Distance Learning Courses

Student Zone

This sections contains a number of documents and forms useful to students

ABC Awards

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government for their qualifications on the national framework i.e. the Qualifications and Curriculum Framework (QCF).  It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries.   As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of examination and assessment expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers

Courses have been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme.  This means that Kendal Publishing Ltd has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria.  The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future.  The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector.  To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner. 

Courses themselves have been designed by Kendal Publishing Ltd to meet specific learners’ or employers’ requirements.   ABC Awards’ endorsement involves a robust and rigorous quality audit by external inspectors to ensure quality is consistently met.  A regular review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

Study Guide (new version for 2014)

To download a copy of the current student study guide which details how to study, how to submit assignments and how to contact your tutor and the student helpline please click here

Student Charter

Our full student charter can be found in your study pack and through the link below.

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Course Registration Form

The course registration form is contained in the study guide that comes with your course notes. it should be completed and sent to us after you have begun your course. If you require another copy of this form please click here

Registration form.doc

Assignment cover sheet

To download an assignment cover sheet please click here


Course are supplied with an initial 12 month period of support.  In most circumstances this can be extended to provide an additional 12 month study period for which a 50 re-registration fee is payable.  To download and application form please click here 

Re-Registration Form

Once complete please post the form to the address provided on receipt we will write to confirm the new end-date for your course.

Alternatively you can re-register here on the website at the Student Administration tab on the left hand side of this page.

How to Contact Your Tutor

Study House has two contact points and to assist in providing an efficient service in answering student queries, marking assignments and claiming certificates we would be grateful if you can direct your queries, enquiries and assignments as follows:

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Work placement Attendence

Please click on the link below for a copy of the work placement attendence file.

Work Placement Attendance Record.pdf

How to Plan Your Studies

Guidance on improving your work

Use of examples in answering assignment tasks and questions

The majority of your course assignment tasks and questions are intended to enable you to demonstrate your knowledge, understanding (and where appropriate, skill) in relation to the topic in the question. This means that your tutor will be looking for you to show that you have a good grasp of the topic concerned.

You should include in your answer relevant details of the topic as described in your course text; and that will most often involve you in putting information you have read into your own words.  This provides the knowledge element of you answer but you should also look to demonstrate understanding of the topic by giving one or more examples of how the knowledge would work in practice. This does not mean necessarily that you have to have a relevant work placement for each answer, but that you can think about how knowledge works in practice. Consequently your tutor will expect to see examples to illustrate your answers wherever possible.

For example if a task asks you to “Explain the importance of safeguarding children and young people”, you can describe the reasons why safeguarding is important, from what you have read in the course notes, and this displays your knowledge.  To demonstrate your understanding though, you should give an example such as what the consequences may be of young children being allowed internet and TV access without parental controls.  This shows that you can apply your knowledge to practical situations.

Please bear in mind that there is usually no word count for any answer; the key point to remember is that you should write sufficient to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding.

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How To Reference Your Work

Students are required where necessary to reference their work when sending in for marking anything that is not completely in their own words. Click on the link below for details on how to do this.

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Formatting of Assignments

How to use the Internet to Research a Question

A number of students contact us each week asking how to find extra information on a topic within their course outside the manual.

Textbooks are sometimes no longer available or out of date when they go into print. We suggest you use a good search engine such as Google.co.uk to research your tuition query.

For example a number of Teaching Assistant students need to find extra information on the National Curriculum. We suggest you go to www.google.co.uk and just type in National Curriculum UK and the website will come up with a large number of links.

If you are specific in your query you will find a nice selection of possible answers to choose from.

NCFE Level 3 Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools Introduction

Click the following link to access the introductory notes explaining the assessment process for this course. More Information

An example assignment cover sheet, partially completed can be seen here

Level 3 Early Learning & Child Care

Students are reminded that this course covers all age ranges of children and young people from birth to aged 19. When answering assignment tasks, student will be expected to comment not only on the age group of their work experience but also of different age groups where expectations may be very different.  A note describing the types of differences between age groups and how to acknowledge this in assignment answers can be found here.

Ofqual Plagiarism and Referencing Guide

When using external sources of information to answers assignment tasks, students need to take care to reference their work and avoid plagiarism. You can read the advice contained with OFQUAL's booklet here: More Information

Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF)

All qualifications in England, Wales & Northern Ireland are moving to a credit based system of recognition. Students can read about what this means in a guide produced by NCFE, a leading UK awarding body.

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Guide to Qualification levels

You can download a diagram comparing qualification levels, published by Ofqual here

Assignment Grading

Case Studies

Unless a work placement is specifically mandated all of our courses can be completed without workplace experience. 

If an assignment task asks what 'would you do in this situation ....' you can use your current or previous experience to answer or create a hypothetical situation for your answer. What is important is that you show your tutor that you understand how to deal with the situation not that you can demonstrate you have done it before.

To help here are some case studies designed for specific courses:

All Business related courses

Medical and Clinical Administration

Dental Administration

NCFE Course Specifications

Please click through to the next page for access to all the NCFE full course specification documents for our range of Childcare, Teaching and Healthcare courses.

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