In 1997 just 1.7% of the world population had access to the internet, today that figure stands at just over 50%, with at least 3 billion now connected. Distance learning has moved with the times too with most people now choosing to go online to study, instead of taking a traditional correspondence course.
Formed in 1997 we are now celebrating our 20th anniversary in a business dedicated to delivering professional learning courses to the adult population of the UK and beyond. By taking advantage of the internet’s accessibility and constantly refining our services we can guarantee you will enjoy the finest learning experience.
The content of our courses has always been of the highest quality and we focus on more regulated (Ofqual listed) courses, which have strict external quality controls. You can be confident that your course will be current, accurate and relevant to the sector.
PEARL is our virtual learning environment which has a touch of genius about it. It is innovative, unique, and has revolutionised the learning experience. You will thoroughly enjoy and get the most out of your course.
We recognise that support and assessment plays a key part in keeping you on the right track throughout your learning journey. We carefully select assessors that are qualified, knowledgeable and care about their students.
The funding of your course fees can be a challenge and we do our utmost to assist you. A small deposit can secure an interest free monthly payment plan. Alternatively, you may qualify for a 19+ Advanced Learner Loan. Backed by the Government, this scheme only triggers the monthly repayment process when you’ve finished your course and earning over £21,000 p.a.
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In recent years business acquisitions have added to our regional training facilities. Dimensions Training Solutions now heads up a well-established apprenticeship division and last year was awarded Ofsted GRADE - GOOD.
Support from ourselves doesn’t stop when your course is complete. Immediately finding you a new job is a priority for the Careers Training division. Experienced managers and support staff have been engaged to guarantee that you’re given the expert advice you need to start your new career. As a respected training provider we have secured outstanding corporate partners who value the skills that Stonebridge graduates can bring to their business.
From modest beginnings in 1997, Stonebridge Associated Colleges has grown to become one of the UK’s leading online training companies. We now employ 150 people, working towards one common goal: to provide first-class training and job support, which will empower you to attain your dream career.
I decided to complete my Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructing (QCF) Diploma Level 3 with learndirect Careers because I wanted a course that was both affordable and convenient. I soon discovered that the 19+ Advanced Learner Loan scheme, backed by the Government, was exactly what I was looking for. I could finally enrol on a course without having to worry about the cost.Danny McDermott
I chose to study with learndirect Careers because due to the nature of my previous job (working shifts within the care industry), I couldn’t commit to attending classes regularly at a traditional college. I still wanted to gain my Health and Social Care (Adults) Diploma QCF Level 3 and so learndirect Careers’s distance learning course was the perfect solution.Dawn Webb
I knew that I wanted to return to education, but I needed to find a college that offered distance learning qualifications. I had to fit studying around my family life and work commitments. I chose learndirect Careers because my course could be completed entirely online, without having to attend any timetabled sessions. My initial enquiry was responded to very quickly by learndirect Careers and all the staff that I have dealt with have been extremely friendly.Joy Bailey
I chose distance learning because I am a stay-at-home mum and it was the only way I could study, without having to pay for childcare. I decided to study a learndirect Careers course because unlike many similar courses, it could be completed remotely. The Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructing (QCF) Diploma Level 3 could also be funded by a Government loan, reducing the cost of returning to education.Rosie Gibbs
I enjoyed the course a lot and all the modules were informative. It has made me fall in love with hospitality even more now that I have the knowledge that I need. I’m looking forward to starting a job in the industry.Celeste Young
The course was very interesting and explained everything clearly using the latest materials. I am a hotelier, but several of the topics were new for me, and I enjoyed learning them with learndirect.Regulthafus Andrikus