To study a distance learning course, you need to be:

  • Aged 19 on or before 31st August 2023
  • Have lived in England for 3 years.

If you have queries regarding the residency criteria, please contact the team at

Please note for Level 3 courses:

  • Funding is available if you are 19 plus and do not already hold a level 3 qualification.
  • You can still secure funding if you are 19 plus, already have a level 3 qualification, and earn less than £30,000 per year

If you do not meet these criteria, please contact us at for information on other ways to fund your course.

Important Information

All students will need to provide proof of ID, details of what can be used is listed on the back of the enrolment form.
You can study a distance learning course whether you are on benefits or in employment,

  1. If you are in receipt of benefits (unemployed or employed) you will need to provide evidence of your benefits. This can be done quite easily, by saving your latest Universal Credit statement. For any other type of benefit, you can take a clear photo of your letter and upload that.
  2. If you are in employment you will need to provide a recent wage slip.


Distance learning courses run all year round so you will start your course as soon as you return your enrolment documents. When signing up to the course, please be mindful of your personal circumstances i.e. work/family commitments, the time of year, and any holiday plans you may have as this is not taken into consideration when submission dates are given to you.

Your commitment to us...

  • You will be signing an agreement committing to the course and completing it in the given period. Level 2 courses are between 4 and 20 weeks while Level 3 courses are between 12 and 20 weeks.
  • Failing to complete your course in a timely way will incur costs between £100 and £811 depending on the course and how far you are into study.
  • If you work for an organisation, it will be you personally that is liable to pay any costs and not your employer. If you leave your organisation before you complete the course and you decide not to finish the course, you are personally responsible for paying back any costs

The majority of the courses need to be completed online however, there may also be a paper-based option depending on the course - it's best to check this with the team before starting.