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Students working at a computer onlineWhether you’re interested in learning for work, career progression or self development, our range of nationally recognised courses provide a flexible blended approach to your learning.

Available online, you can study towards them at a time to suit you. But don’t think you’ll be alone as our assessors will be on hand to support you through your qualification.

Take at look at the qualifications we offer below. Once you've found something that you're interested in, complete a form to register your interest.

*Note: These courses are offered 'free' on the proviso that the course is completed. If you fail to complete any course, you will be liable to pay a £125 administrative fee.

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Principles of Business Administration Knowledge

Today’s global economy brings with it a wealth of new markets, shrinking profit margins and increasing operating expenses; the need for good business administration has never been greater.

What you will learn:

  • Unit 1 - Principles of Providing Administrative Services
  • Unit 2 - Principles of Business Document Production and Information Management
  • Unit 3 - Understand Communication in a Business Environment
  • Unit 4 - Understand Employer Organisations
  • Unit 5 - Understand How to Develop Working Relationships with Colleagues

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Principles of Customer Service

In order to have a truly successful business, you need to provide good customer service. It is believed that 96% of unhappy customers don’t ever complain; however, 91% of those simply leave and never come back. The main reason for customer churn is not price, but bad customer service. Handling a business’s issues in a professional and courteous manner is an essential day-to-day task.

What you will learn:

  • Unit 1 - Principles of Customer Service and Delivery
  • Unit 2 - Understand Customers
  • Unit 3 - Understand Employer Organisations

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Principles of Lean Organisation Management Techniques

A lean organisation provides the greatest customer value with the fewest resources, a philosophy increasingly important in today’s competitive business market. A sound understanding of the concept and benefits of a lean environment, as well as knowledge of business techniques and working in teams, is essential. Our nationally recognised qualification is designed to provide individuals with an appreciation and understanding of some key principles of lean organisation management.

What you will learn:

  • Unit 1 - Lean Organisation Techniques in Business
  • Unit 2 - Business Improvement Tools and Techniques
  • Unit 3 - Working in Business Teams

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Retail Operations

The retail industry is subject to a number of pressures. These include changes in shopping habits and the recent economic downturn which reduced consumer spending. However, as consumer confidence begins to grow, it is important that retail support staff are fully trained and equipped to represent your business and to meet the needs of your customers. As removing staff from the ‘shop floor’ applies pressure to rotas, this training can be carried out in the learner’s own time via our tried and tested flexible learning approach.

What you will learn:

  • Unit 1 - Understanding Customer Service in the Retail Sector
  • Unit 2 - Understanding the Retail Selling Process
  • Unit 3 - Understanding How Individuals and Teams Contribute to the Effectiveness of a Retail Business
  • Unit 4 - Understanding How a Retail Business Maintains Health and Safety on its Premises
  • Unit 5 - Understanding Retail Consumer Law
  • Unit 6 - Understand How to Deal with Customer Queries and Complaints in a Retail Environment

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Principles of Team Leading

Strong team leadership is essential for providing guidance, direction and instruction within a group and inevitably leads to more effective teamwork and more motivated employees. Being able to manage a team effectively is critical in the current job market, where employee productivity and team outcomes are closely monitored.

What you will learn:

  • Unit 1 - Principles of Team Leading
  • Unit 2 - Understand Business
  • Unit 3 - Understand How to Communicate Work- Related Information

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Principles of Warehousing and Storage

The warehousing and storage of goods is an essential part of logistics operations within a business. Roles within this industry require great skill and organisation to coordinate the demand and supply of goods and ultimately meet customer needs.

What you will learn:

  • Unit 1 - Introduction to Warehousing and Storage
  • Unit 2 - Understand how to Receive and Store Goods
  • Unit 3 - Understand how to Process Orders and Prepare them for Dispatch
  • Unit 4 - Understand how to Check Stock and Update Records
  • Unit 5 - Customer Service in Warehousing and Storage

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Children and Young People's Mental Health

Mental health problems affect around 1 in 10 children and young people. These issues include depression, anxiety and conduct disorder and can often be a direct response to occurrences in their lives. Emotional wellbeing is just as important as a child’s mental health, therefore it is important for those working with children and young people to have a good understanding of the concepts, risk factors and impact of mental health.

What you will learn:

  • Unit 1 - Understand Children and Young People's Mental Health in Context
  • Unit 2 - Understand Factors which may Affect Children and Young People’s Mental Health
  • Unit 3 - Understand Children and Young People's Mental Health Concerns
  • Unit 4 - Understand the Impact of Children and Young People's Mental Health Concerns
  • Unit 5 - Understand how to Support Children and Young People with Mental Health Concerns

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Awareness of Mental Health Problems

Mental health presents one of the greatest challenges to our society. With an estimated 450 million people worldwide suffering from a mental health problem, around a quarter of British adults will experience some form of mental health problem within the course of a year. While many elements of mental health are still not understood, having a good knowledge of the information that is available is essential in the care sector.

What you will learn:

  • Unit 1 - Understanding Mental Health
  • Unit 2 - Understanding Stress
  • Unit 3 - Understanding Anxiety
  • Unit 4 - Understanding Phobias
  • Unit 5 - Understanding Depression
  • Unit 6 - Understanding Post-Natal Depression
  • Unit 7 - Understanding Bipolar Disorder
  • Unit 8 - Understanding Schizophrenia
  • Unit 9 - Understanding Dementia
  • Unit 10 - Understanding Eating Disorders
  • Unit 11 - Understanding Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Unit 12 - Understanding Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Unit 13 - Understanding Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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Equality and Diversity

Britain is a culturally diverse nation that respects and values the differences in people. Companies are legally required to follow a set of practices to ensure discrimination is eradicated and expectations of equality are met. A good understanding of the wide-ranging legislation is essential in creating a workplace that is centred on fairness, dignity and respect.

What you will learn:

  • Unit 1 - Equality and Diversity in Society
  • Unit 2 - Equality and Diversity in the Community
  • Unit 3 - Equality and Diversity in the Workplace

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Creating a Business Start-up
If you're looking to start your own business, or already have a business but want to develop and progress your business plan, this course is for you. The qualification will give you the skills and knowledge you need, including initial steps and marketing, legal and financial considerations and how to develop a buisness plan. 

What you will learn:

  • Unit 1 - Initial steps for a business start-up
  • Unit 2 - Marketing for a business start-up
  • Unit 3 - Legal and financial considerations when starting a business
  • Unit 4 - How to develop a business plan
 
 
 
 
Understanding Safeguarding and Prevent

Official data showed that over 7,500 people were referred to the Prevent programme in 2015/16. The purpose of this qualification is to support anyone who is responsible for the safeguarding of people and for helping prevent radicalisation. It gives learners an understanding of recognising the signs of abuse, how to reduce the risk of radicalisation and the potential consequences of illegal online activity.

What you will learn:

  • Unit 1 - Understanding the Prevent Duty
  • Unit 2 - Understanding Safeguarding
  • Unit 3 - Understanding Online Safety

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Understanding Behaviour that Challenges

Challenging behaviour is causing increasing concern today as many individuals have increasing levels of stress and uncertainty in their lives. This behaviour can be due to factors such as anxiety, neglect, abuse, learning disabilities and conditions like dementia. Understanding the causes of challenging behaviour is the first step towards finding ways to support individuals and manage their behaviour.

What you will learn:

  • Unit 1 - Understand Behaviour That Challenges
  • Unit 2 - Understand How to Support Positive Behaviour
  • Unit 3 - Understand the Importance of Effective Communication and the Management of Behaviour That Challenges
  • Unit 4 - Understand the Role of Reflection and Support for Those Involved in Incidents of Behaviour that Challenges

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Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties

Having a learning difficulty means that people find it harder to learn certain skills. As this affects around 15% of people, it is important for those working in healthcare, social care and education to have knowledge of different Specific Learning Difficulties such as ADHD, dyslexia and dyscalculia.

What you will learn:

  • Unit 1 - Understand Specific Learning Difficulties
  • Unit 2 - Understand the Effects of Specific Learning Difficulties
  • Unit 3 - Understand the Diagnosis of Specific Learning Difficulties
  • Unit 4 - Understanding Supporting Individuals with Specific Learning Difficulties
  • Unit 5 - Understand the Context of Specific Learning Difficulties

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Understanding Autism

Autism is a spectrum condition that affects how a person communicates with others and how they interpret the world around them. There are around 700,000 people in the UK with autism – more than 1 in every 100. Having a clear understanding of the misconceptions, diagnoses and support surrounding autism are just some of the essential skills needed when working in mental health.

What you will learn:

  • Unit 1 - Introduction to Autism
  • Unit 2 - Using a Person-Centred Approach to Support Individuals with Autism
  • Unit 3 - Communication and Social Interaction in Individuals with Autism
  • Unit 4 - Sensory Processing, Perception and Cognition in Individuals with Autism
  • Unit 5 - Supporting Positive Behaviour in Individuals with Autism
  • Unit 6 - Supporting Individuals with Autism to Live Healthy and Fulfilled Lives

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Working with Individuals with Learning Disabilities

Around 1.5 million people in the UK have a learning disability. Owing to the fact that they are likely to find it more difficult than others to describe their symptoms, a good knowledge of legislation and the healthcare system, as well as an understanding of signs and symptoms of various conditions, is essential for anyone working with individuals with learning disabilities.

What you will learn:

  • Unit 1 - Understanding the Context of Supporting Individuals with Learning Disabilities
  • Unit 2 - Principles of Safeguarding and Protection in Health and Social Care
  • Unit 3 - Introduction to Personalisation in Social Care
  • Unit 4 - Principles of Positive Risk-Taking for Individuals with Disabilities
  • Unit 5 - Introductory Awareness of Autistic Spectrum Conditions
  • Unit 6 - Principles of Supporting Individuals with a Learning Disability to Access Healthcare

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Understanding the Care and Management of Diabetes

There is an emerging global epidemic of diabetes. In the UK alone, 3.2 million people are diagnosed with the disease and an estimated 630,000 people have the condition but don’t know it. It is believed that deaths from diabetes will rise by more than 50% in the next ten years. Simple lifestyle measures can be effective in preventing or delaying the onset of this chronic, debilitating and often deadly disease.

What you will learn:

  • Unit 1 - Understand Diabetes
  • Unit 2 - Prevention and Early Intervention of Type 2 Diabetes
  • Unit 3 - Understand the Initial Care of Diabetes
  • Unit 4 - Understand the Treatment and Management of Diabetes

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Certificate in Data Protection and Data Security
Data protection compliance is an essential legal requirement for all organisations. Since the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force in May 2018, it is more vital than ever that everyone who works with personal data understands the laws and acts in compliance, as the penalties can be severe.

What you will learn:

  • Current data protection legislation, and how it is applied
  • Organisational procedures concerning data
  • Possible threats to ICT systems and data, and how to protect against them
  • Consequences of not protecting data, and the impact of possible breaches

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Principles of Dementia Care
Dementia affects around 820,000 people in the UK. This figure is likely to rise to one million by 2025 and two million by 2051. It is one of the main causes of disability in later life and with research being desperately underfunded, it costs the UK over £26 billion a year. Understanding dementia and the person-centred care that is required is fundamental to high quality care.

What you will learn:

  • Unit 1 - Dementia Awareness
  • Unit 2 - The Person-Centred Approach to the Care and Support of Individuals with Dementia
  • Unit 3 - Understand the Factors That Can Influence Communication and Interaction with Individuals who have Dementia
  • Unit 4 - Understand Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Dementia Care
  • Unit 5 - Understand the Administration of Medication to Individuals with Dementia Using a Person-Centred Approach
  • Unit 6 - Understand Behaviour in the Context of Dementia
  • Unit 7 - Understand the Benefits of Engaging in Activities in Social Care

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Certificate in Understanding the Safe Handling of Medication in Health and Social Care
Modern medicines are powerful substances which have beneficial effects for millions of people worldwide. However, inappropriate use or handling of these substances can have severe consequences, including death. Having good up-to-date knowledge of the safe handling of medicines is essential for anyone working with medication.
 

What you will learn:

  • Understand Medication and Prescriptions Supply, Storage and Disposal of Medication.
  • Understand the Requirements for the Safe Administrations of Medication.
  • Record-keeping and Audit Processes for Medication

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Certificate in Falls Prevention Awareness
Falls represent the most frequent and serious type of accident in people aged 65 and over, with 10,000 falls happening each day. Falls often have both a physical and mental impact, as they can result in lack of confidence, isolation, fractures and broken bones. This course is ideal for anyone working in health and social care and those who have contact with older people who are more susceptible to falls.
 

What you will learn:

  • Falls in Context
  • The Risk Factors and Causes of Falls.
  • Falls Assessment and Prevention.
  • Managing Falls

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Certificate in the Principles of End of Life Care
By 2040, the number of people aged over 64 in Britain is expected to grow from 9.5 million to 15 million. The population is aging, meaning more people will live with serious chronic illness and need end of life care. The problems faced and support needed by people nearing the end of life is wide-ranging and a good under­ standing of pain management, support and quality of life is essential for all carers.
 

What you will learn:

  • Understand How To Work in End of Life Care.
  • Care Planning in End of Life Care.
  • Understand How to Provide Support to Manage Pain and Discomfort.
  • End of Life Care and Dementia.
  • Understanding the Role of the Care Worker in Time of Death.
  • Understand Loss and Grief in End of Life Care

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