Short courses are a great way of getting a taste for a skill area and a positive step along your learning journey.
Accredited short courses
These courses provide a level of certification (usually Statement of Attainment) and are designed to provide introductory knowledge and skills across a range of topics.
Non accredited courses
Non accredited courses can be referred to as Adult Community Education (ACE) courses. They are advertised locally by various institutes. The skills you learn can help you towards an accredited course.
ACE courses are open to people over 15 years of age. Course duration is generally 2-3 hours per week, over 6-8 weeks, or full day Saturday workshops. They cover hobby and lifestyle topics such as art and craft, cooking and languages.