Small group of Social Work students in a university classroom

Short courses and CPD

We offer a range of short courses, from certified training for health and social care professionals, to craft and hobby courses, and accredited programmes that support technical skills. Disover the benefits of studying with ARU.

You're interested in:

Clear all filters

Allotment Keeping

CPD and short courses

Study in:
Writtle
Available as:
Short course
Course features
Get advice on managing an allotment or larger garden, and growing a range of fruit, vegetables and herbs, with our one-day course at Writtle College.

Brickwork in the Garden

CPD and short courses

Study in:
Writtle
Available as:
Short course
Course features
Gain valuable skills in basic bricklaying techniques. This practical. one-day course covers topics including setting out and constructing a simple corner, and laying bricks in a line.
Study in:
Writtle
Available as:
Short course
Course features
During this four-hour course you will gain an understanding of the correct procedures and safe working practices for using a chainsaw and manual log splitting at home.

Fencing

CPD and short courses

Study in:
Writtle
Available as:
Short course
Course features
Find out about three current fencing techniques - concrete post and wood panel; close board; post and rail - with our practical, one-day course in Writtle.

Garden Design - An Introduction

CPD and short courses

Study in:
Writtle
Available as:
Short course
Course features
Discover the procedures, processes and principles of garden design and how these are applied in practice via a hypothetical garden site. Our course in Writtle runs one morning per week, over ten weeks.

Garden Design - Intermediate

CPD and short courses

Study in:
Writtle
Available as:
Short course
Course features
Gain an in-depth understanding of garden design processes and procedures, from interpreting briefs to presenting design proposals. Study one morning per week over ten weeks, in Writtle.

General Gardening Day

CPD and short courses

Study in:
Writtle
Available as:
Short course
Course features
Learn how to keep your garden in good order, with advice on composting, weeding, pruning and more. Our one-day course in Writtle is open to all.

Lawn Care - A Generic Guide

CPD and short courses

Study in:
Writtle
Available as:
Short course
Course features
Find out how to care for your turf areas through mowing, fertilisation and more. Our one-day course in Writtle includes a mix of theory-based and practical sessions.

Paving in the Garden

CPD and short courses

Study in:
Writtle
Available as:
Short course
Course features
Learn how to prepare and lay paving with our practical, one-day course in Writtle.

Plant Propagation

CPD and short courses

Study in:
Writtle
Available as:
Short course
Course features
Learn how to propagate vegetables, shrubs, herbaceous plants, house plants and many types of bedding, with our practical one-day course in Writtle.

Professional Turf Care

CPD and short courses

Study in:
Writtle
Available as:
Short course
Course features
Discover how to look after turf surfaces, in varying situations, throughout the year. Our two-day course in Writtle is suitable for beginners and professionals.

Pruning Fruit Trees

CPD and short courses

Study in:
Writtle
Available as:
Short course
Course features
Learn how to keep your fruit trees in good order, with information and instruction on pruning to achieve the desired shape and promote better fruiting. Join our one-day course in Writtle.

Pruning Your Shrubs

CPD and short courses

Study in:
Writtle
Available as:
Short course
Course features
Learn when and how to prune your shrubs and small trees, to keep them under control and looking their best, with our one-day course in Writtle.

Tree and Shrub Identification

CPD and short courses

Study in:
Writtle
Available as:
Short course
Course features
Explore methods of identifying trees and shrubs, in the extensive grounds of Writtle College. Our one-day course focuses on identification from the bark, twigs, buds, seeds and fruit of trees.