College’s lockdown-learning helps community to flourish

19th May 2020

Stratford-upon-Avon College is experiencing record enrolment numbers on its distance learning courses throughout the COVID-19 lockdown.

The College’s Work Based Learning team has become increasingly busy throughout the lockdown as people from across Warwickshire and beyond take the opportunity to gain new qualifications while studying from home.

Fiona Cameron, Work Based Learning Team Leader at the College, explained the surge in popularity. “Distance learning courses are allowing people to explore possible new career paths or areas of personal interest.”

Business Administration and Children and Young People’s Mental Health are the courses that have had the biggest uptake during the lockdown, while the newly-launched Understanding Mental Health First Aid and Mental Health Advocacy in the Workplace is also proving particularly popular.

Fiona continued “In many cases, we’ve been contacted by people who have been furloughed and are wanting to use the time to update their professional knowledge or learn something new about a subject they are interested in.

“Some people are also using the time to receive training in how to care for family members with specific needs and disabilities.”

The full range of distance learning and online courses available at the College can be viewed at

If you are interested in any of the courses or have any questions, you can contact the Work Based Learning team at

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