Distance Learning & Further Education

Level 2 Certificate in Equality and Diversity – Distance Learning

Who is this course for?

It is important that we are all aware of issues of Equality and Diversity and have knowledge of our moral and legal responsibilities.

This course is suitable for anyone who is interested in developing their knowledge of Equality and Diversity. The course is also suitable for anyone that is interested in gaining skills to improve job prospects, or to be more aware of their responsibilities within their community and employment. 

This course is accredited, this means that successful completion of the course will lead to a Level 2 Certificate in Equality and Diversity.  

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

This course is completed by Distance Learning mode of study. Course material, resources and assessments will be provided to complete the course.

As this is a level 2 course, it is recommended that learners have a standard of English that is around GCSE standard, or functional skills level 2, or working towards this. This is recommended as learners will be required to independently read text and answer questions. Tutor support is also available, further details below.

What will the course cover?

Three topics are covered by the course these are:

  • Equality and diversity in society
  • Equality and diversity in the community
  • Equality and diversity in the workplace

Learning materials will be provided in the form of booklets, which you can keep at the end of the course. The learning materials cover all the information you will need to answer the assessment questions. Some questions do require learners to draw upon personal experiences.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

Learners may progress to completion of other distance learning courses, or qualifications offered by the Learning & Skills Service in preparation for life and work depending upon your vocational area of interest.

Where and when will I learn?

At enrolment on the course you will receive your course materials and assessment questions. From the date of enrolment you have 12 weeks in which to complete the course.

You will be provided with two answer booklets for Module A and B. To complete the course will need to read the materials and answer the questions in the booklets.

It is recommended that you submit Module A when completed to receive feedback to help with Module B.

A distance learning tutor is available to offer support whilst you complete the course. Enquiries about any aspects of the learning materials and questions can be made while you are reading the materials, completing the assessment booklets and robust feedback will be provided at the end of each unit.

What should I bring with me?

Please bring some lined paper and a pen to take notes.

How much will the course cost?

The course costs £20.  This includes all distance learning materials.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&s@darlington.gov.uk.

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Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of the Prevention & Control of Infection in Health Care Settings

Who is this course for?

This qualification is designed for those who wish to develop their knowledge of infection control.  Learners accessing this training may wish to progress towards further qualifications, or learners who wish to study this programme in order to complement other training. It is also suitable for learners wishing to develop knowledge to prepare them for employment or for learners who are already in employment and who wish to study the programme as part of their own continuous professional development.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

Learners need to be over 16 years old and be capable of working at level 2.

What will the course cover?

This qualification consists of 3 mandatory units:

  • Unit 01 The principles of infection prevention and control
  • Unit 02 Causes and spread of infection
  • Unit 03 Cleaning, decontamination and waste management

What could I do when I have finished this course?

Learners who achieve this qualification could progress to:

  • Level 2 and 3 qualifications in Healthcare and/or Health and Social Care
  • Level 2 NVQ in Cleaning and Support Services
  • Level 2 NVQ in Food Preparation.

Learners could also progress into employment within the Healthcare and/ or Health and Social Care sector.

This qualification will also support those who work in the hospitality, catering or cleaning sectors.

Where and when will I learn?

This course is a distance learning course, which means you will work independently, using your course workbooks along with support from your trainer.

What should I bring with me?

Please bring some lined paper and a pen to take notes.

How much will the course cost?

Course fees are £20 for the 12 weeks.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&s@darlington.gov.uk.

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Level 2 Certificate in Understanding the Safe Handling of Medicines

Who is this course for?

This qualification is designed for learners who wish to develop their understanding of safe handling of medicines.  Learners may access this training to further develop and progress within their employment or progress onto further qualifications.

As this is a knowledge based qualification, achievement will not allow learners to be considered occupationally competent in the administration of medication.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

Learners need to be over 18 and be capable of working at level 2.

What will the course cover?

This course consists of four mandatory units:

  • Understand medication and prescriptions
  • Supply, storage and disposal of medication
  • Understand the requirements for safe administration of medication
  • Record keeping and audit processes of medication administration and storage

What could I do when I have finished this course?

Learners who achieve this qualification could progress to:

  • Level 2/3 Diploma in Health and Social Care
  • Level 2/3 Diploma in Health

Learners could also progress into employment within the Healthcare and / or Health and Social Care sector.

Where and when will I learn?

This course is a distance learning course, which means you will work independently, using your course workbooks along with support from your trainer.

What should I bring with me?

Please bring some lined paper and a pen to take notes.

How much will the course cost?

Course fees are £20 for the 12 weeks.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&s@darlington.gov.uk.

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Level 2 Certificate in Common Health Conditions

Who is this course for?

This qualification is designed for learners who are looking to start work in, or those who already work in health and social care, who would like an understanding of common health conditions and their effects on individuals.

This qualification may also be useful for those individuals who have an interest in health services or people who are caring for individuals with health conditions.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

Learners need to be over 16 years old and be capable of working at level 2.

What will the course cover?

This qualification consists of 6 units:

  • Arthritis awareness
  • Stroke awareness
  • Dementia awareness
  • Parkinson’s disease awareness
  • Sensory loss awareness
  • Monitoring the health of individuals

What could I do when I have finished this course?

Learners who achieve this qualification could progress to:

  • Level 2 or 3 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care
  • Level 2 or 3 Certificate for Working in the Health Sector
  • Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of End of Life Care
  • Level 3 Certificate in Stroke Care Management
  • Level 2/3 Diploma in Health & Social Care
  • Apprenticeship in Health & Social Care

Learners could also progress into employment within the Healthcare and / or Health and Social Care sector.

Where and when will I learn?

This course is a distance learning course, which means you will work independently, using your course workbooks along with support from your trainer.

What should I bring with me?

Please bring some lined paper and a pen to take notes.

How much will the course cost?

Course fees are £20 for the 12 weeks.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&s@darlington.gov.uk.

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Access to Higher Education Diplomas:

Working with Children and Young People L3 with Diploma specialisms in:

  • Access to Social Work Studies
  • Access to Youth Work
  • Access to Youth Justice and Crime Prevention
  • Access to Early Years

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for those who are looking to progress to Higher Education or for those looking to up-skill and increase their knowledge in relation to work with children and young people.  

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no formal entry requirements for this course, although it is preferable that learners are confident with both English and ICT skills at Level 2. For learners intending to specialise in Social Work or Education at university, GCSE A*-C grades in English and Maths are required. There is also an expectation that learners will have completed both Level 1 and Level 2 courses Working with Children and Young People before embarking upon Diploma study or if not, that learners can evidence relevant experience working with children and young people. All learners will be interviewed prior to enrolment on the course and will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

What will the course cover?

Each Diploma area covers the following units:

  • Mathematics – Data handling and Statistics
  • English – Application of English Language and English Language Writing Skills
  • Study Skills
  • Facilitating Learning through Experience
  • Professional Practice

Learners will then select a specific Diploma area from the following options where they will complete an additional four specialist units from their chosen Diploma area:

  • Access to Social Work Studies
  • Access to Youth Work
  • Access to Youth Justice and Crime Prevention
  • Access to Early Years

Please note that Diploma specialisms run according to demand so all four areas may not be available every year.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

The predominant aim of this course is to prepare and enable students to apply to university, although former students have also found volunteering and employment opportunities in the children and young people’s sector as a result of completing the course.

Where and when will I learn?

This course will run two evenings per week for 3 hours at the Coleridge Centre, Darlington. Learners will also be expected to complete placement hours (subject to discussion with course tutors).

What should I bring with me?

Please bring pen and paper to start with. As the course progresses you will need a large A4 ring bound folder. You may also wish to bring a laptop or tablet for research if you have one.

How much will the course cost?

Course fees are £3,000 (approximately) although adult loans are available and, if learners progress onto university, they are not expected to repay the loan. Learners who do not progress to university will pay back their loan through salary sacrifice when they are earning in excess of £21,000.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&s@darlington.gov.uk

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Early Years Educator Level 3 Diploma

Who is this course for?

This course will prepare learners to become Early Years Educators, enabling them to work with children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

Entrants to this course should be at least 16 years old, and all learners who achieve an Early Years Educator qualification will need GCSE English and maths A* - C to count in the ratios at Level 3 in childcare settings.  This means learners will need both their GCSE maths and GCSE English A* - C on commencement or on completion of the Diploma.

Learners will also need to be either employed within the sector or be able to find work experience within the sector.

What will the course cover?

Learners must achieve 23 mandatory units which are split into 4 themes.  These themes are:

Theme 1 – Health and well-being

Theme 2 – Legislation, frameworks and professional practice

Theme 3 – Play, development and learning for school readiness

Theme 4 – Professional development

To gain the qualification, learners will need to:

  • Pass all units
  • Complete a longitudinal study
  • Show competence in the real work environment

What could I do when I have finished this course?

Learners can progress to the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services or other higher level early years qualifications.

Upon achievement of this qualification, learners will gain their licence to practice, and it is intended that learners will be able to enter the workforce as Early Years Educators.

Learners can progress into various job roles in the statutory, voluntary or private sectors, such as:

  • Assistant in a Children’s Centre
  • Practitioner in a nursery school
  • Practitioner in a primary school reception class
  • Pre-school worker

Where and when will I learn?

Completion of this course takes 1 – 2 years.

The delivery of the Diploma will predominately take place within the workplace with supporting one to one visits from an assessor.  Additional file development sessions can be arranged at the Coleridge Centre.

If learners are required to undertake any GCSE work, this will take place in one of our training centres.

What should I bring with me?

At your induction you will need to bring your national insurance number as well as any certificates you may hold.

How much will the course cost?

Course fees are £2,800. Learners may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&s@darlington.gov.uk.

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Level 3 Diploma in Health & Social Care

Who is this course for?

This course is for those who wish to work, or who are working, in an unsupervised role with adults in health and social care environments.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

Learners should be at least 16 years old and either have a job role within the care sector or be able to gain work experience within the sector.

You must also be willing to work unsociable hours including early, late and night shifts, weekend working and bank holiday working.

What will the course cover?

This qualification develops the knowledge and skills needed when working with adults in health and social care environments.  It covers a wide range of areas including supporting individuals with their physical and emotional care, daily living needs and health care procedures.

It has three pathways:

  • Generic Health and Social Care
  • Dementia
  • Learning Disability

Learners will be assessed using a range of methods. This could include direct observation in the work place, a portfolio of evidence or written tasks.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After this course, learners can progress onto the Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care and then onto the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management.  Learners can also progress onto other routes within further education.

Suitable job roles on completion of the course could be:

  • Care Assistant in residential settings or supported living
  • Healthcare Support Worker in community and primary care environments
  • Healthcare Assistant in acute health environments
  • Care Support Worker in domiciliary services
  • Senior Care Support Worker in residential settings
  • Senior Healthcare Assistant in community, primary care and acute health environments
  • Senior Care Support Workers in domiciliary services, supported living or day services
  • Community-based Senior Support Worker

Where and when will I learn?

Completion of this course will take 12 – 18 months.  The delivery of the Diploma will predominately take place within the workplace with supporting one to one visits from an assessor.

What should I bring with me?

At your induction you will need to bring your national insurance number as well as any certificates you may hold.

How much will the course cost?

Course fees are £2,800. Learners may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&s@darlington.gov.uk

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