Derby College Expands Learning for Leisure Programme

Derby College has expanded its ‘Learning for Leisure’ programme of short evening courses aimed at enabling people to take up a new hobby for 2017.

Many of the courses will start in the New Year with further courses coming on board in early Spring – based at the College’s campuses in Derby and Morley. For those who want home improvement skills to start the New Year afresh, short courses include DIY skills, plumbing, wallpapering, furniture restoration, making patchwork and soft furnishings and vintage floristry. Hands on skills to maintain and repair cars and bicycles are available at the College’s on-site commercial garage in Pride Park. Health and wellbeing classes include baby aromatherapy and healthy eating and other sessions range from wine appreciation to play writing. The Learning for Leisure programme joins an established programme of adult part time courses.

There are a wide range of new courses starting in the New Year at the Broomfield Hall campus in Morley focusing on Agriculture, Animal Care, Conservation and Countryside Management, Equine and Floristry. Sports coaching and personal training courses are available at both Broomfield Hall and the flagship Roundhouse campus on Pride Park which is also the venue for Cookery, Motor Vehicle and Teacher Training.

Meanwhile, part time study programmes in Community and Adult Learning will be held at the Joseph Wright Centre in the city centre. A wide range of leadership, management and professional development programmes are delivered as part of the Roundhouse Thinking offer and distance learning programmes are available in Professional Construction.

Derby College Chief Executive Mandie Stravino explained: “Our adult and part time learning offer has traditionally focused very much on vocational and academic skills that lead to nationally recognised qualifications to support people in their career aspirations. “I am however passionate that learning has many other benefits such improved health, wellbeing and increased self-confidence. “I am delighted that we continue to expand our learning for leisure programme which is ideal for local people who want to pursue a new hobby, build on existing skills or perhaps gain the confidence to return to learning on a more formal footing. “The courses are run by our team of specialist lecturers and make further use of our superb facilities at Derby College. “They are designed to be relaxed and sociable experiences and an opportunity to meet new people who share a common interest.”

Learning for Leisure programme coordinator Rebecca Jones-Watson continued: “Since the Learning for Leisure programme was launched last year, we have had great feedback from people who have enjoying learning a new skill and making new friends. “We are therefore expanding the programme to include a wider range of practical skills that will help people take up a new hobby and enjoy learning in a relaxed environment and at their own pace.”

 For information about the Learning for Leisure and part time courses at Derby College, please call 0800 028 0289 or visit

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