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Virtual learning

A useful explanation of what you can expect from our virtual learning courses. 

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Our virtual learning courses

If you sign up to a virtual learning course with us, you’ll be getting as close to the full in-centre classroom learning experience as possible, but from the comfort of your own home. You’ll still be taught by one of our brilliant tutors. You’ll still be in a small group of learners. You’ll still need to make sure you’re there at the right time every week. The big difference is that you can do it from the comfort and safety of your own home. 

So what’s it like? 

When you sign up to a virtual course, you’ll have a start time just like you would with a classroom based course. But instead of having you make your way to a learning centre, you’ll log on to a group learning call. 

Our virtual classrooms will open 15 minutes before the start of your session, so you can get logged in and comfortable, and have a chat to your fellow learners if you’d like. It’s not quite the same as meeting up before your session, but it’s a pretty good second best. 

Once the session starts you’ll get the same experience as you would do in a classroom. You might be sitting and listening while your tutor explains something, or you might be separated into groups with other learners to work together. You might have some one-to-one time with your tutor or even present to the class yourself – all from your own sofa or desk. 

The whole session will be live and interactive – you’ll be able to ask questions and work together with other learners just like you would in one of our classrooms. 

What do I need to be able to learn?

If you want to complete one of our virtual learning courses, you’ll need access to a good internet connection and a device that you can use for video conferencing. 

As a rough guide, if you can make Whatsapp / Facebook / Zoom video calls to friends or family already then you probably have everything you need already. 

We would generally recommend a device with a larger screen and a camera. A smartphone will work, but you might struggle to see what’s going on due to the smaller screen, and you’re fine to use a PC that doesn’t have a camera but we think it’s nice to be able to see each other. 

We’d also suggest finding yourself a calm, quiet space in which to learn, away from distractions like TV and people you live with. 

You might also want to have something to take notes with, like a notebook and pen. If you prefer to take notes on your computer that’s fine too, but bear in mind that you might not be able to see the course if your note-taking app is on the screen. 

Some courses might have their own specific requirements, but those will be explained when you’re signing up. 

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