Specialist Learning


We offer a range of non-accredited courses to help learners with learning difficulties or disabilities develop:

  • skills for independent living
  • skills for employment
  • skills to improve confidence and communication
  • English and maths skills

Classes are held at the Poverest Centre in Orpington.

Courses on offer include:

Art and Craft, Cookery, Dance and Drama, Gardening, Film Studies, Basic Computing, Healthy Lifestyle, Photography, English, Maths, Speaking with Confidence, Animal Care, Music

Courses are termly:

Term 1 – September-December 2019

Term 2 – January-March 2020

Term 3 – April-July 2020

If you are new to the college and are interested in joining any of these courses you will need to come for an initial discussion.

For further details and to book an assessment/interview, please call 01689 822886

On the interview day please ensure you bring in your passport/birth certificate, plus any relevant health care documentation.

Easter School

Short courses and workshops during the week 20th to 24th April 2020. For further information, contact the Poverest centre on 01689 822886

Painting and Drawing - 2 days 

On this course you will learn about the artist Georgia O’Keeffe and her style of art. We will do some fun drawing exercises before spending a longer time on a large painting inspired by Georgia O’Keefe’s work.  We shall look at colours and colour mixing and work from real flowers. You will be able to make some cards from smaller prints of your painting.

Make your own herb garden - 2 days

Prepare, sand, paint small crate and stencil. Line the crate and plant herbs of own choice.  Also make a small notebook with photos and information about herbs

Dancing through history to the present day - 1 day 

Practice different dance styles , linking to Zumba and how dancing it is a good way to keep fit, linking to well being.

Drama workshop - 2 days

From page to stage, with a short performance at the end of day 2

Cook and Bake - 3 days 

Learners will prepare and eat lunch and bake in the afternoon to take home.

London Visit - 2 days Wednesday & Friday

On Wednesday Learners will produce maps and details of free places to go that they can refer to in the future. On Friday Learners will take a trip out to a local historical landmark, making use of the materials produced on the Wednesday.

Introduction to Photography - 1 day

Develop basic photography skills and learn how to operate parts of the camera to take photos. Download your favourite photos to the computer and print them to take home.

The Internet and Microsoft Word - 1 day

Develop basic computer skills through surfing the internet for information about your favourite musician/pop star/group/actor or actress. Create a Microsoft Word document to take home using the information you have found out about your chosen person, and learn Microsoft Word skills Word Art, enter text,change text size, style and copy and paste.