The COVID-19 outbreak threatens to impact on the continuity of study. To help mitigate this, Practice Labs, the IT competency hub, has pledged open (free) access to affected AoC member colleges.


IT students and apprentices will enjoy unlimited access to the Practice Labs live-lab environment until the end of July 2020. All they need is access to a computer and an Internet connection. The infographic below illustrates how the live-labs can support your teaching.

Our aim is to help you ensure your IT students and apprentices are making the most of the time they're working from home by giving them the opportunity to embed their digital knowledge with hands-on access to our live Practice Lab environment. All our content is available via web browser or through integration with your institution's learning management system (LMS). Set-up typically takes less than an hour.

Let us know if you think we can help keep your IT students and apprentices engaged during these uncertain times. Submit the form on this page and we will contact you to discuss your needs and arrange access to the Practice Lab titles most relevant to your IT students and apprentices.

To review our library of Practice Labs and Exam Preps you can visit the Practice Labs Store.

To find out more about Practice Labs and what we do, visit our website.

(former name I-Qubed Solutions Limited) is headquartered in Dartford, Kent. The company has offices in the United States, Australia and South East Asia. During 2019, I-Qubed Solutions Limited was named by the Financial Times as one of the fastest growing companies in Europe; was recognised as one of the UK’s top 25 Business Culture Leaders and, closer to home, received the 2019 Most Innovative Business Award from Dartford Borough Council. Schools, colleges and universities across the United States use the Practice Labs solution to embed digital literacy and reinforce their IT courses with live, hands-on practical experience – preparing students for certification and increasing employability. UK partners include the British Computer Society, McGraw Hill and the Institute of Coding.