AEB Short Courses – Frequently Asked Questions

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AEB Short Courses – Frequently Asked Questions

The Adult Education Budget (AEB) funds the delivery of education and training for learners aged 19­+.

The AEB aims to engage adults and provide the skills and learning needed to progress in work, or to support employment opportunities.

Employers also can access AEB to improve or refresh the skills of their current workforce, and learners can utilise the AEB to gain new skills to prepare them for the workplace, improve progression opportunities or support a career change.

The courses range in duration from 8-13 weeks and offer complete flexibility – Learn at your pace and at a time that suits your schedule.

These qualifications are delivered by distance learning and you will be allocated a personal tutor to support you.

You will be provided with learning and assessment materials that have been developed to meet the qualification requirements. The course is fully online, although you will also receive paper-based materials which you can work from, and keep for future reference.   Upon enrolment you will be given submission deadlines for each unit. When you complete the work is completely up to you, as long as it’s submitted by each deadline.  Your assessment question answers are submitted through our online portal and then sent off to your tutor for marking and guidance.  Your tutor will provide you with written feedback on the assessments you submit, as well as be on hand for any additional support needs you may have.

To be considered for this course you must:

    • Be aged 19+
    • Live in Newcastle, Northumberland or North Tyneside
    • Not currently be on any other funded programme or an apprenticeship
    • Have lived in the EU for at least 3 years
    • Not have already completed the course
    • Live in an eligible area – postcode will be checked when you apply

To check eligibility, please enter your postcode below

It’s available to those who have previously studied at degree level or above.

Please note that new learners are required to complete a short, untimed English informal assessment online prior to enrolment. This is to satisfy funding provider requirements, and also ensure that you have an appropriate level of English to complete the course.

Whilst these courses are essentially ‘free’, we do require your time and commitment.  Courses vary in terms of length and the number of units / questions per unit.

Clicking on the link below will provide you with an idea of how many assessment questions you will complete overall, and what this works out if you complete work daily.  Please note – questions are not multiple choice or one-word answers. Full sentences are required.

Yes, of course! As long as funding is available you can do as many as you wish.  Once you have finished one course, and it has been through our quality checks, we can get you signed straight up for the next one.

If you have any other questions please email