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Computers for Beginners

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for learners with little to no experience of using a computer or the internet but who would like to start from scratch.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no entry requirements for this course.

What will the course cover?

  • Switching on, closing down and re-starting the computer
  • Using the computer mouse and keyboard confidently
  • Creating and formatting a document on Microsoft Word
  • Saving and organising your work on the desktop
  • Using a printer
  • Using the internet to source information effectively, including online shopping, the news and searching for holidays
  • Learning how to keep yourself safe online (e-safety)
  • Introduction to social media
  • Introduction to emails

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After this course has finished you may like to advance onto a related course, such as ICT Functional Skills or Computers Next Steps.

Where and when will I learn?

The course will run one morning a week (Wednesdays) for 8 weeks: 10am to 12 noon at Darlington Learning.

What should I bring with me?

Please bring a pen and notepad.

How much will the course cost?

This course is free of charge.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact Learning & Skills on 01325 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&[email protected].

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Indian Cookery Club

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for learners who would like to master the skills of Indian cooking and learn how to make simple dishes from scratch.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no entry requirements for the course only the enthusiasm to learn in a fun and friendly environment.

What will the course cover?

You will learn how to:

  • Make Indian starters such as Onion Bhajis, Samosa's
  • Cook variety of curries from scratch
  • Make the base sauce for curries
  • Cook pilau rice 
  • Make a naan bread and chapatti

On the first evening there will be a group induction and we will look at making starters and nibbles such as onion bhajis. It is recommended that learners make a minimum of 1 starter if you are a beginner and a minimum of 2 if you have experience of cooking.

Please note that Learning & Skills requires sufficient learner numbers to start a class and may be subject to cancellation.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

If you enjoy developing your cookery skills, you may like to try other cookery courses delivered by Learning & Skills such as Cookery for Entertaining.

Where and when will I learn?

The course will run one evening a week for 5 weeks: 6pm – 9pm at Hummersknott Academy, Darlington.

What should I bring with me?

You will be sent recipe sheets one week before the course starts.

Please bring a pen and note pad to make any additional notes each week.

You will also need to bring all cooking ingredients, serving dishes, containers to take the food home, plus a tea towel, apron and oven gloves (if required). It is essential that an apron is worn and long hair is tied back.

How much will the course cost?

Course fees are £100 for the 5 weeks.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&[email protected].

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Encore French Club

Who is this course for?

This course is intended for people who wish to develop and increase their knowledge of French and build up their confidence in using the spoken language in everyday conversation.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no specific entry requirements. The club is open to anyone with an interest in the language and the country and a desire to practice and improve in an informal and friendly environment. The club welcomes those who already have some knowledge of French as well as those who are completely new to the language. 

What will the course cover?

The course will be built around a range of everyday situations connected with holidaying, travelling and staying in France or a French-speaking country. The emphasis will be very much on the spoken word - people need not worry too much about grammar etc as all necessary explanations will be given.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

The course is sufficient in itself for those wishing to revive and extend their foreign language skills, but it could also be seen as providing as a basis for further study, perhaps leading on to GCSE and potentially A level.

Where and when will I learn?

The course is held at Hummersknott Academy on Tuesday evenings from 6pm until 8pm for 10 weeks starting on 17th September.

What should I bring with me?

Nothing, beyond a pen and a writing pad, a sense of humour and a willingness to listen, participate and progress.

How much will the course cost?

Course fees are £90 for the 10 weeks.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on 01325 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&[email protected].

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