Luckily for us, local learning hubs are continuing to champion education for all ages. Here are a few to look out for this September
Cambridge is a hotspot for learning – that much is clear. And as it’s our education special, we’ve got all the information you need to make solid choices for your children. But what about when it comes to yourself?
After the tumultuous times we’ve just traversed, now is the perfect opportunity to expand your horizons. Picking up a new skill, learning a language, or revisiting one of your favourite school subjects are all great choices. In fact, there’s nothing stopping you from doing it all in one go!
Over at Cambridge Regional College (CRC), the options for furthering your skills and knowledge are countless. From gaining your Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA), to completing a course in media makeup, there’s a myriad of opportunities. Many of the courses run in the evenings (as with CELTA), so you can fit them around your schedule, or there are some which run as one block during the weekend (as with media makeup). The Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) at Madingley Hall goes a step further, offering fully catered, residential weekend courses, where you can stay over at the venue and fully immerse yourself in your subject of choice. These courses are set to reopen in October after a long hiatus, and you’ll be able to find more details on the website from September.
If you’re looking for something more creative, Hills Road Sixth Form College has got you covered. With courses in everything from ceramics, dressmaking and life drawing, through to ballroom and Latin dancing, you can really explore your creative potential, picking up new skills and meeting people along the way.
Kiln Cambridge is great for creatives
The sessions are available to book in blocks, so you can line up a couple of months’ worth of classes in advance to minimise stress down the line. Kiln Cambridge is also a great choice for creatives; the studio offers eight-week pottery courses to get you up to speed with the basics, and then help you to build on the techniques you’ve learnt, through practice, and work on individual projects. The courses fill up quickly, so make sure to secure your place as soon as possible.
For culinary classes, Cambridge Cookery School offers a wide range of options, including pastry-making basics and fish butchery workshops, plus sessions to build your repertoire of plant-based and dairy-free recipes. Again, places tend to go quickly, so make sure to book on the website in advance to avoid disappointment!
Also back on the scene this September is Adult Learn and Train, welcoming you into the classroom with a full programme of courses to kick-start the academic year. Whether you’re looking to enhance your career, stimulate your mind, or work on physical wellbeing, the courses range from basic English and maths enhancement or foreign language learning, to DIY-style craft workshops and pilates – all overseen by well-qualified tutors.
Further details for all the courses mentioned, including booking information, can be found on the respective websites.