Our Curriculum Offer

Types and purpose
of our curriculum offer

Knowsley Family And Community Education (FACE) is Knowsley Council’s Adult and Community Education Service, and we provide a friendly service where adults can learn in supportive environments.

We offer affordable and accessible adult education courses throughout the Borough and want all learners to fulfil their learning potential.

We deliver a mix of remote learning classes and some classroom-based classes in a range of venues across Knowsley when possible.

Our classroom based accredited learning and our community learning courses are grouped in to Curriculum Clusters.  These clusters are described below:

Classroom Based Accredited Learning (CBL)

The purpose of this provision is to enhance skills and increase employability.

Community Learning (CL)

The purpose of this provision is to engage individuals for personal development and enjoyment.  It is learning to build skills, knowledge and understanding.

Community Learning Mental Health (CLMH)

The purpose of this provision is to develop individuals through learning in order to improve mental health, resilience and wellness.

Family Learning (FL)

The purpose of this provision is to support families by promoting and developing family learning, positive parenting and increasing parental engagement.

High Needs Learning (HNL)

The purpose of this provision is to prepare young people with high needs for adult life in the local community and ultimately develop their independence.  This provision is known as Flourish FE.

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Health Related Skills for Life and Work

Our Health Related Skills for Life and Work provision is highly responsive to local and regional demand. Provision is flexible and on-demand courses can be negotiated.

All courses provide excellent opportunities for learner promotion at work, progression onto further learning and/or into employment.

For all courses in this cluster email Jackie Croft: jacqueline.croft@knowsley.gov.uk

Courses Include

  • The Level 2 Certificate in Awareness of Mental Health Problems continues to support the Government’s ‘No Health Without Mental Health’ strategy and also increases local awareness of mental health conditions.
  • The service also delivers Mental Health First Aid sessions that can lead to a Level 2 qualification.Counselling courses are delivered which can lead to employment in areas of counselling such as: bereavement, drug and alcohol abuse and mental health.
  • To enhance employability opportunities, the service provides a 4 hour Level 2 qualification in Basic Life Support for Adults and Children.
  • We offer a Level 2 course in Raising Awareness of Domestic Abuse for those who are actively working in this field.
  • We also offer accredited courses in Autism, Understanding Learning Disabilities & Disabilities and Well-Being courses to support those wishing to enter employment in these fields.

Essential Skills for Life and Work

English & Maths

Functional Skills – GCSE Level

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English, Maths & Psychology

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Digital Skills

Digital Drop In & Essential Skills


Functional Skills – GCSE Level

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Health & Safety at Work

Level 1 & 2

Supporting Teaching & Learning, Support Work in Schools & Colleges, and Mentoring

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Three courses

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British Sign Language

Level 1 & 2

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Creative Skills for Life and Work

FACE offers a wide range of Creative Craft courses.

The work produced by our Creative Crafts learners is consistently rated as ‘outstanding’ by the awarding body (NCFE).

Most courses provide progression opportunities from non-accredited Community Learning up to accredited Level 2.

For all courses in this cluster contact email Jackie Croft: jacqueline.croft@knowsley.gov.uk

Courses Include

  • Arts and Crafts subjects include: Floristry, Flower Arranging, Cake Decorating, Art, Pottery and Ceramics, Crochet, Jewellery Making and Dressmaking/Sewing.
  • For any budding holistic therapist, FACE offers Holistic Therapies courses such as Aromatherapy, Mixed Therapies and Reiki.
  • To enhance employability opportunities, FACE provides a 1 day Level 2 industry recognised qualification in Food Safety in Catering. This is an extremely valuable qualification for those hoping to enter the catering industry.

Going Places 16-18 Study Programme

Knowsley Family And Community Education works in partnership with approved providers to deliver 16-18 Study Programmes. If you would like further information about opportunities available please email Sandra Feerick: sandra.feerick@knowsley.gov.uk

Study Programmes are individually tailored. The offer includes:

English and Maths for young people who have not yet achieved a GCSE Grade 4 or equivalent.

Work Experience providing young people with an opportunity to develop their career choices and to apply their skills in real working conditions.

Academic, applied or vocational qualifications that stretch young people and prepare them for education at the next level or to employment.

Family Learning

Knowsley FACE offers a range of courses that help parents/carers get more involved in their children’s education and healthy development and give them ideas for learning activities they can do at home.

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Community Learning Mental Health

A service that provides free health and wellbeing courses to residents of the Knowsley area and beyond. Since we started in 2015 we have welcomed over 1000 students through our doors.

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High Needs Learning – Flourish FE

Our overarching aim is the development and progression of your son or daughter, supporting and teaching them to successfully achieve their personal outcomes and aspirations.

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Blended Learning

Since Covid-19 the service has been delivering most of its courses remotely.
The service will continue this way of delivering including more face to face contact.
This will be a Blended Learning approach.

Some people in employment, for those with caring responsibilities or single parents often find it difficult to undertake learning activities on a regular basis, for example, due to non-regular working schedules. Knowsley FACE offers courses that can be delivered using a blended learning model. Blended learning is a way of learning remotely without being in regular face-to-face contact with a teacher in the classroom. Tutorial support is provided via a virtual learning environment (such as Zoom, Teams, Edmodo, Kahoots), by telephone, through email or other electronic means. There will be occasional classroom face-to-face meetings with tutors to monitor learning progress, provide feedback and offer in-class support and guidance.