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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:
9 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:
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Level 2 Step into Child Development and Well Being

Level 2 Step into Child Development and Well-Being is ideal for those wanting to work with children from birth to age five. These topics cover basic skills you need to know about the development and care of younger children and are ideal for those thinking or preparing to work in early years settings such as nurseries and preschools, as well as those looking to become a childminder or nanny.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 22/01/2024 -
Tue 05/03/2024
Times:
9:30am - 1:30pm
Duration:
29 sessions
Location:
St Matthews Neighbourhood Cntr (Library)
10 Malabar Road
Leicester
LE1 2PD
Tutor:
Ayman Ali
Course code:
Q00012702
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
5 places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £150.00

Beginners' Social Media Marketing

Social media is one of the biggest marketing channels today. Whether you’re a small business owner, charity worker, community service operator, or local performer, having a presence online can help you get in front of your target audience. Social media courses give you essential digital training to be able to set up and run social media accounts. They also help you learn to market yourself online. This social media marketing course is aimed at beginners, so don’t worry if this is new to you! We will cover five main platforms: LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest. Understand how these channels work and learn to set up your profile. Understand how to define your target audience and create content that they want to see. Learn how to schedule posts and plan a content calendar.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 24/01/2024 -
Wed 27/03/2024
Times:
9:30am - 12:00pm
Duration:
9 sessions
Tutor:
Karen Duncan
Course code:
Q00013259
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
0 places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £83.25

Beginners' Blogging

Starting a blog is easier than you think. If you have ideas, tips, or recommendations to share, this short blogging course can teach you the essentials to get your blog online. This beginner’s blogging course covers essential lessons in both writing and setting up your blog. You’ll learn creative writing techniques to make your blogs engaging, and digital skills to make sure you can set up and maintain your site. This course is aimed at beginners, so don’t worry if this is new to you. Discover the wonderful world of Beginners Blogging with this course. Whether you have studied the content before or you are completely new to it, You will find value on this programme. Blogging has become a popular part in creating an online presence and imparting your knowledge, wisdom or craft. In today's digital age, creating high-quality content is just the beginning. The real challenge lies in effectively setting up your blog page and then promoting your blog or website to a wider audience. On this online course, you'll discover the most powerful strategies and techniques for getting your blog started growing your readership, and turning your passion into a profitable online presence! You do not need any special tools to attend, just yourself and some enthusiasm. Start your blogging journey today by registering for this course.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 25/01/2024 -
Thu 28/03/2024
Times:
9:30am - 12:00pm
Duration:
9 sessions
Tutor:
Karen Duncan
Course code:
Q00013260
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
5 places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £74.00

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:
Wed 31/01/2024 -
Wed 31/01/2024
Times:
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Washington Millennium Centre (WASHINGTON
The Oval
Concord
WASHINGTON
NE37 2QD
Tutor:
Jayne Liddle
Course code:
Q00012489
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
4 places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £8.40

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:
Fri 02/02/2024 -
Fri 15/03/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Reed in Partnership
Churchgate
New Road
Peterborough
PE1 1TT
Tutor:
Inna Gorobets
Course code:
Q00009425
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £50.40

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