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Building Self-esteem and Confidence course timetables

Brief description

Self-esteem is how we value and perceive ourselves. It’s based on our opinions and beliefs, which can sometimes feel really difficult to change. It can be stressful if you feel you cannot tactfully and effectively speak out. By being more assertive can be the solution to fear, shyness, passivity and even anger, so there is a wide range of situations in which this course maybe appropriate.

Course Outline

Who is the course aimed at?

People wanting to build underlying skills in order to build the confidence to join other courses or improve the quality of their lives to perform roles, functions and tasks.

Course description in brief

This a practical course for people who wish to build their confidence and cope effectively and assertively in different life situations.
• You will be able to identify situations where you are under pressure, or lacking in confidence.
• You will learn techniques for improving your confidence and ability to be more in control, as well as looking at the causes of difficulty.
• Understanding your inner dialogue
• Recognising behaviour types, using body language and voice

By the end of the course I will have learned:

    • How to make confident requests
    • Say ‘no’ when you need to
    • Behave in an assertive manner
    • Trust your judgement
    • Take ownership of your feelings and behaviours
    • alternative ways learnt of helping myself

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


What equipment will I need for the course?

All materials for the course will be provided by the tutor.
You will need a pen and you might want to provide yourself with a folder for handouts and useful information.

What materials will I need for the course?

All materials for the course will be provided by the tutor.
You will need a pen and you might want to provide yourself with a folder for handouts and useful information.

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

The course is guided by the tutor to develop and build skills week by week. There is a mixture of, talks, group discussions and practical tasks carried out with individual support by the tutor where required
The aim is to build a mutually supportive, safe group, where you can learn new techniques and experiment with different ways of being, as well as improving your life and giving you more control.
Activities will include:
1. Identifying the aspects of yourself you want to change
2. Goal setting/Action planning your life
3. Learning techniques for making changes and taking control
4. You will have the opportunity to share, exchange & receive information
The course will respond to the needs of the group, to some extent in content.

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

There is an expectation that you will :
• Attend all two-hour sessions and will take part in discussions within the group in order to get the most out of the course.
• Complete learning journal and progression record throughout the course

How will my learning be assessed and reviewed?

With tutor support, learners will build up a portfolio of work and evidence.
Learners will also be asked to do specific tasks, which will form part of the self-assessment throughout the course.
Specific areas of personal development will be identified and can be discussed with the tutor at any time. Self-assessment and feedback from group members on changes you have made or feel within yourself.

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

This is a first step course which can lead to further study in personal awareness/development.
Further work on self-awareness and group skills can be developed on a counselling skills course

How will I say what I think about the course?

At the end of the course Learners will be asked to fill in a simple feedback form They can also talk to the tutor or the Manager at any time.

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
302a 2 Monday 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM 16 Sep 2019 to 09 Dec 2019 (12 Sessions) Full Rate £78; R Rate £26; A Rate £6
302b 2 Monday 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM 06 Jan 2020 to 30 Mar 2020 (12 Sessions) Full Rate £78; R Rate £26; A Rate £6
302c 2 Monday 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM 20 Apr 2020 to 13 Jul 2020 (12 Sessions) Full Rate £78; R Rate £26; A Rate £6

Course Funding

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

Courses with course codes marked by ‘LCC’ and ‘CityC’ are subsidised and have age restrictions.

  • ‘LCC’ and ‘CityC’ courses for those aged 19 and over.
  • ‘LCC’ 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?

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