Courses

How do I find a course?

You can find a course by using our 'What's On' calendar. Browse by selecting your area from the drop down menu. Enter keywords to help you find the course you want.

Please note: these courses are subject to change, and sometimes at very short notice. We are not responsible for them and this is outside of our control.

If you can't find what you are looking for, please complete the online form, and we will do our best to help you. We welcome your feedback.

What's on offer?

Leisure learning

We fund various providers including colleges to deliver leisure learning courses for adults. There is a wide range of courses on offer including:

  • Sculpture
  • Photography
  • Languages
  • Jewellery Making
  • Dressmaking
  • Family History
  • Belly Dancing
  • Flower Arranging
  • Yoga

Some of these courses are free, depending on your circumstances.

Family learning

Family learning is a fun and creative way of learning with your children.

Schools deliver family english, maths and language programmes. They will give you the opportunity to find out how they teach things in your child's school. They also give you a chance to share ideas with other parents and develop your own skills. Our programmes also help you to progress to a further course in functional english and maths.

Wider Family Learning

These programmes will give you opportunities to have family fun. They also explore ways you can support your own children's learning and development.

You and your children can choose from a wide range of courses such as:

  • Mellow Parenting
  • Chatterbooks
  • Story Sacks

We run the courses in various venues including libraries, children's centres and schools.

All family learning courses are available at no charge.

Adults with learning difficulties and/or disabilities

We welcome adults with learning difficulties and/or disabilities to join our courses.

Depending on the severity of your disability you could join the leisure learning courses. Ask for extra support to help you with your learning.

You may also wish to join a course designed to meet your specific needs. These are listed under the heading of ALDD and cover a range of subjects.

First Steps to Employability

These courses are for unemployed adults who want to improve their chances of finding work. They may not be ready to enrol on an accredited course yet.

These courses help you to improve self-confidence and learn new skills. They will help you prepare for employment, self-employment, volunteering or further learning.

Examples of courses include:

  • Confidence building
  • Identifying skills
  • CV writing
  • Interview skills

Functional Skills

These short courses are for adults to help develop skills in English, Maths or Information Technology. They are for people who do not want to or are not yet ready to enrol on an accredited course. They will help you deal with everyday tasks such as:

  • Budgeting
  • Comparing prices and special offers in the supermarket

Courses Leading to Qualifications

We also offer countywide courses which lead to a qualification up to level 2. Many of these courses are short and are aimed at adults who are unemployed and/or returning to learning after a long break. Examples of courses on offer include:

  •  Computer classes for beginners 
  •  English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Extra help is available if you need it to make sure you achieve the qualification.

These courses may be free depending on your circumstances. 

For further details, please contact Ben Murphy

Email: ben.murphy@staffordshire.gov.uk
Phone: 01543 510710.

 

How are the courses delivered?

We deliver our courses via:

  • The direct delivery unit (our in-house provider)
  • Other council departments
  • External providers, including colleges.

The direct delivery unit delivers courses in:

  • ICT
  • English for speakers of other languages (ESOL).

 

For further information regarding courses available, please contact us:

Email: acl@staffordshire.gov.uk
Phone: 01785 278770

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