Find a Course

Sewing – Basic course timetables

Brief description

A practical sewing class for beginners. You will learn a range of sewing, craft and design skills recorded in a portfolio.

Course Outline

Who is the course aimed at?

  • People wanting to build underlying skills in order to build the confidence to join other higher level accredited courses.
  • Unemployed people (adults 19+)*
  • People with key and basic skills needs: literacy, numeracy, language.
  • People who are underrepresented in educational opportunities, including black and minority ethnic groups, disabled people, lone parents & older adults (60+).
  • People in low paid and unskilled work, part time and temporary workers.
  • New Learners

Course description in brief

A practical sewing class for beginners. You will learn a range of sewing, craft and design skills recorded in a portfolio.

By the end of the course I will have learned:

    a range of sewing techniques and design skills and how to keep a sketchbook and research ideas.

    LEARNING OUTCOMES – By the end of the course the learner will have…

    • Understood and practised health and safety associated with sewing areas
    • Used different types of equipment in sewing room
    • Produced examples of a range of sewing and craft techniques
    • Evidence of learning in a portfolio

Do I need any skills, experience or qualifications before I join the course?

No previous experience or qualifications are needed to join. All you need is to want to ‘have a go’ and willingness to help create a supportive learning environment for all participants

What equipment will I need for the course?

Most equipment will be provided by the centre. You will need to buy your own fabric, thread and trimmings It would be useful for students to equip themselves with scissors, pins, needles and tape-measure..

What materials will I need for the course?

Materials will need to be purchased.

What activities will I take part in and how will my course be structured?

The course will begin by looking at health and safety issues.

Learn about basic fabric types

Learn how to use the sewing machine

Make a simple item e.g. a cushion or tote bag

Progress to a second project as appropriate

What will be expected of me in terms of personal or time commitment?

We hope that you are able to attend all sessions. We ask that you commit to arriving on time for each session to allow the tutor to plan demonstrations and learning activities. As well as creating practical Sewing & Craftwork you will be encouraged to keep a simple log of learning and project sheets to demonstrate your learning and development. To help each other to learn. To be pleasant to other students/staff.

How will my learning be assessed and reviewed?

You will take part in discussions with the tutor and class members/group throughout the course to continually review and assess your progress. You and your tutor will assess your progress and achievement during the course and at the end of the course with consideration for other possible progression opportunities

What could I go on to do after I have finished the course?

There are many possible progression routes you may consider after the course. The tutor will give information about progression onto Swarthmores Step-up Sewing course or an appointment with an advice and guidance worker can be made.

How will I say what I think about the course?

You will have the opportunity to feedback what you think about the course at several points. You will be asked to fill in a simple feedback form during the course and you may be asked by your tutor to fill in other evaluation documents. If at any point you have a problem that you would like to discuss that isn’t appropriate for the tutor, make an appointment to see the programme manager or advice and guidance worker.

Available timetables for this course

Please make a note of the course Ref for the course you are interested in.

Course Ref Hours per week Days(s) Time Course Dates Costs
L553b 2 Friday 1pm – 3pm 12 Jan to 23 Mar 2018 (10 weeks) Full rate £66.00; R rate £22.00; A rate £6.00 (funder_code:L)

Course Funding

Swarthmore provides a variety of courses some of which are subsidised by public funding.

Courses with course codes pre-fixed by a letter ‘F’, ‘L’ or ‘N’ are subsidised and have age restrictions.

  • ‘F’: courses are accredited and are funded by the ‘Skills Funding Agency’ for those aged 16 and over.
  • ‘L’ & ‘N’ courses for those aged 19 and over.
  • ‘L’ courses are supported by Leeds City Council for Leeds Metropolitan area residents, priority given to those living in disadvantaged areas, people not in employment and/or in receipt of benefits, those with low skills, no qualifications, disadvantaged groups or individuals with specific needs e.g. lone parents, BAME groups, adults with LDD.

For information funding and eligibility see the ‘costs’ page.

Unless stated otherwise - all courses take place at Swarthmore Education Centre Leeds

What next?

To enrol in a course complete the enrolment form on the download page using the correct course reference (Course Ref) from above.