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Health and social care

A nurse holds a patients hand

The care sector is one of the most important industries in the UK and it can be an extremely rewarding to have a health and social care career.

There are many different paths to take, such as mental health, midwifery, social work, occupational therapy and so much more.

With our range of health and social care courses, you can gain qualifications to help boost your employability prospects within the care sector.

Most of our courses are free and we have many to choose from including:

  • Continuing Professional Development courses – these are aimed at people who are already in employment and who want to boost their CV or take the next step in their career.
  • Distance learning courses - these are online courses and are ideal for people who have other outstanding commitments, for example existing employment or caring responsibilities

Level 2, 3 and 4 diplomas for people who want to progress their knowledge, develop in their career or who are looking to start a career in health and social care.

If you’re interested in a distance learning course, please complete the distance learning initial assessment form.

 Take a look at our full list of courses in the dropdown boxes below.

Level 1 courses Level 2 courses Level 3 courses Level 4 courses Employment academy courses

Level 1 courses including continuing professional development

Course summary

This in-person course is for those who would like to work with children and young people in the future

You will learn about different sectors and services, safeguarding, how to challenge discrimination and prejudice, and much more.

Entry requirements

  • Aged 19+
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

To develop learners’ knowledge and awareness of health, social care and children’s and young people’s settings. And for those who wish to develop an understanding of the similarities and differences between these settings. This qualification provides pathways into the sector for anyone considering a career in health and/or social care, and provides an opportunity for learners to develop knowledge about the wider health and social care sector before they decide whether working in the sector is for them and gain information to make decisions about career progression.

What will the course cover?

Each week we will focus on different skills.

The course covers:

  • Developing an understanding of sectors and services.
  • Recognising the importance of team work and communication.
  • Safeguarding.
  • Challenging discrimination and prejudice.
  • Developing problem solving skills.
  • Developing plan / do / review / evaluate skills.
  • Developing knowledge and skills around substance misuse.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After the successful completion of Level 1 you can progress onto Level 2 (the level 2 course will be available from 2023).

You can also progress to:

  • access to higher education
  • award in substance misuse
  • distance learning qualifications.

Where and when will I learn?

Course details to be confirmed for the new term.

What do I need to bring with me?

Please bring:

  • paper
  • a pen (or a digital device) to take notes
  • a file to store your work

How much will the course cost?

This course is free of charge.

What do I do next?

Apply for the​ course

If you require help with the form please contact us on 01325 405601, 07932 869325 or l&[email protected]

Course summary

This online course is for those who want to develop their knowledge of mental health and learn useful skills for their career progression.

You will learn what is meant by mental health, the social and personal effects of poor mental health, responses to mental health issues and more.

As this course is taught online, you can learn in your own time and set your own deadlines.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

  • Aged 19+
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Reside in the Tees Valley area: Darlington, Hartlepool, Stockton, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland.  Any questions please contact us.
  • It is recommended that you currently hold, or are working towards, an English qualification at around GCSE old grade C/new grade 4 or Functional Skills Level 1

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

This course is ideal if you're looking for a career change into roles such as Health Care Assistants, Support Workers and Social Workers. So if you want to be at the forefront of the industry and make a real difference to people's lives, this course is for you! It is also beneficial for those who would like to raise their awareness of mental health for personal reasons.

What will the course cover?

The course has four sections:

  • What is meant by mental health?
  • The social and personal effects of mental ill health
  • The responses to mental health issues
  • Cultural diversity in relation to mental health issues

What could I do when I have finished this course?

Upon completion of this course, you could progress on to study one of our other mental health courses, such as the Level 2 Certificate in Awareness of Mental Health Problems.

Where and when will I learn?

  • You will learn in your own time to set deadlines.
  • This course will take place online via our online portal. You will receive your login details during enrolment.

What should I bring with me?

  • Access to the internet
  • Access to an internet-enabled device (PC, Laptop or iPad/Tablet - smart phones are not suitable for this course) 

How much will the course cost?

This course is free.

What should I do next?

Apply for the​ course

If you require help with the form please contact us on 01325 405601, 07932 869325 or l&[email protected]

Course summary

This is a CPD course that is designed to help you learn essential skills for your workplace.

You will learn about infection control, how to identify infections, how to reduce the risk of infections at home and in the workplace, and the importance of hand washing.

This is a short course that will be taught online in your own time.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

  • Aged 19+
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Reside in the Tees Valley area: Darlington, Hartlepool, Stockton, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland.  Any questions please contact us.
  • It is recommended that you currently hold, or are working towards, an English qualification at around GCSE old grade C/new grade 4 or Functional Skills Level 1

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The course intent is to develop a greater understanding of how to prevent and control the spread of infection, both in the workplace and in the home. You will also gain knowledge of how to identify infections, as well as the different types of infection.

What will the course cover?

  • Introduction to infection control
  • Identifying infections
  • How to reduce the risk of infection in the workplace and the home
  • The importance of hand washing

What could I do when I have finished this course?

You could progress onto one of our many other Distance Learning or CPD courses, depending on your pathway of choice. Or you may want to achieve a qualification in Maths, English or ICT. Many free courses will be made available to you at the end of this course.

Where and when will I learn?

  • You will learn in your own time to set deadlines
  • This course will take place online via our online portal. You will receive your login details during enrolment

What should I bring with me?

  • Access to the internet
  • Access to an internet-enabled device (PC, Laptop or iPad/Tablet - smart phones are not suitable for this course) 

How much will the course cost?

This course is free.

What should I do next?

Apply for the​ course

If you require help with the form please contact us on 01325 405601, 07932 869325 or l&[email protected]

Course summary

This is a CPD course that is designed to help you learn essential skills for your workplace.

You will learn what is meant by mental health, the social and personal effects of poor mental health, responses to mental health issues and more.

This is a short course that will be taught online in your own time.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

  • Aged 19+
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Reside in the Tees Valley area: Darlington, Hartlepool, Stockton, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland.  Any questions please contact us.
  • It is recommended that you currently hold, or are working towards, an English qualification at around GCSE old grade C/new grade 4 or Functional Skills Level 1

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The course intent is to increase your knowledge and understanding of mental health and covers the social and personal effects of mental ill health, cultural diversity and mental health issues, responses to mental health issues and looks into the skills needed when working in mental health.

What will the course cover?

  • What is meant by mental health
  • The social and personal effects of mental ill health
  • The responses to mental health issues
  • Cultural diversity in relation to mental health issues

What could I do when I have finished this course?

You could progress onto one of our many other Distance Learning or CPD courses, depending on your pathway of choice. Or you may want to achieve a qualification in Maths, English or ICT. Many free courses will be made available to you at the end of this course.

Where and when will I learn?

  • You will learn in your own time to set deadlines
  • This course will take place online via our online portal. You will receive your login details during enrolment

What should I bring with me?

  • Access to the internet
  • Access to an internet-enabled device (PC, Laptop or iPad/Tablet - smart phones are not suitable for this course) 

How much will the course cost?

This course is free.

What should I do next?

Apply for the​ course

If you require help with the form please contact us on 01325 405601, 07932 869325 or l&[email protected]

Course summary

This is a CPD course that is designed to help you learn essential skills for your workplace.

You will learn about common types of medication and their use, techniques for administering medication, recording and reporting, legislative frameworks and more.

This is a short course that will be taught online in your own time.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

  • Aged 19+
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Reside in the Tees Valley area: Darlington, Hartlepool, Stockton, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland.  Any questions please contact us.
  • It is recommended that you currently hold, or are working towards, an English qualification at around GCSE old grade C/new grade 4 or Functional Skills Level 1

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The course intent is to develop an understanding of legislation associated with handling medication; procedures for receiving, administering, handling, storing and disposing of medication; as well as looking at the most common types of medication that are administered to individuals in a care setting. The course is ideal for anyone currently working in a role where they need to administer medication, or for those who wish to progress into a role of this nature.

What will the course cover?

  • Understand the legislative framework for the use of medication in social care settings
  • Know about common types of medication and their use
  • Understand roles and responsibilities in the use of medication in social care settings
  • Understand techniques for administering medication
  • Be able to receive, store and dispose of medication supplies safely
  • Know how to promote the rights of the individual when managing medication
  • Be able to support use of medication
  • Be able to record and report on use of medication

What could I do when I have finished this course?

You could progress onto one of our many other Distance Learning or CPD courses, depending on your pathway of choice. Or you may want to achieve a qualification in Maths, English or ICT. Many free courses will be made available to you at the end of this course.

Where and when will I learn?

  • You will learn in your own time to set deadlines
  • This course will take place online via our online portal. You will receive your login details during enrolment

What should I bring with me?

  • Access to the internet
  • Access to an internet-enabled device (PC, Laptop or iPad/Tablet - smart phones are not suitable for this course) 

How much will the course cost?

This course is free.

What should I do next?

Apply for the​ course

If you require help with the form please contact us on 01325 405601, 07932 869325 or l&[email protected]

Course summary

You will learn about the principles of safeguarding adults and children, reducing the likelihood of abuse, how to respond to suspected or disclosed abuse and more.

This is a short course that will be taught online in your own time

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

  • Aged 19+
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Reside in the Tees Valley area: Darlington, Hartlepool, Stockton, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland.  Any questions please contact us.
  • It is recommended that you currently hold, or are working towards, an English qualification at around GCSE old grade C/new grade 4 or Functional Skills Level 1

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The course intent is to give you the knowledge you need to understand the impact of and key issues surrounding the safeguarding of adults and children. This includes how to recognise, respond to and reduce the likelihood of abuse.

What will the course cover?

  • Understanding the principles of safeguarding adults
  • Reducing the likelihood of abuse
  • Responding to suspected or disclosed abuse
  • Protecting people from harm and abuse – locally and nationally
  • Safeguarding children

What could I do when I have finished this course?

You could progress onto one of our many other Distance Learning or CPD courses, depending on your pathway of choice. Or you may want to achieve a qualification in Maths, English or ICT. Many free courses will be made available to you at the end of this course.

Where and when will I learn?

  • You will learn in your own time to set deadlines
  • This course will take place online via our online portal. You will receive your login details during enrolment

What should I bring with me?

  • Access to the internet
  • Access to an internet-enabled device (PC, Laptop or iPad/Tablet - smart phones are not suitable for this course) 

How much will the course cost?

This course is free.

What should I do next?

Apply for the​ course

If you require help with the form please contact us on 01325 405601, 07932 869325 or l&[email protected]

Course summary

This online course is for those who would like to increase their awareness of substance misuse to help improve career prospects in a variety of sectors.

You will learn about the different types of substance misuse, the physical and mental effects, the effects on relationships and services, and the support available.

As this course is taught online, you can learn in your own time and set your own deadlines.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

  • Aged 19+
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Reside in the Tees Valley area: Darlington, Hartlepool, Stockton, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland.  Any questions please contact us. 
  • It is recommended that you currently hold, or are working towards, an English qualification at around GCSE old grade C/new grade 4 or Functional Skills Level 1

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

This qualification will enable learners to develop their knowledge and understanding of substance misuse awareness, including drugs and alcohol, and its potential effects on individuals, family, health, services such as the NHS and more.

What will the course cover?

The topics covered by this course are:

  • Different types of Substance Misuse
  • Effects of Substance Misuse on the body, both physically and mentally 
  • Effects of Substance Misuse on relationships and services
  • Avenues of support for those suffering with Substance Misuse

What could I do when I have finished this course?

Learners may continue onto the 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. You may like to go on to further study in qualifications such as Level 2 qualifications in Health or Health and Social Care.

This qualification may also be useful to you if you want to gain employment, improve your career prospects, or are studying additional qualifications in the following sectors: counselling / childcare / sport and recreation / community work / youth work / voluntary sector.

Where and when will I learn?

  • You will learn in your own time to set deadlines.
  • This course will take place online via our online portal. You will receive your login details during enrolment.

What should I bring with me?

  • Access to the internet
  • Access to an internet-enabled device (PC, Laptop or iPad/Tablet - smart phones are not suitable for this course) 

How much will the course cost?

This course is free.

What should I do next?

Apply for the​ course

If you require help with the form please contact us on 01325 405601, 07932 869325 or l&[email protected]

Level 2 courses

Course summary

This course is for those who would like to work in the adult health and care sectors.

You will learn about duty of care, equality and diversity, information handling, safeguarding and so much more.

This course is delivered online, but you will be required to attend the learning centre for bespoke classroom-based lessons.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

  • Aged 19+
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Has been a UK or EU resident for the previous three years
  • Reside in Darlington and the Tees Valley area
  • It is recommended that you currently hold, or are working towards, an English qualification at around GCSE old grade C/new grade 4 or Functional Skills Level 2

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

This courses helps you to gain the understanding and skills needed to support adults in a health or adult care setting and treat them with the care, compassion and respect they deserve. 

What will the course cover?

This course will cover the following mandatory units:

  • Communication
  • Duty of Care
  • Equality & Diversity
  • Information handling
  • Health, Safety and Wellbeing
  • Person-centred approaches
  • Safeguarding
  • Plus more!

What could I do when I have finished this course?

You may gain employment within a relevant sector and/or decide to progress into higher education. You will also be given information and guidance to continue onto other courses with Learning & Skills such as the Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care, the Level 3 Diploma in Healthcare Support or Distance Learning and CPD courses. 

Where and when will I learn?

  • This course is delivered remotely and you will have access to the Equal online portfolio and support from a specialist tutor
  • Your course will be at least 12 months in duration but can be completed sooner
  • This course is roll on/roll off. You may start at any time of the year

What do I need to bring with me?

You will be required to provide the following:

  • Photo ID
  • Relevant certificates

How much will the course cost?

This course is free of charge

What do I do next?

Apply for the​ Diploma

Course summary

This course is for those who require the qualification for their current role and want to raise their awareness of mental health.

You will learn about a variety of mental health issues, such as anxiety, stress, phobias, dementia and so many more.

As this course is taught online, you can learn in your own time and set your own deadlines.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

  • Aged 19+
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Reside in the Tees Valley area: Darlington, Hartlepool, Stockton, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland.  Any questions please contact us.
  • It is recommended that you currently hold, or are working towards, an English qualification at around GCSE old grade C/new grade 4 or Functional Skills Level 1

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The course is structured to support learners to develop good awareness and understanding of a range of important mental health problems. The course supports learners to use this awareness in current and future work environments.

What will the course cover?

This qualification aims to raise awareness of mental health and a range of mental health problems.

The objective of this qualification is to develop the learners’ understanding of a range of mental health problems, which could be used to support their role in the workplace or where they may work or interact with individuals with mental health problems.

Mental health problems covered are stress, anxiety, phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), depression, postnatal depression, bipolar disorder, dementia, schizophrenia, eating disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After this course has finished you may like to continue onto NCFE Level 2 certificated qualifications offered by Learning & Skills, such as Common Health Conditions, Understanding the Safe Handling of Medication in Health-Care settings, Principles of the Prevention and Control of Infection in Health-Care settings, Equality & Diversity, Understanding the Care and Management of Diabetes or Principles of Dementia Care or Principles of End of Life Care.

Where and when will I learn?

  • You will learn in your own time to set deadlines.
  • This course will take place online via our online portal. You will receive your login details during enrolment.

What should I bring with me?

  • Access to the internet
  • Access to an internet-enabled device (PC, Laptop or iPad/Tablet - smart phones are not suitable for this course) 

How much will the course cost?

This course is free.

What should I do next?

Apply for the​ course

If you require help with the form please contact us on 01325 405601, 07932 869325 or l&[email protected]

Course summary

This course is for those who require the qualification for their current role and would like a better understanding of children and young people’s mental health. You will learn about young people’s mental health in context, mental health problems commonly associated with children and young people, and the effect it can have on them. As this course is taught online, you can learn in your own time and set your own deadlines.

Who is this course for?

This qualification is suitable for all members of the public, aged 19+ learners who wish to gain a better understanding of Children and Young People’s Mental Health and the practices and processes that go with it. This course is tailored to those requiring the qualification for their work role. 

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

  • Aged 19+
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Reside in the Tees Valley area: Darlington, Hartlepool, Stockton, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland.  Any questions please contact us.
  • It is recommended that you currently hold, or are working towards, an English qualification at around GCSE old grade C/new grade 4 or Functional Skills Level 1

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The intention of the curriculum is to develop learners’ understanding of children and young people’s mental health and the support available children and young people. The course supports learners’ progression to working with children and young people or the healthcare sector.

What will the course cover?

The purpose of this qualification is to increase learner’s knowledge and awareness of children and young people’s mental health. By completing the qualification, learners will develop knowledge of:

  • Children and young people’s mental health in context
  • Mental health problems commonly associated with children and young people
  • The effect of mental ill-health on children and young people
  • Support available to maintain mental wellbeing in children and young people

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After this course has finished you may like to continue onto other CACHE / NCFE Level 2 Certificated qualifications offered by Learning & Skills, such as Common Health Conditions, Understanding the Safe Handling of Medication in Health-Care setting, Principles of the Prevention and Control of Infection in Health-Care settings, Equality & Diversity, Awareness of Mental Health Problems, Principles of Dementia Care and Understanding the Care and Management of Diabetes.

Learners who achieve this qualification could choose to enrol for:

  • Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Mental Health
  • Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce (England)
  • Level 3 Award / Certificate / Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning

Where and when will I learn?

  • You will learn in your own time to set deadlines.
  • This course will take place online via our online portal. You will receive your login details during enrolment.

What should I bring with me?

  • Access to the internet
  • Access to an internet-enabled device (PC, Laptop or iPad/Tablet - smart phones are not suitable for this course) 

How much will the course cost?

This course is free.

What should I do next?

Apply for the​ course

If you require help with the form please contact us on 01325 405601, 07932 869325 or l&[email protected]

Course summary

This course is for those who require the qualification for their current role and would like a better understanding of suicide and self-harm. You will learn how to recognise the signs of self-harm and potentially suicidal thoughts in individuals, the principles of prevention, support for individuals grieving after suicide and more. As this course is taught online, you can learn in your own time and set your own deadlines.

Who is this course for?

This qualification is suitable for all members of the public, aged 19+, who wish to gain a better understanding of and awareness of suicide and self-harm. This course is tailored to those requiring the qualification for their work role.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

  • Aged 19+
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Reside in the Tees Valley area: Darlington, Hartlepool, Stockton, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland.  Any questions please contact us.
  • It is recommended that you currently hold, or are working towards, an English qualification at around GCSE old grade C/new grade 4 or Functional Skills Level 1

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The course intent is aimed at anyone seeking to improve their understanding and awareness of suicide and self-harm. The knowledge individuals will gain is not sector-specific but can be applied to a broad range of personal and professional situations. Individuals who may find this course useful to their professional life include: teachers, mental health workers, crisis helpline volunteers, support workers, individuals in a safeguarding role, parents or guardians, and others working with individuals who may be at increased risk of self-harm or suicide.

What will the course cover?

This course will cover 4 sections:

  • Introduction to suicide and self-harm awareness
  • Recognising the signs of suicide and self-harm in individuals
  • The principles of suicide and self-harm prevention
  • Support for individuals when dealing with grief after suicide

What could I do when I have finished this course?

You could progress onto one of our many other courses, depending on your pathway of choice: upskill your functional skills with our Maths, English or ICT courses, develop your ICT skills for the workplace or you may decide to complete any of the other Distance Learning or CPD courses that will be made available to you to support your pathway within or to employment.

Where and when will I learn?

  • You will learn in your own time to set deadlines.
  • This course will take place online via our online portal. You will receive your login details during enrolment.

What should I bring with me?

  • Access to the internet
  • Access to an internet-enabled device (PC, Laptop or iPad/Tablet - smart phones are not suitable for this course) 

How much will the course cost?

This course is free.

What should I do next?

Apply for the​ course

If you require help with the form please contact us on 01325 405601, 07932 869325 or l&[email protected]

Course summary

This course is for those who require the qualification for their current role and would like a better understanding of behaviours that challenge. You will learn about challenging behaviours and their effects, and upon completion, you could progress on to other relevant qualifications or into employment in the health and social care sector. As this course is taught online, you can learn in your own time and set your own deadlines.

Who is this course for?

This qualification is suitable for all members of the public, aged 19+ learners who wish to gain a better understanding of behaviours that challenge and the practices and processes that go with it. This course is tailored to those requiring the qualification for their work role. 

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

  • Aged 19+
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Reside in the Tees Valley area: Darlington, Hartlepool, Stockton, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland.  Any questions please contact us.
  • It is recommended that you currently hold, or are working towards, an English qualification at around GCSE old grade C/new grade 4 or Functional Skills Level 1

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The intent of this course’s curriculum is to enable learners to enhance their awareness and understanding of behaviour that challenges. It can open up avenues to employment, develop and enhance a current job role or develop confidence in supporting individuals living with challenging behaviours. This course also aims to support learners in progressing onto further learning.

What will the course cover?

This qualification is designed to increase learners’ awareness and understanding of behaviour that challenges and its effects. By completing the qualification, learners will develop in-depth knowledge of behaviour that challenges, which could support progression onto other appropriate qualifications and into relevant employment in the health and social care sector. This qualification would be valuable to learners already working in education and health and social care settings.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After this course has finished you may like to continue onto other CACHE / NCFE Level 2 Certificated qualifications offered by Learning & Skills, such as Common Health Conditions, Understanding the Safe Handling of Medication in Health-Care setting, Principles of the Prevention and Control of Infection in Health-Care settings, Equality & Diversity, Awareness of Mental Health Problems, Principles of Dementia Care and Understanding the Care and Management of Diabetes.

This qualification provides progression to a number of other qualifications including:

  • Level 2 and 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care
  • Level 2 qualifications in Mental Health
  • Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Working with Individuals with Learning Disabilities
  • Level 2 and 3 Certificates in Understanding Autism
  • Level 2 and 3 qualifications for the Children and Young People’s Workforce.
  • Level 2 and 3 qualifications in Understanding Dementia

Where and when will I learn?

  • You will learn in your own time to set deadlines.
  • This course will take place online via our online portal. You will receive your login details during enrolment.

What should I bring with me?

  • Access to the internet
  • Access to an internet-enabled device (PC, Laptop or iPad/Tablet - smart phones are not suitable for this course) 

How much will the course cost?

This course is free.

What should I do next?

Apply for the​ course

If you require help with the form please contact us on 01325 405601, 07932 869325 or l&[email protected]

Course summary

This course is for those who require the qualification for their current role and would like more knowledge on working with individuals with learning disabilities in a variety of roles. You will learn about the principles of safeguarding, positive risk-taking, the autistic spectrum and more. As this course is taught online, you can learn in your own time and set your own deadlines.

Who is this course for?

This qualification is designed for learners with an interest in, or who are already working with, people with learning disabilities in a variety of roles. This qualification is suitable for learners aged 19+. This course is tailored to those requiring the qualification for their work role. 

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

  • Aged 19+
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Reside in the Tees Valley area: Darlington, Hartlepool, Stockton, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland.  Any questions please contact us.
  • It is recommended that you currently hold, or are working towards, an English qualification at around GCSE old grade C/new grade 4 or Functional Skills Level 1

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The intent of this course’s curriculum is to enable learners to develop their knowledge and understanding of supporting individuals with learning disabilities. It can open up avenues to employment, develop and enhance a current job role or develop confidence for those supporting individuals living with learning difficulties. This course also aims to support learners in progressing onto further learning.

What will the course cover?

This qualification aims to give learners knowledge and understanding to work with individuals with learning disabilities or difficulties. They will explore the principles of safeguarding and positive risk-taking and gain awareness of the autistic spectrum.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After this course has finished you may like to continue onto NCFE Level 2 Certificated qualifications Learning & Skills offer such as Common Health Conditions, Understanding the Safe Handling of Medication in Health-Care setting, Principles of the Prevention and Control of Infection in Health-Care settings, Equality & Diversity, Awareness of Mental Health Problems, Principles of Dementia Care or Principles of End of Life Care.

Where and when will I learn?

  • You will learn in your own time to set deadlines.
  • This course will take place online via our online portal. You will receive your login details during enrolment.

What should I bring with me?

  • Access to the internet
  • Access to an internet-enabled device (PC, Laptop or iPad/Tablet - smart phones are not suitable for this course) 

How much will the course cost?

This course is free.

What should I do next?

Apply for the​ course

If you require help with the form please contact us on 01325 405601, 07932 869325 or l&[email protected]

Course summary

This course is for those who require the qualification for their current role in working with vulnerable adults in health and social care sectors. You will learn about the important principles of dignity, duty of care and adult safeguarding with an opportunity to examine dilemmas and their consequences. As this course is taught online, you can learn in your own time and set your own deadlines.

Who is this course for?

This qualification is designed primarily for individuals working with, or intending to work with, vulnerable adults in the health and social care sectors. This course is tailored to those requiring the qualification for their work role. 

The ‘Code of Conduct for Healthcare Support Workers and Adult Social Care Workers in England’ emphasises the provision of safe and compassionate care and the need to challenge where this is not provided. Safeguarding adults and upholding the dignity of those accessing health and social care services are important principles in the sector. The purpose of this qualification is to give learners currently working or intending to work in adult health or social care an understanding of dignity and safeguarding and their relevance in health and social care, and how they can work to uphold these important principles.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

  • Aged 19+
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Reside in the Tees Valley area: Darlington, Hartlepool, Stockton, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland.  Any questions please contact us.
  • It is recommended that you currently hold, or are working towards, an English qualification at around GCSE old grade C/new grade 4 or Functional Skills Level 1

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The intent of this course’s curriculum is to enable learners to develop their knowledge and understanding of the key principles of dignity, duty of care and safeguarding as applied to adult health and social care. It can open up avenues to employment or develop and enhance a current job role. This course also aims to support learners in progressing onto further learning.

What will the course cover?

This qualification aims to give learners knowledge and understanding of the important principles of dignity, duty of care and safeguarding as applied to adult health and social care. Learners will investigate the principles and how they are applied in everyday work contexts. They 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 learners for further training and to support a role in the workplace where the individual may work or interact with vulnerable adults.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After this course has finished you may like to continue onto courses such as:

  • NCFE Level 2 or Level 3 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care
  • NCFE Level 2 or Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England
  • NCFE Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Dementia Care
  • Level 2 or 3 Diplomas in Clinical Healthcare Support

Where and when will I learn?

  • You will learn in your own time to set deadlines.
  • This course will take place online via our online portal. You will receive your login details during enrolment.

What should I bring with me?

  • Access to the internet
  • Access to an internet-enabled device (PC, Laptop or iPad/Tablet - smart phones are not suitable for this course) 

How much will the course cost?

This course is free.

What should I do next?

Apply for the​ course

If you require help with the form please contact us on 01325 405601, 07932 869325 or l&[email protected]

Course summary

This course is for those who require the qualification for their current role and would like to develop their understanding of safe handling of medicines. You will learn how to handle, administer and store medicines, and the responsibilities and accountability that goes along with handling medicines. As this course is taught online, you can learn in your own time and set your own deadlines.

Who is this course for?

This qualification is designed for learners who wish to develop their understanding of safe handling of medicines. This course is tailored to those requiring the qualification for their work role. 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?

  • Aged 19+
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Reside in the Tees Valley area: Darlington, Hartlepool, Stockton, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland.  Any questions please contact us.
  • It is recommended that you currently hold, or are working towards, an English qualification at around GCSE old grade C/new grade 4 or Functional Skills Level 1

How much will the course cost?

This course is free.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The course is structured to support learners to develop appropriate knowledge and understanding of medicines and how they are administered and stored. Learners develop an understanding of responsibilities and accountability that goes along with handling medicines in a health or social care setting, supporting them towards a career in the Health and Social Care sector.

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 enrol on the Level 2/3 Diploma in Health and Social Care. Learners could also continue into employment within the Healthcare and / or Health and Social Care sector.

Where and when will I learn?

  • You will learn in your own time to set deadlines.
  • This course will take place online via our online portal. You will receive your login details during enrolment.

What should I bring with me?

  • Access to the internet
  • Access to an internet-enabled device (PC, Laptop or iPad/Tablet - smart phones are not suitable for this course) 

How much will the course cost?

This course is free.

What should I do next?

Apply for the​ course

If you require help with the form please contact us on 01325 405601, 07932 869325 or l&[email protected]

Course summary

This course is for those who require the qualification for their current role and would like to know more about the principles of caring for individuals with dementia. You will learn about person-centred care, the influence of positive communication methods, the importance of providing appropriate activities and more. As this course is taught online, you can learn in your own time and set your own deadlines.

Who is this course for?

This qualification is suitable for all members of the public, aged 19+ learners who wish to gain an understanding of the principles of caring for someone with dementia. This course is tailored to those requiring the qualification for their work role. 

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

  • Aged 19+
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Reside in the Tees Valley area: Darlington, Hartlepool, Stockton, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland.  Any questions please contact us.
  • It is recommended that you currently hold, or are working towards, an English qualification at around GCSE old grade C/new grade 4 or Functional Skills Level 1

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The intent of this course’s curriculum is to enable learners to develop their knowledge and understanding around dementia. This can open up avenues to employment, develop and enhance current job role or develop confidence in caring for an individual living with dementia. This course also aims to support learners in progressing onto further learning.

What will the course cover?

The aim of this qualification is to assist learners to develop their knowledge and understanding of the principles of caring for those with dementia. It covers areas such as person centred care, influence of positive communication methods, issues relating to the use of medication for those with dementia and the importance of providing appropriate activities.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After this course has finished you may like to continue onto NCFE Level 2 Certificated qualifications offered by Learning & Skills, such as Common Health Conditions, Understanding the Safe Handling of Medication in Health-Care setting, Principles of the Prevention and Control of Infection in Health-Care settings, Equality & Diversity, Awareness of Mental Health Problems, Principles of End of Life Care and Understanding the Care and Management of Diabetes.

Where and when will I learn?

  • You will learn in your own time to set deadlines.
  • This course will take place online via our online portal. You will receive your login details during enrolment.

What should I bring with me?

  • Access to the internet
  • Access to an internet-enabled device (PC, Laptop or iPad/Tablet - smart phones are not suitable for this course) 

How much will the course cost?

This course is free.

What should I do next?

Apply for the​ course

If you require help with the form please contact us on 01325 405601, 07932 869325 or l&[email protected]

Course summary

This course is for those who require the qualification for their current role and would like to know more about infection control. You will learn about the principles of infection and prevent control, the causes and spread of infection, and cleaning, decontamination and waste management. As this course is taught online, you can learn in your own time and set your own deadlines.

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 continue towards further qualifications, or learners who wish to study this programme to complement other training. This course is tailored to those requiring the qualification for their work role.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

  • Aged 19+
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Reside in the Tees Valley area: Darlington, Hartlepool, Stockton, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland.  Any questions please contact us.
  • It is recommended that you currently hold, or are working towards, an English qualification at around GCSE old grade C/new grade 4 or Functional Skills Level 1

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

This course allows learners to develop an understanding of prevention and management of infection in healthcare settings, and will support learners in a future career in healthcare or other relevant employment.

What will the course cover?

This qualification consists of 3 mandatory units:

  • The principles of infection prevention and control
  • Causes and spread of infection
  • Cleaning, decontamination and waste management

What could I do when I have finished this course?

Learners who achieve this qualification could continue 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 head 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?

  • You will learn in your own time to set deadlines.
  • This course will take place online via our online portal. You will receive your login details during enrolment.

What should I bring with me?

  • Access to the internet
  • Access to an internet-enabled device (PC, Laptop or iPad/Tablet - smart phones are not suitable for this course) 

How much will the course cost?

This course is free.

What should I do next?

Apply for the​ course

If you require help with the form please contact us on 01325 405601, 07932 869325 or l&[email protected]

Who is this course for?

This qualification is suitable for all members of the public, aged 19+ learners who wish to gain a better understanding of end of life care and the practices and processes that go with it. This course is tailored to those requiring the qualification for their work role. 

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

  • Aged 19+
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Reside in the Tees Valley area: Darlington, Hartlepool, Stockton, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland.  Any questions please contact us.
  • It is recommended that you currently hold, or are working towards, an English qualification at around GCSE old grade C/new grade 4 or Functional Skills Level 1

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The intent of this course’s curriculum is to enable learners to develop an understanding of different perspectives of death and dying, and the impact it has on individuals. It can open up avenues to employment or to develop and enhance a current job role. This course also aims to support learners in progressing onto further learning. 

What will the course cover?

This qualification aims to develop the learner’s knowledge and understanding of how to work in end of life care; the support needed to manage pain and discomfort; how dementia effects end of life care; the role of the care worker in time of death and the loss and grief process. The objectives of this qualification are to give learners working in, or intending to work in, healthcare and social care the knowledge and understanding of end of life care to support their role.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After this course has finished you may like to continue onto NCFE Level 2 Certificated qualifications offered by Learning & Skills, such as Common Health Conditions, Understanding the Safe Handling of Medication in Health-Care setting, Principles of the Prevention and Control of Infection in Health-Care settings, Equality & Diversity, Awareness of Mental Health Problems, Principles of Dementia Care and Understanding the Care and Management of Diabetes.

Where and when will I learn?

  • You will learn in your own time to set deadlines.
  • This course will take place online via our online portal. You will receive your login details during enrolment.

What should I bring with me?

  • Access to the internet
  • Access to an internet-enabled device (PC, Laptop or iPad/Tablet - smart phones are not suitable for this course) 

How much will the course cost?

This course is free.

What should I do next?

Apply for the​ course

If you require help with the form please contact us on 01325 405601, 07932 869325 or l&[email protected]

Who is this course for?

This course is for those who require the qualification for their current role, and would like a better understanding of common health conditions and their effects.

You will learn about many health conditions, including arthritis, dementia, Parkinson’s and more.

As this course is taught online, you can learn in your own time and set your own deadlines

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

  • Aged 19+
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Reside in the Tees Valley area: Darlington, Hartlepool, Stockton, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland.  Any questions please contact us.
  • It is recommended that you currently hold, or are working towards, an English qualification at around GCSE old grade C/new grade 4 or Functional Skills Level 1

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The course is structured to support learners to develop a good awareness of common health conditions and an understanding of monitoring the health of individuals affected by common health conditions. 

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 continue onto the courses:

  • 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 head into employment within the Healthcare and / or Health and Social Care sector.

Where and when will I learn?

  • You will learn in your own time to set deadlines.
  • This course will take place online via our online portal. You will receive your login details during enrolment.

What should I bring with me?

  • Access to the internet
  • Access to an internet-enabled device (PC, Laptop or iPad/Tablet - smart phones are not suitable for this course) 

How much will the course cost?

This course is free.

What should I do next?

Apply for the​ course

If you require help with the form please contact us on 01325 405601, 07932 869325 or l&[email protected]

Who is this course for?

This qualification is suitable for all members of the public, aged 19+ learners who wish to gain an understanding of the care and management of diabetes. This course is tailored to those requiring the qualification for their work role. 

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

  • Aged 19+
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Reside in the Tees Valley area: Darlington, Hartlepool, Stockton, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland.  Any questions please contact us.
  • It is recommended that you currently hold, or are working towards, an English qualification at around GCSE old grade C/new grade 4 or Functional Skills Level 1

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The course is structured to support learners to develop appropriate knowledge and understanding of different types of diabetes and management of the condition.

What will the course cover?

This qualification aims to provide an understanding of the different types of diabetes and how they can occur, develop awareness of how the onset of Type 2 diabetes can be delayed with lifestyle changes, develop an understanding of diabetes diagnosis and initial care and develop an understanding of on-going care and treatment of diabetes to control blood sugar levels. The objectives of this qualification are to give learners working, or intending to work, in healthcare and social care knowledge and understanding of diabetes to support their role in the workplace, as well as enable learners to continue to other qualifications in this subject area, or within the wider area of health and social care.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After this course has finished you may like to continue onto NCFE Level 2 Certificated qualifications offered by Learning & Skills, such as Common Health Conditions, Understanding the Safe Handling of Medication in Health-Care setting, Principles of the Prevention and Control of Infection in Health-Care settings, Equality & Diversity, Awareness of Mental Health Problems, Principles of Dementia Care or Principles of End of Life Care.

Where and when will I learn?

  • You will learn in your own time to set deadlines.
  • This course will take place online via our online portal. You will receive your login details during enrolment.

What should I bring with me?

  • Access to the internet
  • Access to an internet-enabled device (PC, Laptop or iPad/Tablet - smart phones are not suitable for this course) 

How much will the course cost?

This course is free.

What should I do next?

Apply for the​ course

If you require help with the form please contact us on 01325 405601, 07932 869325 or l&[email protected]

Who is this course for?

This qualification is suitable for all members of the public, aged 19+ learners who wish to access this training with a view to continue on to further qualifications or employment within Sport and Recreation, Exercise and Fitness, Hospitality and Catering or Healthcare. It complements other qualifications and enables learners to develop within their current job role within these sector areas This course is tailored to those requiring the qualification for their work role. 

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

  • Aged 19+
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Reside in the Tees Valley area: Darlington, Hartlepool, Stockton, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland.  Any questions please contact us.
  • It is recommended that you currently hold, or are working towards, an English qualification at around GCSE old grade C/new grade 4 or Functional Skills Level 1

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The course is structured to support learners to develop appropriate knowledge and understanding of healthy eating and the maintenance of good health throughout an individual’s life. The course provides a basis for further study and career development.

What will the course cover?

This qualification is designed for a wide range of learners with some existing knowledge of this area who are interested in improving their understanding of nutrition and healthy eating. The learner will cover the following subjects:

  • Explore principles of healthy eating
  • Consider nutritional needs of a variety of individuals
  • Use food and nutrition information to plan a healthy diet
  • The principles of weight management
  • Understanding eating disorders
  • Principles of food safety for the home environment

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After this course has finished you may like to continue onto other CACHE / NCFE Level 2 Certificated qualifications offered by Learning & Skills, such as Common Health Conditions, Understanding the Safe Handling of Medication in Health-Care setting, Principles of the Prevention and Control of Infection in Health-Care settings, Equality & Diversity, Awareness of Mental Health Problems, Principles of Dementia Care and Understanding the Care and Management of Diabetes.

This qualification provides progression to a number of qualifications including:

  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Professional Cookery
  • Level 2 Certificate in Hospitality and Catering Principles
  • Level 2 Diploma in Exercise, Health and Fitness Instructing
  • Level 2 Diploma in Health and Fitness
  • Level 2 and 3 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care
  • Level 2 and 3 Certificate for Working in the Health Sector
  • Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Professional Cookery
  • Intermediate and Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Catering and Professional Chefs
  • Intermediate and Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Health & Social Care
  • Intermediate and Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Health (Clinical Healthcare Support)

Where and when will I learn?

  • You will learn in your own time to set deadlines.
  • This course will take place online via our online portal. You will receive your login details during enrolment.

What should I bring with me?

  • Access to the internet
  • Access to an internet-enabled device (PC, Laptop or iPad/Tablet - smart phones are not suitable for this course) 

How much will the course cost?

This course is free.

What should I do next?

Apply for the​ course

If you require help with the form please contact us on 01325 405601, 07932 869325 or l&[email protected]

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 Learning Difficulties and to be more aware of signs, symptoms, diagnosis and where to source help. This course is tailored to those requiring the qualification for their work role. 

This course is accredited, this means that successful completion of the course will lead to a Level 2 Certificate in Specific Learning Difficulties.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

  • Aged 19+
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Reside in the Tees Valley area: Darlington, Hartlepool, Stockton, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland.  Any questions please contact us.
  • It is recommended that you currently hold, or are working towards, an English qualification at around GCSE old grade C/new grade 4 or Functional Skills Level 1

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The course is structured to support learners to develop a good knowledge and understanding of a range of specific learning difficulties, and how individuals with learning difficulties can be supported.

What will the course cover?

Three topics are covered by the course these are:

  • Understand Specific Learning Difficulties
  • Understand the effects of Specific Learning Difficulties
  • Understand the diagnosis of Specific Learning Difficulties
  • Understanding supporting individuals with Specific Learning Difficulties
  • Understand the context of Specific Learning Difficulties

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 continue onto the 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?

  • You will learn in your own time to set deadlines.
  • This course will take place online via our online portal. You will receive your login details during enrolment.

What should I bring with me?

  • Access to the internet
  • Access to an internet-enabled device (PC, Laptop or iPad/Tablet - smart phones are not suitable for this course) 

How much will the course cost?

This course is free.

What should I do next?

Apply for the​ course

If you require help with the form please contact us on 01325 405601, 07932 869325 or l&[email protected]

Who is this course for?

This qualification is suitable for learners who wish to discover how to contribute to the care for the most vulnerable adults in society and how this can be applied in a variety of settings including an adults own home, a care home, a hospice and more.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

  • Aged 19+
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Reside in the Tees Valley area: Darlington, Hartlepool, Stockton, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland.  Any questions please contact us
  • It is recommended that you currently hold, or are working towards, an English qualification at around GCSE old grade C/new grade 4 or Functional Skills Level 1

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

This course provides the necessary preparation for any role within adult social care, in order to ensure the needs of vulnerable people continue to be met.

What will the course cover?

Topics include:

  • Principles of communication in adult social care settings
  • Principles of personal development in adult social care settings
  • Principles of diversity, equality and inclusion in adult social care settings
  • Principles of safeguarding and protection in health and social care
  • Introduction to duty of care in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
  • Understand the role of the social care worker
  • Understand person-centred approaches in adult social care settings
  • Understand health and safety in social care settings
  • Understand how to handle information in social care settings

What could I do when I have finished this course?

You could progress onto one of our many other courses, depending on your pathway of choice: upskill your functional skills with our Maths, English or ICT courses, develop your ICT skills for the workplace or you may decide to complete any of the other Distance Learning or CPD courses that will be made available to you to support your pathway within or towards employment.

Where and when will I learn?

  • You will learn in your own time to set deadlines.
  • This course will take place online via our online portal. You will receive your login details during enrolment.

What should I bring with me?

  • Access to the internet
  • Access to an internet-enabled device (PC, Laptop or iPad/Tablet - smart phones are not suitable for this course) 

How much will the course cost?

This course is free.

What should I do next?

Apply for the​ course

If you require help with the form please contact us on 01325 405601, 07932 869325 or l&[email protected]

Who is this course for?

This qualification is suitable for all members of the public, aged 19+ learners who wish to gain an understanding of the prevention of falls. This qualification is aimed at anyone working in a healthcare or social care environment, particularly those that support, or have contact with, older people who have an increased propensity to falls. This course is tailored to those requiring the qualification for their work role. 

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

  • Aged 19+
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Reside in the Tees Valley area: Darlington, Hartlepool, Stockton, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland.  Any questions please contact us.
  • It is recommended that you currently hold, or are working towards, an English qualification at around GCSE old grade C/new grade 4 or Functional Skills Level 1

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The course’s curriculum will support the development of learners’ awareness and understanding of falls and their prevention. This will will allow them to further their work within employment in healthcare or social care settings.

What will the course cover?

The objective of the qualification is to allow learner’s to gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • the effect and consequences of a fall
  • risks and hazards which contribute to falls
  • reducing the risk of falls

The qualification also covers the importance of recording and reporting any incidence of falls to ensure that interventions can be put in place to reduce risk and re-occurrence of falls.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After this course has finished you may like to continue onto NCFE Level 2 Certificated qualifications Learning & Skills offer such as Common Health Conditions, Understanding the Safe Handling of Medication in Health-Care setting, Principles of the Prevention and Control of Infection in Health-Care settings, Equality & Diversity, Awareness of Mental Health Problems, Principles of Dementia Care or Principles of End of Life Care.

Where and when will I learn?

  • You will learn in your own time to set deadlines.
  • This course will take place online via our online portal. You will receive your login details during enrolment.

What should I bring with me?

  • Access to the internet
  • Access to an internet-enabled device (PC, Laptop or iPad/Tablet - smart phones are not suitable for this course) 

How much will the course cost?

This course is free.

What should I do next?

Apply for the​ course

If you require help with the form please contact us on 01325 405601, 07932 869325 or l&[email protected]

Who is this course for?

This qualification is designed for learners who wish to develop an understanding of autism and how to support individuals with autism. It is useful for learners who provide direct support and those working in sectors such as: This course is tailored to those requiring the qualification for their work role. 

  • Health Care
  • Social Care
  • Leisure
  • Entertainment
  • Education and Training
  • Nursing

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

  • Aged 19+
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Reside in the Tees Valley area: Darlington, Hartlepool, Stockton, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland.  Any questions please contact us.
  • It is recommended that you currently hold, or are working towards, an English qualification at around GCSE old grade C/new grade 4 or Functional Skills Level 1

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The intent of this course’s curriculum is to enable learners to develop an understanding of autism and the principles of supporting individuals with autism. It can open up avenues to employment, develop and enhance a current job role or develop confidence in supporting individuals living with autistic spectrum condition. This course also aims to support learners in progressing onto further learning. 

What will the course cover?

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 develop their skills 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.

Throughout this qualification specification, as in the Department of Health Adult Autism Strategy, we’ve used the term ‘autism’ as an umbrella term for all autistic spectrum conditions, including Asperger syndrome.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After this course has finished you may like to continue onto courses such as:

  • Level 3 Award in Supporting Children and Young People with Autism
  • NCFE Level 3 Diploma for the Children's Workforce (Early Years Educator)
  • NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care
  • NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England
  • Level 3 Diploma for Residential Childcare (England)
  • Level 3 Diploma in Healthcare Support Services
  • Level 3 Diploma in Clinical Healthcare Support

Where and when will I learn?

  • You will learn in your own time to set deadlines.
  • This course will take place online via our online portal. You will receive your login details during enrolment.

What should I bring with me?

  • Access to the internet
  • Access to an internet-enabled device (PC, Laptop or iPad/Tablet - smart phones are not suitable for this course) 

How much will the course cost?

This course is free.

What should I do next?

Apply for the​ course

If you require help with the form please contact us on 01325 405601, 07932 869325 or l&[email protected]

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for those who wish to develop their knowledge of oral health care for people living in care homes

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

  • Aged 19+
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Reside in the Tees Valley area: Darlington, Hartlepool, Stockton, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland.  Any questions please contact us.
  • It is recommended that you currently hold, or are working towards, an English qualification at around GCSE old grade C/new grade 4 or Functional Skills Level 1

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

Learn how to identify dental care problems and how to promote maintaining good oral health.

What will the course cover?

  • Principles of oral health care
  • Oral hygiene equipment and support
  • Principles of promoting a person-centred approach to oral hygiene
  • Principles for providing oral care in a health and social care setting
  • Providing oral care in care settings

What could I do when I have finished this course?

You could progress onto one of our many other courses, depending on your pathway of choice: upskill your functional skills with our Maths, English or ICT courses, develop your ICT skills for the workplace or you may decide to complete any of the other Distance Learning or CPD courses that will be made available to you to support your pathway within or towards employment.

Where and when will I learn?

  • You will learn in your own time to set deadlines.
  • This course will take place online via our online portal. You will receive your login details during enrolment.

What should I bring with me?

  • Access to the internet
  • Access to an internet-enabled device (PC, Laptop or iPad/Tablet - smart phones are not suitable for this course) 

How much will the course cost?

This course is free.

What should I do next?

Apply for the​ course

If you require help with the form please contact us on 01325 405601, 07932 869325 or l&[email protected]

Who is this course for?

This course is for those who are interested in working in the adult care sector, but particularly with elderly individuals.

You will learn about maintaining health and wellbeing, common health issues affecting elderly individuals, minimising risk and much more.

As this course is taught online, you can learn in your own time and set your own deadlines

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

  • Aged 19+
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Reside in the Tees Valley area: Darlington, Hartlepool, Stockton, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland.  Any questions please contact us.
  • It is recommended that you currently hold, or are working towards, an English qualification at around GCSE old grade C/new grade 4 or Functional Skills Level 1

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The course intent is aimed to develop your knowledge and understanding of caring for the elderly. It is designed for those who wish to understand the principles of elderly care, learn more about common health issues and legislation that relates to elderly care.

What will the course cover?

This course will cover the following sections:

  • Principles of elderly care
  • Maintaining health and well-being in elderly care
  • Common health issues affecting individuals in elderly care
  • Individual rights in elderly care
  • Minimising risk in elderly care
  • Communication in elderly care

What could I do when I have finished this course?

You could progress onto one of our many other courses, depending on your pathway of choice: upskill your functional skills with our Maths, English or ICT courses, develop your ICT skills for the workplace or you may decide to complete any of the other Distance Learning or CPD courses that will be made available to you to support your pathway within or to employment.

Where and when will I learn?

  • You will learn in your own time to set deadlines.
  • This course will take place online via our online portal. You will receive your login details during enrolment.

What should I bring with me?

  • Access to the internet
  • Access to an internet-enabled device (PC, Laptop or iPad/Tablet - smart phones are not suitable for this course) 

How much will the course cost?

This course is free.

What should I do next?

Apply for the​ course

If you require help with the form please contact us on 01325 405601, 07932 869325 or l&[email protected]

Please be aware

The content of this course is very sensitive in nature and may be emotionally challenging. If anything you see or read in this course makes you upset or worried because you recognise the signs in yourself or others, please seek support either from the course tutor or another trusted source.


Who is this course for?

This qualification is designed to increase learners’ awareness and understanding of domestic abuse and its impact. The courses is open to adults aged 19+ and tailored to those needing a qualification in this area for their work role.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

  • Aged 19+
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Reside in the Tees Valley area: Darlington, Hartlepool, Stockton, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland.  Any questions please contact us.
  • It is recommended that you currently hold, or are working towards, an English qualification at around GCSE old grade C/new grade 4 or Functional Skills Level 1

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The intent of this qualification is intended to give learners knowledge to support their professional role in this context. The need for education and training across sectors to enable identification of abuse, allocation of support and referral is a recurring theme within regional domestic abuse strategies.

What will the course cover?

Awareness of domestic abuse and its impact is important for those working in a wide range of sectors such as healthcare, social care, childcare, education, and housing. There is a need to understand the issues, report on those who may be at risk and support signposting to relevant services. This qualification is intended to give learners knowledge to support their role in this context.

This course is comprised of four units:

  • Understand domestic abuse
  • Understand the signs and risk factors associated with domestic abuse
  • Understand the impact of domestic abuse
  • Understand policy, response and intervention in relation to domestic abuse

What could I do when I have finished this course?

You could progress onto one of our many other courses, depending on your pathway of choice: upskill your functional skills with our Maths, English or ICT courses, develop your ICT skills for the workplace or you may decide to complete any of the other Distance Learning or CPD courses that will be made available to you to support your pathway within or towards employment.

Where and when will I learn?

Starting Tuesday 16 May 2023, 9.30am-1pm at the Coleridge Centre. Mandatory classroom based lessons at the Coleridge Centre, Darlington:

  • Tuesday 16 May (first lesson)
  • Tuesday 13 June
  • Tuesday 4 July
  • Tuesday 25 July

The remainder of the course will take place online via our online portal, you will learn from home in your own time. 

What should I bring with me?

  • Access to the internet
  • Access to an internet-enabled device (PC, Laptop or iPad/Tablet - smart phones are not suitable for this course) 
  • Note pad and pend to the classroom sessions

How much will the course cost?

This course is free.

What should I do next?

Apply for the​ course

If you require help with the form please contact us on 01325 405601, 07932 869325 or l&[email protected]

Who is this course for?

This qualification is suitable for those responsible for safeguarding others and would like to understand the Prevent Duty and British Values. This course is tailored to those requiring the qualification for their work role. 

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

  • Aged 19+
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Reside in the Tees Valley area: Darlington, Hartlepool, Stockton, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland.  Any questions please contact us.
  • It is recommended that you currently hold, or are working towards, an English qualification at around GCSE old grade C/new grade 4 or Functional Skills Level 1

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The intent of this course’s curriculum is to enable learners to develop their knowledge and understanding of the Prevent Duty, British Values and Safeguarding. It can open up avenues to employment, develop and enhance a current job role. This course also aims to support learners in progressing onto further learning.

What will the course cover?

  • The governments Prevent Duty and counter terrorism measures
  • The six British Values embedded in nation curriculum 
  • Safeguarding Children
  • Online safety
  • Duty of Care

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After this course has finished you may like to continue onto other courses such as NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Equality and Diversity. It could also lead to courses such as Level 3 qualifications in Supporting Teaching and Learning, Level 3 qualifications in Working with Children and Young People and Level 3 Certificate in Working with Vulnerable Young People. This qualification may support progression towards the role of Designated Safeguarding Lead.

Where and when will I learn?

  • You will learn in your own time to set deadlines.
  • This course will take place online via our online portal. You will receive your login details during enrolment.

What should I bring with me?

  • Access to the internet
  • Access to an internet-enabled device (PC, Laptop or iPad/Tablet - smart phones are not suitable for this course) 

How much will the course cost?

This course is free.

What should I do next?

Apply for the​ course

If you require help with the form please contact us on 01325 405601, 07932 869325 or l&[email protected]

Who is this course for?

This course is for those who require the qualification for their current role to develop knowledge of equality and diversity in the workplace and community.

You will learn about the importance of equality and diversity, and how individuals can uphold their responsibilities.

As this course is taught online, you can learn in your own time and set your own deadlines.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

  • Aged 19+
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Reside in the Tees Valley area: Darlington, Hartlepool, Stockton, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland.  Any questions please contact us.
  • It is recommended that you currently hold, or are working towards, an English qualification at around GCSE old grade C/new grade 4 or Functional Skills Level 1

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The curriculum structure allows learners to develop their understanding of important equality and diversity responsibilities in society, community and the workplace. This widely applicable topic will support learners in a range of career options.

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?

You could progress onto one of our many other courses, depending on your pathway of choice: upskill your functional skills with our Maths, English or ICT courses, develop your ICT skills for the workplace or you may decide to complete any of the other Distance Learning or CPD courses that will be made available to you to support your pathway within or to employment.

Where and when will I learn?

  • You will learn in your own time to set deadlines.
  • This course will take place online via our online portal. You will receive your login details during enrolment.

What should I bring with me?

  • Access to the internet
  • Access to an internet-enabled device (PC, Laptop or iPad/Tablet - smart phones are not suitable for this course) 

How much will the course cost?

This course is free.

What should I do next?

Apply for the​ course

If you require help with the form please contact us on 01325 405601, 07932 869325 or l&[email protected]

Who is this course for?

This course is for those who require the qualification for their current role and would like to develop their counselling skills.

You will learn counselling theories, how to use counselling skills, diversity and ethics in counselling, and personal development.

As this course is taught online, you can learn in your own time and set your own deadlines

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

  • Aged 19+
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Reside in the Tees Valley area: Darlington, Hartlepool, Stockton, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland.  Any questions please contact us. 
  • It is recommended that you currently hold, or are working towards, an English qualification at around GCSE old grade C/new grade 4 or Functional Skills Level 1

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The curriculum intent of this course is to introduce learners to the use of counselling skills in everyday life and work, and some of the approaches that underpin the use of these skills.

What will the course cover?

The course will cover four units: Using counselling skills, Introduction to counselling skills theories, Diversity and ethics in the use of counselling skills and Counselling skills and personal development.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

You could progress onto one of our many other courses, depending on your pathway of choice: upskill your functional skills with our Maths, English or ICT courses, develop your ICT skills for the workplace or you may decide to complete any of the other Distance Learning or CPD courses that will be made available to you to support your pathway within or to employment.

Where and when will I learn?

  • You will learn in your own time to set deadlines.
  • This course will take place online via our online portal. You will receive your login details during enrolment.

What should I bring with me?

  • Access to the internet
  • Access to an internet-enabled device (PC, Laptop or iPad/Tablet - smart phones are not suitable for this course) 

How much will the course cost?

This course is free.

What should I do next?

Apply for the​ course

If you require help with the form please contact us on 01325 405601, 07932 869325 or l&[email protected]

Who is this course for?

Are you passionate about making a difference in the lives of individuals with special educational needs and disabilities? If so, this Level 2 Certificate in Special Educational Needs and Disability (RQF) Course is ideal for you.

You'll explore many different aspects of SEND, including the symptoms of specific conditions, legislation and guidance applicable to individuals with SEND, and how such conditions affect individuals in daily life. This knowledge will be invaluable in your personal or professional life, whether you're seeking to improve your own understanding of SEND or looking to support others who are affected by it.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

  • Aged 19+
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Reside in the Tees Valley area: Darlington, Hartlepool, Stockton, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland.  Any questions please contact us.
  • It is recommended that you currently hold, or are working towards, an English qualification at around GCSE old grade C/new grade 4 or Functional Skills Level 1

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

This course is for anyone who wishes to develop an in-depth knowledge of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), particularly in order to progress into related employment in education or health and social care settings. Anyone who currently works in the Education Sector and Health and Social Care Sector would also benefit from the course, as well as anyone with a personal need for or interest in developing a more detailed understanding of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

What will the course cover?

The topics covered by this course are:

  • Introduction to Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)
  • Understand equality and diversity in context of SEND
  • Principles of promoting person-centred approach for individuals with SEND
  • Understanding SEND and learning
  • Living with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

What could I do when I have finished this course?

A career within schools, nurseries and childcare provider settings for such roles but not limited to Teaching Assistant, Support Worker, nursery/preschool worker and more. In addition. this may also be useful for those working in the Health and care sector with individuals who have SEND requirements.

You could also study:

  • Level 2 Early Year Practitioner
  • Level 3 Early Year Practitioner
  • Level 3 Teaching Assistant Diplomas

Where and when will I learn?

  • You will learn in your own time to set deadlines.
  • This course will take place online via our online portal. You will receive your login details during enrolment.

What should I bring with me?

  • Access to the internet
  • Access to an internet-enabled device (PC, Laptop or iPad/Tablet - smart phones are not suitable for this course) 

How much will the course cost?

This course is free.

What should I do next?

Apply for the​ course

If you require help with the form please contact us on 01325 405601, 07932 869325 or l&[email protected]

Level 3 courses

Who is this course for?

  • This course is for those who want to pursue a career in the healthcare sector, or would like to progress their qualification. If you are not already employed in the sector you will need to secure a volunteer placement within an appropriate healthcare setting
  • For those who are not yet employed in the sector, you will gain valuable experience whilst you volunteer in a relevant healthcare support role
  • For those already employed in the sector you will further develop your skills and knowledge and take on additional responsibilities

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

  • Aged 19+
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Has been a UK or EU resident for the previous three years
  • Reside in Darlington and the Tees Valley area
  • It is recommended that you currently hold, or are working towards, an English qualification at around GCSE old grade C/new grade 4 or Functional Skills Level 2

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

  • The structure and delivery of the course curriculum will enable learners to develop their skills, knowledge and behaviours to reflect the needs of local and regional employers, gain qualifications and be successful in this area
  • The curriculum is planned and sequenced to enable learners with or without previous knowledge and experience to develop the new skills needed to progress to the next stage of their career, training, education or employment
  • The curriculum is flexible and responsive to learner demands and can be tailored to suit individual needs, arising from any current and dynamic issues affecting their role, which can be addressed during workshop sessions
  • As an Healthcare Support Diploma learner you will need to be able to demonstrate appropriate competencies and knowledge, while understanding how this reflects the needs of the local, regional and national economy

What will the course cover?

This qualification provides learners with an in-depth understanding of the knowledge and skills needed when working directly with individuals in a healthcare setting. This qualification consists of 15 mandatory units and a choice of optional units that reflect the job role and sector the learner is working in. The content is applicable to a variety of roles, examples of which are included below:

  • Adult Nursing Support
  • Maternity Support
  • Theatre Support
  • Mental Health Support
  • Children and Young People’s Support
  • Allied Health Profession (therapy support)

What could I do when I have finished this course?

You may gain employment within a relevant sector and/or decide to progress into further education. You will also be given information and guidance to continue onto other courses.

On completion of the Diploma in Healthcare Support Level 3, learners can progress into employment within a variety of healthcare settings such as:

  • Senior Healthcare Support Worker
  • Senior Healthcare Assistant
  • Maternity Support Worker
  • Theatre Support Worker
  • Mental Health Support Worker
  • Children and Young People Support Worker
  • Therapy Support Worker
  • Rehabilitation Assistant
  • Enablement Worker
  • Assessor/trainer

Where and when will I learn?

  • This course is delivered remotely and you will have access to the Equal online portfolio and support from a specialist tutor
  • You will be required to attend our learning centre for bespoke classroom based lessons
  • Your course will be 12 months in duration but can be completed sooner
  • This course is roll on/roll off. You may start at any time of the year

What do I need to bring with me?

Please bring:

  • a notepad
  • a pen (or a digital device) to take notes

How much will the course cost?

  • This course is free of charge if it your first Level 3 qualification
  • If you have already hold a Level 3 qualification and are earning less than the National Living Wage annually (£27,040), or you are unemployed, the course fee of £1987.00 will be waived
  • If you have already hold a Level 3 qualification and are earning more than the National Living Wage annually (£27,040), the course fee of £1987.00 will be applicable and can be paid in full or part payments by yourself or your employer, or you can obtain a loan from student finance

What do I do next?

Apply for the​ Diploma

Who is this course for?

This qualification is designed for anyone Interested in working in the health and social care or education sector. This course is ideal if you wish to develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of autism which would support your progression into employment in the health and social care or education sector

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

  • Aged 19+
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Has been a UK or EU resident for the previous three years
  • Reside in Darlington and the Tees Valley area
  • It is recommended that you currently hold, or are working towards, an English qualification at around GCSE old grade C/new grade 4 or Functional Skills Level 2

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

This course intent is aimed to provide you with thorough knowledge and understanding of autism. It will equip you with the skills needed to provide the required support for individuals with autism. This course is ideal for anyone who is interested in employment within the Health and Social care sector.

What will the course cover?

This course will cover 5 separate units:

  • Autism and Behaviour Legislation, guidance, information and support relevant to autism
  • Living with Autism in society
  • Understand best practice in the context of autism
  • Understand the diagnosis and management of autism
  • Safeguarding and resilience in autism 

What could I do when I have finished this course?

You may gain employment within a relevant sector and/or decide to progress into higher education. You will also be given information and guidance to continue onto other courses with Learning & Skills such as Distance Learning and CPD courses. 

Where and when will I learn?

  • This course is delivered remotely and you will have access to the Equal online portfolio and support from a specialist tutor
  • Your course will be 12 months in duration but can be completed sooner
  • This course is roll on/roll off. You may start at any time of the year

What do I need to bring with me?

You will be required to provide the following:

  • Photo ID
  • Relevant certificates

How much will the course cost?

  • This course is free of charge if it your first Level 3 qualification
  • If you have already hold a Level 3 qualification and are earning less than the National Living Wage annually (£27,040), or you are unemployed, the course fee of £724.00 will be waived
  • If you have already hold a Level 3 qualification and are earning more than the National Living Wage annually (£27,040), the course fee of £724.00 will be applicable and can be paid in full or part payments by yourself or your employer, or you can obtain a loan from student finance

What do I do next?

Apply for the​ Certificate

Who is this course for?

This qualification enables you to develop knowledge and understanding of dementia, dementia care and caring for individuals with dementia.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

  • Aged 19+
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Has been a UK or EU resident for the previous three years
  • Reside in Darlington and the Tees Valley area
  • It is recommended that you currently hold, or are working towards, an English qualification at around GCSE old grade C/new grade 4 or Functional Skills Level 2

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

This course intent is aimed to provide you with thorough knowledge and understanding of dementia. It will equip you with the skills needed to provide the required support for individuals with dementia. This course is ideal for anyone who is interested in employment within the Health and Social care sector.

What will the course cover?

This qualification enables you to develop knowledge and understanding of caring for individuals with dementia. Successful completion of the units will allow learners to develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of dementia and its effects.

  • types of dementia and the importance of early diagnosis
  • person-centred approaches in dementia care
  • the role of communication, interaction and inclusion in dementia care and support
  • the use of medication to support individuals with dementia.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

You may gain employment within a relevant sector and/or decide to progress into higher education. You will also be given information and guidance to continue onto other courses with Learning & Skills such as Distance Learning and CPD courses. 

Where and when will I learn?

  • This course is delivered remotely and you will have access to the Equal online portfolio and support from a specialist tutor
  • Your course will be 12 months in duration but can be completed sooner
  • This course is roll on/roll off. You may start at any time of the year

What do I need to bring with me?

You will be required to provide the following:

  • Photo ID
  • Relevant certificates

How much will the course cost?

  • This course is free of charge if it your first Level 3 qualification
  • If you have already hold a Level 3 qualification and are earning less than the National Living Wage annually (£27,040), or you are unemployed, the course fee of £724.00 will be waived
  • If you have already hold a Level 3 qualification and are earning more than the National Living Wage annually (£27,040), the course fee of £724.00 will be applicable and can be paid in full or part payments by yourself or your employer, or you can obtain a loan from student finance

What do I do next?

Apply for the​ Certificate

Level 4 courses

Who is this course for?

  • This course is for those who want to pursue a career in the health and social care sector or are already employed in the sector but would like to further their qualifications from level 2 to level 3, or from level 3 to level 4
  • For those who are not yet employed in the sector, you will gain valuable experience whilst you volunteer in a relevant HSC role. For those already employed in the sector you will further develop your skills and knowledge and take on additional responsibilities
  • For those who want to complete level 4, you must already have a recognised qualification and a job in the HSC sector

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

  • Aged 19+
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Has been a UK or EU resident for the previous three years
  • Reside in Darlington and the Tees Valley area
  • It is recommended that you currently hold, or are working towards, an English qualification at around GCSE old grade C/new grade 4 or Functional Skills Level 2

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

  • The structure and delivery of the course curriculum will enable you to develop your skills, knowledge and behaviours to reflect the needs of local and regional employers, gain qualifications and be successful in this area
  • The curriculum is planned and sequenced to enable those of you with previous knowledge and experience to develop the new skills needed to progress to the next stage of your career, training, education or employment
  • The curriculum is flexible and responsive to your demands and can be tailored to suit individual needs, arising from any current and dynamic issues affecting your role, which can be addressed during workshop sessions
  • As an Adult Care Diploma learner you will need to be able to demonstrate appropriate competencies and knowledge, while understanding how this reflects the needs of the local, regional and national economy

What will the course cover?

This qualification provides learners with an in-depth understanding of the knowledge and skills needed when working directly with individuals in a health and social care setting. This qualification consists of 12 mandatory units and a choice of optional units that reflect the job role and sector the learner is working in.

Following are an example of some commonly chosen optional units:

  • Advocacy in adult care
  • Lead practice in providing information, advice and guidance
  • Promote nutrition and hydration in adult care settings
  • Support individuals to access and use services and facilities
  • Undertake research in adult care
  • Mentoring in adult social care
  • Manage resources in adult care

What could I do when I have finished this course?

You may gain employment within a relevant sector and/or decide to progress into higher education. You will also be given information and guidance to continue onto other courses.

The level 4 adult care diploma will enable learners to progress into employment in settings such as residential or nursing homes, domiciliary care, day centres, an individual’s own home or some clinical healthcare settings in roles such as:

  • Community Care/Support Officer
  • Social Care Assessor
  • Care Assessment Officer
  • Social Services Officer
  • Brokerage Worker
  • Rehabilitation and Reablement Assistant
  • Independence Support Assistant
  • Reablement Support Workers/Officer
  • Telecare Assistant
  • Assistive Technology Co-ordinator/Officer.

Where and when will I learn?

  • This course is delivered remotely and you will have access to the Equal online portfolio and support from a specialist tutor
  • The majority of training will take place in your workplace
  • You will be required to attend our learning centre for bespoke classroom based lessons
  • Your course will be 12 months in duration but can be completed sooner
  • This course is roll on/roll off. You may start at any time of the year

What do I need to bring with me?

You will be required to provide the following:

  • Photo ID
  • Relevant certificates

How much will the course cost?

  • A full course fee will apply and can be paid in full or part payments by yourself or your employer, or you can obtain a loan from student finance. The cost varies depending on individual circumstances and will be discussed during enrolment. 

What do I do next?

Apply for the​ Diploma

Employment academy

Course summary

Gain vital health and social care knowledge and skills for employment with Springfield Healthcare in this week-long course with a guaranteed interview upon completion.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for people who would like to gain health and social care skills and interview skills in order to obtain employment with Springfield Healthcare in Darlington. This course is run in partnership with Springfield Healthcare for job seekers in the local area.

Entry requirements

  • Aged 19+
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • You must live in Darlington area and be a job seeker

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

To develop positive health and social care skills to use in the workplace and learn important skills to use in interviews to help you gain employment. You will receive help applying for a job with Springfield Healthcare on this course and this course grants you access to a fast-track interview with them. 

What will the course cover?

The course covers:

  • Interview techniques - to raise confidence
  • Skills and attitudes needed to work in care
  • Awareness of safeguarding and prevent
  • Care plans and person centred care
  • Life stages and the 6C's of care
  • Control of infections in healthcare
  • Identifying and treating undernutrition in care settings

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After the successful completion of this course you can study any of our Level 2 accredited Distance Learning or any of our unaccredited Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses to help you upskill in your future role. 

Where and when will I learn?

This course is delivered at the Coleridge Centre, Ribble Drive, Darlington, DL1 5AJ

What do I need to bring with me?

Please bring:

  • a notepad
  • a pen (or a digital device) to take notes
  • a file to store your work

How much will the course cost?

This course is free of charge.

What do I do next?

Apply for the​ course

If you require help with the form please contact us on 01325 405601, 07932 869325 or l&[email protected]

Find out more about this course, Health and social care (in partnership with Springfield Healthcare) [pdf document]

Course summary

Gain vital health and social care knowledge and skills for employment in various partner care homes in this week-long course with a guaranteed interview upon completion.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for people who would like to gain health and social care skills and interview skills in order to obtain employment with one of the partner care homes in Darlington. This course is run in partnership with these care homes for job seekers in the local area.

Entry requirements

  • Aged 19+
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • You must live in Darlington area and be a job seeker

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

To develop positive health and social care skills to use in the workplace and learn important skills to use in interviews to help you gain employment. You will receive help applying for a job within one of the partner care homes on this course and this course grants you access to a fast-track interview with them. 

What will the course cover?

The course covers:

  • Interview techniques - to raise confidence
  • Skills and attitudes needed to work in care
  • Awareness of safeguarding and prevent
  • Care plans and person centred care
  • Life stages and the 6C's of care
  • Control of infections in healthcare
  • Identifying and treating undernutrition in care settings

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After the successful completion of this course you can study any of our Level 2 accredited Distance Learning or any of our unaccredited Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses to help you upskill in your future role. 

Where and when will I learn?

This course is delivered at the Coleridge Centre, Ribble Drive, Darlington, DL1 5AJ.

  Dates  Time 
Coleridge Centre  24th September - 27th September  10am - 3pm 

What do I need to bring with me?

Please bring:

  • a notepad
  • a pen (or a digital device) to take notes
  • a file to store your work

How much will the course cost?

This course is free of charge.

What do I do next?

Apply for the​ course

If you require help with the form please contact us on 01325 405601, 07932 869325 or l&[email protected]

Course summary

Gain vital health and social care knowledge and skills for employment in various partner care homes in this week-long course with a guaranteed interview upon completion.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for people who would like to gain health and social care skills and interview skills in order to obtain employment with one of the partner care homes in Darlington. This course is run in partnership with these care homes for job seekers in the local area.

Entry requirements

  • Aged 19+
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • You must live in Darlington area and be a job seeker

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

To develop positive health and social care skills to use in the workplace and learn important skills to use in interviews to help you gain employment. You will receive help applying for a job within one of the partner care homes on this course and this course grants you access to a fast-track interview with them. 

What will the course cover?

The course covers:

  • Interview techniques - to raise confidence
  • Skills and attitudes needed to work in care
  • Awareness of safeguarding and prevent
  • Care plans and person centred care
  • Life stages and the 6C's of care
  • Control of infections in healthcare

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After the successful completion of this course you can study any of our Level 2 accredited Distance Learning or any of our unaccredited Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses to help you upskill in your future role. 

Where and when will I learn?

This course is delivered at the Coleridge Centre, Ribble Drive, Darlington, DL1 5AJ.

  Dates  Time 
Coleridge Centre  12th August - 16th August  10am - 3pm 

What do I need to bring with me?

Please bring:

  • a notepad
  • a pen (or a digital device) to take notes
  • a file to store your work

How much will the course cost?

This course is free of charge.

What do I do next?

Apply for the​ course

If you require help with the form please contact us on 01325 405601, 07932 869325 or l&[email protected]

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships can be a great way to get your foot in the door of a health and social care career. Find out more about our apprenticeships here.

Need more information?

If you have any queries about our health and social care courses, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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