Digital By Design

Our Platform

Our bespoke learning platform enables us to deliver high-quality teaching to our learners wherever they may be. Hosting interactive content and high quality resources, our learners study and submit assignments online.

How does YCG Academy use IT to effectively deliver education?

Our Learning Platform reduces costs and saves time. Typically, learners would study only within a classroom environment which is often ineffective and difficult to measure in a prison environment. By using our platform, learners benefit from independent study in‑cell with access to a tutor at any time should they need support. This frees up classrooms, learning resources and prison staff.

Most of our assessments are delivered through our Learning Platform. There is no requirement to go to external testing facilities or exam centres, and the majority of our courses don’t have any exams at all. Instead learners submit written assignments and are assessed on levels of participation, coursework or reflective journal entries.

Meeting Learner Expectations of Technology

Always On

Learning can be accessed 24/7, allowing prisoners to study when it is best for them.

Fully Interactive Materials

Our courses seek to engage learners using immersive media types such as audio, video, quizzes etc. for maximum engagement.

Online Assessment

Assessments are conducted through our platform, removing the need to visit exam centres.

A Dedicated Tutor

Each learner is assigned a dedicated tutor who they can contact through the platform.

Progress Mapping

Prisoners receive robust feedback on their progress in realtime.

Cross-Device Compatible

Use our platform on any web-enabled device. Modern devices such as smart phones, tablets and computers are supported.

Meeting Security Needs of Establishments

Officially Purchased Hardware


Properly Licensed Software

Secure Connectivity

Real-time Monitoring


Prisoners individually assessed per National Security Framework

Controlled online access via PSN