Free distance learning courses, available in England.

The below courses are free to anyone over the age of 19 who has lived in the UK for the past three years and who are a resident in England.

To register on one of these courses complete the enquiry form.


Health and Wellbeing Courses

Awareness of Mental Health Problems

Did you know one in four British adults experience at least one diagnosable mental
health problem each year? The most common is mixed anxiety and depression, but there are many other issues which have a huge impact on a person’s life and the
people around them.

Common Health Conditions

In the UK today there are a large number of people living with a common health condition. These conditions have varying effects upon individuals, but they all require continual management to minimise the effect they have on an individual’s day to day life.

Common Childhood Illnesses

Although there are many different illnesses which can be experienced during childhood, there are several which are common to many babies and children. Therefore, it is crucial that those who work, or want to work, with babies and children in an early years setting develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of common childhood illnesses. 

Falls Prevention Awareness

Every year in the UK, more than one in three adults aged over 65 falls and injures themselves as a result. Falls have been the most common and serious type of accident experienced by people over 65 for many years, as well as the leading cause of death from injury for people aged over 75.

Care and Management of Diabetes

There are nearly three million people currently living with diabetes in the UK, and experts predict that this number will reach five million within the next 12 years.  As the prevalence of diabetes continues to increase, it is crucial that the people affected become fully aware of how they can adapt their lifestyles to monitor and manage the condition effectively.

Understanding Nutrition and Health

Nutrition is the key to a healthy body and mind, and understanding the values of a diet and exercise plan is an important part of maintaining overall well-being.


Community Support Courses

Behaviour that Challenges

In the UK alone, there are 30,000 people with a severe learning disability whose behaviour can challenge. However, behaviour that challenges is not limited to people with learning disabilities, which is why it is vital to raise awareness and understanding of this type of behaviour and its effects.

Dignity and Safeguarding in Adult and Social Care

In 2013, a total of 176,000 safeguarding alerts were reported to councils with Adult Social Services responsibilities. One third of these cases involved physical abuse and neglect, making this the most common cause of safeguarding alerts..

Principles of the Prevention and Control of Infection in Health Care Setting

Every year one in ten hospital patients develop a health care associated infection during their stay in a UK hospital. Approximately 5000 patients die as a direct result of one of these infections.

Understanding Children and Young People’s Mental Health

One in ten children have a diagnosable mental health condition, and 75% of mental health problems have begun by the age of 24. Mental ill health can affect a young person in every area of their life, including family, school, friendships, the workplace and the wider world.

Care Planning

Care planning relates to addressing an individual’s full range of needs whilst accounting for their circumstances and preferences. It helps individuals to become involved in decisions about their care and to achieve the outcomes they want.  

Dyslexia and Other Specific Learning Difficulties

With approximately 15% of people being affected by Specific Learning Difficulties  (SpLDs), it is important for individuals to develop their understanding of what SpLDs are and how they can affect the lives of those impacted by them. 

Principles of Working with Individuals with Learning Disabilities

There are an estimated 1.5 million people living with a learning disability in the UK. The effects on individuals can vary widely and affect people of every age and background. Each individual with a learning disability is entitled to receive personalised and lifelong support provided.

Understandign Safeguarding and Prevent

The purpose of this qualification is to increase the learner’s knowledge and awareness of the Prevent Duty and safeguarding, including online safety. By completing the qualification, learners will develop knowledge of safeguarding in an environment where they have a duty of care

Caring for Children and Young People

There are many factors that can impact on children and young people at different stages of their development. It is important to understand what these factors are, as well as the ways in which children and young people’s development .

Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care

Recent statistics show that the number of jobs in adult social care was estimated at 1.63 million, but only 1.5 million people fill these available roles. Demand for
adult social care is increasing as people who use the services are living longer, meaning a rise for quality providers of care.

Understanding Autism

Autism is a condition which presents itself as a wide spectrum of disorders, and is prevalent through the UK. People who have autistic spectrum disorders can be
affected differently, with cases ranging from mild to severe.

Understanding the Safe Handling of Medicines

The NHS spent more than £13 billion on medicines in 2012 and experts believe that more than 50% of all medication is prescribed, dispensed or  sold inappropriately every single year. 

Customer Service for Health and Social Care

One of the simplest, least complicated, yet often overlooked aspects of delivering health care is practicing good customer service skills. 

Principles of Dementia Care

A new case of dementia arises somewhere in the world every four seconds.  Dementia not only affects the individual themselves, but can also devastate their family, friends and entire lifestyle.

Understanding End of Life Care

Approximately half of all deaths occur in a hospital, but hospitals were recently ranked the lowest in terms of the overall quality of care during the end of life period. Hospices were ranked the highest in terms of the quality of care and care homes were not far behind. 

Understanding Working in Mental Health

In 2013, 75% of people with mental health problems in the UK admitted that they had shied away from forming close personal relationships as a result of their condition. A shocking 82% said they felt embarrassed and ashamed of their condition.


Personal Development Courses

Customer Services

More than 80% of business leaders in the UK believe customers are not only the biggest pressure point for businesses, but are also the most influential drivers of change. Ultimately, the customer service industry is one of the most popular and rewarding industries to work in.

ICT levels 1 & 2

Build on your existing IT knowledge for home and the workplace and learn how to make the most of widespread IT software.


The security industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the UK, with stewards being used at a variety of spectator events. This explains why security services company G4S is the world’s third largest private sector employer, with more than 620,000 employees. It may also explain why there are nearly 400,000 people within the UK holding a Security Industry Authority (SIA) licence.

Equality and Diversity

Every year, there are approximately 270,000 incidents of ‘hate crime’ in the UK.
These crimes usually involve violence, and are committed against someone because of their disability, race, sexual orientation, religion or other characteristic. However, attitudes can be changed through the promotion of equality and diversity.

Principles of Business Administration

UK employers have recently reported a shortage in the amount of skilled business and administration staff, despite more than four and a half million people already working in this sector. To meet employer demands, more people with appropriate
business and administration skills are needed.

Understanding Data Protection and Data Security

Data protection compliance is an essential legal requirement for all organisations. Since the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force in May 2018, it is more vital than ever that everyone who works with personal data understands the laws and acts in compliance, as the penalties can be severe.

Information Advice or Guidance

Many job roles involve interaction with customers, clients or colleagues to inform, advise or guide them, and there are many techniques it is important to be aware of in order to carry this out effectively.

Team Leading Knowledge

More than 30% of employed people in the UK are unhappy at work, the main reason for this being that employees are frustrated with poor management in the workplace.

Workplace bullying and Harassment

Workplace violence and Harassment can have huge consequences for employers, employees and the work environment. The Trades Union Congress (TUC) estimates that 29% of people have been bullied at work, and more than 1 in 3 people who report being bullied leave their job because of it. Understanding about effective communication and ways to reduce conflict in the workplace will help to create a more positive working environment, benefiting both employers and employees, and improving job satisfaction, health and wellbeing,
and productivity.


Frequenty Ask Questions


Who can do these courses?

These courses are available free to everyone (including friends and family) who live in England, who are aged 19 or over and have lived in the EU for 3 years.


How many courses can I do?

A learner can undertake as many courses as they wish, however it is recommended to do one at a time.


On the enrolment form, what do I fill in, in relation to funding / payment?

If you leave this section blank, these courses are fully funded by the SFA.


I have not received my enrollment pack

Please e-mail Claire O’Brien the Project Administrator on,  she will be able to chase this up.


Can I request an extension for my course work due date?

Yes, if you need to extend the due date for your course work, you can contact college quoting the course you are undertaking, your name and they will be able assist.


How long do I have to wait to get my certificate?

You should receive your certificate within 12 weeks of completing the course.  If you haven’t received if please contact Claire O’Brien the project administrator.


How do I enrol?

To enrol, click on the enrol button at the top of the page.


How long do the courses take?

Courses tend to take around 8 – 20 weeks, but extensions can be obtained for up to 12 months.


What format are the courses delivered in?

All courses are available to study in paper based format, some of the courses are also available to study online.  You will be given the choice of either paper based or online on your enrolment form.


How long does it take to receive the course materials once I have sent my completed enrollment form back?

If you have chosen to undertake the course with paper based materials, you should receive these within 2 weeks of the college receiving your completed enrolment form.

 If you have chosen to undertake the course online, you will receive all correspondence via e-mail within 2 weeks of the college receiving your completed enrolment form.  Please check your junk folder as the e-mails may have gone in there. 

 If you have not received any correspondence with this time please contact Claire O’Brien the Project Administrator and she will be able to chase these up.


What Learners Say

A well structured course with huge opportunity to develop your skills, a free course that is not to be missed!

Gavin Hawkins

Learning Team Leading Knowledge

I found the course to be both enlightening and challenging, I would definitely recommend doing one of these courses as I have already signed up to my second.

Mark Ireland

Care and Management of Diabetes