Distance Learning Qualifications


Through our partnership with Stamford College, we are able to offer a range of fully funded online, nationally-recognised qualification courses to adults aged 19+. These courses are studied entirely online, giving learners the flexibility to study where and when they like.

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. You will receive specialist support from dedicated assessors throughout the programme.

Each qualification takes a maximum of sixteen weeks to complete, and if successfully achieved, will result in a Level 2 qualification.

They are fully funded (free) to learners who meet the eligibility criteria below – although an administration fee of £100 will be charged if learners do not complete the course within the allocated 16 weeks. Funding will only cover one course per person at any one time. You will be able to enrol onto another Distance Learning course once you have fully completed your current course.

 If you are unsure whether you are eligible, please email ralss.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 postcode outside of Greater Manchester, Liverpool City, Tees Valley, Greater London, 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 I enrol?

Enrolments are processed through Stamford College’s website using their online form. Please visit www.stamford.ac.uk/distanced-learning to enrol.


Creative Writing

We also offer online Creative Writing courses, ranging from one-day workshops to five-week full courses. These take place via Microsoft Teams on a weekend or weekday evening, and cover a variety of topics. To see what’s coming up, search our website or visit our Course Finder.

Italian Courses

Beginners Italian for Travelling

Our new Beginners Italian course will be running online, via Zoom, between February and March 2022.

Aimed at people with very little or no previous knowledge, this course will cover introductions and providing basic information, ordering food in a restaurant or bar, reserving tables and hotel rooms, and more. To find out more, click here