Adult Leisure Education September 2017

Adult Education courses are offered by colleges on their own premises as well at a range of local community venues and generally involve attendance for a couple of hours a week during the day or in the evening. Course length varies from a ten week term or a full academic year. If that is too much of a commitment there are also a half/full day workshops, often offered at the weekend, covering topics of interest throughout the year erg Christmas Cake Making The vast majority of course start in September but many of the shorter courses run on a termly basis, so if you miss out now you may be able to join as course after Xmas or Easter.

Why should I do a course?

There are many reasons people give for taking up Adult Education courses. These include: - To learn a new skill:  Cake Decorating, Drawing and Painting, Gardening etc.

To develop an existing talent: Dressmaking, Creative Writing, Floristry etc.

To get out, meet people and avoid isolation: - Bridge, Singing for Fun etc.

To improve life: keep Fit, Mindfulness etc.

To improve qualifications to enhance job prospects job prospects:  Computers, Maths or English GCSE, RHS Level 2 Horticulture, Association of Accounting Technicians etc.

Above all there is enjoyment and fun!!!

Although there has been a reduction in the number of courses, available over time, there is still a good range of options offer. The list below only covers college courses and not the many private providers, sports clubs, social groups etc. also offering courses.  If you want to travel further afield, you can go to college in a neighbouring town; you are not restricted to the area in which you live.

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Stockport Courses September 2017

 Art: Appreciating Art, Art Workshops, Painting & Drawing, Painting with Acrylics, Painting with oils, Sculpture, Water colour, Hidden Gems of British Art Collections

Crafts: Baking, Cake Decorating, Classic Cookery, Ceramics, Creative Stitches &Textile Art, Dressmaking, Textiles, Floristry/ Flower Arranging, Photography 

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

Gardening/Horticulture: Gardening, RHS Certificates in Horticulture

Health &Fitness: Counselling, Health and Social Science, Men’s Keep Fit, Mindfulness, Pilates, Yoga, Zumba , Psychology (How We Differ as Individuals)

History: Roman Britain, the Vikings

Information Technology:Computing Made Easy, Improving your IT Skills, Computers, Intermediate Microsoft Office, Using Your I Pad, Web Page DesignDigital Photography, Photoshop

Languages & Culture: offered at a range of levels (depending on the subject) Beginners, Rusty, Intermediate, Conversation/Circle, Advanced in French, German, Italian, Italian Life Latin, Russian, Spanish 

Music: Guitar, Singing for Fun

Number/ Finance: Build your Business, Maths GCSE (Foundation& Higher Award) Money Management, AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians)

 NB This information is accurate at the time of writing, is not exhaustive and o generally relates 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: Business Management, Business/Law, Digital media/Technology, Education, Engineering, Health Science, Human Biology,  Nursing & Midwifery, Psychology (Health & Social Science), Sports Science

As I’m writing this article in September it’s important to apply to college straightway if you plan starting a course this year. Most courses will be about to start or will have already started but you may still be able to join if there is space available. 

 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

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Stockport Providers

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

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

Stockport Continuing Education, Various Venues Tel: 0900 389 0804

Workers Educational Association (WEA) Tel: 0161 485 3287 

 Open University  Tel: 0300 303 5303  

Providers Surrounding Stockport

Bolton College Tel: 01204 482 000  

Bury College Tel: 0161 280 8280 

Cheshire West and Chester 

Derbyshire Adult Education       Tel: 01629 533 190          

Hopwood Hall College Rockdale Tel: 0800 917 4745 

Macclesfield College Tel: 01625 410 002    

The Manchester College Tel:  03333 222 444                                            

Manchester Adult Education (MAES)   

Oldham College Tel: 0161 785 4000  

Salford City College Tel: 0161 631 5002 

Tameside College Tel: 0161 908 6789

Trafford College Tel: 0161 886 7070

Willmslow Guild    Tel:  01625 523 903

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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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