Why choose a distance learning course?

DISTANCE LEARNING courses at Warrington & Vale Royal College are absolutely FREE OF CHARGE* and are ideal if you are working and would like to supplement your CV or you would like to develop your professional CPD. You have the freedom to work at your own pace and in your own time, from the comfort of your own home. This provides a great balance between your studying and other commitments such as work.

Have a look through the list below and CLICK HERE to enrol online now!


How are they assessed?

Distance learning courses are assessed online through a series of short answer questions with no formal exams and learning through self-study from the workbooks provided.

You will complete the course using an interactive online learning platform.


What courses are available?

We currently have the following distance learning courses which you can apply to:

Business Administration Principles Certificate

This qualification provides learners with the knowledge that is required to work in a range of environments in a business administration role. Learners will know how to carry out administrative tasks such as managing information and supporting events and will be able to apply their knowledge in a variety of industries and job roles.


Common Health Conditions Certificate

This qualification will ensure learners develop awareness of the signs, symptoms and treatments available for a variety of common health conditions, including cardiovascular disease, arthritis and physical disability. Learners will also discover how to care for individuals and enable them to manage, monitor and control their condition.


Counselling Skills Certificate

This course provides you with a thorough understanding of counselling skills that can be used in daily life and the theoretical models that reinforce the use of counselling skills.


Customer Service for Health & Social Care Settings Certificate

This qualification is designed to enable learners to develop their knowledge and understanding required to work with customers within the health and social care sector. ‘Customers’ in this context refers to internal and external customers including people who use services, their supporters, visitors, health professionals and providers of other services. ‘Employee’ refers to a range of jobs roles both health and social care specific and non-specific ie receptionist, cleaner, retail assistant.


Customer Service Principles Certificate

The nationally accredited Certificate in Customer Service covers topics fundamental to the delivery of excellent customer service. The course helps to increase awareness of understanding and meeting customers’ needs, giving a great customer experience, learning from feedback and promoting products and services. It is suitable for all sectors and can help develop the learner’s understanding of the importance of excellent customer service to both colleagues and external contacts.


Dementia Care Principles Certificate

This course will ensure learners develop and gain essential knowledge about caring for people with dementia. The course covers the benefits of positive communication, use of medication and the importance of person-centred care.


Equality & Diversity Certificate

This course provides you with the knowledge of the importance of equality and diversity and setbacks within a variety of settings. It is ideal for those who are already in work as part of continuous professional development as it will help you understand how to tackle these issues in the workplace. You will learn about the issues surrounding stereotypes, prejudices and discrimination.


Falls Prevention Awareness Certificate

This course is suitable for anyone working in/or aiming to work in a health or social care settings. It might also be useful for you if you are in close contact with people who are susceptible to falls. You will gain an understanding of falls and how to reduce its risk.


Information, Advice and Guidance Certificate

This qualification is ideal for anyone with an interest and/or some involvement in information, advice or guidance delivery in their work. For example, it would benefit learning support workers, mentors, and people working in voluntary organisations or with adult or community groups, tutors and outreach workers.


Lean Organisation Management Techniques Certificate

This qualification aims to improve business performance through continuous professional development of employees and their skill set. This qualification could be delivered by centres on a standalone basis to support the development of knowledge and understanding in business improvement techniques across a wide variety of industries and sectors. It’s ideal for employees working in areas where the need for improvements to quality, processes and costs has been identified.


Mental Health Awareness Certificate

This qualification aims to raise learners’ awareness of not only mental ill-health, but also the steps that can be taken to protect mental well-being. Mental distress takes many forms and the course explores twelve different mental health conditions. These include: depression; bipolar disorder; stress and anxiety; phobias; obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD); post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), schizophrenia; eating disorders and dementia.


Principles of Care Planning Certificate

Care planning is about addressing an individual’s full range of needs whilst accounting for their circumstances and preferences. It helps individuals to be involved in decisions about their care and to achieve the outcomes they want. This qualification will help learners to understand their role in supporting the preferences and needs of individuals in relation to their care or support, the development and implementation of care plans and contributing to the review of these by observing, monitoring and reporting on the care activities they’re responsible for.


Principles of End of Life Care Certificate

This qualification is designed to provide learners with a broad understanding of end of life and palliative care, enabling them to provide sensitive and appropriate support to people nearing the end of life and their families. The course aims to develop the learner’s knowledge and understanding of: the different perspectives on death and dying; the aims of end of life care; the principles of person-centred care planning; the support needed to manage pain and discomfort; how dementia impacts on an individual’s end of life care; the role of the health and social care worker at the time of death, and how to appropriately support the bereaved.


Principles of the Prevention & Control of Infection Certificate

This course is suitable for further personal and professional development. It will cover a variety of topics such as the principles of infection prevention and control, the causes of infection and cleaning procedures, in a health care setting.


Principles of Working with Individuals with Learning Disabilities Certificate

This Certificate in Principles of Working with Individuals with Learning Disabilities is suitable for learners working with, or intending to work with, individuals with learning disabilities, in a variety of areas.


Retail Operations Certificate

This is an introduction to the retail sector, suitable for anyone in customer service, hospitality, retail and ICT. By completing this course, you will understand the various aspects of working within retail.


Team Leading Certificate

The nationally accredited Certificate in Team Leading gives practising or potential team leaders the foundation for their formal development in this role. The course helps to develop a wide range of team leading skills covering a number of aspects including establishing the team, motivation, communication, reporting structures and the relevant legislation required for the individual to progress confidently within their role.


Understanding Autism Certificate

The Certificate in Understanding Autism develops knowledge and awareness of Autism. Autism is a spectrum condition that affects how a person communicates with others and how they interpret the world around them. There are around 700,000 people in the UK with autism – more than 1 in every 100. Having a clear understanding of the misconceptions, diagnoses and support surrounding autism are just some of the essential skills needed when working in mental health.


Understanding Behaviour that Challenges Certificate

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. It is useful to learners working in education settings.


Understanding Children & Young People's Mental Health

This course will increase your knowledge of understanding of young people’s mental health. You will develop a good understanding of the risk factors that can affect the mental health of children and young people. If you work within health and social care or education then this is a great course for you.


Understanding Dignity & Safeguarding in Adult Health & Social Care Certificate

This qualification aims to give learners knowledge and understanding of the key 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.


Understanding Nutrition & Health Certificate
This qualification is ideal for a wide range of learners who are interested in improving their understanding of nutrition and healthy eating. It will be particularly relevant for those working, or intending to work, in settings such as sport and recreation, exercise and fitness, hospitality and catering or health care, providing specific skills and knowledge to support their role in the workplace.

Understanding Safeguarding & Prevent

If you are responsible for the safeguarding of people then this qualification is useful for you. It provides an understanding of recognising signs of abuse and preventing the risk of radicalisation. Completing this course means that you can help keep learners safe.


Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties

This course will help develop your knowledge of specific learning difficulties and how these affect individuals. You will also understand how people are diagnosed and how they can be supported. This is suitable for anyone working within education, healthcare and social care.


Understanding the Care & Management of Diabetes Certificate

By completing this qualification, learners will also improve and develop their knowledge and understanding to help provide the best care possible for people who are living with diabetes. Learners will also develop awareness of how the onset of Type 2 diabetes can be delayed with lifestyle changes.


Understanding the Safe Handling of Medication in Health & Social Care

This qualification covers understanding medication and prescriptions, supplying, storing and disposing medication and understanding how to safely administer medication. This will help reduce the risk of negligence when dealing with medication.


Warehousing & Storage Certificate

This course is designed for anyone wishing to learn more about the warehousing & storage sector. This covers understanding the functions of warehousing, learning how to store goods and learning the purpose behind stock checks.


Working with People with Mental Health Needs

This course will help you become more aware of the process and approaches needed in caring for and supporting those with a mental health illness. This qualification also covers the role of the mental health worker.


To apply to a course or for more information on distance learning courses please email distancelearning@wvr.ac.uk or contact 01925 494400

*Upon successful completion you will be awarded a certificate of achievement by NCFE and you will hold a nationally recognised qualification. If you fail to complete your course you will need to pay £100.
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