Distance learning & further education Information

Level 2 Certificate in Equality and Diversity

Who is this course for?

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

This course is suitable for anyone who is interested in developing their knowledge of Equality and Diversity and to be more aware of their responsibilities within their community and employment. 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 Equality and Diversity.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

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

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

What will the course cover?

Three topics are covered by the course these are:

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

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

What could I do when I have finished this course?

Learners may 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?

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

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

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

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

What should I bring with me?

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

How much will the course cost?

The course is free of charge and includes a free resource pack.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&[email protected].

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

Who is this course for?

This qualification is designed for those who wish to develop their knowledge of infection control. Learners accessing this training may wish to 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?

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

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

What will the course cover?

This qualification consists of 3 mandatory units:

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

What could I do when I have finished this course?

Learners who achieve this qualification could 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?

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

What should I bring with me?

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

How much will the course cost?

The course is free of charge and includes a free resource pack.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&[email protected].

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Level 2 Certificate in Understanding the Safe Handling of Medication in Health and Social Care

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?

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

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

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 enroll on the courses:

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

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

Where and when will I learn?

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

What should I bring with me?

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

How much will the course cost?

The course is free of charge and includes a free resource pack.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&[email protected]

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Level 2 Certificate in Common Health Conditions

Who is this course for?

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

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

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

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

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

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?

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

What should I bring with me?

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

How much will the course cost?

The course is free of charge and includes a free resource pack.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&[email protected]

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Level 2 Certificate in Awareness of Mental Health Problems

Who is this course for?

This qualification is suitable for all members of the public, aged 19+ who want to raise their awareness of mental health and the problems that can cause mental ill-health. This course is tailored to those requiring the qualification for their work role. 

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

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

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

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?

Dates and times to be confirmed – you will need to attend an induction session before you start the course.

What should I bring with me?

You will need to bring a pen and an eagerness to learn. You will be supplied with the workbooks and learning materials.

How much will the course cost?

The course is free of charge and includes a free resource pack.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&[email protected]

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Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Dementia Care

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?

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

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

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-centered 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?

Dates and times to be confirmed – you will need to attend an Induction session before you start the course.

What should I bring with me?

You will need to bring a pen and an eagerness to learn. You will be supplied with the workbooks and learning materials.

How much will the course cost?

The course is free of charge and includes a free resource pack.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&[email protected].

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Level 2 Certificate in Care and Management of Diabetes

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?

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

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

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?

Dates and times to be confirmed – you will need to attend an Induction session before you start the course.

What should I bring with me?

You will need to bring a pen and an eagerness to learn. You will be supplied with the workbooks and learning materials.

How much will the course cost?

The course is free of charge and includes a free resource pack.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&[email protected].

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Level 2 Certificate in Principles of End of Life Care

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?

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

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

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?

Dates and times to be confirmed – you will need to attend an induction session before you start the course.

What should I bring with me?

You will need to bring a pen and an eagerness to learn. You will be supplied with the workbooks and learning materials.

How much will the course cost?

The course is free of charge and includes a free resource pack.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 email l&[email protected].

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

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?

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

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

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?

Dates and times to be confirmed – you will need to attend an induction session before you start the course.

What should I bring with me?

You will need to bring a pen and an eagerness to learn. You will be supplied with the workbooks and learning materials.

How much will the course cost?

The course is free of charge and includes a free resource pack.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&[email protected]

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Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism

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?

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

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

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?

Dates and times to be confirmed – you will need to attend an induction session before you start the course.

What should I bring with me?

You will need to bring a pen and an eagerness to learn. You will be supplied with the workbooks and learning materials.

How much will the course cost?

The course is free of charge and includes a free resource pack.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&[email protected]

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Level 2 Certificate in Information, Advice and Guidance

Who is this course for?

This qualification is suitable for those working or looking to work in a range of roles where the provision of information, advice or guidance is a requirement. This course is tailored to those requiring the qualification for their work role. 

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

This qualification is designed for those people who work in, or are looking to work in an information, advice or guidance role such as:

  • Careers Adviser
  • Counsellor
  • Customer Service Adviser
  • Debt Adviser
  • Employment Adviser
  • Help-desk Adviser
  • Housing Support Worker
  • Learning Support Worker
  • Legal Services Support Workers
  • Peer Mentor

With a range of employers such as:

  • local authorities
  • careers advice services
  • voluntary sector organisations
  • student services
  • citizen advice services
  • housing associations

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

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

What will the course cover?

This qualification aims to develop the learner’s knowledge and understanding of the main principles of information, advice or guidance and applying these within their own context.

The objectives of this qualification are to prepare learners for further training and to support a role where learners may give initial information, advice or guidance to others.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

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

  • Level 3 Certificate in Information, Advice or Guidance
  • NCFE Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Advice and Guidance
  • NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • NCFE Level 2 and 3 Certificates in Principles of Customer Service
  • NCFE Level 2 Diploma in Customer Service
  • NCFE Level 3 Award in Counselling Skills and Theory
  • NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills

Where and when will I learn?

Dates and times to be confirmed – you will need to attend an induction session before you start the course.

What should I bring with me?

You will need to bring a pen and an eagerness to learn. You will be supplied with the workbooks and learning materials.

How much will the course cost?

The course is free of charge and includes a free resource pack.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&[email protected]

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Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Behaviour that Challenges

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?

There are no specific recommended prior learning requirements for this qualification. However, learners may find it helpful if they have already achieved a Level 1 qualification in healthcare, social care, childcare or supporting learning

This is a knowledge-only qualification; therefore, work experience is not mandatory.

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 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?

Dates and times to be confirmed – you will need to attend an induction session before you start the course.

What should I bring with me?

You will need to bring a pen and an eagerness to learn. You will be supplied with the workbooks and learning materials.

How much will the course cost?

The course is free of charge and includes a free resource pack.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&[email protected].

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

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?

There are no specific recommended prior learning requirements for this qualification. However, learners may find it helpful if they have already achieved a Level 1 qualification. This is a knowledge-only qualification; therefore, work experience is not mandatory.

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 enroll for:

  • Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Mental Health
  • Level 3 Award in the Awareness of the Mental Capacity Act 2005
  • 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?

Dates and times to be confirmed – you will need to attend an induction session before you start the course.

What should I bring with me?

You will need to bring a pen and an eagerness to learn. You will be supplied with the workbooks and learning materials.

How much will the course cost?

The course is free of charge and includes a free resource pack.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&[email protected].

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Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Nutrition and Health

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?

There are no specific recommended prior learning requirements for this qualification. However, learners may find it helpful if they’ve already achieved a Level 1 qualification in healthcare, social care, childcare or supporting learning

This is a knowledge-only qualification; therefore, work experience is not mandatory.

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?

Dates and times to be confirmed – you will need to attend an induction session before you start the course.

What should I bring with me?

You will need to bring a pen and an eagerness to learn. You will be supplied with the workbooks and learning materials.

How much will the course cost?

The course is free of charge and includes a free resource pack.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&[email protected].

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NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Falls Prevention Awareness

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?

There are no specific recommended prior learning requirements for this qualification. However, learners may find it helpful if they’ve already achieved a Level 1 qualification in healthcare or social care.

What will the course cover?

The purpose of this qualification is to increase learners’ awareness and understanding of falls and their prevention which will allow them to further their work within employment in healthcare or social care settings.

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 reoccurrence 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?

Dates and times to be confirmed – you will need to attend an Induction session before you start the course.

What should I bring with me?

You will need to bring a pen and an eagerness to learn. You will be supplied with the workbooks and learning materials.

How much will the course cost?

The course is free of charge and includes a free resource pack.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&[email protected]

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

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?

There are no specific recommended prior learning requirements for this qualification. However, learners may find it helpful if they’ve already achieved a Level 1 qualification in healthcare or social care.

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?

Dates and times to be confirmed – you will need to attend an Induction session before you start the course.

What should I bring with me?

You will need to bring a pen and an eagerness to learn. You will be supplied with the workbooks and learning materials.

How much will the course cost?

The course is free of charge and includes a free resource pack.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&[email protected]

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NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Safeguarding and Prevent

Who is this course for?

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

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no specific recommended prior learning requirements for this qualification. This qualification is suitable for those who are responsible for safeguarding others.

What will the course cover?

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

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?

Dates and times to be confirmed – you will need to attend an induction session before you start the course.

What should I bring with me?

You will need to bring a pen and an eagerness to learn. You will be supplied with the workbooks and learning materials.

How much will the course cost?

The course is free of charge and includes a free resource pack.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&[email protected].

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NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties

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?

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

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

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

What will the course cover?

Three topics are covered by the course these are:

  • 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?

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

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

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

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

What should I bring with me?

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

How much will the course cost?

The course is free of charge and includes a free resource pack.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&[email protected].

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Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma

The QAA Access to HE Diploma is awarded by One Awards and recognised for entry to Higher Education courses across England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Watch this One Awards video [external link] from people in the North East who have completed other Level 3 Access Courses.

Working with Children, Young People and Adults Level 3 with Diploma specialisms in Access to Social Work Studies.

Who is this course for?

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

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

You must be 19+ to be considered for this course. There are no other formal entry requirements for this course, although it is preferable that learners are confident with both English and ICT skills at Level 2. For learners intending to specialise in Social Work or Education at university, GCSE A*-C grades in English and Maths are required. There is also an expectation that learners will have completed both Level 1 and Level 2 courses Working with Children and Young People before embarking upon Diploma study or if not, that learners can evidence relevant experience working with children and young people. All learners will be interviewed prior to enrolment on the course and may be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

What will the course cover?

Each Diploma area covers the following units:

  • Mathematics – Data handling and Statistics
  • English – Application of English Language and English Language Writing Skills
  • Study Skills
  • Health Promotion
  • Professional Practice

Learners will then work on the Social Work Diploma where they will complete an additional four specialist units.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

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

Where and when will I learn?

This course will run two evenings (September - December) per week for 3 hours at The Coleridge Centre, Darlington.* Following this, the course will be reduced to one evening per week for 3 hours (January - June). Ideally you will also be expected to complete placement hours (subject to discussion with course tutors).

*The course may take place online due to the ongoing COVID19 Pandemic. Specific details will be confirmed in due course.

What should I bring with me?

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

How much will the course cost?

Course fees are £3,000 (approximately) although adult loans are available and, if you continue onto university and complete the HE course, you are not expected to repay the loan. If you do not continue to university you will pay back your loan through salary sacrifice when you are earning in excess of £21,000.

What shall I do next?

For further information, please call or text the Learning & Skills team on 07932 869325 or email l&[email protected].

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