How it works
Community Learning programmes at Newbury College are offered in the following ways:
One day, Bite Size workshops
Designed as a taster or an introduction to a subject, or just as a fun one-off session.
Short, non-accredited, leisure courses
Usually delivered in short weekly sessions over a period of 2-4 weeks.
Longer, vocational courses
Usually run in 2-hour sessions over a period of 8 or more weeks and include a qualification on completion.
When enrolling on the longer Community Learning courses, students will be given the option of undertaking a short accredited award. The award involves keeping a portfolio of work completed over the duration of the course and completing a student workbook. The award will be focused around the subject of the course, i.e. a certificate in Dressmaking, Upholstery, Photography.
If you decide you wish to attend a course but do not wish to undertake the award, you can still join the course and complete the first 2-3 weeks as a short, non-accredited leisure course. The fees will be adjusted depending on whether or not you take an award.
Adult leisure courses at Newbury College are are offered in subjects such as Upholstery, Ceramics, Art, Cooking, Welding, Bricklaying, Plumbing, Creative Writing, Web Design, IT and many more. Learners can choose from either a short, one day Bite Size session or a short or long weekly course (see above). Upon enrolment to the longer weekly courses, learners will be given the option of taking the course for leisure purposes or working towards a nationally recognised qualification. For more information on our ACL courses please call 01635 845213.
Family Learning courses are designed for parents/guardians and children to work together on a fun and creative project. Courses usually run during school holidays and range from arts and crafts to cookery and more.
Please note: Children must be at least four years of age to enrol.
Keeping Active provision are courses that are delivered for the elderly, often with complex disabilities and learning needs, within residential care homes and day centres across West Berkshire. Courses are specifically designed to increase memory function, improve fine motor skills and provide therapeutic benefits. The courses are designed to meet the needs of the learner, in subjects such as Arts and Crafts, Jewellery Making, Reminiscence, Pottery, Flower Arranging, Gardening and many more.
Newbury College also offer a range of targeted courses, which are designed to meet the needs of learners with complex learning difficulties and disabilities, vulnerable adults and minority groups. Courses are offered in numerous subjects, such as English, Maths, Confidence Building, Personal Financing and Budgeting, Team Work, Communication Skills, Job Skills, Interview Skills, ESOL, and often consist of a nationally recognised qualification. Targeted courses can be held in schools, community centres, village halls, hospitals, secure facilities and day centres across West Berkshire.
Calcot Community Learning Centre
Above Sainsbury’s (close to junction 12 of the M4), Bath Road, Calcot, Reading, RG31 7SA.
We also run a wide range of Community Learning courses from our Calcot Community Learning Centre – a training facility aimed at those looking to access adult learning in and around Calcot, Reading and Theale. The centre offers a range of courses from part-time leisure courses to professional qualifications to improve your job prospects of learn a new skill.
- Ballroom and Latin Dancing for Advanced Level 1
- Ballroom and Latin Dancing for Advanced Level 2
- Ballroom and Latin Dancing for Beginners Level 1
- Ballroom and Latin Dancing for Beginners Level 2
- Ballroom and Latin Dancing for Improvers Level 1
- Ballroom and Latin Dancing for Improvers Level 2
- Ballroom and Latin Dancing Taster
- Basic Alterations
- Basic Cooking Skills
- Basic Plumbing
- Batik for Beginners
- Bite Size: How to use your Sewing Machine
- Computing for Beginners (Bite size)
- Creative Clay
- Creative Writing
- CSCS Health. Safety and Awareness Training
- Digital Black and White Photography
- Digital Landscape Photography
- Digital SLR Photography
- Digital SLR Photography - Advanced
- Digital SLR Photography (Bite Size)
- Drawing and Painting
- Drawing for the Terrified
- Dressmaking Workshop
- Expressionist Painting
- Feel Good Food
- Figure drawing
- French for Beginners (CEFR A1-A2)
- French Improvers (CEFR A2-B1)
- French Intermediate (CEFR B2+)
- Google for Beginners: More than just search (Bite size)
- Indian Head Massage (Bite Size)
- Internet for Beginners: Starting out and staying safe online (Bite size)
- Introduction to Acrylics
- Introduction to Dressmaking
- Italian Beginners (CEFR A1-A2)
- Italian Improvers (CEFR A2-B1)
- Light room for Digital Photographers
- Machine Sewing for Beginners
- Mexican Street Food
- Needle Felting (Bite Size)
- North Indian Cuisine
- Oil Painting
- Pastels, Pencils and Crayons
- Poetry Workshop
- Poetry Writing for Beginners
- Printing Without a Press: Monoprint, Drypoint and Low-tech Lithography
- Pro Pasta Workshop
- Pro Pizza Making
- Self Tanning Level 3
- Social Media for Business (Part 1): Something for nothing (Bite size)
- Social Media for Business (Part 2): Get what you pay for
- Spanish Beginners (CEFR A1)
- Spanish Improvers (CEFR A2)
- Spanish Intermediate Year One (CEFR B1)
- Spanish Intermediate Year Two
- SSSTS (Site Supervisors Safety Training)
- Throwing Workshop
- Traditional Upholstery
- Web Design (Part 1): Build Your Own Website - Beginners
- Web Design (Part 2): Build Your Own Website - Improvers
- Welcome to the Cloud: Making the most of Microsoft Office 365
- Welding Advanced
- Welding for Beginners