Distance Learning

Distance learning allows you to do just that – study at a distance.

Wherever you want, whenever you want – you don’t have to be based local to us or travel to any of our campuses, you simply plug in and progress with your chosen course with support from our Distance Learning team. Study in the comfort of your own home and flexibly around your existing commitments, at a pace that suits you.

With a variety of subject areas for you to choose from including health and social care, mental health, education and training, nutrition and health and business management, we can help you gain the skills that matter the most to you. Whether you’re looking to update or upskill for an existing job, or take a first step towards a new career, these courses can help you, whatever your needs.

What are the benefits of distance learning?

Our distance learning courses are:

Free – As long as you meet our eligibility criteria, our distance learning courses are free to access

Flexible – With no classes or exams you can fit your study around your lifestyle

Fast – Because you’re not constrained by class schedules you can complete these courses as quickly as suits you. All courses must be completed within 2 – 4 months depending on the modules. We set time-limits on the length of time you have to complete our courses:

2 modules – 9 weeks
3 modules – 13 weeks
4 modules – 17 weeks

Trusted – Our distance learning courses are accredited by CACHE, one of the UK’s leading awarding organisations.


To be eligible to undertake our free distance learning courses you must meet the below criteria:

  • Living in the UK and aged 19+
  • If you are aged 19-23 you must hold a full Level 2 qualification and not currently enrolled on an apprenticeship
  • Aged 24 or above – free to everyone

Please Note: Due to funding restrictions, we are unable to offer funded courses to individuals who live in the following devolved regions:

Greater Manchester Combined Authority
Liverpool City Region Combined Authority
Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority
Cornwall Combined Authority
Greater London Combined Authority
North of Tyne Combined Authority
Tees Valley Combined Authority
West of England Combined Authority
West Yorkshire Combined Authority
West Midlands Combined Authority

So if you’re a parent with young children, or work according to shift-times, there’s no need to let this stop you from getting back into education.

Available courses include business administration, caring for young people, counselling skills, equality and diversity, nutrition and health, mental health first aid, team leading, and many more.

For more information contact 01709 513213 or email: Distancelearning@rnngroup.ac.uk