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Take an education staycation at RNN Group: Free short courses for adults this summer

29 June 2023

The academic year might almost be over, but learning never ends at RNN Group.

This summer, we will be hosting a summer school for adults with a wide range of short courses and taster sessions taking place throughout July and August.

If you live in Rotherham or North Nottinghamshire and are aged over 19, you don’t have to travel far to have a memorable summer. Rediscover your love of learning, top up your skills, and escape the boredom with a skills-based course taking place right here on your doorstep.

Ranging from three-hour workshops to three-week-long courses, our short summer courses are taught at our three college campuses: Rotherham College, North Notts College and Dearne Valley College.

Not been in education for a while? Don’t sweat it. These short summer courses are relaxed and friendly, with lots of hands-on learning. You’ll be taught by our experienced and approachable staff in an informal setting within the colleges.

And best of all, our short summer courses are completely free for all adults – regardless of your income or current employment status.

So, which course will you sign up for?

Free summer courses at Dearne Valley College

To sign up for one of the below courses at Dearne Valley College, please call 01709 513355 or email

Get to Grips with Microsoft Excel

Duration: 1 day

Computers for the Terrified

Duration: 1 day

When: Wednesday 9th August 2023 10am-3pm

Do you currently only use a computer to browse the internet? Learn how to use the most common Microsoft applications such as Windows, Word, Excel and PowerPoint to aid your employment.

DIY Multi-Skills

Duration: 4 days (across one week Mon-Thurs)

When: Monday 31st July-Thursday 3rd August, Monday 7-Thursday 10th August, or Monday 14-Thursday 17th August 2023

Morning sessions: 9am-12pm

Afternoon sessions: 1.30pm-3.30pm (women only)

Brush up your basic DIY skills in joinery, plastering, bricklaying and tiling. Learn how to repair or reskim plaster, hang a door, fit skirting boards, and tile your bathroom with hands-on practical activities.

Free summer courses at Rotherham College

To sign up for one of the below courses at Rotherham College, please call 01709 362111 or email

Garment Making

Duration: 1 day

When: Thursdays 6th, 13th, 20th, & 27th July 2023

Designed to equip you with skills needed to create clothing garments at home. Learn how to read and understand pattern instructions, how to take body measurements, calculate fabric requirements, and construct your garment.

Social Media for Business

Duration: 4 days (2 days a week for 2 weeks)

When: Tuesday and Wednesdays 8-9th & 15-16th August 2023

Understand which social media platforms are right for your brand and business and how to engage with audiences. Think about a social media strategy and how it can help grow your business.

Basic IT Skills

Duration: 6 days (3 days a week for 2 weeks)

When: Tuesday to Thursday 8-10th & 15-17th August 2023

Build your confidence and learn the basics of using a Windows computer and its everyday features such as logging in, toolbars and apps, creating and storing documents, printing, and using the internet.

Business Start Up

Duration: 6 days (2 days a week for 3 weeks)

When: Tuesdays and Wednesdays 18-19th & 25-26th July and 2-3rd August 2023

Have an idea for a business but don’t know how to get it off the ground? Learn more about things like finances, branding and marketing, legal requirements, and having an online presence.

Introduction to Mobile Technology

Duration: 6 days (2 days a week for 3 weeks)

Free summer courses at North Notts College

*All at Worksop Campus unless otherwise stated

To sign up for one of the below courses at North Notts College, please call 01909 504500 or email

Level 1 Award in Nail Art

Basic Skincare and Makeup Application

Duration: 1 day

When: Thursday 20th July 2023 10am -12pm

Where: Retford Campus

Stuck in a make-up rut? Learn some new skills and techniques using your own make-up to create day and evening looks that suit your face shape and skin tone.

Introduction to Barbering and Drying Techniques

Duration: 1 day

When: 11th, 18th, 25th & 27th July and 8th & 10th August 2023 10am-2pm

Could you cut it as a barber? Learn basic barbering techniques to help you decide if you want to pursue a new career, or simply learn how to cut your children’s hair at home.

Face Painting

Duration: 1 day

When: Thursday 10th August 2023 10am – 12pm

Where: Retford Campus

A fun introduction to basic face painting skills. Bring along your child and turn them into a tiger.

Multi-Sports Holiday Club Activity Coaching

Duration: 1 day

When: Thursday 27th July and Tuesday 8th August 2023 9am-3pm

Where: Retford Campus

Have some fun and try out your skills in a variety of sports such as football, netball and much more.

Award in Mental Health Awareness

Duration: 1 day

When: Thursday 27th July 2023 9am-3pm

Develop the skills needed to understand and support people experiencing a range of mental health problems. Ideal for people working in or considering a career in health or social care.

DIY Skills Taster Sessions

Duration: 1 day (3 hours)

When: 25-27th July and 8-10th August 2023

  • Introduction to DIY Tiling
  • Introduction to DIY Electrical Work
  • Introduction to DIY Woodwork
  • Introduction to DIY Plumbing

Fix up your DIY skills with these hand-on practical workshops. Great to people looking to be more handy around the home or tradespeople interested in extending their skills in other areas.

Want to study further?

Our new summer courses means that RNN Group operates right throughout the year, rather than just term time. These taster sessions will hopefully whet your appetite to explore what other courses you could sign up to in the future.

As well as welcoming school leavers, our three colleges and dedicated University Centre Rotherham have a fantastic range of adult learning options for students aged 19 or above.

These include access to higher education courses, degrees, free distance learning courses, and part-time professional courses. Find out more about what options adult learners have at RNN Group here.

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