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 2017).

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 30 venues across Blackpool including schools and children's centres. Look out for our courses at your nearest venue.

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 we provide. You can also download our new course guide, alternatively please call 01253 478131 or email adult.learning@blackpool.gov.uk to request your free copy.

Accredited employability and life skills

Booking is essential for all employability and life skills course 

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. You work at your own pace which can take up 20 - 30 weeks to complete. Registration fee is a one off payment and lasts for 12 months. You can enrol at any point of the term.

  • Course Code: WS01
  • Day: Monday     Time: 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm
  • Start date:  4 June 2018
  • Location: Palatine Library and Learning Centre, St Anne’s Road, Blackpool, FY4 2AP
  • Phone Adult community & Family Learning Team on 01253 478131 or email adult.learning@blackpool.gov.uk  for price details             

Functional skills ICT level 1

This course is designed for adults wishing to further develop their ICT skills. The knowledge and skills you will gain from the course will help towards gaining employment and work. The functional skills qualification will also provide a platform to further ICT. This course has two levels; Entry 3 and Level 1.

  • Course Code: WSE73
  • Day: Tuesdays     Time: 10.00 am to 12.00 noon
  • Start date: 8 May 2018    Weeks: 13
  • Location: Palatine Library, St Annes Road, Blackpool, FY4 2AP

 

  • Course Code: WSE64
  • Day: Mondays     Time: 1.00 pm to 3.00 pm
  • Start date: 8 May 2018    Weeks: 14
  • Location: Palatine Library, St Annes Road, Blackpool, FY4 2AP

Food safety Level 2

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

  • Course Code: LH13
  • Day: Tuesday     Time: 1.00 pm to 3.00 pm
  • Start date: 12 June 2018    Weeks: 5
  • Location: Claremont Room, Central Library, Queen Street, Blackpool, FY1 1PX
  • 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 using Windows 10

This course starts with the basics, to switching on the computer and using windows 10, along with using the mouse, mastering the keyboard, simple word processing. An introduction to email and starting with email.

  • Course Code: WS22
  • Day: Wednesday     Time: 1.00 pm to 3.00 pm
  • Start date: 23 May 2018    Weeks: 9
  • Location: Palatine Library and Learning Centre, St Anne’s Road, Blackpool, FY4 2AP
  • Price: £5

Basic Tablet Course - Android

Learn basic tablet functions including using the internet for finding websites, searches, creating an account, downloading and using apps. Suitable for those who want to get started online. Please note this course is for Android only. Please call for more details and to ensure your device is an Android tablet.

  • Course Code: WS29
  • Day: Wednesday    Time: 10.00 am to 12.00 noon
  • Start date: 11 July 2018    Weeks: 3
  • Location: Palatine Library and Learning Centre, St Anne’s Road, Blackpool, FY4 2AP
  • Price: £5

Word processing for creating and saving documents

This short course is designed to enable users to get to grips with the mail features of Microsoft Word. You will gain and understanding of basic features and tools within word, so you can start preparing documents straight away. It is entirely 'hands on', so you will get to practice using the software in a practical way.

  • Course Code: WS30
  • Day: Wednesday    Time: 4.00 pm - 6.00 pm
  • Start date: 11 July 2018    Weeks: 2
  • Location: Palatine Library and Learning Centre, St Anne’s Road, Blackpool, FY4 2AP
  • Price: £11.60
  • Residents on benefits: £5

Spreadsheets using Excel

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

  • Course Code: WS25
  • Day: Wednesday    Time: 4.00 pm - 6.00 pm
  • Start date: 6 June 2018    Weeks: 4
  • Location: Palatine Library and Learning Centre, St Anne’s Road, Blackpool, FY4 2AP
  • Price: £23.20
  • Residents on benefits: £5
  • Course Code: WS26
  • Day: Monday    Time: 4.00 pm - 6.00 pm
  • Start date: 6 July 2018    Weeks: 5
  • Location: Palatine Library and Learning Centre, St Anne’s Road, Blackpool, FY4 2AP
  • Price: £29
  • Residents on benefits: £5

A taste of Office - Word, Powerpoint and Excel

This course is a taster of the Office applications, Word, Powerpoint and Excel. You will spend one session on each programme learning the basics and discovering all that the programmes can do. Full courses are available for each programme as a progression.

  • Course Code: WS28
  • Day: Monday    Time: 4.00 pm - 6.00 pm
  • Start date: 11 June 2018    Weeks: 3
  • Location: Palatine Library and Learning Centre, St Anne’s Road, Blackpool, FY4 2AP
  • Price: £17.40
  • Residents on benefits: £5

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 you IT skills


  • Day: Tuesday    Time: 1.00 pm - 3.00 pm
  • Start date: 17, 24, 31 July  2018   
  • Location: Palatine Library and Learning Centre, St Anne’s Road, Blackpool, FY4 2AP
  • Price: Free

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 call our Adult Learning Team on 01253 478131 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 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
  • Non-Blackpool residents: N/A

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 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: 14 May 2018    Weeks: Continuous
  • Location: Central Library, Queen Street, Blackpool, FY1 1PX
  • Blackpool residents: Free
  • Blackpool residents on benefits: Free
  • Non Blackpool residents N/A

Employment skills builder, ICT support 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: 10 May 2018     Weeks: Continuous
  • Location: Central Library, Queen Street, Blackpool, FY1 1PX
  • All sessions are free - up to 5 sessions a person

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).

  • Day: Monday    Time: 3.30 pm to 5.30 pm
  • From: 14 May2018     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 essential for all Employability courses

Basic IT for job seekers - JSA/ESA

This course focuses on the IT skills necessary for job searching. It covers skills from switching on the computer and using Windows along with using the mouse, mastering the keyboard, simple word processing, introduction to the internet and starting with email to increase job skills.

  • Course Code: WSE69
  • Day: Friday     Time: 10.00 am to 12.00 noon
  • Start Date: 8 June 2018     Weeks: 6
  • Location: Central Library, Queen Street, Blackpool, FY1 1PX

 

  • Course Code: WSE71
  • Day: Monday     Time: 10.00 am to 12.00 noon
  • Start Date: 11 June 2018     Weeks: 6
  • Location: Central Library, Queen Street, Blackpool, FY1 1PX

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.

  • Course Code: WSE42
  • Day: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday      Time: 10.00 am to 3.00 pm
  • Start Date: 5 June 2018    Weeks: 4
  • Location: Central Library, Queen Street, Blackpool, FY1 1PX
  • Learners on JSA/ESA: Free
  • Course Code: WSE01
  • Day: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday     Time: 10.00 am to 3.00 pm
  • Start Date: 7 August  2018    Weeks: 4
  • Location: Central Library, Queen Street, Blackpool, FY1 1PX
  • Learners on JSA/ESA: Free

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.

  • Course Code: WSE57
  • Day: Monday and Tuesday for the mock interview  Time: 10.00 am to 3.00 pm
  • Start Date: 18 June 2018    Weeks: 1
  • Location: Central Library, Queen Street, Blackpool, FY1 1PX
  • Learners on JSA/ESA: Free
  • Course Code: WSE58
  • Day: Monday and Tuesday for the mock interview   Time: 10.00 am to 3.00 pm
  • Start Date: 16 August 2018    Weeks: 1
  • Location: Central Library, Queen Street, Blackpool, FY1 1PX
  • Learners on JSA/ESA: Free

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.

  • Course Code: WSE40
  • Day: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays     Time: 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
  • Start Date: 3 July 2018   Weeks: 4
  • Location: Central Library, Queen Street, Blackpool, FY1 1PX
  • Learners on JSA/ESA: Free

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: WSE79
  • Day: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays     Time: 10.00 am to 2.30 pm
  • Start Date: 2 May 2018   Weeks: 4
  • Location: TBC
  • Learners on JSA/ESA: 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 or 07920 702730

Jean Osprey (IAG Tutor) attends Job Centre Plus on Tuesdays and Fridays as below:

Skills Builder Sessions
 Day Time From Regularity Venue
 Tuesday  1.00pm to 4.00pm  3 April 2018  Weekly JCP Municipal Buildings, Corporation Street, FY1 1NF
 Friday  1.00pm to 4.00pm 3 April 2018  Weekly JCP Municipal Buildings, Corporation Street, FY1 1NF

 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