Our range of distance learning courses offer you the flexibility to study at a time and place that suits you.

What is Distance Learning?

Distance Learning is a flexible way in which to complete a qualification. It allows you to study around your current commitments, whether that’s your job or busy family life, studying one of our Lakes College Distance Learning courses gives you the opportunity to study from home in your own time.

Our range of courses spans from business, management and customer service, to health and social care, childcare and more – there’s something for everyone!

You’ll be earning a nationally recognised qualification in your own time – with the full support of a tutor here at Lakes College to support you with any questions or advice you need.


Enquiry form - distance learning

Find out more about one of our distance learning courses by completing the below form.
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How long is the programme?

The programmes vary in length but we don’t expect anyone to go longer than 12-14 weeks. It really depends on your previous knowledge, the time you put into reading the material and answering the questions. Some people can achieve in a few weeks.

When will the qualification start?

We aim to have you started within a month but really depends on applicants’ needs and numbers we have on pending lists. Holiday periods can also delay your start as we don’t want to take time away affecting achievement by your intended end date.

How many hours will I need to do each week?

This varies as it depends on your prior experience and the content of the qualifications. As a guide, we estimate an average 10-15 hrs of time is needed.

Will I need to come to college?

Depending on the number of learners we may ask for you to come into college for an initial advice and guidance session. We want to make sure the programme is correct for you and that you fully understand your commitment and what the qualification will cover as many applicants are interested in a number of qualifications.

Is this a certificated course?

Yes – this is certificated by a recognised external awarding body.

Can I do multiple courses?

You can do one course after another but we do not allow multiple qualifications running at the same time as we find this is not effective for the learner. However, you can achieve quickly and progress onto another course.

Do I have an option of online or workbooks?

We prefer to use online as it is more time efficient but you can discuss with your Training Officer your needs. If utilising online you also have a workbook for reference.