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Delivered free* through the Dorset Training Academy our range of online distance learning courses provide a flexible learning approach which allows you to fit course studies around your lifestyle.

With our range of courses, you can gain industry-recognised qualification(s) that will enhance your CV and provide valuable evidence of your skills and knowledge.

All courses are available to study online, with our staff and assessors on hand to support you throughout your qualification.

Signing up is quick and easy, just find the course you want to study and complete the short form to register.

Level 2 courses

Our Level 2 courses – awarded by NCFE/CACHE all lead to a nationally recognised Level 2 Certificate. Each course varies in duration between 8 and 12 weeks of study. Immediate start dates are available – see our courses below.

Level 3 courses also now available

Studied over a period of 3 months our Level 3 courses are available to those learners who do not already hold a full Level 3 qualification and satisfy the relevant employment and learning criteria – you will find full details on the course pages

Understanding Autism – Level 3 

Understanding Mental Health – Level 3

*These courses are generally fully funded if you are aged 19+ and a UK/EU resident, you will not need to pay any course or exam fees. There are additional funding requirements – specific to Level 2 and Level 3 which you may also need to satisfy – please contact us for full details by emailing

Louise says
Louise says... Great course, which was really informative and relevant to my work role. I had good support from the assessor during the learning and was able to contact her via email which was helpful when completing the course online. The admin team sent out detailed communication prior to the course starting, which made the whole process really easy.
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