Free Online Courses

We now have lots of courses that you can complete entirely from home, for FREE!

Gain nationally recognised qualifications, working in your own time, helping improve your employability and career prospects.

The courses can be used to help you get back into work, develop in your current job, or even progress onto our full and part-time study programmes.

Scroll through our huge range of courses at levels to suit all abilities.

English and Maths

Develop your skills

Our free English and/or maths distance learning programme help you to prepare for our Functional Skills, GCSE English and Maths courses, refresh your skills, gain the confidence to start one of programmes for adults or even to support youngsters with their homework.

You will receive a college certificate upon completion of your achievement and you will have the option to progress onto other certificated courses.

  • There will be an induction session at the college (or via online meeting)
  • Once a month there is a scheduled 2 hour class at college (or via online meeting)
  • There are one to one sessions held every week in a variety of slots that are available throughout the week
  • You will have regular contact with a tutor who will set and monitor targets via email
  • You will use an online platform which requires home access to a computer and the internet
  • The online platform is used to support your learning and assess your progress
  • You will be expected to complete a minimum of 3 hours per week over a 12 week period

    For more information and to apply, please contact Guidance on 01704 392704 or email guidance@southport.ac.uk.

Get Back into Work
Employability Skills

After being off work for some time, getting back into it can sometimes be quite daunting.
Boost your skills and confidence with these nationally recognised qualifications. In job interviews, talking about completing them can give you the edge, helping to kick-start your new career.

  • Level 1 Award

    This qualification is designed to give you knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of employment, business and enterprise. You will be introduced to the importance of entrepreneurial skills within business and encouraged to consider your own role in employment, business and enterprise.

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  • Level 1 Award

    This qualification introduces you to the principles of Equality and Diversity and its importance in organisations such as the workplace and learning environments. It provides an understanding of the legal and moral obligations of an employee to recognise best practice. You will gain knowledge of current legislation which makes the law more consistent, clearer and easier to follow in order to make society fairer.

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  • Level 1 Award

    The aims of the qualification are to enable you:
    • To understand the sources of income and expenditure
    • To understand the need to balance income and expenditure
    • To know how to reduce expenditure
    • To understand some of the products provided by banks and building societies and other similar financial institutions
    • To understand the advantages and disadvantages of borrowing money

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  • Level 1 Award

    This qualification is designed to give you the knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of health and safety, hazards that can arise and some of the protection available against those hazards.

    The aims of the qualification are to enable you:

    • To understand the importance of following health and safety procedures
    • To know key rights and responsibilities relating to health and safety
    • To have a basic awareness of potential hazards and the conditions which afford risk
    • To identify safe practices and protective equipment

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  • Level 1 Award

    This course introduces you to the terms ‘mental health’ and ‘well-being’ and the different types of conditions and the support available.
    The aims of the qualification are to enable learners:
    • To understand what is meant by the terms ‘mental health’ and ‘well-being’
    • To understand different mental health conditions and treatment
    • To know how to look after own mental health and well-being

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  • Level 1 Award
  • Level 2 Award

    The Awards in Healthy Living qualifications are designed to give you knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of healthy living, including how to keep a healthy body weight, the requirements of a healthy diet and keeping a healthy lifestyle.

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  • Level 1 Award

    You will be introduced to the principles of infection control and prevention in daily life. The course helps you to consider the different causes of infection and how infection is spread. You will also be able to identify your responsibilities and that of others in controlling and preventing infection and gain a clear understanding of the importance of good personal hygiene.

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  • Level 1 Award

    This course is designed to give you knowledge and understanding of safeguarding in work, education and life contexts.

    This includes the different types of abuse and how to recognise them, possible safeguarding issues caused by modern technology, the meaning of discrimination and victimisation and the importance of disclosing safeguarding concerns to professionals.

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  • Level 1 Award

    This qualification is designed to give you the knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of internet safety, including understanding the risks associated with using the internet, safeguarding self and others when working online, maintaining data security and following guidelines and procedures.

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Business, Hospitality, Education & Retail

If you are looking to work in, or are currently working in one of these sectors, these free online courses provide proof of an excellent underpinning knowledge. Completion will help you to gain employment or develop your current skillset and grow in your role.

  • Level 3 Diploma

    The Level 3 Diploma in Leadership and Management is ideal for individuals who have management responsibilities but no formal training, and are serious about developing their abilities. They particularly support practising team leaders seeking to move up to the next level of management, and managers who need to lead people though organisational change, budget cuts or other pressures.
    This course has a fixed start date of 21 April and must be completed by June 2022

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  • Level 2 Certificate

    This qualification provides you with the knowledge that is required to work in a range of environments in a business administration role. You will know how to carry out administrative tasks such as managing information and supporting events and will be able to apply your knowledge in a variety of industries and job roles.

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  • Level 2 Certificate

    This qualification aims to introduce you to the use of counselling skills in everyday life and work, and some of the approaches that underpin the use of these skills.

    This qualification gives you the opportunity to investigate the knowledge and skills needed to use counselling skills and engage in a helping interaction appropriately.

    This qualification does not qualify learners to practise as a counsellor.

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  • Level 2 Certificate

    This qualification aims to give you knowledge and understanding of the key principles of dignity, duty of care and safeguarding as applied to adult health and social care.

    You will investigate the principles and how they are applied in everyday work contexts. There will also be opportunity to examine the dilemmas that can arise and the consequences when these principles aren’t upheld.

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  • Level 2 Certificate

    This qualification further develops your knowledge in equality & diversity, aiming to:
    • introduce the concepts of equality and diversity in a variety of environments including society, the community and the workplace
    • highlight how stereotyping and labelling affects individuals
    • outline the effects of prejudice and discrimination
    • allow you to examine rights and responsibilities
    • stress the importance of taking individual responsibility and action to help and support others
    • provide a basis for further study and/or career development.

    Upon successful completion, you will be able to:
    • raise your awareness of the issues surrounding equality and diversity
    • apply this awareness through actions in your society, community and workplace.

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  • Level 2 Certificate

    This qualification aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of the key principles of information, advice or guidance and applying these within their own context.

    This qualification is suitable for those working or looking to work in a range of roles where the provision of information, advice or guidance is a requirement.

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  • Level 2 Certificate

    This qualification aims to give you the knowledge and understanding to work with individuals with learning disabilities or difficulties. You will explore the principles of safeguarding and positive risk-taking and gain awareness of the autistic spectrum.

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  • Level 2 Certificate

    The purpose of the Level 2 Certificate in Cyber Security is to provide learners with sector awareness. It introduces the knowledge and understanding in roles and issues relating to Cyber Security. It also is a great stepping stone to lead you into studying Cyber Security at a higher level.
    This course is perfect if you are looking to gain a greater understanding or build upon their existing knowledge of Cyber Security issues and are looking to studying the subject at a higher level and/or seeking employment in a Cyber Security related role.

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  • Level 2 Certificate

    This knowledge-based qualification provides you with underpinning knowledge and understanding of the different aspects of working in the retail sector.

    You will develop an understanding of a wide range of retail subjects, such as dealing with customers in various contexts, handling cash, stock management and retail law. The optional units give you the opportunity to undertake learning programmes specific to your own interests or aspirations within the retail sector, and allow progression onto higher level qualifications within both generic and specialist areas.

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  • Level 2 Certificate

    This qualification is designed for people who want the knowledge and understanding required to successfully lead a team. This will focus on the study of leading a team in a business environment.

    The objectives of this qualification are to help you: • develop your knowledge of the principles of team leading • develop your understanding of business • develop your knowledge needed to support communication with a range of stakeholders at different levels.

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  • Level 2 Certificate

    This qualification is designed to increase your awareness and understanding of behaviour that challenges and its effects.

    By completing the qualification, you will develop in-depth knowledge of behaviour that challenges which could support progression onto other appropriate qualifications and into relevant employment in the health and social care sector. It could be useful to those working in education settings.

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  • Level 2 Certificate

    This qualification is designed for people who are looking to enter, or progress within, employment in the hospitality sector. It will enable you to develop knowledge and understanding of excellence in customer service for the hospitality sector.

    This qualification will enable you to develop an understanding of:
    • communicating with customers in the hospitality sector
    • teamwork in the hospitality sector
    • professional standards and personal development
    • legislation and regulations relating to customer service delivery in the hospitality sector.


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  • Level 2 Certificate

    The purpose of this qualification is to increase your knowledge and awareness of the Prevent Duty and safeguarding, including online safety.

    By completing the qualification, you will develop knowledge of safeguarding in an environment where you have a duty of care.

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Health & Social Care

If you are looking to work in, or are currently working in a Health and Social Care job role, these free online courses are excellent for developing your skills and underpinning knowledge.

  • Level 2 Certificate

    This qualification aims to raise awareness of mental health and a range of mental health problems. This qualification is designed for anyone looking to develop their understanding of mental health and the problems that can cause mental ill health.

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  • Level 2 Certificate

    If you are currently working in, or intending to work in adult health and social care, this course will give you an awareness of a range of common health conditions. You may then progress to additional qualifications to gain a more in-depth understanding of specific health conditions.

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  • Level 2 Certificate

    This qualification aims to assist you in developing your knowledge and understanding of the principles of caring for those with dementia.

    It covers areas such as person-centred care, the influence of positive communication methods, issues relating to the use of medication for those with dementia and the importance of providing appropriate activities.

    The qualification doesn't infer competence in the work role, but can be used to support the underpinning knowledge and understanding needed for those working in or towards a dementia care role.

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  • Level 2 Certificate

    The purpose of this qualification is to increase awareness and understanding of falls and their prevention which will allow progression into, or within, employment in healthcare or social care settings.

    The objective of the qualification is to allow you to gain knowledge and understanding of:
    • the impact and consequences of a fall
    • risks and hazards which contribute to falls
    • reducing the risk of falls.

    The qualification also covers the importance of recording and reporting any incidence of falls to ensure that interventions can be put in place to reduce risk and reoccurrence of falls.

    This qualification is aimed at anyone working in a healthcare or social care environment, particularly those that support, or have contact with, older people who have an increased propensity to falls.

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  • Level 2 Certificate

    This qualification aims to help you to understand:
    • the meaning and importance of infection control
    • the causes of infections, the conditions in which they thrive and the ways that they can be spread
    • methods used to prevent and control the spread of infection.

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  • Level 2 Certificate

    This qualification provides an ideal taster for those who may be new to the sector or new to the world of work. It is accessible to learners of all ages who may want to understand more about working in health and social care. It aims to introduce some basic concepts of caring and preparation for employment in the sector.

    The qualification covers the areas of communication, equality, diversity and inclusion, personal development, role of the social care worker, handling information, health and safety, safeguarding, duty of care and person-centred approaches.

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  • Level 3 Certificate

    This qualification provides an ideal taster for those who may be new to the sector or new to the world of work. It is accessible to learners of all ages who may want to understand more about working in health and social care in an unsupervised capacity. It aims to introduce some basic concepts of caring and preparation for employment in the sector.

    The qualification covers the areas of communication, equality, diversity and inclusion, personal development, role of the social care worker, handling information, health and safety, safeguarding, duty of care and person-centred approaches.
    This course has a fixed start date of 21 April and must be completed by June 2022

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  • Level 2 Certificate

    This qualification aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of:
    • the principles and processes of person-centred thinking, planning and review
    • how to work with individuals to carry out activities specified in their care or support plan, including person-centred assessment, planning, implementation and review
    • the promotion of health and well-being through nutrition and hydration
    • supporting individuals to maintain personal hygiene
    • supporting individuals to manage continence and the use of continence equipment
    • supporting individuals with sleep.

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  • Level 2 Certificate

    This qualification aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of:
    • how to work in end of life care
    • the support needed to manage pain and discomfort
    • how dementia impacts on end of life care
    • the role of the care worker in time of death
    • the loss and grief process.

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  • Level 3 Certificate

    This qualification provides learners with an understanding of the principles of end of life care, including knowledge of:
    • the definition of end of life care
    • approaches to end of life care
    • how to support a person’s familial, spiritual, social and emotional needs
    • how to confront issues of death and bereavement.
    This course has a fixed start date of 21 April and must be completed by June 2022

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  • Level 2 Certificate

    This qualification aims to help you to develop:
    • a general understanding of different types of medication and their use
    • knowledge of the procedures for obtaining, storing, administering and disposing of medication
    • an understanding of legislation and the audit process related to medication and issues of responsibility and accountability
    • an understanding of the record-keeping process for medication.

    This is a knowledge-based qualification; achievement will not allow learners to be considered occupationally competent in the administration of medication.

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  • Level 2 Certificate

    This courses is aimed at developing an understanding of autism and the principles of supporting individuals with autism - covering the person-centred approach and influence of positive communication methods, how to support positive behaviour, and how individuals with autism can be supported to live healthy and fulfilled lives.

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  • Level 3 Certificate

    The objectives of this qualification are to gain knowledge and understanding of autism, including:
    • how to adopt a positive approach to supporting individuals with autism
    • the current legislative framework relating to individuals with autism and how different theories have developed over time
    • how to support and manage transitions for individuals with autism
    • the range of therapeutic interventions and support available for individuals with autism and co-occurring conditions
    • how to support communication and social interaction for individuals with autism
    • how to develop an understanding of how individuals with autism may be vulnerable and the support worker’s role and responsibilities relating to safeguarding according to legislative requirements.
    This course has a fixed start date of 23 April and must be completed by June 2022

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  • Level 2 Certificate

    The purpose of this qualification is to increase your knowledge and awareness of children and young people's mental health. By completing the qualification, you will develop knowledge of:
    • children and young people’s mental health in context
    • mental health problems commonly associated with children and young people
    • the impact of mental ill-health on children and young people
    • support available to maintain mental wellbeing in children and young people.

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  • Level 3 Certificate

    This qualification will:
    • focus on the study of mental health and mental well-being to support different occupational areas
    • offer breadth and depth of study, incorporating a key core of knowledge and understanding.

    The objectives of this qualification are to help learners to understand:
    • mental health legislation, services and public attitudes and how these have evolved
    • how to support mental well-being through various stages of life
    • mental ill health, treatment options available and the potential consequences of mental ill health
    • the skills required to work in a mental health service.
    This course has a fixed start date of 22 April and must be completed by June 2022

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How it works

Apply online and once enrolled, you will receive a login to the online assessment portal, giving you access to all the information you need to study. You will produce a portfolio of written assessments, which we will assess and feedback, all within the portal.
Upon successful completion you will receive a certificate of your nationally recognised qualification.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The courses are open to everyone and requires access to the internet.
We recommend that you have access to a computer or laptop to complete the assessments. No prior experience our qualifications are necessary, however suitability will be discussed once you have applied.

Yes; the courses are free based on successful completion.
*A charge of £100 will be made for non-completion or withdrawal from the course where submission of work has been made. Terms and conditions apply.

The time it takes varies between the different courses.
For Levels 1 and 2, we recommend that you aim to spend a few hours per week, over a 12 week period. The courses can be completed during your own time, at your own preferred pace. Our Level 3 Certificates and Diplomas require more investment of time. These can be started from 21st April and must be completed by June 2022. Upon application, timescales can be discussed in greater detail.

Apply online: Complete our online application form and a member of our team will be in touch to organise a short course discussion to make sure it's right for you. We will answer all your questions and explain the terms and conditions.

Following the discussion you will be invited to complete an enrolment form to commit to the course and then you are ready to go.

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Lydia Haram, Awareness of Mental Health Problems
Lydia Haram, Awareness of Mental Health Problems

Studying this course really opened my eyes to some key issues surrounding mental health. Becoming aware of causes has allowed me to better understand and empathise with the young people that I work with on a daily basis. It has helped me to become even better at my job, enriched my work experience and helped me to support young people during difficult times.

Gary Dicker, Team Leadership
Gary Dicker, Team Leadership

Having been in my job for several years, I’d gained lots of experience, but wanted to improve my prospects of climbing the career ladder. The natural progression would be into managerial roles and this course is brilliant for teaching you some very important principles and things to consider. The course fitted in easily around my job, taking only a few hours a week as and when I chose.