Build A Better Working Life

mary ward centre, adult education, part time courses, get a new job, get back into the workplace, training for the unemployedThe Mary Ward has a broad range of part-time courses that will give you the skills, qualifications and confidence you need for a successful working life.  The courses below provide skills that are used in offices and work places across London. Whether you want to enter the workplace, get to the next level, or move into management, we have a courses that will help.

If you want to change your career, you could consider retraining as a Counsellor, Community Interpreter or Teacher, the Mary ward offers the professional qualifications you need. Or maybe you want to start you own business.

Many of these courses are FREE if you are unemployed

We often add new courses so if you can’t find what you want here have a look at the website or come in and have chat.

Office Skills For The Workplace

Bookkeeping Level 2 (IAB)
This course enables students who are successful at level one to progress in their learning to further develop their knowledge, understanding and skills for dealing with financial transactions. It introduces the underpinning knowledge of financial record keeping and account preparation within the scope of a double-entry bookkeeping system. Areas covered include principals of bookkeeping and VAT; financial services and payment methods; preparation and checking of business documents; recording transactions in a sub-divided bookkeeping system; prepare a trial balance and reconciliations. Tutor approval is required.

Course Code 5201B
27 Apr 2018 – 13 Jul 2018
Friday, 10:00-17:00

Payroll Level 1 (IAB)
The course covers manual and computerised payroll. It is the starting point for those wishing to create and maintain a payroll. It covers payroll preparation, generating an employee record, making gross pay calculations, payroll processing and processing leavers. It also introduces the use of SAGE for computerised payroll administration. Successful students will receive an IAB qualification. Tutor approval is required.

Course Code 4651B
24 Apr 2018 – 10 Jul 2018
Tuesday, 17:30-20:30

Payroll Level 2 Certificate (IAB)
This course covers manual and computerised payroll processing. The IAB Level 2 Certificate in Payroll is specifically designed to appeal to those who are aspiring to become professional payroll administrators for a variety of businesses. The Level 2 qualification is primarily designed for those who:
have achieved the IAB Level 1 Award in Payroll, have some previous general knowledge of payroll procedures now wish to increase their skills and knowledge to that required of payroll processors prior to employment have previously worked in payroll and have not received a qualification. wish to return to working in payroll and need to update their knowledge. Tutor approval is required.

Course Code 4901B
24 Apr 2018 – 10 Jul 2018
Tuesday, 10:00-17:00

Excel
Spreadsheet program. The course covers Introductory level topics including worksheets and workbooks, calculations, formatting, printing, charts, functions, formulas, cell references, datalists, introduction to macros and program options. Also the more advanced features goal seek, what-if analysis, data tables and filters, conditional formula, pivot tables and advanced use of charts. From macros make use of Visual Basic within Excel to build automated and customised solutions.

Course Code 2100C
3 Mar 2018 – 24 Mar 2018
Saturday, 10:00-17:00

Course Code 2002C
8 May 2018 – 26 Jun 2018
Tuesday, 10:00-13:00

Course Code 2051C
11 May 2018 – 13 Jul 2018
Friday, 18:00-20:30

IT & Administrative skills

Business Administration Level 1
Learn the skills required to work in an administrative job to ensure the smooth running of all types of businesses and charities. Learn a wide range of new skills or develop your existing skills and gain a recognised qualification. These courses cover the range of key administrative functions and activities required in the modern office environment. Tutor approval required.

Course Code 5600B
11 Jan 2018 – 29 Mar 2018
Thursday, 10:00-17:00

MS Office Essentials for Work – Advanced
If you feel you can already effectively use MS Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook) but need to hone your skills for employment this is the course for you. It will not cover the basic features of these programs but will include the more complex everyday tasks required in the working environment. Students will need to be sure of their level of computer knowledge before enrolling on this course. Please ask for advice if you are unsure.

Course Code 2200A
6 Jun 2018 – 11 Jul 2018
Wednesday, 10:00-13:30

Beginners Qualification In Using IT Level 1 (ITQ)
This Level 1 course helps you become more confident with using computers and IT, and gain a nationally recognised qualification. There are no examinations. As you gain confidence you are assessed on the practical exercises you complete on the course.

We aim to make sure that language is not a barrier to you getting started using computers. You will use the most up-to-date Microsoft Office programs and when you successfully complete the course you will receive the Level 1 IT User Skills (ITQ) qualification. Students may wish to enrol on the next ECDLITQ Level 2 course at the same time or after completion.
Download and complete the pre-course assessment. Tutor approval is required.

Course Code 5001
28 Feb 2018 – 11 Jul 2018
Wednesday, 14:30-17:00

ECDL – Extra ITQ Level 2 Certificate – Daytime
Learn to use the three key programs used in employment: Word, Excel and PowerPoint. The course is tutor-led throughout and students are advised to consolidate their learning outside the college, or make use of the Student Learning Resource Room. Upon successful completion of four short online exams, you receive the BCS Level 2 ITQ Certificate in IT User Skills. Tutor approval is required.

Course Code 6000
26 Apr 2018 – 12 Jul 2018
Thursday, 10:00-15:30

Entry Level ICT Qualification
This is the starter qualification course for learners wishing to develop their basic computing knowledge
and skills in order to be able to progress to more advanced courses. It is designed to equip learners with the skills to operate confidently, effectively and independently in education, work and everydayl ife. You will become confident and capable when using ICT systems and tools, able to find and select information as well as develop, present and communicate information in both life and work. There are no examinations for this qualification but you will be expected to attend the session and complete a portfolio.

Course Code 5501
7 Mar 2018 – 4 Jul 2018
Wednesday, 10:30-13:30

e-communication & Marketing Skills

Blogging Masterclass
Would you like to promote your business through your blog? Get paid to write blog posts for others? Learn how to monetise your blog with advertising? Learn what to write that will attract readers, create your own blog content planner. Learn the secrets of how to pitch successfully.

Course Code 4053B
9 Dec 2017 – 9 Dec 2017
Saturday, 10:00-17:00

Build Your Website In A Weekend
Would you like to build a website for your business or project? This intensive course has been designed to help you build your website in a weekend with expert tutor guidance. Suitable for small business owners, artists, photographers, musicians, coaches, counsellors…

Course Code 4052B
30 Sep 2017 – 1 Oct 2017
Sat/Sun, 10:00-17:00

Social Media For Marketing Weekend
Do you wantt to use social media to promote your business? Or are you applying for jobs where you need knowledge of social media? This intensive course has been designed to help get you up to scratch with your social media knowledge and give you the tricks of the trade. Use Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Automate your business social media. Use Facebook Ad Manager and google Ad Words for paid targeted advertising and build a mailing list and send out newsletters using mailchimp.

Course Code 4054B
3 Mar 2018 – 4 Mar 2018
Sat/Sun, 10:00-17:00

Social Media and the Web and E-mail
Visit and join social networking sites Twitter, Facebook etc. Find and create blogs and podcasts. Browse and search the web and use webmail. Download music, pictures, videos and view TV. See how to buy online, book tickets, bank and use ebay. Look at security and how to protect your computer. You will be introduced to how web sites are created (follow this with the web design course Dreamweaver).

Course Code 2002K
3 May 2018 – 21 Jun 2018
Thursday, 10:00-13:00

Dreamweaver – Improvers
Build on the skills and techniques gained in the Dreamweaver courses above by exploring the advanced use of CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) to cater for smartphones, iPads etc. The course alsoincludes an introduction to the use of HTML5 to handle multimedia and graphical content, video and audio.

Course Code 2200H
27 Apr 2018 – 22 Jun 2018
Friday, 14:00-17:00

Indesign
This popular desktop publishing program is used commercially to produce posters, flyers, and brochures and has the capabilities for full magazine or book production. The course starts by covering the basic features of the program e.g. managing the work area, setting up documents, frames, importing & exporting text, typography and colour. It then continues on to the more complex features of the program e.g. styles, process colours, effects, and how to create an interactive document.

Course Code 2000R
3 May 2018 – 12 Jul 2018
Thursday, 14:00-16:30

Photoshop
A chance to gain full understanding of Photoshop on a long course. The essential features that you will require for
photograph, image and scanned image manipulation. You will learn about image selection tools, blending, modes, layers and layer effects, groups, patterns, styles, vector objects, adding text, clipping, masks and filters, history panel, history brush and snapshots. More advanced topics are also introduced including channels, paths, tools e.g. extract, liquify and customised brushes. Some students choose to begin learning Photoshop by taking the Digital Photography Introduction with Photoshop course.

Course Code B2052G
23 Apr 2018 – 16 Jul 2018
Monday, 18:00-20:30

Course Code 2002G
27 Apr 2018 – 22 Jun 2018
Friday, 10:00-13:00

Skills For Management & Communicating

Thinking, Listening And Connecting To Others
This course is for people who may feel they could have listened better or would like to connect more fully with others in a helpful and compassionate way. Everything we do depends for its quality on the thinking we do first. The quality of attention one person gives to another when listening can be catalytic, because it determines the quality of other people’s thinking. The aim is to connect with each other in ways that makes people feel listened to and positively empowers their thinking to flow.

Course Code 462
2 Jun 2018 – 2 Jun 2018
Saturday, 10:30-16:30

Coaching And Mentoring Introduction
This short course will give you an understanding of the difference between coaching and mentoring, then illustrate the use of coaching and mentoring models and how to put theory into practice.

Course Code: 5403B
7 Mar – 21 Mar 2018
Wednesday, 18:00-20:30

Award In Mentoring Skills
This qualification allows you to understand the role of a mentor and be aware of the skills
needed to become an effective mentor. The aims of the qualification are to help you to: gain insight into the role and practice of mentorship, be clear about mentor/mentee relationships, ensure good practice is followed, be aware of the specific skills and understanding required in order to mentor, review learning and work performance. This is a qualification course that aims to equip team leaders and aspiring first time managers with the skills and knowledge to understand and undertake effective mentoring to aid personal development. It will enable you to move into supervisory and management roles later with greater ease. The two course units will help you to develop an understanding of the role and nature of mentoring and also enable you to undertake mentoring to reflect on your performance and identify areas for improvement.Tutor approval is required.

Course Code: 5400B
23 May – 27 Jun 2018
Wednesday, 14:00-20:00

Project Management Starter

This is a short preliminary course that is very popular with students as it enables them to become familiar with the theories and practice of project management. It is ideal for those with limited practical experience of managing a project to prepare for the APM Introductory Certificate. Enrol for both at the same time.

Course Code 4153B
25 Apr 2018 – 16 May 2018
Wednesday, 10:30-13:00

Course Code 4154B
3 May 2018 – 24 May 2018
Thursday, 18:00-20:30

Project Management Certificate (APM)
This course is for people who want skills in project management that could be applied in business or other environments. It is for those wishing to gain a broad understanding of the principles of the profession. It has been developed with materials that are of particular use and relevance to people who work or are involved in the community and voluntary sector although the knowledge gained is applicable to any sector. Final assessment is by a short multiple choice online exam. The course syllabus details are available on the Association for Project Management website www.apm.org.uk. Students may wish to take the Starter course detailed above, prior to the Introductory Certificate and, to complement it, they may also wish to enrol on a project management software course, Tutor approval is required.

Course Code 4251CS
15 Feb 2018 – 29 Mar 2018
Thursday, 18:00-20:30

Course Code 4252CS
31 May 2018 – 12 Jul 2018
Thursday, 18:00-20:30

Course Code 4201CS
29 Jun 2018 – 13 Jul 2018
Friday, 10:00-17:00

MS Project Introductory
For project management students this course will show you how to develop a plan, assign resources to tasks, track progress, manage the budget, and analyse workloads. This may be for use in the business or voluntary sector or for personal projects. Those who have already taken a project management course (see Business section) will gain most from taking this course. Before doing this course or to complement it students may also wish to enrol on the Project Management Starter or APM Introductory Certificate in Project Management course.

Course Code 2050J
21 Feb 2018 – 28 Mar 2018
Wednesday, 18:00-21:00

Course Code 2051J
6 Jun 2018 – 11 Jul 2018
Wednesday, 18:00-21:00

Improve Your Performance & Be Successful At Work

How to Get Ideas
Learn how to generate novel ideas, open your mind to new possibilities, stimulate your sense of curiosity and liberate your thinking.

Course Code 434CS
24 Feb 2018 – 24 Feb 2018
Saturday, 10:30-17:00

Developing Lateral Thinking
Learn a range of techniques so you can develop innovative thinking, free your mind from assumptions and come up with unconventional ways of approaching everyday problems.

Course Code 435CS
19 May 2018 – 19 May 2018
Saturday, 10:30-17:00

Confidence At Work With NLP
Learn techniques to help you to feel more confident at work and in life. Course gives an overview of the scope of NLP and some techniques useful for workplace-based issues. We will cover: Tools for building better communication skills with others; Getting yourself into the right frame of mind to do your job, i.e. go for interview, give a talk; Identify how to build your confidence by managing your internal state; Having a framework for thinking about results and planning well-formed outcomes.

Course Code 460CS
17 Feb 2018 – 17 Feb 2018
Saturday, 10:30-16:30

Get Motivated, Stay Motivated!
Our values drive us and bring meaning and motivation to our lives. Learn powerful techniques that will
Enable you to discover and align your beliefs and values with whatever you want to achieve, so that your efforts become more purposeful. The course will provide tools to help you achieve your potential and live a purposeful life, improving your work and personal relationships.

Course Code 463CS
12 May 2018 – 12 May 2018
Saturday, 10:30-16:30

Boost Your Confidence And Build Resilience
Don’t lose out because you lack confidence. Discover tools to help you manage how you feel. This course addresses some of the core issues around building confidence. It explores ways to manage your state. We will cover: Tools for getting you into the right frame of mind to do the things you want to do; Find out how to build your inner confidence by managing your internal state; Use positive beliefs that will support you in your aims. Learning to build better communications with yourself and others; Have a framework for thinking about results and planning well-formed outcomes.

Course Code 461
7 Mar 2018 – 28 Mar 2018
Wednesday, 13:00-16:00

Public Speaking Workshop
A workshop to help you find your voice and turn the ordeal of speaking in public into an exciting opportunity to express your ideas with flair and conviction, incorporating a range of practical exercises to build confidence and improve your vocal technique.

Course Code 438
2 Jun 2018 – 9 Jun 2018
Saturday, 10:30-17:30

Confidence Through Play
Speaking or performing in front of an audience is daunting for many people. The aim of this course is to help you re-engage with the playful spirit of childhood to ignite your creativity and enjoy being the centre of attention and not being phased when things go wrong.

Course Code 464
4 Jun 2018 – 9 Jul 2018
Monday, 15:30-17:30

How To Think Straight In An Age Of Information Overload
People today are bombarded with information as never before. The exponential growth of the internet and new media technologies means that people have access to information of all kinds quite literally at their fingertips. While this unregulated proliferation of information provides many obvious benefits, it also presents challenges. In the confusing welter of mutually contradictory claims on so many issues from so many sources, how is one to separate truth from falsehood? How does one set about obtaining reliable knowledge on any given issue without falling prey to the lies, halftruths and false promises of mendacious politicians, charismatic charlatans, ruthless marketers, beguiling gurus and crafty confidence tricksters? In this course you will learn how to equip yourself with the critical thinking tools needed to access, evaluate and filter information in an optimally rational way, to safeguard yourself from error, and to obtain reliable information about everything from climate change to mortgages.

Course Code 436
24 Apr 2018 – 10 Jul 2018
Tuesday, 18:00-20:00

Get A New Career

Counselling

There are many Counselling Courses that may not be listed. Please see our website for more information.

Counselling Bazaar
A general introduction to different schools of counselling, for example, Psychodynamic, Humanistic and Person-Centred. This course is designed for those with a broad interest in the subject, and for those considering having counselling or becoming a counsellor. It is not part of formal counselling training.

Course Code 500CS
24 Apr 2018 – 29 May 2018
Tuesday, 15:45-18:00

Intro To Counselling
Learn the basic methods and practices of counselling; the skills which form the basis of the counselling relationship, for use in personal or community situations. The course carries a Certificate of Attendance. Entrance by special application form available in May. Interviews take place in July and September.

Course Code 501
21 Sep 2017 – 26 Oct 2017
Thursday, 10:00-15:30

Course Code 502
21 Sep 2017 – 26 Oct 2017
Thursday, 10:00-15:30

Course Code 503
21 Sep 2017 – 26 Oct 2017
Thursday, 18:00-22:00

Course Code 504
21 Sep 2017 – 26 Oct 2017
Thursday, 18:00-22:00

L3 Counselling Skills
For those who have completed an approved level 2 course or its equivalent. The course includes theory, practical skills, personal development work, a compulsory weekend component and a minimum attendance requirement of 80%. The course is validated by ABC, and meets the entry requirements for the Diploma in Counselling.
Entry is by written application and group and individual interview. Application forms are available in May. Interviews take place in July and September.

Course Code 505L
2 Nov 2017 – 12 Jul 2018
Thursday, 18:00-22:00

Course Code 506L
2 Nov 2017 – 12 Jul 2018
Thursday, 10:00-15:30

Course Code 507L
2 Nov 2017 – 12 Jul 2018
Thursday, 10:00-15:30

Course Code 508L
2 Nov 2017 – 12 Jul 2018
Thursday, 18:00-22:00

Counselling Level 4 – Year 1
A challenging two-year course qualifying you to practise as a counsellor in an agency. Drawing on Clarksons five-strand model of the therapeutic relationship, the course integrates humanistic, analytic and transpersonal perspectives. Students will be expected to gain 70 hours of personal counselling and to begin a counselling placement. It is possible to pay the fee in instalments. Entry onto the course is by interview, and you must already have a minimum of 180 hours formal counselling training or the equivalent.
Please ask for an application pack, available in May. The fees stated are for the entire two-year course. It is possible to pay the fee in instalments.

Course Code 509L
19 Sep 2017 – 10 Jul 2018
Tuesday, 10:00-17:15

Counselling Level 4:YR 2
A challenging two-year course qualifying you to practise as a counsellor in an agency. Drawing on Clarksons five-strand model of the therapeutic relationship, the course integrates humanistic, analytic and transpersonal perspectives. Students will be expected to gain 70 hours of personal counselling and to begin a counselling placement. It is possible to pay the fee in instalments. Entry onto the course is by interview, and you must already have a minimum of 180 hours formal counselling training or the equivalent.

Course Code 510L
22 Sep 2017 – 20 Jul 2018
Friday, 10:00-17:15

Community Interpreting

Understanding Community Interpreting Level 1(Ascentis)
An introduction to the work of a community interpreter and advice on gaining essential voluntary experience to enable progression to higher level courses. This course is suitable for those with little or no interpreting experience or who wish to find out more about this area of work. Entry is by written application and interview only.

Course Code 302
29 Jan 2018 – 19 Mar 2018
Monday, 10:00-13:00

Course Code 303
3 Feb 2018 – 24 Mar 2018
Saturday, 10:00-13:00

Course Code 305
12 May 2018 – 7 Jul 2018
Saturday, 14:00-17:00

Developing Your Skills as a Community Interpreter Level 2 (Ascentis)
This course is the ideal opportunity for you to develop some of the academic skills that you will need in order to progress onto the Level 3 qualifications in Community Interpreting, whilst also developing your knowledge of interpreting practice and the public services. We will look at how to improve your written expression in academic English and how to carry out research for interpreting assignments effectively. All the academic skills taught on the course will be embedded in the context of increasing your knowledge of Community Interpreting. Entry is by interview only. Please visit our website or contact the Centre for further information. Tutor approval required.

Course Code 306
13 Jan 2018 – 24 Mar 2018
Saturday, 13:30-17:30

Course Code 307
23 Apr 2018 – 16 Jul 2018
Monday, 14:00-18:00

Community Interpreting Level 3 Certificate (Ascentis)
This nationally recognised qualification is for people who are fluent in English and another language. Applicants must have some experience, paid or unpaid, of interpreting in a public sector context in the UK. Some of this experience should be with people not previously personally known to the applicant.
Participants have the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge needed to work as a community interpreter including the role of the interpreter, professional conduct and codes of practice and knowledge of the sectors within which they will be working – Housing, Health, Education, Immigration, Benefits and Social Services. Entry is by written application and interview only. Please visit our website
for further information and an application form. Lower fees may be available for students aged 23 and under. Tutor approval is required for this course

Course Code 310L
9 Jan 2018 – 27 Mar 2018
Tuesday, 10:30-17:30

Course Code 311L
13 Jan 2018 – 24 Mar 2018
Saturday, 10:00-17:00

Course Code 312L
24 Apr 2018 – 10 Jul 2018
Tuesday, 10:30-17:30

Course Code 313L
28 Apr 2018 – 14 Jul 2018
Saturday, 10:00-17:00

Other Community Interpreting Courses are available. Please see the website for more information

Teacher Training

Award In Education And Training
This is the new national qualification (replacing the previous PTLLS qualification) for those wishing to follow a career in teaching adults. For further details and an application form please contact Austin Hill on 020 7269 6024 or email austin.hill@marywardcentre.ac.uk
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Course Code 400CS
23 Apr 2018 – 16 Jul 2018
Monday, 18:00-20:00

Business Startup for Social Enterprise, Micro Enterprise, Sole Trader
Not your standard business startup course. Straddle the social and business divide by using your own life experiences in paid or voluntary work to set up a business enterprise with a social focus. This course covers the practical steps needed to set up as a sole trader and/or a micro enterprise and/or a social enterprise.

Course Code 4050B
20 Jan 2017 – 18 Oct 2017
Wednesday 15.30-20:30