Distance Learning

Our FREE Distance Learning courses allow you to improve your skills or learn a new skill, at home, in your own time.
We provide access to high quality resources, either paper based or online, on a variety of courses covering Health & Social Care, Education and Business. 
With the support of a dedicated tutor, you can study at your own pace, providing all work is completed within 12 weeks.
 
Who can complete a FREE Distance Learning Course?
  • individuals aged 24+
  • individuals aged 19+ with a full level 2 qualification
  • Not be on any other government funded course
  • Have been resident in the EU for at least 3 years
  • Not be in a devolved area (certain postcodes are exempt from funding)
Why choose us?
• Outstanding Ofsted for Adult Education
• 98% success rate
• Lecturers are vocationally qualified with extensive workplace experience
• One to one support is available throughout your qualification
• Upskill your workforce or allow them to learn new skills
• Improve staff morale
 
If you are interested in enrolling for any of the courses below or require further information, please contact the distance learning team on 01530 836 136 ext. 151 or email distancelearning@smbgroup.ac.uk

Courses

20/21
Certificate in Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences Level 2

Children and young people are amongst the most vulnerable in our society when it comes to the impact of adverse circumstances on their lives. Adverse childhood experience can have impacts on the development and mental health of children and young people that may persist into adulthood and affect their life chances. These might be personal circumstances such as the death or divorce of parents or domestic violence, for example, or national and international disasters. Children and young people affected by such events need support to strengthen their resilience and empower them to overcome their fears and the challenges they face.

20/21
Certificate in Understanding Cancer Support Level 2

One in two people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. For many individuals, diagnosis can be a daunting and overwhelming time. Being able to access the right levels of care and services provides valuable support when people need it most. As cancer treatments are improved and more people survive cancer, an awareness of the impact of living with cancer long-term and knowledge of how to support individuals is vital for anyone caring for someone with cancer. This short course is great CPD for those working in health and social care, but is also suitable for those who care for someone living with cancer.

20/21
Common Health Conditions Certificate Level 2

This 12 week short course is designed to provide you with the techniques, support and understanding that are required for working with common health conditions.

20/21
Counselling Skills Certificate Level 2

This qualification aims to develop an understanding of Counselling SKills

20/21
Creating a Business Start Up Certificate Level 2

This qualification will: • focus on the study of starting a business • support learners in creating a business plan.

20/21
Customer Service for Health and Social Care Settings Certificate Level 2

This qualification aims to develop an understanding of Customer Service for Health and Social Care Settings

20/21
Dementia Care Certificate Level 2

This qualification aims to provide learners with an understanding of dementia, the functioning of the brain and the memory process whilst encouraging learners to use a person-centred approach in order to understand emotions and behaviours they may find challenging. It will also promote the application of person-centred principles to everyday care activities.

20/21
Digital Skills Certificate Level 1

The purpose of this qualification is to allow learners to demonstrate understanding of and competency in digital literacy skills. It will help learners progress to a work role where digital literacy skills are required.

20/21
Digital Skills for Work Certificate Level 2

In this qualification you will study the following: Using and Managing Information Keeping Yourself and Others Safe When Using Digital Devices Communicating and Collaborating Online Digital Career Development

20/21
Equality & Diversity Certificate Level 2

This qualification introduces learners to the concepts of Equality and Diversity. The aim is to raise awareness of stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination, to identify the basic rights that all people should enjoy and the shared values people have.

20/21
Falls Prevention Awareness Certificate Level 2

This 12 week short course is designed to provide you with the techniques, support and understanding that is required for awareness of falls prevension. Falls represent the most frequent and serious type of accident in people aged 65 and over, with 10,000 falls happening each day. Falls often have both a physical and mental impact, as they can result in lack of confidence, isolation, fractures and broken bones. This course is ideal for anyone working in health and social care and those who have contact with older people who are more susceptible to falls.

20/21
Handling Medicines Safely Certificate Level 2

The aim of this qualification is to introduce learners to different types of medicines and the policies and procedures surrounding their storage, disposal and administration. It also provides learners with an overview of legislation and an awareness of quality control, issues regarding responsibility and accountability and the role of the pharmacist in the administration of medicine.

20/21
Information, Advice or Guidance Certificate Level 2

This qualification is designed to enable those working in an Information, Advice or Guidance setting to develop their skills in order to improve their performance. There is an emphasis on communication skills, essential in any IAG job role, and includes the different methods of interacting, including group sessions. Important issues involved for organisations providing IAG include signposting and referral, legislation, policies and procedures and managing information. This qualification aims to help you to assess and evaluate your own performance working within an IAG setting.

20/21
Introducing Caring for Children and Young People Certificate Level 2

The Level 2 Certificate Introducing Caring for Children and Young People provides the learner with the opportunity to study a range of topics from three main areas: child care and education, babysitting and parenting responsibilities.

20/21
Lean Organisation Management Techniques Certificate Level 2

This qualification aims to develop an understanding Lean Organisation Management Techniques

20/21
Mental Health Awareness Certificate Level 2

This 12 week short course is designed to provide you with an appreciation and understanding of a number of different mental health issues that individuals may encounter. You will cover a wide range of mental health conditions including what their signs, triggers and symptoms may be and how they can affect an individual's ability to cope and function. You will also cover guidance on how to potentially manage and support individuals with a mental health illness on a day-to-day basis.

20/21
Nutrition & Health Certificate Level 2

This qualification aims to develop an understanding of the principles of healthy eating and the role of food in maintaining health. It provides increased confidence in planning and achieving a healthy diet, together with an understanding of how an individual's dietary requirements change throughout their life. The qualification offers awareness of the dietary requirements of particular individuals and an understanding of food labelling.

20/21
Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care Certificate Level 2

The adult social care sector is responsible for helping people from all walks of life, alongside their families and carers. Our nationally recognised qualification covers important areas and issues within the social care sector and, on achievement, evidences that the learner has fully understood these key principles.

20/21
Principles in Customer Service Certificate Level 2

In order to have a truly successful business, you need to provide good customer service – it is believed that 96% of unhappy customers don’t ever complain, however 91% of those simply leave and never come back. The main reason for customer churn is not price but bad customer service. Handling a business’ issues in a professional and courteous manner is an essential day-to-day task.

20/21
Principles of Care Planning Certificate Level 2

Care workers play a key role in ensuring their residents/patients are treated with a friendly and caring approach. Care workers have the ability to relate to people from a variety of backgrounds. After an investigation from the Care Quality Commission revealed that 424 out of 1,357 services in England are rated ‘inadequate’, the need for high-quality trained care workers has never been greater.

20/21
Principles of End of Life Care Certificate Level 2

By 2040, the number of people aged over 64 in Britain is expected to grow from 9.5 million to 15 million. The population is aging, meaning more people will live with serious chronic illness and need end of life care. The problems faced and support needed by people nearing the end of life is wide-ranging and a good understanding of pain management, support and quality of life is essential for all carers.

20/21
Principles of Team Leading Certificate Level 2

Strong team leadership is essential for providing guidance, direction and instruction within a group and inevitably leads to more effective teamwork and more motivated employees. Being able to manage a team effectively is critical in the current job market, where employee productivity and team outcomes are closely monitored.

20/21
Principles of the Prevention and Control of Infection in Health Care Settings Certificate Level 2

The control and prevention of infection plays an important role in the infrastructure of the healthcare system. An estimated 300,000 patients a year acquire some form of healthcare-related infection. Our nationally recognised qualification is designed to provide an understanding of the importance of prevention and control of infection and, on achievement, evidences that the learner has fully understood these key principles

20/21
Principles of Warehousing and Storage Certificate Level 2

This qualification aims to develop an understanding of Warehousing and Storage at Level 2

20/21
Understanding Autism Certificate Level 2

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: Progress 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.

20/21
Understanding Behaviour that Challenges Certificate Level 2

This 12 week short course is designed to provide you with the techniques, support and understanding that is required for working with individuals who have challenging behavior.

20/21
Understanding Business Improvement Techniques Certificate Level 2 Certificate Level 2

This qualification aims to develop an understanding of Business Improvement Techniques at Certificate Level 2

20/21
Understanding Children and Young People’s Mental Health Certificate Level 2

This 12 week short course is designed to provide you with the techniques, support and understanding that is required for u young people’s mental health. The Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Children and Young People’s Mental Health is designed to equip learners with an understanding of the concepts, risk factors and impact of mental health. The course is aimed at learners in healthcare, social care and education.

20/21
Understanding Climate Change and Environmental Awareness Certificate Level 2

In the fast changing and more environmentaly aware society, the demand for better informative information is growing. Businesses need to understanding the impact of actions on the environment and what they need to do to reduce this impact.

20/21
Understanding Common Childhood Illnesses Certificate Level 2

This 12 week short course is designed to provide you with the techniques, support and understanding for common childhood illnesses. The Level 2 Certificate is designed to equip learners with an understanding of the concepts, risk factors and impact of these illnesses. The course is aimed at learners in healthcare, social care and education.

20/21
Understanding Dignity and Safeguarding in Adult Health and Social Care Certificate Level 2

Last year over 176,000 safeguarding alerts were reported to councils. Physical abuse and neglect was the main trigger for these alerts. Our nationally recognised qualification considers the importance of dignity and safeguarding within the adult health and social care sector and, on achievement, evidences that the learner has fully understood these key principles.

20/21
Understanding Mental Health First Aid and Mental Health Advocacy in the workplace Certificate Level 2

Around 450 million people currently suffer from mental health problems, with recent reports suggesting that over 12 million working days were lost due to work-related stress, depression or anxiety in just one year. It’s important that employers are transparent and open about mental health issues, and this qualification builds an understanding of mental health problems and the support available to colleagues. Increasing the understanding of mental health of staff at all levels builds a culture of care and support.

20/21
Understanding Personal Care Needs Certificate Level 2

As we see an increasingly ageing population, the number of adults needing around-the-clock care is on the rise. As well as the need for medical care, there is also a need for high levels of personal care to allow those who need support to live as comfortably as possible. This qualification focuses on developing a person-centred approach to delivering high levels of personal care. Benifits - Achieve a nationally recognised Level 2 qualification - Further your personal and professional development - Learn at a time that suits you without the need to attend college - Improve quality of life for those who need care

20/21
Understanding Safeguarding and Prevent Certificate Level 2

This 12 week short course is designed to provide you with the techniques, support and understanding that is required for Safeguarding and Prevent. The Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Safeguarding and Prevent is designed to equip learners with an understanding of recognising the signs of abuse, how to reduce the risk of radicalisation and the potential consequences of illegal online activity.

20/21
Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties Certificate Level 2

This 12 week short course is designed to provide you with the techniques, support and understanding that is required for working with individuals who have specific learning difficulties. Having a learning difficulty means that people find it harder to learn certain skills. It is important for those working in healthcare, social care and education to have knowledge of different Specific Learning Difficulties, how they are diagnosed and how individuals can be supported.

20/21
Understanding Technology Enabled Care Certificate Level 2

As we see an increasingly ageing population, the need for more technology based care is becoming more important. This qualification focuses on the developing levels of technology in the care industry. Benifits - Achieve a nationally recognised Level 2 qualification - Further your personal and professional development - Learn at a time that suits you without the need to attend college - Improve quality of life for those who need care

20/21
Understanding Tenant Support in Social Housing Certificate Level 2

This qualification aims to develop an understanding of Tenant Support in Social Housing at Level 2

20/21
Understanding The Care And Management Of Diabetes Certificate Level 2

By 2030 diabetes is expected to be responsible for almost 3 million deaths a year worldwide. Our nationally recognised qualification is designed to provide an understanding of the different types of diabetes and how they occur and, on achievement, evidences that the learner has fully understood these key principles.

20/21
Understanding Workplace Violence and Harassment Certificate Level 2

Workplace violence and harassment can have huge consequences for employers, employees and the work environment. The Trades Union Congress (TUC) estimates that 29% of people have been bullied at work, and more than 1 in 3 people who report being bullied leave their job because of it. Understanding effective communication and ways to reduce conflict in the workplace will help to create a more positive working environment, benefiting both employers and employees, and improving job satisfaction, health and well-being, and productivity.

20/21
Working with Individuals with Learning Disabilities Certificate Level 2

Recent statistics suggest that there are around 350,000 people with severe or profound learning disabilities living in the UK. Those affected by a learning disability require support in various areas of life. Our nationally recognised qualification is designed to provide an understanding of the principles required to ensure that an individual with learning disabilities is provided with high-quality person-centred care and, on achievement, evidences that the learner has fully understood these key principles.

This assignment has really helped me within my workplace as well as my personal life. I am supporting a family member who is going through treatment currently.

Christine, Certificate in Understanding Cancer Support Level 2