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What can I learn?

We offer a variety of courses that run at different times throughout the year. Our current courses include:

Baking and cooking

British Sign Language (BSL)

Calligraphy

Creative writing

Drawing and painting

Jewellery

Patchwork and vintage crafts

Photography

Story sacks

Sugarcraft 

Baking and cooking

Baking for the family on a budget

Baking course designed to help you bake for your family on a budget. Learn how to make tasty and healthy cakes from store cupboard ingredients and be aware of allergies whilst developing basic baking skills.

Great British cooking (step 1)

Following the popular ‘Great British Bake Off’ television show, this course is designed to teach you how to make some traditional British dishes. Step 1 will focus on easy-to-prepare dishes that can be eaten cold or taken home to cook. After this there is the option of taking part in step 2 which will focus on dishes that take a little longer to prepare and step 3 which will focus on full meals, presentation and cooking for parties/events. 

British Sign Language (BSL)

BSL level 1 introduction

This course offers an introduction to British Sign Language (BSL). You will learn some basic signs and begin to learn more about the scope of the full level 1 qualification. Learners can progress to the accredited course which is delivered in accordance with the National Language Standards (NLS). You must attend an initial assessment between 1 and 12 September 2015.

BSL level 1

This qualification enables learners to develop suitable and sufficient skills to communicate with deaf people in British Sign Language (BSL) on everyday topics in accordance with the National Language Standards (NLS).

Calligraphy 

Calligraphy beginners (step 1/step 2)

Whether you want to make your own stunning invitations or name cards or simply want to learn a new creative skill this beginners calligraphy course is an ideal place to start. We will demonstrate and help you to create your own beautiful lettering using a range of styles and as you progress through the various steps you will learn how to bring the basic strokes and letters together to create phrases and develop your own unique pieces of art. We will provide you with guidance on materials and equipment needed to be brought to the sessions.

Creative writing

Ebooks (step 1)

Are you an avid reader? Do you want to develop the necessary skills to turn that love of reading into new skills that helps you to become the author? This course will introduce you to creative writing and guide you through the application of critical thinking and creativity to help you write your own work. The course will encourage you to discuss and feedback on the work created by the group and will offer you an insight into the fascinating trend that is growing in popularity in the publishing world – ebooks. We will explore how to ensure your topic is good, your cover is captivating and your price is right if you are to join the ever increasing number of self-published authors who are enjoying success in this market.

Ebooks (step 2)

This course follows on from step 1 and develops further skills in producing ebooks. You will also learn how to promote and sell your book and respond to feedback from customers. 

Drawing and painting

Beginners step 1

This course will allow you to start to explore an artist’s use of mixed media and to practice using a range of media techniques in order to produce your own art work. You will have the opportunity to use a range of materials which may include watercolours, pencils and acrylics.

Beginners step 2

This course follows on from step 1 and develops further skills in producing your own art work.

Jewellery

Jewellery making

Come and learn how to make your own jewellery - earrings, bracelets and necklaces. Take home items you make during the course.

Cyber jewellery making

Make jewellery making fun by using objects that you would normally find inside a computer. We will provide you with a range of pieces of computer hardware and show you how to turn these into unique pieces of jewellery that you can wear yourself or give as a gift.   

Patchwork and vintage crafts

Patchwork and quilting

Learn everything you need to know to make your own beautiful patchwork quilt. We will cover cutting fabric, piecing, pressing, quilting and binding.

Patchwork cushions and appliquéd bunting

One day practical course. Learn new skills and take home items that you have made during the day.

Vintage crafts and skills

A rolling programme of different crafts introducing you to a range of skills including patchwork, appliqué and fabric upcycling. Learn for a hobby, or learn how you might turn this new found skill into a business idea.  

Photography

Introduction

An introduction to the level 1 award in photography. It is essential to complete this FREE introductory course prior to enrolling on the main level 1 course.

Level 1 award

This course is ideal if you are interested in learning basic photography skills and knowledge, perhaps in order to progress on to higher level qualifications, to advance your skill as a hobbyist or to prepare for employment in the sector. During this course, you will cover using a camera to capture creative images and digital image manipulation.

Story sacks

A story sack is a large cloth bag containing a favourite children’s book with supporting materials to stimulate language activities and make reading a memorable and enjoyable experience. The story sack can contain games, quizzes, related non-fiction books, question and answer cards, models of characters, pictures etc. There will also be a guide as to how to use the story sack to support your child with reading. 

Sugarcraft

This practical course will enable you to gain the skills and technical knowledge required to create decorative edible sugarcraft items.  

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Where can I learn?

There are seven main adult learning centres around the East Riding and many of our courses are taught in these centres. For more information on the venues, please see the Venue Details page.

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How much do courses cost?

Course costs vary, depending on the duration and type of course, and your personal circumstances (for example, if you’re on certain benefits or you’re taking a particular qualification).  For more information on course types, concessions and paying by instalments, please see our how much courses costspage.

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How do I find and book on a course?

Please use our course finder where you can search for courses by title, subject or location. 

If you do not want to book online, you can also contact your nearest adult learning centre where our friendly staff will be happy to give you more information about courses that interest you. Please see the how to enrol page for more information on the alternative ways to book your course.

 

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