Adult education

  We very are excited to welcome you back to our newly refurbished St Martins Learning Centre after a complete renovation, with two new state of the art learning rooms and an Internet Café, available for use every day.

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, text or call 07305 080 995 or email courses@high-trees.org.

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Available Courses

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Abellio Trainee Bus Driver Pre-Employment Training

October 10, 2022

Course details

Abellio are looking for TraineePCV Bus Drivers for South London.

This 5-day course will provide applicants with skills to support them into a PCV Bus Driver role with Abellio. The training will cover:

  • A Day in the Life of a Bus Driver
  • Customer Service the Abellio Way
  • Work Place Expectations and Behaviours
  • Health & Safety
  • Interview Training
  • Application Support

To register for this course you need to:

  • Hold a Driving Licence and have one-year driving experience in the UK
  • Have no previous drink driving convictions in the last 5 years
  • No more than 6 penalty points

Award in Skills for Professions in Business, Administration and Finance Level 2

November 1, 2022

Course details

Free specialised accredited course for Lambeth Housing tenants. This course in running on Tuesdays from 10am to 3pm and on Thursdays from 12.30pm to 3pm, from 1st of November  to 20th December.

This course is ideal for anyone who wants to improve and refresh skills such as working in a team, time management and how to communicate effectively in a work environment.

This course is ideal for those who:
• Want to gain a specialist qualification that will give you skills to enter new work areas such as Administration, Business, and Finance
• Are looking to update and add to their employment skills and knowledge or are seeking to take
on increased responsibilities in life and work

Childcare costs are covered (application needed)

ICT for Beginners

November 30, 2022

Course details

Would you like to be more confident with computers? This ICT for beginners class is a two-day course running on Wednesday 30th November from 10am-4pm, and 7th December from 10am – 2pm at High Trees. Learn to use email, search engines and Microsoft software. To find out more information and to register your interest, get in contact with our Education & Training team. Spaces are limited.

After this introduction, you may be able to progress on another ICT course.

Introduction to Stress Management

December 9, 2022

Course details

During this one-day course, we will explore what is perceived as stress, the signs to look out for, and how we can become more emotionally resilient and reduce the effects of stress on our everyday life. You will learn practical tips and tools to support your well-being.

 

ESOL Entry 1

January 9, 2023

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 Monday 10am – 13pm from 9th January to 27th March at the Scout Hut in Tulse Hill SW2 3PX. 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.

 

 

English Functional Skills Entry 2

January 9, 2023

Course details

This course runs on Mondays 9.30am – 3pm from the 9th January to the 27th March at High Trees Learning centre.

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 10, 2023

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 10th January to 28th March at the Scout Hut in Tulse Hill SW2 3PX. 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!

 

Maths Functional Skills Entry 3

January 10, 2023

Course details

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

This accredited course will run on Tuesday 10am – 3.30pm from 10th January to 28th March at the High Trees Learning Centre. Upon successful completion, you will gain the NCFE Entry level 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 +.

English Functional Skills Level 1

January 11, 2023

Course details

This course runs on Wednesdays 9.30am – 3pm from the 11th January to the 29th March at High Trees Learning Centre.

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.

 

ICT Entry 2

January 12, 2023

Course details

This course runs on Thursdays 10am – 3pm from the 12th January to 23rd March at High Trees Learning Centre.

Entry Level ICT Functional Skills are ideal for learners wishing to develop practical, transferable skills in ICT in order to work confidently, effectively, and independently in life. They’re suitable for a range of learners and are fundamental for completing various wider qualifications and frameworks, such as Foundation Learning.

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. 

English Functional Skills Entry 1

January 12, 2023

Course details

This course runs on Thursday 9.30am – 3pm from 12th January to 30th March at High Trees Learning centre.

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 Conversation Club

January 13, 2023

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 12pm from 13th January to 31st March at the Scout Hut in Tulse Hill SW2 3PX. Our ESOL courses are fun, engaging and accessible!

Award in Information, Advice & Guidance Level 3 (Accredited)

January 13, 2023

Course details

This course will provide individuals with the skills, knowledge, and a qualification required by employers in a broad range of contexts where information, advice or guidance (IAG) is provided, including those working in:

• Employment and Career Services
• Education and Youth Sectors
• Front Line Customer Services
• Advice Services

This 11- week course will take place at High Trees Hub, 220 Upper Tulse Hill, SW2 2NS.

The cost of this course is £395 per person.

ESOL Pre-Entry

January 16, 2023

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 Wednesday 10am – 12pm  from 16th January to 27th March at the Scout Hut in Tulse Hill SW2 3PX. 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 support with their teacher.

 

ICT Level 1

January 16, 2023

Course details

This course runs on Monday 10am – 3pm from the 16th January to 27th March at High Trees Learning Centre.

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. 

ESOL at West Norwood Library

January 16, 2023

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!

The course will run on Mondays 6pm-8pm from 16th January to 27th March at the West Norwood Library 1-5 Norwood High St, Norwood, London SE27 9JX.

One Day Food & Hygiene Level 2

January 17, 2023

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.

This course will run on Tuesday 10am – 4.30pm at the High Trees.

 

ICT Entry level tbc

January 18, 2023

Course details

This course runs on Wednesday 10am – 3pm from 18h January to 29th March at High Trees Learning Centre.

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. 

ESOL Entry 2

January 18, 2023

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 – 12pm from the 18th January to the 29th March at the Scout Hut in Tulse Hill SW2 3PX. Our ESOL courses are fun, engaging and accessible!

All learners will get access to teaching resources and the opportunity of 1:1 support with their teacher.

Family ESOL Learn & Play

January 18, 2023

Course details

Bring your child along to our Family Learn and Play sessions. Practice your English with our tutors and meet other parents! This course runs Thursdays 1.30pm – 3pm from the 18th January to 29th March at the Tulse Hill Adventure Playground.

ESOL at Sunnyhill Children’s Centre

January 18, 2023

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 9.30am- 11.30am from the 18th January to the 29th March at Sunnyhill Rd, London SW16 2UW

  • 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

ESOL at Hitherfield Children’s Centre

January 19, 2023

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 Thursday 1pm to 3pm from 19th January to 30th March at Hitherfield Children’s Centre, SW16 2JQ. 

  • 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

Yoga for Mindfulness

January 23, 2023

Course details

This course focuses on yoga practice, mediation and breathing exercises for relaxation and stress reduction. This class runs every Monday 4pm – 6pm from the 23rd January to the 20th March at the High Trees Learning Centre.

Mindful Mandala Mosaic

January 27, 2023

Course details

Working with patterns and colours you will learn an array of mosaic techniques to help you create your own mosaic mandala. A unique meditative mosaic class to encourage creativity and mindfulness.

This course runs every Friday 9.30am – 12pm from 27th January to 17th March at the High Trees learning centre.

Saturday ESOL

January 28, 2023

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 Saturday 11am to 2pm from 28th January to 18th March at the Scout Hut in Tulse Hill SW2 3PX.

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!

 

Art of Confident Speaking

March 17, 2023

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 fun, energetic two day course will teach you strategies of public speaking. You will learn key principles for successfully speaking in front of an audience and get opportunities to practice, including for
job interviews.

This course will run on Friday from 10:00am – 4:30pm at High Trees Learning Centre. Dates to be confirmed.

Introduction to Community Organising

March 24, 2023

Course details

This fun, energetic course introduces you to some key skills in Community Organising. Community Organising is the work of bringing people together to take action around their common concerns and overcome social injustice.   Community Organisers reach out and listen, connect and motivate people to build their collective power.

This one-session course will take place on Friday 24th March 2023 from 9.30am to 5pm at High Trees Learning Centre. Sessions are designed so that everybody can take part and share their ideas and experiences and learn some practical tools and skills.

Employability Skills course

May 19, 2023

Course details

This course is ideal for anyone who wants to improve and refresh their employability skills such as working in a team, time management, interview skills and how to communicate effectively in a work environment.

Join our 4 weeks FREE Employability Skills course, with the possibility to receive 1:1 employment and career support on completion*

The course will run on Fridays 12.30pm – 2.30pm from 18th November to 2nd December at Myatts Field North Centre, 24 Crawshay Road London, SW9 6FZ.

*Personalised employment support available to all Lambeth residents (Croydon, Wandsworth & Southwark welcome) who are currently unemployed or working less than 7 hours per week.