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Frequently asked questions

If a course is 'fun' does that mean I won't get a qualification?

Not necessarily. Some fun courses can be taken simply as an interesting way of spending your free time - making new friends and learning new skills - and you might get a certificate at the end, just to say you did it. Some though, will equip you with a qualification afterwards. Often these ones are longer and may involve a test or exam.

Are all part time courses fun?

It depends what you mean by fun! There are more serious part time courses, such as those in first aid or health and safety. These might be slightly less fun than say, pottery or chocolate making, but they will still be sociable and informative. There are a number of more academic subjects you can take as part time courses and even some that will lead to qualifications like GCSEs or A Levels.

Can I do a part time course that will result in a qualification?

Yes. If you're hoping to qualify in a particular area but still need to work full time or have other commitments, there are plenty of part time options. It's worth reading the description of the course carefully as this is where you will find out if taking it will result in a qualification or not.

Can I do a college course part time?

Yes. There are many college courses that are offered on a part time basis. You'll get all the perks of attending a college, like use of the library, but you might only attend a few lessons a week.

Are part time courses only held in the evening?

Not all of them. Some are, as many people who want to take part time courses also want to work full time during the day, but others are held on weekdays or at the weekend. Which days and at what times classes are held will usually be detailed in the description of the course.

Are part time and fun courses cheaper than full time college ones?

Most full time college courses are free for students aged between 16 and 19. However if someone of this age wanted to take a part time course they may have to pay. For people over 19, most courses will come at a charge of some description. Certain subjects may be cheaper than others but this will depend on a number of variables - the equipment needed, whether there are exams to take, the subject etc. You'll usually be able to see the price though, next to the information about the course, so you can take this into account.

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Pyara - 'Exquisite Indian Cuisine' - cookery tuition and catering

Pyara - exquisite INDIAN cookery and cuisine: one-to-one TUTORING and dinner CATERING

By MIRANDA - November 2015

I had the most wonderful day learning to cook delicious Indian food with Gauri. I am an experienced home cook but have n...

Beginners Sewing Workshop Nov 2015

The Stitchery

Beginners Sewing Workshop

By Ann - November 2015

A lovely way to spend my Sunday - got to know my machine again after many years in the loft, and then learned loads of n...

Silk printing

JW3 Jewish Community Centre

Silk-Screen Printing

By Katharine - November 2015

Great course the teacher was very experienced and provided useful tips and top class guidance. It was an extremely fun a...

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