Free Classes: Essential Skills

Essential skills are needed for success in work, learning and life. They are the stepping stones that make it easier to learn other skills. Whatever your starting point, we can help.

We have over 50 Essential Skills and Digital Literacy courses to choose from, including online learning courses which do not require face to face learning and can be completed from the comfort of your own home.

  • FREE Numeracy Courses*
  • FREE Literacy Courses*
  • FREE Digital Literacy Courses*
  • FREE English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Courses*
  • FREE Independent Living Skills (ILS) Courses*

*Centre user membership fees apply

These courses are available day and evening throughout Torfaen.

Join our classes at any time during the year.

Improve your English

Gain confidence in reading, writing and speaking and listening. Brush up on spelling, punctuation and grammar.

Improve your Maths

Gain confidence in basic number skills including the use of fractions, decimals and percentages. Learn how to use the metric system for DIY projects, interpret graphs and tables, and understand and use basic financial information.

Improve your Digital Skills

Learn how to use a computer, laptop or tablet effectively. Whether you are a complete beginner or want to improve your digital skills, our courses will help you to make the most of the technology and stay safe online. Unleash your creativity!

Prepare for GCSE

Are you considering sitting GCSE Maths or English in the future but don’t feel quite ready? Our 38 week courses will cover the skills required to access GCSE in the future.

ESOL - English for Speakers of Other Languages

These courses meet the needs of people whose first language is other than English. Classes are available for complete beginners and for those who wish to develop their English and learn about life in the UK. Improve confidence in speaking, listening, reading and writing. Learn in small, friendly groups through a variety of engaging activities such as group discussions, language games, puzzles and role play.

ILS - Independent Living Skills

Torfaen Adult Community Learning offers courses for adults with a range of learning disabilities and difficulties. ILS courses are designed to develop core skills such as confidence, communication, social skills and skills to living independently. Learning takes place in small groups in a fun and friendly environment.

Introduction to Coding

Learn programming language using the fun and visual application Scratch. Plan and program an animation project breaking down the fundamental principles of coding from commenting and bugs to data types, loops and pseudo code. Learn about the programming language Python, one of the world’s most popular and useful coding languages.

Family History - Find your family

Learn how to research and trace your family history using online services.

Digital Literacy

Why not join one of Torfaen Adult Community Learning’s FREE online digital literacy classes?  They will help you learn how to:

  • Use Microsoft Office and Google apps which are widely used by employers.
  • Search the internet to find job vacancies plus hints and tips on how to get that job offer.
  • Interact with others whilst staying safe online.
  • Communicate with employers and collaborate with other job hunters.
  • Apply for work with professionally-produced emails or application forms.

Digital literacy skills are vital for employability, so why not boost your job chances (and your CV) by enrolling today – you won’t regret it!

If centres are required to close in the future we will continue, where possible, to deliver courses through our online platform.

To participate in online classes you will need a reliable internet connection, computer/laptop/tablet/mobile phone with fully updated browser. Your device will need a microphone and preferably a camera. Talk to us if you need help and support to get online, 01633 647647.

Ring for an informal chat about our wide range of essential skills and GCSE courses, and find the right course for you.

Last Modified: 17/07/2020
For more information contact:

Adult Community Learning

Tel: 01633 647647

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