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Spring Special Offer

Level 2 certificated courses and Introductory courses are FREE for the month of April*

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*This promotion is valid from the 1st of April 2018 to the 30th of April 2018 (inclusive) and is available to residents of Scotland only. It includes all our Level 2 certificated courses and Introductory (online Moodle) courses, however one applicant can enrol for a maximum of one (1) Level 2 certificated course and three (3) Introductory (online Moodle) courses at the same time only.

New short courses

Only £30 for one short course course or £60 for three short courses (First Aid at £30 for 1 course or £80 for all 4)**

BROWSE ALL OUR SHORT COURSES

**Promotion offered to individual learners only. Organisations purchasing courses as part of a funded workforce training plan cannot benefit from this promotion.

New short courses now available

£30 for 1 course or 3 courses for only £60*

*except First Aid courses, offered at £30 for 1 course or all 4 courses for only £80

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Study where and when it suits you

For twenty years, West College Scotland has pioneered Distance Learning in Scottish education.  We offer a wide range of courses which you can study in a way which suits you.  You might be in a job and looking to improve your qualifications or you may want to study in your leisure time.

Distance Learning is also a great way to return to education.

For further information on any aspect of Distance Learning, click on the button below.

BROWSE DISTANCE LEARNING COURSES

Why choose distance learning?

  • A wide range of courses
  • More choice and flexibility
  • Great tutor support
  • Improved career prospects
  • A dedicated department
  • Study anywhere at anytime
  • Develop your skills
  • On-going support when course is complete

Distance learning FAQs

We know you might have questions about Distance Learning.  We've done our best to try to answer them.

Further information

We have a dedicated distance learning department who are commited to meting the needs of our students.


Distance Learning Administrator, West College Scotland, Renfrew Road, Paisley, Scotland, PA3 4DR

New short courses now available!

£30 for 1 course or 3 courses for only £60**

Understand the Principles of Exercise and Fitness Click to apply
Health and Safety in the Workplace (Auto) Click to apply
COSHH Risk Assessment Click to apply
DSE Risk Assessment Click to apply
Fire Safety Principles Click to apply
Manual Handling Safety at Work Click to apply
Alcohol Awareness Click to apply
Sexual Health Awareness Click to apply
Substance Misuse Awareness Click to apply
Understanding Anxiety Click to apply
Understanding Depression Click to apply
Understanding Eating Disorders Click to apply
Discipline in the Workplace Click to apply
Rights and Responsibilities Click to apply
Understanding Stress Click to apply
Conflict Management Click to apply

First Aid (†): £30 for 1 course; £80 for all 4**

Induction of New Staff Click to apply
Leading and Motivating a Team Click to apply
Organising and Delegating Click to apply
Performance Management Click to apply
Planning and Allocating Work Click to apply
Solving Problems and Making Decisions Click to apply
Stress Management Click to apply
Understanding Leadership Click to apply
First Aid P1: Intro to First Aid & the Role of the First-aider (†) Click to apply
First Aid P2: Understanding Injuries (†) Click to apply
First Aid P3: Understanding Chest Pains, Choking & Seizures (†) Click to apply
First Aid P4: Understanding Serious Injuries (†) Click to apply
Personal Money Management Click to apply
Explore the Principles of Healthy Eating Click to apply
Food Safety Awareness Click to apply
Principles of Weight Management Click to apply

 **Promotion offered to individual learners only. Organisations purchasing courses as part of a funded workforce training plan cannot benefit from this promotion.

Courses included in our limited time offer*:

  • Personal development

Introduction to Communication Skills: This auto marked online course will cover presentation skills, writing a CV, nonverbal communication, meetings and written and oral communication. Click here to enrol.

Introduction to Personal Development: This auto marked online course covers an introduction to personal development, time management, stress management, assertiveness and negotiating skills. Click here to enrol. 

Successful Job Hunting: This auto marked online course will cover skills and personal qualities, analysing job advertisements, CVs, cover letters, application forms, personal statements and interviews. Click here to enrol.

Level 2 Certificate in Equality and Diversity: This is an online, NCFE level 2 certificate, course with tutor marking and feedback. This qualification promotes social awareness and good practice of equality and diversity within a community, at work, at home and in society in general. Click here to enrol.

  • Training and coaching

Introduction to Training Needs Analysis: This auto marked online course offers an overview of training needs analysis, standards and job analysis, identifying competences and learning needs and production of a learning plan. Click here to enrol.

Introduction to Guidance and Support: This auto marked online course will cover the main purpose and scope of Guidance, basic Guidance and support and how to conduct a Guidance interview. Click here to enrol.

Introduction to Coaching: This auto marked online course will look at coaching roles and process, communication and interpersonal skills and how to conduct coaching sessions. Click here to enrol.

Level 2 Certificate in Team Leading Knowledge: This is an online, NCFE level 2 certificate, course with tutor marking and feedback. This qualification will develop and improve your practical skills in order to become a successful team leader and improve the morale within a workplace. Click here to enrol.

Level 2 Certificate in Information, Advice or Guidance: This is an online, NCFE level 2 certificate, course with tutor marking and feedback. This qualification covers topics including Information, advice or guidance in practice, Developing interaction skills for information, advice or guidance, Signposting and referral in information, advice or guidance and Skills for advice providers. Click here to enrol.

  • Business

Introduction to Marketing: This auto marked online course covers market research, the 4’P’s of marketing and customer care. Click here to enrol.

Introduction to Management: This auto marked online course will look at aspects of team leading like motivation, supervisory skills, delegation and managing change and conflict. Click here to enrol.

Introduction to Economics: This auto marked online course will cover aspects of economics such as scarcity and choice, production, the market, supply and demand, income and government intervention in markets. Click here to enrol.

Introduction to Customer Care: This auto marked online course will cover such topics as loyalties, total quality management, staff training, reward and recognition schemes and customer care standards and strategies. Click here to enrol.

Introduction to Human Resource Management: This auto marked online course will cover recruitment and selection, employee induction and training, remuneration, appraisal and employee relations. Click here to enrol.

Introduction to Financial Management: This is an entry level course to introduce candidates to basic business financial functions. This course is designed to introduce candidates to the knowledge and skills necessary to carry out basic business financial functions Click here to enrol.

Level 2 Certificate in Business Administration Knowledge (NCFE):  This is an online, NCFE level 2 certificate, course with tutor marking and feedback. This course is designed to enable the candidate to gain knowledge and skills about administration services and responsibilities. It covers a wide range of aspects which are routinely expected within a business administration role.  Click here to enrol.

Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Customer Service (NCFE): This is an online, NCFE level 2 certificate, course with tutor marking and feedback. This qualification is relevant to all business sectors where customer-facing roles exist, and gives you a foundation of knowledge which you can build on in your future career. Click here to enrol.

  • Teaching

Introduction to Learning and Development: This auto marked online course will cover the following areas: roles, responsibilities, knowledge, skills and attitudes of a trainer in the workplace. Click here to enrol.

Introduction to Assessment and Evaluation: This auto marked online course enables you to carry out a range of assessment activities and conduct an evaluation of a training session. Click here to enrol. 

Plan, Prepare and Deliver Training: This auto marked online course enables candidates to understand basic learning theory, write learning aims and objectives and plan and deliver a training session. Click here to enrol.

  • Hospitality

History of the Modern Menu: This auto marked online course will cover the development of the modern menu from medieval to modern times, the types of menus; designing a menu to attract the target market and special diets and healthy options. Click here to enrol.

Introduction to Food Safety: This auto marked online course will cover HACCP, choosing a supplier, the process for receiving and storing dry, chilled and frozen goods and the identification of safety risks on the preparation, cooking and delivery of food. Click here to enrol.

Creating Menus for Profit: This introductory course aims to enable the candidate to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required to price a menus in order to achieve acceptable profits for an organisation. Click here to enrol.

  • Other industries

Introduction to Retail: This auto marked online course will cover aspects of working in the retail industry such as communication, operating equipment, sale handling procedures, stock control and selling products and services. Click here to enrol.

Introduction to Construction: This is an entry level course to provide candidates with the knowledge and understanding of a number of trades in order that they can commence employment within the construction industry. Click here to enrol.

Basic Electrical Awareness: This auto marked online course will cover principles of electricity, electrical symbols, voltage and current, Ohm’s law, dangers of electricity, using electrical appliances, costs and appliance testing. Click here to enrol.

Introduction to Photography: This course is designed to enable candidates to develop knowledge and understanding of the effective operation of a digital camera.  Click here to enrol. 

 

  • Healthcare

Administration of Medicines: This auto marked online  course will cover legislation, types of medicines, storage, record keeping and administration of medicines. Click here to enrol.

HIV, Hepatitis B and C: This auto marked online course will cover terminology, signs and symptoms, strategies to prevent the spread of HIV and Hepatitis B and C, screening and other precautions and equality and values. Click here to enrol.

Awareness of First Aid: This auto marked online course will cover the responsibilities of a first aider, handling an emergency, CPR, the recovery position and examining a casualty. Click here to enrol.

Awareness of Health and Safety: This auto marked online course will cover risk assessment, ergonomics, fire safety, first aid, manual handling, personal protective equipment and safety signs and signals. Click here to enrol.

Level 2 Certificate in Awareness of Mental Health Problems:  This qualification is suitable for learners who wish to increase their knowledge of mental health problems, the factors that cause mental ill-health and the ways that mental health problems can be managed. Click here to enrol.

Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Nutrition and Health: This qualification explores influential factors such as the principles of healthy eating and weight management. The course also introduces nutrition in the context of eating disorders, and explains how to prepare food safely in a home environment. Click here to enrol.

Level 2 Certificate in Understanding the Care and Management of Diabetes: This qualification has four manageable units, covering topics such as Prevention and early intervention of Type 2 diabetes, Understanding the initial care of diabetes, Functions of glucose and insulin in the blood and Treatment and management of diabetes. Click here to enrol.

Level 2 Certificate in Principles of the Prevention and Control of Infection in Health Care Settings:  This course can strengthen awareness of how to tackle the outbreak of infection by developing your understanding of the many causes of infections, how they spread and how you can help to control this. Click here to enrol.

Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism: This course will provide you with an understanding of the spectrum used to define particular autistic disorders, how they can affect people and how to support those with Autism.  Click here to enrol.

Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Behaviour that Challenges: This marked course explores possible causes which could explain why people behave as they do, helping you to develop your understanding and deal with these situations in an appropriate way. Click here to enrol.

Level 2 Certificate in Principles of End of Life Care: This course is ideal for anyone who is already working in, or intending to work within, the healthcare or social care sector. It will provide them with knowledge and understanding of end of life care to support their role. Click here to enrol.

Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Dementia Care: This is an online, NCFE level 2 certificate, course with tutor marking and feedback.This course will provide you with an understanding and knowledge of exactly what dementia is and how to support those who are affected by it.  You will learn skills for caring for people with dementia.  Click here to enrol.

Level 2 Certificate in Understanding the Safe Handling of Medication on Health and Social Care:  This is an online, NCFE level 2 certificate, course with tutor marking and feedback.By completing this course you will develop and improve your knowledge and skills in good health and social care – skills which could help reduce these statistics. Click here to enrol. 

  • Child and Social Care

Introduction to Play, Development and Learning: This auto marked online course covers Identifying children’s interests and developmental needs; encouraging development and enhancing enjoyment; pre school age children and providing play and learning experiences. Click here to enrol.

Promotion of Child Health: This auto marked online course covers the health needs of a child, the provision of food and drink for children, investigating the prevention of infection in relation to the health of the child and the professional responses to illness in a child. Click here to enrol.

Introduction to Caring for Children: This auto marked online course covers working with babies and infants, physical and emotional well-being, nurturing self-sufficiency, nutritional balance and safe food preparation. Click here to enrol.

Moving and Assisting in a Care Setting: This auto marked online course will cover manual handling, risk assessment, principles of safe moving and assisting, equipment and aids and incident reporting. Click here to enrol.

Introduction to Counselling: This auto marked online course will cover communication skills, aims of counselling, approaches to counselling, building and maintaining relationships and the counselling meeting. Click here to enrol.

Infection Control in a Care Setting: This auto marked online course covers cleaning and disinfecting, dealing with blood, food handling, linen management, personal hygiene, personal protective equipment, safe handling of sharps and storing and handling sterile stock. Click here to enrol.

Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Dignity and Safeguarding in Adult Health and Social Care: This is an online, NCFE level 2 certificate, course with tutor marking and feedback. This qualification is split into four manageable units covering topics such as Understanding safeguarding in adult health and social care, Principles of dignity in adult health and social care practices, Understanding duty of care in adult health and social care and Understanding dilemmas and public concerns in adult health and social care. Click here to enrol.

Level 2 Certificate in Common Health Conditions: This marked course will  strengthen awareness of the many signs, symptoms and treatments available for a variety of common health conditions. These conditions include; cardiovascular disease, arthritis and physical disability. Click here to enrol.

Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills: This marked course is designed to enable the candidate to enhance your personal development and increase your understanding of counselling skills theories.  Click here to enrol.

Level 2 Certificate in Introducing Caring for Children and Young People: Throughout this marked qualification, you will explore how children’s development can be influenced by factors such as nutrition, and gain an understanding of the various safeguarding responsibilities of those who care for children and young people. Click here to enrol. 

 

*This promotion is valid from the 1st of April 2018 to the 30th of April 2018 (inclusive) and is available to residents of Scotland only. It includes all our Level 2 certificated courses and Introductory (online Moodle) courses, however one applicant can enrol for a maximum of one (1) Level 2 certificated course and three (3) Introductory (online Moodle) courses at the same time only.