Free distance learning courses, available in Scotland.

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

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.

Princiles 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.

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.

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.

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.


Community Support Courses

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..

Counselling Skills

Many people find it helpful and empowering to seek the support of counselling at some point in their lives. People in any situation could benefit from counselling, and those with the correct understanding, knowledge and skills can provide them with support to improve personal well-being.

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.

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 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 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.

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.  

Understanding 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.

Cleaning Knowledge and Skills

The cleaning industry covers a diverse range of environments and skills, from laundry and domestic cleaning to commercial and specialised services. This varied industry employs around one million people in the UK and continues to grow across all sectors.

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 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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.


Level 3 Courses

Customer Services L3

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.

Principles of End of Life Care L3

In 2012, 52% of all deaths occurred in a hospital, yet hospitals were ranked the lowest in terms of the overall quality of care provided during the end of life period. In the same year, hospices were ranked as offering the highest quality of care during the end of life period, with care homes a close second, and the home third.

Understanding Autism L3

Over 700,000 people in the UK have autism, meaning that 2.8 million people have a relative on the autism spectrum. Lack of understanding of the condition makes individuals with autism and their families susceptible to isolation and mental health conditions. Therefore, it is crucial that those who work or want to work in the health and social care sector develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of autism.

Understanding Mental Health L3

With increasing worries at each life stage, whether linked to exam pressure, work
expectations, unemployment or financial difficulties, it is not surprising that individuals may struggle to cope with the demands of everyday life. This is why it is more important than ever before to increase our understanding of mental health in order to tackle this growing health concern .

Understanding the Principles of Dementia Care L3

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.


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.


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