Courses For The Workplace

 Courses For The Workplace

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.

Mentoring Skills Level 2 Award
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.

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.

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.

Payroll Level 3 Certificate (IAB)
For students who have acquired the IAB Level 2 Payroll qualification this is the next step in further
payroll studies. The qualification is also for those who are considering a career as a self-employed
practitioner, small business owners or employees who need this level of payroll skills.
Successful students may wish to use this qualification to make the leap to the Chartered
Institute of Payroll Professional (CIPP).
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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.

APM Project Fundamentals Qualification

The APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ) (SCQF Level 6) ( (formerly known as the APM Introductory Certificate). This qualification is awarded by the Association for Project Management, (APM) the chartered body for the project profession. The 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 APM website Students may wish to take the Project Management Starter course detailed above, prior to the PFQ. To complement it they may also wish to enrol on a project management software course, MS Project.
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Governance in the Voluntary and Community Sector
A short course for members of governing bodies or anybody who is interested in developing the knowledge and skills required to be a member of a governing body in the voluntary or community sector. With the knowledge gained from this course you can become an effective participant in the governance of new and existing organisations. Tutor approval is required.

Social Media For Beginners
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.

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.

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.

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 everyday life. 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.

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.

Computers For Beginners
A chance to demystify the computer in a friendly and supportive environment. Learn how to get started with guided ‘hands-on’ experience on how to use the computer, mouse, keyboard and printer. Aimed at students who no experience of computing.

Web Design

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.

Photography – DSLR Introduction
A short course to introduce you to the technical and creative use of a DSLR camera. Take the camera off automatic and learn about exposure, depth of field, aperture, shutter control, ISO and white balance. Bring your camera to each session or if you do not have your own the college has a limited number of cameras but you will need to book one.

Photography – Digital Saturdays
Once you know the basics here is a chance for you to set aside time to learn the practical and creative side of the DSLR camera. Create a portfolio of work as you increase your knowledge of digital photography week by week. Learn from others and also share your experiences behind the lens.

Photography – DSLR Intermediate
If you want to unnlock your cameras true potential then this course is for you. For those who have completed the Photography – DSLR lntroduction course and wish to explore more
of the technical features of your equipment, this course is the next step. Bring your camera to each session or, if you do not have your own, the college has a limited number of cameras but you will need to book one.

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.

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.

MS Project
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.

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.

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.

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.

Introduction To Adobe Suite

Try out Photoshop for images, Illustrator for design, Dreamweaver for websites, InDesign for desktop publishing and PowerPoint for presentations. Take a short tour of each of the digital media programs that appear in this section. Find out what they do and who uses them so you can choose which ones suit your needs for employment or personal use and progress to specialist courses.


if you would like to learn a subject that we don’t offer – let us know as we regularly add courses throughout the year. For more information call: 020 7269 6042