A former Forth Valley College student who has just started university has backed adult literacy classes at FVC.

Alyson Milne (27) from Camelon, a former HNC Working With Communities student benefited from the classes and is now beginning a BA degree in Community Learning and Participation at the University of the West of Scotland.

Alyson said: “It is true that if it was not for the classes then I would not have had the confidence I needed to apply for university.  The Adult Literacy classes were brilliant in helping me to brush up on things I needed to in order to catch up in my course. They are great because the lecturers help you as you go at your own pace and level, and there are no deadlines or homework to worry about.

“No one should feel embarrassed about going along to these courses as they are just another class to help you learn something else or enhance what you already have. They make you feel so much better about your ability to push on with your course and the lecturers are excellent in the way they break things down into understandable sections.

“I would thoroughly recommend you give the classes a try – what have you got to lose?”

An Adult Literacy support service available across Forth Valley College’s three campuses can help students with everything from arithmetic and numeracy to reading, writing and how to formulate essays.

The valuable service – run by the Core and Essential Skills Department – is open to anyone who thinks they need a little bit more help and confidence boosting encouragement with the core skills needed to complete further education courses at the college.

Forth Valley College Core Skills Lecturer Anne Reid said: “My colleagues and I are positive that these classes can make a huge difference to the lives of students who need some help in their core skills.

“We hope to raise the profile of the regular support sessions in order to make people more aware of when and where they are being held. Some students will only come along just the once to get some support with something specific like structuring an essay or others will attend for a few weeks to brush up on their computing or number skills.

“There should be no embarrassment or stigma attached to seeking help for basic literacy or numeracy. However if anyone feels they need to contact us in confidence about any issues they can.”

For more information on Forth Valley College’s Adult Literacy Classes contact Anne Reid by emailing

Alternatively just drop in to any of the classes, the timetables for which can be found below:

Monday               12:15pm-13:15pm in room 178
Thursday              4pm – 5pm in room 186
Friday                   2pm – 3pm in room  182

Monday               13.15pm -2pm in room S1.47
Tuesday               13:15pm-2pm in s1.10
Friday                   3pm-4pm in room S1.20

Monday             13.15pm -2pm   in room A211
Wednesday       13.15pm -2pm  in room A211
Friday                 13.15pm -2pm   in room A211

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