Distance Learning Qualifications

Through our partnership with Stamford College, we are able to offer a range of online, nationally-recognised qualification courses to adults aged 19+.

These courses are free for learners who meet our eligibility criteria and are studied entirely online, giving learners the flexibility to study where and when they like. Learners will receive specialist support from dedicated tutors throughout their course, which will take a maximum of sixteen weeks to complete and result in a nationally-recognised Level 2 Certificate. 

Are they available to everyone?

These free qualifications are available to those who meet the eligibility criteria, which is set out below. If you are unsure whether you are eligible, please email enquiries@stamford.ac.uk.


  • Must be aged 19 years or over as at 31/​08/​2020
  • Must have lived in the EU for the last three years 
  • Must currently reside in England, in a post code outside of Greater Manchester, Liverpool City, Tees Valley, West Midlands, Sheffield City, West Midlands, West of England and the North of Tyne Combined Authority (NTCA).

Please note: you may be asked to provide evidence of eligibility.

How do they work?

To study online, you’ll need reliable access to the internet, and the motivation, self-discipline and time to organise your own studies.

Upon registering for one of our qualifications, you will be given access to an online portal, where you will work through the units of your qualification. Your answers are then marked by an assessor. 

You will receive specialist support from dedicated assessors throughout the programme. Once the assessor is satisfied that you have completed all of the questions in every unit, they will mark the qualification as complete.