Ref: C2342088

The best way to achieve a healthy lifestyle is to eat healthily. We look at well loved recipes and decide on how we can reduce the fat, sugar or salt intake. We also try to introduce vegetarian alternatives. Learners can suggest their own favourite meals for us to attempt. Each meal must be planned and shopped for. Every week 2 learners will accompany me to a grocers to purchase the ingredients which helps them gain confidence in real life situations. Once back in the kitchen, everyone learns basic food hygiene principles and prepare the food for cooking. Safety is important so learners learn how to use the cooker and hob and practice knife skills under supervision. Everyone loves the opportunity to make a meal for themselves and friends to enjoy.

Course aim

An interactive, practical course to provide clients with a better understanding of how to shop wisely and cook healthily. We will be using all kinds of kitchen skills to make delicious dinners for the group to enjoy!

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • learn how to shop on a budget for a group.
  • know how to handle kitchen appliances and tools safely.
  • prepare and cook a healthy meal.

How will I be taught?

  • 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

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
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • 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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