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Brief description

These classes will give you confidence and skills to help you in everyday life.

Course Outline

Who is the course aimed at?

For people with severe barriers to learning or learning difficulties who need extra support in the classroom who would like to improve their reading & writing.

This course is for anyone who would like to build confidence and learn new skills.

We welcome people from all parts of our community with the intention of offering an opportunity for people to improve their health and well being by being part of a friendly learning environment.

Course description in brief

Classes are based around real world situations and familiar scenarios to help students access learning. Classes are a mixture of group and individual work.

By the end of the course I will have learned:

    You will learn how to read and write whole words and simple sentences. You will practise your handwriting and how to make letters. You will practise filling out forms.

    You will start to learn about punctuation – for example, when to use capital letters and full stops. You will read about things in your daily life.

    You will also talk about different topics and practise giving your opinion, and listening and responding to others. You will also practise following instructions.

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

None. New students need to have an interview with a tutor or our student advisor.

What equipment will I need for the course?

All equipment and learning materials will be provided by Swarthmore. It is recommended students have a folder to keep their work organised.

What materials will I need for the course?


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

There are lessons each week in term time. Students will get the chance to work individually and in small groups as part of the sessions.

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

To attend all classes and complete individual learning plan.

How will my learning be assessed and reviewed?

Each student will be assessed and work from their own strengths, at their own pace in a supportive teaching environment. Progress will be recorded on your Individual Learning Plan.

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

Be more independent and do other classes of interest at the centre.

How will I say what I think about the course?

Throughout the course there are set times to evaluate and review your learning and discuss issues that may be of concern to you.
If you have any problems with the course talk to your tutor, or if you feel you can’t, make an appointment with the curriculum manager
At the end of the course you will be asked to fill in a simple feedback form.

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
134 2 Tuesday 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM 24 Sep 2019 to 07 Jul 2020 (33 Sessions) Course Free of Charge- £12 Membership Fee payable

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?

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