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Adult Bite-size

If you would like to explore your interests, try something new or just want to meet new people and have fun Boston College offers a wide and varied range of Adult Bite Size courses.

Our Adult Bite Size courses are fun, practical non-accredited courses, which can run from a couple of hours during a single day to a few sessions over a number of weeks. The courses cost no more than £60, with some being FREE.

Some of the Adult Bite Size courses are funded by the Lincolnshire County Council - for more information, please read their Learner Handbook.

Location Key
BC | Boston Campus (Rochford)
PPPC | Peter Paine Performance Centre
SC | Spalding Campus
HC | Horncastle Campus

Animal Studies

This course on basic exotic pet care will help you to understand the importance of the correct temperature, lighting, humidity and ventilation in the safe care of these fascinating creatures.
We will also cover the correct gut loading feed and supplementation to ensure the animals remain healthy and touch on bioactive set ups.

Attendance: Introduction to Exotic Animals will take you 2 sessions to complete. You will attend college for 1 session per week, starting on the below dates:

  • Wednesday 9th October 2024, at our Boston Campus (Rochford)
  • Wednesday 5th February 2025, at our Boston Campus (Rochford)

Business and Accountancy

The Introduction to Bookkeeping course will provide you with an introduction to the basics of manual double entry bookkeeping. Learning in an informal and friendly environment, this short introduction is ideal if you want to gain knowledge of bookkeeping, either for personal or professional development.
It is most suited to those interested in working in finance or who run their own small business.

This introduction could lead to progression onto an accredited qualification in Bookkeeping or Accounting.

Attendance:Introduction to Bookkeeping will take you 2 sessions to complete. You will attend college for 1 session per week, starting on the below dates and times:

  • Wednesday 25th September 2024, 9:00am - 4:00pm at our Horncastle Campus.
  • Friday 27th September 2024, 9:00am - 4:00pm at our Boston Campus (Rochford)
  • Wednesday 5th February 2025, 9:00am - 4:00pm at our Horncastle Campus
  • Friday 7th February 2025, 9:00am - 4:00pm at our Boston Campus (Rochford)

This Technical Language for Accounting course is being offered free, to help with the terminology that you may come across on the Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting.

Technical Language for Level 2 Accounting will particularly suit those who have had no accounting experience and have no qualifications in Maths or English. It would also suit those learners who have English as a second language and need more support. This course would also suit those learners who have completed any of the Level 1 AAT courses and are looking to progress further with the AAT.

This qualification may interest those who are wishing to begin a self-employed career or are thinking about a career change into the business/finance field.

Attendance: Technical Language for Accounting will take you 2 session to complete. You will attend college for 1 session per week, starting on the below date:

  • Wednesday 11th December 2024, 9:00am - 4:00pm, at our Horncastle Campus
  • Friday 13th December 2024, 9:00am - 4:00pm, at our Boston Campus(Rochford)
  • Wednesday 14th May 2025, 9:00am - 4:00pm at our Horncastle Campus
  • Friday 16th May 2025, 9:00am - 4:00pm at our Boston Campus (Rochford)

Catering and Hospitality

Come along and learn the basics of cake making and decorating. You will learn different techniques and skills including:
Victoria Sponge; production including decoration for presentation; covering and piping
Sponge Roulade; whisking method with finishing using cream and fruit
Viennese biscuits; creaming method for biscuits, piping skills and finishing for presentation

Attendance: Introduction to Cake Making and Decorating will take you 1 session to complete. You will attend college on Tuesday 22nd October 2024, 9:00am - 4:30pm, at our Boston Campus (Rochford)

Come along and learn the basics of pastry making. You will learn about different pastries and techniques including:

  • Sweet pastry
  • Making and finishing a lemon tart
  • Shortcrust pastry
  • Making and finishing a quiche
  • Choux pastry
  • Introduction to finishing skills

Attendance: Introduction to Pastry Making will take you 1 session to complete. You will attend college on Wednesday 23rd October 2024, 9:00am - 4:30pm, at our Boston Campus (Rochford).

Construction

This course will give you an introduction to the basics of bricklaying within the College's industry standard workshop. During this course you will cover tool use, mortar spreading, basic brick bonds, setting out and bricklaying.

Attendance: Introduction to Basic Bricklaying will take you 4 sessions to complete. You will attend college for 1 session per week, starting on the below dates:

  • Tuesday 24th September 2024, 5:30pm - 8:30pm, at our Boston Campus (Rochford)
  • Tuesday 21st January 2025, 5:30pm - 8:30pm, at our Boston Campus (Rochford)

This course is suitable for anyone interested in gaining or developing their skills in basic plumbing. You will work in the College's large on-site workshop using industry tool to develop your knowledge in installing new taps, changing tap washers, installing a washing machine and learning how to solder.

Attendance:Introduction to Basic Plumbing will take you 4 sessions to complete. You will attend college for 1 session per week, starting on the below dates:

  • Tuesday 24th September 2024, 5:30pm - 8:30pm, at our Boston Campus (Rochford)
  • Tuesday 21st January 2025, 5:30pm - 8:30pm, at our Boston Campus (Rochford)

Digital Technologies

Blender 3D is the world's fastest-growing 3D suite and because it’s free it’s an excellent choice for beginners, aspiring game designers, animators, and digital artists. This program offers training on Blender, the premier open-source software for 3D modelling, rendering, and animation. You'll learn about it’s interface and intricacies and how to create basic models and textures, guided by industry experts who share their tips, tricks and techniques. By way of hands-on projects and personalised feedback, you'll be able to express newfound skills and creativity both in, and out, of the classroom.

Attendance: Introduction to 3D Modelling in Blender will take you 3 session to complete. You will attend college for one session per week,starting Wednesday 23rd October 2024, 6:00pm - 8:00pm, at our Boston Campus (Rochford)

Early Years and Schools

This Introduction to the role of a Teaching Assistant course is aimed at those interested in a career in becoming a teaching assistant or learning support in an educational setting. You may be volunteering or starting to work in schools or even just considering this professional pathway.

Completion of this course will give you a deeper understanding of the role of a teaching assistant or learning support and will encourage you to consider what the role entails. You will have fun, hands on activities and it may help you progress to a career in Supporting Teaching & Learning.

Attendance: Introduction to the Role of a Teaching Assistant will take you 1 session to complete. You will attend college on your choice of the below dates:

  • Wednesday 4th September 2024, at our Boston Campus (Rochford)
  • Monday 2nd December 2024, 9:30am - 2:30pm at our Boston Campus (Rochford)
  • Monday 13th January 2025, 9:30am - 2:30pm at our Horncastle Campus
  • Monday 10th February 2025, 9:30am - 2:30pm, at our Spalding Campus
  • Wednesday 12th February 2025, 9:30am - 2:30pm, at our Boston Campus (Rochford)
  • Monday 19th May 2025, 5:00pm - 8:00pm, at our Spalding Campus
  • Monday 9th June 2025, 5:00pm - 8:00pm, at our Boston Campus (Rochford)

Sport, Fitness and Wellbeing

This course offers weekly fitness training with a football twist. Come and join us for 2 hours a week of football related training with lots of drills and fitness boosting activities as well as play friendly football games. The course is run outside, whatever the weather, so please dress appropriately and bring some water with you. It will be on the astroturf so please wear suitable footwear.

Attendance: Fitness Through Football will take you 3 sessions to complete. You will attend college for 1 session per week, starting Thursday 20th March 2025, 5:00pm - 7:00pm, at our Boston Campus (Rochford)

This 10-hour course will introduce you to the basics of exercise, fitness and a healthy lifestyle.
You will look into the different systems of the body - what they are and how they respond to exercise, Components of fitness – what they are and how they are tested, and what is meant by a healthy lifestyle – investigating lifestyles and different things that can affect our lifestyle.

Attendance: Introduction to Fitness and Wellbeing will take you 2 sessions to complete. You will attend college for 1 session per week, starting on the dates below:

  • Monday 16th September 2024, 9:00am - 3:00pm, at our Peter Paine Performance Centre in Boston
  • Wednesday 8th January 2025, 9:00am - 3:00pm, at our Peter Paine Performance Centre in Boston

This taster course will give you the basics in sports massage, from assessing a client, including an awareness of contraindications, to basic massage techniques. You will be taught by experts with strong acumen for working in the industry with guidance on how to become a qualified sports massage therapist and how to run your own successful business.
The session will also help and aid any sports performer to understand more about their muscular system and how to maximise performance and reduce injuries.
The course will look at opportunities to progress onto our highly successful Sports Massage qualification.

Attendance: Introduction to the Benefits of Sports Massage will take you 2 sessions to complete. You will attend college for 1 session per week, starting one the dates below:

  • Monday 7th October 2024, 4:00pm - 7:00pm at our Peter Paine Performance Centre in Boston
  • Wednesday 5th March 2025, 4:00pm - 7:00pm, at our Peter Paine Performance Centre in Boston

This course provides an introduction to wellness and wellbeing including essential nutrition, planning your food, stress management strategies and how wellness links to motivation and productivity in the workplace and in your personal life.

Attendance: Re-Energise Yourself will take you 1 session to complete. You will attend college on your choice of the below dates:

  • Monday 13th January 2025, 4:00pm - 7:00pm at our Peter Paine Performance Centre in Boston
  • Monday 20th January 2025, 10:00am - 1:00pm at our Spalding Campus
  • Tuesday 20th May 2025, 9:30am - 12:30pm at our Peter Paine Performance Centre in Boston

Designed to cater for the safety needs of women, this course is intended to empower women physically and psychologically with the necessary skills to protect themselves from potentially dangerous situations.

You will cover the following:
- Basic self-defence techniques
- How to diffuse potentially dangerous situations
- Know your legal rights and policies that protect you
- Gains lots of hands-on practice
- Develop your self-confidence.

Attendance: Self Defence and Personal Safety for Women will take you 3 sessions to complete. You will attend college for 1 session per week, starting on the below dates:

  • Tuesday 1st October 2024, 5:00pm - 7:00pm, and our Peter Paine Performance Centre in Boston
  • Tuesday 12th November 2024, 5:00pm - 7:00pm, and our Peter Paine Performance Centre in Boston

Employment and Skills Training

If you are aged 19 or over, have recently been made redundant or have been out of employment for some time, Boston College can offer you advice and support. Depending on your work situation, we offer a range of FREE courses to help you gain new skills, build your confidence and get you into employment. Visit our 'Employment and Skills Training' page for a full list of courses available.

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Need some more advice?

If you are unsure about which course is right for you, Boston College Careers Advisers are here to help. The Career Advisers offer FREE impartial Career Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) and are available before you start to college, whilst you are studying at college and when you are ready to take the next step.

If you would like to make an appointment with one of the College's Careers Advisers, they are available by appointment at both the Boston and Spalding campuses, by either calling the College's Information Line on 01205 313218 or by email.

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