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Distance learning


Find out about our distance learning courses. Some of our courses run on an ongoing basis, so you can join the class at any time.

Want to boost your skills without having to take time off work?  We offer a range of courses from entry level to level 3 on a distance learning basis in skills relevant to the health care and education sectors.

Short introduction courses (entry level)

These courses are free (subject to eligibility).

  • Alcohol Awareness
  • Dementia Awareness
  • Safeguarding Adults and Children
  • Sexual Health Awareness
  • Awareness of Substance Misuse
  • Understanding Anxiety
  • Understanding Depression
  • Understanding Eating Disorders
  • Understanding Stress
  • Mental Health Awareness
  • Mental Capacity Act
  • Understanding the Safe Handling of Medication
  • Food Safety Awareness
  • Understanding Equality and Diversity
  • Prevent for Learners
  • Prevent for Professionals
  • Principles of Weight Management
  • First Aid - Role of the First Aider
  • First Aid - Common Illnesses
  • First Aid - Choking, Seizures and Chest Pain
  • First Aid - Head Injuries and Allergic Reactions
  • Fire Safety Principles
  • Manual Handling Safety at Work
  • COSHH Risk Assessment
  • DSE Risk Assessment
  • Health and Safety in the Workplace
  • Principles of Healthy Eating

Level 1

These courses are free (subject to eligibility).

  • Award in Awareness of Substance Misuse
  • Award in Mental Health Awareness
  • Award in Alcohol Awareness
  • Award in Sexual Health Awareness

Level 2

These courses are free (subject to eligibility).

  • Diploma in Care
  • Certificate in Living in a Fair and Diverse Society
  • Certificate in Safeguarding, Prevent and British Values
  • Certificate in Caring for the Elderly
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Certificate in Awareness of Bullying in Children and Young People
  • Certificate in Cleaning Knowledge and Skills
  • Certificate in Allergy Awareness
  • Certificate in Customer Service for Health and Social Care Settings
  • Certificate in the Principles of Care Planning
  • Certificate in Understanding Common Childhood Illnesses
  • Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care
  • Certificate in Introducing Caring for Children and Young People
  • Certificate in Understanding Behaviour That Challenges
  • Certificate in Understanding Autism
  • Certificate in Awareness of Mental Health Problems
  • Certificate in Equality and Diversity
  • Certificate in Fall Prevention Awareness
  • Certificate in Principles of Dementia Care
  • Certificate in the Principles of Working with Individuals with Learning Disabilities
  • Certificate in the Principles of the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare Settings
  • Certificate in Understanding Children's and Young People's Mental Health
  • Certificate in the Principles of End of Life Care
  • Certificate in Understanding the Care and Management of Diabetes
  • Certificate in Common Health Conditions
  • Certificate in Understanding Dignity and Safeguarding in Adult Social Care
  • Certificate in Understanding Nutrition and Health
  • Certificate in the Safe Handling of Medication in Health and Social Care
  • Certificate in Information, Advice and Guidance

Level 3

Please contact us for more details as these courses cost money. Advanced Learner Loans are available.

  • Certificate in Understanding Autism
  • Certificate in Understanding Mental Health
  • Certificate in the Principles of End of Life Care
  • Certificate in Understanding the Principles of Dementia Care
  • Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
Contact us
Adult Learning and Skills Service
03000 266 115
Our address is:
  • Durham County Council
  • Crook Council Offices
  • Crook
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DL15 9ES
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