Digital Skills Courses

Introduction to Digital Skills

Duration: This course is 6 weeks long

Content: This course aims to provide a simple hands on introduction to enhance learner’s digital skills.

Learners will be taught how to  

  • switch on a computer safely and shut it down
  • enter text and numbers using a keyboard and mouse
  • use word-processing to type words and numbers
  • use the internet safely and legally

Digital Skills - Beginners: Part 1 & Part 2

Duration: Each part is 6 weeks long

Content: This course supports learners in acquiring the basics digital skills needed for everyday life and become more confident in using a computer or a laptop. 

Learners will be taught how to

  • create simple Word documents
  • create and use an email address
  • be safe online
  • find information from the internet that is useful and of interest to you
  • use the internet safely and legally

Digital Skills - Improvers: Part 1 & Part 2

This course aims to improve learners basic digital skills working at their own pace and focus on the areas they wish to develop, supported by the teacher.

Learners will be taught how to

  • develop word processing skills
  • improve the display of a word document
  • use computers to search for basic useful information
  • read, send and receive emails
  • download files from the internet
  • safe and responsible online

Online Safety

This course aims to provide key elements in online safety.

Learners will be taught how to

  • create safe passwords
  • shop safely online
  • set up parent control for children’s devices
  • distinguish between secure and unsecure networks
  • protect yourself using social media.

Digital Skills Bridging course

This course aims to enable learners to improve on their digital skills and progress towards an accredited Digital Skills course.

Learners will be taught about

  • the basics of using the internet
  • how to working with online forms
  • using personal data safely online

Course requirements

Learners will need access to a tablet/laptop/smartphone or PC. They will also need an email address and access to the internet.

What could these courses lead to?

On completion of these courses all learners will receive a certificate of achievement and it could lead to further accredited qualifications such as IT skills for employment and ACDL level 1 and 2.

At the end of the course, we will provide information about other learning opportunities and courses for adults to join in the local area.

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English Courses

English: Part 1 & Part 2

Duration: Each part is 6 weeks long

Content: Learners will learn about  

  • asking for and giving relevant personal information about themself or others. 
  • daily life (greeting, routines) 
  • being out and about (transport) 
  • accessing local services (library, job centre, schools) 
  • shopping (shops, buying food, asking for items in a shop) 
  • healthcare (making an appointment, describing health, going to the chemist) 

Empowering English: Part 1 & Part 2

Duration: Each part is 6 weeks long

Content: This course aims to supports learners to build upon their confidence and their English through reading, writing, speaking and listening activities. Learners will learn how to

  • listen and respond to questions
  • speak about their family and people around them
  • read short text using Phonics
  • write simple sentences about themselves
  • express personal preference and capabilities
  • talk about people and jobs
  • explain about their health and body

English for... Driving / Job Seekers / Social Media / Sewing / Childcare

This course aims to supports learners to build upon their English, and supporting and teaching them vocabulary needed for driving, job seeking, using social media, sewing and working in childcare. Learners will learn about

  • vocabulary related to the driving and theory test.
  • vocabulary needed for job interviews and CV writing.
  • vocabulary related to certain interests for example sewing, childcare and social media.

Pre-Entry Bridging Course

This course aims to enable learners to improve on their English skills and progress towards a Pre-Entry ESOL course.  

Learners will learn how to

  • complete simple forms with their and other family members personal information  
  • use new vocabulary relating to a range of topics 
  • read and write the English alphabet
  • spell some personal words correctly
  • write simple sentences about themselves
  • use basic punctuation and grammar 

Course requirements

Learners will need access to a tablet / laptop / smartphone or PC. They will also need an email address and access to the internet.

What could these courses lead to?

On completion of the course all learners will receive, a certificate of achievement and this course could lead to further accredited qualifications such as English and ESOL.

At the end of the course, we will provide information about other learning opportunities and courses for adults to join in the local area.

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Sow & Grow – Spring Garden

Course Costs

Full Cost: £90 | Discount: £45 | Unemployed and on Income Based Benefits: FREE*
*if you have not previously done a Sow & Grow gardening course with us

Course aims

This exciting new course which will teach you all you need to know about sowing and upkeeping a garden or other green space. The course aims to give you a sound basis for garden planning, planting and upkeep. By the end of the course you will know how to sow and propagate plants, how to plan garden borders, care for houseplants, identify plants and weeds and even make a bug hotel or learn to cook from herbs or vegetables you might grow!

Course length

20 guided learning hours over 8 weeks.

Who is this course for?

This course is for you if you wish to learn and improve your gardening skills and learn the basics of sowing, growing and upkeeping a garden or other green space as well as to support you with your health & wellbeing and looking for employment in the green sector.

Will I gain any qualifications?

No. You will gain a BAES certificate of attendance.

Do I need any prior knowledge, skills or qualifications?

You don’t need any prior knowledge but an interest in gardening and a wiliness to learn are important.

Course content

By the end of the course learners will:

  • Understand about wellbeing and health and safety in the garden
  • Get it right - Soil PH
  • How to dig and prepare beddings
  • Learn how to plant spring containers and borders
  • Understand the need for crop rotation
  • Sow vegetable and flower seeds & learn about thinning seedlings
  • Drought tolerant vegetables/hot caps and clouches
  • Sticky traps for pest control
  • Edible flowers, climbers & scented plants
  • Spring pruning, dividing perennials and transplant shrubs
  • Create a Spring hanging basket
  • Caring for houseplants
  • Get tips on lawn care
  • Plan summer flower borders

What could this course lead to?

Opportunity to move onto a more advanced gardening course, including those with the RHS.

How will I learn?

Learning will take place initially in a classroom and outdoor environment. You will also have access to Birmingham Adult Education Services Virtual Learning Environment (VLE - Moodle) which is a secure online tool to support you with your studies. It has been designed to complement teaching and offers a flexible addition to studying with us. Various other tools like Microsoft Teams & Padlet will be used to enhance teaching & learning.

You will be able to access resources, engage in online activities, study independently, and participate in group discussions with your teacher. You will record your own progress and have your work checked regularly throughout the course. Once you are enrolled your teacher will provide you with an enrolment key and show you how to access the resource.

What materials or equipment will I need to provide?

You will need to have access to:

  • Comfortable clothes suitable for outdoors and possibly wet weather
  • Suitable footwear such as waterproof boots
  • Notepad and pen – you will need to take notes during sessions and a folder to store hand-outs and completed exercises

What we require of you as a learner?

  • Regular attendance is essential for you to succeed
  • Work at home will need to be completed punctually and sent to your teacher for marking
  • You will need to ensure that you allow sufficient time for self-study and complete any homework set
  • You will be expected to complete the full course

Support if you are registered unemployed, looking for a job or a better job – Route to Work

As part of your programme of learning, we will support you to develop the skills you need to get a job or a better job, such as CV writing, application forms, interviews and working in a team. Your tutor will discuss your individual learning and development needs to agree with you which of our Route to Work short courses will best suit your needs and enrol you on these modules.

How to enrol

Call: 0121 303 4318 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Sow & Grow – Summer Garden

Course aims

Have you got green fingers? Do you know a weed from a plant?

Join this exciting new course which will teach you all you need to know about sowing and upkeeping a garden or other green space. The course aims to give you a sound basis for garden planning, planting and upkeep. By the end of the course you will know how to sow and propagate plants, how to plan garden borders, care for houseplants, identify plants and weeds and even make a bug hotel or learn to cook from herbs or vegetables you might grow!

Read more: Sow & Grow – Summer Garden

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Workskills courses to help you get that job!

Improve your understanding of the skills needed to gain employment.

These short workskills courses consist of 10 x 2 hour sessions. Learning will take place online via Zoom and you will be asked to complete work in your own time, as well as in the virtual classroom.

Completing a job application form

Selecting and applying for job vacancies that are right for you can be challenging. It is important to select the right job opportunities for your skills and interests and to understand how to present yourself in writing so potential employers select you for interview.

In this free course you will explore suitable job opportunities for your needs and produce documentation to apply for a selected position.

Taking part in an interview

Interview skills are an important aspect of the route to employment. Understanding your own skills, knowledge, and career goals and how these fit in with an organisation is an important part of the planning stage. Being able to communicate and present these abilities to a potential employer, work placement or college at an interview will help you achieve your career goals.

In this free course you will prepare for an interview and how to demonstrate your skills and experience in an interview situation.

Call 0121 303 4318 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book your place onto these free courses.

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