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Course Title:


Course Number:

CGKV I30088


Village Learning Centre

Learning Area:



Level 1 (Mixed)


Kathryn Borg

Start Date:

11 April 2018

End Date:

27 June 2018

Session Time(s):

Wednesday between 18:30 and 20:30

Total Sessions:


Total Hours:


Class Size:

Between 8 and 10 learners.


NOTE: This course has already finished.

Course Information


Total Guided Learning Hours: 20 Hours

What will I be learning?

  • Beginners will learn basic hand building techniques.
  • Applying surface decoration.
  • Glazing.
  • Throwing on the potter’s wheel.
  • As your confidence in your skills develop you will be able to apply them to your own creative ideas.

Does the course lead to a qualification?

This is a none qualification course.

Who is the course for?

All abilities for beginners will be led through basic the methods with which to develop creative work in clay.

What do I need to bring?

  • You will get dirty so bring an apron or wear clothes that can get soiled without worry.
  • If you have eczema bring your barrier cream/treatment creams with you.
  • A small notebook to record glazes used etc will be very useful as it is easy to forget which glaze or combination of glazes you have used.

Are there any additional costs?

There will be a one-off £10 charge for materials for all learners at the beginning of the course. Thereafter, it will be to the discretion of the tutor if any further payment for completed pottery work needs to be made. If so, this will be charged at 40p per 100g. Learners will be encouraged to keep a written/visual log of all of their completed work for the duration of the course.

How will I know how I am progressing during the course?

  • Your work itself also informal feedback from the tutor.
  • You will keep track of your progress in your individual learning plan.

Can I have help in the class?

If you would like to enrol on this course but think you will need some help in the class you could have support through the Learning Partners Scheme. The scheme matches learners who need additional help with a volunteer to attend the class together. Volunteers can help with confidence, practical tasks such as cutting or measuring, reading and taking notes or communicating with the tutor and other learners.

If you would like more information about the scheme please contact Pat Ward 642308

How is this course supported by DerbyLearn?

DerbyLearn is a learning platform that supports and complements most classes.  To find out more, please go to and sign up, it’s free and well worth a look!

After the course, what next?

We have lots of courses planned to ensure you have a variety of progression routes.  If you are interested in another course, please ask for more information or telephone our helpline on Derby (01332) 717900 or

Progression within DALS

Learners may continue after the first term, progressing and developing skills at their’ own pace, gaining confidence and independence in order to take control of your own work and skills development,

Whatever your level of experience you can continue after the first term to develop your own projects.

On completion of this course, you could progress to:


  • Other adult learning courses

Any other information

THE COURSE WILL BE FLEXIBLE in order to accommodate the needs of the group and the needs of individual learners.

The first few sessions will focus on basic techniques for new learners; learners will then be able to use what they have learned to build their own projects.

The sessions will usually begin with a demonstration of a method, normally lasting 15 – 20 mins.  Learners spend the remainder of the session working on their own pieces.  Techniques will be extended to include sculptural development.

Health and Wellbeing

The slogan you see on our brochures and leaflets is:
meet enjoy learn achieve
This is because we believe that taking part in adult and community learning can open the door to new friendships, give you something enjoyable and worthwhile to do with your time, enable you to learn something new and give you a sense of achievement. That's got to make you feel good!

Volunteering opportunities

We have a number of rewarding volunteering opportunities both within DALS and with other organisations.  These can offer you a number of benefits, including the ability to enhance your employment prospects, and the ability to learn whilst supporting others.  If you are interested in finding out more about volunteering opportunities, please contact Pat Ward on 01332 642308 or email  You can also find information on volunteering opportunities on our noticeboards and website.

Venue Information

Village Learning Centre


Browning Street, Derby, DE23 8DN


Ample Car Parking
Ample Cycle Parking



Disability Support:

Disabled Access to Ground Floor only
Disabled Toilets
Disabled Parking available
Loop System


Limited Facilities
Drinks Machine


Crèche Unavailable


From the city centre, take A5250 road (Burton Rd),go along to the main crossroads with A5111 (Ring Road), turn left on A5111 Warwick Ave, take 2nd exit (straight over) at roundabout, continue and then take 1st right onto Village St and then we are on the left hand side next to Village Primary School. 01332 711371

Bus Routes:

Arriva No. 7 from the bus station and Arriva No. 5 and 5A from Babington Lane

Enrolment Information

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We are open: * Monday - Friday 9am to 4pm * Wednesday & Thursday 6pm to 9pm (Term time only) * Saturday 9.30am to 12.30pm (Term time only)


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