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Community Learning Courses in Hertfordshire

Our part-time courses allow you to develop skills in an informal, friendly and fun environment. Aimed at adults and the wider community, our courses can help you further your career, take up a new hobby or learn a new skill. We offer range of part time courses suited to fit around your commitments, which include languages, writing, computing and more.

The College works with Hertfordshire Adult and Family Learning Service (HALFS) to provide learning opportunities to those who are most in need or have least opportunity to achieve formal and informal qualifications. As a result, some of our courses can be offered at a lower fee or even free to some applicants. Find out more by contacting our team on 01727 737154.

Please note that you need to be a minimum age of 19 years to enroll on one of our community learning courses.

Course Availability

The running of adult and community learning courses is subject to receiving sufficient enrolment numbers. Oaklands College reserve the right to postpone or cancel a course if it has not received the minimum required enrolments by the scheduled start date. In the case of cancellation, those students enrolled will be notified a minimum of 2 days prior to the start of the course, where appropriate an alternative course will be offered or a full refund of their course fees will be processed.

Find a course to suit you from the list below. If you get stuck, don’t worry, help is at hand just call us on 01727 737000 or email info@oaklands.ac.uk

Art & Design

Introduction to Screen Printing: 1 Day - Sat 16 Jun, 10.00-16:00

In this one day course you will learn the basic steps of screen-printing and create your own designs using paper stencils. Learn new techniques with specialist equipment and materials and be able to take home amazing, self-produced prints by the end of the day. If you have a design in mind, please bring this along and the tutor will be able to assist you.

  • Part TimePart time
  • Duration1WK 1 weeks
  • 1Level 1
  • SSt Albans Campus

Organise Your Home & Simplify Your Life: Starts Jun, Thu, 19:30-21:30

This short three week course will focus on a topic each week. You will look at understanding clutter, delve into your clutter personality and identify the clutter triggers in your home. Learn simple and effective storage solutions for every room in your home and discover the secret steps in getting family members to tidy up after themselves and concluding with stunning ways to style your home and discover some of those designer secrets you can apply.

  • Part TimePart time
  • Duration3WK 3 weeks
  • 1Level 1
  • SSt Albans Campus

Pottery - Make a Vase in a Day - Sat 16 June, 10:00-16:00

This 1 day course is aimed at beginners. You will learn a variety of building and decorating techniques including slab construction, joining clay, surface decoration and the use of slips and sgrafitto. Your vase will be glazed and fired for you and can be collected at a later date.

  • Part TimePart time
  • Duration1WK 1 weeks
  • 1Level 1
  • SSt Albans Campus

Pottery Workshop (All Levels) Starts April Sat, 10:00-15:00 (21 April, 5 May, 19 May, 2 June & 9 June)

This is a 5 session Saturday course offered on the following dates: 21 April, 5 May, 19 May, 2 June and 9 June each session is from 10:00-15:00. The course aims to encourage each learner to produce pottery of a high standard, working at their own pace, in a friendly and relaxed environment. You will cover the basics in clay preparation, (wedging and kneading), slab building and coiling. The basics in throwing i.e. centering/cylinders and turning. The use of slips and glazing techniques.

  • Part TimePart time
  • Duration5WK 5 weeks
  • EEntry Level
  • SSt Albans Campus

Pottery Workshop (Experienced): Starts Apr, Fri, 15:00-17:15

The course aims to encourage each learner to produce pottery of a high standard, working at their own pace, in a friendly and relaxed environment. You will cover the basics in clay preparation, (wedging and kneading), slab building and coiling. The basics in throwing i.e. centering/cylinders and turning. The use of slips and glazing techniques.

  • Part TimePart time
  • Duration8WK 8 weeks
  • EEntry Level
  • SSt Albans Campus

Computing

Advanced Excel Starts Apr, Thu, 19:00-21:00

This short course is focused on understanding and applying advanced features with Microsoft Excel 2016. This will include Pivot Tables, Lookup Formulas (VLOOKUP, HLOOKUP), amending and creating templates, absolute/ relative formulas, conditional formatting and linking. To join and benefit from this course you need to be proficient in using this application. Ideally you will have completed the Excel for Work course or be currently working at an intermediate level. Contact ACL 01727 737154 if you require assistance.

  • Part TimePart time
  • Duration3WK 3 weeks
  • SSt Albans Campus

CLAiT Workshop (Unit 1 Awards in Microsoft Office): Starts Apr, Tue, 19:00-21:00

This is a workshop activity where the tutor will be supporting you either 1-2-1 or in small groups as you progress through the material. Students can choose which unit/s they would like to study at level 1. Units available are File Management & Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Databases, Presentation and Publication. Once you have been issued your resources it is essential that learners undertake independent study between lessons to meet their goals.

  • Part TimePart time
  • Duration8WK 8 weeks
  • SSt Albans Campus

Ebay- Buying & Selling: Starts Jun, Mon, 19:00-21:00

This short course will unable you to set up an ebay account, bid for or buy items on Ebay, list items for sale, upload images. Understand the payment systems available and the role of buyers and sellers and their responsibilities when using Ebay. Set up a Paypal account and understand the rating/ feedback system. Also you will learn tips of the trade as you progress through the course.

  • Part TimePart time
  • Duration4WK 4 weeks
  • SSt Albans Campus

Excel for Work (Intermediate): Starts May, Thu, 19:00-21:00

This short course will reintroduce you to the standard options available and then focus on specific elements used in the workplace. Thiis will include formulas – average, min, max and relative addressing, creating and amending charts, hiding worksheets, columns and rows, formatting worksheets and protecting workbook and invaluable tips and tricks.

  • Part TimePart time
  • Duration5WK 5 weeks
  • SSt Albans Campus

Word for Work (Intermediate): Starts Apr, Wed, 19:00-21:00

This short course will reintroduce you to the standard options available and then focus on specific elements for use in the workplace, this will include the mail merge process, creating labels, inserting images and shapes into documents, formatting documents, headers and footers and document security.

  • Part TimePart time
  • Duration5WK 5 weeks
  • WWelwyn Garden City Campus

Cookery

Easy Vegan Cookery: Starts 24 April, Tue, 19:00-21:00

Each week you will prepare 2 dishes one sweet and one savoury treat.

  • Part TimePart time
  • Duration4WK 4 weeks
  • SSt Albans Campus

Creative Writing

Creative Writing for Improvers: Starts May, Wed, 19:00-21:00

The course will cover: Getting inspiration for your writing: Often ideas for stories and articles come 'out of the blue'. They just seem to pop into our heads and we have no idea where they came from. Most of them actually come from your unconscious mind. We will be exploring ways to harness this source to provide inspiration for writers. Analysing published stories for the secrets of their success: analysing the work of published writers sharpens your ability to criticise and improve your own work. We will be looking at a novel, a short story and a piece of non-fiction in order to see how the writers applied the 'rules of writing' to produce entertaining work.

  • Part TimePart time
  • Duration5WK 5 weeks
  • 1Level 1
  • SSt Albans Campus

Digital Creativity

Digital Photography for Beginners (DSLR Camera): Starts Apr, Wed, 19:00-21:00

How to use a digital DSLR camera-controls and systems, saving and archiving digitial photos. How to take creative photographs and manipulate images on the computer.

  • Part TimePart time
  • Duration8WK 8 weeks
  • SSt Albans Campus

Photoshop for Beginners: Starts Apr, Mon, 19:00-21:00

Learners will handle workflow in Photoshop from preserving original images to creating and editing their own. This will include: retouching, applying creative effects and colour management. Use of digital photography, presets, saving and archiving your output.

  • Part TimePart time
  • Duration6WK 6 weeks
  • SSt Albans Campus

DIY Outdoors

Build a Brick Wall: 1 Day - Sat 9 June, 10:00-16:00

Learn how to mix mortar, cutting bricks correctly and safely, identify queens closers, put this into practice and build an english bond wall.

  • Part TimePart time
  • Duration1WK 1 weeks
  • SSt Albans Campus

Lay a Patio: Sat 16 Jun, 10:00-16:00

Identify elements that make a patio, learn the correct method of laying a patio and put this into action by constructing a basic patio using slabs.

  • Part TimePart time
  • Duration1WK 1 weeks
  • SSt Albans Campus

Fashion

Getting Started with Dressmaking: Starts Apr, Mon, 19:00-21:15

This class is aimed at anyone wanting to use their sewing machine to create a simple garment. The tutor will teach you the skills required; buttonholes, seams, zip insertion and understanding a pattern will all be covered.

  • Part TimePart time
  • Duration8WK 8 weeks
  • SSt Albans Campus

Stitch (Hand and Machine Sewing): Starts May, Tue, 19:15-21:15

You’ll learn basic hand and machine sewing techniques including tacking, straight, zig zag and hem stitch. You’ll also learn how to hem, create button holes and insert zips. Begin to develop skills used to make new, mend and revamp garments. At the end of the course you will have made a purse/ make-up bag.

  • Part TimePart time
  • Duration6WK 6 weeks
  • SSt Albans Campus

Flowers

Wedding and Reception Flowers: Starts Jun, Tue, 19:00-21:30

To understand the health and safety aspects of working with flowers and associated material. To understand the use of floral foam. To develop an understanding of the use of tools and equipment. To be able to choose plant material and flowers for designs. To learn the skills to make a pin hole, table decoration and bouquet.

  • Part TimePart time
  • Duration2WK 2 weeks
  • SSt Albans Campus

Modern Foreign Languages

Italian Improvers Continuation: Starts Apr, Thu, 19:00-21:00

The theme of the course is to revise and extend: Building on previous knowledge including shopping, eating out, booking theatre tickets, talking about work, giving directions, expressing likes and dislikes. You will revise the present tense, including key irregular verbs, saying what you are going to do, talking about things that happened in the past.

  • Part TimePart time
  • Duration8WK 8 weeks
  • SSt Albans Campus

Prep for Advanced Spanish (Part C): Starts Apr, Fri, 12:45-14:45

Continue to follow a post GCSE syllabus you will compare and use a variety of more complex grammatical structures e.g. imperfect and present tenses; subordinate clauses; relative pronouns; demonstrative pronouns; comparative and superlative forms; the subjunctive; use of the infinitive at sentence start; imperatives; conditionals, identify and report opinions, understand a range of reading material containing complex sentences, understand and respond to a range of listening material containing more unfamiliar topics and language Topics will include: The Arts, Daily Life, Sports and Pastimes, Travel e.g. ecotourism There is also opportunity to negotiate the content of the course with the tutor.

  • Part TimePart time
  • Duration8WK 8 weeks
  • 1Level 1
  • SSt Albans Campus

Prep for Advanced Spanish (Part C): Starts Apr, Tue, 19:00-21:00

Continue to follow a post GCSE syllabus you will compare and use a variety of more complex grammatical structures e.g. imperfect and present tenses; subordinate clauses; relative pronouns; demonstrative pronouns; comparative and superlative forms; the subjunctive; use of the infinitive at sentence start; imperatives; conditionals, identify and report opinions, understand a range of reading material containing complex sentences, understand and respond to a range of listening material containing more unfamiliar topics and language Topics will include: The Arts, Daily Life, Sports and Pastimes, Travel e.g. ecotourism There is also opportunity to negotiate the content of the course with the tutor.

  • Part TimePart time
  • Duration8WK 8 weeks
  • 1Level 1
  • SSt Albans Campus

Prep for Intermediate Spanish (Part C): Starts Apr, Fri, 12:45-14:45

The focus is mainly on developing Speaking and Listening. You will acquire the ability to respond more flexibly to the complexities of situations through more detailed study or grammar and vocabulary. There will be some focus on reading through looking at public notices, tourist information leaflets, and adverts. There will also be some simple writing tasks such as filling in forms and writing simple letters and postcards.

  • Part TimePart time
  • Duration8WK 8 weeks
  • EEntry Level
  • SSt Albans Campus

Spanish Improvers Continuation: Starts Apr, Mon, 19:00-21:00

The theme of the course is to revise and extend: Building on previous knowledge including shopping, eating out, booking theatre tickets, talking about work, giving directions, expressing likes and dislikes. You will revise the present tense, including key irregular verbs, saying what you are going to do, talking about things that happened in the past.

  • Part TimePart time
  • Duration8WK 8 weeks
  • 1Level 1
  • SSt Albans Campus

Spanish Improvers Continuation: Starts Apr, Tue, 19:00-21:00

The theme of the course is to revise and extend: Building on previous knowledge including shopping, eating out, booking theatre tickets, talking about work, giving directions, expressing likes and dislikes. You will revise the present tense, including key irregular verbs, saying what you are going to do, talking about things that happened in the past.

  • Part TimePart time
  • Duration8WK 8 weeks
  • 1Level 1
  • SSt Albans Campus

Spanish Improvers: Starts Apr, Thu, 19:00-21:00

The focus is mainly on Speaking and Listening. Students will be taught in the target language from the first session: Topics include getting around, making enquiries and booking accommodation, eating out, travelling and basic telephoning.

  • Part TimePart time
  • Duration10WK 10 weeks
  • 1Level 1
  • SSt Albans Campus

Spanish Intermediate (Part C): Starts Apr, Thu, 19:00-21:00

The topics for Part A, B and C include: Life at Home, Health and Fitness, Myself, Family and Friends, Home Town, Food and Drink, Free Time and Social Activities, The Environment, World Events and Travel at Home and Abroad.

  • Part TimePart time
  • Duration8WK 8 weeks
  • 1Level 1
  • SSt Albans Campus

Sign Language

Getting Started with Sign Language: 1 Day - Sat 16 Jun, 10:00-16:00

Learners will be able to use and recognise the manual alphabet, use signs for numbers and use appropriate greetings in British Sign Language. Some additional topic based vocabulary will be covered tailored to the group together with signs for everyday objects. You will also gain an understanding of how visual language differs from spoken language which will be discussed and investigated through practical applications.

  • Part TimePart time
  • Duration1WK 1 weeks
  • SSt Albans Campus

Wellbeing & Personal Development

Find Your Voice: Speaking to an Audience: 1 Day - Sat 16 Jun, 12:00-16:00

An energetic workshop that will give you the confidence and practical skills when speaking in front of people.   Whether you have to present information at work, speak in front of an auditorium of people or are planning on giving a speech at a wedding, this workshop will provide you with practical skills to confidently talk at each of these events.   You’ll be taken through the simple steps to a successful speech and then shown how to present with confidence, skill and professionalism.

  • Part TimePart time
  • Duration1WK 1 weeks
  • SSt Albans Campus

Intro to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT): Starts May, Thu, 19:00-21:00

The purpose of the course is to teach students how to use basic CBT techniques effectively in their daily lives so that they can lessen the impact of any negative thoughts, beliefs and attitudes they may have. This leads to less stressful, more enjoyable living, which increases their energy and underlying physical, emotional and mental health.

  • Part TimePart time
  • Duration6WK 6 weeks
  • SSt Albans Campus

Mindfulness for Daily Living: Starts Apr, Mon, 19:30-21:00

The two fold purpose of the course is: 1) to teach students how to meditate using the Mindful focus on the breath and 2) to teach students how to use other basic Mindfulness techniques effectively in their daily lives so that they can lessen the negative impact of stress on their health and wellbeing.

  • Part TimePart time
  • Duration6WK 6 weeks
  • SSt Albans Campus

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