Welcome to MadLab Courses

MadLab Courses are learning for do-ers. Every one of our courses, whether it’s electronics or coding, writing or making, is powered by the same magic:

World-class tutors

Learn WordPress from the guy who wrote it. Learn Arduino with one of the UK Maker Movement’s leading lights or Games Dev with a Senior Developer from Children’s BBC. How about taxidermy with Margot Magpie - Huffington Post columnist and the coolest red-head in the UK? We’ve searched out inspirational course leaders who’ve not only mastered their subject, but are experienced communicators and facilitators. Our tutors make the complicated simple.

Small groups

You’ll benefit from personal, individual tutorial attention, plus the problem-solving support of a group of peers in a relaxed and supportive environment. You know you’re on a MadLab course when you have your eureka moment helping debug the project of the person sat next door.


Learning at MadLab is a contact sport. You’re a maker: you learn by doing. You’ll leave having mastered new skills that you can put to work straight away. Unfamiliar territory can be daunting for everyone, but you’ll have the confidence that comes from practical achievement with your own hands.

Advanced WordPress with Mike Little (two day course)

Thursday 13 – Friday 14 November 2014
If WordPress is your business, either as a developer, power-user or marketing pro, this is the course for you. Over two days Mike will teach you advanced techniques that will give you a competitive edge. You’ll learn insider tips and tricks for managing sites, both for yourself and your clients. From customising your admin screens to e-commerce via event management, building membership sites, utilising the power of child themes, and picking the perfect production and marketing tools. After completing the course, you’ll be at the cutting edge of WordPress best practice… more info / book now

WordPress for Beginners with Mike Little (two day course)

Thursday 20 – Friday 21 November 2014
If you’ve never had a website or blog, or never been happy with the one you have, start here. Over two days you’ll learn everything you need: planning and setting up a site, publishing content, getting a polished look with themes, adding functionality with plugins, how to make conversations with your readers effortless. The course includes a month’s free hosting for your site so you can practice your skills. After completing the course, you’ll have a website, and you’ll know how to look after it… more info / book now

Short Story Course with Sarah Schofield (six sessions across six months) 

Thursday 20th November and every 3rd Thursday of the month for the following 5 months
Over the course of six workshops, you’ll be introduced to the three predominant narrative structures used by short story writers and learn how to apply them in your own work. Completing set writing tasks – and receiving structured, peer-driven feedback – you’ll develop three stories to completion, and get in-course tutor feedback on at least two of them. You’ll receive tailored advice on how to shape the story and how to improve characterisation, dialogue and narrative voice… more info

Intermediate WordPress with Mike Little (two day course)

Thursday 27 – Friday 28 November 2014
Take your WordPress site to the next level! Over the course of two days you’ll dig deep into theme customisation, learn how to make your site work perfectly on mobile devices, and begin to unleash the full potential of the platform from search engine optimisation (SEO) to security, caching to e-commerce. We’ll supply you with a test site and a month of free hosting which you can use for experimenting if you wish, however, you’re welcome to work on your own site if you’d prefer. At the end of the course, you’ll be confident your site is professional quality and working its hardest for you… more info / book now

Booked for 2015! Email us for more info.

  • Bid writing
  • Game Dev 101 – Level One (Absolute Beginners)
  • Game Dev 101 – Level Two (If you have some coding experience start here)
  • WordPress for Beginners
  • Intermediate WordPress
  • Advanced WordPress
  • Mouse Taxidermy
  • Rat Taxidermy
  • Butterfly Setting and Preservation

Check back soon for more information, or ask us to keep you informed about:

  • Arduino
  • Beginner’s CSS
  • Beginning Coding
  • Indian Cookery
  • Raspberry Pi
  • The Internet of Things
  • Web Design