Feeling productive? Here are 7 part-time courses and evening classes to try in Birmingham

Thinking of taking up a new hobby, learning a new language or improving your career prospects? Here are some convenient classes in and around Birmingham to help you get inspired to take that first step!

1 Creative writing

If you’ve got a way with words then this course is designed to kick-start your creative writing journey. You’ll be taught helpful writing techniques while examining the work of published authors. Students will also have the opportunity to share their own work and receive feedback.

The course begins on 9th September 2019 and takes place every Monday from 6pm-8pm.


Midlands Arts Centre, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, B12 9QH

2 Take up a musical instrument

Centrally located in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham Musical School offers classes in guitar, drums, piano/keyboard, and even singing too.

Classes are open to all abilities and anyone over the age of nine. You can also opt to take regular graded exams to really put your musical skills to the test.


69 Vyse street, Branston Court, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham. B18 6BA, 0121 439 5488

3 British Sign Language

With more than 10 million people in the UK with some form of hearing loss, there’s no doubt that British Sign Language is a great skill to have. It can help you communicate with friends or family who are deaf or suffering from hearing loss, in addition to improving your career prospects. The course also aims to improve awareness and understanding of the Deaf culture.


Brasshouse Languages, Library of Birmingham, 1st Floor, Centenary Square, Birmingham B1 2ND,  0121 303 0114

4 Floristry

Spruce up your home by taking a Floristry course at BMet College. You’ll learn a range of techniques and design principles to create small wedding pieces and table arrangements, as well as gaining a basic understanding of working in a floristry industry environment.

The next course takes place on 11th September 2019 at Birmingham Botanical Gardens.


5 Calligraphy

Whether you’d love to impress with a newly formed beautiful handwriting style, or even pursue a career and become self-employed in the Craft and Design industry – whatever you’d like to get out of it, Solihull College & University Centre offer weekly classes every Monday morning from 16th September 2019 to help get you started.


Solihull College, Blossomfield Campus, Solihull B91 1SB, 0121 678 7000

6 Pottery

Sundragon Pottery offers a variety of membership options and courses for experienced and aspiring potters of all ages and abilities.

The club came together after seven potteries closed down in the city due to funding cuts, resulting in the staff from each club coming together to create the Sundragon Pottery.

If you’ve always wanted to try recreating the iconic scene from the movie ‘Ghost’, or fancy making some nice pieces for your home, this is your opportunity to become a talented potter!

Sundgradon Pottery also offers one-on-one tutoring and pottery parties, should you be stuck for ideas for your next birthday!


506 Moseley Rd, Birmingham B12 9AH, 07590 402633.

7 Languages

Learning a new language opens many employment opportunities and is also a useful skill for travelling.

Learn Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese or Spanish at the University of Birmingham.

The courses are of 20 weeks’ duration: 10 weeks in the autumn term, and 10 weeks in the spring term, starting on 7th October 2019.