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Adult Learning with Cambridgeshire Skills

Four steps to learning

Choosing your course

Selecting the right course may feel daunting. We are here to help you every step of the way. Explore your options online, visit us, or call us.

Enrol and register your interest

When you have chosen your course, you will need to enrol. You can complete our online form, or contact our admissions team who can do this with you.

Assessment

Some of our courses require an assessment of your skill level. This is not a test, just a series of questions, so we can place you on the right course, and know what support you may require from our tutors.

Starting your learner journey

Once you have been enrolled, we will send you a welcome pack. This pack contains all the information you need to know about your first day of learning.

Ways to learn

We have a variety of ways you can learn with us. For both face-to-face and online learning you will have a tutor, who will be on hand to answer any questions.

  • Non-accredited courses, are assessed by your tutor, and they will provide feedback.
  • We assess accredited courses according to the requirements of the awarding body. This may be either through a final assessment or through a portfolio of work.

Our online courses are fun and involve interactive learning. They may include quizzes, case studies, videos and other free resources.

  • You will need access to the internet via a laptop, desktop PC or tablet.
  • Most of our online courses are flexible, meaning you can log on and complete your learning when it suits you.
  • Most of our flexible online courses take less than 10 hours to complete.
  • Most courses are non-accredited and have no pre-entry requirements.

A member of our team will welcome you onto your course. They will provide your username, password, and instructions to access your learning. Your tutor may set personalised targets and ask you to complete learning tasks and homework activities. Throughout the course, your tutor will provide regular feedback about your progress. 

Live streamed learning is a fun and interactive way of working towards your personal learning goals. You will attend an online virtual classroom with set day and time each week. You need access to a PC, tablet or laptop and the internet.

One of our dedicated tutors will run the session. During the lesson, you will work with other learners and your tutor to achieve your goals. Your tutor will provide regular feedback to ensure you complete the course.

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You will also get further guidance in your course welcome pack.

Our face-to-face courses allow you to meet and work with fellow learners. You will work towards your personal learning goals. You will need to be able to attend every session.

In our face-to-face courses you will take part in a variety of activities. You will work alone, in pairs or in a group. There will be a range of ways to learn such as activities, watching videos or using a computer which will help you meet the course aims.

You will attend one of our covid secure venues within Cambridgeshire, attending at a set time and day(s). One of our qualified tutors will run the course. They will set activities and learning and provide feedback on your progress.

"The tutor support was exactly what I needed, I never thought learning could be this enjoyable!"

"The course made me more confident when meeting new people".

If you would like to see more learner success stories, or engage with us online, please visit our Cambridgeshire Skills Facebook page

Learning ladder

Most qualifications have a difficulty level. The higher the level, the more difficult the qualification is. There are 8 Levels in England supported by 3 Entry levels. Cambridgeshire Skills offers a range of qualifications from entry level to Level 3. 

Level 3 - Learning at this level is equivalent to learning at A level. They will prepare you for progression to Level 4 if appropriate. 

Level 2 - Learning at this level is equivalent to learning at GCSE grade A-C.
(Or grade 4 and above for reformed GCSEs).

Levels 1 - Learning at this level is equivalent to learning at GCSE grades D-G.
(Or grades 3-1 for reformed GCSEs). 

Beginners - Learning at this level involves building basic knowledge and skills in the subject offered, preparing for progression to Level 1 if appropriate. 

Introduction - These courses will give you a basic understanding of your chosen subject. 

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How much will it cost me

Many of our courses are fully funded, meaning there is no cost for you to pay.

If you are an adult aged over 19, and resident of Cambridgeshire or Peterborough, who has lived in the EEA for at last 3 years, are unemployed and in receipt of benefits, or earning less than £22,500 your course will be free. Other circumstances may also be considered for a fully funded place. Our friendly admissions team will be able to advise you, so please give them a call.

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Advice, guidance and careers progression

Cambridgeshire Skills is committed to ensure our learners understand the range of opportunities available to them in today’s economy and acquire the skills and qualifications they need to succeed in the workplaces of the future.

For information, advice and guidance on your career options we have a dedicated Careers and Progression Officer. Sophie can offer impartial advice to help support your aspirations and progression and look at course options.

Email:cambsals@cambridgeshire.gov.uk
or call: 01353 613103

Contact details

About us, our vision, values and policies
Telephone:
01353 613013 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm) 
Email: cambsals@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

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