Looking for Distance Learning?

Our distance learning courses offer you the perfect opportunity to fit studying around your everyday life. Whether you’re looking to improve your employability, further develop your professional knowledge through CPD or just fancy studying in your spare time, we have a distance learning course to suit you.

You will be supported through your course by your tutor and our dedicated distance learning team to ensure you receive all the encouragement and help you need. If you live close to one of our campuses you are very welcome to use our extensive libraries and learning resources centres and you may also choose to access help from our student support teams.

Subsidised Distance Learning & E-Learning Courses

Our distance learning courses are based around self-tutoring workbooks or online study resources with end of unit assessments completed online or paper based, all course learning material you can keep for future reference.  A tutor will be allocated to you to support you through your studies and give feedback on your unit assessments. All courses are 16 - 20 weeks and we recommend that allow yourself a minimum of 4 to 6 hours study time a week.

These course are part subsidised by the Education & Skills Funding Agency and so there is no cost* to you or your employer, but if you do not complete the course inside the agreed timescale without a valid reason, you will be charged £125.

Do you qualify?

  • Are you aged 19 or over*?
  • Are you ordinarily resident in England and lived in the UK or EU for the past 3 years?
  • Not currently on an Apprenticeship

If so, you could be eligible to enrol on these subsidised courses

Please contact pddistancelearning@petroc.ac.uk or call Ruth on 01271 852354 for further details.

*Free if you are aged 24 and over. If you are aged 19 - 23 (at beginning of the current academic year) please contact the office to check you eligibility for a free course.

What others say

I have really enjoyed this course and I have learnt so much. I have recommended this course to two other friends who are in a similar situation to me.

Certificate in Understanding Autism

I found the course very challenging but very enjoyable. The feedback from the tutor was very helpful and the staff were always very helpful whenever I rang for advice. I will definitely be enrolling in another course.

Certificate in Principles of Business Administration

Available Distance Learning Courses

Health & Social Care-related Courses

Generic Business Skills

Course Title (Certificate in)
Equality & Diversity Level 2
Principles of Team Leading Level 2
Principles of Customer Service Level 2
Principles of Business Administration Level 2
Information, Advice or Guidance Level 2

Level 3 Courses – Available through Advanced Learner Loans

The Advanced Learner Loan Scheme will allow you to take out a loan and used it pay the full or partial amount of the course fees.  You will not have to pay back a penny until you are earning more than £21,000 a year.

Course Title (certificate in)
Principles of End of Life Care Level 3
Principles of Dementia Care Level 3
Principles of Customer Service Level 3
Principles of Managment Level 3
New Understanding Mental Health Problems Level 3

Petroc E-learning

Our e-learning courses are completed fully online. You will have access to the learning materials and assessments. On completion you will received a Petroc Certificate of Participation. Please note these courses are not free.

Need further assistance?

Please get in touch with the Distance Learning Team:

Mon - Fri: 08:00 - 16:30