Highbury College is offering a range of FREE distance learning Vocationally Related Qualifications (VRQs).

The courses which can be started at any point during the year allow you to learn in your own time, in your own space, and at a pace that suits you.

Other benefits include:

  • the courses are free
  • upon successful completion you will have achieved a nationally recognised qualification at Level 2
  • you will receive a set of high-quality learner support materials that will be yours to keep and use as a reference
  • the VRQ will further your personal and professional development and looks great on your CV.


Level 2 Certificate in Equality and Diversity

On this course you will examine the rights and responsibilities of an individual and study the importance of taking responsibility and action to help others. You will also learn how stereotyping and labelling affects individuals and outline the effects of prejudice and discrimination.

Level 2 Certificate in Information, Advice or Guidance

This qualification will develop your knowledge and understanding of information, advice or guidance and help you to apply these in the context of your business.

Level 2 Certificate in Lean Organisational Techniques

This qualification is ideal if you work in areas where improvements to quality, processes and costs have been identified. It may also be suitable to provide knowledge and a new skill set that will be attractive to employers. 

Level 2 Certificate in Mental Health Awareness

This course includes 10 mandatory units: understanding mental health, understanding stress, understanding anxiety, understanding phobias, understanding depression, understanding post-natal depression, understanding bipolar disorder, understanding schizophrenia, understanding eating disorders and understanding dementia.

Level 2 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care

This qualification provides an ideal taster for those who may be new to the sector or new to the world of work. 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.

Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Working with Individuals with Learning Disabilities

This qualification will support your work with individuals with learning disabilities or difficulties. You will explore the principles of safeguarding, positive risk-taking and gain awareness of the autistic spectrum.

Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties


This qualification covers specific learning difficulties, how they are diagnosed and how individuals can be supported. The qualification would be suitable for those working within healthcare, social care and education contexts.</p>

Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Business and Administration

The course will develop your essential knowledge of how to carry out administrative tasks. For example how to manage information, supporting events and how to apply your knowledge to a variety of industries and job roles. To be awarded the Level 2 Certificate, you are required to successfully complete 5 mandatory units and 2 optional units.

Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Customer Service

This course will develop your essential knowledge of how to carry out customer service tasks, manage information and support events.

Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Team Leading

This qualification is ideal if you would like to develop the knowledge and understanding required to successfully lead a team. This course will focus on the study of leading a team in a business environment. 

Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Behaviour that Challenges

This qualification will develop an understanding of the common causes and triggers of behaviour that challenges. You will also develop an understanding of effective communication skills and de-escalation techniques.

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