Distance Learning

Distance Learning offers students the flexibility of studying a selection of Level 2 and Level 3 courses from home and either online or paper-based, with the support of a specialist tutor.

Once we’ve received your application, we will send out an enrolment form in the post for you to complete and send back to us.

Upon receipt of your completed enrolment form, we will contact you to conduct a short telephone introduction that will enable us to get you started on your chosen course and provide answers to any questions you may have.

You will then be assigned to a tutor and will be ready to receive your student handbook and work materials, online or paper-based.

Please note: You may only complete one course at a time.


From August 2019, funding decisions for education will become devolved to local government in several counties of England. This transfer of funding from central government to combined authorities has created fundamental changes to areas that we as an education and training provider can operate in.

We regret that we are no longer able to provide Level 2 courses for free, to the following combined authority areas: Greater Manchester, Liverpool City, Cambridge & Peterborough, Tees Valley and West Midlands.

If you are unsure if your post code falls into one of the five combined authorities, please email distancelearning@weston.ac.uk and we’ll be able to help you.

Eligibility for FREE Level 2 Distance Learning courses:

  • Learners must be aged 19 years or over as at 31/08/19
  • Must have lived in the EU for the last three years
  • Must currently reside in England, in a post code outside of Greater Manchester, Liverpool City, Cambridge & Peterborough, Tees Valley and the West Midlands.
  • Must have a full Level 2 qualification or above in any subject (i.e QCF Diploma Level 2, five GCSEs/O Levels grade A-C, two or three AS Levels, CSE grade 1 5 or more, one A Level, QCF Certificate, GNVQ Intermediate, First Diploma, NVQ Level 2, First Certificate or Principle of Learning Level 2).


  • Unemployed and claiming benefits, and using the qualification to obtain work.

An administration fee will be incurred if you withdraw from the course.

Apprenticeship levels

Intermediate Level Apprenticeships

Apprentices undertake work-based learning qualifications such as a Level 2 Competence Qualification, Functional Skills and, in some cases, a relevant knowledge-based qualification.

Advanced Level Apprenticeships

Apprentices undertake work-based learning such as a Level 3 Competence, Functional Skills and, in some cases, a relevant knowledge-based qualification.

Higher Apprenticeships

Apprentices undertake work-based learning qualifications such as a Level 4 Competence Qualification, Functional Skills and, in some cases, a knowledge-based qualification such as a Foundation Degree.

Your career doesn’t have to stop at the Higher Level Apprenticeship, as we offer a variety of Degree Level Apprenticeship programmes.

Getting an apprenticeship

Apprenticeships are an increasingly popular way of gaining nationally-recognised qualifications alongside workplace experience, which is vital in the current economic climate. If you're thinking about following this route, these steps will help you get started.

What type of apprenticeship can I choose?
We have over 70 areas to choose from, so you need to decide what area is going to suit you. We offer Apprenticeships from barbering to business administration and engineering to estate agency.

How do I find an employer?
The Apprenticeship Team receives new vacancies from employers every day. View our live Apprenticeship vacancies.

How do I apply for a vacancy?
When you see a vacancy you like, please hit the ‘apply now’ button and fill out your details. You will then be redirected the National Apprenticeship Service's " Find an Apprenticeship" website where you will be able to complete an online application form.

Do I need a CV?
Yes, you will need a CV as this is what will be seen by the potential employer. If you need help with this, please email the Apprenticeship Team at apprenticeships@weston.ac.uk who will be able to support you.

What happens next?
When your CV has been submitted to an employer, you may be asked to attend an interview. Our Recruitment Team will support you through this, offering interview techniques and training- just give us a call.

Questions about apprenticeships

If you still have some queries, please take a look at the frequently answered questions below, which will hopefully help you.

Do I need to attend College?

For some of our apprenticeships you will not need to attend College as a great deal of our training takes place in the workplace. Other areas may include block release.

Will I be paid?

Yes you will. The amount will depend on which employer you secure employment with.

How long should the apprenticeship take to complete?

This varies depending on the level of Apprenticeship that you are studying. The minimum amount of time spent on a level 2 Apprenticeship is just over a year.

Do I get holidays?

Yes. As an employee of any business you are entitled to the statutory minimum of 20 days paid holiday per year, pro rata.

Are all the jobs local?

Our apprenticeship vacancies are across the region, including Bristol, Taunton, Bridgwater, Clevedon, Nailsea, Portishead, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.

What is the apprenticeship qualification equivalent to?

  • Level 2 is equivalent to five GCSEs at grade A-C/9-4, or one A Level.
  • Level 3 is equivalent to two A Levels
  • Level 4 and 5 are equivalent to a Foundation Degree.
  • Level 6 and 7 are equivalent to a Degree

Can I get additional support if I have learning difficulties?

Yes. Support is available to all apprentices who have been identified as having additional learning needs.

Are there any costs involved?

No, the cost for training would be paid by your employer.

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