Upcoming Part-time Courses

Stream Fast-track

The College, who recently announced a new five-year project ‘The Digital Hub – Stream’ which involves facilitating access to technology within the local community, has also designed a brand new fast-track course in Digital, Maths and English for adult learners to refresh their knowledge in these highly desired skill areas. 

This nine-week intensive course will develop your confidence in using these skills in everyday life. Upon completion, you will gain three widely-recognised qualifications that could support you back into employment, to progress in your current role or to go onto higher-level study. 


Entry Level – ECDL – Computer and Online Basics qualification is nationally-recognised. This course is an accessible computer and internet qualification for absolute beginners who have never used a computer or been online. The course covers:

  • Computer Basics – understanding the basic computer parts and terminology, and how to use the computer, keyboard and mouse
  • Introduction to the Desktop
  • Introduction to documents
  • The World Wide Web
  • Email


Functional Skills Maths is also a well-recognised and popular course, and our adult Functional Skills classes often fill up with people from a wide range of backgrounds, such as nurses, paramedics, and even airline staff. Again, we understand just how inaccessible maths can sometimes feel to people, so this course is designed to remove the confusion and fear that some people feel towards the subject that has perhaps built up since leaving education years before.

Functional Skills maths leaves behind complex equations from GCSE Maths, and instead we will teach you maths skills needed in everyday life, focusing far more on real life scenarios. For example, our Functional Skills maths learners are using their new maths skills to book holidays, find the best interest rates on bank accounts, and solve real-life issues that will help them in a myriad of ways. The course is assessed with one exam, that comprises calculator and non-calculator sections and, even on the paper, questions are accessible and relate to scenarios in life you’ll have come across many times before.


Our Functional Skills English course can be broken down into three elements: Reading, Writing, and Speaking and Listening. The course is designed to be far more ‘functional’ than other English courses on offer, and each element will help prepare you to use ‘English’ in a more professional manner.

On the reading element of the course, our tutors will show you how to read information effectively and how to use certain techniques to ensure you do not struggle over a long piece of information. Our writing element, instead of focusing on articles or stories you may have tried to write at school, will centre around writing emails or letters, using the correct formats, punctuation, and spellings. Finally, the speaking and listening element of the course will equip you with tips and tricks about how to have effective discussions and even speak in front of small groups without fear. All of our tutors are highly experienced in working with adults and completely understand the anxieties often felt by these learners. Not only will the course give you a widely-recognised qualification, but the confidence to read, write, and speak in everyday life.

Want to know more? Complete this short enquiry form and a member of our dedicated team will be in touch to discuss your next steps.

Course Calendar

March 2021

April 2021

Short courses

The College is at the heart of the community in Crewe, Ellesmere Port and Chester and is committed to ensuring learners progress to employment or higher-level learning with strong values and skills.

Our short courses offer an opportunity to learn new skills that will be of benefit to support your personal and professional development.  

Understanding Behaviour that Challenges – 3 months – This course covers techniques for dealing with challenging behaviour in the most appropriate way, why challenging behaviour may occur and the importance of effective communication and personal reflection following an episode of behaviour that challenges. 

Award in the Prevention & Control of Infection – 2 months – This course focuses on understanding how to prevent and control the spread of infection to avoid individuals unknowingly causing their family, friends, colleagues, and others surrounding them to become unwell.  

Certificate in Mental Health Awareness 4 months – This course looks at raising awareness of mental health. As UK employers, particularly within the health and social care sector, are increasingly interested in their staff having a clear understanding of mental health illnesses, this qualification aims to support this by covering the different types of mental health illnesses and how to effectively support individuals that are suffering from them.  

Understanding Autism – 3 months – This course aims to develop the understanding of autism and the principles of supporting individuals with autism – covering the person-centred approach and influence of positive communication methods, how to support positive behaviour, and how individuals with autism can be supported to live healthy and fulfilled lives. 

Nutrition and Health – 3 months – This course will increase the awareness and understanding in nutritional requirements and healthy eating, eating disorders and life choices, special dietary requirements and characteristics of an effective weight management programme. Units include: Understanding how diet is linked to health, Understand the principles of healthy food preparation, Understand the term “eating Disorder”. 

Principles of Business Administration – 3 months - This course covers the different principles of Business Administration and is great for people looking to start their career in business. You will learn about the different business administration skills that are all essential for the success of an organisation.  

Certificate in Principles of Team Leading –3 months – This course is focused on the business and professional management sector. You will develop your knowledge on team leadership styles, the different roles and responsibilities of a team leader, planning and allocating work, setting targets and monitoring the work of a team.  

EngineeringCertificate in Lean Organisation Management Techniques – 3 months – This course looks at understanding lean organisation techniques and the skills required to work effectively in a team within the business sector. You will learn about the information required to use different lean organisation and business improvement techniques in business and how to work together as a team.  

Engineering, Industrial Environment Awareness (IEA) – 3 months – This course will underpin the knowledge and understanding requirements of health and safety, communication, working effectively, working relationships and rights and responsibilities in an industrial environment. It is designed for individuals who are working in, looking for work in or looking for career progression in an industrial environment but have no formal qualifications. 

Performing Manufacturing Operations (EAL) – 9 months – This qualification is a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) developed by Enginuity the Sector Skills Council for the science, engineering and manufacturing technologies. The qualification has been designed by industry for individuals involved in a manufacturing process whatever the sector. The qualification is about occupational competence and involves the skills and knowledge needed to be able to carry out a range of activities related to a range of manufacturing operations. 

NVQ Level 2 Plumbing (C&G) – 9/12 months – The NVQ Level 2 plumbing and heating qualification is designed for anyone who wants to become a plumber or domestic heating engineer. It provides all the basic domestic heating and plumbing training you need to start work in the industry.  

NVQ Level 2 Trowel Occupations (Bricklaying) (C&G) – 9/12 months – The NVQ Level 2 Trowel Occupations is ideal if you have some knowledge and basic skills with a trowel – probably from a role where you work under supervision. The qualification gives recognition for your skills, giving you the chance to take on more responsibility. 

NVQ Level 2 Wood Occupations (Joinery) (C&G) – 9/12 month – This Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations is official recognition of the knowledge and skills needed to work in this area of the construction field. This qualification enables you to demonstrate your competence in a real workplace environment so you can work as a Site Carpenter within the construction industry.  

To find out more or to enrol onto one of our short courses, please complete this short form.