About us

ACL Essex offers a wide range of day time and evening adult learning courses to help you improve your job prospects, learn a new skill or simply inspire you. Some of our courses lead to qualifications, some don't, but they all give you the chance to learn something new.

Come on your own or come with your friends. We have popular courses like pottery, languages and cake decorating. We also offer qualifications in accountancy, law, beauty, bookkeeping and more.

If you missed out at school or want to change career, we have a range of courses up to and including GCSE and can help you access higher education options, including university.

ACL supports Essex residents and businesses by providing the following:

  • Pre-apprenticeships and apprenticeships
  • Free English, maths and functional skills
  • GCSEs (English, maths and science)
  • Study programmes (16-18) years
  • Professional qualifications
  • Family learning programmes
  • Courses for people with learning disabilities

We offer a high quality learning experience for all learners, tailored to local needs.

We work with local partners and ensure that our understanding of market needs is current, to ensure we deliver best provision for residents and businesses.

How to enrol

Once you have decided on the course you wish to study with us you have a number of ways to enrol.

The easiest and quickest way is to enrol online is to click here.

You can search for courses and enrol online at our new look website. Simply go to the web page where you can browse our courses by category e.g. languages, or you can use the course search function to find a course and then follow the on-screen instructions to enrol.

It is not possible to enrol online if the course requires a pre-course interview/assessment, you are paying the benefit fee or you wish to pay by direct debit. Our website will shows which courses are available for online enrolment.

By telephone – 0345 603 7635

You can enrol by calling 0345 603 7635 where our advisers can answer your questions and quickly process your enrolment if you are paying by debit or credit card. Please note that we do not accept American Express cards.

By post or in person

Simply post your completed enrolment form with a cheque or postal order payable to Essex County Council to your nearest centre. Download a copy of the enrolment form here or call 0345 603 7635 to have one posted to you.

Alternatively you can enrol in person at any of our centres

Courses that do not reach a viable size have to be closed so it's important  you enrol as early as possible to help ensure that your chosen course will run. Don’t miss out on your course – enrol now.