Welcome to e-Learning at Harlow College

Our free* online e-Learning Level 2 courses are completed at distance and are a great way to achieve a nationally recognised qualification, working at your own pace.

About our e-Learning Courses

Our courses cover a broad range of subjects to help you with your professional or personal development. These 100% online courses give the opportunity to study a nationally recognised qualification wherever and whenever you want, from Principles of Team Leading and ‘Business Administration’ to ‘Nutrition and Health’ and ‘Awareness of Mental Health Problems’, without any need to attend college. 

Typically, the courses take 6-10 weeks to complete, but can be completed over a shorter or longer period to suit your needs. Once enrolment is completed you are given access to the learning resources and assessments and can work through the course at your own pace. Throughout the time you are in learning you have the support of a personal assessor to assist with any questions, they will also assess your assessments and provide you with feedback on how performed and feed forward on what you could do to improve.  

You can only study ONE course at a time, however, once you have completed your course you can apply for another, up to a maximum of four courses each academic year (August to July). When applying please do not submit more than one application at once, as doing so will significantly delay your application being processed. 

How long does it take to complete an e-Learning course?

As most of our courses are Level 2 (the equivalent of a GCSE) we advise you to commit a minimum of 4 hours a week to be able to manage the deadlines comfortably and fulfil the learning requirements. The full course duration varies course by course and is dependent on units and your understanding of the subject, but typically the courses can be completed in 6 to 10 weeks based on 4 hours of study per week. 

*No upfront costs

Our Level 2 e-Learning courses are fully funded via the Government Adult Education Budget. If you meet the criteria there is no cost to you. 

To receive full funding, you must: 

  • Be aged 19 or over on 1st September 2021
  • Be a resident of England
  • Be a British Citizen or have been living in the EU for purposes other than study (if you have had a student visa within the last three years you will not be eligible for funding)
  • Have not completed this course or a similar course previously (refresher courses cannot be funded or if you have a qualification that is a similar course at a higher level)
  • If you are currently undertaking an Apprenticeship this may affect funding, please contact us if this is the case
  • We are unable to provide funding for learners living in some Mayoral Combined Authorities in England such as Cambridge and Peterborough. More about e-learning funding
  • If you require any further help with this, please contact our Admissions Team on 01279 868100 or email:

Why study an e-Learning course?

  • A wide range of courses 
  • More choice and flexibility of when and where you study 
  • Study anywhere at anytime 
  • Develop your skills 
  • On-going support from your personal assessor and tutor 
  • Improved career prospects

e-Learning FAQs

  • Level: 2
  • Study Mode: Online Learning
  • Start Date: Throughout the year

Behaviour that Challenges

Challenging behaviour is causing increasing concern today, as many individuals have increasing levels of stress and uncertainty in their lives. This behaviour can be due to factors such as anxiety, neglect, abuse, learning disabilities and conditions like dementia. Understanding the causes of challenging behaviour is the first step towards finding ways to support individuals and manage their behaviour.

  • Level: 2
  • Study Mode: Online Learning
  • Start Date: Throughout the year

Business and Administration

There were an estimated 5.5 million private sector businesses in the UK at the start of 2016. Despite the recent economic difficulties, the trend has been steadily increasing in the business  population. Today's global economy brings with it a wealth of new markets, shrinking profit margins and increasing operating expenses; the need for good business administration has never been greater.

  • Level: 2
  • Study Mode: Online Learning
  • Start Date: Throughout the year

Care and Management of Diabetes

There is an emerging global epidemic of diabetes. In the UK alone, 3.2 million people are diagnosed  with the disease and an estimated  630,000 people have the condition but don't know it. It is believed  that  deaths from diabetes will rise by more than 50% in the next ten years. Simple lifestyle measures can be effec tive in preventing or delaying the onset of this chronic, debilitating and often deadly disease.

  • Level: 2
  • Study Mode: Online Learning
  • Start Date: Throughout the year

Care Planning

Care workers  play a key  role in ensuring that their residents/patients are treated with a friendly and caring approach. Care workers have the ability to relateto people from a variety of backgrounds. After an investigation from the Care Quality Commission revealed that 424 out of 7,357 services in England are rated Inadequate, the need for high-quality trained care workers has never been greater.

  • Level: 2
  • Study Mode: Online Learning
  • Start Date: Throughout the year

Children and Young People's Mental Health

Mental health problems affect around 1 in 10 children and young people. These issues include depression, anxiety and conduct disorder, and can often be a direct response to occurrences in their lives. Emotional wellbeing is just as important as a child's mental health; therefore it is important for those working with children and young people to have a good understanding of the concepts, risk factors and impact of mental health.

  • Level: 2
  • Study Mode: Online Learning
  • Start Date: Throughout the year

Common Childhood Illnesses

The purpose of this qualification is to increase learners' knowledge and understanding of  common childhood illnesses, to enable them to support the development and well-being of infants and children they support/care for.

  • Level: 2
  • Study Mode: Online Learning
  • Start Date: Throughout the year

Common Health Problems

Every hour, someone in the UK is told they have Parkinson's disease; there are approximately 152,000 strokes in the UK every year (more than one every five minutes); and one in six of the UK population have some form of hearing loss. These health conditions, along with others such as arthritis and dementia, affect a substantial proportion of the population. A good understanding of common health conditions is essential in any care environment.

  • Level: 2
  • Study Mode: Online Learning
  • Start Date: Throughout the year

Creating a Business Start-Up

Over half a million businesses are started every year; however, 30% of these fail within the first two years. Having a better understanding of the initial processes and requirements of a business start-up can increase the chances of your business succeeding. If you’re looking to start your own business, or already have a business but want to develop and progress your business plan, this qualification will support you with the skills and knowledge you need.

  • Level: 2
  • Study Mode: Online Learning
  • Start Date: Throughout the year

Customer Service

In order to have a truly successful business, you need to provide good customer service. It is believed  that 96 per cent of unhappy customers don't ever complain; however, 91 per cent of those simply leave and never come back. The main reason for customer churn is not price, but bad customer service. Handling a business's issues in a professional and courteous manner is an essential day-to-day task.

  • Level: 2
  • Study Mode: Online Learning
  • Start Date: Throughout the year

Customer Service for Health and Social Care Settings

This course will help to enhance your customer service in healthcare, which will support you when you are dealing with residents, families, patients and internal and external customers within the health and social care environment.

  • Level: 2
  • Study Mode: Online Learning
  • Start Date: Throughout the year

Customer Service for Hospitality

In the hospitality sector, staff are often the forefront of the business and first impressions are vital.It is therefore important that those working in hospitality are highly professional. Understanding how to communicate effectively, the importance of teamwork and the importance of maintaining food hygiene is essential for staff in these roles.

  • Level: 2
  • Study Mode: Online Learning
  • Start Date: Throughout the year

Data Protection and Data Security

Data protection compliance is an essential legal requirement for all organisations. Since the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force in May 2018, it is more vital than ever that everyone who works with personal data understands the laws and acts in compliance, as the penalties can be severe.

  • Level: 2
  • Study Mode: Online Learning
  • Start Date: Throughout the year

Dementia Care – Level 2

Dementia affects around 820,000 people in the UK. This figure is likely to rise to 1 million by 2025 and 2million by 2051. It is one of the main causes of disability in later life, and with research being desperately underfunded, it costs the UK over £26 billion a year. Understanding dementia and the person-centred care that is required is fundamental to high-quality care.

  • Study Mode: Online Learning
  • Start Date: Throughout the year

Dementia Care – Level 3

Dementia is a global concern but it is most often seen in wealthier countries, where people are likely to live into very old age. The Alzheimer’s Society reports there are over 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK today. This course will help you to develop a detailed knowledge and understanding of caring for individuals with dementia including the types, effects and importance of early diagnosis, the role of communication, interaction and inclusion in dementia care and support and the use of medication to support individuals with dementia.

  • Level: 2
  • Study Mode: Online Learning
  • Start Date: Throughout the year

Digital Skills for Work

We live in a world where new technologies play an increasingly important role across the economy and society. This course is ideal if you want to develop your digital proficiency. Covering important skills such as using search engines and social media platforms, you will develop a greater understanding of how to looking for information, store your data safely and communicate effectively. You will also be introduced to the world of blogging and how to engage with your followers for better interaction. The qualification is an ideal progression from other digital skills courses at Entry level and Level 1.

  • Level: 2
  • Study Mode: Online Learning
  • Start Date: Throughout the year

Digital Skills for Working in Business

We live in a world where new technologies play an increasingly important role across the economy and society, this is even more significant in the business sector. This course is ideal if you are working in business and want to develop your digital proficiency to support your work. Covering important skills such as using search engines and social media platforms, you will develop a greater understanding of how to looking for information, store your data safely and communicate effectively in online meetings. You will also be introduced to the world on online networking to help support your career progression. The qualification is an ideal progression from other digital skills courses at Entry level and Level 1.

  • Level: 2
  • Study Mode: Online Learning
  • Start Date: Throughout the year

Digital Skills for Working in Care

We live in a world where new technologies play an increasingly important role across the economy and society, the care sector is no different. This course is ideal if you are working in the care sector and want to develop your digital proficiency to support your work. Covering important skills such as using search engines and social media platforms, you will develop a greater understanding of how to looking for information, store your data safely and communicate effectively. You will also be introduced to the world on online networking to help support your career progression. The qualification is an ideal progression from other digital skills courses at Entry level and Level 1.

  • Level: 2
  • Study Mode: Online Learning
  • Start Date: Throughout the year

Digital Skills for Working in Engineering

We live in a world where new technologies play an increasingly important role across the economy and society, this is even more significant in the engineering industry. This course is ideal if you are working in engineering and want to develop your digital proficiency to support your work. Covering important skills such as using search engines and social media platforms, you will develop a greater understanding of how to looking for information, store your data safely and communicate effectively in online meetings. You will also be introduced to the world on online networking to help support your career progression. The qualification is an ideal progression from other digital skills courses at Entry level and Level 1.

  • Level: 2
  • Study Mode: Online Learning
  • Start Date: Throughout the year

Digital Skills for Working in Logistics

We live in a world where new technologies play an increasingly important role across the economy and society, the care sector is no different. This course is ideal if you are working in the care sector and want to develop your digital proficiency to support your work. Covering important skills such as using search engines and social media platforms, you will develop a greater understanding of how to looking for information, store your data safely and communicate effectively. You will also be introduced to the world on online networking to help support your career progression. The qualification is an ideal progression from other digital skills courses at Entry level and Level 1.

  • Level: 2
  • Study Mode: Online Learning
  • Start Date: Throughout the year

Dignity and Safeguarding in Adult Health and Social Care

A total of 103,900 safeguarding reports about vulnerable adults were referred in 2014/2015. The responsibilities of care workers involved in protecting the health, well-being and human rights of individuals are far-reaching. Allowing individuals to live free from harm, abuse and neglect can often mean involving health agencies, government departments or the police. Understanding the fundamentals of safeguarding is essential for anyone working in adult health and social care.

  • Level: 1
  • Study Mode: Online Learning
  • Start Date: Throughout the year

Employability Skills – Level 1

Learning key skills for the working environment is vital for improving confidence and communication skills to prepare for employment or a change in employment. This course will teach you the skills that are necessary for any working environment.

  • Level: 2
  • Study Mode: Online Learning
  • Start Date: Throughout the year

End of Life Care

By 2040, the number of people aged over 64 in Britain is expected to grow from 9.5 million to 15 million. The population is ageing, meaning more people will live with serious chronic illness and need end of life care. The problems faced and support needed by people nearing the end of life is wide-ranging, and a good understanding of pain management, support and quality of life is essential for all carers.

  • Level: 2
  • Study Mode: Online Learning
  • Start Date: Throughout the year

Equality and Diversity

Britain is a culturally diverse nation that respects and values the differences in people. Companies are legally required to follow a set of practices to ensure discrimination is eradicated and expectations of equality are met. A good understanding of the wide-ranging legislation is essential in creating a workplace that is centred on fairness, dignity and respect.

  • Level: 2
  • Study Mode: Online Learning
  • Start Date: Throughout the year

Falls Prevention Awareness

Falls represent the most frequent and serious type of accident in people aged 65 and over, with 10,000 falls happening each day. Falls often have both a physical and mentalimpact, as they can result in lack of confidence, isolation, fractures and broken bones. This course is ideal for anyone working in health and social care and those who have contact with older people who are more susceptible to falls.

  • Level: 2
  • Study Mode: Online Learning
  • Start Date: Throughout the year

Information, Advice or Guidance

Offering clear and accurate information, advice or guidance and knowing what can be shared legally and professionally can greatly improve outcomes for a business. There are some fundamental rules for successful information sharing, and ensuring staff are aware of these is key.

Ideally, to complete this qualification you will be currently working in a role involving providing information, advice and guidance. The qualification requires reflection on practice which is significantly easier if you are currently (or have recently) been providing IAG. 

  • Level: 2
  • Study Mode: Online Learning
  • Start Date: Throughout the year

Lean Organisation Management Techniques

A lean organisation provides the greatest customer value with the fewest resources, a philosophy increasingly important in today's competitive business market. A sound understanding of the concept and benefits of a lean environment, as well as knowledge of business techniques and working in teams, is essential. Our nationally recognised qualification is designed to provide individuals with an appreciation and understanding of some key principles of lean organisation management.

  • Level: 2
  • Study Mode: Online Learning
  • Start Date: Throughout the year

Mental Health First Aid and Mental Health Advocacy in the Workplace

The Health and Safety Executive report that over 17.9 million working days were lost in 2020 due to work-related stress, depression and anxiety. It’s important that employers are transparent and open about mental health issues, and this qualification builds an understanding of mental health problems and the support available to colleagues. 

  • Level: 2
  • Study Mode: Online Learning
  • Start Date: Throughout the year

Mental Health Problems

Mental health presents one of the greatest challenges to our society. With an estimated 450 million people worldwide suffering from a mental health problem, around a quarter of British  adults will experience some form of mental health problem within the course of a year. While many elements of mental health are still not understood, having a good knowledge of the information that is available is essential in the care sector.

  • Level: 2
  • Study Mode: Online Learning
  • Start Date: Throughout the year

Nutrition and Health

The number of obese people in the UK has more than trebled in the last 25 years, reaching what many doctors believe to be 'epidemic' proportions. Insufficient nutrition can lead to a variety of health-threatening conditions. Understanding the benefits of a balanced diet and the role of nutrition in the prevention and treatment of disease is fundamental.

  • Level: 2
  • Study Mode: Online Learning
  • Start Date: Throughout the year

Retail Operations

The retail industry is subject to a number of pressures. These include changes in shopping habits and the recent economic downturn which reduced consumer spending. However, as consumer confidence begins to grow, it is important that retail support staff are fully trained and equipped  to represent your business and to meet the needs of your customers. As removing staff from the 'shop floor' applies pressure to rotas, this training can be carried out in the learner's own time via our tried and tested flexible learning approach.

  • Level: 2
  • Study Mode: Online Learning
  • Start Date: Throughout the year

Safe Handling of Medication in Health and Social Care

Modern medicines are powerful substances which have beneficial effects for millions of people worldwide. However, inappropriate use or handling of these substances can have severe  consequences, including death. Having good up-to-date knowledge of the safe handling of medicines is essential for anyone working with medication.

  • Level: 2
  • Study Mode: Online Learning
  • Start Date: Throughout the year

Safeguarding and Prevent

Official data showed that over 7,500 people were referred to the Prevent programme in 2015/16. The purpose of this qualification is to support anyone who is responsible for the safeguarding of people and for helping prevent radicalisation. It gives learners an understanding of recognising the signs of abuse, how to reduce the risk of radicalisation, and the potential consequences of illegal online activity.

  • Level: 2
  • Study Mode: Online Learning
  • Start Date: Throughout the year

Specific Learning Difficulties

Having a learning difficulty means that people find it harder to learn certain skills. As this affects around 15% of people it is important for those working in healthcare, social care and education to have knowledge of different specific learning difficulties such as ADHD, dyslexia and dyscalculia.

  • Study Mode: Online Learning
  • Start Date: Throughout the year

Supporting Teaching and Learning – Level 3

This qualification provides learners with an understanding of the knowledge needed when working directly with children and young people in a school or college environment and is aimed at those of you working in learning support or teaching assistant roles within schools and colleges. The qualification covers elements including children and young people’s development, safeguarding their welfare, and communication and professional relationships.

If you are new to teaching we have a qualification that is better suited to you here

  • Level: 2
  • Study Mode: Online Learning
  • Start Date: Throughout the year

Team Leading

Strong team leadership is essential for providing guidance, direction and instruction within a group and inevitably leads to more effective teamwork and more motivated employees. Being able to manage a team effectively is critical in the current job market, where employee productivity and team outcomes are closely monitored.

  • Level: 2
  • Study Mode: Online Learning
  • Start Date: Throughout the year

Understanding Autism – Level 2

Autism is a spectrum condition that affects how a person communicates with others and how they interpret the world around them. There are around 700,000 people in the UK with autism - more than 1 in every 100. Having a clear understanding of the misconceptions, diagnoses and support surrounding autism are just some of the essential skills needed when working in mental health.

  • Study Mode: Online Learning
  • Start Date: Throughout the year

Understanding Autism – Level 3

This qualification is designed for those who want to increase their knowledge and understanding of autism and completion will support progression into employment within the health and social care sector. You will 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.

  • Level: 2
  • Study Mode: Online Learning
  • Start Date: Throughout the year

Warehousing and Storage

The warehousing and storage of goods is an essential part of logistics operations within a business. Roles within this industry require great skill and organisation to coordinate the demand and supply of goods and ultimately meet customer needs.

  • Level: 2
  • Study Mode: Online Learning
  • Start Date: Throughout the year

Working with Individuals with Learning Difficulties

Around 1.5 million people in the UK have a learning disability. Owing to the fact that they are likely to find it more difficult than others to describe their symptoms, it is essential for anyone working with individuals with learning disabilities to have a good knowledge of the healthcare system and relevant legislation, as well as an understanding of the signs and symptoms of various conditions.

  • Level: 2
  • Study Mode: Online Learning
  • Start Date: Throughout the year

Working with People with Mental Health Needs

Mental health presents one of the greatest challenges to our society. With an estimated 450 million people worldwide suffering from a mental health problem, around a quarter of British  adults will experience some form of mental health problem within the course of a  year. While many elements of mental health are still not understood, having a good knowledge of the information that is available is essential in the care sector.

  • Level: 2
  • Study Mode: Online Learning
  • Start Date: Throughout the year

Workplace Violence and Harassment

Workplace violence and Harassment can have huge consequences for employers, employees and the work environment. The Trades Union Congress (TUC) estimates that 29% of people have been bullied at work, and more than 7 in 3 people who report being bullied leave their job because of it. Understanding about effective communication and ways to reduce conflict in the workplace will help to create a more positive working environment, benefiting both employers and employees, and improving  job satisfaction, health and well­-being and productivity.