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Make your summer count with RNN’s summer school for adults

5 July 2024

School’s out for summer. But not at the RNN Group.

Our popular adults’ summer school is back for 2024 with lots of fun, creative and free academic taster sessions for adults of all ages.

Because why should only kids get to have all the fun? Secure your spot on one of our short courses and rediscover your love of learning.

The short courses take place throughout July and August while the college students are on summer break, increasing our offer to 50 weeks of the year rather than just term time.

Top up your skills with lots of hands-on learning in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Our campuses are at Rotherham College, North Notts College and Dearne Valley College, with the summer school courses run by our experienced and approachable staff.

Some are just for a couple of hours, while others are a few days long.

Best of all, they’re completely free to all adults over 19 – regardless of your income or current employment status.

Here are just some of the options you can sign up for:

Rotherham College summer school

Whether you’d like to enhance your computer skills, brush up on your makeup skills or have a go at garment making, click below to see a range of short courses you can take at our town centre campus.

Summer Courses at Rotherham College

Basic Digital Skills
Monday and Tuesday mornings in July 9.30am – 12.30pm

Business Start Up
Monday and Tuesday afternoons in July 1.30pm – 4.30pm

Handbell/Chime Ringing
Friday 12th July 10am – 12pm

Tuesday 16th July 9.30am – 12pm or 12.30pm – 3pm

Indian Cookery
Monday 15th July 9.30am – 1.30pm

Introduction to Special FX Makeup
25th July or 7th August 10am – 1pm

Introduction to Photography
Monday 29th and Tuesday 30th July 9am – 4pm

Introduction to Professional Makeup Application
1st, 8th or 15th August 10am – 1pm

Introduction to Hairstyling
2nd, 8th or 13th August 10am – 1pm (children welcome as models)

Garment Making
Tuesday 6th August 9.30am – 2.30pm

Bag Making
Wednesday 7th August 9.30am – 2.30pm

BSL/Deaf Awareness
Thursdays in August from 8th (four week course) 9.30am – 11.30am

For more information or to book your place, call 01709 362111 or email

North Notts College summer school

This summer, our Worksop campus is running some short taster sessions that are helpful for adults working in a range of industries. Brush up on your digital skills and learn more about computer programming and creating 3D models. If you work in health and social care, improve your knowledge around mental health awareness and end of life care.

Work in education or looking to become a TA, nurser worker or childminder? Our quick National Curriculum session looks at how everyday play and exploration spark a child’s interest in communication, maths, science, and the world around them.

Click below to see the list of courses on offer:

Summer Courses at North Notts College

Mental Health Awareness
Monday 8th July 9am – 3pm

Understanding Employment, Business and Enterprise
Monday 8th, Wednesday 10th and Friday 12th July 9am – 3pm

Computer Programming
Tuesday 9th or Monday 22nd July 1pm – 2pm

Functional Fitness in Protective Services
Tuesday 9th July 10am – 12pm

Conflict Management in Protective Services
Thursday 11th July 10am – 12pm

Health Screening
Thursday 15th August 10am – 12pm

Urban, Land, Map and Navigation
Friday 12th July 10am – 12pm

Understanding the Importance of a Balanced Diet and Regular Exercise
Monday 5th August 9am – 3pm

For more information or to book a place, call 01909 504500 or email

Dearne Valley College summer school

Always wanted to learn how to properly decorate a cake? Would love to know how to knit? Now’s your chance to get started with these day-long courses at our Dearne Valley Campus. Click below to see the courses we have on offer.

We’re also running some four-day long camps each week in the holidays, with different activities each day designed to develop skills through digital technology, physical activities, team building and command tasks.

Summer Courses at Dearne Valley College

Sugar Craft/Cake Decorating
Monday 15th July 9.30am – 12pm

Family History Research
Monday 15th July 1pm – 4pm

Learn to Knit
Friday 12th or 19th July 9.30am – 12.30pm

Four day summer camps
Weekly from Monday 8th July 10am – 2pm includes Esport skills, team building challenges, healthy eating and cookery, team sports, low ropes and fitness sessions.

For more information or to book a place, call 01709 513355 or email

Want to study further?

These summer courses 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 dedicated Higher Education site, University Centre Rotherham, has 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.

There is still plenty of time to apply for full or part-time courses starting in September. Find out more at

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