Adult learning courses

The majority of Wigan Council courses are free, subject to residency eligibility checks.

Courses are part-time and often timetabled between 9:30am - 3pm. This ensures they're flexible between school drop off and pick up times. Evening classes are also available.

Most courses either start on 13th September 2021 or in January 2022.

To register your interest or speak to someone about any of our courses, you can:

Full list of adult learning courses

Teaching assistant courses

How is it delivered?

  • Introduction to working in Schools - Face to face learning 2.5 hours a week term time only
  • Teaching assistant level 2 - 2.5 taught hours a week, plus 2 hours of guided learning a week over the school academic year. If studying for the full certificate you will also be required to do a school placement 6 hours a week.

How can they help you?

The introductory course will provide you with confidence in learning and introduce you to the exciting world of working with children. Your progression from this course is to the level 2 and/or to seek work in educational settings.

At level 2 you will be a fully qualified teaching assistant and will be able to gain work within an educational setting or continue to progress in learning, including access into higher education courses or other appropriate level 3 courses at Wigan and Leigh College. If you do not yet have English or Maths at GCSE grade 4 (C) or a level 2, you will also be given the opportunity to study for Functional Skills English and Maths.

Health and social care course

  • Level 1 Introduction to working in Health and Social Care (starting January 2022)

How is it delivered?

The course is delivered over 23 weeks and attendance is 3 hours per week.

How can it help you?

This introductory course is a first step towards either finding employment or to Level 2 programmes and then Level 3 Access to Higher Education courses available at Wigan and Leigh College, that will provide entry to nursing degrees. However, you can stop at any Level you think best suits your needs.

To access a nursing degree you would need GCSE English and Maths, so you may want to consider completing these GCSE qualifications with Wigan and Leigh College or enrol on one of our functional skills English and Maths courses.

Business administration course

  • Level 1 Customer service (staring January 2022)

How is it delivered?

The course is delivered over 23 weeks and attendance is required for 3 hours per week.

How can it help you?

This introductory course will provide you with the skills and knowledge needed for retail and service sectors, giving you an advantage when applying for jobs. It’s also useful when applying for administration jobs in a range of employment sectors. 

This course will also provide you with the skills and knowledge to progress onto Level 2 and 3 Business and Administration courses offered at Wigan and Leigh College if you would like to attain a professional qualification.

The Level 3 course will provide you with access to degree pathways, however you will also need GCSE English and Maths. You may want to consider completing these GCSE qualifications with Wigan and Leigh College or enrol on one of our functional skills English and Maths courses.

Digital, Creative Media and Performing Arts courses

How are they delivered?

The courses are delivered for 6 weeks, attendance is required for 2.5 hours each week.

How can they help you?

These introductory courses will provide you with knowledge and skills in these creative activities.  The course will provide you with access to Level 1, 2 and 3 Creative Digital Media Diplomas that can either support employment ambitions or higher-Level learning at University.

From January 2022, the adult service will be delivering Level 1 and Level 2 courses in digital and creative media. Wigan and Leigh College also offer a range of courses in these areas. English and Maths qualifications are vital in supporting you to get to your dream job or moving to higher Level qualifications. Why not consider GCSE qualifications with Wigan and Leigh College or enrol on one of our functional skills English and Maths courses.

Beauty, nails and complementary therapies course

Courses and how they're delivered

How can this help me?

These level 1 and 2 courses provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to either set up your own business or progress onto higher levels.

Construction course - starts January 2022

How is it delivered?

The course is delivered over 12 weeks, 2 days a week, at Astley workshop, in Astley

How can it help you?

These short informal courses will provide you with a taster to see if construction is right for you. Learning includes painting and decorating, carpentry and joinery.

You are then able to progress to Wigan and Leigh College and enrol on qualification courses or apprenticeships which will enhance your job prospects.

Warehouse and forklift truck driving course

How is it delivered?

Courses run each month for 4 weeks.  You will be expected to attend for 5 days each week. Courses are delivered at a venue in Wigan.  

How can it help you?

This course will help you to progress into a career in a warehousing or logistics environment.

Leisure, travel, and tourism course

  • Level 2 Spectator safety
  • Level 2 Understanding how to be a steward

How are they delivered?

Level 2 Spectator Safety runs for 12 weeks, 1 day a week and Understanding Stewarding runs for 12 weeks, 2 days a week. These courses can be delivered online.

How can they help me?

In the near future, many events will begin to re-open again and job opportunities will be available. These qualifications will give you the opportunity to be ready for those kind of jobs. These courses can be delivered online.

English, Maths and ICT courses

How are they delivered?

English and Maths courses are delivered for 36 weeks, and attendance is required for 2 hours each week. English courses can be delivered flexibly, studying online and attending a face-to-face class each month.

Functional Skills ICT is delivered for 22 weeks, with attendance required for 2 hours each week. Other ICT courses are delivered for 6 weeks with attendance required for 2 hours each week.

All functional skills in English, Maths and ICT require an assessment to ensure you are placed in the appropriate class. Assessment sessions are available from Monday, 6th September. To arrange an assessment appointment you can email adultlearning@wigan.gov.uk

How can they help me?

Most degrees will require GCSE qualifications in Maths and English. Functional skills courses will prepare you for what is required to access and pass GCSE qualifications. They are recognised by employers and provide entry qualifications to a range of vocational courses.

Our functional skills classes will help you build your confidence, learn at your own pace and tutors will create a personal plan based on what you need to learn.

You will learn in an informal environment with skilled and supportive tutors.

Digital skills course

  • Essential Digital Skills

How is it delivered?

The course is delivered 1 day a week for 10 weeks.

How can it help you?

Our digital skills courses will take you from a complete beginner to a confident digital user.

English for Speakers of Other Language (ESOL) courses

This course is free if English is not your first language and you're looking for work or on a low income.

  • Beginners Course - English for Speakers of Other Language
  • Speaking and Listening - English for Speakers of Other Language

How are they delivered?

The complete beginner’s course is delivered two half-days a week for 16 weeks.

The speaking and listening courses are delivered for 36 weeks, with attendance required for 3 hours each week.

How can they help you?

Our courses are designed for complete beginners and for residents who want to develop their speaking and listening skills and improve their reading and writing skills.

Personal development and wellbeing course

How is it delivered?

The course is delivered 1 day a week for 15 weeks.

How can it help you?

Have you been thinking of making a change? Have you lost confidence? Do you want to improve your sense of wellbeing? We all know that making changes in life can be difficult, especially if we don’t know how to make those changes and need support to take that first step. The Moving On course will help you find out more about yourself, help you identify and plan for your goals and give you the confidence to start making changes.

Family Learning and Early Years courses - starts January 2022

How are they delivered?

Early years courses are delivered over a 6 week period.

How can they help you?

Are you interested in supporting your child more at school? Do you understand what all the key stages mean? Do you want to find out more about what your child is learning? These courses will offer you insight and support to help your child’s development. Wigan Council works with primary schools throughout the borough to deliver these courses.

Online learning courses

  • Introduction to Safeguarding Level 1-5 weeks
  • Mental health and Well-being Level 1-5 weeks
  • Internet Safety E3 (general) 10 weeks
  • Internet Safety L1 (social media) 5 weeks
  • Employment and Entrepreneurial skills Level 1-10 weeks.
  • Food safety in catering Level 2-5 weeks
  • Digital and Broadcast Journalism
  • Health and Safety Level 1- 5 weeks
  • Infection control and prevention Level 1-5 weeks
  • Functional Skills English Level 1 and 2
  • Level 2 Spectator safety
  • Level 2 Understanding how to be a steward

How are they delivered?

As these courses can be accessed online from January 2022. The weeks reflect the average time a learner would complete, accessing learning materials for 2 hours each week. You can learn at your own pace and therefore you could achieve these qualifications in less time. A tutor will support you if you have difficulty with the materials or assessment.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for, Wigan and Leigh college also offer a variety of adult learning courses,  find out more about Wigan and Leigh College’s adult learning offer (external link).

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