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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ESOL at Benton’s Lane Children’s Centre

April 23, 2021

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 Fridays at 9.30am-11.30am from the 23rd April to the 9th July. 

  • 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 Level 2

April 23, 2021

Course details

This course runs on Friday 10am-3pm until the 9th July.

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 Entry 1 – Entry 2

April 26, 2021

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-12pm until the 12th July 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! All learners will get access to teaching online resources and the opportunity of 1:1 sessions with their teacher.

 

ICT for Beginners

April 26, 2021

Course details

Would you like to be more confident with computers? This ICT for beginners class is a two day course running on Monday and Tuesday 10am – 4.30pm. Join this course to improve your Word, email and internet search skills to help your skills to help you with everyday tasks. 

English Functional Skills E1 – L1

April 27, 2021

Course details

This course runs on Tuesday 10am-3.30pm until the 13th July.

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 2 (Progression)

April 27, 2021

Course details

Do you speak English as a second language? Have you studied with us in January 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 Tuesday 10am-1pm until the 6th July at the Tulse Hill Adventure Playground.  This is a progression level, so ideal for learners who have been attending courses with us in January and are progressing onto a more advance level. Our ESOL courses are fun, engaging and accessible! All learners will get access to teaching online resources and the opportunity of 1:1 sessions with their teacher.

 

 

ESOL Entry 1 – Entry 2

April 28, 2021

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 until the 7th  July 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! All learners will get access to teaching online resources and the opportunity of 1:1 sessions with their teacher.

 

ICT Entry 1-3

April 28, 2021

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 Wednesday 10am-3pm until the 7th July. 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. 

 

Maths Functional Skills E1 – L1

April 28, 2021

Course details

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

This accredited course will run on Wednesday 10am 3.30pm until the 14th July. 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 open to all London residents aged 19 +.

ESOL Entry 3 (Progression)

April 29, 2021

Course details

Do you speak English as a second language? Have you studied with us in January 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 until the 8th July at the Tulse Hill Adventure Playground.  This is a progression level, so ideal for learners who have been attending courses with us in January and are progressing onto a more advance level. Our ESOL courses are fun, engaging and accessible! All learners will get access to teaching online resources and the opportunity of 1:1 sessions with their teacher.

 

 

Computer Skills at Baytree Centre

April 29, 2021

Course details

Learn useful computer skills on Thursdays 10am – 12.30pm at the Baytree Centre. Understand how to turn on computers, access the internet and write and reply to emails.

Pre Employment Training with Arriva

April 29, 2021

Course details

Are you interested in a career as a bus driver? 

Our two days on line preparation course offers a guaranteed interview for the job.
Find out if you meet the requirement replying to this quiz.

This two day Zoom course runs on Thursday 29th & and Friday 30th of April from 10am-3pm

English Functional Skills E1 – L1

April 29, 2021

Course details

This course runs on Thursdays 10am-3.30pm until the 15th July.

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.

 

One Day Food & Hygiene Level 2

April 29, 2021

Course details

This one day course is run on Friday 29th April 10am – 3pm. The course is designed for anyone who works with, or handles food and wants to meet the UK food training requirements. In this online 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 one day training will run on Wednesday the 3rd of February from 10am to 2pm via group session on Zoom. 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 a proof of address in order to join the course. All participants will get access to teaching online resources, a code to submit your final test on line and the opportunity of 1:1 sessions. Once you complete your test on line, you will receive a certificate either online or delivered at your house.

 

ESOL at Hitherfield Children’s Centre

April 29, 2021

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 Thursdays 1pm-3pm from the 29th April to the 8th July. 

  • 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 Conversation Club

April 30, 2021

Course details

Do you speak English as a second language? Do you want to improve your speaking and communication skills? This online 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 until the 9th of July at the Tulse Hill Adventure Playground. Our ESOL courses are fun, engaging and accessible! All learners will get access to teaching online resources and the opportunity of 1:1 sessions with their teacher.

ICT Entry 1-3

May 4, 2021

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 Tuesday 10am – 3pm until the 13th July. 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. 

 

Preparing for a Job Interview

May 6, 2021

Course details

This engaging and dynamic one day course will run on the Thursday 6th May from 10am-4:30pm.

This course is designed to help you build your confidence. During this course you will explore how to use the most common interview techniques such as the STAR model, how to overcome interview nerves, how to avoid common interview mistakes and how to conduct a successful remote interview.

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 open to all London residents aged 19 +.

CIH Level 3 Housing Practice

May 7, 2021

Course details

Do you want to improve the housing sector? Then join us on this accredited course to gain all the skills and knowledge you need to drive change within Housing. This course runs on Friday 10am-3pm until the 3rd September

This specialised accredited qualification from the Chartered Institute of Housing, aims to drive improvement in the housing sector by equipping you with key skills and knowledge about the housing system. You will gain knowledge in occupancy, tenure, and lettings, exploring the Housing System and learn professional Practice Skills for Housing. This course is ideal for those are interested in exploring a career in the housing sector.

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 a proof of address in order to join the course..

Award in Preparing to Work in School Level 1

May 10, 2021

Course details

Do you want a career working in schools? This course prepares you for all elements of working in a school setting.

The course runs on Monday and Thursday 10am – 3pm from the 10th of May till the 17th of June.

This a free course for Lambeth Housing Tenants. Refreshments are provided and the cost of childcare will be covered.

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

May 11, 2021

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 10am-3pm from the 11th of May till the 22nd of June.

Join our course on line via Zoom platform.

Award in Education and Training Level 3

May 14, 2021

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 May to the 23rd July. 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 a 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.

In line with new government guidelines and COVID 19 regulations, this course will be delivered online via Zoom. Key resources will be accessible via any digital device including smart phone, tablet and PC/laptop. Full support including 1:1s with your tutor will be provided.

Art of Confident Speaking

June 10, 2021

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 Thursday the 10th June from 10am to 4pm

Introduction to Community Organising

July 2, 2021

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 community to overcome social injustice and create change.

This one session course will take place on Friday 2nd July 10am – 5pm. 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. All participants will get access to teaching online resources for the duration of the course and the opportunity of 1:1 sessions.

Action for Change through Community Organising

August 3, 2021

Course details

This one-day course will explore how you can make change for good through collective action. You will explore the different types of action you can take, from DIY action to campaigning, explore stories of action and success factors and learn how to develop a strategy for change based on listening, building people power and leadership and picking tactics and methods for action.