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Part Time Courses

Welcome to our new Part-time Course guide for April 2018

Part-time Course Guide Autumn / Winter 2016/17 - Download your copy

Every year, we welcome thousands of learners looking for a new challenge.

Whatever your reason for coming to College - to take up a new leisure activity, boost your career with professional qualifications, improve your skills or to try something completely different - we have the right course for you.

Our courses are designed to appeal to all interest, ages and ability and we are delighted that so many of our students come back for more.

We have plenty of open days and evenings, as well as general advice and guidance sessions throughout the year - check out the dates and venues here.

Please contact our Customer Experience Team to book your place, as spaces are limited on 0800 0567253.

The College reserves the right to cancel the course if the required student numbers have not been met.

Courses Available

Art, Design
& Craft
& Engineering
& Lifestyle
Other Courses
Health & Social Care Barbering Counselling Sports & Fitness
GCSEs Health & Safety Early Years & Childcare
Animal Science & Conservation

Whether you just want to learn more about your pet, or wish to work with animals professionally, SGS College has the right course for you.

We offer the following Animal Science & Conservation courses:

  • Animal Care Summer School
  • Responsible Pet Ownership
  • ABC Award in Small Animal Care
  • Canine First Aid
  • Build a Bug Hotel
  • Build a Wildlife Garden
  • What's in your Local Area
  • and Garden?

FREE courses for adults volunteering in the industry:
These courses are intial sessions at the college and through distance learning:
BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Countryside & Environment

For advice and further information, including dates and times on any of the courses listed above, please contact Mary Howie at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College.

Mary Howie 0117 9092 353

Part-time Course Guide 2016/17 - Download your copy

Life at SGS College

Step into the world of SGS College. Take a whirlwind tour of the College and experience the excitement and motivation that is the foundation of our inspiring community. Or take a look yourself by attending one of our open events?

Get yourself ready for the world of work!

The Suited Booted Recruited Employability Department of SGS College are here to help you succeed within the workplace. Our short courses are specifically designed to help you boost your confidence, develop your skills and gain extra qualifications to make you more desirable to any employer.

View our courses

Art on Prescription

Our weekly 'Art on Prescription' classes are for adults with mental or physical health issues. If you would like to join, ask you GP or health support organisation to get in touch with us at: or contact 0800 0567 253.

We offer the following courses:

  • Art on Prescription
  • Pottery on Prescription
  • Creative Textiles on Prescription
  • Altered Books on Prescription
  • Stained Glass on Prescription
  • Expressive Writing on Prescription

We offer courses on campus at Stroud, but also at some local community venues.

You can try a first session to see if you would like to enrol and can bring a support worker with you if that helps.

Courses are mostly roll-on/roll-off. New starts are welcome anytime.


GCSE Maths, English and Science

GCSEs in English, Maths and Science can be undertaken as separate subjects on a part-time basis (daytime and evening classes available). You can study with like-minded individuals in a supportive environment, where our tutors will strive to help you reach your potential.

View GCSE Courses

To discuss the GCSE courses please contact the Customer Experience Team at Stroud on 01453 763424 or Filton on 0117 931 2121.


Apprenticeships are a great way to learn valuable new skills, gain nationally recognised qualifications and take you to the next level in your career.

Apprenticeships enable businesses to have the right people, with the right skills, at the right time. Apprenticeships can take between one and four years to complete depending on the level of apprenticeship, the apprentices' ability and the industry sector.

Learn more about Apprenticeships

Work Based Learning (Work placements)

Do you currently work in the Care or Early Years sector? Are you looking for training to validate your ability to help you progress in your career pathways?

Learn more about Work Based Learning

If so SGS College could have the course for you. For advice on any of the courses available or any other sector related training enquiries please contact Karen Ashley on 01453 761107 or email

Online Distance Learning

The work based Care and Early Years team are pleased to announce the return of our hugely successful Distance Learning Courses. You will be given a course work pack, contact with an experienced assessor and an online resource to submit your answers. For more information please contact Jethro Harrup on 01453 761132 or email

Subject currently available are:

  • Awareness of Mental Health Problems
  • Cleaning Principles
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Understanding Nutrition and Health
  • Preparing to work in Adult Social Care
  • Principles of Dementia Care
  • Principles of End of Life Care
  • Principles of the Prevention and Control of Infection
  • Principles of Working with Individuals with Learning Disabilities
  • Understanding the Safe Handling of Medication
  • Understanding the Care and Management of Diabetes

FREE IT Courses

@ South Gloucestershire Libraries

Skills you will learn on this course:

  • Use the internet to search for information and shop safely online
  • Use email to create and send messages and add attachments
  • Create documents such as letters and posters, including different types of text and pictures
  • Use ICT in daily life for booking holidays, flights, hotels and other activities
  • Learn about ICT safety and security when working online
  • You will also have the chance to gain a qualification in ICT and maths

Courses take place over 17 weeks for 3 hours a week at the following venues:

  • Winterbourne Library
  • Downend Library
  • Emersons Green Library
  • Bradley Stoke Library

For more information go the library branch nearest to you or email

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