Short Courses

Short Courses can help you brush up on your existing skills or learn about an area you are interested in. The types of training available are varied; some might be classroom based, whilst others could involve a mixture of learning in a classroom and in a working environment - this is often called 'on-the-job' training.

There are many short courses out there, often allowing you to fit the learning around other parts of your life and learn at your own pace.

Click on the tabs below to find organisations offering short courses for young people.

Want to work out what you’re passionate about and gain confidence to start your career?

On Princes Trust free courses you’ll get the chance to wow potential employers and learn from people who’ve already worked their way up at companies like ASOS, Sony, the NHS and Gap.

We offer free courses to young people aged 11 to 30 who are out of work, education and training and currently based in the UK. 
To find courses and opportunities near you, follow this link to the Princes Trust webpage

More information about our programmes available here

Telephone: 0800 842 842

You can build your confidence, try a new course or start your career with The Prince’s Trust. Our team is available to offer advice and guidance for 11 to 30-year olds, 9am to 9pm, seven days a week.

Click here to visit the Princes Trust to start a live chat session with an advisor.
Our opening hours are Monday to Sunday, 9.00am to 9.00pm. 

Shape develops training opportunities for disabled people in the creative sector. Shape works with disabled artists, focuses on inclusion in cultural institutions by training them to be more open to disabled people as well as running participatory arts and development programmes.

Website - https://www.shapearts.org.uk/
Telephone - 020 7424 7330
Email - info@shapearts.org.uk

Type of service provided: Education, Health and Well Being, Employment, Training
Age Range: 8 – 18 years

Southbank Mosaics are running their award winning courses for children interested in art and design for special needs students in the new academic year. Students make mosaic work for exhibition and develop their personal portfolios in a professional artisan studio.

This is for individual students and groups interested in art and design. We work with mainstream and Special Education Needs children. We also accommodate parents and SEN assistants or teachers. All children have the option of taking accredited courses in Level 2 (Introduction to Mosaic Making: Towards Employment) and every child who has taken a course with us in the past, has successfully achieved credits, awards or certificates. Some children have been coming to us for 5 years, with two students returning to volunteer at our sessions. Our central London location means we also visit the many galleries, festivals and events in the vicinity.

Criteria for access to service: Paid for service: £480 for term, one day per week. Can negotiate bespoke service. Evening and weekend courses for teachers and adults start from £150.00.

Accessibility of this service: Sessions for groups and individual students have to be allocated according to our opening hours and tutor availability. Our sessions for schools are run Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 10am – 4pm during school terms. We unfortunately cannot accommodate wheelchair users as we are based on a church crypt with no lift.

How can I access this service? Please contact our studio directly, calling us on 02076206070. We welcome a discussion about any individual learning needs.

Do you need to pay for this service? Yes

Confidentiality and Impartiality: Data Protection Act. All staff are DBS checked. Experience of working with 15 Southwark Schools and local authority.

Useful to know: School Term only.

Training provided: We provide a safe and nurturing environment where students can learn the practical skills of mosaic making, working on their own projects or contributing as part of a team to our public realm projects. We help each student to write an individual learning plan to capture their own goals and intentions and regularly review the plan with them to make sure focus is maintained.

Students will be able to gain the following:

• Design skills
• Mosaic making, fixing and installation skills
• Understanding of how to price their own work (if they wish to sell work)
• Understanding of how to operate and behave in a working art studio
• Experience of team work
• Patience and delayed gratification
• An understanding and insight into their own power to create
• Civic pride at seeing the work they help to make out on the streets
• Enhanced feeling of wellbeing
• Accredited qualifications (optional)

Drop in service: Please arrange an appointment with us if you want to see our studio and discuss training with us.

Telephone: 0207 620 6070
Email: info@southbankmosaics.com

The Thomas Calton Centre is now temporarily closed however, we’re currently available Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5.30pm for course and skills assessment related enquiries. Please check the website for the latest information and any changes to the programmes due to Covid-19. 

Contact us by phone 07436 701 899 or 07436 701 854 or email adult.learning@southwark.gov.uk.

Courses include Creative sewing, Hatha Yoga, Dance Fitness and Fun, Pilates and Print making.

Southwark Adult Learning service works with people in Southwark to create a fairer future for all and we are continuing to provide learners with learning opportunities to enjoy and achieve.

Our  programme  includes courses that:

  • lead to formal qualifications
  • help you gain job readiness skills
  • help you improve your job prospects
  • help you improve your literacy, numeracy and language skills
  • help you gain recognised qualifications
  • can lead to career change
  • help you study for your own personal development
  • develop skills in a range of arts and crafts, health and fitness or improve your creative writing

To find out about all of our courses see https://www.southwark.gov.uk/schools-and-education/adult-learning

Walworth Garden Farm offer a variety of workshops for people over the age on 19. The workshops are all centred around Health and Wellbeing. These include Introduction to Gardening, Herbal Medicine, Yoga, Perfumery, Natural Cosmetics Making and more.

Who is the service for?
The Workshops are open to all over 19, however if you’re from a country within the EEA you can attend a free workshop each academic year. (We have a quota of free places, we suggest you book early to avoid disappointment)

Go to https://walworthgarden.org.uk/workshops, pick a workshop and complete the booking form.

Do you need to pay for this service?
Some workshops are funded by Southwark Council. Some workshops are individually priced. You can buy and gift our workshops from our website.

Choose from hundreds of online courses from top universities and specialist organisations.

Browse our course list to find something that you’d like to learn about. We have courses in a diverse range of subjects and are always adding more. Courses vary in length. Most are six to ten weeks long but we also have some shorter two and three week courses.

Apply directly on the website. If you need help using FutureLearn, just press the ‘support’ button at the bottom right of any course page.

Website: Future Learn