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Building Self-esteem and Confidence course timetables

Brief description

Strategies to increase self-esteem and build confidence in a safe and relaxed environment with mutual support.

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.
  • 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.
  • People in low paid and unskilled work, part time and temporary workers.

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.

By the end of the course I will have learned:

    • gained confidence in myself
    • raised my self-esteem
    • developed more self-awareness
    • learnt to communicate more effectively
    • practised techniques for increasing confidence
    • leant alternative ways of helping myself
    • had fun!

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 may need a pen sometimes and you might want to provide yourself with a folder for handouts and useful information.

What materials will I need for the course?


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

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.

Learning will be through group discussion, working in small groups/pairs, role-play and answering questionnaires to increase your self-awareness.

Activities will include:

1. Identifying the aspects of yourself you want to change

2. Learning techniques for making changes and taking control

3. You will have the opportunity to share, exchange & receive information

4. Self assessment and feedback from group members on changes you have made or feel within yourself.

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?

There will be the opportunity for self-assessment throughout the course. Specific areas of personal development can be discussed with the tutor at any time.

The course will be taught in such a way, that you will be encouraged to share your learning and to give each other feedback.

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

  • This could be a first step towards other areas of study at this or other Further/Higher Education centres.
  • Further work on self-awareness and group skills could be developed on a Counselling Skills course.

How will I say what I think about the course?

You can discuss any issues with your tutor.

On-going discussions of needs within the group.

A feedback/evaluation form is completed at the end of the course

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
L302b 2 Thursday 1pm – 3pm 10 Jan to 21 Mar 2019 (10 weeks) Full rate £63.00; R rate £19.00; A rate £3.00 (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.