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Our ESOL classes are designed for those whose first language is not English.

We have classes from complete Beginner to Advanced and you can attend in the morning, afternoon, evening. Perfect if you’re working or have children at school. Most of our courses offer nationally recognised qualifications in speaking, listening, reading and writing to help you with work or living in the UK. All our courses look at topics related to living and working in Britain.

To attend some courses you will need to attend a Skills check interview. Staff will talk to you about what you want to achieve and any support you may need. You will be offered the best class for you. This will help us to ensure you enrol on the right level course and we provide appropriate support to help you achieve.

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In the current job market more and more employers are looking for potential employees with a minimum of level 2 English and Math’s qualifications. Entrance to further education and university normally requires at least level 2 Functional Skills in Math’s and English, if not GCSE. Our courses are designed to help you develop your skills, build your confidence and improve your job prospects

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It’s quite normal to be nervous about Math’s, many adults think they are “bad at Math’s”, but chances are your already using Math’s in your everyday life on a day to day basis. We can help you identify your abilities and build on the skills you already have.

Our classes are small, friendly and relaxed. We will assess your starting level to ensure the course you undertake is tailored to you, so you enrol

Our courses are for adults, so you will study with adults at a similar level so there is no fear of being the odd one out. If you left school a while ago, there is no need to worry, we have experienced teachers on hand who are used to helping learners in exactly your situation, we’re here to make Math’s work for you.

We offer free Math’s functional skills at level 1 and 2. Functional skills Math’s will set you on track for further studies or help you to get into work, or progress in your chosen area of work.

We also offer GCSE classes designed to support learners who wish to develop basic understanding of mathematics and gradually move to more complex and problem-solving challenges.

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These qualifications are designed to give you the skills you need to be digital citizens and give you the skills to live and work in an increasingly digital environment.

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Short courses

We offer Saturday workshops and classes, flexible short courses, taster sessions and masterclasses with invited external guests in a variety of subjects. These are great options whether you are looking to boost your employability, change your career, update your skills or simply meet new people and learn something new. Some of these courses are FREE. Our short course programmes are varied, aimed at different needs, and run throughout the year. Why not register for updates or search a course to suit you below.

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Free Courses

We have a variety of short courses and taster sessions at the college that are free. After completing your free course/taster session if this peaks your interest we offer multiple progression courses for you to explore.

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Commercial courses

At Southend Adult Community College we work with a wide range of organisations from the commercial, public and charity sectors. We are graded a ‘Good’ provider of adult education (Ofsted 2017) and can deliver high quality tailor made workplace training and staff development programmes to upskill your workforce at your place of work or in one of our modern, fully equipped centres in Southend.

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Assessor and internal quality assurer

Assessors and Internal Quality Assurers (IQA) use their professional expertise to support students looking to gain vocational qualifications. You can work as an assessor or as an IQA in all occupational areas where vocational qualifications exist, providing you have the required occupational competency.

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Whether you’re looking for a new career or wish to improve your qualifications in childcare we can help. Caring for children is one of the most important, rewarding and challenging careers you could choose. Our courses will support you in improving standards when working with children and families and provide you with the necessary knowledge, skills and confidence to increase your career prospects.

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Health & Social Care

A career in Health and Social Care is very rewarding; you have the potential to make a massive difference to someone’s life. It’s all about helping people. Adult care workers provide a whole range of services to support vulnerable adults and older people so that they can benefit from a much more improved way of life. Different career paths are available for people from all different kinds of academic backgrounds.

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Teaching qualifications

Teaching or training young people and adults is increasingly seen as a desirable career choice and a viable alternative to teaching in schools. Unlike teaching in schools, you do not need to study for a degree incurring a large student debt. Many providers will employ you whilst you are working towards the teaching qualifications. Many posts are hourly paid, providing flexibility to work around childcare or other commitments. Our award and diploma courses can support you to achieve your career aspirations. They are part time and allow you to study alongside other commitments

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Arts & crafts

Our Arts and Crafts courses give you the opportunity to learn new skills and techniques in your area of interest, whilst pushing you to explore your creativity and develop your own individual style. Our courses cover a broad suite of creative art subjects including; ceramics, life drawing, painting, printmaking, pottery, textiles, floristry, jewellery making and more!

This, coupled with the continual feedback and support of our tutors, ensures thorough grounding which allows you to develop your individual style achieving amazing results

Southend Adult Community College Art and Craft department provides specialist purpose-built art and design spaces and facilities for people of all abilities. Learning from expert tutors you can develop your creativity for your personal enjoyment or your creative career. Courses are mainly held at the Southchurch Centre and at our Belfairs Centre in Leigh on Sea too. Our Art and Craft department also offer intensive courses, weekend workshops and events.

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Creative writing

Would you like to express yourself through writing? Want to tell your story or explore your thoughts? Would you like to leave your legacy? There is no time like the present to get writing, you will be amazed by the new found energy, enthusiasm and interest you will gain.

We offer many unique creative writing courses at the college such as creative writing beginners and improvers, autobiographical writing, self publishing workshops, writing for the screen and writing for blogs.

Our highly trained tutors will help you to build on your confidence, support and guide you on honing your writing skills, provide constructive feedback and navigate through the world of self publication.

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Health & Wellbeing

Are you looking to be more active, find new ways to de-stress or to simply get out and meet new people?

Our range of Health and Wellbeing courses are designed to help you live a better life and to improve your physical and emotional wellbeing. We offer both daytime and evening classes.

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We run History courses which enable you to broaden your knowledge in local and national periods, events and characters. In the Art and Music Appreciation courses you will gain an insight into upcoming anniversaries, shows and events both locally and in major London galleries.

Our knowledgeable tutors provide courses such as Art & Cultural Studies, Egyptian Hieroglyphics, Essex in the Age of Sail, Ancient Civilisations, Late Victorian & Edwardian Britain and so much more.

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Languages and Communication

We offer a wide variety of Languages and Communication courses whether learning for personal development or to enhance your employability. We offer a wide range of language courses suitable for all abilities in French, German, Italian, Russian, Latin and Spanish. Our fully qualified, highly skilled and supportive tutors will make your learning experience relaxed, enjoyable and rewarding.

Cultural awareness and general knowledge of the countries where the language is spoken is embedded in all our courses. Our Language courses are well structured around a framework of competencies designed to allow you to build your skills and fluency as you move up the progression ladder. It can take time to complete the competencies of each level. However, you don’t have to start at the beginning if your ability is higher. . If you have a particular interest in a language which we are not currently offering and there is sufficient demand (eight or more learners) we will seek to provide a course in the language requested.

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Performing Arts

Our Performing Arts courses strives to educate and inspire students who want to learn Music, Singing and Performing Arts.

Our courses will give you the opportunity to learn new skills and techniques in your area of interest, whilst pushing you to explore your creativity and develop your practice.

Classes are led by talented, experienced and enthusiastic tutors and are suitable for both beginners and improvers and support you if pursuing accredited course grades as well.

Our fantastic range of singing for fun or jazz and pop classes provide the perfect opportunity for you to exercise your vocal chords in solo or group performances. Our courses stand out due to the exceptional teachers, our talented students and the creative collaboration between the two.

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Providing easy access to free numeracy events and classes in Southend, Multiply is empowering adults to be more confident with numbers.

If the thought of maths makes you anxious, or you’re looking to brush up on core numeracy skills, you’re not alone – and we’ll help you gain vital skills that benefit you at home, at work and beyond.

Whether you are an employer looking to encourage your team’s ongoing development, or someone wanting to help your children with homework or better manage your budgets. Our fully-funded, government-backed support, will help you overcome your doubts, gain qualifications and progress in your career.

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