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Would you like to gain skills to help you progress in work and in life? Our courses can help you gain the skills you need to find employment and to progress up the ladder. We also deliver practical courses that will benefit you, your family and your friends. Maybe you're looking to learn something new or something fun out of interest, or maybe you're looking to change your career and don't know where to start? Welcome to Community Learning. 

Due to the current lockdown our community learning courses are currently delivered online via Google Classroom.

Take a look below to see what we have on offer.

Please note that courses listed below due to take place in classrooms may be postponed, cancelled or moved online subject to national and local COVID restrictions.
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Community Learning Courses February-July 2021
Courses Venue Start Date, Times and Duration Cost
Easy Pace English Google Classroom / The Coleridge Centre (COVID Secure) Every Tuesday, 9.30am-11.30am Free
Safeguarding and Prevent (Level 1) Google Classroom February 25th, 12.30pm-2.30pm (6 weeks) Free
Digital Taster Session The Coleridge Centre (COVID Secure) March 3rd, 9.30am-11.30am (1 weeks) Free
Volunteering Award (Level 1) Google Classroom March 8th, 6pm-8.30pm (8 weeks) Free
New Career, New You Google Classroom March 25th, 12.30pm-2.30pm (5 weeks) Free
Working with Children, Young People and Families (Level 2) The Coleridge Centre (COVID Secure) April 12th, 12.30pm-3pm (9 weeks) Free
Working with Children and Young People (Level 1) Google Classroom April 12th, 6pm-8.30pm (8 weeks) Free
Working with Children, Young People and Families (Level 2) The Coleridge Centre (COVID Secure) April 12th, 6pm-8.30pm (9 weeks) Free
New Career, New You Google Classroom April 14th, 12.30pm-2.30pm (5 weeks) Free
Introduction to Social Media Marketing Google Classroom April 15th, 6pm-8pm (3 weeks) Free
Introduction to Volunteering Google Classroom April 19th, 1pm - 3pm (2 weeks) Free
Safeguarding and Prevent (Level 1) Google Classroom April 22nd, 12.30pm-2.30pm (6 weeks) Free
Volunteering Award (Level 2) Google Classroom April 23rd, 1pm-3pm (8 weeks) Free
Introduction to Volunteering Bennet House (COVID Secure) May 10th, 1pm - 3pm (2 weeks) Free
Volunteering Award (Level 1) Google Classroom May 24th, 6pm-8.30pm (8 weeks) Free
New Career, New You Google Classroom June 9th, 12.30pm-2.30pm (5 weeks) Free
Safeguarding and Prevent (Level 1) Google Classroom June 10th, 12.30pm-2.30pm (6 weeks) Free
Introduction to Social Media Marketing Google Classroom June 10th, 6pm-8pm (3 weeks) Free

 Creative Writing


Who is the course for?

The course is for anyone who is keen to have a go at creative writing and develop the skills and techniques to produce descriptive and narrative pieces.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no entry requirements for this course; you only need enthusiasm for developing your creative writing skills in a friendly and encouraging environment.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The design and delivery of this course will enable learners to develop confidence in exploring their creativity by using a range of techniques to produce the written word.

What will the course cover?

This course will help you to explore your creativity by giving you the opportunity to try your hand at creative writing. You will firstly explore specific techniques for making your writing stand out. You will then be able to try out a number of creativity boosting writing exercises to enable you to write your own creative text demonstrating your narrative (story telling) or descriptive skills.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

You could explore progression opportunities through other courses such as GCSE English Language.

Where and when will I learn?

This course will take place online via Google Classroom. If you’re interested in joining this course, we are currently gathering interest and you are welcome to leave your contact details with us today. Please refer to our timetable for course dates and times.

What should I bring with me?

You will need access to the internet and an internet enabled device on which you can access Google Classroom. It’s also helpful, when engaged in online classes, to be able to work with little disruption to fully contribute, to take part in discussions and to be able to take notes from each session.

How much will the course cost?

This course is free.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on 07932 869325 or email l&[email protected]

Digital Taster


Who is this course for?

This taster session is for anyone who is struggling with their ICT skills and anyone needing support with devices such as laptops and tablets.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no entry requirements for this course.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The intent of this course is to support the community in upskilling their digital skills and being able to access online content to support their own wellbeing. This can also include personal devices.

What will the course cover?

This course will cover basic skills needed to access IT, support use of own devices both new and old to support wellbeing

What could I do when I have finished this course?

You could progress onto one of our many other courses, depending on your pathway of choice: upskill your digital skills by enrolling on one of our ICT courses.

Where and when will I learn?

This course will take place at The Coleridge Centre. If you’re interested in joining this course, we are currently gathering interest and you are welcome to leave your contact details with us today. Please refer to our timetable for course dates and times.

What should I bring with me?

Please bring your own pen and notebook. You can also bring along your own device if you need support with its usability. You must also provide and wear your own face covering and this must be worn when entering, moving around and leaving our building. Your face covering can be removed when you are sat at your work station. 

How much will the course cost?

There course is free.

What shall I do next?

For further information or to enrol please contact us on 07932 869325 or email l&[email protected]

Easy Pace English


Who is this course for?

This course is for individuals who may have had little interaction with literacy, and are seeking to develop their everyday English reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no entry requirements needed for this course, but a very basic ability to speak English, read and write is essential.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The structure and delivery of the course’s curriculum will enable you to develop your skills in basic English reading and writing and improve your communication in your day to day life. It will also support your progression to further learning such as to Entry Level Functional Skills English courses.

What will the course cover?

The course will help you develop English language skills at pre-entry level. This includes reading, writing, speaking and listening through various fun and engaging activities.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

At the end of this course you will be provided with information, advice and guidance on progression courses and other learning opportunities based on your interests and needs. When you finish this course, you can progress to Functional Skills English at Entry level.

Where and when will I learn?

This course takes place on Tuesdays, 9.30am-11.30am at the Coleridge Centre in Skerne Park (or online when under COVID19 restrictions). If you’re interested in joining this course, we are currently gathering interest and you are welcome to leave your contact details with us today. Please refer to our timetable for course dates and times.

What should I bring with me?

Please bring your own pen and notebook. You must also provide and wear your own face covering and this must be worn when entering, moving around and leaving our building. Your face covering can be removed when you are sat at your work station. 

How much will the course cost?

This course is free.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on 07932 869325 or email l&[email protected]

Introduction to Business Start Up


Who is this course for? ​

This course is for people who are considering setting up their own business, as either a main or side income. It is ideally suited to those with no prior or limited experience of business.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no academic entry requirements, but you will need a device with a microphone, camera and internet.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The courses is structured to provide an introduction to owning your own business and to help develop an business idea to take the proposed implementation stage.

What will the course cover?

  • Week 1: Foundation – Personality, business models and develop ideas.
  • Week 2: Exploration – Assessing the market and competition, case Studies and develop ideas.
  • Week 3: Tools – Funding methods, support for businesses and develop final idea.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

Progression onto further courses to develop the skills needed for business such as social media marketing and ICT skills.

Where and when will I learn?

These courses will take place online via Google Classroom. If you’re interested in joining one of these courses, we are currently gathering interest and you are welcome to leave your contact details with us today. Please refer to our timetable for course dates and times.

What should I bring with me?

You will need access to the internet and an internet enabled device on which you can access Google Classroom. It’s also helpful, when engaged in online classes, to be able to work with little disruption to fully contribute, to take part in discussions and to be able to take notes from each session.

How much will the course cost?

This course is free.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team by calling or texting 07932 869325 or email l&[email protected]

Introduction to Customer Service


Who is this course for?

The course is for anyone who wants to develop their customer service skills to help them gain employment in customer service, or for someone who is thinking of doing a customer service Apprenticeship and wants to learn more about this area.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no entry requirements for this course, you only need the enthusiasm to learn and be motivated to engage.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The intention of this course is to give learners an insight into basic customer service principles to give them the knowledge, skills and behaviours of customer service to help them gain employment in the customer service industry. The course will also give learners an opportunity to find out more about the customer service Apprenticeships available and give them support in progressing to further learning.

What will the course cover?

The course covers:

  • Understand customer needs and expectations
  • Improve your customer service skills
  • Learn how to deal with difficult customers
  • An insight into customer service Apprenticeships or customer service careers

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After this course has finished learners may want to apply for a customer service Apprenticeship or join in with other adult learning and accredited courses, including Functional Skills in English, Maths or ICT.

Where and when will I learn?

These courses will take place online via Google Classroom. If you’re interested in joining one of these courses, we are currently gathering interest and you are welcome to leave your contact details with us today. Please refer to our timetable for course dates and times.

What should I bring with me?

You will need access to the internet and an internet enabled device on which you can access Google Classroom. It’s also helpful, when engaged in online classes, to be able to work with little disruption to fully contribute, to take part in discussions and to be able to take notes from each session.

How much will the course cost?

This course is free.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team by calling or texting 07932 869325 or email l&[email protected]

 Introduction to Microsoft Office​


Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for learners who want an introduction to the use of 3 of the main elements of Microsoft Office – MS Word, MS PowerPoint and MS Excel.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no entry requirements for this course, only the enthusiasm to learn about and develop skills in using MS Office. As the course will be delivered online, learners must have access to a PC with MS Office installed, broadband internet access and video conferencing facilities.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The course is designed to allow learners to develop the basic skills they need, in a supportive environment. As learners increase their skill level, they are encouraged to become increasingly independent in using Microsoft Office. The vocational structure allows learners to practice these skills within a ‘real world’ context and therefore increase their confidence within their current role or to prepare then to enter employment, return to work or change career paths.

What will the course cover?

Basic introduction to MS Word:

  • Create a document
  • Save a document
  • Edit a document
  • Formatting a document
  • Adding graphics
  • Inserting tables
  • Printing documents

Basic introduction to MS PowerPoint:

  • Create a presentation
  • Save a presentation
  • Edit a presentation
  • Adding graphics
  • Adding transitions
  • Adding animations
  • Viewing a presentation

Basic introduction to MS Excel:

  • Create a spreadsheet
  • Save a spreadsheet
  • Edit a spreadsheet
  • Using basic formulae
  • Using basic functions
  • Printing a spreadsheet

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After this course has finished you may like to progress to Functional Skills ICT. After an initial assessment to establish the appropriate level for your progression you can study at entry Level through to Level 2. Once you have completed Level 2 you can apply to progress to a Level 3 ICT course at a college.

Where and when will I learn?

These courses will take place online via Google Classroom. If you’re interested in joining one of these courses, we are currently gathering interest and you are welcome to leave your contact details with us today. Please refer to our timetable for course dates and times.

What should I bring with me?

You will need access to the internet and an internet-enabled device on which you can access Google Classroom. It’s also helpful, when engaged in online classes, to be able to work with little disruption to fully contribute, to take part in discussions and to be able to take notes from each session.

How much will the course cost?

This course is free.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on 07932 869325 or email l&[email protected]

Introduction to Social Media Marketing


Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for learners who want an insight into how to use social media as a marketing tool.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no entry requirements for this course, only the enthusiasm to learn about social media marketing. As the course will be delivered online, learners must have access to a PC, have internet access and video conferencing facilities.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The course is designed to allow learners to develop their understanding and ability to use social media as a marketing tool, to support ideas around business start-up and to provide learners with a greater insight into using social media to support business.

What will the course cover?

The course will include an introduction to the internet, e-safety, online shopping, Amazon, supermarkets and similar, creating an account and buying and selling online, using Facebook and Twitter as an advertising and marketing tool. Further course content will be added once you have had an initial assessment with your tutor to support individual learners needs.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After this course has finished you may like to progress to Functional Skills ICT. After an initial assessment to establish the appropriate level for your progression you can study at entry level through to Level 2. Once you have completed Level 2 you can apply to progress to a Level 3 ICT course at a college. You may also wish to look at moving onto a business start-up course.

Where and when will I learn?

This course will take place online via Google Classroom. If you’re interested in joining this course, we are currently gathering interest and you are welcome to leave your contact details with us today. Please refer to our timetable for course dates and times.

What should I bring with me?

You will need access to the internet and an internet-enabled device on which you can access Google Classroom. It is also helpful, when engaged in online classes, to be able to work with little disruption to fully contribute, to take part in discussions and to be able to take notes from each session.

How much will the course cost?

This course is free.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on 07932 869325 or email l&[email protected]

Introduction to Volunteering


Who is this course for?

This course is a short introduction for anyone considering working in the voluntary sector. It is also suitable for anyone already working in a voluntary organisation who wishes to further develop their existing skills.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no specific recommended prior learning requirements for this qualification. However, learners may find it helpful if they have already achieved an Entry Level 3 qualification.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The intent is to prepare learners for a role within a voluntary organisation and to prepare for the Level 1 Volunteer qualification.

What will the course cover?

The course will cover two sections: Exploring volunteering and the ways to become a volunteer and personal standards and safeguarding and confidentiality within the volunteering role.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

You could progress onto the Level 1 Volunteering course or you may decide to complete one of the 21 Distance Learning courses that will be made available to you to support your volunteering role.

Where and when will I learn?

This course will take place online via Google Classroom. If you’re interested in joining this course, we are currently gathering interest and you are welcome to leave your contact details with us today. Please refer to our timetable for course dates and times.

What should I bring with me?

You will need access to the internet and an internet-enabled device on which you can access Google Classroom. It’s also helpful, when engaged in online classes, to be able to work with little disruption to fully contribute, to take part in discussions and to be able to take notes from each session.

How much will the course cost?

This course is free.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on 07932 869325 or email l&[email protected]

New Career, New You


Who is this course for?

This course is for people who wish to develop the necessary skills needed to enable them to gain employment

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no entry requirements for this course, you only need the enthusiasm to learn and be motivated to engage.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The intention is to enable learners to develop their knowledge and skills to allow them to open up avenues to employment within the current climate. This course also aims to support learners in progressing onto further learning. 

What will the course cover?

The course will cover how to :

  • Produce a professional and effective CV
  • Upload a CV online
  • Apply for a job online
  • Complete online pre-employment tests and why employers want them
  • Prepare and conduct yourself in an interview
  • Set up an appropriate email address

What could I do when I have finished this course?

Learners may apply to further accredited courses to develop their skills portfolio and to open further employability opportunities, learners may also wish to upskill with our Functional Skills courses in English, Maths or ICT.

Where and when will I learn?

These courses will take place online via Google Classroom. If you’re interested in joining one of these courses, we are currently gathering interest and you are welcome to leave your contact details with us today. Please refer to our timetable for course dates and times.

What should I bring with me?

You will need access to the internet and an internet enabled device on which you can access Google Classroom. It’s also helpful, when engaged in online classes, to be able to work with little disruption to fully contribute, to take part in discussions and to be able to take notes from each session.

How much will the course cost?

This course is free.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team by calling or texting 07932 869325 or email l&[email protected]

Safeguarding and PREVENT Awareness - Level 1


Who is this course for?

This qualification is suitable for learners who wish to increase their understanding of Safeguarding and PREVENT.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no specific recommended prior learning requirements for this qualification.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

This qualification enables the learner to develop knowledge and understanding of the concept of Safeguarding and the PREVENT duty. Learners will also understand their own role and that of their organisation in relation to safeguarding. 

What will the course cover?

This qualification will provide learners with a basic understanding of key legislation, policies and procedures in relation to safeguarding and the PREVENT duty.  Learners will become familiar with the basic principles, signs of abuse and neglect and methods of abuse. They will understand their responsibilities around safeguarding and the PREVENT duty and the responsibilities of their own organisation.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After successfully completing this qualification, you may like to go on to further study in qualifications such as Level 1 Substance Misuse, Level 1 or Level 2 in Working with Children and Young People, Level 2 qualifications in Health or Health and Social Care or further studies towards the Level 3 Award in Education. You may choose to study one of our Level 2 Distance Learning courses or support your working role with one of our CPD certified courses.

This qualification may also be useful to you if you want to gain employment, improve your career prospects, or are studying additional qualifications in the following sectors:

  • counselling
  • childcare
  • sport and recreation
  • community work
  • youth work
  • voluntary sector


Where and when will I learn?

This course will take place online via Google Classroom. If you’re interested in joining this course, we are currently gathering interest and you are welcome to leave your contact details with us today. Please refer to our timetable for course dates and times.

What should I bring with me?

You will need access to the internet and an internet enabled device on which you can access Google Classroom. It is also helpful, when engaged in online classes, to be able to work with little disruption to fully contribute, to take part in discussions and to take notes from each session.

How much will the course cost?

There course is free.

What shall I do next?

For further information or to enrol please contact us on 07932 869325 or email l&[email protected]

Steps to Success with English


Who is this course for?

The course is for anyone who would like to brush up on their reading and writing skills, maybe with the intention of taking a longer, accredited English course in September.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no entry requirements for this course, only the enthusiasm to learn and develop skills in a friendly, supportive environment.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The structure and delivery of the course’s curriculum will enable learners to develop functional and practical skills in English that can be applied in their daily life as well as work. This course will also support progression to further learning.

What will the course cover?

The course will cover spelling rules and techniques, word types and their uses, sentence types and writing, punctuation and grammar. It is ideal for you if you have children or grandchildren at school and feel that you need a reminder of some of the basics, so that you can help with homework. It will also be helpful if you want to brush up on your skills and progress on to an English course with a recognised qualification.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

You could take an initial assessment that will determine the level of English at which you are working. You would then be signposted on to a Functional Skills English course at a time that would suit you.

Where and when will I learn?

These courses will take place online via Google Classroom. If you’re interested in joining one of these courses, we are currently gathering interest and you are welcome to leave your contact details with us today. Please refer to our timetable for course dates and times.

What should I bring with me?

You will need access to the internet and an internet enabled device on which you can access Google Classroom. It’s also helpful, when engaged in online classes, to be able to work with little disruption to fully contribute, to take part in discussions and to be able to take notes from each session.

How much will the course cost?

This course is free.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on 07932 869325 or email l&[email protected]

Volunteering Awards Levels 1 and 2


Who is this course for?

Level 1 - This course is a short introduction for anyone considering working in the voluntary sector. It is also suitable for anyone already working in a voluntary organisation who wishes to formalise and further develop their existing experience and skill.
Level 2 - This course is for anyone who has completed the Volunteering Award Level 1 or who is already actively working in the voluntary sector.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

Level 1 - There are no specific recommended prior learning requirements for this qualification. However, learners may find it helpful if they have already achieved an Entry Level 3 qualification.
Level 2 - Learners must either hold, be working towards or sit a short assessment at Level 1 English. Ideally learners will have completed the Volunteering Level 1 Award but experience can be discussed with the tutor.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

Level 1 - The intent is to prepare learners for a role within a voluntary organization.
Level 2 - The intent is to build on the knowledge needed to support you in a role within a voluntary organisation.

What will the course cover?

Level 1 - The course will cover two units: Exploring volunteering and the ways to become a volunteer and Personal standards and requirements for working in a volunteer role.
Level 2 - The course will cover two units: Volunteering and voluntary organisations and either: Working as a volunteer within a chosen organisation or Finding out about volunteering and becoming a volunteer. Further discussion with your tutor will support the chosen pathway for this course.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

Level 1 - You could progress onto the Level 2 Volunteering course or you may decide to complete any of the 21 Distance Learning courses that will be made available to you to support your volunteering role.
Level 2 - You could progress onto one of our many other courses depending on your pathway of choice and route into volunteering, upskill your functional skills or you may decide to complete any of the 21 Distance Learning courses that will be made available to you to support your volunteering role.

Where and when will I learn?

These courses will take place online via Google Classroom. If you’re interested in joining one of these courses, we are currently gathering interest and you are welcome to leave your contact details with us today. Please refer to our timetable for course dates and times.

What should I bring with me?

You will need access to the internet and an internet-enabled device on which you can access Google Classroom. It’s also helpful, when engaged in online classes, to be able to work with little disruption to fully contribute, to take part in discussions and to be able to take notes from each session.

How much will the course cost?

These courses are free.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on 07932 869325 or email l&[email protected]

Working with Children, Young People and Families


Who is this course for?

Level 1: This course is suitable for people who would like to work with children and young people and to help improve your knowledge and skills.
Level 2: This course is ideal for those who have an interest in working with and a passion for making a difference in the lives of children, young people and families. You must be keen, motivated and enthusiastic. This course will challenge and push you to examine your values and beliefs, but ultimately it will give you the next step on the ladder towards your goal of working with children, young people and families.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

Level 1: There are no entry requirements for Level 1, only the enthusiasm to learn and develop new skills working with children and young people.
Level 2: The Level 2 is suitable for those who have either already completed the Level 1 course, have a similar previous introductory qualification or have substantial experience of working with children and young people.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

To develop knowledge and understanding in relation to those currently working with, or wish to embark on a career as a practitioner working with children, young people and families.

What will the course cover?

Level 1: Each week, we will focus on different skills. The course covers:

  • Developing an understanding of sectors and services
  • Recognising the importance of team work and communication
  • Safeguarding
  • Challenging discrimination and prejudice
  • Developing problem solving skills
  • Developing plan / do / review / evaluate skills
  • Developing knowledge and skills around substance misuse 

Level 2: Develop a deeper understanding of the key aims of working with children and young people, look at and have a deeper knowledge of issues faced and the role of a practitioner within the children, young people and families sector. You will also be able to identify and understand the key roles of agencies involved in working with children, young people and families and will be able to collate a portfolio of evidence for your qualification.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

Level 1: After the successful completion of Level 1 you can progress onto Level 2.
Level 2: After the successful completion of Level 2 you will have the opportunity to progress onto the Access to Higher Education, The Award in Substance Misuse and/or Distance Learning qualifications.

Where and when will I learn?

These courses will take place online via Google Classroom. If you’re interested in joining one of these courses, we are currently gathering interest and you are welcome to leave your contact details with us today. Please refer to our timetable for course dates and times.

What should I bring with me?

You will need access to the internet and an internet enabled device on which you can access Google Classroom. It’s also helpful, when engaged in online classes, to be able to work with little disruption to fully contribute, to take part in discussions and to be able to take notes from each session.

How much will the course cost?

Both of the Level 1 and Level 2 courses are free of charge.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team by calling or texting 07932 869325 or email l&[email protected]