We have a growing range of useful qualifications to prepare you for work or to help you gain new work related skills and qualifications. With each course you will be assigned a tutor to support you through the qualification plus we also offer support at the College to help you succeed in your studies and to complete your chosen course. Level 2 courses are FREE (subject to criteria, see below) in the majority of cases. Our NEW Level 3 courses have a fee of £799…however an Advanced Learning Loan may be available to pay for your course fees upfront if you are aged 19 or over, with nothing to pay back until you are earning over £21,000 per year. For more information on Advanced Learning Loans please click here

The list of current distance learning courses is given below. Click on the name to find out more, and then ‘apply now’ on the course page to start your journey to a new qualification.

Childcare, Health & Social Care

Customer Service for Health and Social Care Level 2 CertificateUnderstanding Behaviour that Challenges Level 2 CertificatePreparing to Work in Adult Social Care Level 3 CertificatePrinciples of End of Life Care Level 3 CertificatePrinciples of the Prevention and Control of Infection Level 2 Certificate (NCFE)Awareness of Mental Health Problems Level 2 Certificate (NCFE)Working with People with Mental Health Needs Level 2 Certificate (NCFE)Dementia Care Principles Level 2 Certificate (NCFE)Understanding the Safe Handling of Medication Level 2 Certificate (NCFE)Understanding Nutrition and Health Level 2 Certificate (NCFE)Understanding the Care and Management of Diabetes Level 2 Certificate (NCFE)Common Health Conditions Level 2 Certificate (NCFE)Understanding Dignity and Safeguarding in Adult Health and Social Care Level 2 Certificate (NCFE)Principles of End of Life Care Level 2 Certificate (NCFE)Equality and Diversity Level 2 Certificate (NCFE)Principles of Working with Individuals with Learning Disabilities Level 2 Certificate (NCFE)Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care Level 2 Certificate (NCFE)Cleaning Principles Level 2 Certificate (NCFE)Understanding Autism Level 2 Certificate (NCFE)Principles of Care Planning Level 2 Certificate (NCFE)

Business, Management & Finance

Principles of Customer Service Level 2 CertificatePrinciples of Team Leading Level 2 Certificate (NCFE)Distance Learning – Certificate in Principles of Business Administration (VRQ)Principles of Customer Service Level 2 Certificate (NCFE)Information, Advice or Guidance Level 2 Certificate (NCFE)

Please note: due to funding regulations it is only possible to enrol on one course per person at any one time.


Are you eligible for a free place on one of the Level 2 courses?

  • You must be aged 19+
  • You must live in England (not available to people living in Ireland, Scotland or Wales)
  • You must have been an EU resident for at least 3 years
  • No qualifications are necessary for you to start the course.

All learners are subject to an eligibility check before you can start the course. You may be required to forward information to us about your current employment or income/benefit status to allow you to get started.

NEW E-Learning Programmes

Stoke on Trent College is now working in partnership with e-Careers to provide an additional range of distance learning courses in areas such as Project Management and Accounting.  These courses are available at significantly reduced rates.  Please click here for more information.