Time to Apply for Adult Education Courses

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If you are thinking about Adult Education/ leisure courses to develop your skills and talents, to learn something new, to meet people or just for fun, then you need to act Courses for Adults are very popular and many are filled before the start date, so you need to explore options now and enrol as soon as you possibly can.

In carrying out the research for this article, I have yet again noticed a further reduction in the range and scope of courses available. If you see a course that interests you, enrol now, it might not be offered gain next year! 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 neighboring town; you are not restricted to the area in which you live.

Stockport Courses September 2015 

Art: Appreciating Art, Beginners Watercolour, Drawing for the Terrified, Drawing and Watercolour Techniques, Drawing Skills, Expressive Watercolours, Expressive Line and Textures, From the Cities, Forms and Colours, Outdoor Painting , Painting/Drawing, Painting with Acrylics, Painting with Oils, Painting with Water Colours, Watercolour 

Art & Crafts: Calligraphy, Ceramics, Creative Crafts, Creative Techniques, Floral Design, Floristry, Interior Design, Model Making, Woodwork Project Cookery: Baking for Beginners, Classic Chef, Cake Decorating, Cupcake Baking & Decorating, Festive Cake Decorating, Healthy Cooking on a Budget

English /Communication: Creative Writing, English, English for Speakers of other Languages, English Language GCSE, Getting Published, Lip Reading, Literature: Self and Society, Play Reading For Pleasure, Poetry - From Tennyson to John Cooper Clarke, Public Speaking Skills, Sign Language

Genealogy: Branching out in Family History, Advancing in Family History, Genealogy - Build Your Family History

Health & Fitness: Aromatherapy Massage, Aromatherapy :Working with Essential Oil, Badminton, Exercises for Back Pain, Introduction to Indian Head Massage, Introduction to Reflexology Workshop, Ladies Fitness to Music, Learn to Relax , Make Your Own Natural Skincare Products, Map Reading for Hill Walking + guided walks in The Peak District, Men's Over 40 Health & Fitness, Mindfulness, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Pilates, Psychology GCSE , Psychology: Why do we learn from children?, T'ai Chi, Tap Dance for Pleasure, Yoga, Yoga for Backache, Yoga for Relaxation

History: Britain in 1930’s from Wall Street to Dunkirk, The Last of the Stuarts and the Hanoverians, Life in Medieval England, Radical Women's History, Rome and its Enemies- Victory, Rome and its Enemies Decline, World War: War, Revolution & Peace:  Europe 1914-2014 ICT: Computers Made Easy, Microsoft Office Skills, Improving Your IT Skills Workshop,

Information Technology;  Users Certificate, Social Media for Business, Using Your I Pad, Using Your Tablet, Web Design & Marketing Languages at a range of levels: French, German, Greek, Indian Languages & Culture, Italian, Latin, Russian, Spanish 

Media: Cinema Club, Doctor Who Music: Choir, Can't Sing/Will Sing, Drumming Skills, Guitar Beginners, Italian Opera, Music from the Cities, Ukulele for Beginners

Needlecraft: Beginner, City & Guilds Fashion, Creative Stitches & Textile Art, Dressmaking, Make a T-Shirt in a Day, Garment Design and Pattern Cutting, Introduction to Sewing Machines & Over lockers, Patchwork and Quilting, Project, Soft Furnishings, Textile Art: Embroidery Techniques

Number/ Finance: Build your own Business, Introduction to Sage Line 50, Maths, GCSE, Money Management

Photography: Beginners Photography, Digital Photograph y, Photoshop  

Science: An Insight into Forensic Science, GCSE Science

NB This information is accurate at the time of writing, is not exhaustive and only relates to leisure courses. There are also many other vocational and academic courses available specifically for adults. 

Early enrolment is particularly important in the  current economic climate,  as some  courses may be oversubscribed and others will only run if they have sufficient members ……………….so if your course is undersubscribed, encourage  your friends to enrol as well! 

Enrolment can often be done online or by phone. Check out the best time to enrol in advance …………if you just turn up you may find the course is full or has been cancelled!

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 check out the wide range of Free On Line Courses

 Stockport Providers

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

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

Marple Sixth Form College, Hibbert Lane, Marple, Stockport SK6 7PA Tel: 0161 484 6602

Stockport Continuing Education, Range of venues across the area Tel: 0900 389 0804

Workers Educational Association (WEA) Tel: 0151 243 5340

Open University Tel: 0845 300 6090 Offers a range of short stand alone courses

 Providers Surrounding Stockport

Bolton College Tel: 01204 482000

Bury College Tel: 0161 280 8280

Cheshire West and Chester Tel: 03001 238 123

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: 0161 203 2100 

Manchester Adult Education (MAES) Tel: 0161 935 4080 

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        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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