Priestley Adult College is pleased to offer a range of part time evening courses which will start in September 2016. There are some essential GCSE courses, Functional Maths and English courses and a range of leisure courses available.

With most of the leisure courses, we are offering a free “taster” hour which will allow you to meet the tutor and sample the course ahead of enrolment – so that you can “try before you buy!”

We are also running Functional Maths and Functional English courses during the day at various community locations around Warrington. All of these courses are free but some eligibility conditions apply.

Enrolments will be taken from the 22nd August and you can find out more about each of the courses by clicking on the Course profiles here.

Full details about who can apply, times, days and costs of the courses are given in the ADULT COURSE GUIDE 2016

 

EVENING COURSES

Free taster hour: Tuesday January 10th, 7:15 – 8:15 pm

Course Starts: Tuesday January 17th, 6:45 – 8:45 pm

Please ‘phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book a place on the free taster hour.

 

Why take this course?
Anyone interested in the role religion plays in the world today will find this course valuable.  It is accessible to any non-specialist with a general interest in the subject.

 

What are the key topics it will cover?
The course begins with an overview of theories of religion.

We then look at:

  • The Asian traditions (Hinduism and Buddhism)
  • The humanist traditions (Confucianism and western humanism)
  • The monotheist religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam)
  • The course concludes with an overview of fundamentalism and secularisation.

As well as raising a general understanding of the main traditions of the world, broader questions are canvassed, including:

  • Are humans naturally religious?
  • If so, what does ‘being religious’ mean?
  • Is religion a positive or negative force in the twenty-first century?

Each evening is run as a guided discussion.  Several pages of notes, with suggestions for further reading and images relevant to the religion being studied, are handed out in each class.

 

Who will this course suit?
Anyone with a general interest in the subject. No specialist knowledge is needed.

 

Is there a qualification at the end of the course?

  1. This is a course purely for leisure, pleasure and general interest

Who will lead the course?

The sessions will be led by Dr Bill Cooke. MA (Hons), PG Dip Social Sciences (Distinction), PG Dip Humanities (Distinction), TTC, PhD.

Course Starts:             Tuesday January 10th             6:45 – 8:45 pm

Course length:             6 weeks                                   Fee      £54

Please ‘phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book a place on this course.

 

Why take this course?

Cake decorating has increased in popularity in recent years.  By following a few simple instructions you can create a huge variety of decorations to adorn your cupcakes.  With practice amazing results can be achieved!  (The added advantage is that they can be eaten on completion.)  Beware – it can become VERY addictive!

 

What are the key topics it will cover?

In the first week of the course, you will have the opportunity to make individual decorations for your cupcakes. As the course progresses you will work with a wide range of equipment to produce bespoke decorations.

Topics to be covered will include:

  • Adding colour to sugar paste.
  • Creating 3D flowers using sugar paste.
  • Making human/animal faces for cupcakes.
  • Using silicone moulds to create bespoke decorations.
  • Using plunger cutters.
  • Creating Valentine-themed decorations for cakes.

We will provide all the materials for your first session and your tutor will advise you what you will need for subsequent classes.

 

Who will this course suit?

The course will suit anyone who has an interest in working with sugar paste and cake decorating equipment to decorate cupcakes.  No previous experience is needed, just a passion and enthusiasm for decorating cakes!

 

Is there a qualification at the end of the course?

  1. This is a traditional ‘leisure course’ and has no formal assessment. The aim will be to build confidence in a range of techniques so that you can have fun creating unique cupcakes for your friends and family. Feedback will be given throughout the course.

 

Who will teach you?

 

Jane Workman.  Jane has experience of both baking and teaching, and has combined these talents to run courses for beginners and those more experienced at cake-decorating.  Have a look for her work on line – search for Daisy Jane Bakery.  Mouthwatering – and inspiring!

Free taster hour:        Monday January 9th               6:45 – 7:45 pm

Course Starts:             Monday January 16th             6:45 – 8:45 pm

Course length             10 weeks                                 Fee      £90

Please ‘phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book a place on the free taster hour.

Why take this course?

This course is designed to help you get started and to improve your creative writing craft in a relaxed, pressure-free environment, with an award winning writer. It’s a great opportunity to meet fellow writers, share ideas and get writing!

 

What are the key topics it will cover?

During this course we will explore a number of key topics which are designed to improve your skills as a writer. Topics include; Genres, Story Patterns, Points of View, Story Ideas, Characterisation, Dialogue, Pace & Tension, Setting, Descriptive Prose, and Voice. Throughout the course we will look at a variety of published texts, as well as complete a wide range of practical activities designed to further develop your writing skills. There will also be an opportunity to share your work with the group and develop essential critiquing skills.

 

 

Who will this course suit?

This course is ideally suited to learners with an interest in creative writing who are ready to take their first tentative steps. It will explore a variety of styles and genres within fictional writing and is therefore suitable for anyone interested in the art of storytelling. So, whether you’re writing flash fiction, short stories or novels, there will be something in it for you.

 

Is there a qualification at the end of the course?

  1. This is a course purely for leisure, pleasure and general interest.

 

Who will teach you?

Dale Hannah.  Dale is passionate about creative writing. He loves nothing more than sharing his experiences and skills with fellow writers. He has previously had flash fiction and short stories published in anthologies for both adults and children. In 2014 he won a Northern Writers’ Award and the Commonword Diversity Writing Prize. He has an MA in Creative Writing and is also a qualified proof-reader and copy-editor. He is currently working on a novel.

Free taster hour:        Monday January 9th               7:15 – 8:15 pm

Course Starts:             Monday January 16th             6:45 – 8:45 pm

Course length             10 weeks                                 Fee      £90

Please ‘phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book a place on the free taster hour.

 

Why take this course?

Painting and drawing is an increasingly popular hobby which is accessible to everyone. It can help you to relax, meet like- minded people and it can bring you a great amount of pleasure and feelings of self-achievement.

Regardless of your starting point, why not bring out your true potential as an artist?  Enjoy learning step by step the essential skills of the great painters.  Work in an environment that inspires and nurtures your abilities.

What are the key topics it will cover?

On this course you can expect to cover the fundamentals of acrylic painting and drawing techniques:

  • Develop confidence in using a range of drawing mediums: Indian ink, pencil, oil crayon, charcoal and marker pen.
  • Explore and develop understanding of the basics of good artistic practice: examining perspective, composition, form, colour and tone.
  • Explore the characteristics of acrylic paint.
  • Create a painting using perspective, composition, form, tone and colour.
  • Learn and use techniques used in portraits, animals, landscapes, seascapes and still life.
  • Explore art history relevant to the lessons, such as the works and styles of the Impressionists, Cubists and Colourists.
  • Presenting your work, portfolio building and critiquing.

 

Who will this course suit?

This course is suitable for everyone and anyone who has (or who could have) a passion for painting and drawing and would like a good foundation in the basics in order to take your hobby to another level.

 

Is there a qualification at the end of the course?

No.  This is a traditional leisure course designed to help you to relax, learn new skills and take pleasure in your achievements.

 

Who will teach you?

Patrick Rowan.  Patrick is a freelance artist and art teacher based in Cheshire. He exhibits his work on a regular basis and is a member of a number of artist groups.  His work encompasses a wide variety of subject matter and artistic disciplines including; painting in oils and acrylics, mixed media drawing and print making. His work can be viewed at the following website:

www.patrickrowanartist.co.uk

 

Patrick’s teaching approach is very practical and relaxed. His classes examine the fundamental skills of drawing and painting; perspective, composition, form, colour and tone and there develop these principal skills to form a firm foundation for the artist to develop and find their true creative potential.

‘’Drawing on my own experience as an artist I aim to give the student the opportunity learn about and use a range of different artistic techniques and media and through this practical approach I look to assist them in developing their creative awareness and confidence’’

Why take this course?

The Functional English qualification is designed to give adults the English skills needed to operate confidently, effectively and independently in education, work and everyday life. They have been created in response to employers’ perceptions that more relevant English skills are needed in the workplace in order to achieve personal success.

You will work at a level which is most appropriate to you based on an initial assessment.

 

 

What are the key topics it will cover?

The qualification is divided into 3 units which can be claimed individually or once you have obtained all three, can be “cashed in” to form the full award.

The units are

  • Speaking and listening.

This will include discussion and presentation skills

  • Reading
  • Writing

The content of each unit is selected to be relevant, practical and topical to stimulate and motivate you in your work. The units are interwoven so you will gain maximum benefits from developing reading, writing and speaking and listening skills simultaneously.

 

 

Who will this course suit?

This course is ideal for anyone who wants to brush up their English skills and needs a nationally recognised qualification to further their career or even to “keep up with their children” at school.

It is run by an experienced adult tutor who will support and motivate you through the course. You need to be committed to achieving an English qualification and you will need to attend every session in order to stand the best chance of being successful.
Functional English in the evening is offered at 2 levels, Level 1 and Level 2.

(Level 1 is equivalent to GCSE English grades D-G and level 2 is equivalent to GCSE English A-C.)

You will be assessed on your first session so that we can ensure that you are working at the right level for you.  In order to register on the course, you must already have achieved Entry level 3 as a minimum.

You will not be eligible to enrol on Functional English courses if:

  • You already have a grade “C” or higher in GCSE English.
  • You are already doing a full time course with another provider or doing Functional English as part of any other course with another provider.

Please note that this course is not suitable for adults who do not have English as their first language or adults who have moderate or severe learning difficulties.

 

Is there a qualification at the end of the course?   YES

The course leads to a Certificate in Functional English awarded by Edexcel. Your tutor will provide you with information, advice and guidance about the most suitable qualification and level after your first session.

As part of the course we will expect you to attend every class and to complete work independently at home.

If your attendance falls below 85% and you do not catch up on the work you missed, this could jeopardise your test entry.

 

How will it be assessed?


Your first session will be an assessment session, which will allow us to ensure that you are on the right level for this course and that the course is suitable for you.

Following this assessment, your tutor will negotiate with you and individual learning plan (ILP) on a half – termly basis. This ILP will clearly set out the aims and objectives that you will be working on over the half term so that you will know exactly what you are learning, if you have learnt it and what you are moving on to on the next part of the course. In order to gain your qualification, you will be required to take a timed test for both the Reading and the Writing units.

The written tests for the Reading unit and the Writing unit can be taken on line or paper based but wherever possible will take place in your usual class time. Paper based tests have to be taken in nationally set monthly “test windows”, the dates of these windows will be provided once you have enrolled on the course.

The Speaking and Listening units are assessed by your tutor through designated sessions where you will be expected to take parts in discussions and to give a class presentation.

WHY TAKE THIS COURSE?

The Functional Skills maths course is designed to help you to update your skills, fill a gap on your CV if you missed out on a GCSE qualification at school, to give you the confidence to support your child at school or just prove that you can do maths.

Functional maths is a nationally recognised qualification. The classes are run by highly experienced adult tutors who are trained to motivate and support you through this subject which some adults can find a little daunting.

 

 

WHAT ARE THE KEY TOPICS IT WILL COVER?

The course covers 3 main areas:

  • Number skills
  • Measurement , shape and space
  • Handling data.
  • Problem solving – using all of the above areas in practical everyday situations.

It looks at a range of maths topics, including working with whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percentages, metric and imperial measurements, perimeter area and volume, graphs, tables and averages.

Your tutor will check what skills you already have and then work with you to devise a Learning Plan just for you to allow you to work on your problem areas.

 

WHO WILL THE COURSE SUIT?

For this course, you must have a desire and an ambition to gain a maths qualification. You will need to be committed to and able to attend each session and do maintain the skills you have learnt by practising outside of the class.

Functional Maths in the evening is offered at 2 levels, Level 1 and Level 2.

(Level 1 is equivalent to GCSE English grades D-G and level 2 is equivalent to GCSE English A-C.)

In order to register on the course, you must already have achieved Entry level 3 Functional maths as a minimum.

You will have an initial assessment pre course, so that we can ensure that you are working at the right level for you.

You will not be eligible to enrol on Functional Maths courses if:

  • You already have a grade “C” or higher in GCSE Maths.
  • You are already doing a full time course with another provider or doing Functional Maths as part of any other course with another provider.

 

Please note that this course may not be suitable for adults who do not have English as their first language and is not suitable for adults who have moderate or severe learning difficulties.

How are you assessed?

You will each have an individual learning plan which sets clear course targets and aims for you as an individual on a half termly basis. This way you can take control of your learning with a view to ensuring maximum success.

Ultimately, you will be required to take a Functional Maths exam which lasts 1hour and 30 minutes. These exams are available in nationally set “exam windows” throughout the year. (There is an exam window in most months of the academic year). During the course you will negotiate with your tutor which window will be most suitable for you.

The final exam is paper based, but under some circumstances, it can be done on line. The exam will be taken here at Priestley College on either Monday or Tuesday evenings.

The test window dates will be given to you at the start of the course.

 

As part of the course we will expect you to attend every class and to complete work independently at home.

If your attendance falls below 85% and you do not catch up on the work you missed, this could jeopardise your test entry.

 

IS THERE A QUALIFICATION AT THE END OF THE COURSE?

Yes, you will work towards a Certificate in Functional Maths at either level 1 or Level 2. Your tutor will provide you with information, advice and guidance about the most suitable qualification and level after your first session.

 

As part of the course we will expect you to attend every class and to complete work independently at home.

If your attendance falls below 85% and you do not catch up on the work you missed, this could jeopardise your test entry.

 

 

HOW WILL IT BE ASSESSED?

Your first session will be an assessment session (initial assessment) which will allow us to ensure that you are on the right level for this course and that the course is suitable for you.

In order to gain your qualification, you will be required to take a timed test but the timing of this will be negotiated with you by the tutor. The test can be taken on line or paper-based but will usually take place in your usual class time.  Paper-based tests have to be taken in monthly “test windows” under full examination conditions.  The dates of these “windows” will be provided once you have enrolled on the course.

Free taster hour:        Monday January 9th               7:15 – 8:15 pm

Course Starts:             Monday January 16th             6:45 – 8:45 pm

Course length             10 weeks                                 Fee      £90

Please ‘phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book a place on the free taster hour.

 

Why take this course?

This is an opportunity to gain that ‘made by me’ feeling! This course is for anyone who wants to learn about new textile based processes/crafts or just expand what you already know at the same time giving you an environment to be experimental.

 

What are the key topics it will cover?

The course will be in part be shaped by the group of students that enrol and by what end product(s) they want to create. You will be introduced to the ideas such as creating your own bag or handbag, canvas art or cloth brooches. As a group you will be able to choose a product and you will explore textile/craft related techniques which can be used to personalise your end piece. The course will have a recycled element to the materials we use. Key areas are likely to be included are: sewing (making), stitch, appliqué, felt making, image/colour transfer.

 

Who will this course suit?

This course would suit any adult interested in exploring textiles for the first time.

A range of different starting-points can be catered for:

  • Anyone who likes to make or who would like to try ‘making with textiles’
  • Anyone who has a hankering to learn how to use the sewing machine they have had tucked away for a while. (You may bring your own machine to college. We have a limited number of machines to share in class.)
  • It would also suit any adult who is looking to pick up a new hobby or a skill to help recharge their batteries
  • Or for those who have some making skills who want to try something different and regain that ‘made by me’ feeling.
  • It would also be an interesting taster for anyone who is considering undertaking a level 2 course (BTEC) in Textiles who hasn’t done a Textiles GCSE/A level.

 

Is there a qualification at the end of the course?

  1. This is a traditional ‘leisure course’ and has no formal assessment. The aim will be to produce a bag(s)/broaches/canvas work and experience various textile related process that you can use in order to create these. Feedback will be given throughout the course.

 

Who will teach you?

Maria Livesey.  Maria’s life is grounded in Textiles, Design and Art. She loves drawing and is inspired by unusual textures and materials in textiles.  She started almost 20 years ago with BA Hons in Textile Design and Craft from The Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, where she experimented with knitting, weaving, stitch and print. From there she specialised in creating her own experimental textiles using plastics and silicone, developing textiles and designed handbags using them.

Maria then went onto successfully complete a Master of Arts (MA) in textile development. She then worked in industry and won awards for her designs.  Her handbag designs were found in galleries in the UK and New York.

Since 2004 much of her work has focused on stitched based commissions including family trees and bespoke canvas work.

Over the years she has taught in a variety of settings, including as a lecturer on a HND in Textile Design, teaching textile based crafts, including felt making, free machine stitch and bag making. She has also taught Computer Aided Design and Professional Practise.

Free taster hour:        Tuesday January 10th            6:45 – 7:45pm

Course Starts:             Tuesday January 17th             6:45 – 8:45pm

Course length             10 weeks                                 Fee      £90

Please ‘phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book a place on the free taster hour.

 

Why take this course?

This is the perfect follow-on to ‘Hanging by a Thread: Introduction to Textile Crafts’.  You will continue to work with textiles, developing some of the processes already covered in the first course, as well as exploring some new techniques.  This is your chance to experiment while producing your own unique items.

 

 

What are the key topics it will cover?

This course has been developed using feedback from the students who completed the introductory textiles course.  You will consider the design of craft items, as well as the production skills.  We will look at making journal covers, a scarf and or a cushion. Through these projects we will explore surface manipulation, felting, and transferring images and colours to products.

 

Who will this course suit?

This course would suit any adult who wishes to explore textiles from different perspectives:

 

  • Anyone who likes to make or who would like to try ‘making with textiles’
  • This course would suit any adult interested in exploring surface decoration of textiles for the first time.
  • It would also suit any adult who is looking to pick up a new hobby or a skill to help recharge their batteries.
  • For those who have some making skills who want to try different surface decoration processes and inspire that ‘made by me’ feeling.
  • It would also be of interest to anyone who is considering undertaking a level 2 course (BTEC) in Textiles and has not already completed a Textiles GCSE/A level.

 

 

 

Is there a qualification at the end of the course?

  1. This is a ‘leisure course’ and has no formal assessment. The aim will be experiment with various textile related processes and to produce a journal, scarf and/or cushion to demonstrate your skills. Feedback will be given throughout the course.

 

Who will teach you?

Maria Livesey.  Maria’s life is grounded in Textiles, Design and Art. She loves drawing and is inspired by unusual textures and materials in textiles.  She started almost 20 years ago with BA Hons in Textile Design and Craft from The Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, where she experimented with knitting, weaving, stitch and print. From there she specialised in creating her own experimental textiles using plastics and silicone, developing textiles and designed handbags using them.

Maria then went onto successfully complete a Master of Arts (MA) in textile development. She then worked in industry and won awards for her designs.  Her handbag designs were found in galleries in the UK and New York.

Since 2004 much of her work has focused on stitched based commissions including family trees and bespoke canvas work.

Over the years she has taught in a variety of settings, including as a lecturer on a HND in Textile Design, teaching textile based crafts, including felt making, free machine stitch and bag making. She has also taught Computer Aided Design and Professional Practise.

Why take this course?

This GCSE (Level 2) Science course covers aspects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. It is designed as a year long Science course for mature students who require a qualification for career development or who have an interest in the Sciences.

 

What are the key topics it will cover?

In Biology cell structure and function along with genetics is studied. In Chemistry atomic structure and bonding are key ideas. In Physics energy, its conservation and light are investigated. There is a practical aspect to this course which runs through each area of science.

 

Who will this course suit?

All adult learners (16+) with a level 2 in Maths or working towards a level 2 numeracy qualification are eligible to take the course. It is particularly useful for future nurses and primary school teachers who do not already possess a level 2 qualification in Science.

 

Is there a qualification at the end of the course?  

YES a GCSE (Level 2) award at grade A* – G

 

How will the course be assessed?

There are three examinations which must be taken in the daytime at College (You may need to book time off work). Paper one is a Biology paper. Paper two consists of a Chemistry Paper. Paper three is a Physics paper. There is also a controlled assessment called an ISA which involves carrying out practical work in the evening and having a test set in class one evening. This is marked by your teacher but moderated by the exam board. All three papers and the ISA must be sat to pass the examination.

 

Examination component Time Contribution to the final mark
Biology 1 Hour 25%( 60 marks)
Chemistry 1 Hour 25%( 60 marks)
Physics 1 Hour 25%( 60 marks)
ISA Three sessions 25%( 50 marks)

 

Details of the specification 4405 are to be found on the AQA website aqa.org.uk

 

 

WHY TAKE THIS COURSE?

GCSE Mathematics is still one of the most recognisable and desirable qualifications enabling access to higher education and for career progression. It will also suit those learners who just want to refresh their skills in Mathematics.

ARE THERE ANY ENTRY REQUIREMENTS?

Yes – you will only be allowed to enrol automatically onto this course if you already have a Grade D in GCSE Maths or a Certificate in Functional Maths at level 2.

If you do not have either of these qualifications and are aged 19+, then you will be asked to take a pre course assessment.

For anyone NOT meeting the entry requirements, we will be holding an initial assessment evening on the 6th September. The assessment will take about an hour and you can book a place anytime between 6.00 pm and 7.30pm.

This is an intensive course and you must be able to commit to attending every week as well as doing work at home.

COSTS:

This course is free for anyone who presently has below GCSE Maths grade C.

If you already have a grade C and wish to do the course to upgrade to an A or B there will be a cost which is given in the Adult Course Guide.

You will be required to have a calculator and some mathematical instruments which will normally cost less than £10. Text books are optional but suggested books will be detailed in the first session with average costs of £5.

 

WHAT ARE THE KEY TOPICS IT WILL COVER?

It is a 30 week course of 2 hours per week, but learners must be prepared to spend at least another 2 hours weekly on further study. The course is split into four sections:

  • Number, which includes whole numbers, decimals, fractions, percentages, graphs and an introduction to algebra.
  • Statistics and Probability, which includes collection, organisation and presentation of data and the probability of events happening or not happening.
  • Algebra, which includes graphs and an introduction to algebra, and the use of algebra in equations and formulae.
  • Shape and Space, which includes perimeter, area and volume, angle properties and properties of shapes.

WHO WILL THE COURSE SUIT?

This course is for learners who narrowly failed GCSE Mathematics at their last attempt. (For automatic entry onto the course you should already have a grade D GCSE or equivalent).

If you do not have GCSE grade D, you will need to be assessed prior to the start of the course. You will need to attend the pre- course assessment session on the 6th September between 6.00 and 7.30pm. It should take about 1 hour.

 

In exceptional circumstances students may be able to take the Higher Tier exam (which potentially leads to Grades B or A) but this would be assessed within the first couple of months on an individual basis and would require a high level of independent learning.

To book into the pre course assessment please phone Adult learner Services on 624455

IS THERE A QUALIFICATION AT THE END OF THE COURSE?

Yes. When both exam scores have been combined, the final qualification is a GCSE in Mathematics awarded by Edexcel. We follow the foundation syllabus which means the highest grade achievable is a C.

IF YES, HOW WILL IT BE ASSESSED?

There is a calculator paper and non-calculator paper which assess all of the topics we study. Each paper is a 1 hour 45 minutes exam.

Please note that the two final exams take place during the day at Priestley College in May and June.

If you are unable to attend on any of these dates you should not enrol.

The Provisional dates for these exams are: 25th May and 8th June 2017.

Your tutor will confirm the actual dates.

 

Free taster hour:        Monday January 9th               6:45pm – 7:45pm

Course Starts:             Monday January 16th             6:45 – 8:45 pm

Course length             10 weeks                                 Fee      £90

Please ‘phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book a place on the free taster hour.

 

Why take this course?

It does not matter where your ancestors are from – whether local, British, or from other nations – this course will get you off to a flying start with your research.

Learn how to begin tracing your ancestors and find out about the world they lived in.  This informal course is designed for beginners but would also be suitable for those who have a little experience but would like some guidance.

 

What are the key topics it will cover?

The course will include the following topics:

  • Organizing and planning your research; learning what questions to ask and where to find the answers. Looking after the family “archive”.
  • Family history and the internet – uses and pitfalls, and how to conduct online research and network safely.
  • We will examine some of the key record collections of particular use to beginner genealogists, such as civil registration and census returns, and assess their usefulness and how they can further our research.
  • We will also look at some basic resources that will help you put your ancestors in the context of the world in which they lived.

Other topics may be added according to the interests of the group and the time available.  The tutor will also suggests activities that can be carried out between classes.

 

Who will this course suit?

The course will suit anyone who would like to know more about their family history and the world their ancestors lived in.  No previous experience is needed, and all students need to bring to the first session is a notepad/book and something to write with.  Note taking is kept to a minimum with the use of handouts which are regularly updated and improved.

 

Is there a qualification at the end of this course?

  1. This is a course purely for leisure, pleasure and general interest.

 

Who will teach you?

Gill Rossini.  Gill has had a passion for the past since childhood, which she attributes to summer holidays spent with her parents exploring the historic churches and monuments of Britain.  It is an enthusiasm which, decades later, shows no sign of abating.  After graduating with BSc Hons in History at Leeds University, she spent some years working in a large reference library before beginning her teaching career in 1988, and has been teaching a wide variety of historical topics to adult students ever since.  Gill’s primary foci as an historian are community and family history, gender, and the histories of disadvantaged groups within society; she also has a strong interest in the history of Greater Manchester and its trade, manufacturing and retail activities.  A huge variety of topics are covered by these interests, with everything from the history of a street to tracing ancestors, deciphering old handwriting or researching graveyards coming within Gill’s sphere of activities.

Gill’s classes are fun, practical and hands-on and you are guaranteed a warm welcome as you learn about the world of the past.  No previous expertise is required and all you need to bring is a notepad and something to write with – and your love of history!  All other materials will be provided.

Gill’s book A History of Adoption in England and Wales, 1850-1961 was published by Pen and Sword in 2014 and will be joined by her second book, a history of same sex relationships 1750-1957, in 2017.  Find out more about Gill at: website: www.gillrossini.com; Twitter @rainbowhistory;  Blog http://rainbowhistorian.blogspot.co.uk/; Facebook https://www.facebook.com/GilRossiniRainbowHistorian/.

Free taster hour:        Monday January 9th               7:15 – 8:15 pm

Course Starts:             Monday January 16th             6:45 – 8:45 pm

Course length             10 weeks                                 Fee      £90

Please ‘phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book a place on the free taster hour.

 

Why take this course?

Do you enjoy visiting France on holiday?

Do you want to “get by” in shops, museums and train stations?

This elementary course will help you improve your basic French in practical holiday situations, such as asking for tourist information, and shopping for food at the market.

 

What are the key topics it will cover?

You will learn to:

  • Introduce yourself and your family in French
  • Ask about opening times for shops, museums and tourist venues
  • Make travel arrangements for bus or train journeys.
  • Shop for groceries, fruit and vegetables at the market.

 

Along the way, you will build up your knowledge of French vocabulary and grammar, and improve your confidence and fluency in speaking. 

 

Who will the course suit?

This course is suitable for people with a little knowledge of basic French, who can greet people, give their name, say where they are from and order a drink and a meal at a cafe. 

The course is not suitable for people already at good GCSE standard.

 

Is there a qualification at the end of the course?

No. There are no formal assessments but you will each be given an Individual Learning Plan where you will find key objectives for the course. You will be asked if you have any of your own personal learning objectives and your tutor will try to accommodate these topics if at all possible. We will ask you to review your learning to make sure that everything on the course is meeting your expectations.

Who will teach you?

Ruth Mitchell.

Bonjour!  My name is Ruth, and I am very pleased to be offering this elementary course in French.  I regularly spend my holidays in France, and really appreciate how much knowing the language can add to the overall enjoyment of the holiday.  It’s not just for practical arrangements, but also to get to know people and learn about history and culture.

I am a very enthusiastic and supportive tutor with over 15 years’ experience of teaching French in adult education.  My teaching focus is on encouraging everyone to “have a go”, and on building confidence in speaking and understanding.  Recent students have commented that they found my teaching:

“Clear, well paced and planned.  [Ruth] is extremely patient and creates a friendly learning environment. I highly recommend her. “

I look forward to welcoming you on this course.

 

Pre Course assessment: if you do not already have a Level 2 Functional English qualification or a GCSE English, grade D, then you must complete a pre course initial assessment. You can download this from our website www.priestley.ac.uk/adult college or phone or call into the College and a copy will be provided. The assessment must be hand written and returned to College at least 4 days before the start of the class, marked for the attention of Anne McGrath. We will notify you of the outcome ahead of the class and advise you which class (GCSE or Functional English) is the most suitable for you.

 

WHY TAKE THIS COURSE?

IGCSE English Language (International GCSE) will help develop your reading, writing and oral communication skills. The course provides the opportunity to study writing techniques and use these to help you develop your own ability to write with clarity and imagination. You will also study spoken language and take part in speaking and listening activities.

 

ARE THERE ANY ENTRY REQUIREMENTS?

Yes – to be enrolled automatically onto this course you should already have gained at least a Grade D in GCSE English.

If you do not have this qualification and you are aged 19+, you will need to take a pre course written assessment. This is available on the website to be downloaded and should be hand written and returned to College at least 7 days before the start of the course.

 

WHAT ARE THE KEY TOPICS IT WILL COVER?

The GCSE contains all of the following elements:

  • Writing Skills: three pieces of coursework – a piece of descriptive writing including a piece of descriptive writing and a film review. (Coursework accounts for 40% of your total marks.)
  • Reading Skills: one piece of coursework – a letter to a newspaper in response to a controversial article; an examination comprehension question.
  • Spoken Language Study: a talk/presentation accounting for 20% of your total marks.

All of the above will be assessed by coursework, much of which can be prepared both at home and in class using personal computers and allowing for drafting and re-drafting.

  • Exam Preparation: for the exam at the end of May which includes both reading comprehension and short writing tasks.

 

WHO WILL THE COURSE SUIT?

English is a qualification requested and highly regarded by many employers. It is very important for those wishing to go on to study higher-level courses at college and university. It is also for those who wish to pursue a leisure activity leading to an important and nationally recognised qualification.

If you are 16-19 yrs, you can enrol on this course if you have a grade “D” in GCSE English or English Language. If you are 19+ you should either have a grade D GCSE English or English Language or you can request a written assessment from Adult Learner Services by telephoning 624455.

 

IS THERE A QUALIFICATION AT THE END OF THE COURSE?

Yes, a Cambridge IGCSE in English Language (equivalent to all other English GCSE qualifications.) The final exam takes place during the day at Priestley College. You may need to book time off work in order to attend the exam (half a day).

 

IF YES, HOW WILL IT BE ASSESSED?

Written Coursework: 40%

Speaking and Listening Assessments: 20%

Examination: 40%

You will sit one exam of 2 hours which will take place at Priestley College during the day.

Free taster hour:        Tuesday January 10th             6:45 – 7:45 pm

Course Starts:             Tuesday January 17th             6:45 – 8:45 pm

Course length             10 weeks                                 Fee      £90

Please ‘phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book a place on the free taster hour.

 

Why take this course?
This Photography course is designed for those wanting to develop technical skills and a knowledge of how imagery can be applied to communicate an innovative vision of the world we live in. This course will cover topics such as:

  • Composition, lighting and angles
  • DSLR camera dials and features including shutter speed, aperture and ISO
  • Photographic genres such as portraiture, documentary, fashion and architecture
  • Photographic meaning and visual communication
  • Collaboration project ‘In the Style Of’
  • Portfolio development (online and print): ‘Open Project’

What are the key topics it will cover?
You will be introduced to a range of different techniques that you can use with your digital camera.  You will explore the work of professional photographers in order to develop an understanding of the effects of composition and the use of different techniques on the final image, and how these affect the message conveyed by a photographic image.  You will also be introduced to basic Photoshop tools such as adjustments to colour and exposure, and removal of blemishes, in order to enhance the appearance of your imagery.  Throughout the course you will be supported to experiment in applying these techniques to your own photographic work.

Who will this course suit?
This course will suit learners with little prior knowledge of photography and those who already have some experience of using their digital camera.  Although principally targeted at learners who wish to develop their skills as a hobby, the course will also be of interest to anybody considering a career in the photographic industry eg as a freelance photographer, photographer’s assistant or technician.

You should have your own digital camera with a lead for transferring images onto the computer.  You will also need a USB memory stick so that you can store your edited photographs.

As you will be working with a computer, you must have basic IT skills: you need to be able to create new folders on the desktop, save images and use menus.  Some knowledge of Photoshop would be an advantage but is not essential.

Your work will be personal to you, so above all you need to be prepared to “have a go” and experiment with different ideas.

 

Is there a qualification at the end of the course?
NO. 
This is a course purely for leisure, pleasure and general interest.  However, you will practise a number of techniques widely used in photographic industries, as stated above.  The tutor will provide an indicative list of skills you have practised, if requested.

 

Who will teach you?

Amy Newton.

Amy is a qualified Teacher with a BA (Hons) in Photography. She works as a Freelance Photographer specialising in weddings, portraits, fashion, events and special occasions. With over 7 years photographic industry experience, she had had the privilege of working for clients such as Sales Sharks Rugby Team, Coronation Street, Johnnie Walker and Bradley Wiggins. Her passion for photography extends to Director of Photography for DV8 Manchester magazine and Editorial Photographer for White Noise Magazine and Sar Magazine. She is a highly creative and skilled photographer with an innovative vision and strive to push photographic boundaries. She is keen to teach creative individuals the “tricks of the trade“ applied when using photographic technologies and pass on her broad knowledge in this particular field.

Free taster hour: Monday January 9th, 6:45 – 7:45 pm

Course Starts: Monday January 16th, 6:45 – 8:45 pm

Course length             10 weeks                                 Fee      £90

Please ‘phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book a place on the free taster hour.

 

Why take this course?
Adobe Photoshop is one of the creative design industries’ leading and most widely-used software package for image editing and design.  This course will introduce you to a broad range of techniques using the latest software on PC platforms.  The course is designed to have a balance of hands on practical exercises and demonstrations through which you will learn various tools such as filters, layer masks and selections using the pen tool to create high standard imagery.  You will be encouraged to use your own photographs during the design processes and work towards developing a strong professional portfolio in completion of the course.

What are the key topics it will cover?
Course content will include:

  • Photoshop basics such as dodge, burn and adjustment tools
  • Multiple exposures using layers and blending modes
  • Design a ‘DADA’ style montage billboard design using your own photographs, pen tool, selections and text
  • Create a still life ‘studio’ style magazine advertisement such as a car, watch or perfume advert
  • Sharpening, smoothing and removing blemishes on a portrait, straightening and whitening teeth and enhancing eye detail using layer masks, brushes and cloning tools
  • Understanding of image output (size and print)- portfolio development
  • Creating a postcard, brochure or leaflet design using HDR imagery

Who will this course suit?
This course will suit learners who are first-time users of Photoshop and those who already have a little experience.  Athough principally targeted at learners who wish to develop their skills as a hobby, the course will also be of interest to anybody considering a career in the photographic industry eg as a freelance photographer, photo editor, photographer’s assistant or technician.

You should have your own digital camera with a lead for transferring images onto the computer.  You will also need a USB memory stick so that you can store your edited photographs.

As you will be working with a computer, you must have basic IT skills: You need to be able to create new folders on the desktop, save images and use menus.  Some understanding of how to use Apple Mac computers would be an advantage but is not essential.

Your work will be personal to you, so above all you need to be prepared to “have a go” and experiment with different ideas.

 

Is there a qualification at the end of the course?
NO. 
This is a course purely for leisure, pleasure and general interest.  However, the tutor will provide an indicative list of skills you have practised, if requested.

 

Who will teach you?

Amy Newton.

Amy is a qualified Teacher with a BA (Hons) in Photography. She works as a Freelance Photographer specialising in weddings, portraits, fashion, events and special occasions. With over 7 years photographic industry experience, she had had the privilege of working for clients such as Sales Sharks Rugby Team, Coronation Street, Johnnie Walker and Bradley Wiggins. Her passion for photography extends to Director of Photography for DV8 Manchester magazine and Editorial Photographer for White Noise Magazine and Sar Magazine. She is a highly creative and skilled photographer with an innovative vision and strive to push photographic boundaries. She is keen to teach creative individuals the “tricks of the trade“ when using photographic technologies and pass on her broad knowledge in this particular field.

DAYTIME COURSES

Why take this course?

If you missed out on a GCSE qualification at school, need to fill a gap in your CV, would like to be able to support your child at school or just need to improve your spelling, grammar and punctuation then this course is for you.

 

What are the key topics it will cover?

The course covers

  • Reading skills
  • Writing skills (including spelling strategies and punctuation)
  • Speaking and listening skills

Course content is selected to be relevant, practical and topical to stimulate and motivate you in your work.

 

Who will this course suit?

This course will suit anyone over 16 years old, who has not got a Level 2 qualification (i.e below GCSE level in their English) and who wishes to improve their literacy skills in a friendly and supportive environment.  This is a “Roll on / Roll Off” course which means that, if appropriate, you can join at any point during the year until the Spring Bank Holiday.

Information, advice and guidance about the suitability of the course will be given on an individual basis at the first session.  Your tutor will check what skills you already have and are confident with and then work with you to devise a Learning Plan just for you, to concentrate on the skills you need to strengthen.

You will not be eligible to enrol on Functional English courses if:

  • You already have a grade “C” or higher in GCSE English.
  • You are already doing a full time course with another provider or doing Functional English as part of any other course with another provider.

Please note that this course is not suitable for adults who do not have English as their first language or adults who have moderate or severe learning difficulties.

 

Is there a qualification at the end of the course?

A qualification may be available, depending on your starting point.

If it is appropriate for you, you will work towards a Certificate in Functional English awarded by Edexcel.  This is offered at 5 levels, from Entry Level through to Level 2.  Your tutor will provide you with information, advice and guidance about the most suitable qualification and level after your first session.

As part of the course we will expect you to attend every class and to complete work independently at home.

If your attendance falls below 85% and you do not catch up on the work you missed, this could jeopardise your test entry.

 

How will it be assessed?

Your first session will be an assessment session, which will allow us to ensure that you are on the right level for this course and that the course is suitable for you.

If you do not work towards a qualification, your tutor will assess your progress at regular intervals by setting you a piece of work linked to your personal Learning Plan.

If you do work towards a qualification, you will be required to take a formal timed test for both the Reading and the Writing units.

The written tests for the Reading unit and the Writing unit can be taken on line or paper based but wherever possible will take place in your usual class time. Paper based tests have to be taken in monthly “test windows”, the dates of these windows will be provided once you have enrolled on the course.

The Speaking and Listening units are assessed by your tutor through designated sessions where you will be expected to take parts in discussions and to give a class presentation.

Why take this course?

If you missed out on a GCSE qualification at school, need to fill a gap in your CV, would like to be able to support your child at school or just want to feel more confident with day-to-day maths then this course is for you.

 

What are the key topics it will cover?

The course covers 3 main areas:

  • Number skills
  • Measurement , shape and space
  • Handling data.

It looks at a range of maths topics, including working with whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percentages, metric and imperial measurements, perimeter area and volume, graphs, tables and averages.

Your tutor will check what skills you already have and then work with you to devise a Learning Plan just for you to allow you to work on your problem areas.

 

Who will this course suit?

This course will suit anyone over 16 years old, who has not got a Level 2 qualification (i.e below GCSE level in maths) and who wishes to improve their maths skills in a friendly and supportive environment.  This is a “Roll on / Roll Off” course which means that, if appropriate, you can join at any point during the year until the Spring Bank Holiday.

Information, advice and guidance about the suitability of the course will be given on an individual basis at the first session.  Your tutor will check what skills you already have and are confident with and then work with you to devise a Learning Plan just for you, to concentrate on the skills you need to strengthen.

You will not be eligible to enrol on Functional Maths courses if:

  • You already have a grade “C” or higher in GCSE Maths.
  • You are already doing a full time course with another provider or doing Functional Maths as part of any other course with another provider.

Please note that this course may not be suitable for adults who do not have English as their first language and is not suitable for adults who have moderate or severe learning difficulties.

 

Is there a qualification at the end of the course?

A qualification may be available, depending on your starting point.

If it is appropriate for you, you will work towards a Certificate in Functional Maths awarded by Edexcel.  This is offered at 5 levels, from Entry Level through to Level 2.  Your tutor will provide you with information, advice and guidance about the most suitable qualification and level after your first session.

As part of the course we will expect you to attend every class and to complete work independently at home.

If your attendance falls below 85% and you do not catch up on the work you missed, this could jeopardise your test entry.

 

How will it be assessed?

Your first session will be an assessment session, which will allow us to ensure that you are on the right level for this course and that the course is suitable for you.

If you do not work towards a qualification, your tutor will assess your progress at regular intervals by setting you a piece of work linked to your personal Learning Plan.

If you work towards a qualification, you will be required to take a formal timed test.  This is usually paper-based, and will usually take place in your usual class time but under examination conditions.  Paper-based tests have to be taken in monthly “test windows”.  The dates of these “windows” will be provided once you have enrolled on the course and the tutor will enter you for the assessment when you are ready.

We would welcome feedback from ALL of our adult learners about any impact that attending classes has had on their lives. This can range from helping improve your confidence, to overcoming any illnesses. We would also like to hear if it has enabled you to help your children through school or encouraged you to get into volunteering or maybe helped your job prospects.

PLEASE take a few moments to complete this tick list questionnaire and return it to us by email to adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk or by post to Priestley College, Loushers Lane, Warrington, WA4 6RD. Your contributions would be greatly appreciated.

 

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Adult and Community Learning – Survey Instructions – May 2016

 

Pre-Course Assessments

Some courses have entry requirements in order to assess whether these courses are appropriate for you as a learner.

To enrol for the GCSE English course you must have already have a D at GCSE or a Functional English level 2 qualification.  If you do not meet this requirement you can download a pre-course assessment here:* or contact Adult College on 01925 624455 to request a paper copy.  The completed assessment must be returned to college before 6th September 2016.

To enrol for the GCSE Maths course you must already have a D at GCSE or Functional Maths at level 2. If you do not meet this requirement you will need to complete the pre-course assessment in college on 6th September 2016.  Please ring to make an appointment.

To enrol for Science GCSE you must already have a maths GCSE at D or above, or Functional Maths at Level 1.

The evening Functional Maths and English will be for Level 1 and Level 2 only. Pre-course assessments for English will take place in the first session of the course.  The Functional Maths assessment will take place in college on 6th September 2016. Please ring 01925 624455 to make an appointment.

GCSE English Assessment 1617 

 

 

Improve your Maths (Evening)

This assessment can be done at home but you should show all of your calculations and it should be completed, if at all possible, without the use of a calculator. If you need to use a calculator to complete a question, please indicate that it was used. If you can’t do a question, please move on to the next one.

Improve your Maths pre assessment paper

 

 

Improve Your English ( Evening)

This can be done at home. It should be handwritten and full details of what you are expected to do are given on the assessment paper.

Pre Course Assessment for Improve Your English

 

 

Adult Careers and Guidance Information

If you are you 19+ and uncertain about your future employment or career path , you can get  advice  from the National Careers Service who can provide you with help in making the right choices for learning and employment. To find out more or to contact them, please follow this link to their website.

http://www.learninglinks.co.uk/programme/national-careers-service

Click on the link below to find information and contact details of local and national organisations that can help you to make thoughtful and well-informed choices about your next steps in education, training or employment.

TAKING THE NEXT STEP

 

 

Policies and Key Documents

Alternative formats of these documents  are available on request from the Adult Learner Services Team. Telephone 01925 624455.

Community Learning Adult Learner Handbook

ADULT LEARNER HANDBOOK

Summary of Fee Policy 1516

Fee Policy

The 2014 to 2020 ESF programme