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Get ready for English Functional Skills Level 2

Welcome to "Get Ready for Functional Skills English Level 2"! This engaging course is designed to prepare learners for the City and Guilds Functional Skills English Level 2 exam. With a focus on practical English skills, our experienced instructors guide you through reading, writing, speaking, and listening exercises that are both fun and educational. Whether you're looking to improve your English for personal growth or professional advancement, this course will help you gain confidence and competence in English.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 20/05/2024 -
Fri 14/06/2024
Times:
9:30am - 12:00pm
Duration:
16 sessions
Location:
St Pauls Learning Centre (Bristol)
94 Grosvenor Road
St Pauls
Bristol
BS2 8XJ
Tutor:
Aleksandra Novikova
Course code:
Q00013921
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £126.00

Award in Preparation for Work in Community Interpreting Level 2

Are you living in the Peterborough and Cambridgeshire area? The role of the community interpreter is an integral part of our changing communities and increasingly important. The interpreter acts as a bridge between communities and enables people to access the services they need and approach situations which otherwise would not be possible. The Level 2 Certificate in Preparing for the Community Interpreting Role enables learners who are speakers of other languages to develop the language and skills necessary to go on and train as Community Interpreters at Level 3 and Level 4. This is the ideal qualification for anyone who wants to enter the interpreting profession and become a paid interpreter or volunteer in the UK. This course is for people living in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough only. Please do not join the course if you live outside the area. Please check the website for other courses or call learner support on 0300 303 3464.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 20/05/2024 -
Wed 17/07/2024
Times:
9:15am - 11:30am
Duration:
22 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Olena Kolesnyk
Course code:
Q00014589
How you'll learn:
Online and in venue
Availability:
3 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £300.00

Multiply Essex: Paediatric First Aid

This course is in partnership with Parents4Parents for members of their community. The 8-hour paediatric first aid course provides comprehensive training on the essential skills, numeracy and responsibilities of a paediatric first aider. Participants will learn the critical role they play in emergency situations involving infants and children and also how maths plays a role in that. Core topics covered include CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), including both resuscitation techniques and defibrillation procedures tailored for paediatric cases. Additionally, the course covers the management of seizures, choking incidents, wounds, bites, and stings commonly encountered in paediatric emergencies. Through hands-on practice and theoretical instruction, participants gain the confidence and skills necessary to effectively respond to paediatric medical crises and potentially save lives.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 20/05/2024 -
Mon 03/06/2024
Times:
10:00am - 2:00pm
Duration:
2 sessions
Location:
King Edward Community Centre (Basildon)
Community Centre
Hunter Court, King Edward Road
Basildon
SS15 6GY
Tutor:
Zoe Shelley
Course code:
Q00014892
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
4 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

Professional Development: Interview skills

This course will give you the knowledge and understanding you need to prepare for an interview, either for a job or potential course. You will also consider how to present and conduct yourself during an interview. The course will also support you to know what questions you could ask during an interview and give you some practice of asking and answering questions. In addition, it will help you recognise do’s and don’ts for an interview situation so that you may present yourself in the best way possible and maximise your chances of success!

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 20/05/2024 -
Mon 17/06/2024
Times:
12:15pm - 2:45pm
Duration:
7 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Imogen Draper
Course code:
Q00015008
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
7 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £64.75

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Membership Information

Duration:
12 months
Fee:
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Award in Preparation for Work in Community Interpreting Level 2

The role of the community interpreter is an integral part of our changing communities and increasingly important. The interpreter acts as a bridge between communities and enables people to access the services they need and approach situations which otherwise would not be possible. The Level 2 Certificate in Preparing for the Community Interpreting Role enables learners who are speakers of other languages to develop the language and skills necessary to go on and train as Community Interpreters at Level 3 and Level 4. This is the ideal qualification for anyone who wants to enter the interpreting profession and become a paid interpreter or volunteer in the UK.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 20/05/2024 -
Mon 29/07/2024
Times:
6:00pm - 8:30pm
Duration:
18 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Aleksandra Novikova
Course code:
Q00015533
How you'll learn:
Online and in venue
Status:
Waiting list (Join waiting list)
Fee range
Free to £300.00

Maths Support Session

This course is for those who require additional support in passing their Functional Skills Maths exam.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 20/05/2024 -
Mon 24/06/2024
Times:
10:00am - 2:30pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Andy Dowd
Course code:
Q00014809
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
7 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £150.00

Award in Education and Training Level 3

Kickstart your education career with this introductory teaching qualification. Experience the buzz of learning environments and get a view into the profession. Learn essential teaching skills and open doors to further education jobs in this Education and Training course. This course prepares you for teaching jobs working with adults. These can include roles as a tutor, learning assistant, teaching assistant, or trainer in universities, Sixth Form colleges, or other adult learning settings. This Level 3 Award in Teaching and Education is the first step towards a fulfilling career in teaching. If you want to get a teaching qualification, this foundational course can give you a taste of the industry before you move onto higher level qualifications.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 21/05/2024 -
Tue 09/07/2024
Times:
9:30am - 2:30pm
Duration:
8 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Gillian Hunt
Course code:
Q00013741
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
6 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £300.00

Entry Level Essential Digital Skills: Using Digital Skills to write emails 2

The 'Using Digital Skills to write emails' course will cover all the basics that will help you use emails, send attachments and navigate the Internet for work or in your everyday life. Get your digital skills sense to the next level!

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 21/05/2024 -
Tue 25/06/2024
Times:
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Elena Hawkins
Course code:
Q00014022
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
9 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £37.00

Entry Level Essential Digital Skills: Using Digital Skills to write emails

The 'Using Digital Skills to write emails' course will cover all the basics that will help you use emails, send attachments and navigate the Internet for work or in your everyday life. Get your digital skills sense to the next level!

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 21/05/2024 -
Tue 25/06/2024
Times:
9:30am - 12:00pm
Duration:
9 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Elena Hawkins
Course code:
Q00014021
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
7 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £189.00

Pre Entry Digital Skills

Learn to use digital devices and gain essential computer skills for professional and personal use. Digital training helps you move with the times and not get left behind. This beginner’s course is for anyone who wants to learn digital skills, no matter your current knowledge. This course is appropriate for complete beginners, so don’t worry if this is all new to you. Learn to use word processing software and fill out online forms in this Digital Skills course. Understand how to use email and search for information online. This digital skills training also teaches you how to shop online securely. You’ll understand online safety and data storage

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 21/05/2024 -
Tue 21/05/2024
Times:
9:30am - 12:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Health Resource Centre (Newcastle upon T
Adelaide Terrace
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE4 8BE
Tutor:
Maryam Knowles
Course code:
Q00015220
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
1 place remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £10.50