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What career opportunities can this lead to?

Students can progress to our experienced workshops which suit those familiar with pottery and allow the opportunity to develop your work as you wish.

What are the entry requirements?

There are no formal entry requirements for the Beginners course.

What does this programme involve?

Our Pottery Workshops for Beginners are basic courses suitable for those with little or no experience of working with clay. You will learn hand building techniques and how to use the potter's wheel. There are 5 wheels (4 electric and 1 kick-wheel) which students will use when required. Other work will be completed on the worktops of the studio.

Glazing and decorative techniques will also be taught.

Students will be making ceramic items that can be used in the home and garden.

A College Certificate may be awarded.

How is the programme taught and assessed?

All students will complete practical work. There will be some tutor demonstrations and individual tuition.

What else do I need to know?

We run courses for absolute beginners and students with some experience. Please check the course details and enrol on the most suitable one for you.

Please wear clothing and shoes appropriate for a craft environment.

Students will be responsible for the purchase of materials (particularly the clay) relevant to the course.

Dates for the diary

Our part-time open event is held every June. For specific dates and times please see the events section of our website or telephone 023 8091 1270.

How do I apply?

Apply by clicking on the APPLY NOW link on this page. Alternatively, you can apply by completing an application form through our Adult and Community Learning team by telephone 023 8091 1270 or via email at

*Fees will apply if you are over 18. You may be eligible for fee support or a loan. To find out an accurate cost, based on your individual circumstances, please contact our Adult and Community Learning team.

Course Code


Session Venue Starts Days Time Weeks Fees* 24+ Fees*
G66A Thornden School 27/9/2017 Weds 18:45 – 20:45 11 £172.00 £172.00 Apply now
G4B Thornden School 17/1/2018 Weds 18:45 – 20:45 10 £157.00 £157.00

* Please note that although this tool looks to give customers the best indication of course costs, a final cost can only be confirmed once all submitted information is verified by our information, advice and guidance team.

Need any further advice?

If you require further advice and guidance about any course costs and/or the funding options available to you, the College has a dedicated Adult and Community Learning team who can be contacted on telephone 023 8091 1270.

The Equality Act

The College wishes to ensure that it complies with the requirements of the Equality Act 2010. If you are a disabled person, please ensure that we know what you need so that we can make all reasonable adjustments to help you succeed.

Please note all courses descriptions may be subject to change.

Course Notice

Unfortunately this course is now full. Please select another date, if available, or click here to submit an enquiry. By doing so our admissions team can contact you if a place becomes available.