Welcome

Welcome to Brighton & Hove City Council’s new Adult Education service

Welcome to our autumn/winter course guide. We have a range of courses designed to support you; whether you want to improve your wellbeing, develop your personal skills, gain a qualification to become more employable or build your career aspirations.

We’re excited to be opening our new Adult Education Hub in central Brighton this September where local residents can attend courses and training opportunities. Learners can also receive careers advice and guidance at the hub through the National Careers Service (NCS).

As well as a range of English, Maths, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and Digital Skills courses, we also offer a variety of pre-employment training courses that will give you the knowledge and skills needed to work in a particular sector or job role.

If you’re looking for ways to improve your own and your family’s health and well-being we have workshops and short courses to help you with a range of topics, including building resilience and dealing with anxiety.

All our courses are part time, and we offer flexible daytime and evening options. Courses are delivered by highly qualified tutors using a blended learning approach which includes face to face teaching, home study and online learning.

Our aim is to deliver an adult learning programme that supports the needs of local people. We work with our communities, local enterprise partners and other key stakeholders to ensure learning opportunities reach those who need them most.

Most of our courses are free for local residents. We’re enrolling now so contact us to book your place or for further information.

We look forward to welcoming you to our new Adult Education Hub and hope you find a course that inspires and helps you to reskill, refresh and restart your learning.

Deb Austin
Executive Director of Families,
Children and Learning

Eligibility for funded courses

To be eligible for one of our funded courses, you must answer yes to the following questions:

  • Are you 19 years or over?
     
  • Have you lived in the UK or EEA for the last three years? EEA nationals need to provide evidence of settled status or that an application is in process.

Or

Do you have:

  • indefinite leave to enter or remain?
  • discretionary leave to enter or remain?
  • refugee status?
  • Asylum seeker living in the UK for 6 months or more with a pending decision at the Home Office

If you've answered yes, you may be eligible for funding.

If you've answered no, fees may apply.

Please note: EEA nationals will need to provide evidence of settled status or that an application is in process

Fees, concessions and financial support

All courses are free if you:

  • are unemployed and in receipt of a means tested benefit
  • earn a wage of less than £17,004. You will need to provide proof of income, for example a recent wage slip

Level 2 Entitlement

If you are age 19 years old or over you may be entitled to free tuition if you do not already have a qualification at or above level 2.

If you do not meet any funding requirements you will need to pay a fee.

IT Skills

IT skills for beginners

Would you like to learn IT skills to help with everyday tasks like booking appointments and sending and receiving emails?

Computers are everywhere, from the GP surgery to the train station as well as most workplaces.

This course covers the basics, including getting online, setting up an email account, creating a Word document and how to print.

All courses that are free are subject to eligibility.

Code Day Date Time Duration Venue Cost
ITB1509 Monday 1 November 2021 2pm to 5pm 6 weeks Adult education hub Free or £90
ITB0701 Friday 7 January 2022 10am to 1pm 6 weeks Adult education hub Free or £90

IT skills for improvers

Code Day Date Time Duration Venue Cost
ITI1011 Wednesday 10 November 2021 1pm to 4pm 6 weeks Adult education hub Free or £90
ITI2402 Thursday 24 February 2022 2pm to 5pm 6 weeks Adult education hub Free or £90

Get connected - digital skills

Would you like to learn digital skills to help with everyday tasks like booking appointments and sending and receiving texts and emails?

Computers are an important part of our lives and this course covers the basics, including getting online, setting up an email account and using a smartphone and tablet to find information.

This course is designed for adults with learning disabilities.

Code Day Date Time Duration Venue Cost
GCDS2909 Wednesday 3 November 2021 10am to midday 7 weeks Adult education hub Free

 

Maths, English and digital

Brush up your maths

Are you looking to gain a maths qualification but would like to brush up your skills and build your confidence first?

Perhaps you have been out of education for a while and feel unsure about going back to learning. This course will introduce the skills and topics covered in Functional Skills Maths L1 and L2 including calculation, measuring,
percentages and fractions.

Suitable for Entry 3 and up. 

Code Day Date Time Duration Venue Cost
BUYM0311 Wednesday 3 November 2021 10am to midday 6 weeks Adult education hub Free
BUYM0411ONL Thursday 4 November 2021 10am to midday 6 weeks Online Free
BUYM0601 Wednesday 6 January 2022 10am to midday 6 weeks Adult education hub Free

Functional Skills Maths, English and Digital

Need a qualification in Maths, English, or Digital skills to move ahead in work or training?

We offer accredited Functional Skills at entry level and levels 1 & 2. These courses provide you with the practical skills in Maths, English and Digital that you need for everyday life and work. They can be stand-alone qualifications or stepping stones to GCSEs

Send an email to AEH@brighton-hove.gov.uk for more information.

Everyday maths

Do you lack confidence in maths?

We use maths every day when:

  • shopping
  • cooking
  • travelling,
  • using TV guides

This course will help you understand the maths behind everyday activities which could help with independent living, work and managing your money.

This course is designed for adults with learning disabilities.

Code Day Date Time Duration Venue Cost
EM3009 Thursday 4 November 2021 10am to midday 7 weeks Adult education hub Free
EM1201 Thursday 12 January 2022 10am to midday 10 weeks Adult education hub Free

Everyday English

This course will help you with your reading, writing and communication skills.

Improving your skills and confidence with English could help with independent living and managing your daily activities.

You can go at your own pace in a small, friendly group, with lots of support from the tutor.

This course is designed for adults with learning disabilities. 

Code Day Date Time Duration Venue Cost
EE0810 Friday 5 November 2021 10am to midday 7 weeks Adult education hub Free
EE0701 Friday 7 January 2022 10am to midday 10 weeks Adult education hub Free

 

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Everyday ESOL - speaking and listening pre-entry

Would you like to improve your English speaking and listening?

Do you want to build your confidence in talking with friends, neighbours, doctors or your child’s teacher?
This course will help you develop your skills and get ready to move onto an ESOL qualification course.

This course is suitable for learners working towards Entry 1.

All courses that are free are subject to eligibility.

Code Day Date Time Duration Venue Cost
EESL0410 Monday 4 October 2021 10am to 1pm 10 weeks Adult education hub Free or £150
EESL1001 Monday 10 January 2022 10am to 1pm 10 weeks Adult education hub Free or £150
EESL1001E Monday 10 January 2022 5:30pm to 8:30pm 10 weeks Adult education hub Free or £150

Everyday ESOL - reading and writing pre-entry

Would you like to improve your English reading and writing?

Do you want to build your confidence in reading signs, letters and text messages or filling out forms?

This course will help you develop your skills and get ready to move onto an ESOL qualification course.

This course is suitable for learners working towards Entry 1. 

All courses that are free are subject to eligibility.

Code Day Date Time Duration Venue Cost
EERW0510 Tuesday 5 October 2021 10am to 1pm 10 weeks To be confirmed Free or £150
EERW1001 Tuesday 11 January 2022 10am to 1pm 10 weeks Adult education hub Free or £150
ERW0610E Wednesday 12 January 2022 5:30pm to 8:30pm 10 weeks Adult education hub Free or  £150

Everyday ESOL - next steps

This course is designed to support higher level ESOL learners get into work, build a career, or start their own business. You’ll get access to business mentors who will deliver one to one coaching to help you achieve your career goals.

This course will help you build a network and give you the tools to succeed.

Suitable for ESOL Level 1 and above.

Please note some courses are for women only. 

Code Day Date Time Duration Venue Cost
NS1310 Wednesday and Thursday 13 October 2021 9:30 to 2:30pm 8 weeks To be confirmed Free or £400
NS1001 Wednesday and Thursday 10 October 2021 9:30 to 2:30pm 8 weeks To be confirmed Free or £400
NS2504 Monday and Wednesday 25 April 2022 9:30 to 2:30pm 8 weeks To be confirmed Free or £400

Understanding climate change and environmental awareness

The environment is currently facing the biggest challenge it’s ever seen but we all have the power to make a difference and create a more sustainable future.

This online level 2 course will teach you all about the principles of climate change and give you practical tips on how to become ‘greener’ in the workplace and at home.

The course covers:

  • Climate change, sustainability, and environmental protection
  • Industry and the environment
  • Resource efficiency and waste management

Fully funded places available. Send an email to AEH@brighton-hove.gov.uk for more information.

Get started

Our get started programmes are pre-employment training courses tailored towards the highlighted industry or organisation.

You’ll learn about the skills, knowledge and behaviours required to succeed in the chosen sector.

You’ll be guided though creating a CV, writing an application and how to interview for roles within the sector and will be
supported into work experience or interview for a job opportunity.

(Work experience and interview subject to availability).

Get started at Brighton & Hove City Council

Code Day Date Time Duration Venue Cost
GSBH1410 Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 20 October 2021 1pm to 4pm 2 weeks Adult education hub To be confirmed
GSBH1001 Monday and Tuesday 10 January 2022 9:30am to 2:30pm 5 weeks To be confirmed To be confirmed

Get started in office work

Code Day Date Time Duration Venue Cost
GSOW1711 Wednesday and Thursday 17 November 2021 9:30am to 2:30pm 5 weeks Adult education hub To be confirmed

Get started in health and social care

Code Day Date Time Duration Venue Cost
GSHSC1201 Wednesday and Friday 12 January 2022 9:30am to 2:30pm 6 weeks To be confirmed To be confirmed

 

e-learning work skills courses

If you’re looking to learn a new skill, become more employable or bring your knowledge up to date then why not try one of our e learning courses.

Complete the course from home at a time that suits you and receive a certificate upon completion.

Code Title Date Estimated study hours Cost
SFW001 Reception Skills Flexible 10 Free
SFW002 Public Speaking Certificate Flexible 10 Free
SF0003 Life Coaching Certificate Flexible 12 total Free
SFW004 Social Media and
e- commerce beginner taster programme
Flexible   Free
Unit Facebook for business     Free
Unit LinkedIn for business     Free
Unit Starting an ecommerce business     Free
Unit Instagram marketing     Free
SFW005 Computers and internet for
beginners
Flexible 15 Free
SFW006 Excel level 1 for beginners Flexible 15 Free
SF0007 PowerPoint for beginners Flexible 10 Free
SFW008 Coding foundations Flexible 12 Free
SFW009 Wordpress Flexible 15 Free
F00010 Google Analytics Flexible 3  

 

Work skills

CV and interview skills workshop

Whether you’re re-entering the job market or making a career change, this workshop will help you produce a CV that stands out from the competition.

You’ll also learn and practice skills that will help you develop the techniques and confidence for more successful interviews.

All courses that are free are subject to eligibility.

Code Day Date Time Duration Venue Cost
CV2709E Monday and Tuesday 27 to 28 September 2021 4pm to 8pm 2 days Adult education hub Free or £40
CV2511 Thursday and Friday 25 to 26 November 2021 10am to 2pm 2 days Adult education hub Free or £40
CV1901 Wednesday and Thursday 19 to 20 January 2022 10am to 2pm 2 days Adult education hub Free or £40
CV2102 Monday and Tuesday 21 to 22 February 2022 10am to 2pm 2 days Adult education hub Free or £40
CV2103 Monday and Tuesday 21 to 22 February 2022 10am to 2pm 2 days Adult education hub Free or £40
CV2504E Monday and Tuesday 25 to 26 April 2022 4pm to 8pm 2 days Adult education hub Free or £40

Introduction to Digital skills for work

In a world of increased remote working and reliance on digital technology, digital skills for work are essential.

This introductory course will help you to engage with a range of digital tools and give you the confidence to progress into a work role where digital skills are required.

This course will include how to use digital platforms for face-to-face conferencing as well as how to use social media to get ahead at work. 

Code Day Date Time Duration Venue Cost
IDSW2109 Tuesday 21 September 2021 1:30pm to 4:30pm 5 weeks Adult education hub Free or £75
IDSW2109E Tuesday evening 21 September 2021 5:30pm to 8:30pm 5 weeks Adult education hub Free or £75
IDSW1101 Tuesday 11 January 2022 1:30pm to 4:30pm 5 weeks Adult education hub Free or £75
IDSW1101E Monday evening 11January 2022 5:30pm to 8:30pm 5 weeks Adult education hub Free or £75

Introduction to starting a business

Looking at how to start your own business but not sure where to begin? This course can help you take the next steps.

Delivered over 5 weekly day or evening classes, this part-time course will focus on the key considerations for a business start-up, from marketing and sales to finance and legal requirements.

Topics include:

  • The psychology behind starting a business
  • Market research
  • Finance and funding
  • Business planning 

All courses that are free are subject to eligibility. 

Code Day Date Time Duration Venue Cost
ISB2009 Monday 20 September 2021 1pm to 4pm 5 weeks Adult education hub Free or £75
ISB2009E Monday evening 20 September 2021 5:30pm to 8:30pm 5 weeks Adult education hub Free or £75
ISB1001 Monday 10 January 2022 1pm to 4pm 5 weeks Adult education hub Free or £75
ISB1001E Monday evening 10 January 2022 5:30pm to 8:30pm 5 weeks Adult education hub Free or £75

Female Entrepreneur Programme

This two-week programme is a mixture of face to face and online live sessions with the flexibility to work around your own commitments.

On this programme you will have the opportunity to collaborate with other female entrepreneurs, develop the early skills and mindset to deliver your own business idea.

The programme includes:

  • Understanding the competition
  • Marketing
  • Brand
  • Business Plan
  • Start-up Mindset
  • Perfect Customers
  • Presenting and Storytelling
Code Day Date Time Duration Venue Cost
To be confirmed To be confirmed To be confirmed

To be confirmed

2 weeks Remote Adult education hub To be confirmed

Family Entrepreneur Programme

This 3-week programme is a live online programme with the flexibility to work around your own commitments.

You’ll have the opportunity to spend valuable time with your teenagers learning to start a business together, develop valuable business skills and learn from each other.

Sessions will include:

  • Understanding the competition
  • Marketing
  • Brand
  • Business Plan
  • Start-up Mindset
  • Perfect Customers
  • Presenting and Storytelling
Code Day Date Time Duration Venue Cost
To be confirmed To be confirmed To be confirmed

To be confirmed

2 weeks Remote To be confirmed

 

Bikeability courses

Whether you’re a complete beginner that would like to start cycling or a regular cyclist looking to brush up on advanced skills, our instructors have a cycle training session to suit you, including:

  • learn to ride
  • intermediate cycle training
  • advanced cycle training
  • cargo bike training

These courses help with confidence-building if you are new or returning to cycling and offer support with planning and riding a route to work or college.

Bring your own bike or speak to us about bike loan or hire options.

Our adult cycle training courses are offered free to eligible learners.

For all other learners there is a low cost fee.

For more information or to book a place, send an email to east.central@brighton-hove.gov.uk.

Children and family wellbeing

Supporting a child with anxiety

Are you concerned that your child is experiencing anxiety? Would you like to learn some strategies to help? These workshops explore how children can be affected by anxiety and suggest practical ways to support children through this.

For parents or carers of primary age children.

All courses that are free are subject to eligibility.

Code

Day Date Time Duration Venue Cost
SCAONL Various Various Various 2 sessions Online Free or £10

Supporting a teenager with anxiety

Are you concerned that your teen is experiencing anxiety? Would you like to learn some strategies to help? These workshops explore how teenagers can be affected by anxiety and suggest practical ways to support them through this.

For parents or carers of secondary age children.

Code

Day Date Time Duration Venue Cost
STAONL2510 Monday and 
Thursday
25 October 2021 7.30pm to 8.45pm 2 sessions Online Free or £10

 

Code Day Date Time Duration Venue Cost

STAONL0111

Monday 1 November 2021 7:30pm to 8:45pm 2 sessions Online Free or £10

 

Code

Day Date Time Duration Venue Cost
STAONL2211 Monday 22 November 2021 7.30pm to 8.45pm 2 sessions Online Free or £10

 

Code Day Date Time Duration Venue Cost
STAONL Various Various Various 2 sessions Online Free or £10

Building a child’s resilience

In this series of workshops, you’ll explore practical ways to develop your child’s self-confidence so that challenges don’t overwhelm them.

For parents or carers of primary age children. 

Code Day Date Time Duration Venue Cost
BCRONL Various Various Various 3 sessions Online Free or £15

Building a teenager’s resilience

In this series of workshops, you’ll explore practical ways to develop a teenager’s self-confidence so that challenges don’t overwhelm them.

For parents or carers of secondary age children.

Code Day Date Time Duration Venue Cost
BTRONL0211 Tuesday 2 November 2021 1:30pm to 2:45pm 3 sessions Online Free or £15

 

Code Day Date Time Duration Venue Cost
BTRONL0411 Thursday 4 November 2021 1:30pm to 2:45pm 3 sessions Online Free or £15

 

Code Day Date Time Duration Venue Cost
BTRONL Various Various Various 3 sessions Online Free or £15

Family learning

Family Learning is a great way for you and your child to learn together, or for you to gain skills to help you support your child’s learning and development.

We offer a range of family learning courses, online and face to face, at our hub and in schools and other community settings.

Courses include:

  • Supporting a child with anxiety,
  • Family ESOL courses
  • This is how we do it! Maths and English.

Courses are free to parents on a low income or without level 2 qualifications, other wise there is a low-cost fee.

Email AEH@brighton-hove.gov.uk for more information.

Personal Development

Creative writing for beginners

Want to write creatively but not sure how get started?

This beginner’s course will cover the basics of creative writing. You’ll explore different forms and the techniques that bring them to life.

Each week there will be a mix of discussion, instruction and writing activities. You’ll get feedback from the tutor and the group to help you develop your writing style.

All courses that are free are subject to eligibility.

Code Day Date Time Duration Venue Cost
CWB0211E Tuesday evening 2 November 2021 6pm to 8:30pm 6 weeks Adult education hub Free or £75

Dealing with anxiety

Would you like to learn ways to manage anxious thinking and reduce the impact of anxiety on your everyday life?

This course will help you:

  • recognise the different ways that anxiety presents itself
  • identify patterns of thought that allow anxiety to thrive
  • learn techniques to help control anxious thinking and behaviour so worries don’t hold you back
  • explore how anxiety can lead to avoidance - and learn techniques to overcome this 
Code Day Date Time Duration Venue Cost

DWA2909

Wednesday

29 September 2021

10am to midday

4 weeks

Adult education hub

Free or £40

DWA0311ONL

Wednesday evening

3 November 2021

6:30pm to 8pm

3 weeks

Adult education hub

Free or £25

DWA0511

Friday

5 November 2021

1pm to 3pm

4 weeks

Adult education hub

Free or £40

DWA1201

Tuesday

12 January 2022

1pm to 3pm

4 weeks

Adult education hub

Free or £40

DWA1301ONL

Wednesday evening

13 January 2022

6:30pm to 8pm

3 weeks

Online

Free or £25

Introduction to Makaton

Makaton is a language programme that supports people who find verbal communication challenging. It uses signs and symbols to enable people to communicate their needs, to make choices and to participate in education, in
their community and beyond.

On this course you’ll learn signs and symbols for everyday concepts and have fun putting them into practise.

You will learn about the history of Makaton and how, when and where it can be used.

Code Day Date Time Duration Venue Cost
IM2001 Thursday evening 20 January 2022 5:30pm to 8:30pm 8 weeks Adult education hub Free or £120

Introduction to British Sign Language

British Sign Language (BSL) is an officially recognised language used to communicate with deaf sign language users.

By the end of this course you’ll have a great basic understanding of the vocabulary and grammar within BSL to help you prepare for a formal level 1 qualification.

Subject areas covered include:

  • deaf awareness
  • letters and numbers
  • everyday objects and places
  • feelings
  • food and drink
  • date and time
  • weather
Code Day Date Time Duration Venue Cost
IBSL3009E Thursday 4 November 2021 5pm to 8pm 10 weeks Adult education hub Free or £200
IBSL2601E Wednesday evening 26 January 2022 5pm to 8pm 10 weeks Adult education hub Free or £200

 

How to enrol

Enrolments happen throughout the year and new courses are always being added.

To find out more:

Adult Education Hub

Top Floor Tarner Children’s Centre

Ivory Place

Brighton

BN2 9QE