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ADULT CENTRE Evening courses for Adults January 2013—Easter 2013

If you want to gain a qualification, take up an interest or join an exercise/fitness class, please read on for a programme of courses for adults at Aquinas College Adult Centre on Monday and Tuesday evenings. In addition to our examination courses, it is not too late to join one of our new leisure courses: Creative Writing; Mixed Media Jewellery; Pilates; Research your Family Tree; Sewing— Hand and Machine stitching; Web Page Design. The facilities available provide you with access to up-to-date computer software, teaching aids and rooms. If you have a disability don’t let that put you off, our college will do all it can to accommodate you.

COURSES ‘SNAP-SHOT’ •

Examination courses in basic literacy & numeracy

ICT Courses; ECDL Level 2; OCR Entry level ICT; Web Page Design

Business & Accounting; Book-keeping Level 2 & Computersied Accounts Level 1

Courses of interest or to improve your fitness eg: badminton; ladies keep fit; languages; knitting & crochet; men’s over 50 health & fitness; painting; photography; Photoshop, and new for January: mixed media jewellery …… and more!


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FEE INFORMATION Concessions allowed* Refer to the notes below and the ‘Help with Fees’ section on page 2. Age range displayed is age at the course start date

Unemployed people in receipt of income-related Job Seeker’s Allowance

Examination & ICT Courses

Local Authority Programme Leisure Courses

Council Tax Benefit Employment & Support Allowance (Work Activity Group)

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Housing Benefit

Income Support

Pension Credits (Guarantee credit only)

Working Tax Credit with a household income of less than £16,040 p.a.

Unwaged dependants (as defined by Jobcentre Plus) of any

of those above, aged 19 and over only Carers Allowance Basic skills literacy and numeracy courses

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Asylum seekers in receipt of the equivalent of income-based benefit (assistance under the terms of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999) and their dependants 16-18 years of age

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Leisure key—Band A (starts with number 1/)

L3 Entitlement 19-24 (Access course): You qualify for this if you are within the age range and have not already completed a level 3 qualification

Level 2 Entitlement (19-23): You qualify for this if you do not have 5 or more GCSE qualifications or any other full Level 2 qualifications. (this only applies to certain courses—ask at enrolment)

GCSE Maths and English (all ages): You qualify for this if you do not currently possess a Maths or English GCSE at A* - C grade.

PAYING FOR YOUR COURSE: Most courses require full payment in advance. However courses which cost £200 or more can be paid for by placing a 50% deposit at enrolment and the balance by standing order over 2 or 3 months (please ask for details when you enrol ~ or if enrolling remember to bring your bank details and your deposit). Leisure courses are in two categories: Local Authority Programme (LAP) and Aquinas Community Learning (ACL). If you are entitled to fee reduction (as detailed in the list above), fees will only be reduced for a course listed in the LAP (Local Authority Programme) shown on the separate fee list (copy available on request) OTHER COSTS: On some courses, i.e. sculpture, you will be required to pay additional costs for items such as materials. Please ask about these when you enrol. NOTE: An additional charge will be made for using a

credit card.


SUPPORT AND OTHER INFORMATION

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HELP WITH FEES: Learner Support Fund: If you are entitled to free tuition, you will be asked to complete a short Learner Support Form—this will cover examination/registration fees necessary to complete your course. For some* examination/computer/leisure courses fees are waived if you receive a work related benefit as listed on page 1. You will need to provide proof of this at enrolment (dated within 3 months prior to enrolment), i.e.: your payment book, your Giro (or a photocopy), proof of payment into a bank account, or an appropriate letter from the agency awarding you the benefit. *To find out if the course you have chosen is eligible for free tuition, please refer to the separate fees list (copy available upon request). .

COURSE SUPPORT: We have a specialist member of staff who can offer advice and support on all aspects of communication and study skills. Help is available on Monday and Tuesday evenings and is available to any student enrolled at the Adult Centre at any time throughout the academic year, so please ask if you think you may need help at any time.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES: Aquinas College is committed to Equal Opportunities (policy available upon request).

GENERAL: From time to time Aquinas College may need to cancel or amend courses when situations arise beyond our control. The College operates a ‘No refund policy’ for part-attended courses.

WHEN DOES MY COURSE START: All courses:

w/c Monday 7 January 2013

HOW AND WHEN TO

Please refer to page 11 for full details of how and when to enrol for all courses.

HOW TO CONTACT US

NOTE: All courses shown in this brochure are subject to a minimum number of enrolled students and will only take place if this number is reached. We do not guarantee continuation or higher levels of courses in future academic years. All details in this brochure were correct at the point of printing.

Telephone: 0161 419 9163 e-mail: sheila@aquinas.ac.uk OR: Visit our website for full course descriptions: www.aquinas.ac.uk/adultcentre


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The college has Microsoft Office 2007 software installed. You will find attendance times for each course detailed below. All classes are ‘taught’ where you will have a tutor to explain and teach you in a structured way. For some ICT classes you will work from a text book with tutor support and presentation exercises using interactive whiteboards. Assessments and examinations are compulsory. Weekly attendance is essential on all courses to ensure you do not miss any of the instructions. You will also be given work to complete at home.

EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS COURSES suitable for personal development or to update your CV You can enrol for these courses from 26 November 2012 and you will need to make an appointment for an Initial Assessment so please call 0161 419 9163 to arrange this before enrolment.

COURSE

WHEN

TIME

NO. OF WEEKS

START DATE:

Award in Book-keeping & Accounts Level 2 (City & Guilds)

Monday

6—8.30 pm

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January 2013

Entry Level ICT—OCR

Tuesday

6-8 pm

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January 2013

BASIC LITERACY/NUMERACY COURSE

WHEN

TIME

NO. OF WEEKS

START DATE:

Functional Skills in Literacy (Level 2)

Tuesday

7—9 pm

30

February 2013

Functional Skills in Maths (Level 2)

Monday

6—8 pm

30

February 2013

NON-EXAMINATION ICT COURSES These leisure courses are for one term only and will be repeated each term for new students.

COURSE

WHEN

TIME

NO. OF WEEKS

START DATE:

Web Design & Marketing Workshop beginner

Monday

6—8 pm

Termly

January April


ACCESS TO HIGHER EDUCATION—DIPLOMA

What is the Access to Higher Education Diploma? Choose one of the two pathways:

You attend on Monday AND Tuesday evenings 6.00 to 9.00 pm for 35 weeks.

Health Science & Psychology OR Law/Criminology & Psychology For each pathway you will also study ‘Core Skills’

Full details can be downloaded from our website:

To apply you need to have a good level of literacy and numeracy, preferably Grade C or above in GCSE English, Maths (& Science for the Health Pathway). HOW DO I APPLY/ENROL? Applications will be accepted from 14 January 2013 to 26 April 2013. Application forms will be available from the ‘Access to HE’ link within the ‘Adult Centre’ course list on the Aquinas College website (www.aquinas.ac.uk/adultcentre). If you wish to make an appointment for advice:

www.aquinas.ac.uk/adult centre

Fees*:

Our Access programme is a one year part-time course for over 19s and is an accepted alternative to A levels recognised by universities for admission onto a wide range of degree courses. Past students have progressed onto nursing, physiotherapy, psychology, counselling, the legal profession and teaching degree programmes.

Telephone: 0161 419 9163

OR: e-mail ebrstaff@aquinas.ac.uk OR: sheila@aquinas.ac.uk

If you are aged 19 to under 24 on the start date of the course, you may qualify for fee remission if you are in receipt of JSA or ESA (Work Activity Group), or if the Access course is your first Level 3 course. If you are aged 24+ on the start date of the course, you will be able to apply for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan from the Student Loan Company. You would have to have your place on the course confirmed by the college and you can then apply for the loan to be approved and in place when you start. The loan would cover your tuition fees (you would still be liable to pay registration/enrolment fees). * Funding rules as at October 2012 and subject to change for September 2013.

Do you need help with your English and Maths? Why not join our Literacy and Numeracy courses starting in September taught in a friendly and supportive environment? Ask reception staff about this.

ADVICE & GUIDANCE: Prior to enrolment, we offer you an initial interview and guidance for all examination courses listed in this brochure.

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Samples of work by students on the Introduction to Photography course.


Business Name Page 7 Please telephone 0161 419 9163 for availability for any of the courses on these pages if you wish to start in January or after Easter.

Samples of work by students on creative crafts, knitting/crochet, painting and sculpture courses

Sculpture

Knitting & Crochet

Painting/Art Beginners and Intermediate

Paul Mittler Painting Advanced Techniques

Creative Crafts

Painting group

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If you enrol on one of the courses below and on page 8, we aim to keep the course open for subsequent terms (numbers will determine this). Payment due before each term starts. * These leisure courses are for one term only and will be repeated for new students. # Fee Code—LAP (Local Authority Programme) ACL (Aquinas Community Learning) See the separate fees list for the cost of all courses listed (copy available upon request).

LEISURE & GENERAL COURSES COURSE

Fee Code#

LEVEL

Please check for availability of places for January and April 2013

MONDAY TIME

TUESDAY TIME

- Telephone 0161 419 9163

Astronomy

LAP

n/a

7—9 pm

Cake making & decorating *

ACL

Beginner

6.30—8.30 pm

Creative Crafts

LAP

Beginner

Creative Writing*

LAP

n/a

7—9 pm

Family History Research

ACL

n/a

7—9 pm

Guitar techniques (Acoustic)

ACL

Mixed

Indian Cookery*

ACL

n/a

Knitting & Crochet*

LAP

Mixed

Mixed Media Jewellery

ACL

Mixed

Painting Techniques

ACL

Advanced

6.45-8.45 pm

Painting/Art

LAP ACL

Beginner Intermediate

6.45-8.45 pm

Photography*

LAP

Beginner

7—9 pm

Photoshop (using Adobe CS)*

LAP

Beginner

7—9 pm

Sewing—Basic Hand & Machine Stitching*

LAP

Beginner

6—8 pm

Sculpture

LAP

n/a

6.45-8.45 pm

Web Page Design & e-commerce*

LAP

Beginner

6—8 pm

6.45-8.45 pm

6.30-8.30 pm 6.30-8.30 pm 6—8 pm 6—8 pm

6.45-8.45 pm

HOW TO CONTACT US FOR MORE INFORMATION: Telephone: 0161 419 9163 e-mail: sheila@aquinas.ac.uk OR: Visit our website for full course descriptions: www.aquinas.ac.uk/adultcentre


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FITNESS COURSES COURSE

Fee Code#

LEVEL

MONDAY TIME

TUESDAY TIME

Badminton

LAP

Mixed

Ladies Keep Fit

ACL

Mixed

8—9 pm

Ladies Multigym

ACL

Mixed

6.45-7.45 pm

Men’s Over 50 Health & Fitness

LAP

Mixed

5.15—7 pm

Pilates—(Matwork)

LAP LAP

Beginner Intermediate

6.30—7.30 pm 7.45—8.45 pm

Yoga (Iyengar)

ACL ACL

ntermediate Advanced

7.30-9 pm 6.00-7.30 pm

Zumba (pay cash on the door)

ACL

Mixed

7—9 pm

7.30—8.30 pm

LANGUAGES—Beginners to Advanced ● It is only possible to join a language course in January or April 2013 if you have already done classes with us or elsewhere and are not a complete beginner and then only if we have availability.

● Please telephone 0161 419 9163 to enquire. COURSE

Fee Code#

LEVEL

MONDAY TIME

French

LAP

Advanced (yr 3)

7—9 pm

German

LAP

Intermediate (yr 2)

Italian

LAP

Intermediate (yr 2)

Italian

LAP

Advanced (Post A2)

7.30—9 pm

Italian Language & Culture

ACL

Advanced (Post GCSE)

7.30-9.00 pm

Russian

LAP LAP

Intermediate (yr 2) Advanced (yr 3)

7—9 pm

LAP LAP LAP

Intermediate (Pre GCSE) Advanced (Post GCSE) Advanced (Post AS)

7—9 pm 6-7.30 pm 7.30-9 pm

Spanish

TUESDAY TIME

6-7.30 pm 6—7.30 pm

7.30-9 pm


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Past student comments and a pictorial insight into Aquinas College Adult Centre Student comments: Maths GCSE: The teacher is really good – he makes the learning interesting and explains well.

Photography: I have learnt so much on this course not only about my camera settings but also about learning to see through the lens to get the best photograph.

Italian Beginners: Good use of different teaching aids – hand outs, dictionaries available, big screen with sound, personal encouragement to participate and speak the language.

Science GCSE: I am really enjoying the course. It’s a good general overview of science and its varied subjects

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Student comments: Access to HE—Law/Criminology: The classes are fascinating with rich subject matter. The tutor relates very well to his students and is very approachable. I needed support from the start and I have received it – this gives and provides a great environment to learn in knowing people are willing to help

Web Page Design: A very good beginners course to Web Design which I have learnt a lot from. The course is enjoyable and we had an enthusiastic tutor with a good style. I think the course is good if you already have a business which you want to put on the internet.


Facilities available at Aquinas College Adult Centre

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PLEASE NOTE: The Adult Centre will not escape the effects of a ‘squeezed’ budget in 2013-14. From September 2012 we will need to use the building more efficiently to reduce energy and security costs. Please enter and exit the building via the east (car-park end) entrance. If you are unable to find what you are looking for in this brochure, there may be something available within the Stockport Continuing Education Service programme. You can find details of these courses online: www.stockport.gov.uk/continuingeducation or telephone the freephone helpline: 0800 389 0804


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ENROLMENT INFORMATION WHEN CAN I ENROL? Type of course:

Date to enrol from:

Examination plus ICT:

26th November 2012 onwards

Leisure (general interest):

26th November 2012 onwards

*Please note: Due to the popularity of some courses, early enrolment is advisable and enrolments which are paid for are accepted in the order that they are received, until the course is full.

The Adult Centre helpdesk/helpline will be open from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm. Staff are always available for advice and guidance including during the summer enrolment period. Some courses require an initial assessment—you will be advised when you enquire.

HOW DO I ENROL? EITHER: Telephone the Adult Centre helpline (0161 419 9163). You can ask about courses and get help to decide which one is right for you. You may of course already know which course you would like to do. You can enrol over the telephone for most courses (please check when you call) – ensure you have your debit/credit card ready to make your payment and an enrolment pack will be sent to you. NOTE: An additional charge will be made for using a credit card. OR: Visit us at the Adult Centre Helpdesk in the college to enrol (see above).

When is reception open? During term time, the Adult Centre Helpdesk is open: Monday and Tuesday: 9.00 am to 8.00 pm Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 9.00 am to 4.00 pm

These days/times may differ during term time breaks.

CONTACT DETAILS:

0161 419 9163 (direct line) 0161 483 3237 (switchboard) www.aquinas.ac.uk e-mail: sheila@aquinas.ac.uk

Aquinas College Adult Centre Nangreave Road STOCKPORT Cheshire SK2 6TH

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