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Free Level 2 qualifications available for staff and students

The University is working in partnership with The AIM Group to offer staff and students access to a number of Level 2 courses.

This initiative follows on from free mental health awareness training that was offered to the University community at the end of last year.

Whether you are keen to gain a formal qualification to add to your CV, or you want to learn more about a particular subject to help you in your professional or personal life, these are a great way to develop your knowledge and expertise.

There are more than 40 courses available for free, and a full list can be viewed here. Below are just some examples of what you could study:

  • NCFE Cache Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism 
  • NCFE Cache Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Children and Young People's Mental Health  
  • NCFE Cache Level 2 Certificate in Specific Learning Difficulties (characteristics of ADHD, ADD, dyslexia and dyscalculia) 
  • NCFE Cache Level 2 Certificate in Behaviour That Challenges 
  • NCFE Cache Level 2 Certificate in Bullying in Children and Young People

Once you complete one, you can also enrol on another after.

How the course works

The course must be completed within six weeks of enrolling. The learning hours vary depending on the learner’s speed – but there’s no specific timetable, you can complete it in your personal time. You will need access to a computer, laptop or tablet.

Once all the questions are completed, your assigned tutor will mark your work and provide feedback. Upon completion and passing the course, you will be awarded an official Level 2 vocational recognised qualification (the equivalent of a Grade 5 GCSE).


  • Must be aged 19 or over
  • Have lived in the UK/EU for the past three years (please note Wales/Scotland residents are not funded)
  • Not currently doing another government-funded course
  • Must live in a non-devolved area (subject to postcode)
  • If aged under 24 you must hold a full level 2 qualification to be eligible (five GCSEs graded 4/c or above, or a level 2 BTEC or NVQ)

Please note you cannot withdraw from the course once enrolled without a valid reason. Failure to provide one could result in a fine of £150.

If you’re interested in signing up for a course, you can complete the form here. Any queries can be directed to Stacey Taylor-Hinds by calling 0203 900 3091 (ext 226) or emailing