The Skills Hubs are a place for you to undertake online courses in a facilitated environment. If you are not confident using technology, such as computers or any devices, our Skills Hub team can provide you with support. The hubs are also available to people that want to learn online but not at home, providing an opportunity to access a classroom environment with others.

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

The Live Online Learning is a new experience for most of us. 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.

Location & opening times:

ACL Harlow

Open now: Monday – Thursday 9:30am – 4:30pm and Friday 9:30am – 3pm

ACL Colchester

Opening from 9th Jan: Wednesday 9:30am – 6:30pm, Thursday 9:30am – 4:30pm and Friday 9:30am – 3pm

From end of January: Monday and Tuesdays from 9:30am – 3pm

ACL Clacton

From end of January: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday (hours tbc)

ACL Basildon

From end of January: Monday- Thursday 9:30am – 4:30pm and Friday 9:30am – 3pm

Chelmsford Library

From end of January: Tuesday and Thursday (hours tbc)

Complete courses within a supportive learning environment

Florence Nightingale – A Brief History

  • Online
  • Anytime

History Voices Of The Past———————

  • Online
  • Anytime

History Voices Of The Past – The NHS

  • Online
  • Anytime

More Discoveries From Roman Colchester

  • Online
  • Anytime

Colchester: The Roman Conquest & Boudica

  • Online
  • Anytime

The Secret Life Of A Tree———————

  • Online
  • Anytime

A Chord-ial Introduction to Music————

  • Online
  • Anytime

Phone Photography——————————————-

  • Online
  • Anytime

Photography Eye Catching Images

  • Online
  • Anytime

Photoshop: Victorian Tintype Effect

  • Online
  • Anytime

The Quality Of Light In Photography

  • Online
  • Anytime

Mini Mindfulness——————————————-

  • Online
  • Anytime

Art: Sustainable Portraits—————————————-

  • Online
  • Anytime

Drawing: The Proportions of the Head

  • Online
  • Anytime

Felting – An Introduction—————————————-

  • Online
  • Anytime

Observational Drawing: Measuring Skills

  • Online
  • Anytime

Painting Your Garden—————————————-

  • Online
  • Anytime

Pastel Drawing – A Woodland————————

  • Online
  • Anytime

Pop Art————————————————

  • Online
  • Anytime

An Introduction To Silk Painting————————

  • Online
  • Anytime

Christmas Crochet——————————————–

  • Online
  • Anytime

Crochet an Easter Bunny————————

  • Online
  • Anytime

Knitting For Leisure—————————–

  • Online
  • Anytime

Hanging Macrame Plant Holder————————

  • Online
  • Anytime

Textiles – Getting a Feel for Fabrics——————

  • Online
  • Anytime

Making a Green Man in Clay————————

  • Online
  • Anytime

Radio Control Flying—————————–

  • Online
  • Anytime

Game Design & Understanding Gaming Industry

  • Online
  • Anytime

Principles of Cyber Security L2 NCFE————-

  • Online
  • Anytime

Introduction To Spanish————————

  • Online
  • Anytime

Maths Functional Skills—————————–

  • Online
  • Anytime

GCSE English————————————–

  • Online
  • Anytime

GCSE Maths—————————————-

  • Online
  • Anytime

English Functional Skills————————

  • Online
  • Anytime

Ser vs Estar————————————–

  • Online
  • Anytime

Spanish For Social Life—————————–

  • Online
  • Anytime

Flower Arranging In A Glass————-

  • Online
  • Anytime

Before you enrol on some of our courses you will be asked to take an assessment, you will be able to use our Skill Hubs for this.

Learn at Your Leisure

Florence Nightingale – A Brief History

  • Online
  • Anytime

History Voices Of The Past———————

  • Online
  • Anytime

History Voices Of The Past – The NHS

  • Online
  • Anytime

More Discoveries From Roman Colchester

  • Online
  • Anytime

Colchester: The Roman Conquest & Boudica

  • Online
  • Anytime

The Secret Life Of A Tree———————

  • Online
  • Anytime

A Chord-ial Introduction to Music————

  • Online
  • Anytime

Phone Photography——————————————-

  • Online
  • Anytime

Photography Eye Catching Images

  • Online
  • Anytime

Photoshop: Victorian Tintype Effect

  • Online
  • Anytime

The Quality Of Light In Photography

  • Online
  • Anytime

Mini Mindfulness——————————————-

  • Online
  • Anytime

Art: Sustainable Portraits—————————————-

  • Online
  • Anytime

Drawing: The Proportions of the Head

  • Online
  • Anytime

Felting – An Introduction—————————————-

  • Online
  • Anytime

Observational Drawing: Measuring Skills

  • Online
  • Anytime

Painting Your Garden—————————————-

  • Online
  • Anytime

Pastel Drawing – A Woodland————————

  • Online
  • Anytime

Pop Art————————————————

  • Online
  • Anytime

An Introduction To Silk Painting————————

  • Online
  • Anytime

Christmas Crochet——————————————–

  • Online
  • Anytime

Crochet an Easter Bunny————————

  • Online
  • Anytime

Knitting For Leisure—————————–

  • Online
  • Anytime

Hanging Macrame Plant Holder————————

  • Online
  • Anytime

Textiles – Getting a Feel for Fabrics——————

  • Online
  • Anytime

Making a Green Man in Clay————————

  • Online
  • Anytime

Radio Control Flying—————————–

  • Online
  • Anytime

Game Design & Understanding Gaming Industry

  • Online
  • Anytime

Principles of Cyber Security L2 NCFE————-

  • Online
  • Anytime

Introduction To Spanish————————

  • Online
  • Anytime

Maths Functional Skills—————————–

  • Online
  • Anytime

GCSE English————————————–

  • Online
  • Anytime

GCSE Maths—————————————-

  • Online
  • Anytime

English Functional Skills————————

  • Online
  • Anytime

Ser vs Estar————————————–

  • Online
  • Anytime

Spanish For Social Life—————————–

  • Online
  • Anytime

Flower Arranging In A Glass————-

  • Online
  • Anytime
Flexible Learning Courses
Assessments

Before you enrol on some of our courses you will be asked to take an assessment, you will be able to use our Skill Hubs for this.

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