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What courses are available

Maths and English

Maths and English Functional Skills – City & Guilds

Maths and English Functional Skills courses are offered from Entry 3 to Level 2. At the end of the courses you will take an exam and gain a qualification that is the equivalent of an A-C at GCSE. Find out more at the City and Guilds website.

Maths Skills – Confidence Boosting

We also offer non-accredited courses in Maths if you don’t want to take a qualification but need to improve your skills or want to improve your money management.

How to study

  • If you have a computer and internet access, we offer online courses where you can work at home and be supported remotely.
  • You can work on our computers in one of our learning centres at Eastbourne or Hastings Libraries.
  • You need to have at least 4 hours a week available to study.
  • You will be allocated a trained tutor throughout your course who will help you achieve your qualification.
  • Each level takes approximately 12 weeks to complete.
  • Exams will be taken in the learning centres

IT Courses

The International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL)

The International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL) is accredited by the British Computer Society. It is useful if you want to use Microsoft Office products to enable you to gain a qualification to work in an office or for general use at home. It is well recognised in industry as a bench mark for the skills a job applicant has when applying for work. This course covers:

  • Level 1 – Security online, computer basics and Internet & email use.
  • Level 2 – Word processing, Excel Spreadsheets, PowerPoint Presentations and Improving productivity in the workplace.
  • Single Units at level 1 and 2 in Word Processing, Spreadsheets, PowerPoint, Internet and Email Use, Computer Basics, Online Security. These units can then be built up into a full level qualification. These units are ideal for people who don’t want to take a full qualification straight away and get back into study.

How to study

  • If you have a computer and internet access, we offer online courses where you can work at home and be supported remotely.
  • You can work on our computers in one of our learning centres at Eastbourne or Hastings Library.
  • You need to have at least 4 hours a week available to study.
  • You will be allocated a trained tutor throughout your course who will help you achieve your qualification.
  • Each level takes approximately 12 weeks to complete.
  • Exams can be taken at home or in the learning centres.

English For Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

ESOL courses are now available in Eastbourne and Hastings Libraries. These courses are for non-English speakers or ESOL learners who need to move up to Entry 3, Level 1 and Level 2. Please contact us at learningservices@eastsussex.gov.uk to find out more.