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Personal development courses

Details of our personal development courses across the county. This includes face-to-face courses in our centres and online learning options.


All of our personal development courses are listed on Eventbrite where you can find more information, book and pay. They include:

  • lip reading and signed communication courses
  • managing stress and anxiety courses
  • step up to GCSE maths and English courses for anyone thinking of starting a GCSE course in autumn 2022

You might also want to take a look at our bright side courses. These are free, friendly courses for anyone experiencing mental health difficulties, or emotional or psychological distress. One in 4 of us go through this at some time in our lives and anxiety disorders are a recognised mental health condition.

If you need help with online booking, please contact either the centre running the course or your local adult education centre.

Courses in Alfreton

Step up to GCSE English

  • Day, date and time: Tuesday 13 September to Tuesday 20 September, 9.30am to 12.30pm
  • Weeks: 2
  • Course fee (fee A / Fee B / Fee C): Free
  • Additional materials fee: No
  • Venue: Alfreton adult community education centre

Courses in Bolsover

Research your family history (taster)

  • Day, date and time: Wednesday 14 September, 6.30pm to 8.30pm
  • Weeks: 1
  • Course fee (fee A / Fee B / Fee C): Free
  • Additional materials fee: No
  • Venue: Bolsover adult community education centre

Find out more and book on a Research your family history (taster) on Wednesday 14 September, 6.30pm to 8.30pm

Research your family history

  • Day, date and time: Wednesday 21 September to Wednesday 19 October, 6.30pm to 8.30pm
  • Weeks: 5
  • Course fee (fee A / Fee B / Fee C): £53/ £47/ £17
  • Additional materials fee: No
  • Venue: Bolsover adult community education centre

Find out more and book on Research your family history on Wednesday 21 September to Wednesday 19 October, 6.30pm to 8.30pm

Research your family history (continuation)

  • Day, date and time: Wednesday 2 November to Wednesday 7 December, 6.30pm to 8.30pm
  • Weeks: 6
  • Course fee (fee A / Fee B / Fee C): £64/ £57/ £20
  • Additional materials fee: No
  • Venue: Bolsover adult community education centre

Find out more and book on Research your family history (continuation) from Wednesday 2 November to Wednesday 7 December, 6.30pm to 8.30pm

Courses in Chesterfield

Step up to GCSE English

  • Day, date and time: Wednesday 14 September to Wednesday 21 September, 9.30am to 12.30pm
  • Weeks: 2
  • Course fee (fee A / Fee B / Fee C): Free
  • Additional materials fee: No
  • Venue: Hunloke adult community education centre

Courses in Clay Cross

Step up to GCSE maths

  • Day, date and time: Tuesday 13 September to Tuesday 20 September, 12.45pm to 2.45pm
  • Weeks: 2
  • Course fee (fee A / Fee B / Fee C): Free
  • Additional materials fee: No
  • Venue: Clay Cross adult community education centre 

Research your family history (taster)

  • Day, date and time: Tuesday 13 September, 6.30pm to 8.30pm
  • Weeks: 1
  • Course fee (fee A / Fee B / Fee C): Free
  • Additional materials fee: No
  • Venue: Clay Cross adult community education centre

Find out more and book on Research your family history (taster) on Tuesday 13 September, 6.30pm to 8.30pm

Research your family history

  • Day, date and time: Tuesday 20 September to Tuesday 18 October, 6.30pm to 8.30pm
  • Weeks: 5
  • Course fee (fee A / Fee B / Fee C): £53/ £47/ £17
  • Additional materials fee: No
  • Venue: Clay Cross adult community education centre

Find out more and book on Research your family history from Tuesday 20 September to Tuesday 18 October, 6.30pm to 8.30pm

Research your family history (continuation)

  • Day, date and time: Tuesday 1 November to Tuesday 6 December, 6.30pm to 8.30pm
  • Weeks: 6
  • Course fee (fee A / Fee B / Fee C): £64/ £57/ £20
  • Additional materials fee: No
  • Venue: Clay Cross adult community education centre

Research your family history (continuation) from Tuesday 1 November to Tuesday 6 December, 6.30pm to 8.30pm

Courses in Glossop

Step up to GCSE maths

  • Day, date and time: Tuesday 13 September to Tuesday 20 September, 9.30am to 12.30pm
  • Weeks: 2
  • Course fee (fee A / Fee B / Fee C): Free
  • Additional materials fee: No
  • Venue: Glossop adult community education centre

Step up to GCSE English

  • Day, date and time: Wednesday 14 September to Wednesday 21 September, 6pm to 9pm
  • Weeks: 2
  • Course fee (fee A / Fee B / Fee C): Free
  • Additional materials fee: No
  • Venue: Glossop adult community education centre

Courses in Long Eaton

Step up to GCSE English

  • Day, date and time: Monday 12 September to Monday 19 September, 12.45pm to 2.45pm
  • Weeks: 2
  • Course fee (fee A / Fee B / Fee C): Free
  • Additional materials fee: No
  • Venue: Glossop adult community education centre

Courses in Matlock

Step up to GCSE maths

  • Day, date and time: Wednesday 14 September to Wednesday 21 September, 9.30am to 12.30pm
  • Weeks: 2
  • Course fee (fee A / Fee B / Fee C): Free
  • Additional materials fee: No
  • Venue: Matlock adult community education centre

Step up to GCSE English

  • Day, date and time: Thursday 15 September to Thursday 22 September, 9.30am to 12.30pm
  • Weeks: 2
  • Course fee (fee A / Fee B / Fee C): Free
  • Additional materials fee: No
  • Venue: Matlock adult community education centre

Courses in Swadlincote

Step up to GCSE English

  • Day, date and time: Thursday 15 September to Thursday 22 September, 6pm to 9pm
  • Weeks: 2
  • Course fee (fee A / Fee B / Fee C): Free
  • Additional materials fee: No
  • Venue: Swadlincote adult community education centre

Online courses

Step up to GCSE maths

  • Day, date and time: Monday 12 September to Monday 19 September, 5.30pm to 8.30pm
  • Weeks: 2
  • Course fee (fee A / Fee B / Fee C): Free
  • Additional materials fee: No
  • Type of online course: Live video lesson

For more details or to book, email making.choices@daces.derbyshire.gov.uk

Step up to GCSE English

  • Day, date and time: Thursday 15 September to Thursday 22 September, 12.30pm to 3.30pm
  • Weeks: 2
  • Course fee (fee A / Fee B / Fee C): Free
  • Additional materials fee: No
  • Type of online course: Live video lesson

For more details or to book email, making.choices@daces.derbyshire.gov.uk

Turning your insecurities into possibilities: developing a plan for the future

  • Day, date and time: Saturday 24 September, 10am to 1.30pm
  • Weeks: 1
  • Course fee (fee A / Fee B / Fee C): Free
  • Additional materials fee: No
  • Type of online course: Live video lesson

Find out more and book on Turning your insecurities into possibilities: developing a plan for the future on Saturday 24 September, 10am to 1.30pm

Easy ways to turbo boost your self esteem

  • Day, date and time: Tuesday 1 November to Tuesday 29 November, 6pm to 8pm Weeks: 1
  • Course fee (fee A / Fee B / Fee C): Free
  • Additional materials fee: No
  • Type of online course: Live video lesson

Find out more and book on Easy ways to turbo boost your self esteem from Tuesday 1 November to Tuesday 29 November, 6pm to 8pm