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Online and distance learning courses


If you want to learn from the comfort of home, at a time to suit you, then our online and distance learning courses are perfect.

We offer a range of free distance learning courses from Entry Level to Level 3 in skills relevant to the health care and education sectors, as well as online courses  provided by Ascentis, which are regulated qualifications that are nationally recognised.

(Free courses are subject to availability).

Contact us to register for a place.

Distance learning courses

Short introduction courses (Entry Level)

  • 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
  • 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
  • Principles of Internet Safety
  • Prevention of Control and Infection
  • Prevent Duty
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • The Importance of British Values
  • The Importance of Online Safety
  • Performance Management
  • Organising and Delegating
  • Conflict Management
  • Discipline in the Workplace
  • Induction Essentials
  • Induction of New Staff
  • Leading and Motivating a Team
  • Personal Money Management
  • Planning and Allocating Work
  • Prepare and Deliver Excellent Customer Service
  • Solving Problems and Decision Making
  • Stress Management
  • Understanding Leadership
  • Understanding the Principles of Exercise and Fitness
  • Consent for Staff
  • General Data Protection Regulations
  • Principles of Safeguarding
  • Communicating at Work
  • Developing Confidence and Self Awareness
  • Improving Employability Skills - business admin focus
  • Maintaining Work Standards

Level 1

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

Level 2

  • 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 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
  • Certificate in Self Harm and Suicide Awareness and Prevention
  • Certificate in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
  • Certificate in Allergy Awareness - Working in the Service Sector
  • Certificate in Allergy Awareness - Working in Health and Social Care
  • Certificate in Allergy Awareness - Working with Children
  • Certificate in IT User Skills
  • Certificate in Principles of Digital Skills
  • Certificate in Improving Service User Experience in Health and Social Care

Level 3

Please contact us for more details as these Level 3 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
  • Award in Education and Training

Online courses

Our online courses are provided by Ascentis and offer regulated qualifications that are nationally recognised.

Entry level

  • Equality and Diversity
  • Internet Safety for IT Users
  • Introduction to British Values

Level 1

  • Awareness of Social Media and Online Safety
  • Citizenship
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Health and Safety
  • Healthy Living
  • Internet Safety for IT Users
  • Managing Personal Finance
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Personal Health and Wellbeing
  • Preventing Plastic Pollution
  • Understanding Employment, Business and Enterprise

Level 2

  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Food Safety in Catering
  • Healthy Living

Final Assessments

Final assessments for these courses will take place at a local assessment centre. 

Contact us for more information on any of our courses.

        Contact us
        Durham Learn
        03000 266 115
        Our address is:
        • Durham County Council
        • Crook Council Offices
        • Crook
        • County Durham
        • United Kingdom
        • DL15 9ES