We will be running the following courses from September. If you would be interested in any of them please email adultenrol@priestley.ac.uk

 

EVENING COURSES

Course Starts:   Monday September 18th    Time:  6:45 – 8:45 pm

Course length   10 weeks                          Fee      £100

 

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

 

Why take this course?

This course is designed to help you 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?

No.  This is a traditional leisure course designed to help you to meet fellow writers, learn new skills and take pleasure in your achievements.  If you feel inspired to move on, your tutor also runs a course for emerging writers.

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 proofreader and copy-editor. He is currently working on a novel.

 

Course Starts:   Monday September 18th    Time:  6:30 – 8:30 pm

Course length:  10 weeks                          Fee     £100*

 

* There will also be a small charge each week to cover the cost of materials used.  Your tutor will arrange this.

 

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

 

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 Maria 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 Practice.

Course Starts:   Monday September 18th    Time:  6:45 – 8:45 pm

Course length:  10 weeks                          Fee:     £100

 

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

 

Why take this course?

It does not matter where your ancestors are from – whether local, British, or from other nations – this course will help you to trace your family’s history and find out about the world your ancestors lived in.

The course will offer a thorough grounding in using computers and online research for family history.  Using an on-campus computer suite, we will look at a wide variety of topics and associated websites to widen your horizons and advance your research.

 

What are the key topics it will cover?

Topics to be covered include:

  • The best websites (free and subscription), many of which you may never have encountered
  • Online safety
  • Recording your research
  • Search hints and tips
  • Online methods for overcoming research brick walls

Straightforward weekly worksheets will build up into a helpful guide to the best that the web can offer genealogists.

We will also reflect on how individuals work as internet researchers, in order to improve our craft.

 

Who will this course suit?

The course is suitable for family historians at all levels of ability.  You do not need any experience other than using a computer for basic “Googling”.  Note-taking is kept to a minimum with the use of handouts which are regularly updated and improved, but please bring a notepad/book and pen/pencil to the first session.

 

Is there a qualification at the end of the course?

  1. This is a course purely for leisure, pleasure and general interest. However, if you enjoy the course we have plans for “follow-ons” in the next two terms.

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.  She is currently completing a Master’s degree in History at Manchester Metropolitan University.

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 July 2017.

Find out more about Gill at:

website: www.gillrossini.com

Twitter @rainbowhistory

Course Starts:   Monday September 18th    Time:  6:30 – 8:30 pm

Course length:  10 weeks                          Fee   £100

 

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

 

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.

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.

 

What are the key topics it will cover?

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’

 

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?

  1. 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” when using photographic technologies and pass on her broad knowledge in this particular field.

Course Starts:   Tuesday September 19th    Time:  6:45 – 8:45 pm

Course length:  10 weeks                          Fee:     £100

 

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

 

Why take this course?

This course is designed for intermediate writers who have already taken their first tentative steps and are now ready to further develop their writing craft. It’s a great opportunity to take your writing to the next level in a relaxed, pressure free environment, with an award winning writer.

 

What are the key topics it will cover?

During this course we will explore a number of key topics which are designed to further enhance your skills as a writer. Topics include; Character Arcs, Sub-plots & Themes, Figurative Language, Narrative Conflict, Psychic Distance, Plot v Story, and Pitching. Throughout the course we will look at a variety of published texts, as well as complete a wide range of practical activities designed to enhance 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 suitable for intermediate writers who have previously studied creative writing, or, those who have been writing for some time. It will explore a variety of styles and genres within fictional writing, and will also take a look at the publishing industry and consider ways in which to pitch your work. 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?

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

 

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 proofreader and copy-editor. He is currently working on a novel.

Course Starts:   Tuesday September 19th    Time:  6:30 – 8:30 pm

Course length:  10 weeks                          Fee     £100*

 

* There will also be a small charge each week to cover the cost of materials used.  Your tutor will arrange this.

 

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

 

Why take this course?

This is a perfect course for beginners (or near beginners) to explore making felt by hand.  In this course we will use feltmaking processes (believed to the earliest form of making textiles) in a contemporary way, to create some beautiful coloured and textured pieces.  The process of making felt is seen by many as therapeutic, creative and truly addictive.

 

 

What are the key topics it will cover?

This course has been developed using feedback from the students on Maria’s other textiles course (Hanging by a Thread) We will explore felting using both wet felting and dry-needle felting processes to produce 2D ‘pictures’ and 3D objects, as well as exploring “feltmaking for texture” and we will include an element of stitch-work. We will also include an overview of the science behind the process.

 

 

Who will this course suit?

This course would suit any adult who wishes to explore the art of feltmaking by hand.

  • Anyone who enjoys that ‘made by me’ feeling.
  • Anyone adult who is interested in expanding their knowledge of textiles in a new direction.  (For example:  Hand-made felt makes a fantastic base for stitch-work)
  • It would also suit anyone who is looking to pick up a new hobby, have a bit of fun and experiment or a new skill to help recharge their batteries.
  • It may also be of interest to anyone who is considering undertaking a level 2 or above course in Textiles (Feltmaking is a process you can develop further or as part of other courses)

 

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 to experiment with and explore felting processes to produce some end pieces.  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 Maria 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 Practice.

Course Starts:   Tuesday September 19th   Time:  6:30 – 8:30 pm

Course length:  10 weeks                          Fee:  £100

 

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

 

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 Digital and Manipulation 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 cloning tools 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:

  • Understanding of the computer use and Photoshop overview
  • Photoshop basics such as dodge, burn and adjustment tools
  • Introduction to ‘layers’
  • Multiple exposures using layers and blending modes
  • Design a ‘DADA’ style montage billboard design using your own photographs, brushes and text
  • Imagery through text technique
  • 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

If you have any of your own personal learning objectives your tutor will try to accommodate these topics where possible.

 


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.  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, 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.  There are no formal assessments but your tutor will review progress and provide individual feedback throughout the course.  We will ask you to review your learning to make sure that everything on the course is meeting your expectations.

At the end of the course you will receive a Certificate of Attendance, which details the topics you have covered.

 

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.

Course Starts:   Tuesday September 12th    Time:  6:00 – 9:00 pm

Course length:  approx. 30 weeks

Fee:  £350 plus exam fees.

Concessions are available for some students, please enquire.

 

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

 

Why take this course?

This GCSE (Level 2) course covers many aspects of biology. It is an intensive one-year course for mature students who require a qualification for career development or who have an interest in the sciences.

 

Are there any entry requirements?

Yes.  To be enrolled onto this course you should have gained a grade C in maths at GCSE or a level 2 Functional Skills maths qualification.  If you do not already have either of these qualifications you should be working towards one of them.

 

What are the key topics it will cover?

Topics 1–4: Cell biology

Organisation

Infection and response

Bioenergetics

Topics 5–7: Homeostasis and response

Inheritance, variation and evolution

Ecology

You will also carry out practical work, and will keep a record book of 12 prescribed practicals.  You may be examined on any of this practical work as part of the written papers.

 

Who will this course suit?

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

 

Is there a qualification at the end of the course?

Yes.  The course leads to the AQA GCSE Biology (8461).  The new GCSE grade system will apply ie grades 1-9, with 9 being the highest level of achievement.

Most adult learners study for the Foundation tier.  At Foundation level the grades achievable are 1-4.  At Higher level the highest grade awarded is 9.

 

How will the course be assessed?

There are two examinations, which must be taken in the daytime at College. Exam dates are set by the examination board.  Your tutor will advise you of dates as soon as these are confirmed as you may need to book time off work.

Examination component Time Contribution to the final mark
Biology 1: Written exam

Foundation and Higher Tier

Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response questions.

1 hour 45 minutes

100 marks

 

50% of GCSE
Biology 2: Written exam

Foundation and Higher Tier

Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response questions.

1 hour 45 minutes

100 marks

 

50% of GCSE

 

 

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

 

Course Starts:   Monday September 11th     Time:  6:30 – 9:00 pm

Course length:  approx. 30 weeks

Fee:     Free to those who do not already have a C grade at GCSE

 

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

 

Note that a pre-course assessment may be required for this course.  See Entry Requirements.

 

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.  The course will also benefit any learner who would like to refresh their skills in mathematics.

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.

 

ARE THERE ANY ENTRY REQUIREMENTS?

Yes.  To be enrolled automatically onto this course you should already have gained a Grade D in GCSE Maths or a Level 2 in Functional Skills Maths.

If you do not have either of these qualifications you will need to complete a pre-course initial assessment.  We will be holding an assessment evening on Monday 4 September.  Assessment will take about an hour.  Please ring 01925 624455 or contact us by email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book an assessment.

 

COSTS:

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

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?

The course is split into four sections:

 

  • Number, which includes whole numbers, decimals, fractions, percentages.
  • 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 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 or who have achieved Level 2 Functional Skills Maths.

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

 

WHAT QUALIFICATION IS AWARDED?

The final qualification is a GCSE in Mathematics awarded by Edexcel.  We follow the Foundation syllabus which means the highest grade achievable is a 5.  (See below for explanation of new grading system.)

 

HOW WILL IT BE ASSESSED?

There are 3 exam papers:  One is a non-calculator paper and two calculator papers which assess all of the topics we study. Each paper is a 1 hour 30 minutes exam.

Marks from the 3 papers are combined to give the final grade.

Please note that the three 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: Thursday 24th May, Thursday 7th June and Tuesday 12th June 2018.

Your tutor will confirm the actual dates.

 

New Specification

There has been a change in the way GCSE Maths is now assessed, including a new grading system. Grades are now awarded as numbers (1-9) rather than letters (G-A*).

Below is a diagram showing estimated equivalence between the grading systems:

Leading to Certificate in Functional English at Level 1 and/or Level 2

 

Course Starts:   Tuesday September 12th    Time:  7:00 – 9:00 pm

Course length:  approx. 30 weeks

Fee:     Free to those who do not already have a C grade at GCSE

 

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

Note that a pre-course assessment may be required for this course.  See Entry Requirements.

 

WHY TAKE THIS COURSE?

The Functional English course is designed to give adults the English skills needed to operate confidently, effectively and independently in education, work and everyday life.  The classes are run by highly experienced tutors who are trained to motivate and support you as an adult student.

Functional Skills English is a nationally recognised qualification which stands alone or can help you to access the GCSE course.  The qualifications have been created in response to employers’ perceptions that more relevant English skills are needed in the workplace in order to achieve personal success.

 

Functional English in the evening is offered at Level 1 and Level 2:

Level 1 is equivalent to GCSE grades D-G (1-3 new grades).

Level 2 is equivalent to GCSE A-C (4 – 9 new grades).

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

 

ARE THERE ANY ENTRY REQUIREMENTS?

Yes.  To be enrolled automatically onto this course you should already have gained Entry Level 3 in Functional Skills English, or equivalent.  If you do not have this qualification please ring 01925 624455 or contact us by email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to discuss your needs, as you may need to complete our pre-course initial assessment.  

You can download the pre-course assessment via the link below.  Alternatively contact us on 01925 624455 or by email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to request the assessment task.

The assessment must be hand written and returned to Anne McGrath at the college by Friday 1 September. We will then be able to advise you whether the GCSE course is suitable for you.

Pre-Course Assessment Improve Your English

 

WHAT ARE THE KEY TOPICS IT WILL COVER?

The qualification is divided into 3 units which can be claimed individually.  However you need to achieve all 3 units before they 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.

Your tutor will assess what skills you already have in each of these areas, and plan your learning according to your needs.  Your progress will be recorded in an individual learning plan (ILP), which is completed by yourself and your tutor.

 

WHO WILL THE 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.  We will expect you to attend every session and to practise what you have learned between classes, in order to maintain your new skills.

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 under 19 and have a grade D GCSE English, in which case you will need to resit your GCSE
  • 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.  It is not suitable for adults who have moderate or severe learning difficulties.

 

IS THERE A QUALIFICATION AT THE END OF THE COURSE?

Yes.  You will work towards a Certificate in Functional English at 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.

 

HOW WILL I 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.

Throughout the course your tutor will give you regular feedback on completed work, which should include homework and practice assessments when appropriate.  You will also use your individual learning plan to assess your own progress each week and at the end of each half term.

In order to gain your qualification, you will be required to take a timed test for both the Reading and the Writing units.  These are usually paper-based and take place in your usual class time.  They 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 part in discussions and to give a class presentation.

 

If your attendance falls below 80% and you do not catch up on the work you have missed, we reserve the right to withdraw you from the final examination.

Leading to Certificate in Functional Maths at Level 1 and/or Level 2

 

Course Starts:   Monday September 11th    Time:  6:45– 8:45 pm

                Or    Tuesday September 12th    Time:  7:00 – 9:00 pm

Course length:  approx. 30 weeks

Fee:     Free to those who do not already have a C grade at GCSE

 

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

Note that a pre-course assessment may be required for this course.  See Entry Requirements.

 

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 Skills Maths is a nationally recognised qualification which stands alone or can help you to access the GCSE course.  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.

Functional Maths in the evening is offered at Level 1 and Level 2:

Level 1 is equivalent to GCSE grades D-G (1-3 new grades).

Level 2 is equivalent to GCSE A-C (4 – 9 new grades).

 

ARE THERE ANY ENTRY REQUIREMENTS?

Yes.  To be enrolled automatically onto this course you should already have gained Entry Level 3 in Functional Skills Maths, or equivalent.  If you do not have this qualification please ring 01925 624455 or contact us by email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to discuss your needs, as you may need to complete a pre-course initial assessment.  We will be holding an assessment evening on Monday 4 September – please ring to discuss and book.

 

WHAT ARE THE KEY TOPICS IT WILL COVER?

The course covers 3 main areas:

  • Number skills:

Fractions, percentages, decimals

  • Measurement , shape and space:

Metric and imperial measurements

Perimeter, area and volume

  • Handling data:

Graphs, charts and tables

Averages

These skills are all applied to solve problems in practical, everyday scenarios.

Your tutor will assess what skills you already have in each of these areas, and plan your learning according to your needs.  Your progress will be recorded in an individual learning plan (ILP), which is completed by yourself and your tutor.

 

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 your own learning.  We expect you to attend every session and to practise what you have learned between classes, in order to maintain your new skills.

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 under 19 and have a D grade GCSE, in which case you will need to resit your GCSE
  • 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.  It is not suitable for adults who have moderate or severe learning difficulties.

 

IS THERE A QUALIFICATION AT THE END OF THE COURSE?

Yes.  You will work towards a Certificate in Functional Maths at 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.

 

HOW WILL I 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.

Throughout the course your tutor will give you regular feedback on completed work, which should include homework and practice assessments when appropriate.  You will also use your individual learning plan to assess your own progress each week and at the end of each half term.

When you and your tutor agree that are ready you will take the Functional Maths exam.  This is a written problem-solving paper which lasts 1hour and 30 minutes.  The exams are available in nationally set “exam windows” throughout the year; the test window dates will be given to you at the start of the course.  Tests are taken in college on Monday or Tuesday evenings.

The final exam is paper based, but under some circumstances, it can be done on line.

If your attendance falls below 80% and you do not catch up on the work you have missed, we reserve the right to withdraw you from the final examination.

Course Starts:   Tuesday September 12th    Time:  6:30 – 9:00 pm

Course length:  approx. 30 weeks

Fee:  Free to those who do not already have a C grade at GCSE

 

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

Note that a pre-course assessment may be required for this course.  See Entry Requirements.

 

WHY TAKE THIS COURSE?

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.  A GCSE qualification will also enhance your CV and strengthen 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 take part in speaking and listening activities to develop both your presentation and discussion skills.

 

ARE THERE ANY ENTRY REQUIREMENTS?

Yes.  To be enrolled automatically onto this course you should already have gained a Grade D (or Level 3 new grades) in GCSE English or a Level 2 in Functional Skills English.

If you do not have either of these qualifications you must complete a pre course initial assessment. You can download this using the link below.  Alternatively contact us on 01925 624455 or by email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to request the assessment task.

The assessment must be hand written and returned to Anne McGrath at the college by Friday 1 September. We will then be able to advise you whether the GCSE course is suitable for you.

Pre-Course Assessment GCSE English

 

WHAT ARE THE KEY TOPICS IT WILL COVER?

You will:

  • Develop the skills needed to read, understand and analyse a wide range of different texts covering the 19th, 20th and 21st century time periods.
  • Develop the skills needed to write clearly, coherently and accurately using a range of vocabulary and sentence structures.
  • Develop the skills needed to prepare and deliver a short presentation, on which you will be asked questions.

 

WHO WILL THE COURSE SUIT?

The course is suitable for anyone wishing to improve their reading, writing and oral communication skills and gain a nationally recognised qualification.  You should be prepared to work independently at home between classes.  This will include reading a variety of texts, some of which may be unfamiliar to you.

 

HOW WILL IT BE ASSESSED?

100% exam assessed.

There will be two 1hr 45 minute exams assessing writing and reading.  Each exam makes up 50% of the final grade.

These exams will take place at Priestley College during the day.  Your tutor will inform you of exam dates. Please be aware that these dates are set by the exam board.

You will also be assessed on your spoken language.  This will also take place in college but will probably be in place of one of your timetabled classes.  You will prepare a 3 minute presentation and then answer questions from the class or teacher on that topic.  You will be awarded a grade of pass, merit, distinction or fail.  If you do not pass the first time you can complete it as many times as necessary – no marks are awarded but a successful presentation is mandatory to pass the course.

 

Pre-course assessments 2017/2018

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 via the link below or contact Adult College on 01925 624455 to request a paper copy.  The completed assessment must be returned to college before 1st September 2017.

Pre-Course Assessment GCSE English

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 4th September 2017.  Please ring 01925 624455 to make an appointment.

 

To enrol for GCSE Biology you must already have a maths GCSE at C or above, or be working towards this, or have a Functional Maths qualification at Level 2.

The evening Functional Maths and English will be for Level 1 and Level 2 only.

To check whether you are working at the appropriate level for the Functional English course, you can download a pre-course assessments via the link below, or contact Adult College on 01925 624455 to request a paper copy.  The completed handwritten assessment must be returned to college before 1st September.

Pre-Course Assessment Improve Your English

The Functional Maths assessment will take place in college on 4th September 2017.  Please ring 01925 624455 to make an appointment.

 

If you have any queries please email a.mcgrath@priestley.ac.uk for more 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.

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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

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