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New year, new goals, new you - Recreational courses launching in January

23 December 2015
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You don’t need to wait until next September to learn something new and achieve your goals with Gloucestershire College; a new range of creative and recreational courses is launching in January, ranging from music and media to fashion, cookery and more.

New Year is a time for resolutions and goal-setting, and it provides the perfect chance to pick up a new hobby and try something new. Whether you’ve always wanted to learn the guitar, make your own clothes, be confident in the kitchen or even speak another language on holiday, the College has plenty of part-time courses available, which are flexible and can fit around busy working lives.

Creative types can sign up for Interior Design; Jewellery Making (Wirework or Chain Mail Weaves); Creative Writing; Drawing and Painting; Sewing; Flower Arranging; Textile Projects for the Home; and the Dye Sublimation Printing Workshop.

While promising photographers can sharpen their shots in Photography Beginners Using SLR, music lovers learn the basics of guitar and keen cooks develop with Cake Decoration for Fun and Confident Cooking.

For those who have always wanted to learn another language or teach English as they travel the world, courses include French, German, Spanish and Italian at varying levels, while CELTA programmes (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) are available on both a full- and part-time basis, opening up a world of exciting English language teaching opportunities.

Budding beauticians can also learn how to apply gel polish and spray tan like a pro in a series of one-day courses starting between January and July.

Vice Principal Peter White said: “Our recreational courses continue to grow in popularity with people of all ages and interests, particularly those who set goals for self-improvement and want to learn a valuable new skill whilst meeting likeminded people.

“The College’s recreational courses are available across the Cheltenham, Gloucester and Royal Forest of Dean campuses – many running in the evenings – offering easy accessibility to all. We look forward to welcoming our new starters in January.”

The new Part-time and Professional Course Guide is available to download now at

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