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Adult Learners

Furness College offers a range of free and fully funded part-time courses for adults.*

Has your job been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic? Are you looking to upskill at a time of uncertainty to improve job security and your income?

We have a range of courses, listed below, across a wide variety of sectors that can be delivered online or in the classroom in Barrow, giving you the skills you need for the job you want.

Many of our courses are FREE to study, so whether you’re employed or looking for work, contact us to find a way to develop your knowledge and experience or explore a new career.

To be eligible for an adult course, you must be over the age of 19. If you are unemployed or earn less than £17k a year your course is fully funded so it is free for you to study. If you earn over £17k a year, a £40 contribution is required.

Latest Courses

The start date is February 2021 and it will be running from 5.45pm-8.45pm for 15 weeks.
For more information contact Sandra.Rollinson@furness.ac.uk

This course begins January 2021 at 5pm-8pm for 6 weeks, sessions one evening per week.
For more information contact Sandra.Rollinson@furness.ac.uk

This course starts January 2021 at 5pm-8pm for 6 weeks, sessions one evening per week.
For more information contact Sandra.Rollinson@furness.ac.uk

This course starts January 2021 at 5pm-8pm for 6 weeks, sessions one evening per week.
For more information contact Sandra.Rollinson@furness.ac.uk

This course starts January 2021 from 5pm-8pm for 6 weeks, sessions one evening per week.
For more information contact Sandra.Rollinson@furness.ac.uk

This course has flexible delivery and can be studied at night school or as an online classroom.
For more information contact Sandra.Rollinson@furness.ac.uk

This course has flexible delivery and can be studied at night school or as online learning.
For more information contact Sandra.Rollinson@furness.ac.uk

This course has flexible delivery and can be studied at night school or as online learning.
For more information contact Sandra.Rollinson@furness.ac.uk

This course has flexible delivery and can be studied at night school or as online learning.
For more information contact Sandra.Rollinson@furness.ac.uk

This course has flexible delivery and can be studied at night school or as online learning.
For more information contact Sandra.Rollinson@furness.ac.uk

This course starts February 2021.
For more information contact Sandra.Rollinson@furness.ac.uk

This course starts January 2021 for 10 weeks.
For more information contact Sandra.Rollinson@furness.ac.uk

This course has flexible delivery and can be studied at night school or as online learning.
For more information contact Sandra.Rollinson@furness.ac.uk

This course has flexible delivery and can be studied at night school or as online learning.
For more information contact Sandra.Rollinson@furness.ac.uk

This course has flexible delivery and can be studied at night school or as online learning.
For more information contact Sandra.Rollinson@furness.ac.uk

This course has flexible delivery and can be studied at night school or as online learning.
For more information contact Sandra.Rollinson@furness.ac.uk

This course starts February 2021.
For more information contact Sandra.Rollinson@furness.ac.uk

This course starts February 2021.
For more information contact Sandra.Rollinson@furness.ac.uk

This course starts January 2021.
For more information contact Sandra.Rollinson@furness.ac.uk

This course has flexible delivery and can be studied at night school or as online learning.
For more information contact Sandra.Rollinson@furness.ac.uk

This course has flexible delivery and can be studied at night school or as online learning.
For more information contact Sandra.Rollinson@furness.ac.uk

This course starts January 2021.

This course has flexible delivery and can be studied at night school or as online learning.
For more information contact Sandra.Rollinson@furness.ac.uk

This course has flexible delivery and can be studied at night school or as online learning.
For more information contact Sandra.Rollinson@furness.ac.uk

This course has flexible delivery and can be studied at night school or as online learning.
For more information contact Sandra.Rollinson@furness.ac.uk

This course has flexible delivery and can be studied at night school or as online learning.
For more information contact Sandra.Rollinson@furness.ac.uk

This course has flexible delivery and can be studied at night school or as online learning.
For more information contact Sandra.Rollinson@furness.ac.uk

This course has flexible delivery and can be studied at night school or as online learning.
For more information contact Sandra.Rollinson@furness.ac.uk

Engineering

How long is the course?
The course length is dependent on prior experience and ability, but as a guide each level takes around ten weeks to complete.

How much does the course cost?
This is a fully-funded course.

Summary:

These welding courses aim to give the learner introductory skills in Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG), Metal Inert Gas (MIG) and Manual Metal Arc (MMA) welding.

The Level 1 course will suit anyone new to welding, whilst the Level 2 course allows the candidate to build on the skills acquired in the Level 1 course.

What are the entry requirements?

There are no previous qualifications, learning or experience entry requirements for the Level 1 course.

Candidates must have a Level 1 welding qualification to be eligible for the Level 2 course.


What qualification will I achieve?

Successful delegates will receive:-

Level 1 Certificate in Introductory Welding Skills

Level 1 Award in Introductory Tungsten Inert Gas Welding

Level 2 Certificate in Welding Skills

Level 2 Award in Welding Skills


What subjects will I study?

The learner will train in Level 1 and 2 techniques in the following methods.

MMA – Manual Metal Arc Welding, this is the most flexible and one of the most widely used arc welding processes. It involves striking an arc between a covered metal electrode and a workpiece.

TIG – Tungsten Inert Gas welding, this uses a non-consumable tungsten electrode to produce the weld. The weld area and electrode is protected from oxidation by an inert shielding gas.

MIG – Metal Inert Gas Welding, this is a welding process in which an electric arc forms between a consumable wire electrode and the workpiece metal, which heats the workpiece metal causing them to melt and join.

Students will learn the basic welding techniques and be able to read basic engineering drawings related to the welding industry.

How will I learn?

The course is a highly practical course, delivered in our workshop using state of the art equipment. The course content includes the under-pinning knowledge of welding techniques and also covers health and safety. All lessons are practical although a small amount of reading and internet research is advisable to answer the oral questions at the end of the course.

How will I be assessed?

The learner will complete five practical tests together with oral questioning. These will be assessed in accordance with City and Guilds predetermined criteria which will include both visual and destructive testing.

What opportunities will this lead to?

Once the learner has achieved the pass standard at Level 2 they have the opportunity to apply for the TWI4872 accreditation for each technique, for a small cost.

How long is the course?

The length of the course is dependent on the learner’s previous welding experience and ability. As a guide it is estimated to take ten weeks for each level.

For further details email: businesssupport@furness.ac.uk

How long is the course?
The course length is dependent on prior experience and ability, but as a guide each level takes around ten weeks to complete.

How much does the course cost?
This is a fully-funded course.

Summary:

These welding courses aim to give the learner introductory skills in Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG), Metal Inert Gas (MIG) and Manual Metal Arc (MMA) welding.

The Level 1 course will suit anyone new to welding, whilst the Level 2 course allows the candidate to build on the skills acquired in the Level 1 course.

What are the entry requirements?

There are no previous qualifications, learning or experience entry requirements for the Level 1 course.

Candidates must have a Level 1 welding qualification to be eligible for the Level 2 course.


What qualification will I achieve?

Successful delegates will receive:-

Level 1 Certificate in Introductory Welding Skills

Level 1 Award in Introductory Tungsten Inert Gas Welding

Level 2 Certificate in Welding Skills

Level 2 Award in Welding Skills


What subjects will I study?

The learner will train in Level 1 and 2 techniques in the following methods.

MMA – Manual Metal Arc Welding, this is the most flexible and one of the most widely used arc welding processes. It involves striking an arc between a covered metal electrode and a workpiece.

TIG – Tungsten Inert Gas welding, this uses a non-consumable tungsten electrode to produce the weld. The weld area and electrode is protected from oxidation by an inert shielding gas.

MIG – Metal Inert Gas Welding, this is a welding process in which an electric arc forms between a consumable wire electrode and the workpiece metal, which heats the workpiece metal causing them to melt and join.

Students will learn the basic welding techniques and be able to read basic engineering drawings related to the welding industry.

How will I learn?

The course is a highly practical course, delivered in our workshop using state of the art equipment. The course content includes the under-pinning knowledge of welding techniques and also covers health and safety. All lessons are practical although a small amount of reading and internet research is advisable to answer the oral questions at the end of the course.

How will I be assessed?

The learner will complete five practical tests together with oral questioning. These will be assessed in accordance with City and Guilds predetermined criteria which will include both visual and destructive testing.

What opportunities will this lead to?

Once the learner has achieved the pass standard at Level 2 they have the opportunity to apply for the TWI4872 accreditation for each technique, for a small cost.

How long is the course?

The length of the course is dependent on the learner’s previous welding experience and ability. As a guide it is estimated to take ten weeks for each level.

For further details email: businesssupport@furness.ac.uk

For further details email: businesssupport@furness.ac.uk

For further details email: businesssupport@furness.ac.uk

For further details email: businesssupport@furness.ac.uk

Health & Social Care

Entry Requirements

Prior knowledge to working in the sector

For further details email: businesssupport@furness.ac.uk

Entry Requirements

Some knowledge of working in the sector is required

Course Content

1) Understand how to contribute to monitoring the health of individuals affected by health conditions.

2) Understand Cardiovascular disease.

3) Stroke Awareness

4) Arthritis Awareness

5) Understand physical disability

6) Parkinson disease awareness

For further details email: businesssupport@furness.ac.uk

Entry Requirements

Some knowledge of working in the sector required

Course Content

1) Introduction to Autism

2) Using a person centred approach to support individuals with autism

3) Communication and social interaction in individuals with autism

4) Sensory processing, perception and cognition in individuals with autism

5) Supporting positive behaviour in individuals with autism

6) Supporting individuals with autism to live healthy and fulfilled lives

For further details email: businesssupport@furness.ac.uk

Entry Requirements

Some knowledge of working in the sector required.

Course Content

1) Principles of the causes and spread of infection in health care settings

2) Principles of the importance of personal hygiene and health in the prevention and control of infection in health care settings

3) Principles of decontamination, cleaning and waste management in health care settings

4) Principles of infection prevention and control in health care settings

For further details email: businesssupport@furness.ac.uk

Entry Requirements

Some knowledge of working in the sector required.

Course Content

1) Understand how to work in end of life care

2) Care planning in end of life care

3) Understand how to provide support to manage pain and discomfort

4) End of life care and dementia

5) Understanding the role of the care worker in time of death

6) Understand the loss and grief in end of life care

For further details email: businesssupport@furness.ac.uk

 

Course Content

1) Dementia awareness

2) Person-centred approach to the care and support of individuals with dementia

3) Understand the factors that can influence communication and interaction with individuals who have dementia

4) Understand equality, diversity and inclusion in dementia care

5) Understand the administration of medication to individuals with dementia using a person-centred approach

6) Understand behaviour in the context of dementia

7) Understand the benefits of engaging in activities in social care

For further details email: businesssupport@furness.ac.uk

Course Content

1) Understanding safeguarding in adult health and social care

2) Principles of dignity in adult health and social care

3) Understanding duty of care in adult health and social care

4) Understanding dilemmas and public concerns in adult health and social care

For further details email: businesssupport@furness.ac.uk

Course Content

1) Understanding diabetes

2) Prevention and early intervention of Type 2 diabetes

3) Understanding initial care of diabetes

4) Understanding treatment and management of diabetes

For further details email: businesssupport@furness.ac.uk

Entry Requirements

Some knowledge of working in the sector required.

Course Content

1) Falls in context

2) The risk factors and causes of falls

3) Falls assessment and prevention

4) Managing falls

For further details email: businesssupport@furness.ac.uk

 

Entry Requirements

Some knowledge of working in the sector required.

Course Content

1) Understand medication and prescriptions

2) Supply, storage and disposal of medication

3) Understand the requirements for the safe administration of medication

4) Record keeping and audit processes for medication

For further details email: businesssupport@furness.ac.uk

Entry Requirements

Some knowledge of working in the sector required.

For further details email: businesssupport@furness.ac.uk

Course Content

1) Understanding mental health

2) Understanding stress

3) Understanding anxiety

4) Understanding phobias

5) Understanding depression

6) Understanding post-natal depression

7) Understanding bipolar disorder

8) Understanding schizophrenia

9) Understanding dementia

10) Understanding eating disorders

11) Understanding attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

12) Understanding obsessive compulsive disorder

13) Understanding post-traumatic stress disorder

For further details email: businesssupport@furness.ac.uk

Course Content

1) Understand how to provide a safe and healthy environment for babies and young children

2) Understand common childhood illnesses

3) Understand health emergencies and specific health conditions in an early years setting

For further details email: businesssupport@furness.ac.uk

Course Content

1) Understand behaviour that challenges

2) Understand how to support positive behaviour

3) Understand the importance of effective communication and the management of behaviour that challenges

4) Understand the role of reflection and support for those involved in incidents of behaviour that challenges

For further details email: businesssupport@furness.ac.uk

Entry Requirements

Some knowledge of working in the sector required.

Course Content

1) Understanding person-centred thinking and planning

2) Care planning for the care worker

3) Understanding nutrition and hydration in health and social care settings

4) Principles of supporting an individual to maintain personal hygiene

5) Understanding continence care

6) Principles of supporting sleep

For further details email: businesssupport@furness.ac.uk

Entry Requirements

Some knowledge of working in the sector required.

Course Content

1) Understand the context of supporting individuals with learning disabilities

2) Principles of safeguarding and protection in health and social care

3) Introduction to personalisation in social care

4) Principles of positive risk taking for individuals with disabilities

5) Introductory awareness of autistic spectrum conditions

6) Principles of supporting individuals with a learning disability to access health care

For further details email: businesssupport@furness.ac.uk

Cross Sector

Course Content

1) Equality and diversity in society

2) Equality and diversity in the community

3) Equality and diversity in the workplace

For further details email: businesssupport@furness.ac.uk

Course Content

1) Principles of customer service and delivery

2) Understand customers

3) Understand employer organisations

4) Understand how to communicate with customers

5) Understand how to handle customer information

6) Understand how to resolve problems and deliver customer service to challenging customers

7) Understand how to develop customer relationships

For further details email: businesssupport@furness.ac.uk

For further details email: businesssupport@furness.ac.uk

Course Content

1) Explore principles of healthy eating

2) Consider nutritional needs of a variety of individuals

3) Use of food and nutritional information to plan a healthy diet

4) The principles of weight management

5) Understanding eating disorders

6) Principles of food safety for the home environment

For further details email: businesssupport@furness.ac.uk

Course Content

1) Understanding customer service in the retail sector

2) Understanding the retail selling process

3) Understanding how individuals and teams contribute to the effectiveness of a retail business

4) Understanding how a retail business maintains health and safety on its premises

5) Understanding retail law

6) Understand how to deal with customer queries and complaints in a retail environment

7) Understanding the handling of customer payments in a retail business

8) Understanding the control, receipt and storage of stock in a retail business

For further details email: businesssupport@furness.ac.uk

Digital

Course Content

1) Developing digital career skills

2) Managing of information

3) Digital device safety awareness

4) Communication and productivity

5) Digital security

For further details email: businesssupport@furness.ac.uk

Entry Requirements

Basic IT knowledge and access to a computer with Microsoft Office software.

Course Content

1) Using IT to increase productivity

2) IT software fundamentals

3) IT security for users

4) Presentation software

5) Spreadsheet software

For further details email: businesssupport@furness.ac.uk

Business

For further details email: businesssupport@furness.ac.uk

Course Content

1) Principles of providing administrative services

2) Principles of business document production and information management

3) Understand communication in a business environment

4) Understand employer organisations

5) Understand how to develop working relationships with colleagues

6) Understand how to carry out business administrative tasks

7) Understand how to prepare text

For further details email: businesssupport@furness.ac.uk

Course Content

1) Principles of team leading

2) Understand business

3) Understand how to communicate work-related information

4) Understand how to manage performance and conflict in the workplace

5) Principles of equality and diversity in the workplace

6) Understand how to develop working relationships with colleagues

7) Understand health and safety procedures in the workplace

8) Understand how to develop and deliver a presentation

For further details email: businesssupport@furness.ac.uk

 

Please contact businessssupport@furness.ac.uk or call 01229 844753 for more details.

*Subject to eligibility

 

For more details about our courses for adult learners click here https://www.furness.ac.uk/adults/adult-outreach/


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