Ukulele Group - Improvers & Intermediates Print this page

Dates: 25/09/18 - 04/12/18
Days: Tuesday 20:00 - 21:00
Sessions: 10
Centre: Wallington - Wallington
Course Code: W23021C09JV
Fees: Standard - £80.00
Concessionary - £80.00

Course Information

What are the overall aims of the course?

The course aims to build on your previous playing experience, adding more chords and developing more complicated strumming patterns and finger patterns.
Good technique is applied to build speed and melodies and riffs are taught with TAB.
You will aim to develop your repertoire of songs while improving your technique and you will also continue to gain the enjoyable experience of playing in a group.

What will I learn on the course?

You will learn to:

Further develop your playing of the ukulele using a variety of styles, including strumming and picking.
Recognise and replicate different rhythm and strum patterns from basic to more complicated.
Further develop your fingerpicking to play more complicated patterns at speed
Play TAB with more advanced rhythms and techniques, for example, string bending, slides etc
Further refine your ear to develop your playing and practice.

Your tutor will give you more information about the course at your first session

Are there any entry requirements?

While this course is not suitable for complete beginners, it will contain a mixed level of abilities from those ukulele players with a little experience who are ready to progress on to an improvers course to those players with considerable experience who are happy to continue at this level to experience playing as part of a group.

Do I need to attend a course approval interview/assessment before I can join this course?


How will I be taught?

Classroom based (including practical work where applicable)
Extending Learning through VERA (Virtual Education Resources & Activities)

Practical class work, follows initial tutor demonstration, explanation and instruction. General class guidance is given by the tutor with some one-to-one guidance where appropriate while other students practice. There will be elements of small group and whole class practice and students are also strongly encouraged to practice regularly at home to promote and maintain their development.

Song selection is discussed and students are encouraged to put forward ideas and depending on the complexity of the songs, student preference is taken into consideration.

Students also have the opportunity of performing at Sutton College’s spring concerts in front of an audience of other sympathetic students and their family and friends.

How will my progress be checked?

Informal assessment in class
Tutor observation
Continuous informal assessment methods are used by the tutor to monitor students’ progress and involve observation, questions and answers and discussion activities.

Does the course have any features I should be aware of?

To get the most from the course, you need to be able to:
Follow spoken instructions.
Understand the number concepts of rhythms and recognise the differences between different rhythms.
Work and perform individually, in small groups and as a whole class.

What do I need to bring with me to class?

A good quality ukulele – for example Lanakai and Kala (but there are other good brands). Expect to pay upwards of £40 for this. There are four sizes of ukulele: Soprano, Concert, Tenor or Baritone. The Soprano is the most frequently used for beginners but any of these is appropriate apart from the Baritone.

Please refer to additional information sheet for more detailed advice on purchasing a Ukulele.
You also need to purchase a digital ukulele tuner so that everyone is in tune with each other.

How do I find out if I can get some support for my learning?

Additional Learning Support (ALS) may be made available for learners who, at the time of assessment and/or enrolment, declare a difficulty or disability that may affect their learning. Our service can support learners in English, maths, who are dyslexic, deaf or hearing impaired or who have evidence of other medical issues impacting on learning. Learners can also find information about financial and child care support from the Customer Enquiry Centre or at

All learners are entitled to use our iClick - Computer & Digital Learning Centre. For more information please see or contact

You will be issued with a Sutton College e-mail address, which will give you access to Sutton College’s Virtual Learning Environment, called VERA.

There is free guest Wi-Fi available in the College

Can I receive advice and guidance about further education opportunities and careers?

Yes. To find out more about what may be available to you please contact our Advice Team. See

What can I do after the course has finished?

Continue with this mixed ability improvers & intermediate class to further develop your performance level.
Progress to an alternative/more advanced class with another provider. Please discuss options with the tutor.

What should I do if I have any questions?

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