Cambridge Open College has been providing distance learning, home study, open learning and correspondence courses since 2006.
The College’s founders have more than 25 years combined expertise in education generally, and distance learning (also known as home study) in particular. Few distance-learning establishments have more experience at a “hands on” level; we’ve all been tutors and assessors in the sector for many years.
Heavy investment in state-of-the-art technology has typified the College’s development, particularly in its more recent history. Our systems are second to none, and make your learning experience as enjoyable and hassle-free as possible.
The College provides more than 120 courses across 5 faculties, successful completion of which result in nationally recognised qualifications listed on the Qualification Credit Framework (QCF), or certification for specialist bespoke (unregulated) qualifications. Most are endorsed or accredited by some of the UK’s most prolific Awarding Organisations.
The college’s students come from all walks of life, and undertake the courses for a wide range of reasons, including career enhancement, continuous professional development (CPD), and studying purely for fun to expand their existing knowledge of a hobby or stimulating subject.
We exist because of our students. You are the most important resource we have. If you want to study a course we don’t currently have, let us know. We are always looking for more to satisfy our growing alumni.
If you notice anything on the website, in your course materials or in any of your interaction with us that is not satisfactory in any way, then please tell us. We want your learning journey to be as fulfilling and enjoyable as possible.
71 training courses found
The Counselling Skills course is an ideal entry-level choice for anyone who is interested in a career in the helping professions, whether as a Counsellor, Social Worker, Nurse or even Police Officer. These careers are well suited to a large number of people, and if you are a good listener or have experienced hardship personally, you may be ideal for these professions.
The Level 4 Certificate for Higher Level Teaching Assistants (RQF) is a brand new qualification which will provide students with extensive knowledge and skills to further their career as a teaching assistant. Through out the qualification students will gain the understanding of analysing and addressing the different challenges that teaching assistance encounter and working with individuals and small groups gaining an essential insight into supporting pupils with special educational needs.
Great with dogs? Passionate about styling? Our brand new Dog Grooming course may be the perfect choice for you. Written by one of the country’s leading grooming experts, this exciting new course is perfectly suited to anyone seeking a career in this industry.
Our Digital Photography course is a comprehensive guide to becoming a fully-fledged photographer. Whether you’re a complete beginner or not this course will teach you everything you ever needed to know about photography.
Veterinary Nurses support vets in providing nursing care for sick, injured and hospitalised animals. They also spend a great deal of their time educating pet owners on good standards of animal care and welfare.
This terrific course will help you see past the marketing information and make an informed choice for yourself. It’ s also an ideal primer for a career in beauty.
You will receive a thorough grounding in all aspects of massage, from learning the basics of anatomy and skin care through to detailed information on massage techniques, client consultation, and alternative massage techniques.
Do you want to make a difference and follow a highly rewarding and fulfilling new career at the same time? Do you have a passion to help those who are seen to be different? Accredited through the Focus Awards Focus on Quality Provision (FQP) Scheme, our SEN Teaching Assistant Course offers you the opportunity to help children with Special Educational Needs in the classroom. As a SEN Teaching Assistant your role can be crucial in providing focused support to both teachers and pupils.
Interior Design course consists of 5 core units, all of which have been constructed to give students the necessary understanding and skills to further their practice of Interior Design. Each unit is unique and serves its own purpose in equipping students with an overall working knowledge of Interior Design.
Not called the ‘Blue Planet’ for nothing – the surface of the Earth is largely covered by water. Land – the bit we live on – only represents about 30%, and the oceans contain more than 96% of all the water on Earth.
This fascinating and absorbing course offers an unique insight into the way children and adolescents behave and react to external influences and internal dilemmas. Behavioural psychology, developmental issues and motivations are explored in depth.
The Diet and Nutrition course covers 9 enriching units. These units have been specifically tailored to cover the essentials of diet and nutrition, and give students a sound knowledge of related areas, such as weight loss and eating disorders.
Developed by one of the UKs leading experts, this superb course will answer all of your burning questions and give you fascinating insight into the thrilling area of astronomy. For this month only we are offering 15%discount for those who pay in full.
The Beauty Therapy Course consists of 11 exciting and practical units. For this month only we are offering a 15% discount if you pay in full when you enrol.
This course is approved by Focus Awards and has been designed for those who want to assess learners in the work environment only. If you have been working in your field for some time and would like a change of career or some additional income, why not train others at what you do best? Choose this course and qualify as an Assessor within 12 months or less.
The Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym-Based Exercise) (QCF) is aimed at those learners looking to gain entry onto the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPS) as a Level 2 Fitness Instructor The aim of this qualification is to provide learners with the skills and knowledge to a professionally competent level enabling them to plan, deliver and evaluate safe and effective fitness instruction sessions unsupervised via the context of gym-based exercise. In order to achieve the Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym-Based Exercise) learners must complete the following 6 units listed below.
Our outstanding Introduction to Nursing Course gives you a great insight to the work nurses carry out and what you can expect to do during your training and further career. The materials cover the history and development of nursing, and what constitutes the nursing process.
Spread across several rich and fascinating units the Early Years Foundation Stage course covers the basic principles of early years practice. These principles include A Unique Child, Positive Relationships, Enabling Environments and Learning and Development.
Commonly referred to as “talking therapies”, the skills of counselling and psychotherapy are fascinating to learn about and understand. They can truly make the difference between life and death for an individual affected by the so-called “pressures” (stresses and strains) of life when properly used.
In our Wedding Planning & Events Course you will learn how to organise and manage events professionally, from weddings and private parties to festivals and large charity events! The wedding industry is worth over £4 billion per year and the average wedding in the UK costs between £15,000 and £20,000. The special events industry has grown enormously in the past decade.