Prepare for GCSE with Torfaen Adult Community Learning

Posted on: Thursday 27 April 2023
Alex - Torfaen ACL learner

Are you considering enrolling on a GCSE course this September?

Just like Alex Madden did last year - he achieved a C grade in GCSE English after being supported to complete several qualifications with Torfaen Adult Community Learning.

Alex, 36, from Pontypool, has now enrolled on a free Essential Skills Maths class at the Settlement in Pontypool this term and hopes to study theology in the future.

Alex said, "I didn't achieve in school and have battled with mental health and addiction since I was a teenager.

"It was a long time coming, but having achieved a GCSE in English, it was great to finally see my hard work pay off.

"I've never been confident with numbers, but I'm ready for the maths challenge ahead. For two hours a week, my plan is to work my way through my basic skills until I'm ready to take the plunge for the full GCSE qualification."

If it has been several years since you last studied Maths, English, or other subjects, Torfaen Adult Community Learning offers a variety of free starter courses to help you brush away the cobwebs and improve your skills in a non-pressurised environment.

Every year hundreds of learners sign up to courses with Torfaen Adult Community Learning, with many using the service as a springboard to go on to bigger and better things.

Councillor Joanne Gauden, Torfaen Executive Member for Economy, Skills and Regeneration, said: "the decision to return to learning can be a big step but can help you achieve your personal goals, whether that's going to university, applying for a higher paying job, or helping your children with their homework.

“Like Alex, the more you practice, the more confident you'll become, and in time, you could learn to unlock your inner maths genius!".

 To raise awareness about the courses offered by Torfaen Adult Community Learning, a series of information days will be hosted on the following dates and locations:

  • Wednesday, May 3, 2pm - 4pm at the Settlement, Trosnant Street, Pontypool
  • Wednesday, May 10, 4pm - 6pm at the Power Station, Blenheim Road, Cwmbran
  • Thursday, May 18, 6pm - 8pm at the Power Station, Blenheim Road, Cwmbran
  • Wednesday, May 24, 6pm - 8pm at the Settlement, Trosnant, Pontypool 

To enrol or find out more information about courses, please call 01633 647734, email or visit the Torfaen Council website.

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