Courses to build life skills

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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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Maths Online Self Study Course (Multiply Norfolk)

This course is for residents of Norfolk only- Please only apply for this course if you live in the County of Norfolk. Do you lack confidence with numbers? On this self-study course, you will use the SPƵվ's fun, engaging, interactive multimedia resources to help grow your confidence with maths. You can learn at your own pace, at a time that suits you and take as long as you need to complete the course. From working out your household budget, to helping your kids with their school work, there is a module for you. From time to time, one of our friendly Numeracy Coaches will check in with you to provide any support that you need.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 01/08/2023 -
Tue 30/04/2024
Course code:
Q00011222
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee:
Free

Multiply: Maths Online (North Somerset)

Learn at your own pace in your own time, with or without the support of our Numeracy Champions and improve your number skills at home, work and in daily life. You use numbers every day, from working your household budget to helping the kids with their homework. Every time you do the weekly shop or trying to keep up with the cost-of-living crisis, you’re using maths skills. *Please note you can access this course at a time that suits you as many times as you like ! This Course is for learners based in north Somerset only.* The tutor will be running drop in support sessions twice a week on a Monday and Wednesday from 13th November to the 27th March at North somerset training hub.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 13/11/2023 -
Sun 31/03/2024
Course code:
Q00012643
How you'll learn:
Online and in venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee:
Free

WECA Multiply Online

Learn at your own pace in your own time, with or without the support of our Numeracy Champions and improve your number skills at home, work and in daily life. You use numbers every day, from working your household budget to helping the kids with their homework. Every time you do the weekly shop or trying to keep up with the cost-of-living crisis, you’re using maths skills. If you'd like further information, or need help with booking please email: [email protected] *Please note you can access this course at a time that suits you as many times as you like! Sessions below are indicative only

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 04/12/2023 -
Sun 31/03/2024
Course code:
Q00012757
How you'll learn:
Online and in venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee:
Free

Multiply - Number Confidence: Online Learning (West Sussex)

Learn at your own pace in your own time, with or without the support of our Numeracy Champions and improve your number skills at home, work and in daily life. You use numbers every day, from working your household budget to helping the kids with their homework. Every time you do the weekly shop or trying to keep up with the cost-of-living crisis, you’re using maths skills. If you'd like further information, or need help with booking please email: [email protected] *Please note you can access this course at a time that suits you as many times as you like! Sessions below are indicative only

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 25/01/2024 -
Wed 25/12/2024
Course code:
Q00013792
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee:
Free

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For just £15 a year, you can:

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  • Access an archive of over 100 past lectures,
  • Get priority online and phone booking for autumn courses (England only),
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Duration:
12 months
Fee:
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Confidence with Numbers (Self Study) - Brighton & Hove Multiply

A wonderful opportunity for improving numeracy skills and confidence with Maths. This supported self study course is running as part of Brighton & Hove Multiply project. This course is FREE for B&H residents. Learn at your own pace in your own time, with or without the support of our Numeracy Champions and improve your number skills at home, work and in daily life. You use numbers every day, from working your household budget to helping the kids with their homework. Every time you do the weekly shop or trying to keep up with the cost-of-living crisis, you’re using maths skills. If you'd like further information, or need help with booking please email: [email protected] *Please note you can access this course at a time that suits you as many times as you like! Sessions below are indicative only*

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 01/02/2024 -
Sat 01/02/2025
Course code:
Q00013863
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee:
Free

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:
Tue 06/02/2024 -
Tue 06/02/2024
Times:
9:30am - 12:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
The Recovery College Collective
1 Carliol Square
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 6UF
Tutor:
Maryam Knowles
Course code:
Q00013186
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
9 places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £12.60

Functional Skills Qualification in English (Entry 3)

Continue developing your English skills to open doors to work and study opportunities. This entry 3 functional skills course helps you learn English skills employers look for. Gain practical skills to improve your reading, writing, and verbal communication in English. Strengthen your writing skills and learn reading techniques to help you tackle everyday situations at work or while studying. This adult English course helps you develop your language skills through real-life situations. Functional Skills entry 3 is a government-funded accredited English course for adults. Functional Skills qualifications are free if you don't already have a GCSE in English or Maths at grades A*-C, or 4-9. We'll check your level and any previous qualifications before you start. This ensures you are on the correct course.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 12/02/2024 -
Mon 22/04/2024
Location:
Tam O'Shanter Farm
25 Boundary Road
Prenton
Birkenhead
CH43 7PD
Course code:
Q00013738
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee:
Free

Personal Development: Preparing for the Driving Theory Test

The course is for learners who either have some experience of driving in the UK or abroad or are interested in learning to drive in the UK but have limited experience. 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 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 15/02/2024 -
Thu 14/03/2024
Times:
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Tutor:
Sally Kawamura
Course code:
Q00012827
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
0 places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £37.00

Meditation and Mindfulness

Leading a busy life leaves little room for calm and relaxation. This can make it hard for us to wind down and enjoy the present. But finding these moments of calm is essential for our emotional well-being and mental health. This meditation and mindfulness course is ideal if you want to learn to relax, be present, and alleviate stress in your life. Meditation courses teach us to recognise the importance of conscious thought in our everyday lives. Develop concentration strategies to help focus your mind. Understand the principles of mindfulness. Learn to block out intrusive thoughts and enjoy the present moment.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 19/02/2024 -
Mon 18/03/2024
Times:
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Horden Youth & Community Centre (Peterle
Eden Street
Horden
Peterlee
SR8 4LH
Tutor:
Janet Ashburner
Course code:
Q00013586
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £42.00

Functional Skills Qualification in Mathematics (Entry 3)

Take your maths skills to the next level to help you with work or study opportunities. Adult maths teaches you practical numeracy skills for everyday life. This entry 3 functional skills maths course offers a practical way to learn maths as an adult. Functional skills maths courses aren’t like studying maths at school. You’ll learn maths in context. Develop maths skills to face real-life situations such as organising your personal budget or applying discounts when shopping. This entry 3 functional maths course is right for you if you want to enhance your maths skills to work or study. It can help you learn essential maths skills employers look for. Functional Skills qualifications are free if you don't already have a GCSE in English or Maths at grades A*-C, or 4-9. We'll check your level and any previous qualifications before you start. This ensures you are on the correct course.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 19/02/2024 -
Wed 01/05/2024
Times:
11:45am - 1:45pm
Duration:
33 sessions
Tutor:
Ekta Vishrolia
Course code:
Q00013316
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
1 place remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free