Adult Learning Centre - ALC

Fantastic New Premises. The Adult Learning Centre at New College has moved!

We are no longer in the Manchester Road building opposite the bus station but have relocated our fantastic facilities to a great building just a few blocks away at Focalpoint on the corner of Fleet Street and Fleming Way. Just a 2 minute walk from our current location.

To view our new teaching spaces you can visit on our open day just call 01793 511665 to book a time or email to ensure we keep you safe with social distancing in place. We look forward to welcoming you to chat about our regular Maths, English and IT courses all offered in a relaxed and friendly environment. The centre also offers a great choice of employability and Community Learning courses with a weekly Job Club that is open to all with new courses being added all the time.

Maths and English Courses

A range of English and Maths courses are available at our Adult Learning Centre to suit your needs and lifestyle. We have daytime and evening tutor-led classroom based lessons to help build confidence with your English and Maths skills and help you achieve recognised qualifications.

We also have a range of flexible online courses that enable you to study at a pace to suit you using our centre computer suites. Whilst these courses are self-led and fit around your lifestyle a tutor will be available at certain times to provide support and guidance. *Aside from Functional Skills Qualifications, other shorter accredited and non-accredited English and Maths courses are also available.

Functional Skills Qualifications

Maths, English (Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening and Communication)

  • Approx 12 weeks: Classroom based learning
  • Start date: Various
  • Time: Daytime or evening classes
  • Levels available: All levels available (Entry 1 - Level 2)

Flexible Online Learning Maths and English

  • Approx 20 weeks: Online learning within centre with tutor support
  • Start Dates: Various throughout the year
  • Time: Daytime or Evening
  • Levels Available: Level 1 – Level 2 (Basic ICT Skills Required)
Computing Courses

A range of computing courses are available at our Adult Learning Centre to suit your needs and lifestyle. We have classroom based lessons for beginners that give you the basic skills you need to use a computer.

We also have a range of flexible courses that enable you to study at a pace that suits you and fits with your personal circumstances. We offer a supportive environment with a tutor on hand to guide and support you.

Taught classroom courses

Computing for Beginners

Improve your confidence around computers. You will be introduced to the basics of computers, including word processing, managing email and using the internet.

Essential Digital Skills - Level 1 Award in User Skills

You can select from various units to build your own Level 1 qualification and gain confidence in your own computer skills.

Improving Digital Skills - Level 2 Award in User Skills

Progress your skills to a Level 2 qualification.

To improve your basic skills - flexible courses for you to study when it suits you

ECDL Level 1, Level 2, Level 3 Qualifications in IT User Skills

Build your own qualification; we have a range of levels and units to suit your needs. Units include: word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, databases and internet/email/security.

Individual Units

Units can be taken as stand-alone qualifications if you are looking to develop a specific skill. You can choose from: word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, databases and internet/email/security.

Community Learning

Step into Employment

For those who want to build confidence and get back into the workplace. CV writing, confidence building and finding what you really want to do.

Introduction to Learning - English

Improve basic English reading and writing skills. Suitable for those with little or no English skills. Will build confidence to progress either onto further courses or into work.

Introduction to Learning - ICT

Struggle with computers and the internet? Covers the basics: using email, internet searches, wordprocessing. Suitable for complete beginners.

Basic Website Design

Covers the basics of how to create and build your own website. Looking at areas such as web design, coding, uploading amongst other things.

How to Use your Smartphone

Is your smartphone confusing you? Are you unsure how to make use of its many features? This course will help you understand your phone, troubleshoot problems and use some of its most popular features and apps.

Confidence and Motivation

Want to feel and look confident, think positively and be in control out of your comfort zone? Want to get people to listen to you? This confidence course will show you how.


This workshop will inspire you to create and make exciting items such as bags, jewellery, ornaments etc using only recycled and second hand materials.

Start your Own Business

Suitable for anyone who is thinking about setting up a small new business or becoming self-employed.

Manicure for Beginners

Would you like to learn the basic techniques involved with manicure and nail design? Covers areas such as filing, shaping, polishing etc.

Basic Indian Head Massage

Learn the basic techniques of this relaxing treatment and how to safely perform a head massage to help relieve stress and pressure of everyday life.

Healthy Lifestyle Course

This course looks at ideas and techniques for those who would like to make positive changes to their health and wellbeing. This course will cover topics such as stress awareness, positive mindsets, healthy eating, exercise and general wellbeing.

Interviews Skills Clinic

This 3 day course will show you how to be more authentic, confident and succinct in interviews, putting your best foot forward verbally and non- verbally so that you get the job offers you deserve.

Reflexology for Beginners

This 3 day course will take you through the very basics of Reflexology a treatment that is linked to many health benefits. This course will show you various techniques used within this treatment.

Job Club

Fridays. No Booking Necessary. Get help with your CV, accessing Universal Job match and completing application forms. The ALC Job Club can help you.

CSCS Green Labourers Card Course

This courses give you everything you need to get your CSCS Green Labourers Card What you get:

  • CSCS Green Card (Valid for 5 years, allowing you to work on any UK construction site)
  • Level 1 Health & Safety In a Construction Environment
  • Level 1 In Employability Skills
  • Full tuition costs, study material and exam fees.

Courses run on a monthly basis and in a number of different locations please contact us for further details.