Benefits of online study and distance learning:

  • Study anywhere – our exclusively online courses can be done from anywhere, all the way from registration and learning materials through to assessment
  • No location restraints – study at home, at work, on the train, in the UK or overseas
  • Flexibility – Learn at your own pace, manage your study time to suit your schedule
  • Value for money – fees for distance learning are generally lower than courses which require college attendance, you also save on travel expenses
  • Safe study option – don’t let the pandemic hold you back from progressing and achieving your goals

Distance learning and our online courses allow you to study wherever you are, arranging learning around your life. You learn using study materials and online learning resources that are designed for active learning. You can also connect with other students around the world via your Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

In order to make learning as accessible as possible, we have invested a considerable amount of time and money into developing online courses that are fit for purpose and allow learners who may not be able to attend College to still access quality training and education in the comfort of their own home or workplace.

All of our online courses can be started at any time and can be taken by learners both in the UK and overseas where relevant and appropriate.

The courses are hosted on the College’s VLE (Virtual Learning Environment). After enrolment you will be given a username and password which will provide you with access to the VLE and all your online material. You will also be allocated a distance learning tutor who will guide and support you through your programme.

Online learning material comes in a variety of formats such as online text, downloadable PDFs, audio and video as well as interactive learning material. Online assessment is typically conducted using timed and secure multiple choice exams.

If you would like to discuss online learning further to see whether it is for you, please contact us. Please note for some qualifications students will need to attend one of our centres for exams. These will be kept to a minimum. However, must be completed to meet the requirements of the qualification.

“The virtual classroom allows me to interact with other students and learn in fun ways. The fact that we are not just looking at the screen but able to do quizzes and on screen activities helps me stay focused and enjoy learning about my subjects. An absolute game changer, Love it!!”

Distance learning and online courses at CAW

Animal Care

City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care Online Learning
City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Work-based Animal Care


VetSkill Level 2 Certificate in Veterinary Care Support
City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma for Veterinary Care Assistants
VetSkill Level 4 Certificate for Suitably Qualified Persons (SQP) – Companion Animal
City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate in Assisting Veterinary surgeons in the Monitoring of Animal Patients Under Anaesthesia and Sedation
Microchip Implantation Refresher for Veterinary Nurses
VetSkill Level 2 Certificate for Veterinary Receptionists

Functional Skills

City & Guilds Level 1 Functional Skills in English
City & Guilds Level 2 Functional Skills in English
City & Guilds Level 1 Functional Skills in Maths
City & Guilds Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths

Horse Care

City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Work-based Horse Care
City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Work-based Horse Care and Management


City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Countryside and Environment

“I found it manageable to study and complete the assignments by the deadline, alongside working and looking after my child. The tutors are very knowledgeable and have supported me throughout this course and are always available for advice if needed.”

Why study with us?

Studying with us

We understand that choosing where to study is an important decision, so why should you choose us? Take a look at our studying with us page to find out more about us.

Supported throughout your studies

There are many different aspects of your life that can affect your time at College and your ability to achieve your qualification – these range from your financial and housing situation through to your personal and emotional well-being. Here at CAW we are here to help you in as many areas as possible. Visit our student support page to find out how you will be supported through your course.

“The range of resources aided me in developing my understanding of new and challenging topics of learning. Also, the variety in types of resources – such as interactive presentations and quizzes – allowed me stay engaged in my learning. Support from my tutor and assessor helped me when I needed guidance and constructive feedback”

Broaden your business horizons

Did you know we also run a range of distance learning and online courses via our Business School – these can all be found here. So if you are interested in developing your skills and capabilities in particular areas within your current position or want to explore options within other industries, we may be able to help you!

“I enjoyed the virtual method used for this study weekend. I would usually have to travel a long distance to get to the training centre, which of course prolonged my day and increased my tiredness. I found the virtual approach to this course better suited for my lifestyle.”