Community Learning Part Time Courses

Learning can open up a world of possibilities for everyone, regardless of age

The Community Learning team has a longstanding reputation of delivering part time courses at the College and in the community. Our part-time courses allow people to develop skills in an informal, friendly and fun environment, whether you want to further your career, take up a new hobby or learn a new skill.

The College welcomes all students, however some courses do require support. If you would like to tell us about any support needs you may have please call the Community Learning Team on 01727 737154.

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

A small sample of our courses include:

  • Mindfulness for Daily Living
  • Languages – Spanish, French, German and Italian
  • Pottery, Printmaking, Floral Design – TRY A NEW CRAFT
  • Creative Writing
  • Make your own Natural Skin Care Products
  • Computing – Essential ICT, CLAIT, Word and Excel for Work
  • ESOL and Improving Communication
  • Build a Brick Wall & Lay a Patio

New courses are added throughout the year so check this page regularly or contact the team on 01727 737154 or acl@oaklands.ac.uk

Who will be teaching me?

You will have teachers who are qualified in their fields and will be friendly and sympathetic to your needs.

What next?

Found the part time course for you? Apply online with our new Direct Enrolment system.

For more information on courses please contact us on 01727 737000, alternatively take a look at the part-time brochure to see if there is a course available near you.

Course Availability

The running of 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.

Drawing & Painting for All - 19:00-21:00 16/17-CL065C1E

Students will gain confidence in materials, techniques and their own work throughout the course with a deeper understanding of the basic theories (ie. LINE, TONE, FORM etc.). Students will be encouraged to explore their own interests in relation to their work. Read more

Fees £109.00
Level Level 1
Campus Fleetville Community Centre, St Albans
Type Part Time
Start Date 26/04/2017
Duration 8-weeks
Entry Requirements: 3 GCSEs with 2 points or at Grade E or above or an entry level qualification
Prep for Intermediate Spanish (Part C):... 16/17-CL003E1E

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...Read more

Fees £106.00
Level Entry Level
Campus St Albans Campus
Type Part Time
Start Date 27/04/2017
Duration 8-weeks
Entry Requirements: No formal qualifications required
Spanish Intermediate (Part C): 19:00-21:00 16/17-CL002C1E

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. Read more

Fees £106.00
Level Level 1
Campus St Albans Campus
Type Part Time
Start Date 25/04/2017
Duration 8-weeks
Entry Requirements: 3 GCSEs with 2 points or at Grade E or above or an entry level qualification
Spanish Intermediate (Part C): 12:45-14:45 16/17-CL002C1P

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. Read more

Fees £106.00
Level Level 1
Campus St Albans Campus
Type Part Time
Start Date 28/04/2017
Duration 8-weeks
Entry Requirements: 3 GCSEs with 2 points or at Grade E or above or an entry level qualification
Wedding and Reception Flowers: 19:00-21:30 16/17-CL091A1E

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...Read more

Fees £44.00
Level
Campus St Albans Campus
Type Part Time
Start Date 20/06/2017
Duration 2-weeks
Spanish Improvers Continuation: 12:45-14:45 16/17-CL005A1P

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...Read more

Fees £116.00
Level Level 1
Campus St Albans Campus
Type Part Time
Start Date 28/04/2017
Duration 8-weeks
Entry Requirements: 3 GCSEs with 2 points or at Grade E or above or an entry level qualification
Spanish Improvers Continuation: 19:00-21:00 16/17-CL005B1E

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...Read more

Fees £106.00
Level Level 1
Campus St Albans Campus
Type Part Time
Start Date 08/05/2017
Duration 8-weeks
Entry Requirements: 3 GCSEs with 2 points or at Grade E or above or an entry level qualification
Spanish Improvers Continuation: 19:00-21:00 16/17-CL005C1E

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...Read more

Fees £106.00
Level Level 1
Campus St Albans Campus
Type Part Time
Start Date 27/04/2017
Duration 8-weeks
Entry Requirements: 3 GCSEs with 2 points or at Grade E or above or an entry level qualification
Make Your Own Natural Skin Care Products:... 16/17-CL150C1E

Nature has given us everything we need to take care of our skin. That includes keeping it looking younger! Read more

Fees £49.00
Level Level 1
Campus St Albans Campus
Type Part Time
Start Date 04/05/2017
Duration 3-weeks
Entry Requirements: 3 GCSEs with 2 points or at Grade E or above or an entry level qualification
Printmaking Workshop: 18:30-21:30 16/17-CL083C1E

The first week we will be reviewing your individual levels of skill and what you would like to achieve from the course. Individual learning plans will be agreed with the lecturer. Group teaching will take place over the following 2 weeks as warm up and information sessions on alternative...Read more

Fees £82.00
Level
Campus St Albans Campus
Type Part Time
Start Date 08/05/2017
Duration 4-weeks
* Getting Started with Sign Language: 10:00-16:00 16/17-CL111C1P

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...Read more

Fees £37.00
Level
Campus St Albans Campus
Type Part Time
Start Date 20/05/2017
Duration 1-weeks
* Build a Brick Wall: Sat 10:00-16:00 16/17-CL037C1P

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

Fees £39.00
Level
Campus St Albans Campus
Type Part Time
Start Date 20/05/2017
Duration 1-weeks
* Lay a Patio: Sat 10:00-16:00 16/17-CL038A1P

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.Read more

Fees £39.00
Level
Campus St Albans Campus
Type Part Time
Start Date 10/06/2017
Duration 1-weeks
Creative Writing For Improvers: 19:00-21:00 16/17-CL061A1E

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...Read more

Fees £70.00
Level Level 1
Campus St Albans Campus
Type Part Time
Start Date 10/05/2017
Duration 5-weeks
Entry Requirements: 3 GCSEs with 2 points or at Grade E or above or an entry level qualification
Introduction to Screen Printing: Sat 10.00-16:00 16/17-CL239A1P

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...Read more

Fees £56.00
Level Level 1
Campus St Albans Campus
Type Part Time
Start Date 20/05/2017
Duration 1-weeks
Entry Requirements: 3 GCSEs with 2 points or at Grade E or above or an entry level qualification
* Excel for Work:19:00-21:00 16/17-CL147C1E

This short course will reintroduce you to the standard options available and then focus on specific elements used in the workplace. This will include formulas - average, min, max and relative addressing, creating and amending charts, hiding worksheets, columns and rows, formatting...Read more

Fees £55.00
Level
Campus St Albans Campus
Type Part Time
Start Date 11/05/2017
Duration 5-weeks
Make a Ring in a Day (Silversmithing): Sat... 16/17-CL161B1P

You will start by choosing a ring band shape from a range silver wires and sheet. Then, taking your ring size, you will work out the correct circumference of the ring and cut the silver accordingly. You will then soften the metal before bending into an oval shape. When the ends are...Read more

Fees £50.00
Level Level 1
Campus St Albans Campus
Type Part Time
Start Date 20/05/2017
Duration 1-weeks
Entry Requirements: 3 GCSEs with 2 points or at Grade E or above or an entry level qualification
Pottery - Slip Making and Decoration: Sat... 16/17-CL240A1P

This 1 day workshop will give students a good understanding of the making and mixing of slips and provide an opportunity for students to mix their own colour combinations into a basic slip recipe. There will be demonstrations of different application techniques. Students may bring...Read more

Fees £56.00
Level Level 1
Campus St Albans Campus
Type Part Time
Start Date 20/05/2017
Duration 1-weeks
Entry Requirements: 3 GCSEs with 2 points or at Grade E or above or an entry level qualification
Public Speaking with Confidence: Sat 12:00-16:00 16/17-CL238B1P

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...Read more

Fees £34.00
Level
Campus St Albans Campus
Type Part Time
Start Date 20/05/2017
Duration 1-weeks