Courses Starting January 2023

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Ready to give your career a head start for 2023? You've come to the right place. 

We have a wide selection of courses for school leavers and ambitious individuals aged 19+. Apply now to secure your place for the course you need to succeed.

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16-18 School Leaver January Courses

School leavers have variety with quality to match at Oaklands College. We offer courses ranging from Sports Studies and Business, to Electrical, Animal Care, and more.

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The course will provide a solid base in a number of areas that can be applied to many careers and further study, not just within the sports and leisure industries. In addition, all students will study Functional skills or GCSE Maths and English.

The course involves a mixture of practical and classroom-based lessons and will support you to develop not only your knowledge within sport but develop your wider skills e.g. team work and building confidence.

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This qualification is designed for those who wish to learn how to improve their personal health and well-being. The qualification enables learners to gain knowledge and understanding of the positive effects of exercise on long-term health and well-being and implementing an exercise plan with the appropriate nutritional requirements.

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19+ Adult Courses Starting in January

Aged 19+ and looking to dive into learning something new and exciting? We've courses such as; Health & Social Care, Engineering, Media, and more for you to choose from.

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This course is ideal for those with little or no experience. It is also suitable for those wishing to brush up on their skills.

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The short course is ideal for those with little or no experience, or those wishing to brush up on their skills. It could act as a platform to take on more ambitious documentaries or other filmmaking projects.

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This practical part-time evening course will give you a good understanding of the principles of brickwork. This course is for adults aged 19+.

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This is a part-time evening course taken one evening per week over 12 weeks for adult learners aged 19+. It is ideal if you would like to develop basic hand tool skills and is excellent preparation the L2 Site Carpentry evening course.

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Are you looking to start a career in the barbering industry? This part-time course will develop your practical skills in cutting men’s hair and open up the gateway to qualifying as a barber. You must be aged 19+ to apply for this course.

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This is a fast track course and enables you to achieve a level 2 Beauty qualification in a year. Successfully completing this qualification enables the Learner to provide for all general beauty treatments in a safe and effective manner. 

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On this short 2 day courses you will gain the practical skills and knowledge that are important for working as a competent dog walker.

The City and Guilds dog walking qualification is a valuable certificate of competence to show your customers.

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This course is designed for technicians who maintain and repair hybrid technology vehicles (not the actual hybrid system). It contains the knowledge required to work safely around a vehicle's hybrid system, whilst carrying out repairs or maintenance.

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This qualification in Refrigerant Handling (F-Gas) can be the first step into the vehicle-based air conditioning sector. It also helps if you are already working in the sector to further develop your skills and get an acknowledgement of what you already offer. You will learn about the underlying principles and mechanics of air conditioning.

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This course is suitable for adult learners aged 19+ who are seeking a qualification which will enable them to teach gym-based exercise. this qualification is approved by the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs).

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This 15 week course is specifically for adult learners (age 19+) who wish to pursue a career as an employed or self-employed Personal Trainer. The qualification is based on the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) professional standards for personal training and includes all the elements required to work effectively as a Personal Trainer.

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This qualification is designed for adult learners who are aspiring to higher education, lack the necessary qualifications to apply for a degree course but are not yet ready to embark on a preparatory Level 3 qualification.

You should be ready to undertake further learning or training and keen to develop knowledge and/or skills in a specific subject area.

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Adult and Community Learning January Courses

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.

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ACL Art & Design

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.

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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.

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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.

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A follow on course from Drawing and Painting – Try A New Craft, where you will continue to develop your drawing and painting techniques, still focusing on tone, line and form. There we be a greater focus on self directed outcomes.

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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.

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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.

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The course is over five Saturdays, the sessions are on the 14 Jan, 28 Jan, 11 Feb, 25 Feb & 11 Mar, 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.

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This is a workshop activity for those who have previous art experience, the primary medium will be acrylic. You will gain a deeper understanding of the basic theories (i.e. line, tone, form etc) and are encouraged to explore your own interests in developing your work.

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The course aims to encourage each learner to explore pottery, working at their own pace, in a friendly and relaxed environment. You will cover the basics in clay preparation and be introduced to the basics in throwing, slab building, coiling and the use of slips and glazing techniques.

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ACL Computing - Short Courses

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

Please note you will be expected to complete a minimum of one assignment per week. Due to the funding, this course is for residents of Hertfordshire only, if you have any questions please contact ACL on 01727 737154 or email acl@oaklands.ac.uk.

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ACL Digital Photography - Short Courses

How to use your (DSLR or Mirrorless/ Bridge,) digital camera-controls and menu systems, saving and re-sizing digital photos. How to take creative photographs and manipulate images on the computer.

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ACL Fashion

Master basic hand and machine sewing techniques and create your own unique garments.

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ACL 65+ Project

This short 6-week course will provide you with the tools to protect yourself against fraud and cyber- crime when online. You will learn about accessing secure websites and understand what makes them a secure site, navigate shopping sites, how to create a secure password and staying safe online by identifying junk mail/ phishing emails, clearing history Cache, favourites and more.

Please note due to the funding, this course is for residents of Hertfordshire only, if you have any questions please contact ACL on 01727 737154 or email acl@oaklands.ac.uk.

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Have you got a smartphone that you want to learn more about, do you only use a few functions but are eager to utilise this resource more? Then help is at hand. Get more out of your phone by joining this four-week practical course. You will explore your device options by delving into settings. Search, download, group and delete “apps”; phone storage and memory implications; understand common terminology; increase awareness of scam text messages; explore the uses of voice assistance; how you can customise your phones to meet your needs and more.

Please note due to the funding, this course is for residents of Hertfordshire only, if you have any questions please contact ACL on 01727 737154 or email acl@oaklands.ac.uk.

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ACL Business & Personal Development

When people are facing difficulties this course will provide tips on how to become resilient over 5 weeks. During the lessons we will cover the following: resilience overview – we will be exploring different definitions and why it is important. Building resilient skills – being equipped with personal strategies to try at work and at home. Identifying personal strengths and values – how you will build on these for resiliency. Improve your ongoing resilience – by building self care practises and creating your own personal resilience action plan.

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The two fold purpose of the course is: 1) to give the students an understanding of the therapy world and what is involved in being a counsellor, and 2) to teach the students how to be fully present when in an active listening mode.

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Thinking about a supporting role within a school? Then why not take the first steps in becoming a teaching assistant by joining this six week introductory course. The course will include understanding how a school operates and the role of a teaching assistant; now numeracy and literacy are delivered in a primary school setting; identify the different ways children learn and how this can be supported; explore strategies to effectively deal with behaviour issues; the importance of Safeguarding and the well-being of pupils. Cover the key legislation and practices relating to health and safety within a school environment. Please note due to the funding we receive from Step2Skills, this course is for residents of Hertfordshire only, if you have any questions please contact ACL on 01727 737154 or email acl@oaklands.ac.uk.

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ACL Community ESOL

Learners will study at entry level speaking, listening, reading and writing and learn how to communicate in everyday situations.

Community Further ESOL courses are 20 week long, each lesson is 2.5 hours and taught once a week.

Students will be expected to attend each week.

Starting 9th January.

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Learners will study at entry level speaking, listening, reading and writing and learn how to communicate in everyday situations.

Community Further ESOL courses are 20 week long, each lesson is 2.5 hours and taught once a week.

Students will be expected to attend each week.

Starting 10th January.

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ACL Cookery - Short Courses

Have you ever wondered how hotels and restaurants make their afternoon tea look and taste so spectacular? You can learn how with a professional pastry chef. Over the four week you will be taught how to make a variety of classic afternoon tea sweets. This will include plain and fruit scones, eclairs/ profiteroles, individual sponge cake, fruit tart with crème patisserie and mille feuille.

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ACL Creative Writing

Students will gather and explore ideas for stories. Overview of structure including the six main areas of fiction (characters, dialogue, plot, conflict, background and emotion). Writing a character sketch, a first draft and a completed short story or flash fiction.

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ACL Foreign Languages

The focus is mainly on Speaking and Listening. Students will be taught in the target language from the first session. Topics included are communicating basic information, wishes and needs in the context of eating out, finding your way around and travelling and more…

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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.

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The focus is mainly on Speaking and Listening. Learners will be taught in the target language from the first session. Topics include communicating basic information, wishes and needs in the context of eating out finding your way around and travelling and more…

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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.

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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.

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The focus is mainly on Speaking and Listening. Students will be taught in the target language from the first session. Topics include communicating basic information, wishes and needs in the context of eating out, finding your way around and travelling and more…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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This advanced conversational course is a continuation from Part A. You will continue to build on improving your grammar, conversational and pronunciation skills by immersing yourself in the cultural aspects of Spain and Latin American countries, which will be included in the conversation topics. You need to have an advanced level of Spanish and be able to communicate effectively. If you are unsure if this course is suitable please contact the Adult and Community Learning Team on 01727 737154 or email acl@oaklands.ac.uk.

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Haven't found the course you want? There's a great variety to choose from that start after January too...

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