"Distance Learning Centre is one of the leading and longest established suppliers of distance learning courses in the UK."
Distance Learning Centre, a division of eLearning Centre Ltd. is one of the leading and longest established suppliers of distance learning courses, open learning, home study, and correspondence courses in the UK.
Starting as a family business, we have now grown to be one of the UK’s leading distance learning providers. We have trained and advised students from all over the world, including the UK and Continental Europe, Scandinavia, South Africa, Australia, Singapore, India, Pakistan, the USA, Canada and South America.
We offer more than 250 courses covering a wide variety of subjects which you can study at your own pace from home or work. The majority of our courses are designed to provide you with the qualification to gain employment or become self-employed.
Advantages of Distance Learning
There are many advantages to Distance Learning, but the main advantages have to be cost and flexibility. With Distance Learning there is no need to attend a classroom environment so there is no waste of time or other resources in transport, commuting to specific location for each class, this is also a great advantage for those with restricted mobility. You can learn at your own pace, so you can get through your course as quickly or slowly as you please, and of course the costs are also a lot less!
We offer a wide range of courses that are designed to develop and test skills relevant both for further study and in the wider world of work. The courses on offer are:
What is recognised certification?
Recognised certification essentially fall into two brackets, nationally accredited awards and qualifications and industry/internationally recognised certification.
Industry Accredited Certification:
Industry Recognised certificates which have been created by the leading companies or organisations within their specified sector. These certificates do not have the same set levels as nationally accredited certification as they have been created for a worldwide audience. For example Microsoft, Cisco, CIW, Adobe and nearly all large industry leaders have created their own qualifications to cover their applications and skills for IT professionals, developers, office workers, home users, and technology trainers. Their exams can be sat in most countries around the World through registered Prometric, Pearson VUE or CertiPort testing centres.
For Example: CompTIA is the world's largest developer of vendor-neutral IT certification exams. Experts and industry leaders from the public and private sectors, including training, academia and government work with CompTIA to develop broad-based, entry level exams that validate an individual's IT skill set.
Nationally Accredited Certification:
The majority of courses that we offer lead to accredited awards or qualifications issued through a national awarding body. You can find out more information about these awarding bodies on the next page. All of the awards and qualifications are accredited according to the levels defined by The National Qualifications Framework (NQF) and the level identifies the level of difficulty that has been achieved. All accredited awards & qualifications will be set at a level equivalent to that listed on the NQF.
The NQF sets out the levels against which an award or qualification can be recognised in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The framework is maintained by the three regulatory authorities, the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA), the Qualifications, Curriculum and Assessment Authority for Wales (ACCAC) and the Northern Ireland Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA).
Level 1 –
Awards : (No awards offered at this level)
Level 1 Qualifications and Awards recognise basic knowledge and skills and the ability to apply learning with guidance or supervision. Learning at this level is about activities, which mostly relate to everyday situations and may be linked to job competence.
Level 2 –
Awards : NCFE Level 2 Award, ABC Level 2 Award, NCFE Level 2 (QCF), Open Awards level 2, BTEC Level 2, IQ Level 2 Award
Level 2 Qualifications and Awards recognise the ability to gain a good knowledge and understanding of a subject area of work or study, and to perform varied tasks with some guidance or supervision.
Learning at this level involves building knowledge and/or skills in relation to an area of work or a subject area and is appropriate for many job roles.
Level 3 –
Awards : NCFE Level 3 Award, ABC Level 3 Award, NCFE Level 3 (QCF), Open Awards level 3, BTEC Level 3, IQ Level 3 Award
Level 3 Qualifications and Awards recognise the ability to gain, and where relevant apply a range of knowledge, skills and understanding. Learning at this level involves obtaining detailed knowledge and skills.
It is appropriate for people wishing to go to university, people working independently, or in some areas supervising and training others in their field of work.
Level 4 –
Awards : ABC Level 4 Award, NCFE Level 4 Award, IQ Level 4 Award
Level 4 Qualifications and Awards recognise specialist learning and involve detailed analysis of a high level of information and knowledge in an area of work or study.
Learning at this level is appropriate for people working in technical and professional jobs, and/or managing and developing others.
Distance Learning Center
4 Coaley Lane
Houghton le Spring
Tyne & Wear
UK: 0845 129 7238
Non-Uk: 0044 191 512 0481
UK: 0845 129 7239
Non-Uk: 0044 191 503 1800