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Locations & Opening Times

ACL Harlow

Monday: 9:30am – 4:30pm

Tuesday: 9:30am – 4:30pm

Wednesday: 9:30am – 4:30pm

Thursday: 9:30am – 4:30pm

Friday: 9:30am – 4pm

ACL Colchester

Monday: 8:30am – 5pm

Tuesday: 8:30am – 12:30pm

Wednesday: 9am – 4pm

Thursday: 9am – 4pm

Friday: Closed

ACL Clacton

Monday: 9:30am – 2:30pm

Tuesday: 9:30am – 4pm

Wednesday: Closed

Thursday: 9:30am – 2:30pm

Friday: 9:30am – 3:30pm

ACL Basildon

Monday: 9am – 4:30pm

Tuesday: 9am – 4:30pm

Wednesday: 9am – 4:30pm

Thursday: 9am – 4:30pm

Friday: Closed

ACL Chelmsford

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday: 9am – 3:30pm

Thursday: 9am – 3:30pm

Friday: Closed

ACL Witham

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: 9am – 3:30pm

Wednesday: Closed

Thursday: Closed

Friday: Closed

ACL Brentwood

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday: 9am – 4:30pm

Thursday: Closed

Friday: Closed

Ways of Learning

Here at Adult Community Learning Essex (ACL) we pride ourselves on finding the very best ways for people to learn, to fit with their personal preferences and treat everyone as an individual. The types of learning opportunities have increased rapidly over recent years, giving greater access and flexibility alongside the changes to work and life within the modern world. Here is a brief explanation to the ways that ACL delivers learning:

Traditional Classroom

Whether at an ACL centre or in an outreach venue our traditional classroom approach remains the core of our teaching and learning. Within these settings we deliver to small groups of adults the subjects selected to study using an individualised personal approach. ACL believes and supports the huge benefits of collaborative learning and encourages our learners to share and explore their learning with their fellow students. This enriches the learning experience through making connections with like minded people, often resulting in long term friendships.

Live Online Learning

These courses are delivered using a web-based platform (Microsoft Teams) where we have created a virtual classroom that retains the core features and high-quality experience of a physical classroom. The features we use include video cameras so that learners can see their tutor and each other, microphones to talk with each other as well as a text chat function, break out rooms for small group discussions or tutorials, class notebooks for jotting down ideas, presentations provided in real time with discussions in the moment with the tutor and fellow learners. All of this from the comfort of your own preferred location.

Self-Led Online Learning

Our self-led courses apply a blended approach to learning. Our programmes are flexible and enable learners to experience a range of learning and support opportunities in a variety of formats such as in the workplace by observation, online or at a local ACL centre. Dependant on the course, the learner may have a dedicated tutor who they will meet (online or face to face) once a month or online resources and tutor support where required. Additionally, there may be additional workshops included in the course. This will support the learner to be able to expand on their new knowledge and develop new skills.

Hybrid Learning

A brand new style of learning for 2022/23, ACL has invested in a suite of state of the art hybrid technology classrooms across our centres. These provides the opportunity for learners to either join the course in the physical classroom or remotely live online. Combining all the features of our traditional classroom and live online learning by sharing the learning experience with those in the classroom and those who are accessing from their own location.

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