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Southampton City College launches new ‘learning for pleasure’ courses to benefit adults

From September the college will offer a number of new part-time courses to help adults develop their interests in everything from photography to beauty therapy.

The ‘new generation’ of classes will reflect modern hobbies such as digital photography and it is hoped that the college will become the hub not just for people to learn for work, but also to learn for pleasure.

In a move to exactly meet people’s needs the college has pledged that it will run workshops and courses on request - so someone wanting to learn basic DIY could ask the college to run a course and as long as costs were covered, the college would run it.

Other new courses will run across a variety of areas, such as art and design, hospitality, engineering and marine skills. Adult learners can also enroll for part time hair and beauty courses to learn how to do facials, pedicures and massages for their friends and family.

Some students who have taken short courses in the past to develop their hobbies have gone on to earn money after their studies. Cake decorating tutor, Julie Hancock, said: “Often people enroll on the cake making course just as a hobby but end up with the skills to decorate wedding
cakes for friends and family and earn money.”

Principal and CEO, Lindsey Noble said: “While City College’s main focus is to arm people with the skills they need to further their career, we also aim to help people of all ages to develop themselves and their hobbies. This new generation of short courses will allow people to do that in relevant subjects and at their own pace.”

For more information on the courses visit www.southampton-city.ac.uk/adult. The courses range from three to nine sessions and are run in the evening.

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