Sow & Grow – Summer Garden

Course aims

Have you got green fingers? Do you know a weed from a plant?

Join this exciting new course which will teach you all you need to know about sowing and upkeeping a garden or other green space. The course aims to give you a sound basis for garden planning, planting and upkeep. By the end of the course you will know how to sow and propagate plants, how to plan garden borders, care for houseplants, identify plants and weeds and even make a bug hotel or learn to cook from herbs or vegetables you might grow!

Course length

20 guided learning hours over 8 weeks.

Course Costs

Full Cost: £90 | Discount: £45 | Unemployed and on Income Based Benefits: FREE*
*if you have not previously done a Sow & Grow gardening course with us

Who is this course for?

This course is for you if you wish to learn and improve your gardening skills and learn the basics of sowing, growing and upkeeping a garden or other green space as well as to support you with your health & wellbeing and looking for employment in the green sector.

Will I gain any qualifications?

No. You will gain a BAES certificate of attendance.

Do I need any prior knowledge, skills or qualifications?

You don’t need any prior knowledge but an interest in gardening and a wiliness to learn are important.

Course content

By the end of the course learners will:

  • Understand about wellbeing and health and safety in the garden
  • Get it right - Soil PH
  • Learn how to germinate and plant summer containers and borders
  • Learn to compost, mulch and fertilise
  • Get tips on flowering lawns and attracting wildlife
  • Know how to look after rose shrubs
  • Learn how to take care of edibles from pests and harvesting
  • Making your own plant food and bug spray
  • Know how to dead head
  • Deal with garden pests
  • Learn how to carry out Summer pruning and tackling weeds
  • Create a Summer hanging basket
  • Know how to care for houseplants
  • Learn about recipes using grown ingredients & making jam

What could this course lead to?

Opportunity to move onto a more advanced gardening course, including those with the RHS.

How will I learn?

Learning will take place initially in a classroom and outdoor environment. You will also have access to Birmingham Adult Education Services Virtual Learning Environment (VLE - Moodle) which is a secure online tool to support you with your studies. It has been designed to complement teaching and offers a flexible addition to studying with us. Various other tools like Microsoft Teams & Padlet will be used to enhance teaching & learning.

You will be able to access resources, engage in online activities, study independently, and participate in group discussions with your teacher. You will record your own progress and have your work checked regularly throughout the course. Once you are enrolled your teacher will provide you with an enrolment key and show you how to access the resource.

What materials or equipment will I need to provide?

You will need to have access to:

  • Comfortable clothes suitable for outdoors and possibly wet weather
  • Suitable footwear such as waterproof boots
  • Notepad and pen – you will need to take notes during sessions and a folder to store hand-outs and completed exercises

What we require of you as a learner?

  • Regular attendance is essential for you to succeed
  • Work at home will need to be completed punctually and sent to your teacher for marking
  • You will need to ensure that you allow sufficient time for self-study and complete any homework set
  • You will be expected to complete the full course

Support if you are registered unemployed, looking for a job or a better job – Route to Work

As part of your programme of learning, we will support you to develop the skills you need to get a job or a better job, such as CV writing, application forms, interviews and working in a team. Your tutor will discuss your individual learning and development needs to agree with you which of our Route to Work short courses will best suit your needs and enrol you on these modules.

How to enrol

Call: 0121 303 4318 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Sow & Grow – Spring Garden

Course Costs

Full Cost: £90 | Discount: £45 | Unemployed and on Income Based Benefits: FREE*
*if you have not previously done a Sow & Grow gardening course with us

Course aims

This exciting new course which will teach you all you need to know about sowing and upkeeping a garden or other green space. The course aims to give you a sound basis for garden planning, planting and upkeep. By the end of the course you will know how to sow and propagate plants, how to plan garden borders, care for houseplants, identify plants and weeds and even make a bug hotel or learn to cook from herbs or vegetables you might grow!

Course length

20 guided learning hours over 8 weeks.

Who is this course for?

This course is for you if you wish to learn and improve your gardening skills and learn the basics of sowing, growing and upkeeping a garden or other green space as well as to support you with your health & wellbeing and looking for employment in the green sector.

Will I gain any qualifications?

No. You will gain a BAES certificate of attendance.

Do I need any prior knowledge, skills or qualifications?

You don’t need any prior knowledge but an interest in gardening and a wiliness to learn are important.

Course content

By the end of the course learners will:

  • Understand about wellbeing and health and safety in the garden
  • Get it right - Soil PH
  • How to dig and prepare beddings
  • Learn how to plant spring containers and borders
  • Understand the need for crop rotation
  • Sow vegetable and flower seeds & learn about thinning seedlings
  • Drought tolerant vegetables/hot caps and clouches
  • Sticky traps for pest control
  • Edible flowers, climbers & scented plants
  • Spring pruning, dividing perennials and transplant shrubs
  • Create a Spring hanging basket
  • Caring for houseplants
  • Get tips on lawn care
  • Plan summer flower borders

What could this course lead to?

Opportunity to move onto a more advanced gardening course, including those with the RHS.

How will I learn?

Learning will take place initially in a classroom and outdoor environment. You will also have access to Birmingham Adult Education Services Virtual Learning Environment (VLE - Moodle) which is a secure online tool to support you with your studies. It has been designed to complement teaching and offers a flexible addition to studying with us. Various other tools like Microsoft Teams & Padlet will be used to enhance teaching & learning.

You will be able to access resources, engage in online activities, study independently, and participate in group discussions with your teacher. You will record your own progress and have your work checked regularly throughout the course. Once you are enrolled your teacher will provide you with an enrolment key and show you how to access the resource.

What materials or equipment will I need to provide?

You will need to have access to:

  • Comfortable clothes suitable for outdoors and possibly wet weather
  • Suitable footwear such as waterproof boots
  • Notepad and pen – you will need to take notes during sessions and a folder to store hand-outs and completed exercises

What we require of you as a learner?

  • Regular attendance is essential for you to succeed
  • Work at home will need to be completed punctually and sent to your teacher for marking
  • You will need to ensure that you allow sufficient time for self-study and complete any homework set
  • You will be expected to complete the full course

Support if you are registered unemployed, looking for a job or a better job – Route to Work

As part of your programme of learning, we will support you to develop the skills you need to get a job or a better job, such as CV writing, application forms, interviews and working in a team. Your tutor will discuss your individual learning and development needs to agree with you which of our Route to Work short courses will best suit your needs and enrol you on these modules.

How to enrol

Call: 0121 303 4318 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Workskills: Taking part in an interview

Course aims

The route to employment always includes being successful at interview. An interview can be something that fills even the most confident of individuals with fear. By being prepared and knowing what to expect you can greatly increase your chances of getting that job. This unit will introduce you to the key parts of the interview process and give you the skills to improve your chances of success.
In this unit, you will understand your own skills, knowledge and career goals and how these fit in with an organisation. You will prepare for an interview and demonstrate your skills and experience in an interview situation.

Course length

20 guided learning hours at 2 hours per week.

Who is this course for?

BTEC Workskills suite of qualifications have been designed to offer learners a flexible programme of study to improve their understanding and application of employability skills. These qualifications have been developed to ensure that the knowledge, skills and understanding they provide are relevant, current and useful for learners and potential employers. Learners have the opportunity to follow a flexible course and achieve a nationally recognised Entry 3 vocationally-related qualification. On completion of one of these qualifications, learners have the opportunity to progress to related general and/or vocational qualifications, or employment in a particular vocational sector.

Will I gain any qualifications?

Yes - Successful candidates will receive Pearson Workskills E3 Qualification.

Do I need any prior knowledge, skills or qualifications?

No, however you do need a reasonable standard of English to write and communicate.

Course content

To achieve the qualification, you must complete:

  • Identify how to present information at an interview, questions to ask and how to respond to questions positively.
  • Communicate and use appropriate behaviours
  • Appreciate the need for appropriate appearance
  • Respond positively to an interview situation

What could this course lead to?

On completion of these qualifications’ learners may progress into employment or other Workskills unit or be studying this unit as part of a vocational course. 

How will I learn?

  • Learning will take place online from your home using Birmingham Adult Education Services Virtual Learning Environment (VLE - Moodle) which is a secure online tool to support you with your studies. It has been designed to complement teaching and offers a flexible addition to studying with us. Various other tools like Microsoft Teams & Padlet will be used to enhance teaching & learning.
  • You will be able to access resources, engage in online activities, study independently, and participate in group discussions with your teacher. You will record your own progress and have your work checked regularly throughout the course.
  • Once you are enrolled your teacher will provide you with an enrolment key and show you how to access the resource.

What materials or equipment will I need to provide?

You will need to have access at home to:

  • A laptop or a computer which is connected to the internet
  • Microsoft Office 2016 installed on your laptop
  • Notepad and pen – you will need to take notes during the online sessions and a folder to store hand-outs and completed exercises

What we require of you as a learner?

  • Regular attendance is essential for you to succeed
  • Work at home will need to be completed punctually and sent to your tutor for marking
  • You will need to ensure that you allow sufficient time for self-study and complete any homework set
  • You will be expected to complete all end of unit exams and complete the full course

Support if you are registered unemployed, looking for a job or a better job – Route to Work

As part of your programme of learning, we will support you to develop the skills you need to get a job or a better job, such as CV writing, application forms, interviews and working in a team. Your tutor will discuss your individual learning and development needs to agree with you which of our Route to Work short courses will best suit your needs and enrol you on these modules.

Useful website(s)

• For more information about Birmingham Adult Education Service: www.learnbaes.ac.uk
• Pearson qualifications | Edexcel, BTEC, LCCI and EDI | Pearson qualifications

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Workskills courses to help you get that job!

Improve your understanding of the skills needed to gain employment.

These short workskills courses consist of 10 x 2 hour sessions. Learning will take place online via Zoom and you will be asked to complete work in your own time, as well as in the virtual classroom.

Completing a job application form

Selecting and applying for job vacancies that are right for you can be challenging. It is important to select the right job opportunities for your skills and interests and to understand how to present yourself in writing so potential employers select you for interview.

In this free course you will explore suitable job opportunities for your needs and produce documentation to apply for a selected position.

Taking part in an interview

Interview skills are an important aspect of the route to employment. Understanding your own skills, knowledge, and career goals and how these fit in with an organisation is an important part of the planning stage. Being able to communicate and present these abilities to a potential employer, work placement or college at an interview will help you achieve your career goals.

In this free course you will prepare for an interview and how to demonstrate your skills and experience in an interview situation.

Call 0121 303 4318 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book your place onto these free courses.

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Workskills: Completing a job application form

Course aims

To introduce learners to the process of selecting suitable job opportunities and completing appropriate documentation to apply for these opportunities. In this unit you will select and apply for job vacancies that are right for you, your skills and interests and to understand how to present yourself in writing to potential employers for selection for interview.

Course length

20 guided learning hours at 2 hours per week.

Who is this course for?

BTEC Workskills suite of qualifications have been designed to offer learners a flexible programme of study to improve their understanding and application of employability skills. These qualifications have been developed to ensure that the knowledge, skills and understanding they provide are relevant, current and useful for learners and potential employers. Learners have the opportunity to follow a flexible course and achieve a nationally recognised Entry 3 vocationally-related qualification. On completion of one of these qualifications, learners have the opportunity to progress to related general and/or vocational qualifications, or employment in a particular vocational sector.

Will I gain any qualifications?

Yes - successful candidates will receive Pearson Workskills Entry 3 Qualification.

Do I need any prior knowledge, skills or qualifications?

No, however you do need a reasonable standard of English to write and communicate.

Course content

To achieve the qualification, you must complete:

  • Identify own skills and needs for job roles
  • Choose appropriate job roles that are suitable to fulfil needs through effective information handling
  • Produce a document in support of a job application that is appropriately presented

What Could This Course Lead To?

On completion of these qualifications’ learners may progress into employment or other Workskills unit or be studying this unit as part of a vocational course.

How Will I Learn?

  • Learning will take place online from your home using Birmingham Adult Education Services Virtual Learning Environment (VLE - Moodle) which is a secure online tool to support you with your studies.   It has been designed to complement teaching and offers a flexible addition to studying with us. Various other tools like Microsoft Teams & Padlet will be used to enhance teaching & learning.
  • You will be able to access resources, engage in online activities, study independently, and participate in group discussions with your teacher. You will record your own progress and have your work checked regularly throughout the course. You will be assessed by an online test for each of the units.
  • Once you are enrolled your teacher will provide you with an enrolment key and show you how to access the resource.

What materials or equipment will I need to provide?

You will need to have access at home to:

  • A laptop or a computer which is connected to the internet
  • Microsoft Office 2016 installed on your laptop
  • Notepad and pen – you will need to take notes during the online sessions and a folder to store hand-outs and completed exercises

What we require of you as a learner?

  • Regular attendance is essential for you to succeed
  • Work at home will need to be completed punctually and sent to your tutor for marking
  • You will need to ensure that you allow sufficient time for self-study and complete any homework set
  • You will be expected to complete all end of unit exams and complete the full course

Support if you are registered unemployed, looking for a job or a better job – Route to Work

As part of your programme of learning, we will support you to develop the skills you need to get a job or a better job, such as CV writing, application forms, interviews and working in a team.  Your tutor will discuss your individual learning and development needs to agree with you which of our Route to Work short courses will best suit your needs and enrol you on these modules.  

Useful website(s)

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