Courses

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 12 January 2019 10.30 am to 12.30 pm

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

Wednesday 16 January 2019 2.00 pm to 3.30 pm

Central Library; Queen Street, Blackpool, FY1 1PX

Wednesday 20 February 2019 2.00 pm to 3.30 pm

Central Library; Queen Street, Blackpool, FY1 1PX

 Saturday 27 April 2019 10.30 am to 12.30 pm

Palatine Library; St Annne'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. 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: 6 August 2018
  • Location: Palatine Library and Learning Centre, St Anne’s Road, Blackpool, FY4 2AP         

Please see our Course Information Sheet for more information or alternatively, call us on 01253 478131/01253 478032 or email adult.learning@blackpool.gov.uk.

E-safety for job seekers level 1

This is an accredited level 1 award in internet safety for IT users. This course covers basic principles of internet safety including, safeguarding whilst working online, maintaining security data and following procedures. This course has been found to be useful for Job Seekers. Includes an online assessment.

  • Course Code: WSE17
  • Day: Monday    
  • Time: 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm
  • Start date: 15 October 2018
  • Location: Palatine Library and Learning Centre, St Anne’s Road, Blackpool, FY4 2AP     
  • Price: £50
  • Blackpool residents in receipt JSA/ESA: Free -referred via Jean Osprey or JCP

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: WSE43
  • Day: Tuesday    
  • Time: 1.00 pm to 3.00 pm
  • Start date: 13 October 2018
  • Location: Claremont Room, Central Library, Queen Street, Blackpool, FY1 1PX
  • Price: £50
  • Blackpool residents in receipt JSA/ESA: Free -referred via Jean Osprey or JCP

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

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: WSE46
  • Day: Thursday
  • Time: 10.00 am to 12.00 noon
  • Start date: 8 November
  • Location: @The Grange, Bathurst Avenue, FY3 7RW
  • Price: £50
  • Blackpool residents on benefits: £5
  • Blackpool residents in receipt JSA/ESA: Free -referred via Jean Osprey or JCP

ICT and digital skills

Booking is essential for all ICT and digital skill courses.

Basic IT - Get online

Absolute basic IT course intended to get you online and using the computer and internet safely.

Unfortunately, there is no availability on this course. To be kept informed and to be added to our waiting list, please call us on 01253 478131/478032 or email adult.learning@blackpool.gov.uk.

Create and use a Facebook account

Ever wondered what Facebook was all about? Get started on Facebook by creating a profile.

  • Course Code: WS06
  • Day: Wednesday   
  • Time: 1.00 pm to 3.00 pm
  • Start date: 28 November 2018
  • Weeks: 3
  • 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 one-day training course designed to enable users to get to grips with the main features of Microsoft PowerPoint.

  • Course Code: WS38
  • Day: Friday
  • Time: 10:00 am to 3.30 pm
  • Start date: 30 November 2018
  • Weeks: 1
  • Location: Palatine Library and Learning Centre, St Anne’s Road, Blackpool, FY4 2AP
  • Price: Free

Next level IT - Learn the Cloud

This course is designed for those who have some Internet knowledge and want to know more about the Cloud.

  • Course Code: WS35
  • Day: Wednesday   
  • Time: 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm
  • Start date: 16 January 2019
  • Weeks: 10
  • 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.

Basic tablet - Android

Absolute basic IT course intended to get you online and using the Tablet and internet safely. This if for Android tablets only.

Unfortunately, there is no availability on this course. To be kept informed and to be added to our waiting list, please call us on 01253 478131/478032 or email adult.learning@blackpool.gov.uk.

Spreadsheets using Excel

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: WS07
  • Day: Monday   
  • Time: 4.00 pm - 6.00 pm
  • Start date: 19 November 2018
  • Location: Palatine Library and Learning Centre, St Anne’s Road, Blackpool, FY4 2AP
  • Price: Free

 

  • Course Code: WS37
  • Day: Monday   
  • Time: 1.00 pm - 3.00 pm
  • Start date: 19 November 2018
  • Location: Palatine Library and Learning Centre, St Anne’s Road, Blackpool, FY4 2AP
  • Price: Free

 

  • Course Code: WS39
  • Day: Wednesday
  • Time: 4.00 pm - 6.00 pm
  • Start date: 14 November 2018
  • 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.

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.


  • Course Code: WSX05
  • Day: Wednesday  
  • Time: 10.00 am - 12.00 noon
  • Start date: 22nd August 2018
  • 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.

  • Course Code: WSX04
  • Day: Wednesday  
  • Time: 4.00pm - 6.00pm
  • Start date: 28th November, 5th December, 12th December, 19th December 2018
  • 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.

Digital photography for beginners

This introductory course is for people with digital cameras who want to know how to take better photographs. The course will cover both digital SLRs and compact cameras. It looks at the most important controls on the camera, their effects on the photograph, and provides an overview of editing techniques that will make the best use of them.

Unfortunately, there is no availability on this course. To be kept informed and to be added to our waiting list, please call us on 01253 478131/478032 or email adult.learning@blackpool.gov.uk.

English and maths

Do you want to improve your maths or English? Come along to our assessment 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 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 - Level 2

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 skills builder session, it is advised that you phone to check this will be running before turning up.

  • Day: Mondays (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. Booking essential. Please call 01253 478131 or email adult.learning@blackpool.gov.uk for more details and upcoming dates.

  • Day: Mondays     Time: 10.00 am to 12.00 noon
  • Location: Palatine Library, St Annes Road, Blackpool, FY4 2AP
  • Price: Free

Employability and skills builder sessions

All of our sessions are free and are available for Blackpool residents only. Booking is essential for all employability courses.

Please note: After 5 drop-in sessions we will support you to find the right course for you.

Employment skills builder and IAG

As part of this 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.

  • Day: Monday    Time: 1.00 pm to 3.00 pm
  • From: August 2018    Weeks: Continuous
  • Location: Central Library, Queen Street, Blackpool, FY1 1PX
  • Blackpool residents: Free
  • Blackpool residents on benefits: Free
  • Non Blackpool residents N/A

Please note: these sessions are to be booked through your work coach.

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: August    Weeks: Continuous
  • 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 Tuesdays and Fridays as below:

 Day Time From Regularity Venue
 Tuesday  1.00pm to 4.00pm  1 August 2018  Weekly JCP Municipal Buildings, Corporation Street, FY1 1NF
 Friday  1.00pm to 4.00pm 1 August 2018

 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.

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.

Unfortunately, there is no availability on this course. To be kept informed and to be added to our waiting list, please call us on 01253 478131/478032 or email adult.learning@blackpool.gov.uk.

Interview skills

This course is for people who just need practice with interview skills. This workshop comprises of a day's training and a mock interview the following day.

Unfortunately, there is no availability on this course. To be kept informed and to be added to our waiting list, please call us on 01253 478131/478032 or email adult.learning@blackpool.gov.uk.

Opening doors to employment

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.

This course now has added work experience opportunities.

Unfortunately, there is no availability on this course. To be kept informed and to be added to our waiting list, please call us on 01253 478131/478032 or email adult.learning@blackpool.gov.uk.

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: WSE48
  • Day: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays        Time: 10.00 am to 2.30 pm
  • Start Date: 9 October 2018                               Weeks: 3
  • Location: Whitegate Manor, 283 Whitegate Drive, FY3 9JY
  • 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 for employability learners to share their stories and support each other, employers to advertise jobs and Adult Learning tutors to keep in contact with their learners.

Please search for; “Opening Doors to Employment”

Contact

Adult learning

Telephone 01253 478131/01253 478032