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Part-time Adult Learning

If you’re looking for a part-time course that gives you skills you to add to your CV, enriches your social life, furthers an interest, or keeps your hand in with learning, then you’ve come to the right place.

These courses are best suited to adults aged 19 or over, and many will be fully funded (subject to eligibility criteria). We run courses at various community venues and at some of our campuses.

You could choose a short taster programme to introduce you to a subject area. This would be a great starting point if you want to go on to study at a higher level. We also have more advanced courses in some subjects.

You can browse the courses below. Whatever you choose, you’ll be joining a friendly and supportive group, with like-minded people and a helpful tutor.

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Alteration Skills for Beginners - Part-time

Learn to make to make alterations to garments using a sewing machine to make them fit better.

Alterations and Customising - Part-time

Revive those old garments and charity shop finds and cut down on clothing waste on this ten week course!

Animal First Aid - Part-time

This course is suitable for anyone who has pets or who regularly looks after animals, either voluntarily or as part of their job.

Applying for Civil Service Roles - Part-time

This course is perfect if you are looking at working for the civil service and need help with the application process.

Art Therapy for Beginners - Part-time

The focus of this course is to explore what Art Therapy is, who it’s for and to see how we can explore our own issues through art.

Art with Upcycled Materials for Beginners/Improvers - Part-time

This course will appeal to students who are interested in using alternative materials and methods to create art.

Baking for Special Occasions - Part-time

This course is perfect if you want to make and decorate cakes for family and friends or have your own business and need help to get you on your way to reaching your goals.

Basic Food and Bar Service Skills including Wines and Cocktails - Part-time

This course is perfect if you want to learn how to serve at table professionally, gain basic bar and cocktail knowledge and impress your friends!

Beauty and Relaxation Techniques for Beginners/Improvers - Part-time

If you are looking to improve your personal/life skills and gain greater self confidence and personal awareness then this course could be for you.

Beauty Therapy for Beginners/Improvers - Part-time

This course is suitable for beginners or improvers keen on learning the basics of many aspects of beauty therapy and personal grooming.

British Sign Language for Beginners - Part-time

This is a great introduction to British Sign Language.

British Wildlife and Conservation - Part-time

If you are a wildlife lover or someone who loves being outdoors and would like to know more about the wildlife on your doorstep this course is perfect for you.

Brow Definition - Part-time

If you want to delve into the world of brow definition then this course is for you.

Budgeting - Part-time

This course will help you to assess your lifestyle and have a clear understanding of your spending. How to budget effectively and be more in control to manage changes in your personal circumstances.

Build Confidence and Reduce Anxiety - Part-time

This course will focus on ways to increase and maintain confidence by recognising your own behaviour. Prioritising personal goals to exploring self-reliance and belief for the future.

Cake Decoration for All - Part-time

This course covers variety of techniques to cover cakes and create sugar flowers.

Cake Decoration for Beginners - Part-time

This course will give an introduction to cake decorating, using a variety of techniques to create a professional finish to your cakes to wow family and friends.

Cake Decoration for Improvers - Part-time

This course will focus on developing cake decorating skills to produce a professional finish.

Ceramics - Beginners - Part-time

If this is a creative area you have wanted to try, or improve on, this is your opportunity

Ceramics - Make a Tea-Light Holder - Part-time

This course is perfect for anyone who is interested in learning hand-building ceramic processes.

Ceramics - Studio Practice - Part-time

This course is aimed at advanced level learners who have good ceramic experience, who wish to develop their own ceramic practice and for those who have attended previous courses.

Ceramics - Throw a Pot - Part-time

This course is perfect for anyone who is interested in learning throwing ceramic processes.

Ceramics - Throwing - Part-time

If this is a method you have wanted to try, or improve on your technique, this is your opportunity.

Ceramics for Beginners/Improvers - Part-time

These ceramics courses are based at Nottingham Ceramics School and are aimed at complete beginners, those who wish to refresh the basics and improvers who have completed the beginners course.

Complementary Therapies - Part-time

This is an informal introduction into Complementary Therapies, which is an ideal taster to develop and learn new skills.

Computers for Beginners - Part-time

On this course you will gain a basic knowledge of computers in a relaxed environment. It is suitable for complete beginners

Computers for Improvers - Part-time

On this course you will increase your knowledge of Microsoft Word in a relaxed environment.

Confidence (Introduction/Improvers) - Part-time

The emphasis of this confidence building course is to develop inner confidence.

Confidence and Wellbeing - Part-time

Build your confidence and improve your wellbeing on this short course.

Confidence Building - Part-time

This course will focus on ways to increase and maintain confidence by recognising your own behaviour.

Confidence Building Using Crafts - Part-time

The focus of this course will be using practical and creative strategies to build inner confidence and self-esteem.

Counselling for Beginners - Part-time

This course is suitable for anyone who is interested in gaining an awareness of the core counselling skills.

Counselling for Improvers - Part-time

This course is structured to be a follow-on to the first course but would also stand alone if you have some knowledge of this or a related subject, for example, you may be a support work worker.

Creative Business Start Up - Part-time

This course is perfect if you want to start your own business or a side hustle from something you enjoy.

Creative Writing for Beginners - Part-time

The focus of this course is to introduce anyone with an interest in reading/writing to the subject of creative writing.

Customise Creations! - Part-time

If you want to give your clothes a new lease of life and learn new and effective ways of upcycling garments, then this course is for you!

Dementia Awareness - Part-time

This course is perfect if you are looking after family members living with Dementia, work in community care, day centres, residential or care homes or you want to start your career in health and social care.

Dementia Awareness - Part-time

This course is designed for those with family members or friends suffering with early or late onset dementia or who perhaps are supporting others dealing with dementia in the family.

Design and Make Your Own Headscarf - Part-time

This course is perfect if you wear or know somebody who wears a headscarf and would like to design your own to make it unique!

Drama for Beginners - Part-time

The focus of this course is to learn how to create stories, using our bodies, our voices, our experiences or observations using pictures, poems, scripts, masks, costumes or props to bring them alive.

Drawing and Painting - Part-time

This course is aimed at beginners and learners interested in improving and developing their skills in drawing and painting techniques.

Drawing and Painting Landscapes - Part-time

This course aims to provide an opportunity for students with an interest in landscape to develop their sketching skills by working from direct observation outside as much as possible, weather permitting.

Dressmaking for Beginners - Part-time

Learn how to sew and construct simple garments and accessories using the correct techniques.

Emergency First Aid - Part-time

First Aid is a vital skill for everyone. If you are a parent, or in work, you never know when you might be needed to help someone in physical distress, be they injured or ill.

Everyday English (Group 1) - Part-time

This course is aimed at beginner readers and writers (pre-entry). It is NOT suitable for ESOL students.

Everyday English (Group 2) - Part-time

This course is aimed at emerging readers and writers working at Entry 1. It is NOT suitable for ESOL students.

Experimental Painting and Drawing - Part-time

If you are interested in creative drawing practice and combining painting with a more experimental approach to using a variety of media, such as collage, print transfer, this course is for you.

Felt Items to Sell - Part-time

This course is ideal if you are interested in felting and are thinking of making items to sell.

Felting for Beginners - Part-time

This course is perfect if you you wish to learn the traditional skill of felt making for designing and making your very own bespoke felted purse or mobile phone case.

Food Safety in Catering (HABC Level 2) - Part-time

This course is suitable for anyone who works with food and has a special responsibility for safeguarding the health of consumers and ensuring that the food they serve or sell is perfectly safe to eat.

Getting Started with Journalism - Part-time

The course will provide a safe environment to explore getting started with journaling. Gain an understanding of how you may benefit from developing ways to manage self-expression.

Guitar for Beginners - Part-time

The focus of this course is to learn to play the acoustic guitar.

Health and Safety in the Workplace (HABC Level 2 Award) - Part-time

This generic qualification is designed to ensure that all employees in the public or private sector are aware of their own safety and the safety of customers, contractors and the public.

Hypnotherapy for Wellbeing and Motivation - Part-time

The focus of this course is to introduce you to the principles of hypnotherapy and allow you to experience hypnotherapy first hand in a group setting.

Independent Job Searching and Applications - Part-time

This is a weekly course that will give support and assistance to anyone who is unemployed or facing redundancy.

Industrial Sewing for Beginners - Part-time

This course is perfect if you would like to learn how to use industrial standard sewing machinery.

Introduction to Basic Barista Skills - Part-time

This course is perfect if you want to learn how to make professional espresso-based drinks and impress your friends!

Introduction to Basic Mixology Skills - Part-time

This course is perfect if you want to learn how to make professional mixed drinks and understand their origins.

Introduction to Bridal Make-up Artistry - Part-time

If you want to delve into the creative world of bridal make up artistry then this course is for you.

Introduction to Customer Service - Part-time

If you want to understand what good and bad customer service is, what is your role in customer service and who your customers are, then this is the course for you.

Introduction to Cyber Security - Part-time

This exciting course is your chance to develop your cyber security skills within our digital cyber security IT rooms.

Introduction to Gel Polish - Part-time

This short course is designed for anyone wanting to learn how to apply gel polish.

Introduction to Lash Extensions - Part-time

With this college certificate, you will gain an insight into the application of lash extensions.

Introduction to Make-up for Darker Skin Types - Part-time

This is an introductory course on product knowledge and application of make-up for darker skin tones.

Introduction to Nail Enhancements (Level 1) - Part-time

This course is perfect for anyone aged 19+ who is considering a career within the beauty industry, leaning towards the nail enhancement aspect of this.

Introduction to Pin-Hole Photography – Part-Time

This course is perfect for any beginner who is interested in pin-hole photography.

Introduction to Print Design - Part-time

This course is perfect if you want to use digital software to create a print design.

Introduction to Printmaking – Part-time

This course is perfect for any beginner who is interested in learning creative print-making processes.

Introduction to Public Health - Part-time

This course is perfect if you would like to develop your understanding about the process taking place in the UK to support our health and wellbeing.

Introduction to Reflexology - Part-time

This is a short taster course designed for those who have an interest in reflexology and want to know more on the subject.

Introduction to SketchUp – Part-time

This course is perfect for anyone with an interest in creative digital 3D design skills and is already computer literate wanting to learn SketchUp software.

Introduction to Social Media Marketing for Creatives – Part-time

This course is perfect for any beginner who is interested in promoting and marketing themselves as an artist/designer/maker using social media.

Introduction to Sports Science (Entry Level) - Part-time

The course is perfect if you aged 19+, have an interest in the world of sports science and want to learn more.

Introduction to Working in Hairdressing - Part-time

This course is ideal if you want to develop the knowledge and gain an understanding of the wide range of skills needed to have a successful career within the exciting hairdressing industry.

IT for Beginners - Part-time

This course is for those who have little of no computer experience and would like to learn in a relaxed environment.

IT for Improvers - Part-time

This is a follow on course from the IT for Beginners.

It's in the Bag! - Part-time

This course is perfect for any beginner who is interested in sewing and surface pattern.

Journaling for Wellbeing - Part-time

This course will explore different strategies for personal growth, creativity and life management

Learn to Sew - Part-time

This course is perfect if you have a love of pattern, colour, texture and making.

Learning to Cook for Healthy Eating - Part-time

This course is perfect if you want to learn about healthier ways to cook and eat.

Life Skills and Wellbeing (Introduction/Improvers) - Part-time

If you are looking to improve your personal/life skills and gain greater self confidence and personal awareness then this course could be for you.

Looking at Art – Part-time

If you have an interest in art and design and want to learn more about the history and meaning of art, then this could be the course for you.

Love Loungewear! - Part-time

This course is perfect for any beginner who is interested in developing their sewing and pattern cutting skills to create their own loungewear

Make Stained Glass to Sell - Part-time

This course is aimed at learners with some experience of stained glass.

Mental Health Awareness - Part-time

The course is aimed at adults who would like to learn about mental health.

Microsoft Office for Beginners/Improvers - Part-time

This course is for those who wish to learn the basics of Word 2016 and Excel 2016.

Microsoft Units: Excel (Level 1) - Part-time

This course will consolidate existing knowledge of Microsoft Excel at Level 1.

Microsoft Units: Word Processing and Powerpoint (Level 1) - Part-time

This course consolidates your existing knowledge of Microsoft Word and introduces PowerPoint Skills.

Mixed Crafts for Beginners - Part-time

This course is perfect if you want to try a range of crafts.

Mixed Textiles - Part-time

On this course you will cover a range of techniques including sewing, knitting, and crochet enabling you to work on several mini projects in each technique to learn a number of different skills.

Movement and Dance for Beginners - Part-time

The focus of this course is to to learn to create and choreograph a dance piece in a group setting.

Nottingham College Bake Off - Part-time

Learn how to bake bread, cakes and pastries on this fun course.

Paint a Portrait - Part-time

This course is perfect for anyone who is interested in learning drawing and painting techniques.

Painting and Drawing for All - Part-time

This is a great introduction to painting and drawing using different mediums and is suitable for both beginners and improvers.

Paper Craft - Part-time

This course is aimed at anyone interested in exploring the art of paper craft.

Party Baking Workshop - Part-time

This course is perfect if you want to learn how to make party foods for special occasions or to impress your family and friends.

Personal Resilience - Part-time

This course is a great opportunity for young people to develop practical strategies, support their confidence and deal with challenging situations.

Poetry for Beginners - Part-time

The focus of this course is to develop an individual’s interest in the art form of poetry.

Practical Anxiety Strategies - Part-time

This course is an opportunity to explore practical ways to manage the effects of anxiety.

Pre-Access to Science/Life Science (19+) - Part-time

This course is perfect if you are aged 19 or above and have ambitions of studying Science at Degree Level, but don’t currently hold GCSE grade 4 or above in Maths and English.

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