We are about learning ability - not disability

Our course programme for 2020 – 2021 is designed to inspire learning ability whilst overcoming disability. We want you to grow with us and achieve your true potential.

Share experiences with friends and staff within a vibrant learning community.

Experience the opportunity to seize, explore and immerse yourself in a new learning culture witnessing first-hand the value of education. If you are not sure about which course, or you want to discuss future career goals and aspirations then we are here to offer information, advice, guidance and support to help you.

Access Courses

Our access courses are a brilliant way of giving you the next step into a career or a popular route to changing your life. As well as developing subject knowledge, you will take part in exploring occupational areas, work placement or volunteering.

First Steps

First steps courses are designed to help people to fulfil their potential, and achieve personal or career goals. You will learn more about studying whilst discovering your potential and thinking about your next steps to a chosen career. The possibilities are endless.

Health and Well-being short courses

Our health and wellbeing courses are the perfect way of starting your learning before deciding if it is really the right path for you. These short courses are a great start to doing more with your life or a flexible way to start building towards future goals and ambitions.

Access Courses

Catering450Access to Working in Catering - Part 1

The course will focus on basic cooking techniques, everyday food and drink preparation and making simple snacks and meals. Cooking will be fun but following kitchen health and safety will be a priority.

There will be sessions to improve learners’ English and maths skills and opportunity to take part in a project related to working in catering. You will explore different occupational areas within the sector and taking part in a taster.

Erdington Centre
Learners must attend 4 sessions per week, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 1 - 3pm.

Programme includes: Catering Skills for Employment, Independent Living Skills, English and maths. Learners will gain work experience.

Interested in joining an Access to Working in Catering course? Fill in an expression of interest form.

Access to Working in Catering - Part 2

The course will focus on hygiene and safety in the kitchen, food preparation, cooking and producing products.   

There will be sessions to improve customer service skills including being a customer, looking and acting the part and participation in a work placement. Learners will improve their English and maths and take part in project related to the hospitality and catering sector. 

Erdington Centre
Learners must attend 4 sessions per week, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 10 - 12 noon

Programme includes: Further Catering Skills for Employment, Independent Living Skills, English and maths. Learners will have a work placement.

Interested in joining an Access to Working in Catering course? Fill in an expression of interest form.


Independent LivingAccess to Independent Living Skills - Part 1

Our Access to Independent Living Skills is appropriate for people with learning difficulties and disabilities to develop and foster life, learning and skills. The course will raise awareness and increase skills of those whose goal it is to live as independently as possible and to be successful and an active citizen.   

The course will focus on developing confidence needed to overcome barriers due to difficulties and disabilities. There will be opportunity to take part in practical household skills, shopping for daily living, personal safety, environmental awareness and other skills to help learners to participate and live life in the community.

Enrichment includes project work that allow learners to use their abilities, personal experience and interests under guidance of teachers and support. 

Trittiford Centre, Billesley
Learners must attend 4 sessions per week, Wednesday 10 - 12 noon & 1pm - 3pm, and Thursday, 10am - 12 noon & 1 - 3pm

Northfield Centre
Learners must attend 4 sessions per week, Wednesdays 10 - 12 noon & 1pm - 3pm, and Thursdays, 10am - 12 noon & 1 - 3pm

Programme includes: Independent Living Skills and Entry Levels 2 and 3 Computer Skills, as well as Skills for Work and Volunteering, including work experience. You will also improve your English and maths skills.

Access to Independent Living Skills - Part 2

Our Access to Independent Living Skills is appropriate for people with learning difficulties and disabilities to develop and foster life, learning and skills. The course will focus on independent living including practical skills, personal presentation, employability and living in the community.

There will be an opportunity to take part in the design and production of a project under the guidance of teachers and support. 

Trittiford Centre, Billesley
Learners must attend 4 sessions per week, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 - 12 noon.

Northfield Centre
Learners must attend 4 sessions, Mondays 10 - 12 noon and 1 - 3pm, and Tuesdays, 10 - 12 noon and 1 - 3pm.

Programme includes: Further Independent Living Skills and Wider Computer Skills, as well as Skills for Work and Volunteering, including a work placement. You will also improve your English and maths skills.

Interested in joining an Independent Living Skills course? Fill in an expression of interest form.


Hospitality 450Access to Working in Hospitality

The course will promote independent living skills with the focus being on working or volunteering in the hospitality environment and will include, health and safety in the work place, cleaning and dealing with people.

There will also be sessions to improve learners' English and Maths skills. There will also be the opportunity for learners to take part in a project related to the subject and have the experience of a work placement within the hospitality industry.

Trittiford Centre, Billesley
Learners must attend 4 sessions, Tuesday 10 - 12 noon & 1 - 3pm and Wednesday 10 - 12 noon & 1 - 3pm

Programme includes: Hospitality Skills for Employment, Independent Living Skills, English and Maths. Learners will gain work experience.

Interested in joining a Working in Hospitality course? Fill in an expression of interest form.


First Steps Courses

First Steps: Cooking skills

This course aims to develop learners understanding of cooking methods, nutrition and health and safety in the kitchen. The course will cover knowing how to prepare and make simple dishes using different cooking methods. Learners will be encouraged to understand and appreciate a wide range of cultural influences within food.

Erdington Centre
Learners must attend both sessions on Fridays from 10am - 12 noon & 1pm - 3pm

Programme includes Basic Cookery and Independent Living Skills.

Interested in joining this course? Fill in an expression of interest form.


First Steps: Looking after your home

This course plays a key role in developing confidence, assertiveness and first steps to looking after a home. The course will cover, money management, shopping, and making healthy snacks and drinks. A life skill course to develop skills towards daily living and independence.

Trittiford Centre, Billesley
Learners must attend both sessions on Fridays from 10am - 12 noon & 1pm - 3pm.

Programme includes Basic Home Care and Independent Living Skills.

Interested in joining this course? Fill in an expression of interest form.


First Steps: Using your community

This course supports the development of skills needed to make maximum use of the local community. You will learn about local facilities such as, shops, Post Offices, Libraries, Community Centres, Galleries and health services. You will gain confidence with using public transport and finding your way around the community.

Stone Hall Centre, Acocks Green
Learners must attend both sessions on Tuesdays from 10am - 12 noon & 1pm - 3pm.

Programme includes: Accessing Community Facilities and Independent Living Skills.

Interested in joining this course? Fill in an expression of interest form.


First Steps: Computer skills

This course is first steps to developing computer skills in a home environment and towards work. You will learn how to operate a computer, to send emails, use Zoom, search the internet and about on-line safety. The course will also include using social media, designing greetings cards and playing games.

Selly Oak Centre
Learners must attend both sessions on Wednesdays from 10am - 12 noon & 1pm - 3pm.

Programme includes: Basic Computer Skills and Independent Living Skills.

Interested in joining this course? Fill in an expression of interest form.


Health and Well-being Courses

One session per week offered as part of our Community Learning Programme. If you are interested in joining one of our Health and Well-being courses fill in an expression of interest form.

Includes:

Confidence with Computers

A course to learn how to use a computer and develop mouse skills and getting to know your way around a computer keyboard and know how to cope when things go wrong. The course will cover aspects of sending and receiving, email, formatting text and using clip art.

Erdington Centre, Mondays 1 - 3pm


Personal Presentation Skills

Improve your motivation and confidence through personal presentation. The course will look to support the development of speaking with confidence and knowing how to overcome your nerves to present yourself in the best possible light.

Erdington Centre, Mondays 10 - 12 noon


Healthy Body, Healthy Mind

This course focuses on healthy eating, emotions and exercise to improve your overall health and well-being. The course will help you to improve your knowledge of making healthy food choices, structuring your day in order to balance stress levels. We will support you to develop your future goals.

Northfield Centre, Mondays 10 - 12 noon


Introduction to Volunteering

This course looks into the world of volunteering and the role of a volunteer and why people volunteer. The course will look at the distinctive features and value of volunteering and the rewards it can bring. You will learn how to use prior learning by applying your knowledge and skills towards career and personal goals.

Northfield Centre, Thursdays 1 - 3pm


Drama & Communication Skills

An engaging course to improve and develop communication skills through drama and role play. You will learn how to communicate with or without words. The aim of this course is to encourage spontaneity, creativity, imagination and social interaction.

Trittiford Centre, Mondays 10 - 12 noon


Singing for Well-Being

Improving our sense of happiness and well being through singing. Increasing social connections as a vital role in maintaining health and well-being. You will experience a feeling of connectivity within a group leading to a sense of increased community and belonging.

Trittiford Centre, Fridays 1 - 3pm


Healthy Eating

A healthy eating course which looks to include healthy food choices, good food and nutrition and the impact it has on our health and well-being. The course includes eating and cooking at home to help maintain a healthy body and mind.

Trittiford Centre, Fridays 10 - 12 noon


If you are interested in joining one of our Health and Well-being courses fill in an expression of interest form.

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