Short Courses at Ruskin are the ideal way to take your first steps in returning to education. We run a variety of courses with different lengths which are offered both as residential or non-residential courses, along with a ten week programme aimed specifically at older learners. These courses can help you gain skills and confidence and you can talk to experienced staff about your plans and we can help you think about the best options for you. Come along - the groups are friendly, supportive and lively.
Qualifications on offer:
• Level 1 Employability and Personal Development
• Level 1 ITQ for IT Users
• Level 1 and Level 2 Award in the Principles of Using Written and Spoken English
• Level 1 and Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Using Mathematical Techniques
IF THE COURSES ARE SPLIT IN TO 2 OR 3 PARTS YOU MUST ATTEND ALL PARTS. YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO JOIN PART 2 OR 3 IF YOU DID NOT ATTEND PART 1.
Criteria for courses
You need to have been living in the UK for 3 years or more and be 19 years old or over. If you are attending a Maths or English course you must not have already achieved an A* to C grade at GCSE or a level 2 equivalent.
If you are a refugee you will be eligible for funding, subject to the course costs criteria below.
Asylum seekers are eligible for funding (subject to the course costs criteria below) if:
• They have legally been in the UK while their claim is being considered by the Home Office for longer than 6 months and no decision has been made, or
• They are in the care of the local authority and are receiving local authority support.
If you would prefer you can come along to an open morning for advice and support to help you choose which courses are best for you.
Click here for a list of open mornings. Scroll down to short course at the bottom of the page.
Staying in College
You can choose to be resident in College for any of our courses or if it suits you better you can choose to be non-residential. If you choose to be residential you can either stay the night before the course or choose to arrive on the morning of the course and then stay for the duration.
We would love to hear your comments about the courses on offer and how they suit you. If the times or days don’t suit you then please let us know and we could try and accommodate you in the future and if you have any suggestions for topics then also please let us know.
If your household income is less than £30, 944 then we may be able to provide support with childcare or with childcare costs whilst you attend the course. Please contact Jolanta Kulawiak for further details on 01865 759654 or email@example.com
The course costs are separated into costs for tuition and costs for accommodation and food.
You are entitled to fee remission if you do not have higher education (level 4 and above) and are:
• receiving Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) including if you are receiving National Insurance Credits only
• receiving Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) AND are in the work-related activity group (WRAG)
• receiving Universal Credit because you are unemployed and are required to undertake skills training
• unemployed and receiving any other state benefits and believe that attending the course will help you to enter employment
You will need to identify which category you fit in to and also send a photocopy of your proof of benefit. Please note that even if you have provided evidence in the past we still need a copy of up-to-date proof with this application form.
All Maths and English courses are free from tuition fees.
If none of these categories apply to you and you do not have any higher education then the tuition costs are £20 per day of the course. For example, if the course is 3 days long the cost will be £60 and if the course is 5 days long the cost will be £100.
If you do have higher education then the tuition costs are £50 per day of the course. For example, if the course is 2 days long the cost will be £100 and if the course is 6 days long the cost will be £300.
Accommodation and food costs.
If you receive benefits and do not have to pay tuition fees then your accommodation and food will be covered with a bursary.
If you do have to pay tuition fees, providing your household income is less than £30,944, you will still be able to get your accommodation and food covered with a bursary.
If you do have to pay tuition fees and your household income is more than £30,944 then you will need to pay for your accommodation and food. Your accommodation will cost £36 per night and your meals will cost £18 for each day of the course.
If you would like to apply for one of our courses please contact James Weikert for an application form on:
T: 01865 759625
or E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Download the NEW Oct - Dec 2013 short course brochure here
The short course application form can be downloaded here
The confidentiality and disclosure of disability form can be downloaded here
Types of short courses
It is never too late to study for a degree even if you have no qualifications at all. Many adults return to education after they realise that their opportunities will increase as a result. The Access to HE Diploma enables mature students with no qualifications to get ready to apply for a degree programme in only one year. Take the first step towards an exciting new career that will provide personal development and enable you to make a difference to your own life and the lives of others.
The Ruskin College Access to HE Diploma will cover an introduction to social work and to youth and community work. The course includes Social Studies, Sociology, Issues of Race, Gender and Class, Applied Psychology and Research Methods. The Diploma allows individuals to progress to careers in related fields or to stay at Ruskin and study for a Degree. The programme is offered on a full-time basis over one academic year.
The Ruskin College Access to HE Diploma offers the opportunity to begin studying for a career in social work, youth and community work, counselling, education in the voluntary sector or other professional settings.
An Access to HE Diploma is accepted for entry on to degree courses by the majority of UK universities and colleges.
These qualifications are built on a credit basis so you can choose individual courses that suit your needs and build up credits each time you do a course. Each course has a credit rating and to achieve an Award you need 9 credits and a Certificate you need 13 credits. To complete the Certificate you must complete the mandatory unit. This will be on offer later in the year to give you the opportunity to build some credits up first.
These City and Guilds qualifications are built on a credit basis so you can choose individual courses that suit your needs and build up credits each time you do a course. Each course has a credit rating and to achieve an Award you need 4 credits, a Certificate you need 15 credits and a Diploma 39 credits.
These courses are designed for people from all walks of life and all ages who would like to brush-up on their English or Maths skills. You will work at your own pace and level and have the opportunity to undertake a qualification at the end of the course.
The Ransackers Project offers an opportunity for older people to undertake a ten-week residential term and carry out a piece of original research. It is aimed at those from a generation that has had limited opportunities for education and who have burning questions for which they've always wanted to find an answer.
Ruskin works in partnership with a number of major trade unions to offer approved courses to members.