Finding the right course for you can seem difficult, especially with a wide choice available. Our focus is on delivering courses that provide you with a steppingstone along the pathway towards your chosen career, but it is important that the course you select is aligned to your personal goals. We offer courses that start from a single day of fun learning for younger students, a series of online courses that support you in developing knowledge in specific topics through to formal qualifications which can be studied full or part-time.
Before making your decision ask yourself three key questions:
- Where am I now? (What qualifications, skills, and interests do I have?)
- Where do I want to get to? (What would I like to be doing in the future?)
- How will I get there? (What course or qualification is likely to get me where I want to go?)
There are other factors that may influence your decision. Will you be studying with us full-time or part-time? Are you looking to enhance your knowledge of a specific skill? or are you a younger student or parent of a younger student who is looking to have fun learning with like minded students?
If you cannot find what you are looking for on our site please contact us and we will be in touch to discuss your needs.
Studying your course from home and at a distance brings new challenges. You need to be disciplined and create your own structure around your learning time, you may be new to some of the technology or be trying to balance work and study in your day.
Our tutors and lecturers are here to support you and all of them are follow our inclusive teaching methods. If you are facing any difficulties please discuss with your tutor who may be able to support in adjusting the way they share information with you, or work with you to break down your assignments into manageable segments.
Some useful tips for studying remotely:
- Create a Space for Work – Where possible try to create a space for studying in line with your timetable that is quiet and away from distractions.
- Maintain Daily Routines – Continue your usual routines as if you are going to school, work or college
- Agree Boundaries with Other People at Home – It may be that you are sharing your work space with other people at home. Agree a set of boundaries with them for you to study effectively.
- Structure and Schedule your Day – Organise your studies and your goals for the day. This will help you manage your time and workload. Make sure you understand the targets you are working towards and the deadlines to achieve.
- Take breaks and get fresh air – Schedule in small breaks throughout the day and make time for lunch. Move about during the day as you would if you were out, and try to get some fresh air maybe with a walk at lunchtime.
- Stay connected – Remote study can feel quite isolating at times, so stay in regular touch with your tutor, people from your course and your friends. If you are feeling isolated, talk to your tutor who can provide you with support.
Useful digital tools
IE Skills Academy platform
We provide you with access to our online learning system which lets you manage the courses you are signed-up to, view and submit your assignments, communicate with your tutors and chat/collaborate with other students. Use the system to download your course information, guides and notes, view pre-recorded lectures and sign-up to online lectures.
Zoom may be used by your lecturers and tutors to run seminars and tutorials and to present, discuss and debate topics.
OneNote helps you to organise your lessons and course content in your own digital notebook, adding notes during your lessons and ensuring you keep track of every assignment or a flash of inspiration.
Microsoft Office Lens
Lens is like having a scanner in your pocket that allows for scanning and sharing classroom handouts and notes into OneNote and OneDrive. Office Lens trims, enhances, and makes pictures of whiteboards and docs readable. Easily convert images to PDF, Word, and PowerPoint files, and save the images. Get Office Lens for IOS, Android, or your Windows device.
Google Workspace for Education
Google Workspace for Education is a free suite of easy-to-use tools that provide a flexible and secure foundation for learning, collaboration, and communication. You can sign-up for these tools and create and manage documents, spreadsheets and presentations online and via apps.
We recognise that all students are different and will learn in different ways. Our courses offer a mix of structured learning alongside practical experience but our team has extensive experience in supporting learners and our tutors and support staff are available to help you if you need them.
We treat each case individually and can advise and make suitable adjustments to meet your needs as a learner.
Our team can help with support and guidance in the following areas:
- Emotional, behavioural and social difficulties
- English and maths
- Medical conditions
- Mental health difficulties
- Physical disabilities/mobility needs (including access to our buildings and facilities)
- Study skills (organising your time and workload)
- Understanding tasks & meeting deadlines
To find out more information about learning support, please e-mail us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Your welfare is a key priority and we are here to support you with personal or academic problems. We are committed to providing you with the highest standard of information, advice and guidance, starting during the application process right up until you finish your course and begin the next stage in your life.
Your physical health includes everything from staying active to eating a healthy balanced diet. Staying healthy physically is proven to make you feel better about yourself, giving you more energy, confidence and brain power.
Mental Health issues can affect anyone, in a huge variety of ways. It does not take age, gender or ethnicity into consideration, and can last for any amount of time. We understand that a focus on study and learning can be a difficult and daunting experience and we take the mental health of our students seriously.
Evidence suggests there are 5 steps you can take to improve your mental health and wellbeing. Trying these things could help you feel more positive and able to get the most out of life.
- Connect with other people – Good relationships are important for your mental wellbeing, providing emotional support and an opportunity to share positive experiences
- Be physically active – Being active is not only great for your physical health and fitness, but raises self-esteem & positively changes your mood
- Try something new – It can be as simple as cooking something new, trying a new coffee shop or taking up a new hobby
- Helping, giving, sharing – Acts of giving and kindness can help improve your mental wellbeing, creating positive feelings, a sense of reward & helping you connect with others
- Pay attention to the present moment (mindfulness) – what’s happening, and how it makes us think and feel can help us better understand ourselves
If you need support please speak to your tutor or you can contact us at email@example.com
The NHS also offers advice and support alongside some useful guides here: NHS Self-help
Children and young people have a right to expect us to provide a safe and secure environment and a fundamental right to be protected from harm.
This means everyone who comes into contact with children, young people and their families, including those who do not have a specific role in relation to safeguarding children, have a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people.
We are committed to your welfare and have expert staff who can offer support. All our staff go through regular training, and share the responsibility to protect students from harm. We have a series of policies and procedures embedded and regularly reviewed to ensure that we provide a safe environment for all our students.
We have appointed a ‘designated safeguarding lead’ who has responsibility to provide support to staff members who carry out safeguarding duties and who will liaise closely with other external services.