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What can I learn?

We offer a variety of courses that run at different times throughout the year. Some of the courses that we have on offer from September 2016 are listed below.

To find out what's running right now please contact your local centre, or search for courses local to you on our course finder.

Art

Craft

Creative writing

Dressmaking

Flower arranging

Make the most of your tablet

Money matters

Photography

Pottery

Self esteem and confidence building

Surviving the teenage years

Mindfulness

Art

Getting started with art

Discover your creative flair with one of a range of art courses. These courses are for beginners and give you a chance to try experimenting with a range of artistic styles and techniques for inspiration. When you have discovered what is right for you we will help you to choose your next course.

Craft

Getting started with vintage craft 

Discover your creative flair with one of a range of craft courses. These courses are for beginners and give you a chance to try experimenting with a range of craft techniques to make shabby chic flowers and miniature bunting. When you have discovered what is right for you we will help you to choose your next course.

Moving on with vintage craft

This course follows on from getting started with craft and further develops your skills in craft techniques. You will choose your preferred craft techniques and use these to make garden lanterns and outdoor planters.

Getting started with general craft

Discover your creative flair with one of a range of craft courses. These courses are for beginners and give you a chance to try experimenting with a range of craft styles and techniques for inspiration. When you have discovered what is right for you we will help you to choose your next course.

Moving on with general craft

This course follows on from getting started with craft and further develops your skills in craft techniques. You will choose your preferred craft techniques and use these to work on your own mini project.

Creative writing

Getting started with creative writing

Discover the world of creative writing, exploring a range of writing techniques, styles and tones to help you to write your own work. On the course you will develop characters, settings and plots, using a variety of creative techniques. You will be encouraged to discuss and feedback on the work created by the group.

Moving on with creative writing

This course follows on from getting started with creative writing and further develops skills in producing interesting and engaging texts. You will choose whether to write an extended fictional work or an anthology of shorter pieces. These will be shared with the group and reviewed to help you improve your writing style.

Creative writing workshop

For those learners who want to engage with creative writing as a hobby, this workshop will allow you to focus on your own style and writing techniques while enjoying the support and guidance of an expert tutor and fellow writers.

Dressmaking

Getting started with dressmaking

Learn the basics of dressmaking including pattern cutting, basic sewing techniques and an introduction to the sewing machine (along with some basic sewing machine stitches). This course is for beginners and you will get inspiration from fellow learners and an expert tutor to make a simple item to take away.

Getting started with costume making

Everyone loves dressing up and this new course will give you ideas and skills to hand make costumes for you and your children. We will focus on Halloween, Children in Need and Christmas as popular themes for the course.

Moving on with dressmaking

This course follows on from getting started with dressmaking. You will learn how to read the marking and symbols on a variety of patterns and then practise your newly discovered techniques on calico. You will further develop skills using the sewing machine, learning techniques on how to insert zips, darts and make some basic garments.

Flower arranging

Getting started with flower arranging

On this beginner’s course, you will be introduced to a variety of techniques using flowers and foliage. You will explore modern designs and how they have changed with time as well as exploring colour harmony and how to make arrangements using foam.

Moving on with flower arranging

This course follows on from getting started with flower arranging. You will look at the principles and elements of floral design including the theory of colour harmony and balance. The course will introduce you to wiring techniques and you will have plenty of opportunities to design and practise your own floral creations.

Make the most of your tablet

Have you treated yourself to a new iPad or android tablet and you are not sure how to get up and running? Then bring your tablet along to our course so you can set it up in the classroom and practise with the help of the tutor. On the course you will explore the functions of your tablet including searching the internet, using skype, downloading apps, emailing, using social media and working safely online, how to connect to wifi and taking and manipulating pictures.

Money matters

Get up to date information and help to understand a range of money matters. You will learn about budgeting, managing your payments (especially with changes to Universal Credit), accessing basic bank accounts, the most inexpensive ways to borrow money, understanding priority and non priority debt and how to manage debt. On the course you will also be provided with a wealth of information and resources to help you with your finances.

Photography

Getting started with photography

Aimed at the complete beginner, this course is for you if you already own a digital camera and want to maximise its potential. The focus is ‘the camera’ and you will learn what the various settings and menus on your camera are for and when to use them. Discover some basic photographic rules to get you started with taking great photos, take part in group activities and watch some practical demonstrations.

Moving on with photography

This course follows on from getting started with photography. Explore techniques used in photographing architecture and gain an understanding of using the flash and low light photography. You will plan capturing your own creative images and learn about digital image manipulation.

Photography workshop

For those learners who want to engage with photography as a hobby, this workshop will give you opportunities to focus on small projects, addressing themes of your choice. The tutor will guide you in developing your photography skills, using your own digital SLR camera, to capture special moments and take breathtaking photographs.

Pottery

Getting started with pottery

Would you like to try pottery for the first time? This course is ideal for learners who have never tried pottery before and who would like to experience and explore the basic pottery techniques required to create your own pieces.

Moving on with pottery

This course follows on from getting started with pottery. Develop your knowledge and understanding of pottery making and take the opportunity to extend and practise an increased range of pottery skills.

Pottery workshop

For those learners who want to engage with pottery as a hobby, this workshop will give you opportunities to develop your preferred style of making and decorating pottery. You will also develop your hand building, throwing and decorative techniques.

Self-esteem and confidence building

Is low confidence or self esteem affecting your day to day life? If so this course will teach you the importance of positive thinking, self worth and self esteem and will aim to equip you with the skills and techniques to have a more positive and confident outlook.

Surviving the teenage years 

Calling all parents/carers! Explore some of the facts and myths about teenagers including learning about how and why your teenager’s behaviour is affected by their physical and emotional development. You will develop strategies for coping with these changes, whilst supporting your teenager at the same time.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is an up-and-coming method, growing in popularity, to reduce stress. The course will help you to explore what mindfulness is and what it can offer you both personally and professionally. On the course you will find out what mindfulness meditation is (and what it is not!), the benefits of mindfulness in terms of general wellbeing and as an effective response to a wide variety of health concerns, some practical mindfulness exercises and meditations, and why taking an active approach to looking after your mind is as essential to your health and wellbeing as exercise and diet.




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Where can I learn?

There are four 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? 

We offer a variety of courses that run at different times throughout the year. Some of the courses currently on offer are listed below. 

You can use our course finder to search for courses by title, subject or location or view our latest course guide(s) listed below. 

Adult Learning Qualifications Course Guide Autumn 2016 (pdf 1mb opens in new window) 

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. 

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