Adult Education Courses September 2018

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Adult Education courses are offered by colleges on their own premises and in a range of community venues. Course length varies from a ten week term or a full academic year. If that is too much of a commitment there are also half/full day workshops, often offered at the weekend, covering topics of interest throughout the year erg Christmas Cake Making

As I am writing at the start of September it is important to apply immediately as courses will be filling up, or may not at all run if undersubscribed! So long as there are places available you will be able to enrol , if not you can put your name down for the next run. 

Why should I do a course?

Attending a course, improves general wellbeing, keeps the brain cells active and helps to meet people and avoid isolation as well as enabling you to :-

Learn a new skill e.g. Cake Decorating, Drawing and Painting, Horticulture

Develop an existing talent e.g. Dressmaking, Creative Writing, Floristry

Improve general health and fitness e.g. Men’s Fit Fix, Pilates

Improve qualifications to enhance job prospects job prospects e.g. Computers, Maths or English GCSE, RHS Level 2 Horticulture, Association of Accounting Technicians

Above all just do a course for pleasure and fun!!!

Each year as I compile this list, I notice the reduction in the variety of opportunities on offer to adults through colleges.  Particularly noticeable, is the loss of performing arts and wellbeing courses (Singing, Drama, Mindfulness, Zumba), reduction in the range of Art courses as well as business related courses (Build Your Own Business  /Money Management) My list only covers college courses  in Stockport , so if your interests are not included, check out  other college (details below) and the many private providers,  community centres, sports clubs, social groups etc. also offering courses.  

Stockport Courses September 2018

Art: 3D Sculpture, Appreciating Art, Art Workshops, Drawing & Painting, Life Drawing, Practical Painting & Drawing

Crafts: Baking (Beginners), Cake Decorating, Ceramics, Creative Stitches & Textile Art,  Dressmaking, Floristry, Flower Arranging, Home Interior Design, Photography 

English/Communication: Creative Writing, Literature, Enlightening Novels, English GCSE, English for Speakers of Other languages

Gardening & Horticulture: Practical Horticulture, RHS Certificate (Leve2, 3)

Health & Fitness: Counselling Concepts, Counselling Skills, Men’s Fit Fix, Pilates, Psychology & Society, Yoga 

History: History Saxons Danes & Normans 800-1100

Information Technology: Computing Made Easy, Improving your IT Skills, Computers (Intermediate), Microsoft Office, Using Your I Pad, Photoshop

Languages: offered at a range of levels (depending on the subject) Beginners, Rusty, Intermediate, Conversation/Circle, Advanced in French, German, Greek Italian, 

Number/ Finance: Maths GCSE Foundation& Higher Award), AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians),

NB This information is accurate at the time of writing, is not exhaustive and mainlyrelates to adult leisure courses.

There are also many other vocational and academic courses available specifically for adults.

Access courses are offered by the main colleges and provide an alternative to ‘A’ levels for mature students. The range of subjects covered in Stockport includes: Accounts & Finance, Business, Business & Digital Media & Technology, Education, Engineering, Health Professions, Health & Social Sciences, Human & Social Sciences, Human Biology, Law, Nursing & Midwifery, Science, Psychology, Sports Science,

Cost: It is highly likely that you will have to pay for your course, as colleges have to cover costs to survive. If you are on a low-income benefit, you may get a reduction or a free course but this depends on a range of criteria, so you need to check for each course and can’t assume any chosen course will automatically be free.

If paying for a course is a problem, or you are not able to attend college regularly check out the wide range of Free on Line Courses

Stockport Providers:

Aquinas College Nangreave Road, Stockport SK2 6TH Tel: 0161 419 9163

Cheadle & Marple Adult College Cheadle Rd, Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire SK8 5HA Tel: 0161 486 4602 

Stockport Continuing Education Range of venues across the area Tel: 0161 474 5801

Workers Educational Association (WEA) Tel: 0161 485 3287 

Open University Tel: Tel: 0300 303 5303Offers a range of short stand alone courses

Providers Surrounding Stockport:

Bolton College Tel: 01204 482 000 

Bury College Tel: 0161 280 8280 

Cheshire West and Chester 

Derbyshire Adult Education 

Hopwood Hall College Rockdale Tel: 01706 345 346

Macclesfield College Tel: 01625 410 018 

The Manchester College Tel:  03333 222 444     

Manchester Adult Education (MAES)  

Oldham College Tel: 0161 785 4000  

Salford City College Tel: 0161 631 5000  

Tameside College Tel: 0161 908 6600 

Trafford College Tel: 0161 886 7070 

 The Willmslow Guild       Tel:  01625 523 903 

Further Afield:

Although this information relates to Stockport, there will be a similar range of courses in your area and the comments on early application/ cost of courses will still apply so check out your local colleges. You can get further information from:

National Careers Service  Tel: 0800 100 900  

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