Courses to build life skills

Learn life skills with the largest charitable provider of adult education in England and Scotland. Adult learning isn’t like school. Everyone belongs at the WEA. You’ll get meaningful, and tailored support, so you can reach your full potential. Our classes are friendly and fun, designed for adults like you. We won’t talk down to you and you’ll learn skills that you’ll use in everyday life.

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What are life skills?

Simply put, they are skills that make everyday life easier. Life skills include cooking, budgeting, communicating with others, health, well-being and managing emotions. Sometimes this means learning new things, and sometimes it means building on things you already know.

Sometimes adulting can be hard. These courses can help make it feel just that bit easier, make you feel more independent and empower you to face the future ahead.

Small steps to larger goals

You don’t have to have big goals in mind. Just take small steps towards boosting your skills and improving your wellbeing. Whether it is learning to budget better or cook healthier food. Building your confidence or gaining independence. There is a course for you.

When you study with us, you will:

  • Build your confidence
  • Learn new life skills
  • Improve your everyday life and wellbeing

Take a look at our great range of courses and start making a positive change today.

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Personal Development: Intermediate : Me, Myself and I

This course will further expand on elements and themes developed in the beginners: Me, Myself and I course. It will focus on looking at the individual and the holistic components of their life, including their history and how everything combines to make them who they are. Students will get an opportunity to further develop their person-centred plans and use them to look for opportunities to advance their lives in accordance with their plans. They will look at people in their lives who can help them achieve what they want to achieve and how they can be a part of other people's lives and help others.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 05/06/2024 -
Wed 17/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
7 sessions
Location:
Aspire
2A Global House
Crofton Close
Lincoln
Midlands
LN3 4NT
Tutor:
Patrick O'Reilly
Course code:
Q00014918
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
8 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £50.40

Multiply-Baking on a Budget

Baking on a Budget” is an 11-hour course meticulously created to equip participants with essential baking skills while maximising affordability. Participants will master the art of creating delightful baked goods using cost-effective ingredients and simple techniques. The curriculum covers fundamental baking principles, including ingredient substitutions, portion management, and efficient kitchen organisation, ensuring optimal resource utilisation. Through hands-on demonstrations and practical exercises, students will learn to prepare a variety of treats, such as cookies, cupcakes, and brownies, perfect for school fair stalls. By course end, participants will possess the expertise and confidence to bake for school events and friends without exceeding budget constraints.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 05/06/2024 -
Wed 03/07/2024
Times:
1:00pm - 3:30pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Bevois Town Primary School (Southampton)
Cedar Road
Southampton
SO14 6RU
Tutor:
Debbie Woodward
Course code:
Q00015376
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

Personal Development: Preparing for the Driving Theory Test (part 2)

Do you have an overseas driving licence? Are you preparing to take the driving theory test? Or interested in starting to learn to drive in the UK? This is the 2nd part of a two-part course and if you have enrolled onto part 1 then its recommended you enrol onto part 2. This course is for you if you have some experience of driving in the UK or abroad. You are equally welcome to join if you want to learn more about preparing to drive in the UK if you have limited driving experience. Our course is friendly and a safe environment to ask questions. You will help each other to practice through informal activities and discussions, helping you to develop your understanding.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 06/06/2024 -
Thu 04/07/2024
Times:
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Sally Kawamura
Course code:
Q00014209
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £37.00

Makaton

Ever heard of Makaton? It's a unique language programme, and over 100,000 people are using it to communicate in the UK today. It combines symbols, signs, and speech to make conversation easier for people who have communication difficulties. This Makaton course is ideal for you if you want to learn an inclusive communication tool. It can help you interact with people who have speech, hearing, or learning difficulties. This Makaton sign language course covers the essentials of hand signals, fingerspelling, and signing. Learn to introduce yourself. Develop knowledge to be able to sign about basic topics such as numbers and colours.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 06/06/2024 -
Thu 27/06/2024
Times:
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
Trimdon Grange Community Centre (Trimdon
Kielder Drive
Trimdon Grange
Trimdon Station
TS29 6PB
Tutor:
Maria Hambley
Course code:
Q00015202
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
2 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £33.60

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Membership Information

Duration:
12 months
Fee:
WEA Membership

Entry Level Maths: Get Ready for Functional Skills E3 Maths

This course will be conducted face-to-face at the Dolphin Centre, located in Ward End, Birmingham. Please note that this course is exclusively open to women. Set yourself up for success at entry 3 functional skills in maths. This get ready course helps you prepare to tackle entry 3 maths with confidence. The essential maths skills you’ll learn will help you get your qualification and serve you in everyday life. Get ready courses help you learn maths at your own pace. The idea of this course is to give you extra study time to acquire the knowledge you’ll need for entry 3 maths. This is a preparatory maths course for people who are looking to progress to entry 3 functional skills courses. It is a non-accredited adult maths course. This course is funded by the West Midlands Combined Authority https://www.wmca.org.uk/

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 06/06/2024 -
Wed 17/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 1:00pm
Duration:
7 sessions
Location:
Dolphin Women's Centre (Birmingham)
Ward End Park
Washwood Heath Road
Birmingham
B8 2HB
Tutor:
Humera Mehrban
Course code:
Q00015851
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £88.20

Food Hygiene

If you help out in a community or voluntary role, you may need to work with food. Understanding the safe handling of food is key to preventing infections and ensuring proper hygiene. Food safety courses are useful if you do any kind of charity or voluntary work that involves handling food. Whether you help prepare lunches at a community centre or collaborate with a food bank, this knowledge can help you ensure hygiene measures are followed.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 06/06/2024 -
Thu 13/06/2024
Times:
1:30pm - 3:30pm
Duration:
2 sessions
Location:
Delves Lane Community association (Conse
Village Hall
Delves Lane
Consett
DH8 7BH
Tutor:
Jayne Clark
Course code:
Q00016360
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £16.80

Fitness and Exercise: Couch to Fitness - Outdoor Activities to Get Fitter

This inclusive and creative outdoor course is designed for people of any ability and will help you whatever your fitness level. You will only do as much or as little as you want. In the fresh air, you will have the opportunity to join in a variety of activities to support your health and wellbeing such as walking, stretching, yoga, cycling or even boxercise. On this course you will have the chance to gain confidence and enjoy the world around you. It is a great opportunity to regain or increase your confidence and provides the perfect place to meet others with similar interests.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 06/06/2024 -
Thu 18/07/2024
Times:
1:15pm - 3:45pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Rector's Way Allotments (Weston-super-Ma
Rectors Way
Weston-super-Mare
BS23 3NP
Tutor:
Matt Doolan
Course code:
Q00016455
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £63.00

Communicating Confidently

Would you like to feel more confident in conversations, meetings, or speaking in public? If you struggle to find your voice or get your point across, this communication skills course can help you feel more comfortable in conversation. Improving your communication skills can go a long way towards boosting your confidence in these situations. Learn effective tools and techniques to improve your communication skills. Whether you want to feel more comfortable meeting new people, holding union meetings or participating in community discussions, these confidence-building exercises can help you.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 07/06/2024 -
Fri 12/07/2024
Times:
1:30pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Michelle Lee
Course code:
Q00015180
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
3 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £33.30

Personal Development: Me, Myself and I

This course will further expand on elements and themes developed in the beginners: Me, Myself and I course. It will focus on looking at the individual and the holistic components of their life, including their history and how everything combines to make them who they are. Students will get an opportunity to further develop their person-centred plans and use them to look for opportunities to advance their lives in accordance with their plans. They will look at people in their lives who can help them achieve what they want to achieve and how they can be a part of other people's lives and help others

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 07/06/2024 -
Fri 12/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Involve Wellbeing (Lincoln)
12 Mint Lane
Lincoln
LN1 1UD
Tutor:
Patrick O'Reilly
Course code:
Q00015732
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £33.60

Saving Money & Being Sustainable

Nowadays there are many ways to be green and consume responsibly. From reducing buying habits to repurposing and recycling things we no longer need, it’s never been easier to adopt sustainable habits. And the good news is that sustainable practices help you save money, too. This sustainable finance course introduces you to money-saving tactics that align with green agendas. Being sustainable is about recycling, reducing, reusing, and generally consuming less. This course is ideal for you if you want to learn nifty ways to save money whilst helping the environment.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 10/06/2024 -
Mon 15/07/2024
Times:
9:30am - 12:30pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Tricuro -Parkstone Connect Day Centre (P
Croft Road
Poole
BH12 3LD
Tutor:
Ruth Odurand
Course code:
Q00013992
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £75.60