Blackpool Council provides a range of adult learning and education courses and drop-in sessions for people living in Blackpool, aged 19 and above (learners must be over 19 by 1 August 2018).

2018/2019 Enrolment dates

 Date Time Venue
Saturday 27 April 2019 10.30 am to 12.30 pm

Palatine Library; St Anne's Road, Blackpool, FY4 2AP

Wednesday 1 May 2019  2.00 pm to 3.30 pm

Central Library; Queen Street, Blackpool, FY1 1PX

Wednesday 29 May 2019  2.00 pm to 3.30 pm

Central Library; Queen Street, Blackpool, FY1 1PX

Family learning

Family learning offers a range of courses for mums, dads, grandparents, carers and children. Some courses focus on families learning together, while others are for parents/carers only, with the emphasis on supporting the family.

Courses take place in over 20 venues across Blackpool including schools and children's centres.

We can also come to you. To find out more about hosting courses in your setting call 01253 478131 or 01253 478032.

Adult learning

See below for a list of courses that we provide - learners must have turned 19 on or before 1 August 218. You can also download our new course guide, alternatively please call 01253 478131/01253 478032 or email adult.learning@blackpool.gov.uk to request your free brochure.

Accredited employability and life skills

Booking is essential for all employability and life skills courses.

ECDL level 2 certificate

ECDL is an accredited computer qualification that employers recognise and value. Learn how to use spreadsheets, word processing software and more. The course is approximately 20 to 30 weeks and allows you to work at your own pace.

  • Course Code: WS01
  • Day: Monday    
  • Time: 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm
  • Start date: 29 April 2019 / 24 June 2019
  • Location: Palatine Library and Learning Centre, St Anne’s Road, Blackpool, FY4 2AP         

For more information call us on 01253 478131/01253 478032 or email adult.learning@blackpool.gov.uk.

Food safety level 2

This 5 week course offers the opportunity to gain a Level 2 qualification in Food Safety.

  • Course Code: WSE126
  • Day: Tuesday
  • Time: 10.00 am - 12.00 noon
  • Start date: 16 April 2019
  • Location: @The Grange, Bathurst Avenue, FY3 7RW
  • Price: Free
  • Course Code: WSE130
  • Day: Wednesday
  • Time: 10.00 am - 12.00 noon
  • Start date: 01 May 2019
  • Location: Central Library, Queen Street, Blackpool, FY1 1PX
  • Price: Free

Volunteering

This 5 week course offers the opportunity to gain a Volunteering qualification - course includes: Understand the volunteering role, following organisation standards, carrying out practical activities.

  • Course Code: WSE129
  • Day: Thursday
  • Time: 10.00 am - 12.00 noon
  • Start date: 9 May 2019
  • Location: @The Grange, Bathurst Avenue, FY3 7RW
  • Price: Free

Health and safety level 1

This course offers job seekers the opportunity to gain a Level 1 qualification in Health and Safety. Includes an online assessment.

  • Course Code: WSE139
  • Day: Tuesday
  • Time: 10.00 am - 12.00 noon
  • Start date: 23 April 2019
  • Location: Central Library, Queen Street, Blackpool, FY1 1PX
  • Price: Free

ICT and digital skills

Booking is essential for all ICT and digital skill courses.

Basic IT

This is a basic course which is designed for beginners intended to get you online and using the computer and internet safely. 

  • Course Code: WS48
  • Day: Thursday
  • Time: 1.00 pm - 3.00 pm
  • Start date: 25 April 2019
  • Location: @The Grange, Bathurst Avenue, FY3 7RW
  • Price: Free

For more information, call us on 01253 478131/01253 478032 or email adult.learning@blackpool.gov.uk.

Basic IT, Internet and email

This is a basic course which is designed for beginners intended to get you online and using the computer and internet safely. 

  • Course Code: WS50
  • Day: Wednesday
  • Time: 10.00 - 12.00 pm
  • Start date: 1 May 2019
  • Location: Palatine Library and Learning Centre, St Anne’s Road, Blackpool, FY4 2AP     
  • Price: Free
  • Course Code: WS52
  • Day: Wednesday
  • Time: 1.00 pm - 3.00 pm
  • Start date: 5 June 2019
  • Location: Palatine Library and Learning Centre, St Anne’s Road, Blackpool, FY4 2AP     
  • Price: Free
  • Course Code: WS58
  • Day: Tuesday
  • Time: 1.00 pm - 3.00 pm
  • Start date: 25 June 2019
  • Location: Palatine Library and Learning Centre, St Anne’s Road, Blackpool, FY4 2AP     
  • Price: Free

For more information, call us on 01253 478131/01253 478032 or email adult.learning@blackpool.gov.uk.

Excel spreadsheets

Designed for new or basic Excel users, this 5 week course will cover all aspects of creating new spreadsheets, including Excel calculations, printing, formatting and basic list management.

  • Course Code: WS53
  • Day: Monday
  • Time: 4.00 pm - 6.00 pm
  • Start date: 24 June 2019
  • Location: Palatine Library and Learning Centre, St Anne’s Road, Blackpool, FY4 2AP
  • Price: Free

For more information, call us on 01253 478131/01253 478032 or email adult.learning@blackpool.gov.uk.

Next level IT

Some previous computer knowledge is expected. This course investigates the internet and email in more detail. This course is for those who want to learn more about Windows 10 and mastering the different applications available. 

  • Course Code: WS49
  • Day: Thursday
  • Time: 1.00 pm - 3.00 pm
  • Start date: 6 June 2019
  • Location: @The Grange, Bathurst Avenue, FY3 7RW
  • Price: Free

For more information, call us on 01253 478131/01253 478032 or email adult.learning@blackpool.gov.uk.

Next level IT - Learn the Cloud

All your questions about the cloud answered! Some previous computer knowledge is expected. This course investigates the internet in more detail. Start to look at the Cloud and what it means. The course is intended to further build confidence in using the Internet

  • Course Code: WS54
  • Day: Tuesday
  • Time: 10.00 am - 12.00 pm
  • Start date: 25 June 2019
  • Location: Palatine Library and Learning Centre, St Anne’s Road, Blackpool, FY4 2AP
  • Price: Free
  • Course Code: WS57
  • Day: Wednesday
  • Time: 1.00 pm - 3.00 pm
  • Start date: 1 May 2019
  • Location: Palatine Library and Learning Centre, St Anne’s Road, Blackpool, FY4 2AP
  • Price: Free

For more information, call us on 01253 478131/01253 478032 or email adult.learning@blackpool.gov.uk.

Powerpoint

This is a 1 days couse. You will gain an understanding of basic features and tools within PowerPoint, so you can start planning and creating slideshows straight away.  It is entirely 'hands on', so you will get to practice using the software in a practical way.

  • Course Code: WS61
  • Day: Friday
  • Time: 10.00 am - 3.30 pm
  • Start date: 19 July 2019
  • Location: Palatine Library and Learning Centre, St Anne’s Road, Blackpool, FY4 2AP
  • Price: Free

 IT skills builder sessions

IT skills builder sessions are one off sessions which are designed to help you with any IT questions or problems that you have. Bring your own device or use ours and improve your IT skills.

For more information, call us on 01253 478131/01253 478032 or email adult.learning@blackpool.gov.uk.

English and maths

Do you want to improve your maths or English? Come along to our assessment (see below for details) to find out your current level and talk to our tutor who will help you find the right class for you.

Who can benefit?

  • Adults over the age of 19 who would like to gain a qualification in English or Maths
  • Parents who want to improve their own skills to help their children, with school work
  • Anyone looking to to develop their reading, writing and numeracy skills

What do we offer?

  • Free assessment sessions to find the right course for you
  • Small group sessions in a variety of locations
  • Flexible learning and intensive programmes
  • Qualifications from Entry Level 1 through to Level 2
  • Lifting barriers - online dyslexia programme

Courses are free to all learners. Courses take place at various days and venues across Blackpool. For more information or to book a place on a course please call our Adult Learning Team on 01253 478131/01253 478032 or email cheryl.mclachlan@blackpool.gov.uk.

English and maths assessments

An initial assessment is carried out to discover your current learning level. Courses are then delivered on a variety of days in small classes tailored to suit your needs and level of learning. Assessments are carried on throughout with a nationally recognised test at the end.

As this is a drop-in session, it is advised that you phone to check this will be running before turning up.

  • Day: First available Monday of the month (excluding half term/bank holidays)   
  • Time: 10.00 am - 12.00 noon
  • Location: Central Library, Queen Street, Blackpool, FY1 1PX
  • Price: Free

Lifting barriers

Designed for anybody who wants to improve their English skills and those who have been diagnosed with dyslexia. These sessions will help to improve your spelling, reading, short term memory and keyboard skills. You are able to start at any time of the year, providing availability.

Please call 01253 478131 or email adult.learning@blackpool.gov.uk for more details and upcoming dates.

Employability and skills builder sessions

All of our employability courses are free.

Employment skills builder and IAG

As part of this Employment Skills Builder session you will receive information, advice and guidance (IAG) on the right step for you. This session covers CV writing and amending online job application forms, Universal Job Match and job searching. (Please note: tutors will not create CV’s for you). You will also receive ICT support.

  • Day: Thursday    Time: 3.30 pm to 5.30 pm
  • From: 25 April    
  • Location: Central Library, Queen Street, Blackpool, FY1 1PX
  • All sessions are free - up to 5 sessions a person
  • Day: Monday   Time: 1.00 pm to 3.00 pm
  • From: 29 April    
  • Location: Central Library, Queen Street, Blackpool, FY1 1PX
  • All sessions are free - up to 5 sessions a person

Please note after 5 Employment skills builder sessions we will support you to find the right course for you. No booking necessary for these sessions, however they are on a first come first served basis.

 

Employability courses

Booking is essential for all employability courses.

A member of the Adult Learning Team will be available to discuss learning opportunities at the Job Centre Plus on Fridays as below:

 Day Time From Regularity Venue
Tuesdays  1.00pm to 4.00pm 16 April 2019

 Weekly

 JCP Municipal Buildings, Corporation Street, FY1 1NF

Fridays  1.00pm to 4.00pm 12 April 2019

 Weekly

JCP Municipal Buildings, Corporation Street, FY1 1NF

If you want to attend, please discuss with your Job Centre advisor. If you are a job seeker and require any employability or IT courses then please speak to your work coach.

Advance into employment

An 8 week course for 19-24 year olds which helps to identify and develop the skills and confidence you need to unlock employment opportunities.  Including 4 weeks of work placement. Phone connexions on 01253 754840 for more details or speak to your advisor.

  • Course Code: WSE147
  • Day: Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday
  • Time: 10.00am - 2.30pm
  • Start date: 16 April 2019
  • Location: Palatine Library and Learning Centre, St Anne’s Road, Blackpool, FY4 2AP
  • Price: Free
  • Course Code: WSE148
  • Day: Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday
  • Time: 10.00am - 2.30pm
  • Start date: 21 May 2019
  • Location: Palatine Library and Learning Centre, St Anne’s Road, Blackpool, FY4 2AP
  • Price: Free

Find a job online training

A next level IT course that stretches IT skills further and includes navigating around the new ‘Find a Job’ site. Applying for jobs online on different devices (PCs, Tablets, Smartphones etc) / Emailing CVs from different devices / Accessing free Wi-fi locally / Creating shortcuts to useful websites on different devices. Includes getting a gov.uk verify account and getting ready for Universal credit.

  • Course Code: WSE141
  • Day: Friday
  • Time: 10.00am - 3.00pm
  • Start date: 26 April 2019
  • Location: Central Library, Queen Street, Blackpool, FY1 1PX
  • Price: Free
  • Course Code: WSE143
  • Day: Wednesday
  • Time: 10.00am - 3.00pm
  • Start date: 5 June 2019
  • Location: Central Library, Queen Street, Blackpool, FY1 1PX
  • Price: Free
  • Course Code: WSE145
  • Day: Friday
  • Time: 10.00am - 3.00pm
  • Start date: 5 July 2019
  • Location: Central Library, Queen Street, Blackpool, FY1 1PX
  • Price: Free

For more information, call us on 01253 478131/01253 478032 or email adult.learning@blackpool.gov.uk.

Get online (IT for job seekers)

For those in need of a basic ICT course and getting online, identifying the similarities between different devices (PCs, tablets, Smartphones etc), navigating the internet, using email and attachments and filling in journals online. Accessing and using the Find a Job website. Includes getting a gov.uk verify account and Universal Credit Full Service.

  • Course Code: WSE131
  • Day: Tuesday
  • Time: 10.00am - 2.30pm
  • Start date: 30 April 2019
  • Location: Palatine Library and Learning Centre, St Anne’s Road, Blackpool, FY4 2AP
  • Price: Free
  • Course Code: WSE132
  • Day: Tuesday
  • Time: 10.00am - 2.30pm
  • Start date: 4 June 2019
  • Location: Palatine Library and Learning Centre, St Anne’s Road, Blackpool, FY4 2AP
  • Price: Free

Get online basic IT

For those in need of a basic ICT course and getting online, identifying the similarities between different devices (PCs, tablets, Smartphones etc), navigating the internet, using email and attachments and filling in documents and forms online.

  • Course Code: WSE140
  • Day: Wednesday
  • Time: 10.00am - 3.00pm
  • Start date: 24 April 2019
  • Location: Central Library, Queen Street, Blackpool, FY1 1PX
  • Price: Free
  • Course Code: WSE142
  • Day: Friday
  • Time: 10.00am - 3.00pm
  • Start date: 7 June 2019
  • Location: Central Library, Queen Street, Blackpool, FY1 1PX
  • Price: Free
  • Course Code: WSE144
  • Day: Wednesday
  • Time: 10.00am - 3.00pm
  • Start date: 3 July 2019
  • Location: Central Library, Queen Street, Blackpool, FY1 1PX
  • Price: Free

For more information, call us on 01253 478131/01253 478032 or email adult.learning@blackpool.gov.uk.

Understanding and getting to grips with Universal Credit

This course will give you skills, and help you gain confidence, to successfully apply for work and manage your UC Full Service account. Can you use Universal Credit in confidence? Can you fill in your UC journal? Can you update and follow your to do lists? Are you fully able to use the work tools? All these skills will come in to play after claiming Universal Credit and job searching.

This course runs on a variety of days at multiple venues, including; Central Library, Job Centre Plus, Revoe Library.

If you require any further information or wish to enrol, please call us on 01253 478131/01253 478032 or email adult.learning@blackpool.gov.uk.

Interview masterclass

Do you know what to expect at an interview? Have you attended a mock interview? Do you know how to prepare for an interview? Are you fully aware of the importance of a job description? This one day Masterclass will give you the skills to perform confidently in an interview environment.

  • Course Code: WSE156
  • Day: TBC
  • Time: TBC
  • Start date: TBC
  • Location: Job Centre Plus, Municipal Buldings, Corporation Street, Blackpool, FY1 1NF
  • Price: Free

For more information, call us on 01253 478131/01253 478032 or email adult.learning@blackpool.gov.uk.

Introduction to health and social care

  • Course Code: WSE159
  • Day: Tuesday
  • Time: 10.00 am - 12.00 noon
  • Start date: 4 June 2019
  • Location: Central Library, Queen Street, Blackpool, FY1 1PX
  • Price: Free

Introduction to volunteering

An introduction in to volunteering, this course includes: Understand the volunteering role, following organisation standards, carrying out practical activities.

  • Course Code: WSE128
  • Day: Thursday
  • Time: 10.00am - 12.00 noon
  • Start date: 25 April 2019
  • Location: @The Grange, Bathurst Avenue, FY3 7RW
  • Price: Free

Opening doors

You will learn the skills needed to improve confidence and communication skills and give you the tools necessary to increase confidence to get you onto the first step into employment. The course is aimed at people on JSA/Universal Credit- Day 1. Referral by JCP.

  • Course Code: WSE154
  • Day: Tuesday/Wednesday
  • Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
  • Start date: 30 April 2019
  • Location: Job Centre Plus, Municipal Buldings, Corporation Street, Blackpool, FY1 1NF
  • Price: Free

Steps to success

This course is for people who have been out of the workplace for some time and are looking to move forward. The course concentrates on confidence building, stress management, staying positive and health and wellbeing. The course includes some basic job skills if appropriate. The course is aimed at people on ESA/JSA or Day 1. You will need to attend an induction session prior to attending this course - please call 01253 478131/478032 to book onto the session.

  • Course Code: WSE157
  • Day: Wednesday/Thursday
  • Time: 10.00am - 3.00pm
  • Start date: 22 May 2019
  • Location: Central Library, Queen Street, Blackpool, FY1 1PX
  • Price: Free

For more information, call us on 01253 478131/01253 478032 or email adult.learning@blackpool.gov.uk.

Watch the birdie - Digital photography

Come and learn about digital photography, and how to take that great shot! Learn about editing, cropping and getting the best out of your photographs - we will be out and about taking different types of photographs:  Urban, landscape, wildlife, and portrait flora and fauna Everything will be provided!

Learn about the different parts of the camera / Step by step missions and projects / Focus / Composition / Landscape and portrait / Colour to Black and white

  • Course Code: WSE163
  • Day: Tuesday
  • Time: 10.00am - 12.00 noon
  • Start date: 21 May 2019
  • Location: @The Grange, Bathurst Avenue, FY3 7RW
  • Price: Free

Information, advice and guidance (IAG)

Information, advice and guidance is available to you throughout your course and as you proceed on your learning journey. Whether you want to learn something new or develop existing skills, our trained advisers can provide the support you need.

Information is available in various formats:

Advice and guidance can be given on:

  • Exploring options
  • Identifying appropriate courses
  • Career opportunities
  • Job search and employability skills
  • Volunteering
  • Referral to other support

Skills Builder sessions and one-to-one appointments are available at our community venues and can be arranged by telephoning 01253 478131/01253 478032 or emailing adult.learning@blackpool.gov.uk.

Facebook

We now have a Facebook page - please search "Blackpool Adult, Community and Family Learning".

We also have an employability Facebook page where learners to share their stories and support each other, employers to advertise jobs and Adult Learning tutors to keep in contact with their learners. “Opening Doors to Employment”

Contact

Adult learning

Telephone 01253 478131/01253 478032