Family learning information

Parenting Skills Level 1

Who is this course for?

This is a ten-week course suitable for parents and carers of children up to the age of around 11 years. This course may also be suitable for those parents and carers of children who are looking to gain skills and a qualification to support working towards volunteering in schools or progression to other courses. This course is accredited which means that successful completion of the course will lead to a Level 1 recognised qualification, and you will receive a certificate.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no specific entry requirements for this course. As this course is accredited it does mean that learners are required to provide evidence of learning to gain their award. A basic level of English is useful, and guidance is offered to complete the course and develop skills.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The structure and delivery of the course’s curriculum will enable learners to develop their parenting skills to support children’s learning and well-being. The course also aims to support learners in progressing to the next level course and further learning opportunities.

What will the course cover?

Each week a different topic will be covered. Topics to be covered are:

  • responsibilities of parenthood
  • rights and needs of children and family members
  • stages and aspects of child development
  • honesty with children, listening and offering choices
  • children’s behaviour and coping with difficult behaviours
  • children’s play and learning through play and daily activities
  • accident prevention and hygiene
  • healthy diet and healthy eating on a budget

Each lesson will include learning activities such as small and large group discussion, watching short videos, completing written and interactive activities. Some sessions may include some practical work, for example looking at different games or toys. Each learner will complete work in the lesson to create a portfolio of evidence of their learning to gain their award.

A relaxed and informal atmosphere is encouraged. Learners are encouraged to share appropriate personal knowledge, skills and experiences within a respectful and confidential environment.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

Learners may progress to Level 2 Helping in Schools, Working with Children and Young People, further Family Learning courses, Functional Skills in English, Maths or ICT, or Level 2 Distance Learning courses.

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 Online Courses timetable for the latest course updates.

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]

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Fun with Maths / Fun with Numbers

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for all parents with children of any age, who would like to explore ways to support their child’s maths at home, regardless of their own mathematical abilities.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no entry requirements for this course, only the enthusiasm to learn in a relaxed, friendly environment.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The course’s curriculum will encourage parents to complete maths in simple, fun ways with their children. It will help build parents’ confidence in maths so they are more equipped to help their children develop their maths skills and support them with homework. It will encourage the learner’s progression to further learning such as Functional Skills maths.

What will the course cover?

Each week, we will focus on a different aspect of maths. We discuss the topic, examine its importance and explore how to support your child’s maths in simple, fun ways. You will have the opportunity to trial maths games, look at commercial resources (books, games, toys, apps, CDs) and to make your own learning resources for example, card games, to take home.

The course covers:

  • Number lines
  • Number bonds and times tables
  • Fractions and decimals
  • Time and money
  • Measurement and ratios
  • 2D and 3D shapes

The first session will include a welcome, induction and discussion of individual goals. During the course we hope your confidence will grow, you will meet other people, make new friends and learn something new in a “coffee morning” style atmosphere.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

You will be given information and guidance to how to apply for other appropriate courses.

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 Online Courses timetable for the latest course updates.

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?

The 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]

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Fun with English

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for all parents with children of any age, who would like to explore ways to support their child’s English at home.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no entry requirements for this course, only the enthusiasm to learn in a relaxed, friendly environment.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The structure and delivery of the course’s curriculum will enable learners to develop their awareness of the way children’s language and literacy skills develop, the way English is taught in schools and how they can support their children’s learning. It will also encourage their own progression to further learning such as Functional Skills English.

What will the course cover?

Each week, we will focus on a different aspect of English, including reading, writing, speaking and listening. We discuss the topic, examine its importance and explore how to support your child’s English in simple, fun ways. You will have the opportunity to trial games, look at commercial resources (books, games, toys, apps, CDs) and to make your own learning resources to take home.

The first session will include a welcome, induction and discussion of individual goals. During the course we hope your confidence will grow, you will meet other people, make new friends and learn something new in a “coffee morning” style atmosphere.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

You will be given information and guidance to how to apply for other appropriate courses.

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 Online Courses timetable for the latest course updates.

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?

The 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]

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Family First Aid

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for those who would like to improve their First Aid skills and create a safe environment in their home.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no entry requirements for this course, only the enthusiasm to learn in a relaxed, friendly environment.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The structure and delivery of the course’s curriculum will enable learners to develop their skills in creating and maintaining a safer home, developing basic first aid skills for themselves and their family, as well as supporting their own progression to further learning.

What will the course cover?

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

  • Recognition and first aid procedures for bleeding, choking, burns and scalds and much more
  • Ways to create a safe environment in the home
  • Resuscitation skills – CPR
  • What to do in an emergency situation
  • Dealing with accidental poisoning

All aspects of family safety are covered, from the basic treatment of everyday bumps, bruises and scrapes to more serious injuries such as burns and accidental poisoning. Learners look at ways to create a safe environment in their home.

During the course we hope your confidence will be increased, you will meet other people, make new friends and learn something new. A relaxed, informal atmosphere is encouraged. A different activity will be given each week for you to complete at home with your family.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

You will be given information and guidance to apply to other relevant courses.

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 Online Courses timetable for the latest course updates.

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?

The 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]

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Helping in School Level 2

Who is this course for?

This is a 15 week course accredited through OCN for learners who are considering a career as a teaching assistant. 

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

Learners must provide evidence that they hold an English Level 2 qualification or are working towards it. 

To start this course, learners must have a school placement in place before starting. In addition you will also require a DBS certificate through your placement. If you do not have one of these, then please contact them (placement) before the course. 

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The structure and delivery of the course’s curriculum will enable learners to develop their skills in supporting in school. It will prepare learners for progression to become a Teaching Assistant. The course will improve their knowledge of the role of a Teaching Assistant and assist in their own progression to further learning.

What will the course cover?

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

  • The National Curriculum
  • The structure of a school
  • Roles and responsibilities of a teaching assistant
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Behaviour management
  • Teaching and learning styles
  • Hazards in a school environment

As part of the course, learners must complete a placement diary that covers at least 15 hours in a school. Placements will not be arranged by the course tutor. 

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After this course has finished you may like to apply to a CACHE L3 Teaching Assistants course at Darlington College. Information will be given before the end of the course to help you choose your next step.

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 Online Courses timetable for the latest course updates.

What do I need to 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?

The course is free, however you may be charged approx. £50 to have a DBS check completed for your placement. 

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]

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Cooking on a Budget

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for those who would like to improve their cooking skills and look at ways to improve their health. 

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no entry requirements for this course, only the enthusiasm to learn in a relaxed, friendly environment.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The course will enable learners to understand how to cook on a budget, develop skills around control of spending and food comparisons as well as cooking hearty, affordable meals. They will understand how to meal plan and make sensible food choices. Learners will be encouraged to continue their learning through Functional Skills maths and English as well as other Family Learning courses.

What will the course cover?

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

  • Making selected recipes
  • Costing recipes and shopping tips
  • How to deal with fussy eaters
  • How to include your children in food preparation safely

And lots more!

The course will include basic cooking techniques. The first session will include a welcome, induction and discussion of individual goals.

During the course we hope your confidence will be increased, you will meet other people, make new friends and learn something new. A relaxed, informal atmosphere is encouraged. A different activity will be given each week for you to complete at home with your family.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

You will be given information and guidance to apply to other relevant courses.

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 Online Courses timetable for the latest course updates.

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?

The 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]

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Positive Parenting 0-5

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for parents and carers of children between the ages of 0-5 years. It may also be suitable for those who are looking to gain skills and a qualification to support working towards volunteering in schools or progression to other courses.

You will receive a certificate of achievement at the end of the course. Completing the course will also lead to other routes for progression to accredited courses.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no specific entry requirements for this course. A basic level of English is useful and guidance is offered to complete the course and develop skills.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The structure and delivery of the course’s curriculum will enable learners to develop their parenting skills to support children’s learning and well-being. The course also aims to support learners in progressing to the next level course and further learning opportunities.

What will the course cover?

Each week a different topic will be covered. Topics to be covered are:

  • Identifying effective parenting strategies and their benefits on parents and children
  • Promoting self-esteem in both parents and children
  • Using Positive communication skills with children and adults
  • Recognising Parenting styles and influences on children’s behaviour
  • Setting boundaries and managing challenging behaviours

Each lesson will include learning activities such as small and large group discussion, watching short recordings, questions and answers, and quizzes. Some sessions may include home activities such as journals or art and craft.

A relaxed and informal atmosphere is encouraged. Learners are encouraged to share appropriate personal knowledge, skills and experiences within a respectful and confidential environment.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

At the end of the course, you will be provided with Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) at the end of the course to discuss progression routes. Career Advice speakers will be signposting to courses, career routes that match your aspirations and interests. You may progress to Level 1 Parenting skills, further Family Learning courses, Distance Learning, Functional Skills in English, Maths or ICT, Introduction to Working with Children and Young People, and volunteering opportunities with Learning & Skills.

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 Online Courses timetable for the latest course updates.

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]

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Positive Parenting 5-11

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for parents and carers of children between the ages of 5 and 11 years. This course may also be suitable for parents and carers of children who are looking to gain skills and a qualification to support working towards volunteering in schools or progression to other courses.

This course is accredited; this means that successful completion of the course will lead to a Level 1 recognised qualification, and you will receive a certificate. 

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no specific entry requirements for this course. As this course is accredited, it does mean that learners are required to provide evidence of learning to gain their award. A basic level of English is helpful and guidance is offered to complete the course and develop skills.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The structure and delivery of the course’s curriculum will enable learners to develop their parenting skills to support children’s learning and well-being. The course also aims to support learners in in progressing to the next level course and further learning opportunities.

What will the course cover?

Each week a different topic will be covered. Topics to be covered are:

  • Changes when becoming a parent of 5 - 11 year old children
  • Promoting self-esteem in both parents and children
  • Positive communication skills
  • Parenting styles, skills and influences on children’s behaviour
  • Positive parenting strategies and dealing with challenging behaviours
  • Setting boundaries

Each lesson will include learning activities such as small and large group discussions, watching short recordings, reading information and creating posters. Some sessions may include home activities such as journals. Each learner will complete work in the lesson to create a portfolio of evidence of their learning to gain their award.

The course will operate in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Learners are encouraged to share appropriate personal knowledge, skills and experiences within a respectful and confidential environment.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

Learners may now apply to Level 2 Helping in Schools, further Family Learning courses, Functional Skills in English, Maths or ICT, or Introduction to Working with Children and Young People.

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 Online Courses timetable for the latest course updates.

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]

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Positive Parenting 11 – 16

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for parents and carers of children between the ages of 11 and 16 years. This course may also be suitable for those parents and carers of children who are looking to gain skills and a qualification to support working towards volunteering in schools or progression to other courses.

This course is accredited; this means that successful completion of the course will lead to a Level 1 recognised qualification, and you will receive a certificate. 

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no specific entry requirements for this course. As this course is accredited it does mean that learners are required to provide evidence of learning to gain their award. A basic level of English is useful and guidance is offered to complete the course and develop skills.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The structure and delivery of the course’s curriculum will enable learners to develop their parenting skills to support the learning and well-being of young people aged 11–16. This course also aims to support learners in progressing to the next level course and to explore further learning opportunities.

What will the course cover?

Each week a different topic will be covered. Topics to be covered are:

  • Changes when becoming a parent of 11-16 year old children
  • Promoting self-esteem in both parents and children
  • Positive communication skills
  • Parenting styles and influences on children’s behaviour
  • Positive parenting strategies and dealing with challenging behaviours

Each lesson will include learning activities such as small and large group discussion, watching short recordings, reading information and creating posters. Some sessions may include home activities such as journals. Each learner will complete work in the lesson to create a portfolio of evidence of their learning to gain their award.

A relaxed and informal atmosphere is encouraged. Learners are encouraged to share appropriate personal knowledge, skills and experiences within a respectful and confidential environment.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

Learners may take further courses in Level 2 Helping in Schools, further Family Learning courses, Functional Skills in English, Maths or ICT, or Introduction to Working with Children and Young People.

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 Online Courses timetable for the latest course updates.

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]

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Family Health and Happiness

Who is this course for?

The course is for parents, grandparents and carers of children. It is an introduction to Family Learning.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no entry requirements for this course, only the enthusiasm to learn in a relaxed, friendly environment.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The structure and delivery of the course’s curriculum will enable learners to develop their skills in maintaining a happy and healthy home, developing self-esteem for themselves and their family, support their children at school, and support their own progression to further learning, such as Functional Skills English.

What will the course cover?

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

  • Mindfulness
  • Dealing with Stress
  • Promoting Self-Esteem
  • Happy Home, Happy Families activities
  • Meditation and Gratitude
  • How to use Positive Affirmation

During the course we hope your confidence will be increased, you will meet other people, make new friends and learn something new. A relaxed, informal atmosphere is encouraged. A different activity will be given each week for you to complete at home with your family.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

You will be given information and guidance to apply to other courses as part of this 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 Online Courses timetable for the latest course updates.

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?

The 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]

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Time for Books

Who is this course for?

Parents, grandparents and carers of young children who wish to help their child develop good language skills and develop a love of books.

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 that will help their child.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The structure and delivery of the course’s curriculum will enable learners to help their child develop a love of books. It aims to improve parent’s confidence and ability regarding the way they support and promote their child’s reading skills.

What will the course cover?

Each week, we will focus on different skills. These include:

  • How language develops
  • How to use everyday activities to aid language development and reading skills
  • Making games to help social skills and vocabulary
  • Introducing phonics and how they are taught in school
  • How to prepare your child for reading
  • The importance of nursery rhymes

During the course your tutor will give you a home activity each week that you can share with your child.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After this course has finished you may like to progress to another Family Learning course or a course to improve your maths and English. Before the end of your course your tutor will discuss possible progression routes and other suitable courses.

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 Online Courses timetable for the latest course updates.

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?

The 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]

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Confidence Building

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for those who would like to improve their confidence and look at ways to boost their self-esteem.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no entry requirements for this course, only the enthusiasm to learn in a relaxed, friendly environment.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The design and delivery of the curriculum in this course will enable leaners to upskill and develop confidence which will help to raise their self esteem to enable further learning and employment.

What will the course cover?

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

  • The benefits of exercise
  • Stress management
  • What can affect our mental health
  • Looking after our family’s health and well being
  • Recognising your own strengths and weaknesses
  • Identifying different types of behaviour

The first session will include a welcome, induction and discussion of individual goals. During the course we hope your confidence will be increased, you will meet other people, make new friends and learn something new. A relaxed, informal atmosphere is encouraged. A different activity will be given each week for you to complete at home with your family.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After this course has finished you may like to join in with other Family Learning courses or adult learning courses, including Functional Skills English, Maths or ICT. You will be given information about other courses and guidance on to progress during this 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 Online Courses timetable for the latest course updates.

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?

The 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]

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Online Safety

Who is this course for?

This course is for parents and carers who wish to learn how to keep themselves and children safe online.

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 in a relaxed, friendly environment.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The intention is to enable learners to develop their knowledge and awareness of online safety to support their children and family’s wellbeing and safety. This course also aims to support learners in progressing onto further learning. 

What will the course cover?

The course will cover:

  • The safe use of apps
  • Keeping safe using social media and online gaming
  • Cyber bullying
  • Parental controls
  • Privacy settings

What could I do when I have finished this course?

Learners may apply to further Family Learning courses or Functional Skills in English, Maths or ICT.

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 Online Courses timetable for the latest course updates.

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]

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