various
Location: Online

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Introduction to Disability Awareness - Level 1 (Online)

Learn about disabilities, the barriers faced by people with a disability, key legislation, and the social model of disability.

Length: 4 weeks
Study: Online Learning
Start Date: Various
Location: Online

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Exploring Occupational Studies for the Workplace

Develop your knowledge and improve your confidence and skills using computers in this short entry level IT course.

Length: 1 day per week for 3 weeks
Study: Short Course
Start Date: Various
Location: Rye Hill Campus

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Introduction to Web Design - Entry Level

This Introduction to Web Design course is ideal for anyone who would like to gain an understanding of how to put together their own website.

Length: 4 days
Study: Short Course
Start Date: Various
Location: Riverside Dean Campus

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Digital Skills For Everyday Life

Develop practical digital skills to complete everyday online tasks such as: using social media, online banking, paying bills, shopping or keeping in touch with friends and family online.

Length: 1 day per week for 2 weeks
Study: Short Course
Start Date: Various
Location: Riverside Dean Campus

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Essential Digital Skills - Entry Level

Develop the digital skills to use digital devices and the internet and apply this knowledge in common situations.

Length: 7 weeks
Study: Short Course
Start Date: Various
Location: Riverside Dean Campus

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Essential Digital Skills - Level 1

This modern qualification will enable you to develop your digital knowledge and skills to use in your personal lives, or to support you in your career.

Length: 1 day per week for 6 weeks
Study: Short Course
Start Date: Various
Location: Riverside Dean Campus

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Employability Skills - Entry Level Award

Getting into the world of work can be daunting, but with this short course you will develop the skills required for work

Length: 4 days
Study: Short Course
Start Date: Various
Location: Riverside Dean Campus

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Employability Skills - Entry Level Certificate

From deciding on the right job, to completing an application and getting ready for your interview. This course is ideal for anyone looking to get into work.

Length: 8 days
Study: Short Course
Start Date: Various
Location: Riverside Dean Campus

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Employability Skills - Level 1

This qualification is suitable anyone aged 19+ and unemployed. It will help you gain the necessary skills to look for and gain employment.

Length: 1 month
Study: Part-Time
Start date: 4th September 2023
Location: Rye Hill Campus

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Volunteering - Level 1

If you're interested in gaining work experience or looking to become a volunteer in your spare time, this Volunteering course is ideal for you.

Length: 2 days
Study: Short Course
Start Date: Various
Location: Rye Hill Campus

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Well-Being - Level 1

In this course you will learn about dementia, mental health, person safety and stress management to develop an awareness of mental health and how to stay healthy.

Length: 5 weeks
Study: Short Course
Start Date: Various
Location: Online

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Gender Diversity and Using Pronouns - Level 1

This course covers the background of, and our understanding of gender, covering gender pronouns beyond two binary options.

Length: 3 hours
Study: Short Course
Start Date: Various
Location: Teaching Development Centre

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Level 1 Certificate for Trade Union Representatives

This course is ideal for Union Representatives who are looking develop their skills in order to become an effective Trade Union Representative.

Length: 10 weeks
Study: Short Course
Start Date: Various
Location: Teaching Development Centre

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Level 2 Diploma in Employment Law for Trade Union Representatives

Learn about the development and practice of employment law to become more effective as a workplace Trade Union Representative.

Length: 36 weeks
Study: Part-Time
Start Date: Various
Location: Teaching Development Centre

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Level 2 Diploma for Trade Union Health and Safety Representatives

If you're an experienced trade union health and safety representative looking to develop your knowledge and experience of occupational health and safety, this is the course for you.

Length: 36 weeks
Study: Part-Time
Start Date: Various
Location: Teaching Development Centre

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Understanding Workplace Violence and Harassment - Level 2 (Online)

Understand the possible causes of violence in the workplace and how to reduce the risks whilst learning about safe working policies and EDI in the workplace.

Length: 6 weeks
Study: Online Learning
Start Date: Various
Location: Online

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Stroke Awareness - Level 2 (Online)

Learn about the different types of strokes and how you can spot the signs and symptoms as well as their side effects.

Length: 4 weeks
Study: Online Learning
Start Date: Various
Location: Online

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Award in Maths Skills

This introduction course is ideal for anyone who struggles with numeracy. This portfolio-based programme will support you in everyday life, in the workplace or help you to progress onto further numeracy qualifications.

Length: Up to 36 hours
Study: Short Course
Start Date: Various
Location: Rye Hill Campus

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GCSE Maths

This part-time course is taught by experienced professionals who can help you to get qualified, at a time that suits you.

Length: 1 year
Study: Part-Time
Start date: 4th September 2023
Location: Rye Hill Campus

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GCSE English Language

This part-time GCSE course will give you a chance to study at a time that suits you.

Length: 1 year
Study: Part-Time
Start date: 4th September 2023
Location: Rye Hill Campus

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Functional Skills Maths

Do you lack confidence in maths? Do you want to improve your maths skills to help you gain a qualification or employment?

Length: 1 year
Study: Part-Time
Start date: 4th September 2023
Location: Rye Hill Campus

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Functional Skills English Language

If you want to gain a qualification in English, this Functional Skills qualification will help you to develop the skills you need.

Length: 1 year
Study: Part-Time
Start date: 4th September 2023
Location: Rye Hill Campus

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