Adult Courses

Find the right educational path for you. Whether you are taking your first steps into adult education or want to progress in your career we have a variety of learning pathways to suit you.

Free community learning courses 

We are pleased to offer the following free courses, for those over 19 years old. These courses will be held in person, with dedicated tutors for each course. 

Late availability

You can join a course after the start date if places are still available on the online booking system – please check the ‘Apply now’ links for each course below.

Courses held at Ruskin College

Dance and movement

Physical activity increases your muscular strength and tone, helps with weight loss, fitness, and endurance. In this dance and movement class, you will use dance to improve your mental wellbeing and relieve stress, all whilst learning a new skill. 

  • Dates: This 12-week course runs on Tuesdays, until 12 July 2022.
  • Time: 1pm – 2pm
  • Location: Ruskin College
  • Cost: Free 

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Grow your own veggies

Gardening is a great stress reliever and a good way of getting outdoor exercise. By learning how to grow your own fruit and vegetables, you are contributing to an eco-friendly lifestyle and helping to improve your life skills.  

  • Dates: This 9-week course runs on Fridays, until 1 July 2022.
  • Time: 10am – 12:30pm
  • Location: Ruskin College
  • Cost: Free 

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Bike maintenance workshop

Whether you commute to work or school by bike or are just a leisurely rider, bike maintenance is a useful skill. In this series of workshops, you will learn how to complete a pre-ride inspection, how to clean and lubricate your bike properly, and about key bike components such as breaks, gears, and tyres.  

  • Dates: This 12-week course runs on Mondays, until 11 July 2022.
  • Time: 10am – 12pm
  • Location: Ruskin College
  • Cost: Free 

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Bike maintenance workshop (intermediate)

Beat the cost of living crisis and fuel price hikes. Get on your bike, get fit and save money by fixing it yourself!

  • Dates: This 7-week course runs on Mondays, starting 13 June 2022 until 25 July 2022.
  • Time: 12:30pm – 2pm
  • Location: Ruskin College
  • Cost: Free 

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Mindfulness and coping with everyday stress

This short mindfulness course will teach you relaxation techniques that will help you to stay calm in difficult situations.

  • Dates: This 5-week course runs on Wednesdays, starting 22 June 2022 until 27 July 2022.
  • Time: 5pm – 7pm
  • Location: Ruskin College
  • Cost: Free 

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Photography on your phone

What makes a great photo? It’s the photographer NOT the camera. Tell your own stories through a series of photographs created on your camera.

  • Dates: This 5-week course runs on Wednesdays, starting 29 June until 28 July 2022.
  • Time: 1:30pm – 4pm
  • Location: Ruskin College
  • Cost: Free 

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Courses held at Asylum Welcome 

English for daily life

With our English for daily life course, you will learn the basics of English, allowing you to ask and answer questions, communicate with friends, and engage in everyday life. 

  • Dates: This 12-week course runs on Saturdays, until 9 July 2022.
  • Times: Two course times run on Saturdays: 9:30am – 11am / 11:15am – 12:45pm
  • Location: Asylum Welcome
  • Cost: Free 

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English for employment 

Our English for employment course will help you become fluent enough in English that you feel confident in the world of work, allowing you to speak up and better interact with your colleagues.  

  • Dates: This 11-week course runs on Thursdays, until 21 July 2022.
  • Time: 6pm – 8pm
  • Location: Asylum Welcome
  • Cost: Free 

Apply now


Courses held at Barton Neighbourhood Centre

English for daily life 

With our English for daily life course, you will learn the basics of English, allowing you to ask and answer questions, communicate with friends, and engage in everyday life.

  • Dates: This 12-week course runs on Tuesdays, until 12 July 2022.
  • Time: 10am – 12pm
  • Location: Barton Neighbourhood Centre
  • Cost: Free

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Cooking on a budget

Learning how to cook on a budget can improve your mental and financial health, alongside giving you the skills to cook healthier meals whilst also reducing food waste. 

  • Dates: This 12-week course runs on Wednesdays, until 13 July 2022.
  • Time: 10am – 12pm
  • Location: Barton Neighbourhood Centre
  • Cost: Free 

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Managing your family’s hair and beauty

In this course, you’ll learn basic techniques such as plaiting, Indian head massage, simple scissor techniques and nail polishing.

  • Dates: This 10-week course runs on Tuesdays, starting 7 June 2022 until 9 August 2022.
  • Time: 12:30pm – 2:30pm
  • Location: Barton Neighbourhood Centre
  • Cost: Free

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Creative writing for all

This course will take you through the writing process of both fiction and non-fiction, from finding ideas to developing characters and plots.

  • Dates: This 8-week course runs on Wednesdays, until 6 July 2022.
  • Time: 10:30am – 1pm
  • Location Barton Neighbourhood Centre
  • Cost: Free

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Job routes club

This course will introduce you to employment opportunities in the community and match you with local employers.

  • Dates: This 6-week course runs on Fridays, starting 10 June 2022 until 15 July 2022.
  • Time: 10am – 12pm
  • Location Barton Neighbourhood Centre
  • Cost: Free

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Card making using lino printing

Learn how to make cards for all occasions using lino cutting and lino printing techniques.

  • Dates: This 7-week course runs on Thursdays, starting 9 June 2022 until 21 July 2022.
  • Time: 10am – 12pm
  • Location Barton Neighbourhood Centre
  • Cost: Free

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Financial management

This course is for complete beginners to financial management and is designed to help you take control of your personal finances.

  • Dates: This 6-week course runs on Wednesdays, starting 22 June until 28 July 2022.
  • Time: 7pm – 9pm
  • Location: Rose Hill Community Centre
  • Cost: Free 

Apply now

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