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Free Distance Learning Courses for Local Adults

24 May 2021

The past year has given many of us a chance to reflect on what’s important and what we would like for our futures. If you’ve decided a change is needed in your professional life and you’re looking to retrain, change careers, progress in your current industry or find a new job – an additional qualification on your CV could make a world of difference.

Rotherham College’s free Distance Learning courses not only offer adults in the local community the opportunity to learn from the comfort of your own home, but also the chance to gain the skills and recognised qualifications to help you succeed.

You can learn where you like, at a time and pace that suits you and fit learning around your existing commitments. Each course is made up of between two and four modules and there is a variety of subjects to choose from including Counselling, Health and Social Care, Mental Health, Education and Training, Nutrition and Health and Business Management.

Rotherham College Assistant Principal Claire Godfrey explained some of the benefits of undertaking a distance learning course.

Claire said: “As a College we’re committed to playing a part in our local communities of Rotherham and South Yorkshire.

“Distance learning courses are ideal for people thinking of learning something new or as a way to update their skills; a big benefit of distance learning is that you can fit it in around existing commitments and it is a flexible way to learn.”

RNN Group Director of Employer Partnerships James Godsell has spoken to several local businesses about distance learning options for their staff.

James said: “Since the first national lockdown in 2020 we’ve had lots of enquiries from local businesses who are looking for ways to keep staff engaged and to provide opportunities for upskilling or updating knowledge and skills during this continued period of uncertainty.

“Distance learning ticks so many boxes for employers as it offers a fast and flexible way to deliver training that their staff can complete at home; it’s completely free of cost, and it can fit around existing commitments.”

To be eligible for free distance learning courses you must be:

  • Living in the UK and be over 19 years old
  • If you are between 19 – 23 years old you must hold a full Level 2 qualification and not currently be enrolled on an apprenticeship.
  • These distance learning courses are free to anyone who is over 24 years old.


Find out more about our Distance Learning Courses.

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