Adult Community Learning Service

Frequently Asked Questions for this Service

Question: Do you offer any IT courses?

Answer: Yes. We offer a variety of IT courses which range from workshops on using specific applications/programmes to gaining a qualification in IT. For further information on the courses available please visit our website via the link below, or contact a member of the Adult Community Learning team on 01983 817280. - Related Link

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Question: How much will learning cost me?

Answer: Our courses range from being fully funded (free) up to £70 full cost, however, if you are in receipt of certain means tested benefits the fees are offered at a concession rate. You will need to provide evidence of what benefit you receive in order to get the reduced cost. The short tasters which we offer are an affordable way to try out new interests.

A full list of the courses currently running are available on our website via the 'Latest Courses' button. - Related Link

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Question: What type of courses do you offer?

Answer: We offer a wide variety of courses and are always open to suggestions for new ones.

Currently we have available courses such as:

Arts and Crafts
Health, Wellbeing and Leisure
Basic IT skills
IT Qualifications
Maths and English Qualifications
Seasonal Activities
Employability skills

For a full list of what we currently have available please visit our website via the link below or contact a member of the Adult Community Learning Team on 01983 817280. - Related Link

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Question: How do I enrol on an adult learning course?

Answer: You can book a place on a course by calling 01983 817280 or send an e-mail to acl@iow.gov.uk. Enrolment forms are completed at the first session or via an online link. Fees may also be payable.

Details of our current courses are available on our website via the link below. - Related Link

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Question: How can I afford to train or retrain for a new career?

Answer: The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. This service is supported by qualified careers advisers and can offer free online tools such as a skills checker and CV builder. Telephone 0800 100 900 or visit their website via the link below for more information.

You can apply for an Advance Learner Loan from the Government to help with the cost of a course at College or training providers. Further information regarding this is available at www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan/overview


An Apprenticeship provides practical training in a job combined with study. Apprenticeships offer paid employment and are open to adults of all ages. For further information visit https://www.gov.uk/topic/further-education-skills/apprenticeships - Related Link

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Question: Where are your courses held?

Answer: To assist with accessibility we hold our courses at a variety of venues across the entire Island. For further details of what's on where please visit our website below or contact a member of the Adult Community Learning team on 01983 817280. - Related Link

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Question: Who are your courses available to?

Answer: Our courses are available to any adult aged 19 and over who live on the Isle of Wight. - Related Link

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Question: How can I pay for my course?

Answer: Some of the courses we offer are fully funded which means they are free to you! However, for those that do require payments this can be done either on the day via cash (if your course is being held at Westridge card payments are also accepted on the day), or a member of the team can contact you to make a telephone payment by credit or debit card. Payment options are usually confirmed at the time of booking onto the course. - Related Link

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Question: What Workshops or Leisure courses do you currently have available?

Answer: We have a variety of courses available which changes termly. For a full list of what's currently on please click the 'Latest Courses' button below, or contact a member of the Adult Community Learning team on 01983 817280 - Related Link

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Question: Why am I asked for personal information on the enrolment form?

Answer: You will be asked to complete an enrolment form that asks about your personal details. You will be asked for information such as your address, date of birth and ethnic origin. We are not being nosy! The information is used to help plan future courses and is shared with the Education and Skills Funding Agency who subsidise the cost of your course. - Related Link

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Question: I haven’t got an IT qualification which I need for employment, can you help?

Answer: Yes. We offer IT qualifications starting at Entry Level with our Computer for Beginners course, Essential Digital Skills qualification at level 1 or our ITQ qualification, which included word processing, spreadsheets and presentations, is available at a Level 1 Award or Level 2 Certificate.

IT courses leading to a qualification are fully subsidised by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and are therefore free to the learner.

For further information on these courses please visit our website via the link below or contact a member of the Adult Community Learning team on 01983 817280.

Places are limited so booking on the courses is essential. Spaces can be booked via email to acl@iow.gov.uk or by phoning the Adult Community Learning team on 01983 817280.

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Question: Where can I find out about your courses?

Answer: Information on all our courses is available on our website via the link below. Alternatively we also regularly advertise in the local press, Twitter and Facebook or you can telephone a member of the Adult Community Learning team on 01983 817280 who will be happy to discuss our courses with you.

https://facebook.com/IWCACL

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Question: How can I improve my reading and writing skills if I am nervous about doing this in front of a large class?

Answer: Functional Skills classes in English and Maths are delivered across the Island in supportive small groups with a maximum class of about 12. These classes are open to all adults aged 19+ and are fully funded by the Skills Funding Agency. If you would like to improve your English and/or Maths skills please call us on 01983 817280 for further details and course availability. - Related Link

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Question: Do I need to pre-book / reserve a place on your courses?

Answer: As spaces are limited it is essential that you book a place on any course you wish to attend. To do so please contact a member of the Adult Community Learning team on 01983 817280 or email acl@iow.gov.uk - Related Link

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Question: What Adult Community Learning courses are currently available?

Answer: We have a variety of courses available ranging from qualifications in IT, English and Maths to art, craft and leisure courses.

For a full list of our courses please visit our website via the link below, or contact a member of Adult Community Learning team on 01983 817280. - Related Link

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Question: What courses do you offer where I can obtain a qualification?

Answer: We currently offer qualifications in English, Maths and IT. There are various dates available to attend the courses and the length of them also varies.

For further details of the courses available please visit our website via the link below, or contact a member of the Adult Community Learning team on 01983 817280. - Related Link

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Question: Do you offer any fully funded course?

Answer: Yes. Some of our courses are subsidised by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and other various sources which mean we are able to offer them at no cost to the learner. The main types of funded courses currently on offer are English, Maths and IT related. However, all our courses are very reasonably priced and we do also offer a variety of courses at a concessionary rate for those on means tested benefits.

To find out details of the courses available please visit our webpage via the link below, or contact a member of the Adult Community Learning team on 01983 817280.
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Question: I haven't got an English and/or Maths GCSE (or Equivalent) which I need for employment, can you help?

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Yes. Our Functional Skills courses offer qualifications in English and Maths starting at Entry Level 1 and going up to Level 2. You and your tutor will work together to identify the correct level for you and any progression needs if suitable.

Courses are currently running in Ryde, Sandown, West Wight, Newport and East Cowes. And online courses with tutor support is also available for those wishing to study at a distance. Spaces on the courses are limited so you will need to book in advance by contacting a member of the Adult Community Learning team on 01983 817280.

For further information on these courses please visit our website via the link below, or contact a member of the Adult Community Learning team on 01983 817280.
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Question: What is the point of me returning to learning if I was not very good at it the first time?

Answer: Adult and Community Learning is for adults and you can expect to be treated as one. Providers know that if you are learning, you are doing it because you want to. Returning to learning now can be a lot more fun than when you were at school. You can try new subjects and hobbies that were never available to you in previous years and realise new ambitions you have since developed.

If you did not get any qualifications at school it does not mean you cannot take part in further learning or even go to university. Adult and Community Learning can provide qualifications in English, Maths and ICT. Some of these courses are fully funded.

Additionally the Isle of Wight College can provide Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma to prepare learners for University degree programmes.

Learning need not be difficult or a chore.

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Question: What is your online course offer during Covid19 restrictions such as lockdown or if I am self-isolating?

Answer: The Adult Community Learning Service is prioritising online learning particularly for those learners who are working towards a qualification. Additional topic areas may be added over time, subject to demand, please follow our Facebook page for updates – www.facebook.com/IWCACL

Once enrolled with Adult Community Learning, your tutor will have access to a range of online learning systems including Google Classroom and My Dynamic Learning for functional skills. Your tutor will be able to communicate with you through video conferencing, email and WhatsApp messaging. Your tutor will also be able to help you with passwords and website addresses and may give you some tips to improve accessibility.

If you do not have access to computer devices or internet connectivity, your tutor may be able to send you work via the post. A small quantity of tablets are available to borrow, or the Service may be able to advise you of local initiatives you may be eligible for to help with devices and connectivity whilst studying at home.

During periods of lockdown, leisure courses such as art and craft will be postponed. You will be eligible for a refund of course fees or credited for a future course which will be scheduled when it is safe to do so.

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