Free Officially Accredited L1/L2 Distance Learning Courses, See details
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Free Officially Accredited L1/L2 Distance Learning Courses, See details

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Expires on 31/12/2017Found 12th Jan
I noticed a few freebies listed for free short courses and I thought I would share this website.

It's similar to other websites such as Future Learn or Corsera except it's run by Grimsby Institute Group and the courses are actually properly accredited by a national awarding body (most appear to be NCFE)

Eligibility
Although the courses are free for end users they are actually government funded and as such they require that you have been resident in England for 3 years, be over 19 years of age and not currently in receipt of any other form of government funded learning which I think is ridiculously broad eligibility!

Prior warning that I noticed at least one course had a clause stating that if the course was not completed then you may have to pay for materials which were provided for free (I think it was around £50)

***Edit***
Thank you to Vardre for correcting me that you must have been a resident in England for 3 years not the United Kingdom as I originally said.

***Edit***
As per email received from organisation it was confirmed that certificates are completely free on completion of the course and no charges are applicable for any non course completion. (see note on material costs though!)

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Thank you dreamsofubuntu. heat added

These look like they could be handy for people in, or wanting to get into, that field.

Some of the online course providers offer "certificates" which are about as valuable as the virtual paper they are printed on, but this one seems to be genuine.

prowla1

These look like they could be handy for people in, or wanting to get … These look like they could be handy for people in, or wanting to get into, that field.Some of the online course providers offer "certificates" which are about as valuable as the virtual paper they are printed on, but this one seems to be genuine.


As there are accredited courses you will receive a certificate this may be at a fee, some of the courses are the same provided by Vision to Learn however for those you must be in receipt of some form of benefit. I ahve completed one off the list a few years ago.

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juliettcronk

As there are accredited courses you will receive a certificate this may … As there are accredited courses you will receive a certificate this may be at a fee, some of the courses are the same provided by Vision to Learn however for those you must be in receipt of some form of benefit. I ahve completed one off the list a few years ago.



That's my understanding as far as certificates go, I've not enquired if certifies are provided for free as I'm currently on a L2 Functional Skills Maths course so I'm not currently eligible but I think I might take them up on a couple of the customer service/team leading courses just because I think they will complement my current experience.

OP the eligibility criteria seems to be : resident in England for the last 3 years. Not UK. Thanks for posting.

heat added.

Thanks for this very helpful freebie post.Heat added.

look into online courses, my partner did a few to receive a certificate of completion at level 2/3 ect, to then realise by a university, after applying, most cheap or online courses are just to gain interest, that are not actually worth anything now to start all again in college! they may help you in some work places to show some knowledge.
but for free this is a good find either way, heat added!

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Becca0488

look into online courses, my partner did a few to receive a certificate … look into online courses, my partner did a few to receive a certificate of completion at level 2/3 ect, to then realise by a university, after applying, most cheap or online courses are just to gain interest, that are not actually worth anything now to start all again in college! they may help you in some work places to show some knowledge.but for free this is a good find either way, heat added!



Which is why it's so important to make sure that the course is properly accredited...

I've been double checking and NCFE is definitely a recognised awarding body register.ofqual.gov.uk/Det…cfe

I completed several similar courses via Vision2Learn vision2learn.net/cou…ses
They are proper courses (all online) with various assignments that you have to complete before you get the original printed certificate sent in the post a while after you finish. Highly recommended especially for people getting back to work after unemployment or children etc.

Becca0488

look into online courses, my partner did a few to receive a certificate … look into online courses, my partner did a few to receive a certificate of completion at level 2/3 ect, to then realise by a university, after applying, most cheap or online courses are just to gain interest, that are not actually worth anything now to start all again in college! they may help you in some work places to show some knowledge.but for free this is a good find either way, heat added!



No offence but you need to brush up on your grammar.
Edited by: "supermann" 16th Jan

YES these are PROPER ACCREDITED COURSES you will need to pay for your certificate in the majority of cases and you will need to pay if you do not complete the course .

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juliettcronk

YES these are PROPER ACCREDITED COURSES you will need to pay for your … YES these are PROPER ACCREDITED COURSES you will need to pay for your certificate in the majority of cases and you will need to pay if you do not complete the course .



Rather than speculate I have emailed to ask.

dreamsofubuntu

Which is why it's so important to make sure that the course is properly … Which is why it's so important to make sure that the course is properly accredited... I've been double checking and NCFE is definitely a recognised awarding body http://register.ofqual.gov.uk/Detail/Index/1003?category=organisations&query=ncfe



Good point!.

A few years back when I myself first heard of NCFE, I was like wth is that????, did some random Company just mickey mouse a Certification of their own or something?, lol, never heard of it at the time?, hehe (everyone know's/has heard of C&G, NVQ/GNVQ, BTEC, Edexcel, etc), but however .....

Yep, it's legit.

But clarifying on such thing's is alway's a good look too. :-)

dreamsofubuntu

Rather than speculate I have emailed to ask.



Good call, feedback your finding's here when done please? (future clarifaction's of such thing's is alway's a good look too). :-)

Original Poster

Reply I had a momment ago so it looks like it's all good!

Hi dreamsofubuntu, There is no cost for non-completion or for the … Hi dreamsofubuntu, There is no cost for non-completion or for the certificate at the end of the course. We would ask that you think about the time you would be able to afford the course before submitting an application, we recommend 4 hours a week. If you were unable to complete the course, we would ask you to return the materials so they could be used by another learner. Kind regardsMegan LeeDistance Learning UnitGrimsby InstituteThe Learning Shop3 Osborne StreetGrimsbyNorth East LincolnshireDN31 1EY


Edited by: "dreamsofubuntu" 18th Jan

But only available if you live in England? If so that's pathetic and downright xenophobic

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kdeacon2001

But only available if you live in England? If so that's pathetic and … But only available if you live in England? If so that's pathetic and downright xenophobic



I'd assume it's because adult education is devolved in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland? and so the university is making use of funding available for England only?

dreamsofubuntu

Which is why it's so important to make sure that the course is properly … Which is why it's so important to make sure that the course is properly accredited... I've been double checking and NCFE is definitely a recognised awarding body http://register.ofqual.gov.uk/Detail/Index/1003?category=organisations&query=ncfe



​oh that's good, off to an open evening next Wednesday at uni, if they approve this one I will be defiantly be doing one

supermann

No offence but you need to brush up on your grammar.




​Brush up on my grammar, for hot deals haha, I never realised this site is full of teachers and have to be a certain level to add a comment a helpful one at that, I'll make sure I'll take an English course (degree level) to do so.
obviously level 3 is not good enough.
Some people

supermann

No offence but you need to brush up on your grammar.




​Brush up on my grammar, for hot deals haha, I never realised this site is full of teachers and have to be a certain level to add a comment a helpful one at that, I'll make sure I'll take an English course (degree level) to do so.
obviously level 3 is not good enough.
Some people

dreamsofubuntu

Which is why it's so important to make sure that the course is properly … Which is why it's so important to make sure that the course is properly accredited... I've been double checking and NCFE is definitely a recognised awarding body http://register.ofqual.gov.uk/Detail/Index/1003?category=organisations&query=ncfe



​Just looked it up, all looks positive
I was just making people aware as we've learnt the hard way, and have been set back another year
thanks again for the post.
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