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Forget 2020, Kickstart 2021: Take up a New Year’s Resolution from Activate Learning’s many leisure courses

There’s a freshness that a new year brings that is inspiring. It’s an opportunity to try something new.

We think to ourselves – how can I make the most of this new year and this new start? How can I take what I have learnt from 2020 and make the most of 2021?

Why not commit to something you will actually stick to by signing up for a part-time leisure course? Better yet, enhance your career prospects by enrolling onto a professional course? Thanks to technology, we’ve been able to move some of our courses online. Whether as a post-Christmas treat or a journey towards a better you – we’ve got the course for you.

Please note that due to the recent government restrictions, we were only able to move a number of our classes online. Please read through our Covid-19 update page for more information. If you would like to keep up to date with when in-person courses start again, please sign up to our newsletter.

Browse our online courses here.


Why should I sign up to a part-time leisure course with Activate Learning?

Part-time leisure courses allow you to challenge yourself into learning a new skill in a friendly and fun environment. If personal development is what you’re after in 2021, take advantage of our courses – it’s also a great way to meet new like-minded people.

Our tutors have a wealth of experience behind them. You don’t have to take our word for it – read for yourself here! On our website, you can look through and filter each course tutor by subject.

If you haven’t already, read our blog post on Why engaging in creative leisure courses can benefit your mental health and wellbeing. Our recent post on Debunking five language learning myths also highlights the benefits to language learning – whether to enhance your cognitive abilities or increase your career prospects. We also offer a wealth of courses in other areas such as Outdoor, DIY and many more!

What do we have on offer?

Community Wellbeing (NEW!)

Our Community Wellbeing programme offers a series of FREE, government-funded courses to develop skills, knowledge, confidence and improve mental wellbeing for adults aged 19 and over (at the start of the course). Participation can help those managing mental health conditions that have a mild-moderate impact on their day to day lives. These courses are separate from our main adult learning courses and are tailored to support your wellbeing. Please read through our Community Wellbeing page for terms and conditions to see if you are eligible for a FREE place.
Here are just some that we offer:

Although some have been successfully moved Online, there’s nothing like being in the same room as your tutor and fellow students. Below are some of the areas we offer these courses in. Have a browse and sign up to our newsletter to keep updated with when we re-launch in-person courses! 


Arts and Crafts: Indulge your creativity  

Whether you’re a complete beginner or a practicing artist, our courses offer you a fantastic opportunity to learn new skills, expand your knowledge and your portfolio.

With the flexibility of part-time, evening, and weekend courses, you will meet like-minded people in a fun and supportive environment and be taught by successful professionals and seasoned practitioners.  

With over 400 courses across three counties, we’re confident you’ll find the course for you.


Cookery: A recipe for culinary success

From enthusiasts to budding chefs, bakers to BBQ buffs, our range of cooking courses means there’s something to inspire you, whatever your food interest. Whether you’re looking to perfect a  particular cooking skill, make more healthy, homemade meals or learn more about your favourite cuisine, our cookery courses are taught by professional chefs in professional-quality facilities. 


Fitness, Beauty and Wellbeing: Courses for a healthy body and mind

It’s never too late to start taking care of your wellbeing! We have a range of fitness programmes to help you keep fit and invigorate your mental health. Raise your spirits with singing or dancing courses or make yourself and others feel good on one of our hair and beauty courses! 


Languages: it’s more than learning the lingo…

In our modern foreign language programmes, you’ll not only learn how to communicate in another tongue, but also explore other cultures and new ways of thinking. Studying a foreign language will also improve your knowledge of your mother tongue!

We have courses from  beginner  level, covering essential ‘survival’ skills for tourists or business people, to intermediate and advanced courses, helping you to improve your grammar and the ability to communicate more complex ideas. Our language lessons are flexible and student-centered. You’ll learn in a fun and supportive environment through a variety of engaging activities and a focus on learning from authentic materials.

Most of our teachers are native speakers. This will make your learning experience even better and will help with the development of the four key language skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. 


Media, IT and Science: Connect with the world or discover a new one

Study with us and you’ll develop the technical skills you need to pursue your hobby to its fullest, start your own business or find employment. You will be able to take part in projects and masterclasses run by industry experts and even complete film projects!

You will learn practical and theoretical media, through creating interactive media products, designing characters and other digital skills.You  can  also  improve  your research techniques and be introduced to animation, digital graphics and computer design. Learners build a digital portfolio of work and you will improve your skills in researching, pitching, planning, designing and creating.

Perhaps you would like to explore-media, enhancing your skills in web design, digital photography, digital video production and more.  Enhance your expertise in camera operation, sound recording, pre-production and editing techniques.


DIY and Motor Vehicle: Learn maintenance skills and quick fixes 

Save hundreds on expensive callouts for what could be inexpensive, easy repairs with our plumbing, electrical and carpentry leisure courses for the home!

We also offer motor vehicle courses for leisure or professional courses to gain entry to—or advance in—industries such as, public transport, HGV, retail delivery, breakdown recovery, emergency services and motorsports. Study with us and you’ll train in a real garage workshop, working on real cars. 


Outdoor: Work with the beauty of nature 

Across our campuses, you can discover a number of ways to engage more with nature and a love of animals. Looking to reduce stress or beautify your surroundings? Try our calming workshops and short courses on flower arranging to create unique gifts or arrangements for around the home, or get into the garden and build a beautiful place to unwind or even grow your own vegetables!

Our courses are practical, taught at your own pace and at a time that suits you. Our experienced and qualified tutors can bring a deep insight into your chosen pursuit in relaxed and fun classes. 


Professional: Courses and training 

Activate Learning provides and runs a range of professional development courses and training to develop and enhance your existing skills.  

We cover a wide spectrum of industries and sectors to give you the edge in your professional development.   


Essential Skills: Improve your skills and expand your opportunities 

Are you looking to improve your English and maths skills for education, employment or everyday life? Do you want to improve your qualifications for further study; to gain the confidence to apply for a job promotion or simply to be able to help your children with their homework? If so, our maths, English and ESOL courses can put you on the road to success.  
We run courses on a flexible basis with multiple starts each month. Please contact us to find out more about the next available course in your area.   


Have any of these intrigued you? Have a look through what courses we offer using our search tool. 

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