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Are you looking for flexible learning? Then our new range of distance learning courses are perfect for you. Our distance learning courses allow the flexibility of learning from your own home, workplace or even on the go. These courses lead to recognised qualifications and are available throughout the year, enabling you to choose when you wish to study and allow you to study at your own pace. You will be supported by trained and experienced tutors who will mark and assess your work through our e-learning platform

These courses are perfect if you wish to learn new skills, develop in your professional role or enjoy learning! We would particularly encourage employers to consider these courses to up skill the workforce too. You can view all our courses below or email the team at distancelearning@croydon.ac.uk

Course Information

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for level 1 and 2; however, learners should have a minimum of level one in literacy or equivalent. For level 3 courses, learners are expected to hold a related level 2 qualification. All learners must successfully complete an induction booklet. Some courses may also require you to be working in a relatable role for witness testimonies.

Course Fees

Our Level 1 and 2 distance learning courses are free if eligible for government funding if you meet the following criteria:

  • Must be aged 19 and over as of 31/08/19
  • If aged 19-23, you must hold a full Level 2 qualification or above (five GCSEs/O Levels grade A-C/9-4, two or three AS Levels, one A Level, NVQ Level 2, First Certificate or Principle of Learning Level 2). If aged 24+ no qualifications are required.
  • A resident in England for the last 3 years
  • Not enrolled in any other distance learning course with us

Please note that if a learner withdraws before completing the course they may be charged a £100 admin fee.

Our Level 3 courses can be funded by advanced learner loans or by making full cost payments

Assessment

These qualifications are assessed by internally set and marked online assessments and are subject to external quality assurance. There are opportunities to re-complete any questions or assessments which may be referred.

Each individual qualification also requires the successful completion of an Induction Booklet within 4 weeks of starting the programme. This provides you with an introduction to distance learning and also provides an additional qualification.

Progression

Each qualification is designed for learners to progress onto further study or prepare them for careers in chosen sectors. Learners are encouraged to progress to the next level or a different subject of study after finishing their programme.

Our Courses

Childcare and Education (click on a course to expand and read more)

Level 2 Certificate in Awareness of Bullying in Children and Young People

This Level 2 Awareness of Bullying in Children and Young People Certificate is beneficial for anyone with an interest in developing their awareness and understanding of bullying. It will aid you in recognising when bullying is taking place and actions you can take to counter it. You will also gain knowledge on the legislation around this topic.

This qualification can be used to update and continue your professional development (CPD) and to develop knowledge/skills relevant to the occupational specialisation. It is suitable for anyone who works, or is hoping to gain employment, in this field.

Level 2 Certificate in Behaviour that Challenges in Children

The Level 2 Behaviour that Challenges in Children Certificate is beneficial for anyone with an interest in developing their knowledge of behaviour that challenges in children. It will aid you in dealing with incidents as they occur, looking at how mental health, learning disabilities and other sensory issues can impact on a child’s behaviour. You will also gain knowledge on the legislation around this topic.

This qualification can be used to update and continue your professional development (CPD) and to develop knowledge/skills relevant to the occupational specialisation. It is suitable for anyone who works, or is hoping to gain employment, in this field.

Level 2 Certificate in Introducing Caring for Children and Young People

The course will introduce you to key topics such as young children’s development, plans for a healthy diet, safeguard children and understand the value of learning through play. Children are impacted at various stages and these transitions will determine how they develop in their adult years. The course will explore the different factors that can influence a child’s development, and how early educators must take the responsibility of children in their care, and safeguard their welfare.

Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Children and Young People’s Mental Health

The qualification develops learners’ knowledge and skills in the area of children and young people’s mental health. The successful learner will understand the factors affecting mental health and a range of common conditions experienced by children and young people. This course is for anyone who would like to develop their knowledge of children & young people’s mental health in context, mental health problems commonly associated with children and young people, the impact of mental ill-health on children and young people and the support available to maintain mental wellbeing in children and young people.

Successful learners can progress to other qualifications such as: 

  • Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Mental Health Care 
  • Level 3 Award in the Awareness of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 
  • Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young Peoples Workforce
Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism

This qualification aims to develop learners’ understanding of autism and the principles of supporting individuals with autism – covering the person-centred approach and influence of positive communication methods, how to support positive behaviour, and how individuals with autism can be supported to live healthy and fulfilled lives. The objective of this qualification is to help learners to progress within employment in a variety of sectors, and in a number of job roles where an understanding of autism and knowledge of how to support people with autism is required.

Level 2 Certificate in Equality and Diversity

This qualification is suitable for both young and adult learners, including those in or seeking employment. It is also ideal for those who need to develop an awareness of issues surrounding equality and diversity, for example as part of an induction programme or personal development.

Successful learners can progress to other related qualifications such as: 

  • Level 3 Award in Equality and Diversity (RQF)
  • Level 3 Award in Managing Diversity (RQF)
  • Level 3 Award in Principles of Equality and Diversity (RQF)
  • Level 4 Award in Managing Equality and Diversity in an Organisation (RQF)
  • Level 6 Award in Learning Organisational Equality and Diversity (RQF) 
Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties

The purpose of the Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties qualification is to equip learners with the knowledge of Specific Learning Difficulties, including how they are diagnosed and how individuals can be supported.

Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Autism (coming soon)

This course will allow you to develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of autism. It looks at how to adopt a positive approach to supporting individuals with autism, and explores the current legislative framework relating to individuals with autism and how different theories have developed over time.

You will gain understanding of:

  • How to support and manage transitions for individuals with autism
  • The range of therapeutic interventions and support available for individuals with autism and co-occurring conditions
  • How to support communication and social interaction for individuals with autism
  • How to develop an understanding of how individuals with autism may be vulnerable and the support worker’s role and responsibilities relating to safeguarding according to legislative requirements.

Click here for the course leaflet.

Business, Leadership and Management (click on a course to expand and read more)

Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Business Administration

This qualification aims to provide learners with the underpinning knowledge that is required by employees to work in a range of different environments in a business administration role. The objectives of this qualification are to help learners to develop essential knowledge of how to carry out administrative tasks such a show to manage information and supporting events know how to apply their knowledge in a variety of industries and job roles

Successful learners can progress to other qualifications such as:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Business Administration
  • Level 3 Diploma in Business Administration
  • Level 4 Diploma in Business Administration
  • Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Business Administration
  • Apprenticeship in Business Administration
Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Team Leading

This nationally-recognised qualification is designed to build your knowledge of the principles of team leading, improve your understanding of business as a whole, and develop the skills you need to effectively and professionally communicate, with a range of stakeholders, at different levels.

Whether you are already working in a role that involves the supervision and management of others; want to improve your chances of promotion in your current job; or are looking to gain the sort of valuable skills which employers are looking for; this course can help you progress on your chosen career path.

This course can help you find employment in a number of roles that involve the supervision, leadership, and management of others, across a wide range of sectors, or help you to progress further in your current role. It can also give you the opportunity to increase your career options through further study.

Level 2 Certificate in IT User Skills

The Level 2 Certificate in IT User Skills (ITQ) aims to meet the needs of Learners who are working or want to work with IT or ICT across a range of sectors. This qualification provides Learners with the opportunity to develop their IT skills for personal use or in preparation for employment or career progression.

Learners who achieve this qualification could progress to further qualifications in the IAO IT User Skills suite at Levels 2 or 3 or sector specific qualifications such as:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Business and Administration
  • Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Business and Administration 
  • Level 2 Certificate in Customer Service
  • Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Customer Service 
Level 2 Certificate in Principles for Digital Skills

This qualification is aimed at anyone who is either in employment or searching for employment, particularly those who wish to develop their digital skills in relation to the management of information and digital safety, security and communication. Anyone with a basic understanding of IT skills who is searching for career progression, or wishing to improve their digital skills for their own personal use, would benefit from this course.

Course can increase your career prospects for your existing role, or teach you valuable employability skills to aid you in finding employment across a wide range of industries. It is also a great course for anyone wishing to improve their digital skills for their own personal use, or advance in their continuing professional development (CPD).

After successfully passing the Level 2 Certificate in Principles for Digital Skills in Employment, you may wish to consider further expanding your knowledge and skills on another of our Level 2 online courses.

Level 2 Certificate in Information, Advice or Guidance

This qualification is suitable for learners aged 19 and above. There are no specific prior qualifications needed to access this qualification. This qualification is suitable for anyone who wants to gain a more in-depth understanding of the roles of information, advice and guidance workers. It does not confer competence in these roles. It will support progression to further training such as broader competence based or industry specific information, advice or guidance qualifications required to work in the sector.

Click here for the course leaflet.

Health and Social Care (click on a course to expand and read more)

Level 1 Award in Mental Health Awareness

The Level 1 Award in Mental Health Awareness is designed to develop learners’ knowledge and understanding of mental health including common mental health conditions, the effects of these conditions upon the individual, how the actions of others can affect those with a mental health condition, how best to support individuals exhibiting symptoms of a mental health condition and strategies to reduce the likelihood of mental health issues occurring.

Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Nutrition & Health

Ideal if you are looking for a career in healthcare, fitness, nutrition or hospitality, this nationally recognised course allows students to gain a solid understanding of health and nutrition. You can then apply the skills and knowledge to your current or future job.

Gain insight into effective weight management including effective methods for a specific individual. You’ll also understand eating disorders, the causes and its effects on others.

Course Outcome

Upon successful completion of the course students will achieve an NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Nutrition and Health.

Level 2 Certificate in Awareness of Mental Health Problems

The Level 2 Certificate in Mental Health Awareness is designed to help you raise your understanding and awareness of mental health and the problems that can cause mental illness.  This course gives you knowledge of a range of different mental health issues, covering causes of the issues as well as how mental health problems can be managed and treated. At your induction, which we will arrange with you at a mutually convenient date and location you will receive your learning materials  /information pack and assessments papers.

Level 2 Certificate in Behaviour that Challenges

Challenging behaviour is causing increasing concern today, as many individuals have increased levels of stress and uncertainty in their lives. This behaviour can be due to factors such as anxiety, neglect, abuse, learning disabilities and conditions like dementia. Understanding the causes of challenging behaviour is the first step towards finding ways to support individuals and manage their behaviour.

Level 2 Certificate in 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. This course you will not only give you an awareness of the signs, symptoms and treatments available for a variety of common health conditions, but you will also learn how to care for individuals and enable them to manage, monitor and control their condition.

Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills

This Counselling Skills Course is knowledge-based and is a nationally-recognised qualification aimed at developing the learner’s knowledge and understanding of counselling before progressing onto further studies and training.

Learners will learn the basics of counselling, the introduction to counselling theories including diversity and ethics in the use of counselling.

This course provides an ideal platform for complete novices to enter the field of counselling.

Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Working with Individuals with Learning Disabilities

The TQUK Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Working with Individuals with Learning Disabilities Qualification is to enable you to gain a recognised (RQF) qualification in order to work with persons that have Special Educational Needs (SEN).

As a SEN Teaching Assistant, you are responsible for working with children & Adults that may have learning difficulties. It is the responsibility of each SEN Teaching Assistant to ensure children or adults with learning difficulties are taught in a way they understand. This qualification will give you that knowledge and help you develop those with difficulties.

SEN Teaching Assistants work under the direction and supervision of Teachers & the SENCO team in order to help promote effective learning and teaching usually for children that may encounter learning difficulties. They carry out tasks delegated to them by the Teacher in order to work with children on both a 1-2-1 basis and also taking small groups to support learning.

Level 2 Certificate in the 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. Whether you are looking to start or develop a career in the care industry, or you simply want to know more about dementia for personal reasons, this course is the perfect place to start, as it explores crucial elements of the different types of dementia. The knowledge you will gain from this course could help you care for a friend or relative with dementia and enhance your understanding of their needs and behaviour.

Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Dignity & Safeguarding in Adult Health and Social Care

This qualification aims to give you the knowledge and understanding of the key principles of dignity, the duty of care, and safeguarding as applied to adult health and social care. You will investigate the principles and how you can apply these in everyday work contexts.

You will also have an opportunity to examine the dilemmas and consequences that can arise when these principles are not upheld. The objectives of this qualification are to prepare you for further training and to support a role in the workplace where you may work or interact with vulnerable adults.

Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Mental Health (coming soon)

Throughout this TQUK Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Mental Health Care course, students tackle a number of different units that help to understand, manage and work with people that have mental health issues. The course covers policies and framework in mental health as well as duty of care, mental health interventions and support planning. Being a level 3 qualification, students achieve a high level qualification that is nationally recognised.

Click here for the course leaflet.

Retail and Hospitality (click on a course to expand and read more)

Level 2 Certificate in Cleaning Knowledge and Skills

This qualification aims to develop your understanding of the principles of decontamination and improve your practical skills, such as cleaning and waste management. This course will also expand your knowledge of health and safety and provide insight into infection control and regulations, such as RIDDOR and COSHH. Furthermore, unlike some other cleaning training courses, this course is available via distance learning – with no need to attend classroom/training sessions.To complete this course, you will need to be observed by a witness completing specific cleaning skills as part of Unit 6. You will either need to be in a workplace where a manager or supervisor could be your witness, or if you are not currently in employment, you will need to have access to an appropriate witness who can observe you completing cleaning skills.

Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Retail Operations

The Level 2 Understanding Retail Operations qualification aims to provide an introduction to the retail industry to those new to or seeking employment in this area. It helps learners develop an understanding of the different aspects of working in the retail sector and prepares learners for progression into a range of higher level qualifications within the sector, including more practical qualifications where their knowledge can be put into practice.

Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Customer Service

This qualification enables learners to develop existing skills and gain knowledge of key areas for efficient customer service, such as communicating with customers and handling customer information. This course is suitable for anyone who is interested in customer service, and those who are hoping for career progression or employment opportunities in the customer service industry.

Level 3 Certificate in Principles of Customer Service

The course will focus on key topics such as understanding customer service environment, resolving customer problems, principles of business, managing performance and conflict in the workplace and why equality and diversion is important to the work place.

The Level 3 Certificate in Principles of Customer Service will provide learners with a look at how customer service can be effectively delivered to all departments within the workplace. It is a collaborative effort and is useful to learners who want to have careers in retail, sports, tourism and health public service.

Click here for the course leaflet.

Contact Us

If you would like to find out some more information on our distance learning courses please contact the Distance Learning Team via:

Email: distancelearning@croydon.ac.uk
Telephone: 020 8686 5700