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Achieve your potential with distance learning at WAES.

Distance learning with WAES is a flexible and easy way to achieve your career goals; whether you want to progress in your profession, achieve an essential qualification, change your career, or learn something new.   

Learning with us is geared around you and your life so you can choose how, when and where to study, while we make sure you get all the support and guidance you need to succeed – plus we provide all the assessment materials to get you started. 

Not sure where to start? Find out more by looking through our course list or qualification options to see how we can help you get to where you want to be. 

Why study a distance learning course with WAES? 

  • Achieve a nationally recognised Level 2 or 3 qualification 
  • Courses are supported by government funding – enquire today and see if you qualify 
  • No need to formally attend a college – learn in your own time, at a pace that suits you 
  • High-quality online learning support materials to use as a reference 
  • Further your personal and professional development 
  • Ideal for individuals who would like to achieve a recognised qualification in their chosen field of study 
  • Receive support and guidance from a dedicated team of qualified assessors/tutors 

We are happy to help in any way we can, offering advice and guidance to help you enrol on the right online learning course for you. Please email distancelearning@waes.ac.uk if you have any questions. 

Testimonials 

We have had some amazing students on our courses, hear from them about us! 

“Thank you very much, I am really pleased and feel I have achieved something worthwhile and of importance. I have had the best communication I have ever had with an assessor.” 

Distance learner

“My tutor provided me with such positive and constructive feedback that spurred me on each time I got a question wrong so did not deter me. The material was well written and practical. I enjoyed reading each section and found it easy to follow”.

Distance learner
Distance Learning Courses
Level 2 Award in Introduction to Neuroscience in Early Years
ONLINE COURSE
Venue: Distance Learning
Full Fee: Free
Level: Level 2
Level: Level 2
Concessions: Yes

Please note, this course is currently only available to learners in England outside Greater London, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region, Tees Valley, West of England, West Midlands, North of Tyne, Sheffield City Region, and West Yorkshire.

This qualification’s aim is to provide an introduction to the early development of the brain in babies and young children from birth to 7 years of age. It looks at how the social brain develops, the limbic system and self-regulation.

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Level 2 Certificate in Awareness of Mental Health Problems
ONLINE COURSE
Venue: Distance Learning
Full Fee: Free
Level: Level 2
Level: Level 2
Concessions: Yes

Please note, this course is currently only available to learners in England outside Greater London, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region, Tees Valley, West of England, West Midlands, North of Tyne, Sheffield City Region, and West Yorkshire.

This qualification is designed for anyone looking to develop their understanding of mental health and the problems that can cause mental ill health.

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Level 2 Certificate in Care and Management of Diabetes
ONLINE COURSE
Venue: Distance Learning
Full Fee: Free
Level: Level 2
Level: Level 2
Concessions: Yes

Please note, this course is currently only available to learners in England outside Greater London, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region, Tees Valley, West of England, West Midlands, North of Tyne, Sheffield City Region, and West Yorkshire.

This qualification aims to:Provide an understanding of the different types of diabetes and how they can occurDevelop awareness of how the onset of Type 2 diabetes can be delayed with lifestyle changesDevelop an understanding of diabetes diagnosis and initial careDevelop an understanding of ongoing care and treatment of diabetes to control blood sugar levels

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Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
ONLINE COURSE
Venue: Distance Learning
Full Fee: Free
Level: Level 2
Level: Level 2
Concessions: Yes

Please note, this course is currently only available to learners in England outside Greater London, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region, Tees Valley, West of England, West Midlands, North of Tyne, Sheffield City Region, and West Yorkshire.

This qualification is useful for anyone who would like to develop their use of counselling skills for use in either work or a personal capacity. These may be learners who wish to progress towards further qualifications or learners who wish to study this programme in order to complement other programmes (eg health and social care, children’s care, learning and development, voluntary and community work).

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Level 2 Certificate in Improving Personal Exercise, Health and Nutrition
ONLINE COURSE
Venue: Distance Learning
Full Fee: Free
Level: Level 2
Level: Level 2
Concessions: Yes

Please note, this course is currently only available to learners in England outside Greater London, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region, Tees Valley, West of England, West Midlands, North of Tyne, Sheffield City Region, and West Yorkshire.

This qualification is designed for learners who wish to develop knowledge and understanding of how to improve their own personal exercise, health and nutrition. The objectives of this qualification are to help learners gain an understanding of:The impact of diet, nutrition and exercise on their personal healthSafe and appropriate exerciseThe importance of personal motivation and setting goals and targets

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Level 2 Certificate in Information, Advice and Guidance
ONLINE COURSE
Venue: Distance Learning
Full Fee: Free
Level: Level 2
Level: Level 2
Concessions: Yes

Please note, this course is currently only available to learners in England outside Greater London, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region, Tees Valley, West of England, West Midlands, North of Tyne, Sheffield City Region, and West Yorkshire.

This qualification aims to develop the learners knowledge and understanding of the key principles of information, advice or guidance and applying these within their own context.

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Level 2 Certificate in Lean Organisation Management Techniques
ONLINE COURSE
Venue: Distance Learning
Full Fee: Free
Level: Level 2
Level: Level 2
Concessions: Yes

Please note, this course is currently only available to learners in England outside Greater London, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region, Tees Valley, West of England, West Midlands, North of Tyne, Sheffield City Region, and West Yorkshire.

This course is for learners who want to understand how a lean organisation can provide the greatest customer value with the fewest resources. Learners will gain a sound understanding of the concepts and benefits of a lean environment as well as knowledge of business techniques and working in teams. It is suitable for learners who have little or no previous experience, including those returning to work.

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Level 2 Certificate in Mental Health First Aid and Mental Health Advocacy in the Workplace
ONLINE COURSE
Venue: Distance Learning
Full Fee: Free
Level: Level 2
Level: Level 2
Concessions: Yes

Please note, this course is currently only available to learners in England outside Greater London, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region, Tees Valley, West of England, West Midlands, North of Tyne, Sheffield City Region, and West Yorkshire.

This qualification is suitable for learners who wish to raise awareness of Mental Health, creating a culture of care and the promotion of positive Mental Health. This qualification gives learners the opportunity to understand Mental Health, its associated care and how this can be applied to learners or colleagues in the workplace.

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Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Business and Administration
ONLINE COURSE
Venue: Distance Learning
Full Fee: Free
Level: Level 2
Level: Level 2
Concessions: Yes

Please note, this course is currently only available to learners in England outside Greater London, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region, Tees Valley, West of England, West Midlands, North of Tyne, Sheffield City Region, and West Yorkshire.

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.

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Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Team Leading
ONLINE COURSE
Venue: Distance Learning
Full Fee: Free
Level: Level 2
Level: Level 2
Concessions: Yes

Please note, this course is currently only available to learners in England outside Greater London, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region, Tees Valley, West of England, West Midlands, North of Tyne, Sheffield City Region, and West Yorkshire.

This qualification is designed to provide learners with the knowledge and understanding required to successfully lead a team.

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Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Dementia Care
ONLINE COURSE
Venue: Distance Learning
Full Fee: Free
Level: Level 2
Level: Level 2
Concessions: Yes

Please note, this course is currently only available to learners in England outside Greater London, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region, Tees Valley, West of England, West Midlands, North of Tyne, Sheffield City Region, and West Yorkshire.

This qualification aims to assist learners to develop their knowledge and understanding of the principles of caring for those with dementia.

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Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of End of Life Care
ONLINE COURSE
Venue: Distance Learning
Full Fee: Free
Level: Level 2
Level: Level 2
Concessions: Yes

Please note, this course is currently only available to learners in England outside Greater London, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region, Tees Valley, West of England, West Midlands, North of Tyne, Sheffield City Region, and West Yorkshire.

This qualification aims to develop the learners' knowledge and understanding of :How to work in end-of-life careThe support needed to manage pain and discomfortHow dementia impacts on end of life care, the role of the care worker in time of deathThe loss and grief process

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Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences
ONLINE COURSE
Venue: Distance Learning
Full Fee: Free
Level: Level 2
Level: Level 2
Concessions: Yes

Please note, this course is currently only available to learners in England outside Greater London, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region, Tees Valley, West of England, West Midlands, North of Tyne, Sheffield City Region, and West Yorkshire.

This qualification is designed for learners wishing to progress to a wide range of further learning and job roles such as; nursery staff, teachers, health/social workers across Health and Social Care, children and young people, nursing, public services and education and training.

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Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism
ONLINE COURSE
Venue: Distance Learning
Full Fee: Free
Level: Level 2
Level: Level 2
Concessions: Yes

Please note, this course is currently only available to learners in England outside Greater London, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region, Tees Valley, West of England, West Midlands, North of Tyne, Sheffield City Region, and West Yorkshire.

This qualification aims to develop learners? understanding of autism and the principles of supporting individuals with autism - covering the person-centred approach and influence of positive communication methods, how to support positive behaviour, and how individuals with autism can be supported to live healthy and fulfilled lives.

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Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Behaviour That Challenges
ONLINE COURSE
Venue: Distance Learning
Full Fee: Free
Level: Level 2
Level: Level 2
Concessions: Yes

Please note, this course is currently only available to learners in England outside Greater London, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region, Tees Valley, West of England, West Midlands, North of Tyne, Sheffield City Region, and West Yorkshire.

This qualification is designed to increase learners awareness and understanding of behaviour that challenges, and its effects.

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Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Children and Young People's Mental Health
ONLINE COURSE
Venue: Distance Learning
Full Fee: Free
Level: Level 2
Level: Level 2
Concessions: Yes

Please note, this course is currently only available to learners in England outside Greater London, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region, Tees Valley, West of England, West Midlands, North of Tyne, Sheffield City Region, and West Yorkshire.

The purpose of this qualification is to develop knowledge of:Children and young people's mental health in contextMental health problems commonly associated with children and young peopleThe impact of mental ill-health on children and young peopleSupport available to maintain mental wellbeing in children and young people

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Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Climate Change and Environment Awareness
ONLINE COURSE
Venue: Distance Learning
Full Fee: Free
Level: Level 2
Level: Level 2
Concessions: Yes

Please note, this course is currently only available to learners in England outside Greater London, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region, Tees Valley, West of England, West Midlands, North of Tyne, Sheffield City Region, and West Yorkshire.

This qualification is designed to provide learners with an introduction to the principles of climate change and environmental awareness. It will ensure learners understand the nature of climate change and the role they can play in helping to reduce carbon emissions. Through achieving the qualification, learners will gain the knowledge and understanding to act as drivers of positive change within the workplace and at home.

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Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Coding
ONLINE COURSE
Venue: Distance Learning
Full Fee: Free
Level: Level 2
Level: Level 2
Concessions: Yes

Please note, this course is currently only available to learners in England outside Greater London, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region, Tees Valley, West of England, West Midlands, North of Tyne, Sheffield City Region, and West Yorkshire.

This qualification is designed for learners who want to gain knowledge of coding. The qualification may also support progression into further study in coding or other topics within the digital sector.

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Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Data Protection and Data Security
ONLINE COURSE
Venue: Distance Learning
Full Fee: Free
Level: Level 2
Level: Level 2
Concessions: Yes

Please note, this course is currently only available to learners in England outside Greater London, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region, Tees Valley, West of England, West Midlands, North of Tyne, Sheffield City Region, and West Yorkshire.

The purpose of this qualification is to allow learners to demonstrate an understanding of data protection and data security. It will help learners progress to a work role where data protection and data security knowledge is required.

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Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Mental Health in the Early Years
ONLINE COURSE
Venue: Distance Learning
Full Fee: Free
Level: Level 2
Level: Level 2
Concessions: Yes

Please note, this course is currently only available to learners in England outside Greater London, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region, Tees Valley, West of England, West Midlands, North of Tyne, Sheffield City Region, and West Yorkshire.

This qualification is designed for anyone looking to develop their understanding of mental health and the problems that can cause mental ill health.

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Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Nutrition and Health
ONLINE COURSE
Venue: Distance Learning
Full Fee: Free
Level: Level 2
Level: Level 2
Concessions: Yes

Please note, this course is currently only available to learners in England outside Greater London, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region, Tees Valley, West of England, West Midlands, North of Tyne, Sheffield City Region, and West Yorkshire.

This qualification aims to:Increase understanding of the principles of healthy eating and the role of food in maintaining healthIncrease confidence in planning and achieving a healthy dietProvide an understanding of how an individual's dietary requirements change throughout their lifeProvide an understanding of food labelling and the ability to use information from food labelsProvide information on eating disordersIncrease understanding of the role of a healthy diet for weight managementIncrease understanding of the principles of food safety in a home environment

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Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Safeguarding and Prevent
ONLINE COURSE
Venue: Distance Learning
Full Fee: Free
Level: Level 2
Level: Level 2
Concessions: Yes

Please note, this course is currently only available to learners in England outside Greater London, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region, Tees Valley, West of England, West Midlands, North of Tyne, Sheffield City Region, and West Yorkshire.

The purpose of this qualification is to increase the learners knowledge and awareness of:The Prevent Duty and safeguarding, including online safetyBy completing the qualification, learners will develop knowledge of safeguarding in an environment where they have a duty of care.

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Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties
ONLINE COURSE
Venue: Distance Learning
Full Fee: Free
Level: Level 2
Level: Level 2
Concessions: Yes

Please note, this course is currently only available to learners in England outside Greater London, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region, Tees Valley, West of England, West Midlands, North of Tyne, Sheffield City Region, and West Yorkshire.

This qualification aims to give learners knowledge of different Specific Learning Difficulties, how they are diagnosed and how individuals can be supported. The qualification can be used by a wide range of learners looking to improve their knowledge and awareness in this subject area.

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Level 2 Certificate In Understanding Working With People With Mental Health Needs
ONLINE COURSE
Venue: Distance Learning
Full Fee: Free
Level: Level 2
Level: Level 2
Concessions: Yes

Please note, this course is currently only available to learners in England outside Greater London, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region, Tees Valley, West of England, West Midlands, North of Tyne, Sheffield City Region, and West Yorkshire.

This qualification aims to raise awareness of:The role of the mental health workerThe process and approaches involved in the care and support of those who experience mental ill health

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Level 2 Certificate in Working with Individuals with Learning Disabilities
ONLINE COURSE
Venue: Distance Learning
Full Fee: Free
Level: Level 2
Level: Level 2
Concessions: Yes

Please note, this course is currently only available to learners in England outside Greater London, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region, Tees Valley, West of England, West Midlands, North of Tyne, Sheffield City Region, and West Yorkshire.

This qualification aims to give learners knowledge and understanding to work with individuals with learning disabilities or difficulties. They will explore the principles of safeguarding and positive risk-taking and gain awareness of the autistic spectrum.

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Level 2 Understanding Domestic Abuse
ONLINE COURSE
Venue: Distance Learning
Full Fee: Free
Level: Level 2
Level: Level 2
Concessions: Yes

Please note, this course is currently only available to learners in England outside Greater London, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region, Tees Valley, West of England, West Midlands, North of Tyne, Sheffield City Region, and West Yorkshire.

This qualification is designed to increase learners awareness and understanding of domestic abuse and its impact. The need for education and training across sectors to enable identification of abuse allocation of support and referral is a recurring theme within regional domestic abuse strategies. Awareness of domestic abuse and its impact is important for those working in a wide range of sectors such as healthcare social care childcare education and housing .

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Level 3 Certificate in Coding Practices
ONLINE COURSE
Venue: Distance Learning
Full Fee: £941
Level: Level 3
Level: Level 3
Concessions: Yes

The purpose of the NCFE Level 3 in Coding Practices is to provide learners with sector awareness. It will provide the learner with a chance to develop knowledge and skills relating to coding practices with the view to seeking employment or proceeding to further study in this area. This qualification is designed for learners who want to increase their knowledge, skills and understanding of coding.

Please note, this course can only be funded for Greater London residents who earn less than the London Living Wage or otherwise do not already have a Level 3 qualification, alongside the standard residency requirements.

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Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Autism
ONLINE COURSE
Venue: Distance Learning
Full Fee: £811
Level: Level 3
Level: Level 3
Concessions: Yes

Learners will develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of autism, which could support progression onto appropriate qualifications, and into relevant employment such as in the Health and Social Care sector.

Please note, this course can only be funded for Greater London residents who earn less than the London Living Wage or otherwise do not already have a Level 3 qualification, alongside the standard residency requirements.

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Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Mental Health
ONLINE COURSE
Venue: Distance Learning
Full Fee: £811
Level: Level 3
Level: Level 3
Concessions: Yes

This qualification is designed to increase learners' knowledge and understanding of mental health and mental well-being. Successful completion of the required units will allow the learner to develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of mental health. It will also support learner progression into relevant employment within the Health and Social Care sector.

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Level 3 Certificate in Understanding the Care and Management of Diabetes
ONLINE COURSE
Venue: Distance Learning
Full Fee: £811
Level: Level 3
Level: Level 3
Concessions: Yes

The purpose of this qualification is to increase learners’ awareness and understanding of diabetes. By completing the qualification, learners will develop in-depth knowledge of, diabetes which could support progression onto appropriate qualifications, and into relevant employment, in the Health and Social care sector. The objectives of this qualification are to gain knowledge and understanding of diabetes, including:• the types, causes, signs and symptoms of diabetes• anatomy and physiology• the impact of diabetes on individuals, others and society• the treatment and management of diabetes

Please note, this course can only be funded for Greater London residents who earn less than the London Living Wage or otherwise do not already have a Level 3 qualification, alongside the standard residency requirements.

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Level 3 Certificate in Understanding the Principles of Dementia Care
ONLINE COURSE
Venue: Distance Learning
Full Fee: £811
Level: Level 3
Level: Level 3
Concessions: Yes

This qualification enables learners to develop knowledge and understanding of caring for individuals with dementia. Successful completion of the units will allow learners to develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of dementia and its effects. The objectives of this qualification are to enable learners to understand:• types of dementia and the importance of early diagnosis• person-centred approaches in dementia care• the role of communication, interaction and inclusion in dementia care and support• the use of medication to support individuals with dementia.

Please note, this course can only be funded for Greater London residents who earn less than the London Living Wage or otherwise do not already have a Level 3 qualification, alongside the standard residency requirements.

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Level 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills
ONLINE COURSE
Venue: Distance Learning
Full Fee: £2,225
Level: Level 3
Level: Level 3
Concessions: Yes

This qualification aims to provide learners with in-depth knowledge of the use of counselling skills in everyday life and work and the approaches that underpin the use of these skills. This qualification is ideal for those seeking to enhance their functional role through the use of counselling skills. Learners will gain an understanding of a range of counselling skills and have the opportunity to examine some of the various schools of thought/theoretical models associated with them.

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  • A wide range of in-person, online, distance learning and community-based courses
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  • Excellent progression to employment, apprenticeships or further learning including university