Learning in the UK

You don’t have to spend your gap-year travelling the globe!

The point about taking a gap is to try out new experiences that leave you feeling refreshed and stimulated, to learn something new and possibly come up with some new ideas about where you want your life to head next.

So if you’re frustrated that hardly anything you were taught at school seems relevant to your life, why not use your gap-year to learn new skills that you choose yourself? You can make them as useful as you want.

There are plenty of evening classes available at local colleges, though usually only in term time, and, if you’re thinking of training that doesn’t involve university or are looking for ways to expand your skill set as part of a change of career direction, check out the Learning and Skills Council, which exists to promote lifelong learning, with the aim of young people and adults having skills to match the best in the world.

A gap is also a good opportunity to explore interests that may, up to now, have been hobbies. You'll find some great options from our database in interest areas such as archaeology, art, cookery, drama, music, learning a language, or photography.

British Offshore Sailing School - BOSS

UK

+44 (0) 23 8045 7733

www.boss-sail.co.uk

BOSS Specialises in offering a range of sabbatical, career change and Gap Year sailing programmes ranging from 2-week skipper training breaks through to 18-week intensive FastTrack to Yachtmaster training… read more.

London Art Portfolio

UK

julia@londonartportfolio.com

+44 (0)207 403 6881

www.londonartportfolio.com

Art portfolio preparation courses, one-one support and enrichment classes. 100% SUCCESS into top UK and international universities: UAL - CSM, LCF, LCC, Camberwell and Chelsea, UCL - Bartlett, the AA,… read more.

Peer Productions

UK

admin@peerproductions.co.uk

01483 476825

www.peerproductions.co.uk

Peer Productions is a unique training theatre charity that offers a free one year Actor Development Programme for young creatives aged 17 - 23 years. This is an opportunity… read more.

Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

UK

enquiries@cssd.ac.uk

+44 (0) 20 7722 8183

www.cssd.ac.uk/gapyear

The Gap Year Diploma is a one year, part-time course to develop your acting skills. It is designed for those aged 18-25 who are interested in preparing to apply… read more.

AA (Automobile Association)

UK

+44 (0) 161 495 8945

www.theaa.co.uk

The AA website has lots of useful information on driving in the UK and abroad, including stuff about breakdown, insurance and travel planning. You can find hotels, good places to stop whilst driving and you're even able to find out about up-to-date traffic news.

Ace Adventure

UK

info@aceadventures.co.uk

+44 (0)330 555 0313

www.aceadventures.co.uk

Ace Adventure offers numerous activities, situated in the beautiful Scottish highlands. Activities include exciting water and land sports such as white water rafting, canoeing, kayaking, canyoning, paintball and even bungee jumping.

Active Outdoor Pursuits

UK

info@activeoutdoorpursuits.com

+44 (0)1540 210000

www.activeoutdoorpursuits.com

Active Outdoor Pursuits provides a range of sports for all weathers. Summer activities include water sports such as white water rafting, canoeing or kayaking, whilst land sports include rock climbing & abseiling and mountain biking. Winter sports include skiing, snowboarding and mountaineering are available.

Ardmore Language Schools

UK

info@theardmoregroup.com

01628 826699

www.ardmore-language-schools.com

Ardmore Language Schools run summer English courses for students from all over the world in 15 residential and two non-residential centres across the UK. Job opportunities are also available for TEFL graduates.

Ashburton Cookery School

UK

info@ashburtoncookeryschool.co.uk

+44 (0) 1364 652784

www.ashburtoncookeryschool.co.uk

Cookery courses available from one to five days.

BASP UK Ltd

UK

firstaid@basp.org.uk

+44 (0) 1855 811 443

www.basp.org.uk

BASP offers First Aid and Safety Training courses designed specifically for the outdoor user, suitable for all NGB Awards.

Belle Isle School of Cookery

UK

info@irishcookeryschool.com

+44 (028)66 385 228

www.irishcookeryschool.com

Essential Cooking is an intensive four week course designed for people who are interested in learning the key skills for a gap-year job in cooking

Berlitz - London

UK

+44 (0) 20 7611 9640

www.berlitz.co.uk

International language school. Intense courses in Chinese French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish available. Other schools in the UK can be found in Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Edinburgh, Manchester and Oxford.

Big Squid Scuba Diving Training and Travel

UK

info@bigsquid.co.uk

0207 627 0700

www.bigsquid.co.uk

Big Squid offers a variety of dive courses using the PADI and TDI systems of diver education.

BIMM - Brighton Institute of Modern Music

UK

info@bimm.co.uk

+44 (0) 844 2 646 666

www.bimm.co.uk

Various part-time courses available, also summer schools, for bass, drums, guitar, vocals, songwriting and live sound/tour management.

Bishop Burton College

UK

+44 (0)1964 553 000

www.bishopburton.ac.uk

Short courses available in tractor driving, pest control, tree felling, sheep shearing, animal husbandry and more...

Bowman Yacht Charters Cornwall

UK

info@bowmanyachtcharters.com

01326 210582

www.bowmanyachtcharters.com

Sailing experience day trips & yacht charters around Cornwall, including Falmouth Bay, St Mawes, Feock, River Fal, Penzance, Coverack, Helford River, Fowey and The Isles of Scilly.

British Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association Ltd

UK

office@bhpa.co.uk

+44 (0)116 289 4316

www.bhpa.co.uk

The BHPA oversees the standards of instructor training and runs coaching course for pilots. They also list all approved schools in the field of paragliding, hang gliding and parascending.

British Kodály Academy

UK

enquiries@britishkodalyacademy.org

+44 (0) 208 651 3728

www.britishkodalyacademy.org

The Academy runs various music courses for teachers and young children, but also have courses for those wishing to improve their skills.

British Sub Aqua Club

UK

info@bsac.com

+44 (0) 151 350 6200

www.bsac.com

With 1,000+ friendly dive clubs all around the UK (and some overseas) BSAC offers accessible, affordable scuba diving lessons. With the right training and support, you could be very soon enjoying your own scuba diving adventure.

Cambridge TV School

UK

bob@cambridge-tv.co.uk

01223 750890

www.cambridgetvschool.co.uk

Learn the skills required and produce broadcast-quality programmes with a full-time intensive one term course at Cambridge TV School.

Canning House

UK

enquiries@canninghouse.org

+44 (0)20 7811 5600

www.canninghouse.org

Canning House runs evening courses in Brazilian Portuguese, as well as a wide range of events on Latin America, Spain and Portugal.

Canyoning.co.uk

UK

info@canyoning.co.uk

+44 (0)1887 829706

canyoning.co.uk

Canyoning.co.uk offer multiple canyoning locations throughout Scotland. A combination of climbing, abseiling, swimming, jumping. Canyoning is a full on adventure activity which is sure to build confidence and adventure spirit.

Capel Manor College

UK

enquiries@capel.ac.uk

+44 (0) 8456 122 122

www.capel.ac.uk

They have short courses in lorinery, flower arranging, CAD in garden design, practical gardening, aboriculture, botanical illustration, leathercraft and more ...

Cardiff School of Art and Design

UK

csad@cardiffmet.ac.uk

+44 (0) 29 2041 6154

www.cardiff-school-of-art-and-design.org

Cardiff School of Art and Design run a ten week summer school programme designed to introduce you to the variety of art and design.

Chichester College

UK

+44 (0) 1243 786321

www.chichester.ac.uk

Short courses available in animal care, farming, bushcraft, coppicing, hedgerow planting and managment, watercourse management, moorland management and more ...

Cookery at The Grange

UK

info@cookeryatthegrange.co.uk

+44 (0)1373 836099

www.cookeryatthegrange.co.uk

Cookery at the Grange has been running the outstanding four week, residential Essential Cookery Courses since 1981. Fantastic local ingredients from the Somerset countryside near Bath, are used to learn to cook really good food, for fun, for a gap year or for a career.

Cookery School at Little Portland Street

UK

info@cookeryschool.co.uk

0207 631 4590

www.cookeryschool.co.uk/classes/cooks-certificate-in-food-wine/

Cookery School at Little Portland Street has something to offer all food lovers: check out the huge array of classes on offer on our website.

Cornish Wave Mobile Surf School

UK

+44 (0)1637 872031

www.cornishwave.com

Cornish Wave specialise in delivering bespoke Surfing lessons, Coasteering sessions and Bushcraft Wild Camp Experiences to individuals, small groups, and families in and around Newquay, Cornwall, UK.

Council for British Archaeology

UK

webenquiry@archaeologyuk.org

+44 (0) 1904 671 417

new.archaeologyuk.org

CBA's magazine, British Archaeology, contains information about events and courses as well as digs. Reg Charity 287815.

CricketCoachMaster Academy

UK

info@ccmacademy.co.uk

+44 (0) 7815 081744

www.ccmacademy.co.uk

The CCM Academy has a coaching programme to further develop players with the recognised potential to play at county and international level.

Curling in Kent

UK

info@curlinginkent.co.uk

+44 (0)1892 826 004

www.fentonsrink.co.uk

Come to Fenton's Rink and try your hand at this exciting Olympic sport. New season begins 1st October.

Dartington International Summer School

UK

summerschool@dartington.org

+44 (0) 1803 847 080

www.dartington.org/summer-school

Dartington International Summer School (Registered Charity No. 279756) is both a festival and a music school. Teaching and performing takes place all day, every day.

DigitalMasterclass Ltd

UK

brian@digitalmasterclass.co.uk

+44 (0)1303 230958

www.digitalmasterclass.co.uk

Dream Fencing Club

UK

dreamfencing@gmail.com

07581 782848

www.dreamfencing.co.uk

Dream Fencing Club aims to introduce this Olympic sport to adults and children in the London area, offering first-class and well-coached fencing opportunities for all ages. The club is for beginners and experienced fencers alike and provides high quality training which not only improves your physical condition but also your mental concentration, coordination, self-discipline and emotional control.

Drum Camp

UK

info@drumcamp.co.uk

07858 478247

www.drumcamp.co.uk

Drum Camp is an annual worldwide percussion event in Norfolk specialising in world rhythms and drum and dance programs. Offers an amazing variety of classes over four days, in music, singing and dance.

DVLA (Driver & Vehicle Licencing Agency)

UK

www.dvla.gov.uk

The DVLA offers information on driving licences, vehicle registration, vehicle taxation and various motoring-related matters.

DVSA (Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency)

UK

customer.services@dsa.gsi.gov.uk

0300 200 1122

www.gov.uk/dvsa

The DVSA offers information on driving instructors and schools, theory and practical driving tests and various other motoring-related matters.

Edinburgh New Town Cookery School

UK

info@entcs.co.uk

+44 (0)131 226 4314

www.entcs.co.uk

1, 3 and 6 month courses designed for gap year students who want to work in ski chalets, luxury live aboard yachts or shooting lodges.

Edinburgh School of Food and Wine

UK

info@esfw.com

0131 333 5001

www.esfw.com

Courses of interest to gappers are the four week Intensive Certificate Course which is geared towards chalet work, and the one week Survival Course which is ideally suited to those leaving home for the first time.

English Camerata

UK

01923 853309

www.englishcamerata.org.uk

English Camerata offer a Chamber Music Summer Course which provides extensive coaching in an exciting classical chamber music environment for ensembles and instrumentalists playing a variety of instruments.

Fly Sussex Paragliding

UK

info@flysussex.com

+44 (0) 1273 858 170

www.flysussex.com

Learn to paraglide or hang glide over the beautiful Sussex countryside.

Food of Course

UK

info@foodofcourse.co.uk

+44 (0) 1749 860116

www.foodofcourse.co.uk

A four-week residential course providing all essential skills to cook in a ski chalet, on a yacht or in holiday homes worldwide.

Glasgow Ski & Snowboard Centre

UK

info@ski-glasgow.org

+44 (0) 141 427 4991

www.ski-glasgow.org

Learn to ski, improve your existing skills or learn to snowboard. Fully qualified instructors waiting to teach you.

Golders Green Teacher Training Centre

UK

+44 (0) 208 905 5467

www.englishlanguagecollege.co.uk

Golders Green College offers high quality English language courses for overseas students, including TEFL/TESOL courses.

Gordon Ramsay's Tante Marie Culinary Academy

UK

info@tantemarie.co.uk

+44 (0) 1483 726957

www.tantemarie.co.uk

Tante Marie Culinary Academy is the UK's oldest independent cookery school and is now the only school in the world able to award both the internationally acclaimed Cordon Bleu Diploma and the CTH Level 4 Diploma in Professional Culinary Arts.

Green Dragons

UK

fly@greendragons.co.uk

01883 652 666

www.greendragons.co.uk

Paragliding and hang gliding centre. You do not need any experience or knowledge, just the desire to fly and follow your instructor's guidance on positions for take off, time spent in the air and landing.

Holts Academy

UK

info@holtsacademy.com

+44 (0)20 7405 0197

www.holtsacademy.com

Holts Academy offer 1-year part-time jewellery making & design diploma courses for those passionate about jewellery. Right in London's Jewellery District, government funding available for eligible students.

International House London

UK

info@ihworld.com

+44 (0)207 394 6580

www.ihworld.com

Worldwide network of language schools offering courses in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish.

Italian Cultural Institute in London

UK

icilondon@esteri.it

+44 (0) 20 7235 1461

www.icilondon.esteri.it/IIC_Londra

The Italian Cultural Institute has a wide programme of Italian language courses as well as a mass of information about Italy and its culture.

ITC - Intensive TEFL Courses

UK

info@tefl.co.uk

+44 (0) 8456 445464

www.tefl.co.uk

Intensive TEFL Courses (ITC) have been running weekend TEFL (Teach English as a Foreign Language) courses throughout the UK since 1993.

Jubilee Sailing Trust

UK

info@jst.org.uk

+44 (0) 23 8042 6868

www.jst.org.uk

Tall Ships Sailing Trust. Join their JST Youth Leadership@Sea Scheme, no sailing experience needed. Registered Charity No. 277810.

Lake District Summer Music

UK

info@ldsm.org.uk

+44 (0)1539 742620

www.ldsm.org.uk

The Lake District Summer Music School is an ensemble-based course for string players and pianists intending to pursue careers as professional musicians. Registered Charity no 516350.

Le Cordon Bleu

UK

london@cordonbleu.edu

+44 (0) 20 7400 3900

www.lcblondon.com

Le Cordon Bleu has courses ranging from their famous diplomas in ‘Cuisine and Pâtisserie’ to shorter courses in techniques, seasonal cooking, essentials and healthy eating.

Leicester College - St Margaret's

UK

info@leicestercollege.ac.uk

+44 (0) 116 224 2240

www.leicestercollege.ac.uk

Has part-time courses in footwear, fabrics and pattern cutting.

Leiths School of Food and Wine

UK

info@leiths.com

+44 (0)20 8749 6400

www.leiths.com

Learn how to cook and earn money from it on your gap year. Leiths certificate cookery courses will give you the confidence and skill to achieve this.

London Fencing Club

UK

+44 (0)7951 414409

www.londonfencingclub.co.uk

Fencing tuition available in various centres in London - beginners to advanced training available.

London Music School

UK

info@londonmusicschool.com

+44(0)208 986 7885

www.tlms.co.uk

The London Music School offers a Diploma in Music Technology, open to anyone with musical ability aged 17 or over. The course explores professional recording and you get to use a 24-track studio.

London School of Photography

UK

lsp@lsptraining.co.uk

+44 (0)203 691 7680

londonschoolofphotography.com

Short courses available in digital photography, photojournalism, as well as travel, adventure and street photography. Small classes of up to eight people. One to one training also available.

London School of Sound

UK

info@londonschoolofsound.co.uk

+44 (0) 20 7720 6183

www.londonschoolofsound.co.uk

Based in the recording studio previously owned by Pink Floyd, we offer part and full-time courses of between five weeks and two years in music production, sound engineering and DJ skills.

London Scuba Diving School

UK

info@londonscuba.com

0845 544 1312

www.londonscuba.com

The London Scuba Diving School teaches beginners in swimming pools in Battersea and Bayswater. They also offer advanced courses for the experienced diver.

LTTC - London Teacher Training College

UK

lttc@teachenglish.co.uk

+44 (0)208 133 2027

www.teachenglish.co.uk

Over the years the college has trained a vast number of teachers from around the world, and prides itself on the quality of its courses and the individual attention it provides every student who enrols.

Mendip Outdoor Pursuits

UK

info@mendip.me

+44 (0)1934 834 877

www.mendipoutdoorpursuits.co.uk

Lessons in abseiling, archery, bridge building, caving, climbing, bush craft, kayaking, navigation, orienteering and more available.

Nae Limits

UK

info@naelimits.co.uk

01796 482600

www.naelimits.co.uk

Nae Limits has over 14 adrenaline-fuelled water and land adventure activities for you to experience, whether you are planning a stag do activity, family activity break, team building event or just fancy a day out to remember! Tackle some of the best White Water Rafting Scotland has to offer or kick up your canyoning a gear in one of our private exclusive venues or get dirty on our Quad Biking Trek.

Native Monks

USA

support@nativemonks.com

nativemonks.com

Get the best value when you choose from hundreds of tutors from all over the world, send them a message, and fix a time for one-to-one lessons with your chosen tutor.

New Forest Activities

UK

info@newforestactivities.co.uk

+44 (0) 1590 612 377

www.newforestactivities.co.uk

Organises group activities such as canoeing, rope work, cycling and climbing. Also offer environmental courses in the New Forest.

Newcastle College

UK

enquiries@ncl-coll.ac.uk

+44 (0) 191 200 4000

www.ncl-coll.ac.uk

Short courses available in fashion illustration, bridalwear design, textile dyeing and printing, pattern cutting and embroidery.

Newquay Activity Centre

UK

info@newquayactivitycentre.co.uk

+44 (0)1637 879571

www.newquayactivitycentre.co.uk

Newquay Activity Centre offers great opportunities for lovers of water-sports. Activities include surfing, coasteering and bodyboarding. Available to beginners or experts, with provision for Hen & Stag parties, school outings, family groups and military exercises.

NLMS Music Summer School

UK

c.gomme@btinternet.com

www.nlmsmusic-summerschool.co.uk

Each year over 100 enthusiastic adult amateur musicians get together for a week of enjoyment.

North London Piano School

UK

+44 (0) 20 8958 5206

www.learn-music.com/nlps2

The North London Piano School runs an annual International Summer Course. Courses are intensive and tailored to each participants' skills, needs and aspirations and offer a record number of tuition hours within a week long course.

North London Skydiving Centre Ltd

UK

office@ukskydiving.com

+44 (0)1354 699 088

www.ukskydiving.com

North London Skydiving Centre offers both TAFF and AFF courses to become a qualified skydiver as well as parachute jumping, wind tunnel experiences, and hovercraft piloting lessons.

Oxford International Study Centre

UK

international@oxintstudycentre.com

+44 (0)1865 201009

www.oxintstudycentre.com

Spend a semester or year in the academically exciting and beautiful city of Oxford. OISC offers tailor-made programmes with a choice of over 30 subjects.

OxfordTEFL

UK

tesol@oxfordtefl.com

+34 93 458 0111

www.oxfordtefl.com

OxfordTEFL offer a four week training course, accredited by Trinity College London, at the end of which you should get a Certificate in TEFL.

Oyster Luxury Travel and Diving Ltd

UK

info@oysterdiving.com

0800 699 0243

www.oysterdiving.com

Oyster Diving is a PADI Scuba Diving and Travel Centre. Our facilities are in West London, Soho Central London, Brighton & Hove, Surrey & Berkshire and Oxford.

Photo Opportunity Ltd

UK

chris@photoopportunity.co.uk

+44 (0)7850 652911

www.photoopportunity.co.uk

Courses offered lasting from one to five days in length. Tailored to suit your own particular needs and classes are small.

Photofusion

UK

info@photofusion.org

+44 (0) 20 7738 5774

www.photofusion.org

This independent photography resource centre, situated in Brixton, offers digital photography courses.

Plas y Brenin - The National Mountain Centre

UK

info@pyb.co.uk

+44 (0) 1690 720 214

www.pyb.co.uk

For those hoping to reach dizzy heights, Plas y Brenin offers a vast range of activities and courses.

Plumpton College

UK

+44 (0) 1273 890 454

www.plumpton.ac.uk

Courses available in animal care, welding, tractor driving, machinery, wine trade, aboriculture, chainsaw, bushcraft, pond management, wildlife, woodcraft and more...

Pod Zorbing

UK

info@zorbing.co.uk

+44 (0)208 935 5638

www.zorbing.co.uk

Ever fancied hurtling down a hill in a huge inflatable ball? With a choice of Harness or Hydro Zorbing, Pod Zorbing offers great, professional Zorbing experiences with a true fun factor.

Poole Harbour Watersports

UK

info@pooleharbour.co.uk

+44 (0) 1202 700503

www.pooleharbour.co.uk

Learn to windsurf and kitesurf at Poole in Dorset. Courses available for both beginners and improvers.

ProAdventure Limited

UK

sales@proadventure.co.uk

+44 (0)1978 860605

www.proadventure.co.uk

Based in Wales, ProAdventure offers different activity courses around the UK, including canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing and mountain biking.

RAC Motoring Services

UK

+44 (0)1922 437000

www.rac.co.uk

The RAC website has lots of useful information on driving in the UK and abroad, with breakdown, insurance and other services.

RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art)

UK

enquiries@rada.ac.uk

+44 (0)20 7636 7076

www.rada.ac.uk

This legendary drama college runs a variety of summer school courses.

Rosetta Stone (UK) Ltd

UK

cs@rosettastone.co.uk

0800 005 1220

www.rosettastone.co.uk

Learn languages with Rosetta Stone's interactive CD-ROM software plus online features.

Royal Agricultural University

UK

admissions@rau.ac.uk

+44 (0)1285 652531

www.rau.ac.uk

The Royal Agricultural University offers various courses in agriculture, conservation and animal studies.

School of Archaeology & Ancient History

UK

arch-anchist@le.ac.uk

+44 (0) 116 252 2611

www.le.ac.uk/archaeology/dl/dl_intro.html

Offers a series of modules in archaeology which can be studied purely for interest, or as part of a programme towards a Certificate in Archaeology.

Skydive GB

UK

info@skydivegb.com

+44 (0)1262 228033

www.skydivebrid.co.uk

Skydive GB specialises in introducing people to the exciting sport of skydiving, whether it's jumping for charity, a one-off experience or something you want to take up as a hobby or sport.

South Cambridgeshire Equestrian Centre

UK

+44 (0) 1763 263 213

www.scec.co.uk

This riding school is set in 260 acres of Cambridgeshire countryside. They offer riding tuition to the beginner and also more advanced teaching for experienced riders.

South Staffordshire College

UK

enquiries@southstaffs.ac.uk

+44 (0)300 456 2424

www.southstaffs.ac.uk

Whether you want to get into the best university or land yourself a top job, we will help you get where you want to be. At South Staffordshire College, there are lots of subjects and courses to choose from whether you’re just leaving school or embarking on a course later in your career.

Sparsholt College

UK

enquiry@sparsholt.ac.uk

+44 (0) 1962 776441

www.sparsholt.ac.uk

Have part-time courses in forklift operation, tractor driving, health & safety, horticulture, floristy, landscaping and more.

Splash White Water Rafting

UK

info@rafting.co.uk

+44 (0)1887 829706

rafting.co.uk

Splash White Water Rafting offers a host of adventure activities. Based in Aberfeldy & Glasgow. Rafting, Canyoning, Paintball, Abseiling and more. Also offering rafting in the heart of Glasgow.

Sportscotland National Centre Cumbrae

UK

cumbraecentre@sportscotland.org.uk

+44(0) 1475 530757

www.nationalcentrecumbrae.org.uk

Sportscotland national watersport centre offer a range of courses from a fully residential three weeks Powerboat Instructor or 18 weeks Professional Yachtmaster Training, to a one day introduction to Windsurfing.

Springs Dance Company

UK

info@springsdancecompany.org.uk

07775 628 442

www.springsdancecompany.org.uk/apprenticeships

Springs Dance Company offers a 3 or 9 month intensive dance course that focuses on the creation, performance and teaching of dance work inspired by and expressive of the Christian faith.

Suffolk Ski Centre

UK

info@suffolkskicentre.co.uk

+44 (0) 1473 602347

www.suffolkskicentre.co.uk

Learn to ski or snowboard in Suffolk. Courses also available for those wishing to improve their existing skills.

Sussex Polo Club

UK

info@sussexpolo.co.uk

+44 (0) 1342 714 920

www.sussexpolo.co.uk

Sussex Polo is a professional and welcoming club, popular with players, sponsors and spectators. Ideal for players wanting high standards of low goal polo or to learn to play in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere all year round.

Swinton Park Cookery School

UK

cookeryschool@swintonpark.com

+44 (0) 1765 680900

www.swintonpark.com

Overlooking the exquisite parkland of Swinton Park, the school offers two-day, one-day and half-day classes in a range of themes from Game to Foraging courses.

TEFL course at The London School of English

UK

+44 (0)20 7605 4142

www.londonschool.com/courses/london/tefl-tesol

TEFL course in London to give you qualifications to become an English Teacher. 4 weeks, qualified team and workshop on finding a teaching job.

TESOL Direct

UK

info@tesol-direct.com

+44 (0) 121 449 2221

www.tesol-direct.com

Professionally-designed TESOL courses offered accredited by ACTDEC. Experienced tutors provide comprehensive feedback and helpful support. Free grammar guide and teaching resource book.

The Avenue Cookery School

UK

info@theavenuecookeryschool.com

+44 (0)7958 171 787

www.theavenuecookeryschool.com

Offer one and two week courses aimed specifically at gap-year students, chalet assistants and undergraduates.

The Bertinet Kitchen

UK

info@thebertinetkitchen.com

+44 (0) 1225 445531

www.thebertinetkitchen.com

The Bertinet Kitchen offers a range of relaxed and fun courses for food lovers of all abilities and specialist baking and bread-making courses for amateurs and professionals alike.

The Cook Academy (Hampshire)

UK

kate@cookacademy.co.uk

01252 793648

www.cookacademy.co.uk

The Cook Academy offers cookery tuition and experiences for all ages, abilities and occasions.

The DJ Academy Organisation

UK

andyking221@btinternet.com

07980 915424

www.djacademy.org.uk

Offer an eight-week part time DJ course (in various cities in the UK), private tuition, one day superskills course, the ultimate mobile DJ course and the superclub experience.

The EOS Training Academy

UK

info@eostrainingacademy.co.uk

+44 (0)1869 3317412

www.eostrainingacademy.co.uk

Experience Seminars hosts a range of workshops throughout the UK, which are designed to provide a fast track way of learning photography and digital imaging techniques.

The Fashion Retail Academy

UK

info@fra.ac.uk

+44 (0)300 247 4000

www.fashionretailacademy.ac.uk

Short courses available in visual merchandising, styling, PR, buying and range planning there are also tailor-made courses for those wishing to run their own retail business.

The Heatherley School of Fine Art

UK

info@heatherleys.org

+44 (0) 20 7351 4190

www.heatherleys.org

The Heatherley School of Fine Art offers both vocational and part-time courses to students aged 18+, focusing on portraiture, figurative painting, sculpture and printmaking.

The Japan Foundation - London Language Centre

UK

info.language@jpf.org.uk

+44 (0)20 3102 5021

www.jpf.org.uk/language

The Japan Foundation London Language Centre provides courses in Japanese. Also has regular newsletter and resource library.

The Open College of Equine Studies

UK

info@equinestudies.co.uk

+44 (0)1284 811 401

www.equinestudies.co.uk

The college offers a series of short courses available in horse and pony care, behaviour, training, physiology and breeding as well as stable and business management courses.

The Orchards School of Cookery

UK

isabel@orchardscookery.co.uk

01789 490 259

www.orchardscookery.co.uk

Orchards Cookery specialises in training and recruiting Chalet Cooks and also runs Off to University courses, Designer Dinner party courses, Corporate Days and One and Two Day cookery courses.

The Oxford School of Drama

UK

info@oxforddrama.ac.uk

+44 (0) 1993 812883

www.oxforddrama.ac.uk

The Oxford School of Drama runs a six-month Foundation Course, including acting, voice, movement, music and stage fighting. Registered Charity No. 1072770.

The Photography Institute

UK

info@thephotographyinstitute.co.uk

www.thephotographyinstitute.co.uk

The Institute provides an online diploma course in photography, with contributions from leading photographers.

The Photography School

UK

info@thephotographyschool.co.uk

+44 (0)1580 201180

www.thephotographyschool.co.uk

Try your hand at photography with intensive photography courses for beginners and professionals alike at The Photography School.

The Prince's Drawing School

UK

admin@princesdrawingschool.org

+44 (0) 20 7613 8568

www.princesdrawingschool.org

The Prince's Drawing School is an educational charity (No. 1101538) dedicated to teaching drawing from observation. Daytime, evening and summer school courses are run for artists and the general public.

The Recording Workshop

UK

recordingworks@btconnect.com

+44 (0) 20 896 88 222

www.recordwk.dircon.co.uk

The Recording Workshop offer part time and full time courses on all aspects of music production, sound engineering and music technology.

The Royal Photographic Society

UK

reception@rps.org

+44 (0) 1225 325 733

www.rps.org/learning

The RPS holds various photography workshops for human, landscape and floral photography, printing and development and digital manipulation software.

The School of Artisan Food

UK

info@schoolofartisanfood.org

01909 532171

www.schoolofartisanfood.org

Based in the heart of Sherwood Forest, The School of Artisan Food teaches all aspects of artisan food production including baking and patisserie, butchery and charcuterie, cheese making, brewing, preserves, ice cream and chocolate making for people of all skill levels to. Offers a wide range of short courses, and a one year Advanced Diploma.

The Session School

UK

info@thesessionschool.com

+44 (0)20 7998 7353

www.thesessionschool.com

Independent make-up school for professional make-up courses, workshops and masterclasses for all levels and abilities, with tuition by make-up experts.

The Talland School of Equitation

UK

office@talland.net

01285 740 155

www.talland.net

World renowned BHS and ABRS approved equestrian centre offering top class training for professional qualifications. Variety of courses including competition training on quality horses.

The Trained Eye

UK

info@thetrainedeye.co.uk

+44 (0)1494 353637

www.thetrainedeye.co.uk

Offer creative courses in wedding and portrait photography, for amateurs or advanced photographers to improve their skills.

The Vegetarian Society Cookery School

UK

cookery@vegsoc.org

0161 925 2000

www.vegsoccookeryschool.org

The Vegetarian Society Cookery School is the world's premier vegetarian cookery school. We teach both the general public and professionals the many aspects of vegetarian cuisine through workshops held at our venues in Altrincham & London. Our courses are open to everyone, whether vegetarian or not.

Tollymore Mountain Centre

UK

livetheadventure@tollymore.com

+44 (0)28 4372 2158

www.tollymore.com

Tollymore have a range of courses designed to suit your own skills and experience. Their courses include rambling, mountaineering, climbing, canoeing and first aid.

UK Parachuting

UK

jump@ukparachuting.co.uk

07769 721036

www.ukparachuting.co.uk

AFF courses available. Also tandem skydiving and Accelerated Free Fall tuition slots available every day.

UKSA (United Kingdom Sailing Academy)

UK

info@uksa.org

+44 (0)1983 294941

www.uksa.org

Entry level training for work crewing on superyachts, employment in the yachting industry, or train to become a watersports instructor. Spend a few weeks at UKSA and be ready for the working season. Funding options. Travel the world!

University College London - Institute of Archaeology

UK

ioa-ugadmissions@ucl.ac.uk

+44 (0) 207 679 7495

www.ucl.ac.uk/archaeology/

UCL offers a range of short courses in archaeology many of which are open to members of the public.

University College London - Slade School of Fine Art

UK

slade.enquiries@ucl.ac.uk

+44 (0) 20 7679 2313

www.ucl.ac.uk/slade

The Slade offers various qualifications in Fine Art, in addition to evening, Saturday and Easter courses and summer school.

University of Bristol - Department of Archaeology & Anthropology

UK

sart-ugadmin@bristol.ac.uk

+44 (0)117 954 6050

www.bristol.ac.uk/archanth

A variety of short courses offered, including: anthropology, archaeology, egyptology, history, Latin, Minoan, Roman and techniques. They also have a one week intensive 'get started in archaeology' course.

University of the Arts London - Camberwell College of Arts

UK

info@camberwell.arts.ac.uk

+44 (0) 20 7514 6302

www.camberwell.arts.ac.uk

The college offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Design and Fine Art, including Book Arts, Conservation, Designer-Maker, Fine Art Digital, Illustration and Printmaking.

University of the Arts London - Central Saint Martins

UK

info@csm.arts.ac.uk

+44 (0)20 7514 7000

www.csm.arts.ac.uk

The college offers foundation, undergraduate, postgraduate and short courses in Acting, Directing, Graphic Design, Animation, Textile Design, Fashion, Ceramic Design, Architecture, Fine Art and more.

University of the Arts London - Chelsea College of Arts

UK

info@chelsea.arts.ac.uk

+44 (0) 20 7514 7751

www.chelsea.arts.ac.uk

The college offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Fine Art, Graphic Design Communication, Textile Design, Interior and Spatial Design and Curating and Collections.

University of the Arts London - London College of Fashion

UK

shortcourses@fashion.arts.ac.uk

+44 (0) 20 7514 7566

www.fashion.arts.ac.uk

Short courses available in pattern cutting, principles of styling techniques, film and TV make up, childrenswear and maternitywear, retro fashion design and how to recycle your second hand clothes.

University of the Arts London - Wimbledon College of Arts

UK

info@wimbledon.arts.ac.uk

+44 (0) 20 7514 9641

www.wimbledon.arts.ac.uk

The college offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Fine Art, Theatre and Screen, Drawing, Digital Theatre, Painting and Theatre Design.

Vertical Descents Ltd

UK

cornwall@verticaldescents.com

07891 264342

www.verticaldescents.com

Vertical Descents offer a variety of water and land sports - from surfing, body boarding and white water rafting to climbing & abseiling, go-karting and paintball - plus many more, including extreme sports. Perfect for school trips and corporate and school outings.

Warwickshire College - Moreton Morrell

UK

info@warkscol.ac.uk

0300 45 600 47

www.warkscol.ac.uk

The college spans 750 acres of countryside, offering agriculture and equine studies. Courses range from brickwork, carpentry and joinery to forestry, tree management and arboriculture, with floristry and flower arranging also available. Courses also include animal welfare and vet nursing in addition to equine and farriery.

Webbe's Cookery School

UK

+44 (0)1797 222226

www.webbesrestaurants.co.uk

Respected five-day, complete, hands-on, intensive, cutting edge foundation cooking certificate course for healthy eating and cooking for friends on a budget at university and beyond.

Wellington Riding

UK

info@wellington-riding.co.uk

+44 (0) 118 932 6308

www.wellington-riding.co.uk

A riding school and livery yard set in 300 acres of the Hampshire countryside. Wellington Riding offers junior courses for children and adult tailor-made courses to enhance riding and horse care at any level.

Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design

UK

course-enquiries@westminster.ac.uk

+44 (0)20 7911 5000

www.westminster.ac.uk

Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design provides courses in Art and Design, Fashion, Television, Film and Moving Image, Journalism and Mass Communication, Music and Photography.

White Pepper Cookery School

UK

info@white-pepper.co.uk

+44 (0)1202 280050

www.white-pepper.co.uk

With informative and engaging cooking classes, White Pepper offers classes in a variety of cuisines including Japanese, Italian, Thai as well as courses in Foraging, French Patisserie and more.

Year Out Drama

UK

yearoutdrama@stratford.ac.uk

01789 266 245

www.yearoutdrama.co.uk

Full-time practical drama course with a unique Company feel; work with theatre professionals to develop a wide range of skills; perform in a variety of productions; write and direct your own work; benefit from close contact with the RSC.

Yorkshire Wolds Cookery School

UK

info@yorkshirewoldscookeryschool.co.uk

+44 (0)1377 270607

yorkshirewoldscookeryschool.co.uk

Situated in the picturesque Yorkshire countryside, the school offers Gold Residential Duke of Edinburgh courses as well as "Student Gap Year Survival Skills".