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Adult education courses
North Yorkshire Adult Learning and Skills Service welcomes over 9,400 learners each year to more than 1,400 courses at venues across the County.
Our online enrolment and information facility is currently unavailable as our course listings are being updated for the new academic year.
The opportunity to enrol online for our new academic year will be available from Monday 17 June 2013.
In the meantime, if you wish to speak to someone in the adult learning and skills service please contact your local education office (see below for contact details).
Brief summary of a selection of our courses
There is a wide range of subjects to choose from which can be broadly categorised as follows:
A huge range of accredited and non-accredited courses are available, including creative writing, card craft, painting and drawing, batik, jewellery, mosaics and textiles. We also offer courses in the digital arts (digital photography, Photoshop, desk top publishing (DTP) and web design). If you need further inspiration take a look at our courses in pottery and furniture restoration.
Hospitality, catering and commercial enterprise
Our courses offer nationally recognised qualifications in food safety and hygiene, customer service, beauty therapy and hairdressing. There are also leisure courses in seasonal cookery, sugar craft and cake decoration.
Information and communication technology or computer skills.
Foundation ICT skills:
Leisure courses in digital imagery/photography, desk top publishing (DTP) and web design are also available.
Progression to internationally recognised certification:
Languages, literature and culture
We offer a wide range of language courses for beginners and those who need holiday language, to practise and maintain conversation skills. The languages we offer include French, Spanish, Italian and Greek.
In addition there are opportunities to study GCSE English language and lip reading.
Leisure and sporting activities
There are numerous opportunities to take part in leisure activities including swimming, golf, keep fit, Tai Chi, Yoga, Zumba and dance classes (Belly, Salsa and Ballroom).
English and maths skills
Our free "skills for life" programmes cover a range of interesting topics to help you with your English and maths skills. If you do not already have an English and maths qualification, then we have the course for you. We can help you improve your skills at work and gain a qualification.
Improving your English and maths will benefit you in a wide range of everyday situations and will help to boost your confidence, job prospects and allow you to pursue your ambitions. Courses are free and available in your local area. Learners will work towards a nationally recognised qualification in English or maths at Entry level, Level 1 or Level 2.
If you know someone who would benefit from an English or maths course, you can contact us to discuss how we might be able to help them.
English for speakers of other languages (ESOL)
If you don't speak English as a first language, we have a wide range of ESOL courses at different levels to help you:
ESOL courses are available in your local area.
If you know someone who would benefit from an ESOL course, you can contact us to discuss how we might be able to help them.
We are committed to offering you and your family the chance to support your children on a variety of programmes which are informal, practical and friendly.
Our most popular programmes are linked to the learning that children do in school. They will be of interest to you if you want to know more about how to help and support your children's learning, particularly in literacy and numeracy. During most family programmes you are able to learn about how they learn, while supporting your child by working alongside them. You are also given the opportunity to develop your own skills through a wide range of learning experiences, including being able to work towards qualifications in English and maths on our longer programmes.
Most of our programmes are free of charge and some have free childcare provision. They take place in local community venues such as schools, children's centres, community centres and adult education centres. Anyone with responsibility for a child is welcome to attend family learning courses, mums, dads, grandparents or carers, anyone with major caring responsibilities for a child.
Apprenticeships are an excellent way of gaining qualifications and workplace experience. As an employee, you can earn as you learn and gain practical skills from the workplace. We offer apprenticeship programmes in:
While you are on an apprenticeship, your employer pays you a salary and supports you during your training. Most of the training is 'on the job' within the workplace, however, the rest can be provided by the adult learning and skills service.
Outdoor education for adults - course calendar [11kb] [pdf]
A calendar for adult outdoor education courses available at the County Council's outdoor learning centres.