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French

French Beginners - S410c

29th April - 22nd July
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
£156 - £208

Tutor: Ruth Collishaw

This course provides an introduction to the French language.

  • Languages & Culture
  • Onsite
  • Available to Book
Introduction to Leaded Stained Glass Onsite at Swarthmore S812a

Mixed Ability Stained Glass - S816c

29th April - 20th May
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
£119 - £150

Tutor: Samantha Yates

Students will learn skills such as cutting glass and leading. This course is for total beginners or those with some experience.

  • Jewellery, Fused Glass & Stained Glass
  • Onsite
  • Available to Book
French Intermediate

French Intermediate - S411c

29th April - 22nd July
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
£156 - £208

Tutor: Ruth Collishaw

This course is for intermediate learners with some previous knowledge of the French language.

  • Languages & Culture
  • Onsite
  • Available to Book
Sign Language

Sign Language Beginners - S400c

24th April - 26th June
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
£132 - £176

Tutor: Kim Tizzard

This course provides an introduction to British Sign Language.

  • Available to Book
  • Languages & Culture
  • Onsite
L626a

Pottery - Mixed Ability - S626c

19th April - 28th June
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
£215 - £265

Tutor: Susie Willcox

An introduction to pottery including: coiling, slab building, using moulds, using the potters wheel and glazing.

  • Onsite
  • Pottery & Sculpture
  • Health & Well-Being
  • Available to Book
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Pattern Cutting Step-up - S706c

1st May - 10th July
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
£180 - £240

Tutor: Alison Monroe

This is a Pattern Cutting course for those who have completed the Pattern Cutting Beginners course.

  • Onsite
  • Sewing & Textiles
  • Available to Book
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Drawing and Painting - An Introduction - S530c

3rd June - 8th July
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
£133 - £170

Tutor: Luke Thompson

A course in the fundamentals of drawing and painting. Suitable for beginners and those with some experience.

  • Onsite
  • Available to Book
  • Arts & Crafts
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Landscape Painting for Beginners - S531c

3rd June - 8th July
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
£133 - £170

Tutor: Luke Thompson

This is a beginners landscape painting course which will introduce methods of realism and impressionism, working with oil paint, acrylics and drawing media.

  • Onsite
  • Available to Book
  • Arts & Crafts
Drama Workshop Onsite at Swarthmore S360a

Drama Workshop - S360c

25th April - 4th July
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
£60

Leeds Drama Workshop at Swarthmore - No formal teaching or learning, although a volunteer facilitator/organiser is present to support.

  • Creative Writing & Drama
  • Onsite
  • Available to Book
L500a

Fantasy Art - S500c

16th April - 9th July
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
£120 - £160

Tutor: James Armstrong

Learn to draw fantastic beasts, imaginary distant worlds and much more besides. 

  • Onsite
  • Online
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Available to Book
L509a

Mindful Suminagashi Water Painting - L508c

16th April - 14th May
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Free - £50

Tutor: Joanne Whitaker

A peaceful and meditative approach to creating decorative surface/papers. 

  • Onsite
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Available to Book
L517a

Watercolour Mixed Ability - S512c

18th April - 18th July
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
£221 - £260

Tutor: Joanne Whitaker

A watercolour course suitable for beginners and intermediates with some experience of drawing and /or painting. The course will cover basics and principles and some exploratory techniques. Learners will be exposed to the techniques of other artists.

  • Arts & Crafts
  • Health & Well-Being
  • Available to Book
L519a

Wellness with Acrylics - Online - L519c

19th April - 28th June
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Free - £100

Tutor: Joanne Whitaker

Develop confidence through painting with acrylics, suitable for beginners and experienced painters.

  • Online
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Health & Well-Being
  • Available to Book
L631a

Mindfulness with Pottery Handbuilding - Beginners - L631c

5th June - 3rd July
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Free - £50

Tutor: Elena Rubiu

Learn a wide range of handbuilding techniques including the pinch and coil pot, and three slab building techniques, as well as slip decorating and glazing. 

  • Onsite
  • Pottery & Sculpture
  • Health & Well-Being
  • Available to Book
S610a

Pottery Mixed Ability - S610c

15th April - 1st July
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
£215 - £265

Tutor: Susie Willcox

An introduction to pottery including: coiling, slab building, using moulds, using the potters wheel, and glazing.

  • Onsite
  • Pottery & Sculpture
  • Available to Book
S612a

Pottery Mixed Ability - S612c

16th April - 25th June
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
£215 - £265

Tutor: Susie Willcox

An introduction to pottery including: coiling, slab building, using moulds, using the potters wheel and glazing.

  • Onsite
  • Pottery & Sculpture
  • Available to Book
Jewellery Making for All Tuesday Onsite at Swarthmore S805a

Jewellery Making for All (Tuesday) - S805c

16th April - 21st May
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
£115 - £145

Tutor: Charlotte Whitmore

Learn basic jewellery making skills in our workshop environment, from silver soldering to simple stone setting.

  • Jewellery, Fused Glass & Stained Glass
  • Onsite
  • Available to Book
S613a

Pottery Mixed Ability - S613c

16th April - 25th June
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
£215 - £265

Tutor: Susie Willcox

An introduction to pottery including: coiling, slab building, using moulds, using the potters wheel and glazing.

  • Onsite
  • Pottery & Sculpture
  • Available to Book
S614a

Pottery Mixed Ability - S614c

16th April - 25th June
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
£215 - £265

Tutor: Susie Willcox

An introduction to pottery including: coiling, slab building, using moulds, using the potters wheel and glazing.

  • Onsite
  • Pottery & Sculpture
  • Available to Book
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Jewellery Making for All (Tuesday) - S801c

4th June - 9th July
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
£115 - £145

Tutor: Charlotte Whitmore

Learn basic jewellery making skills in our workshop environment, from silver soldering to simple stone setting.

  • Jewellery, Fused Glass & Stained Glass
  • Onsite
  • Available to Book
S600a

Pottery Mixed Ability - S600c

17th April - 26th June
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
£215 - £265

Tutor: Sally Bradley

A mixed-ability pottery course for anyone who would like to learn the basics or practise and develop existing skills in a well-equipped studio, under the guidance of an expert tutor.

  • Onsite
  • Pottery & Sculpture
  • Available to Book
S601a

Pottery Experienced - S601c

18th April - 27th June
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
£215 - £265

Tutor: Sally Bradley

Develop your pottery skills and knowledge. Students must have attended 2 terms at Swarthmore and completed the beginners course or one of the mixed ability courses.

  • Onsite
  • Pottery & Sculpture
  • Available to Book
S602a

Pottery Sunday - S602c

14th April - 23rd June
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
£258 - £320

Tutor: Sally Bradley

A mixed-ability pottery course for anyone who would like to learn the basics or practice and develop existing skills.

  • Onsite
  • Pottery & Sculpture
  • Available to Book
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Wardrobe Re-imagined - Upcycling- L704c

17th April - 26th June
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Free - £100

Tutor: Alison Monroe

Is your wardrobe in need of a face lift? During this course you will learn techniques to re-vamp your clothes.

  • Onsite
  • Sewing & Textiles
  • Available to Book
S705a

Pattern Cutting Intermediate - S705c

16th April - 9th July
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
£180 - £240

Tutor: Alison Monroe

This is a Pattern Cutting course for advanced and experienced pattern cutters.

  • Onsite
  • Sewing & Textiles
  • Available to Book
Sew Easy

Sew Easy - L700c

18th April - 27th June
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Free - £100

Tutor: Alison Monroe

Learn to repair and make your own clothes. Basic sewing skills: ditch stitch, top stitch, hemming etc


  • Onsite
  • Sewing & Textiles
  • Available to Book
Jewellery Making for All Wednesday Onsite at Swarthmore S806a

Jewellery Making for All (Wednesday) - S806c

17th April - 22nd May
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
£115 - £145

Tutor: Charlotte Whitmore

Learn basic jewellery making skills in our workshop environment, from silver soldering to simple stone setting.

  • Jewellery, Fused Glass & Stained Glass
  • Onsite
  • Available to Book
ESOL Accredited Reading Writing Lower Onsite at Swarthmore L256a

Preparation for GCSE English Language - L217c

12th June - 17th July
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Free

Tutor: Janine Toole

If you want to improve your skills in reading, creative writing, comprehension and oral presentation then this course will help you gain the valuable skills and knowledge before progressing to the GCSE English language course in September 2024.

  • Maths, English & ESOL
  • Available to Book
  • Onsite
Drama confidence

Drama for Confidence - L362c

19th April - 24th May
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Free - £50

Tutor: Carrieanne Vivianette

This course is aimed at people who may be struggling with their confidence.

  • Onsite
  • Creative Writing & Drama
  • Available to Book
L509a

Mindful Suminagashi -Print to Purpose - L507c

4th June - 2nd July
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Free - £50

Tutor: Joanne Whitaker

A peaceful and meditative approach to creating decorative surface/papers. 

  • Onsite
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Available to Book
Introduction to Leaded Stained Glass Onsite at Swarthmore S812a

Mixed Ability Stained Glass - S817c

15th April - 20th May
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
£119 - £150

Tutor: Samantha Yates

Students will learn skills such as cutting glass and leading. This course is for total beginners or those with some experience.

  • Jewellery, Fused Glass & Stained Glass
  • Onsite
  • Available to Book
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Memory Bears - L775c

17th April - 15th May
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Free - £62.50

Tutor: Imogen Adie

A wonderful opportunity to create a long lasting and unique keepsake memory bear.

  • Onsite
  • Sewing & Textiles
  • Supported Courses
  • Available to Book
Jewellery Making for All Wednesday Onsite at Swarthmore S806a

Jewellery Making for All (Wednesday) - S807c

5th June - 10th July
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
£115 - £145

Tutor: Charlotte Whitmore

Learn basic jewellery making skills in our workshop environment, from silver soldering to simple stone setting.

  • Jewellery, Fused Glass & Stained Glass
  • Onsite
  • Available to Book
Maths Skills

Introduction to Maths (Tues) - Supported Course - L146c

16th April - 25th June
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Free

Tutor: Imogen Adie

This introduction to maths course is for adult learners (19+) with learning disabilities / additional needs. Develop confidence with recognising and using numbers.

  • Supported Courses
  • Maths, English & ESOL
  • Onsite
  • Available to Book
Painting and Drawing Supported Course L150a

Painting and Drawing AM - Supported Course - L150c

15th April - 1st July
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Free

Tutor: Clair Thompson

Drawing and Painting for students who require a supported environment. Explore a range of drawing and painting materials, media and techniques, including using paints, pastels and collage.

  • Supported Courses
  • Onsite
  • Available to Book
  • Arts & Crafts
Painting and Drawing Supported Course L150a

Painting and Drawing PM - Supported Course - L151c

15th April - 1st July
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Free

Tutor: Clair Thompson

Drawing and Painting for students who require a supported environment. Explore a range of drawing and painting materials, media and techniques.

  • Supported Courses
  • Onsite
  • Available to Book
  • Arts & Crafts
Re Discover Leeds supported project P103a

Re-Discover Leeds - Supported Project - P103c

17th April - 26th June
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Free

Tutor: Clair Thompson

Enjoy and evaluate visits to places of interest in the Leeds area. Reduces social isolation and improves social connectivity. Students can be accompanied by an external support worker.

  • Supported Courses
  • Available to Book
  • Arts & Crafts
English Skills 1

Introduction to English (Wed) - Supported Course - L143c

17th April - 26th June
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Free

Tutor: Amy Smith

This introduction to English course is for adult learners (19+) with learning disabilities / additional needs. Develop confidence with recognising letters and reading and writing.

  • Supported Courses
  • Maths, English & ESOL
  • Onsite
  • Available to Book
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Moving On - Supported Project - P925c

17th April - 26th June
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Free

Tutor: Amy Smith

A supported course for people who have come to the end of the EHCP, have learning disabilities or additional needs. This is an enterprise course focusing on building skills for work, life skills, maths, English and learning about opportunities out and about in the community.

  • Onsite
  • Supported Courses
  • Available to Book
Introduction to Patchwork Supported Course L170a

Patchwork - Supported Course - L170c

15th April - 1st July
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Free

Tutor: Imogen Adie

This introduction to Patchwork course is for adult learners (19+) with learning difficulties / disabilities / additional needs. Introduction to sewing and making a patchwork bag.

  • Onsite
  • Sewing & Textiles
  • Supported Courses
  • Available to Book
L625a

Pottery for Wellbeing - Beginners - L625c

19th April - 28th June
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Free - £100

Tutor: Susie Willcox

FULLY BOOKED - YOU CAN JOIN THE WAIT LIST

A wide range of handbuilding techniques including the pinch and coil pot, and three slab building techniques, as well as slip decorating. Throwing techniques covered will be: throwing cylinders and bowls, trimming and attaching handles.

  • Onsite
  • Pottery & Sculpture
  • Health & Well-Being
  • Available to Book
L529a

Wellness Oil Painting - L529c

16th April - 25th June
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Free - £100

Tutor: Joanne Whitaker

FULLY BOOKED - YOU CAN JOIN THE WAIT LIST

Focusing on mindfulness and relaxation through a variety of methods involving the use of oil paints.

  • Onsite
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Health & Well-Being
  • Available to Book
S611a

Pottery Mixed Ability - S611c

15th April - 1st July
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
£215 - £265

Tutor: Susie Willcox

FULLY BOOKED - YOU CAN JOIN THE WAIT LIST

An introduction to pottery including: coiling, slab building, using moulds, using the potters wheel and glazing.

  • Onsite
  • Pottery & Sculpture
  • Available to Book
ESOL Accredited Reading Writing Lower Onsite at Swarthmore L256a

ESOL Reading / Writing Lower E2-E3 - L256c

16th April - 9th July
9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Free

Tutor: Nicola Eyre

FULLY BOOKED - YOU CAN JOIN THE WAIT LIST

This ESOL class is aimed at E2 and E3 level students and will focus on all the four skills- speaking, reading, writing and listening.

  • Maths, English & ESOL
  • Onsite
  • Available to Book
ESOL Accredited Reading Writing Lower Onsite at Swarthmore L256a

ESOL Writing / Reading E3-L1- L257c

18th April - 11th July
9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Free

Tutor: Nicola Eyre

FULLY BOOKED - YOU CAN JOIN THE WAIT LIST

This ESOL class is aimed at higher level learners working at high Entry 3 to Level 1.The course will focus on all the four skills - speaking, reading, writing and listening.

  • Maths, English & ESOL
  • Onsite
  • Available to Book
Art Workshop Supported Course Onsite at Swarthmore L153a

Art Workshop - Supported Course - L153c

16th April - 25th June
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Free

Tutor: Clare Marlow

FULLY BOOKED - YOU CAN JOIN THE WAIT LIST

The course is aimed at adults with Learning Difficulties/ Disabilities who are beginners or have experience of creating art. The course will cover a variety of art and craft projects.

  • Supported Courses
  • Onsite
  • Arts & Crafts
Digital Skills

Digital Skills for Beginners - Supported Course- L905c

15th April - 1st July
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Free

Tutor: Imogen Adie

FULLY BOOKED - YOU CAN JOIN THE WAIT LIST

This course is for adult learners (19+) with learning disabilities / additional needs. Learn basic IT skills to get set for the world of digital technology.

  • Supported Courses
  • Digital Skills & Employability
  • Onsite
  • Available to Book
English Skills 1

Introduction to English (Tues) - Supported Course - L142c

16th April - 25th June
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Free

Tutor: Amy Smith

FULLY BOOKED - YOU CAN JOIN THE WAIT LIST

This introduction to English course is for adult learners (19+) with learning disabilities / additional needs. Develop confidence with recognising letters and reading and writing.

  • Supported Courses
  • Maths, English & ESOL
  • Onsite
Life Skills

Life Skills AM - Supported Course - L131c

18th April - 27th June
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Free

Tutor: Amy Smith

FULLY BOOKED - YOU CAN STILL JOIN THE WAITLIST

Improve your confidence and skills to help you communicate and become more independent in everyday life.

  • Supported Courses
  • Onsite
Life Skills

Life Skills PM - Supported Course - L132c

18th April - 27th June
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Free

Tutor: Amy Smith

FULLY BOOKED - YOU CAN STILL JOIN THE WAITLIST

Improve your confidence and skills to help you communicate and become more independent in everyday life.

  • Supported Courses
  • Onsite
  • Available to Book
Swarthmore Creative Writing Room S351a

Swarthmore Creative Writing Room - S351c

26th April - 19th July
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
£50 - £100

Tutor: Leonora Rustamova

FULLY BOOKED - YOU CAN JOIN THE WAIT LIST

A weekly meeting of Creative Writers. We will explore and revisit the main techniques of creative writing, look at a variety of styles and genres, edit and be edited. 

  • Creative Writing & Drama
  • Onsite
  • Available to Book
  • Online
Family Mindfulness with Pottery Onsite at Swarthmore L608a

Family Mindfulness with Pottery - L607c

17th April - 15th May
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Free

Tutor: Elena Rubiu

FULLY BOOKED - YOU CAN JOIN THE WAIT LIST

Spend some quality time with your little one by learning pottery handbuilding techniques. Learn some interesting facts about clay as well as how to decorate and glaze your pots.

  • Pottery & Sculpture
  • Health & Well-Being
  • Family Courses
  • Onsite
  • Available to Book
Creative Crafts Enterprise

Creative Crafts Enterprise for Supported Learners - Supported Project - P105c

18th April - 27th June
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Free

Tutor: Clare Marlow & Clair Thompson

FULLY BOOKED - YOU CAN JOIN THE WAIT LIST

An exciting enterprise project for supported learners. The project includes the planning and costing of the sessions and a crafting /arts session. The session will focus on the production of materials to sell in an external venue.

  • Onsite
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Supported Courses
  • Available to Book
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Maths (accredited)- Supported Course - F147c

17th April - 24th July
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Free

Tutor: Imogen Adie

FULLY BOOKED - YOU CAN JOIN THE WAIT LIST

Develop your number, shape, measure skills and gain a maths qualification.

  • Onsite
  • Supported Courses
  • Maths, English & ESOL
L631a

Mindfulness with Pottery Decorating - L632c

17th April - 15th May
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Free - £50

Tutor: Elena Rubiu

FULLY BOOKED - YOU CAN JOIN THE WAIT LIST

During this course you will make items using the slab building method and the focus will be on the different mindful ways you are able to decorate your items.

  • Onsite
  • Pottery & Sculpture
  • Health & Well-Being
  • Available to Book
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Jewellery for Health and Wellbeing - Mixed Media Jewellery - L832c

16th April - 25th June
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Free - £100

Tutor: Charlotte Whitmore

FULLY BOOKED - YOU CAN JOIN THE WAIT LIST

On this course you will learn the traditional mindful art of jewellery making in a relaxed, inclusive and social space. Develop your creativity by exploring a range of different materials which you will use to make your own items of jewellery.

  • Jewellery, Fused Glass & Stained Glass
  • Health & Well-Being
  • Onsite
  • Available to Book
Family Mindfulness with Pottery Onsite at Swarthmore L608a

Family Mindfulness with Pottery - L608c

5th June - 3rd July
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Free

Tutor: Elena Rubiu

FULLY BOOKED - YOU CAN JOIN THE WAIT LIST

Spend some quality time with your little one by learning pottery handbuilding techniques. Learn some interesting facts about clay as well as how to decorate and glaze your pots.

  • Pottery & Sculpture
  • Health & Well-Being
  • Family Courses
  • Onsite
  • Available to Book
L517a

Wellbeing Watercolour- Online - L517c

18th April - 27th June
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Free - £100

Tutor: Joanne Whitaker

FULLY BOOKED - YOU CAN JOIN THE WAIT LIST

Online course using watercolour paint to develop skills and promote positive mental health.

  • Online
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Health & Well-Being
  • Available to Book
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English (accredited)- Supported Course - F140c

16th April - 23rd July
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Free

Tutor: Amy Smith

FULLY BOOKED - YOU CAN JOIN THE WAIT LIST

Develop your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills and gain an English qualification.

  • Onsite
  • Supported Courses
  • Available to Book
  • Maths, English & ESOL

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What our students are saying

All great, excellent tutor, friendly atmosphere throughout the college. A very enjoyable experience!

Monica

Thank you very much for Family pottery course! My daughter and I enjoyed the sessions together. I highly recommend the course to anyone who want to do activity with child / children. Instructor was very friendly, helpful and informative.

Kumi

I did Oil Painting for Beginners and loved it. The atmosphere was relaxed, I learned a lot and enjoyed the company of my classmates. I'll be back - in fact, I've signed up for next term!

Anne

Brilliant jewellery course to make a ring in a day. Loved the quality of tuition, tools provided, and I'm delighted with the end result!
Location perfect for me as I could cycle there. Thank you - I'll be booking more courses!

Trina

Jewellery

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