Adult education

Whether you want to study to discover your potential, gain essential skills, increase your confidence, access further training, improve your career prospects or gain qualifications, you are in the right place!

High Trees run an exciting variety of free courses, including functional skills ICT, English and Maths, ESOL classes, vocational courses, Family Learning, Art and Wellbeing and Community Organising courses.

Our offer of accredited and non-accredited courses range from basic skills that can help with employment or build skills for everyday life, to specialised accredited courses that can provide routes into new areas (such as housing, community action or education).

Our provision is delivered across all High Trees venues, which includes the High Trees Learning Centre, the Scout’s Hut and the Tulse Hill Adventure Playground, or in multiple other venues in Lambeth, including children’s centres and libraries.

We recognise that some learners have previously had little or negative experiences of education and training, so we aim to offer all of our courses in a supportive environment and to provide you with the best guidance about opportunities for volunteering, accessing further or higher education and training.

If you are interested in a course that is not on the list or if you are unsure of what course or level suits your needs, our adult education and training team are here to help you in identifying the most suitable course for you.  Please get in touch with our team at 0208 671 3132 or email courses@high-trees.org.

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Available Courses

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English Functional Skills E2

January 10, 2022

Course details

This course runs on Mondays 9.30am – 3pm from the 10th January to the 28th March at High Trees Community Education and Training Hub

This course will give you the skills to follow and understand the main points of discussion and in return give your own points of view and provide appropriate responses. You will be able to read and understand texts in different formats using techniques appropriate to the task. 

The course will also focus on the ability to plan, draft and organise writing, logically and clearly using basic grammar and verb tense with the ability to check the accuracy of work including the spelling. 

 

ESOL Entry 1

January 11, 2022

Course details

Do you speak English as a second language? Join our FREE ESOL course to improve your English reading, writing & speaking and listening skills!

This ESOL course runs every Tuesday 10am-1pm from the 11th January to the 22nd March at the Tulse Hill Adventure Playground. This is an Entry Level, so perfect if this is the first time you are studying with us. Our ESOL courses are fun, engaging and accessible!

 

English Functional Skills L1

January 11, 2022

Course details

This course runs on Tuesdays 9.30am – 3pm from the 11th January to the 29th March at High Trees Community Education and Training Hub.

By the end of this course, you will be able to demonstrate the ability, at an appropriate level, to read, write speak, listen and communicate in English and you will also be able to apply this knowledge and these skills within specific situations.

 

English Functional Skills E1

January 12, 2022

Course details

This course runs on Wednesday 9.30 am – 3 pm from the 12th January to the 30th March at High Trees Community Education and Training Hub.

By the end of this course, you will be able to demonstrate the ability, at an appropriate level, to read, write speak, listen and communicate in English and you will also be able to apply this knowledge and these skills within specific situations.

 

ESOL Entry 3

January 13, 2022

Course details

Do you speak English as a second language? Have you studied with us before and want to progress onto a more advanced course? Our FREE ESOL courses are designed to improve your English reading, writing & speaking and listening skills!

This ESOL course runs every Thursday 10am-1pm from the 13th Jnauray to the 28th March at the Tulse Hill Adventure Playground. This is a progression level, so ideal for learners who have been attending courses with us in Spring and are progressing onto a more advanced level. Our ESOL courses are fun, engaging and accessible!

Maths Functional Skills E2 – L1

January 13, 2022

Course details

Learn how to use Maths in everyday life and gain a qualification in the field!

This accredited course will run on Thursday 10am – 3.30pm from the 13th January to the 30th March. Upon successful completion, you will gain the NCFE LEVEL 1 FUNCTIONAL SKILLS QUALIFICATION IN MATHEMATICS.

All participants will get access to teaching online resources and the opportunity of 1:1 sessions. We are able to accommodate learners who are unable to attend for the whole duration of the class and we will work with you to support you to learn in a friendly and supportive environment. This course is funded by Lambeth Adult Learning and is open to all London residents aged 19 +.

ICT Entry 1

January 13, 2022

Course details

This course runs on Thursdays 10am – 3pm from the 19th January to the 30th March at High Trees Community Education and Training Hub.

The Level 2 Functional Skills in ICT course is the equivalent of a grade 4 (C) at the GCSE level. By completing the course, you will demonstrate that you have mastered the use of ICT in everyday life and will make you more attractive to employers.  You will gain a Functional Skills qualification in ICT which will cover – email and file management – presenting information in the correct format – designing professional looking posters/presentations - using Excel to make calculations, design charts and graphs - maintaining a secure network – taking into account relevance, bias and copyright when using information. 

ESOL Conversation Club

January 14, 2022

Course details

Do you speak English as a second language? Do you want to improve your speaking and communication skills? This course is open to all learners enrolled on our ESOL classes and is ideal for those who want to gain additional skills in English and improve their confidence in speaking.

This ESOL course runs every Friday from 10am to 1pm from the 14th January to the 25th March at the Tulse Hill Adventure Playground. Our ESOL courses are fun, engaging and accessible!

Award in Education and Training Level 3

January 14, 2022

Course details

Do you want to explore a career in teaching and training? This specialised accredited course will provide you with an introduction to teaching and training in a variety of contexts. During this on  will gain awareness of key principles, methodology and practise of teaching.

This course will run on Friday 10am-3pm from the 14th Janurary at High Trees Community Education and Training Hub. Please note that this course is funded by Lambeth Housing and it is exclusively open to learners who are Lambeth Housing tenants. You will be asked to provide proof of address in order to join the course. All participants will get access to teaching online resources and the opportunity of 1:1 sessions.

ESOL Pre-Entry

January 17, 2022

Course details

Do you speak English as a second language? Join our FREE ESOL online course to improve your English reading, writing & speaking and listening skills!

This ESOL course runs every Monday 10am-1pm from the 17th January to the 28th March at the Tulse Hill Adventure Playground. This is an Entry Level class, so perfect if this is the first time you are studying with us. Our ESOL courses are fun, engaging and accessible! All learners will get access to teaching resources and the opportunity of 1:1 sessions with their teacher.

 

ESOL Entry 2

January 17, 2022

Course details

Do you speak English as a second language? Have you studied with us before and want to progress onto a more advanced course? Our FREE ESOL courses are designed to improve your English reading, writing & speaking and listening skills!

This ESOL course runs every Monday 12.15pm – 2.15pm from the 17th January to the 28th March at the Tulse Hill Adventure Playground. This is a progression level, so ideal for learners who have been attending courses with us in Sprint and are progressing onto a more advanced level. Our ESOL courses are fun, engaging and accessible! All learners will get access to teaching resources and the opportunity of 1:1 sessions with their teacher.

 

 

ICT Entry 3

January 17, 2022

Course details

Our accredited Functional Skills ICT courses are designed for learners who want to learn practical, transferable skills in ICT in order to work confidently, effectively and independently in life and achieve a qualification.

This course runs on Monday 10am – 3pm from the 17th January to the 28th March at High Trees Community Education and Training Hub. By completing the course, you will demonstrate that you have mastered the use of ICT in everyday life and will make you more attractive to employers.  You will gain a Functional Skills qualification in ICT which will cover – email and file management – presenting information in the correct format – designing professional looking posters/presentations - using Excel to make calculations, design charts and graphs - maintaining a secure network – taking into account relevance, bias and copyright when using information. 

 

ICT Level 1

January 18, 2022

Course details

This course runs on Wednesday 10am – 3pm starting from the 18th January to the 29th March at High Trees Community Education and Training Hub.

Do you want to develop your IT skills to be confident to work in an administrative role and make yourself more attractive to employers?  You will gain a Functional Skills qualification in ICT which will cover – email and file management – presenting information in the correct format – designing professional looking posters – using Excel to make calculations and design charts – maintaining a secure network – taking into account relevance, bias and copyright when using information. 

Mindful Mandala Mosaic

January 19, 2022

Course details

A unique meditative mosaic class to encourage creative comfort and mindful flow moments. Working with patterns, colours and intention, you will learn an array of mosaic techniques to help you create your own mosaic mandala.

This is a five-week course run every Wednesday 9.30am –  12pm starting on the 19th January to the 2nd March.

ESOL at Sunnyhill Children’s Centre

January 19, 2022

Course details

Do you speak English as a second language? Do you want to improve your speaking, listening, reading and writing to have the confidence to get more involved in your local community? This is the course for you! This course runs on Wednesdays 9.30 am – 11.30 am from the 19th January to the 30th March

  • Free on-site crèche facilities are available whilst you are studying
  • All children under 5 years old are welcome, however some children’s centres may be restricted to 6 months and above
  • Please be aware that crèche spaces are limited and we may have to restrict the place to one child per learner

ICT Entry 2

January 19, 2022

Course details

This course runs on Wednesday 10am – 3pm starting on the 19th January to the 30th March at High Trees Community Education and Training Hub.

The Level 2 Functional Skills in ICT course is the equivalent of a grade 4 (C) at GCSE level. By completing the course, you will demonstrate that you have mastered the use of ICT in everyday life and will make you more attractive to employers.  You will gain a Functional Skills qualification in ICT which will cover – email and file management – presenting information in the correct format – designing professional looking posters/presentations - using Excel to make calculations, design charts and graphs - maintaining a secure network – taking into account relevance, bias and copyright when using information. 

Award in Information, Advice and Guidance Level 2 (Accredited)

February 1, 2022

Course details

Gain a specialist qualification in giving advice, information or guidance in any settings (e.g. education, employment support, youth services etc.)

The course runs on Tuesday and Thursday from 10am – 3pm from the 1st February to the 10th March.

Join our course online via Zoom platform.

Africology

February 1, 2022

Course details

This interactive course will give you an introduction to Africology, the study of African phenomena. This course will explore these themes and more. 

This course will run on Mondays 6-9 pm at High Trees Community Education and Training Hub.

Art of Confident Speaking

February 1, 2022

Course details

Do you want to be able to speak more confidently in public? Would you like to improve your ability to deliver presentations, succeed at interviews or contribute to meetings? Join us on this short course to unlock your potential as a public speaker! 

This is a one day course running on Friday from 10am – 4pm

One Day Food & Hygiene Level 2

February 1, 2022

Course details

The course is designed for anyone who works with, or handles food and wants to meet the UK food training requirements. In this course you will learn about the impact of food-borne illnesses, food safety hazards and contamination, food preservation, storage and temperature control, as well as HACCP.

 

Introduction to Community Organising

February 1, 2022

Course details

On this course, you will explore and develop your understanding of power, which is what drives community organising: what power means and how power can be built in the community to overcome social injustice and create change.

This one-session course will take place on Friday 10th December 10am – 5pm at the Tulse Hill Adventure Playground. The course also provides a reminder of the basics of community organising which are covered in our Introduction to Community Organising course. Sessions are designed so that everybody can take part and share their ideas and experiences and learn some practical tools and skills.

Introduction to Homelessness

February 1, 2022

Course details

This course will provide you with an understanding of what homelessness is and which factors play a crucial role in it.

This course will run on Fridays 10am – 5pm at the High Trees Community Education and Training Hub.