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Making Choices for your future

Are you thinking ahead to how you can gain the skills and qualifications you will need in the future? You can start with Making Choices, our gateway course to your future learning. If you'd like to gain GCSE English or maths for work or higher education, our Step Up to GCSE English and maths courses can help.


Making Choices is a free, short, online module offering the perfect route back into learning, supporting you to make choices about your future learning and career path.

If your work situation has changed, if you're looking to get back into work and learning after a gap, or if you've not learned since school and are looking to upskill, this course can help you take a positive step forward.

During the module you will have the opportunity to:

  • find out about our adult community education courses and services
  • get support from tutors and careers coaches
  • gain confidence in yourself
  • get to grips with online learning tools
  • find out your current level of skills in maths and English, ready for planning your learning and career paths
  • have access to free online maths and English follow on activities
  • plan your future learning

Making Choices also includes an induction to our Adult Community Education Service, information about our follow on courses, and signposting to impartial careers and learning information and guidance.

You can access this course from your smart phone, and dip into it in your own time. You'll need a tablet, laptop or desktop computer to access the maths and English assessments.

To join this free online course module, email making.choices@daces.derbyshire.gov.uk

Our Step up to GCSE English and Step Up to GCSE Maths courses are available in the first 2 weeks of September. These give you an essential introduction to the full GCSE course. Develop the skills you will need through a mix of activities and practical tasks. These courses are 6 hours of guided study time online, or a mixture of online and face to face.

To find out more or to book onto a Step Up to GCSE course, contact your local adult community education centre.