Stephenson College can announce that four brand new Distance Learning courses have been made available to the general public to study, free of charge in their own time either in the workplace or at home.

The new courses are Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties, Safegaurding and Prevent, Understanding Children and Young People's Mental Health and Falls Prevention.

Understanding 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.

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.

Understanding Children and 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.

Falls Prevention: 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.

You would need to attend an induction session to start the course (this can be in the workplace, depending on group size or at college). You will have 12 weeks with the support of a tutor to complete the course. Once you have completed one course it is possible to move onto another.

All short courses are fully funded; however, a charge to cover the cost of the workbook and registration fee will be incurred if a candidate does not complete their course.

If you are interested in enrolling for any of the above courses or require further information please contact the distance learning team on 01530 836 136 ext 151 or email