Monday, August 3, 1998 Published at 21:39 GMT 22:39 UK
The student santas
"How to grow a beard" will feature as part of the course
It will be one of the more unusual courses on offer next term.
From 8 September, Weston College in Weston-super-Mare will be offering training to budding Santa Clauses.
The course, Father Christmas Training, will run for two hours every Tuesday evening for an eight-week period.
The course prospectus sets out the reasons for the course being set up.
"The traditional role of Father Christmas helps make the season a magical one for children," it says.
"We would like to contribute to this by training people specifically for this role, thus returning to the spirit of yesteryear."
Course fees are £42, and all those signing up for the course must first be vetted by the police.
A spokeswoman for Weston College said: "The course will be run by a professional Father Christmas, who came to us with the idea of Father Christmas training.
"At first there was a lot of laughter, but then we realised what a good idea this was.
"We've already had one inquiry from a man who plays Father Christmas at a large store in Bristol every year."