Bespoke e-learning

Bespoke e-learning can have a hugely positive impact at all levels of your organisation. By developing bespoke learning solutions you can ensure the training is delivered to your specific training objectives and learning outcomes.

Bespoke training icon

Why create custom content?

Tailoring an e-learning solution to meet your specific needs ensures your learners are getting the most relevant and up-to-date training delivered in a format and to a structure that makes sense for your organisation.

Our content development teams work collaboratively with our customers to design online training that has real, measurable impact. We draw on the talents of instructional and graphic designers, project managers, subject matter experts and educators to create online training in sectors as diverse as business, health and social care and local government.

  • Designed to meet your unique training objectives and requirements
  • Built to support or replace an existing face-to -face training solution
  • Created to align with your specific policies, processes, branding and tone
  • Developed to maximise your own rich media requirements

How we work with you

With decades of experience in developing online training content, we understand the importance of collaborative working and clear processes. Our content development method follows a series of simple steps to make sure the final product is the perfect fit for your organisation’s needs.

Bulb image


Together we run a number of sessions to facilitate your thinking and help to formulate your ultimate training solution. This includes understanding your organisation, the issues you are trying to solve and objectives you want to achieve. Together we will come up with ideas around look and feel, levels of interactivity and use of summative and formative assessment.

Cogs inside a head

Instructional design

Working with you, we map out the visual, text and audio elements, as well as interactions and branching, of each screen in an online course. We create your learning experience using instructional specifications to maximise knowledge acquisition and comprehension.


Graphic design and build

Using appealing accompanying imagery we ensure the learning process is visually engaging and stimulating. We use Storyline technology to create e-learning courses based on your signed-off storyboard and agreed style.

Console image

Testing, release and deployment

During this process we proof read your e-learning solution, we test it technically to make sure all elements work as intended, we test the solution on different browsers, we test on your chosen LMS and at the very final stages we record and add your agreed narration and audio file.

Our different levels of online training

Level 1: Basic - Teaching learners to explain or understand
Level 1 content screen
Level 2: Active - Teaching learners to explain, identify and reflect
Level 2 content screen
Level 3: Interactive - Teaching learners to apply complex learning to their work
Level 3 content screen

A look behind the scenes: Carbon Literacy Knowledge

Examples of bespoke e-learning

We’ve worked with a number of different organisations across the country on a variety of topics. Read below to see how we could help you too.

Ensuring consistent high quality

Our agile development process has been designed to maximise our team’s creativity and energy. Using Storyline and other rapid authoring tools, the teams develop online training content quickly and effectively, building in additional elements wherever necessary to support learners from all backgrounds.

Before any online training is released for use in your organisation, we rigorously test it to ensure every element looks, feels, sounds and reads in a way that’s meaningful to your learners.

Our quality assurance processes are essential in the development of appropriate, engaging online training, and we’ll use your feedback – alongside user and alpha and beta testing – to improve each part of the content.


of learners from the Home Office’s Female Genital Mutilation course would recommend it to others


of learners from NHS England’s Safe Use of Insulin course felt more confident in handling insulin incidents


of learners rated their knowledge 8/10 after completing the PACE CSE awareness course

Contact us about bespoke e-learning

British Council

Virtual College responded to a tender request which came through the G-Cloud portal: The G-Cloud framework is an agreement between the government and suppliers who provide cloud-based services. buying services through frameworks is faster and cheaper than entering into individual procurement contracts.

The requirement was to create a suite of 7 e-learning courses for British Council global staff on topics such as exam invigilation.

The training courses were being delivered by the British Council as instructor led training but the purpose was to produce a module for each topic which lasted for about an hour via e-learning.

Work has now started on building the new modules within the specific brand guidelines of the British Council.

Virtual College scored highest in all four categories for marking the response and we have been very pleased with the quality of the resources created so far.

British Council Project Manager
Introduction to British Council
British Council customer experience

Carbon Literacy

The Carbon Literacy Project, founded in Manchester, aims to offer every person living, working and studying in Manchester a day’s worth of Carbon Literacy training by 2020. Virtual College collaborated with them to create an interactive e-learning course that gives learners a solid understanding of climate change and advice on what actions they can take to help move their own organisations towards adopting a low carbon culture. From animated videos to digestible infographics, we have designed our content to suit a broad audience.

Before working with Virtual College, we had surveyed all the e-learning resources in the public domain that we could find, so we already knew what was out there. Our opinion, and the opinion of colleagues who've encountered it, is that this is now the best e-learning resource for the teaching and communication of climate change to a general audience, we've ever seen. We simply don't know a better one.

Dave Coleman, Director, Cooler Projects, The Carbon Literacy Project
Carbon Literacy Knowledge screen 1
Carbon Literacy Knowledge screen 2


Virtual College partnered with Bradford College to develop innovative and engaging digital resources for the free of charge Hairdressing Training service from Jisc, the digital services and solutions organisation for UK education and research.

These include videos, step-by-step guides and assessment activities. The resources cover subjects from cutting to colouring, reception and salon duties.

Virtual College offered us the best chance of delivering engaging and interactive learning resources, enabling the content to stand the test of time until the next update to the National Occupation Standards. I’m really pleased with the resources that are now available and anticipate them being used by a large number of students and their tutors.

Karla Youngs, Head of Digital Content Services for FE & Skills, Jisc
JISC hairdressing training course