Confidence Building

Ref: C2341738

Whatever your circumstances, this course will help you to build your confidence when dealing with everyday situations, improve your communications skills and explore ways to make positive changes in your life. Join us to understand and overcome some of the barriers that get in the way of having a confident sense of self, and learn how to deal with your emotions, attitudes to life (and prejudices!) and the impact of interactions that make us feel uncomfortable or lower our self-esteem. You will also learn practical ways to 'manage' some of those situations and tricky conversations and understand how and why things can go wrong (particularly for women) so we can put them right. We will also work to develop plans for positive changes in your everyday life with confidence. This course will make sure you are OK as you become a more confident 'you' and explore how to continue build a thriving (not just surviving) sense of self!

Course aim

This course offers a sound foundation for building confidence by drawing on existing life-skills and experiences, exploring practical ways to deal with problematic everyday situations and learning how best to make positive changes for well-being.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is for women only as it is held in a women's centre

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify and feel more confident about the basic rights you have and find your voice to have opinions about or control eg your work, social or family life
  • Understand what makes some social situations difficult to cope with and how to deal with them.
  • Use your knowledge of how good communication works and recognise your improvement in your inter-personal/interactive skills.
  • Draw on your improved 'self-knowledge', sense of identity and social skills in the roles you play, to deal with everyday life with more confidence
  • Begin to see how best to plan for and manage some of the changes you would like to make in your life.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas will be used to provide resources or to support lessons, enable assessment, provide learner feedback and for other activities for individuals away from the course. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit:
  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress
  • Students will be encouraged to keep a learning-diary and take part in regular discussions about what has been learned and illustrated by collective and individual examples from everyday life experiences.

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • Sometimes students may be asked to bring in materials (eg articles, poems etc) that you have found -or show-and-tell photos, or objects - for discussion and illustration

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • As this is a beginners' course, the class will begin by recognising the many and varied reasons for wanting to learn to build confidence, and then to find common ground and as ideas are grasped and understood, how to learn through shared experience.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Confidence Building


As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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