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Courses and qualifications in Libraries


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How do our courses work?

We offer online courses that you study – in a library or at home – with support and guidance from a tutor.

They are for people at all levels, from beginners who have never touched a computer to experienced computer users who want to gain a qualification. We assess your needs and select a course that suits you.

Where to sign up

To arrange to meet with a tutor and discuss your learning needs send us a message online, phone or visit our centres based at the libraries below:

You and your tutor will set out a learning plan and target dates, and decide how much support you will need to achieve your goals.

You can then work on your course at any library or at home.

To get the best from the course you will need to meet with your tutor regularly, and attend a learning centre for any assessments.

Costs

  • Maths and English courses are free to anyone 19 and over who does not already have a grade A-C at GCSE.
  • The IT courses are free to anyone 19 and over who is actively seeking work or needs to remove barriers to employment.
  • Courses are free if:
    • you are on benefits and seeking work, removing barriers to employment or needing to retrain to find a new career.
    • you earn less that £17,004 a year and are seeking alternative employment.
  • There is a reduced rate, partially funded by the government for anyone who earns over £17,004 a year.

Level 1 ECDL costs £155

Level 2 ECDL costs £199

If you want to purchase an online course in the following, without taking an examination but with tutor support, please call the centre. Course modules start at £55:

  • Word Processing
  • Excel Spreadsheets
  • PowerPoint presentations
  • Internet and email use

If you are not able to commit to formal study or would like to build your confidence first, IT for You could be the answer.


What courses are available

Maths and English functional skills

We offer Functional Skills Maths and English to level 2 as online courses. 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.

  • You can work at home on your computer or in the library if you do not have one to make sure that you are studying for at least 8 hours a week.
  • 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.

IT Courses

We offer computer courses which have qualifications at the end of the course.

Functional Skills ICT

We offer Functional Skills computing level 1 and level 2 courses to anyone 19 and over who needs a qualification to get back into the workplace or is on an apprenticeship. These courses cover a wide variety of skills needed in the workplace, including the ones listed below and are accredited by City & Guilds.

  • Internet & email
  • Word processing
  • Spreadsheets and databases

The European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL)

The European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) 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.
  • You can work at home on your computer or in the library if you do not have one to make sure that you are studying for at least 8 hours a week.
  • You will be allocated a trained tutor throughout your course who will help you achieve your qualification.
  • Each level takes approximately 12 to 16 weeks to complete.

IT for You

Available now at Eastbourne, Battle, Bexhill, Hampden Park, Lewes, Newhaven, Seaford and Uckfield Libraries. Coming soon to Rye.

Need help with an important task using a computer? Or maybe you want to learn how to use a computer or improve or refresh your computer skills?

We are offering free 60 minute one-to-one sessions with our volunteers. We can help with email, job searching and applications, CVs, Universal Credit, social media, Microsoft Office, accessing NHS services online and more.

Our sessions are socially distanced and contactless.

To ensure social distancing, we cannot use your laptop, tablet or smartphone. We will provide a PC in the Library.

Call 01323 463759 to book your free session or find out more.

For your safety - and the safety of our volunteers

  • Sessions will be socially distanced and contactless with barriers between you and our volunteers.

  •  Sessions will take place using our dual control computers, we are unable to assist you on your own laptop or device.

  • Your volunteer will wear a face covering unless medically exempt

  • You will need to book your session in advance – no ‘drop in’ sessions are available

Please do not attend if you:

  • have been advised to self-isolate

  • are currently waiting for the results from a test for the virus

  • have come into contact with anyone with the virus

  • are displaying any symptoms such as:

  • a persistent cough
  • loss of smell or taste
  • high temperature