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Distance Learning

As part of our 19+ adult offer we have an array of distance learning courses for you to study. Our distance learning courses are studied online and could be the perfect fit for you as they offer a convenient and practical way to gain a qualification.

"I really have enjoyed the distance learning course! The feedback has been fair and helped push me a little more when I needed it, which helped me think more, I've been recommending it to colleagues who I work with as a qualification to receive!"
- Team Leading distance learning student.

Want to study but can’t find the time to travel to College?

Distance learning is a way of studying remotely, online, without attending lessons in a classroom or having face-to-face contact with a tutor. This means you can learn at work, on the go or in your own home, at a time that suits you, with the freedom to revisit areas of the course as little or as much as you like. We offer a wide range of fully funded* (free) distance learning courses, making it easier than ever to upskill in an area of your choice.

As part of your distance learning programme, you will be provided with the support required to ensure your learning is successful. You will be assigned a Distance Learning Assessor who will review your assessments and feedback to you on an ongoing basis. In addition we have an Distance Learning Coordinator who can give support in your learning journey. You will also have access to high-quality learning materials that offer all of the information required to be successful in achieving the qualification.

*Most students over the age of 19 will be able to study these courses for free, however, please contact us if you’re aged 19-23 and do not yet have a full Level 2 qualification (five GCSEs grade 9-4/A*-C, NVQ Level 2 or higher) as additional eligibility criteria may apply.

Courses available


Lean Management Techniques

Information, Advice or Guidance

Principles of Business Administration

Understanding Behaviour that Challenges

Principles of Customer Service

Principles in Team Leading

Fair and Diverse Society

Safeguarding, Prevent and British Values

Early Years & Education

Allergy Awareness for those Working with Children

Awareness of Bullying in Children and Young People

Behaviour that Challenges in Children

Health & Social Care

Level 2 in Understanding Autism

Level 3 in Understanding Autism

Falls Prevention Awareness

Common Health Conditions

Nutrition and Health

Mental Health Awareness

Principles of Dementia Care

Understanding the Care and Management of Diabetes

Principles of End of Life Care

Understanding Children and Young People's Mental Health

Understanding the Safe Handling of Medication in Health and Social Care

Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care

Principles of the Prevention and Control of Infection in Health Care Settings

Counselling Skills

Principles of the Mental Health Worker

Self-harm and Suicide Awareness and Prevention

Special Education Needs and Disability

If you need help or support with any of our online learning courses please call us on 01904 770827 to speak to one of our Distance Learning Coordinators or email

"I just wanted to say thank you for making the Awareness of Mental Health Problems course extremely interesting and for always pushing me to improve! I've absolutely loved doing the course and hope to complete more courses through York College in the future!" - Awareness of Mental Health Problems - distance learning student