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Multiply: Get Ready for Functional Skills Exams

This course will help you progress to a Functional Skills Maths qualification. This course helps you learn the necessary maths skills to bridge the gap between entry level and Level 1 and Level 2 functional maths. Gain numeracy skills for learning, life, and work. This Multiply course helps you learn Maths as an adult. These preparatory courses give you extra study time to acquire the knowledge you’ll need. This is an adult maths course for people who are looking to progress to Level 1 or Level 2 functional skills courses. It is not accredited.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 14/11/2023 -
Tue 05/03/2024
Times:
9:30am - 12:00pm
Duration:
17 sessions
Tutor:
Raluca Balasa
Course code:
Q00012313
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee:
Free

Functional Skills Maths

Gain a GCSE-equivalent qualification with this functional skills maths course. Learn maths skills to open doors to work and study opportunities. Functional maths courses also support you in everyday situations. Learn maths as an adult and enjoy the experience. Functional maths helps you develop practical maths skills in context. Understand how numeracy skills can assist you in a job or your personal life. This functional skills maths course teaches you essential maths skills through practical examples. It’s ideal for you if you would like to gain a GCSE-equivalent maths qualification.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 14/12/2023 -
Thu 06/06/2024
Course code:
P00000006
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee:
Free

Functional Skills English

Get an English qualification to help you access a variety of work and study options. Functional skills courses in English teach you to read, write, and communicate confidently in English. Functional skills English isn’t like learning English at school. This is an English course for adults created by adults. Develop practical English skills by learning language in context.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 11/01/2024 -
Thu 06/06/2024
Course code:
P00000004
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee:
Free

Counselling

This course focuses on an understanding of counselling and developing practical skills. The importance of counselling for the wellbeing of individuals and society is being increasingly recognised. You will be introduced to the nature of counselling and learn and practice active listening skills such as reflecting, paraphrasing, summarising, and giving feedback. The course is aimed at anyone who may be considering either a career in counselling, or wanting to develop valuable helping and listening skills, as well as anyone interested in developing self-awareness.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 22/01/2024 -
Fri 02/08/2024
Course code:
P00000026
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
7 places remaining
Status:
In progress

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Membership Information

Duration:
12 months
Fee:
WEA Membership

Get Ready for Functional Skills Maths Entry 3

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.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 06/02/2024 -
Fri 15/03/2024
Location:
St Pauls Learning Centre (Bristol)
94 Grosvenor Road
St Pauls
Bristol
BS2 8XJ
Course code:
Q00009695
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £150.00

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:
Tue 13/02/2024 -
Tue 07/05/2024
Times:
9:30am - 2:30pm
Duration:
10 sessions
Location:
The Recovery College Collective
1 Carliol Square
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 6UF
Tutor:
Maryam Knowles
Course code:
Q00014102
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
7 places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £300.00

Introduction to Digital Skills (Multiply West Sussex)

Not feeling confident using Outlook? Never opened Outlook in your life? Never mind, this course is for you! This beginner's digital 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:
Mon 19/02/2024 -
Mon 11/03/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
Maximus Three Bridges Office
Unit 2
3 Crawley Business Centre
Stephenson Way
Three Bridges
Crawley
RH10 1TN
Tutor:
Gabriella Russo
Course code:
Q00013317
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
3 places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee:
Free

Multiply: Strategies for Maths Exams

The purpose of this course is to develop learner’s mathematical confidence and study strategies as they prepare for the City and Guilds Functional Skills test paper. The course will focus on individual participants’ mathematical weaknesses and support them to overcome these. The WEA uses its online learning area called Canvas to support your learning. A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you. We expect you to attend your classroom sessions and make time to do any required activities in your own.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 19/02/2024 -
Fri 15/03/2024
Times:
9:30am - 12:00pm
Duration:
12 sessions
Location:
St Pauls Learning Centre (Bristol)
94 Grosvenor Road
St Pauls
Bristol
BS2 8XJ
Tutor:
Taona Makunde
Course code:
Q00011583
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee:
Free

Award in Support Work in Schools and Colleges Level 2

If you enjoy the buzz of learning environments, this qualification can teach you key skills for employment in a school or college. This government-funded course prepares you for a variety of roles. It provides the basic skills and knowledge necessary to work in admin, technical, or support roles in a learning environment. Studying support work in schools at level 2 can be a first step towards working with kids in teaching positions. It also provides you with the qualifications needed to work in admin at schools. No matter what role you’re interested in, this course can teach you skills for employability in schools and colleges.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 20/02/2024 -
Tue 16/07/2024
Times:
9:00am - 2:00pm
Duration:
22 sessions
Tutor:
Bimbola Olawanle
Course code:
Q00011740
How you'll learn:
Online
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £225.00

Personal Development: Prepare for your driving theory test

This course has been tailored for those who are wanting to prepare for their driving theory tests and/or aiming to develop their numeracy and ESOL capabilities. This course offers a comprehensive foundation for practical numeracy and road safety awareness. The course focuses on enhancing numeracy skills and confidence in everyday number use. Learners will develop their knowledge of a range of shapes, directions, and essential vocabularies for driving theory. By the end of this course, participants will proficiently identify road traffic signs and understand driving rules and feel more confident to progress onto taking their driving theory test.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 20/02/2024 -
Tue 14/05/2024
Times:
9:30am - 11:30am
Duration:
11 sessions
Location:
Thornhill Lees Community Centre (Dewsbur
53 Brewery Lane
Dewsbury
WF12 9DU
Tutor:
Zaakirah Dadibhai
Course code:
Q00013805
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
6 places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £92.40