Course Information: Bridge for Beginners - Term 1

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This course is full.

This course will introduce you to the wonderful social card game of Bridge.

When and Where


From 03 Oct 2019 to 12 Dec 2019
Thu 10:00-12:00
for 10 weeks

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03 Oct 2019
10:00 to 12:00
10 Oct 2019
10:00 to 12:00
17 Oct 2019
10:00 to 12:00
24 Oct 2019
10:00 to 12:00
07 Nov 2019
10:00 to 12:00
14 Nov 2019
10:00 to 12:00
21 Nov 2019
10:00 to 12:00
28 Nov 2019
10:00 to 12:00
05 Dec 2019
10:00 to 12:00
12 Dec 2019
10:00 to 12:00


Stoke Lodge
Stoke Lodge Centre
Shirehampton Road
Stoke Bishop

with Lorna Watson


Fees and concessions information

The full (undiscounted) fee for this course is £138 , the concession rate is £84. Please note that concession rates are subject to proof of eligibility. For more details please see our Terms and conditions


Learn a wonderful social card game! This complete beginners’ course covers basic bidding, card play and scoring with lots of practice play. No prior knowledge or card play experience is needed. Tuition is by an English Bridge Union Professional Teacher.

What can students expect?

Learn how to play Bridge - a card game for four players. The game of Bridge involves both “bidding” and card play. You will learn these aspects gradually in a relaxed, friendly class. This course is for complete beginners with no previous knowledge of the game.

After an explanation of each aspect, you will practise playing to use the theory. Play requires groups of four people so some sharing and turn taking may be necessary for practice play. You will partner another class member for card play. There will be lots of practical tasks and quizzes to help you to learn by working in pairs and small groups. You will be learning a Bridge “system” called Standard English ACOL which is the most popular system played in the UK.

This fascinating game will keep your mind active and provide hours of enjoyment. There is no need to be a maths or memory expert. Bridge is played at many levels and social players enjoy it as much as experts.

This course is for complete beginners. The first year (3 terms) includes these topics:

1. Card play and the principles of Bridge
2. Understanding bridge terms
3. Hand evaluation
4. 1 No Trump opening bid
5. 1 of a suit opening bid
6. Responding to partner’s opening bid
7. Opener’s rebid
8. Responders 2nd bid
9. Opponents bidding (overcalls and doubles)
10. Weak (2 and 3 level) opening bids
11. Strong Opening bids
12. Popular conventions (Blackwood and Stayman)

The first course starts in September. Completion of all three terms is recommended to build up your knowledge of playing and bidding. Term 2 starts in January and Term 3 is from April.

Lorna Watson is a Professional member of the English Bridge Teachers Association. She can be contacted via email at and contact details are also on Lorna Watson’s own website at Please feel free to ask any questions.

Late starters allowed?

Yes - If you have some prior knowledge or can manage to catch up with self study then late start is feasible. Please discuss this with the tutor before joining.

Previous experience required?


What is the progression route?

Progress to next term to continue learning.

Are there any extra costs?

Yes – A recommended book may be purchased during the term. (via tutor)

Work set between sessions?

Optional homework and practice deals (hands) to play

What should students bring?

Pen and paper. Some handouts will be provided

Teaching method/style?

Teaching methods:
• Explanations / presentations
• Discussions
• Problem solving (group work)
• Tasks / quizzes (individually / in pairs / small group / whole class)
• Practise play (with other class members)
• On line materials

Teaching methods and materials approved by English Bridge Education and Development.