Care work & support

Care Work & Support Courses in London and Online

City Lit care and support courses are aimed at those wanting to help others in areas including, adult social care, mental health, youth work, childcare and information, advice or guidance. We have a range of recognised qualifications, introductions and personal and professional development courses to choose from. We welcome applications from those with lived experience in these areas and we work closely with organisations and charities all over London to provide opportunities for learners to make a difference.

We run courses out in the community, in college and online. Our courses have been chosen to best reflect the needs of the care and support sector and the changing needs of our students. Courses vary from long term (spanning over two terms), or short term and one day courses. We also have evening and weekend courses.

Our specialist care and support tutors have first hand knowledge as professionals in their field, making lessons relevant and engaging. We have a thriving and diverse team, who are committed to ongoing learning and development. Our tutors are very supportive of our diverse range of learners.

Our learners have gone on to volunteer and work in organisations such as St Mungoes, NHS, Groundswell and Change Grow Live. We are also proud to see many of our learners continue with education to level 3 and beyond.

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of courses allowing you to choose between online and in-person learning. All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, you’ll receive the same great City Lit experience. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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  1. Introduction to youth work
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 7 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    What is youth work? More and more young people are in need of youth facilities than ever. There are so many roles and organisations you could be part of to help young people's lives. Find out more about what working in youth work looks like and what skills are required in this field. This course will prepare you to go on to our level 2 Award in youth work and is a requirement if you have not studied for a long time.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £0.00
  2. Level 1 awareness of mental health and well-being
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 14 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    According to the Mental Health Foundation, 1 in 4 people experience mental ill-health at some point in their lives. That's why the right support needs to be available to allow those with poor mental health to get back to being their best selves. This course is for people who want to find out more about mental health and well-being, in relation to their own mental health and others they may wish to support or work with. We highly recommend taking this course if you are thinking about applying for the understanding working in mental health course (KMA12).



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £0.00
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  3. Level 2 Understanding working with people with mental health issues
    Course start date:  Mon 9 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Do you currently work in the mental health field, or are you interested in getting into this area? This course will increase your understanding of mental wellbeing and mental ill health. You will investigate the common signs and symptoms of mental health issues as well as exploring the range of agencies involved in the sector. You will identify best practice in planning care that supports people holistically. The course is particularly useful if you are studying or hoping to work in support work, care work or mental health. Applications are encouraged from learners who have used support services or have experienced homelessness. On successful completion you will achieve the level 2 understanding working with people with mental health needs certificate.
    Full fee £599.00 Senior fee £599.00 Concession £0.00
  4. Level 1 community action/community project planning
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 9 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Do you have a great idea that could change your community? Would you like to help and inspire other people? This course is everything you need to start your own community action project. Delivered by an experienced project manager and community leader.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £419.00 Senior fee £419.00 Concession £0.00
  5. Level 2 Award in Youth Work Practice
    Course start date:  Fri 20 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Level 2 Award in Youth Work Pracice provides learners with the knowledge and skills they need to progress into a career in youth work practice. This qualification is designed for people who are wanting to work in a youth work environment (public, voluntary or private sector, paid or unpaid) or are already in an assisting or supportive role and who are supervised. You will need to be working in some type of children and youth work setting, school settings would be sufficient. If you aren't in a role already, you will need find one before you are accepted on the course. We will be holding an online open evening where you will be able to talk to the youth work qualification team and meet other candidates for the course. If you would like to join this please click the link to sign up https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeExGTz1Vzo_fyfnvaqwJ9BVpnynZncYCtQCJVUu9aZdwxb2g/viewform?usp=sf_link.
    Full fee £488.00 Senior fee £488.00 Concession £0.00
  6. Supporting individuals with disabilities or learning difficulties
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 27 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    This is an introductory course, suitable for people who are interested in working with individuals with learning difficulties or disabilities. This could include working in community and volunteering roles or working in education, leisure and employment support.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £0.00
  7. Children and young people's mental health
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 27 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    The emotional health and well-being of children is just as important as their physical health and well-being. In 2016 10% of 5-16 years olds were diagnosed with a significant mental health illness. This course will introduce you to the concepts, impacts and approaches to supporting child and youth mental health. It is aimed at those working with children or interesed in the mental health of children and young people.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £0.00
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  8. Level 2 Award in Understanding the Needs of Individuals with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 3 May 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    PMLD is when a person has a severe learning disability and other disabilities that significantly affect their ability to communicate and be independent. This Award will be of interest to people already working in this field or who are looking to move into this area of work.



    This course aims to develop your understanding of the needs of people with PMLD and to equip you with the skills to effectively support, respond to and engage individuals with PMLD.



    “A person’s ability to communicate is not dependent on their being able to master certain skills, it is dependent on our ability to listen and communicate responsively” Jo Grace, The Sensory Projects.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £143.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £0.00
  9. Working with vulnerable children, young people and families
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 8 May 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Do you work with vulnerable children, young people and their families? Would you like to know what issues they may face and what support is available? Or are you interested in this field and feel you have something to contribute?



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £0.00
  10. Managing challenging behaviour
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 18 May 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Do you work in a setting where you find yourself dealing with individuals who present challenging behaviour? Do you want to feel more confident in understanding and responding to challenging behaviour? This is a practical, one-day course where you will gain strategies to diffuse and de-escalate challenging situations and develop incident and risk management skills for your workplace.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £0.00
  11. Level 2 Award in peer mentoring
    Course start date:  Fri 2 Jun 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    The level 2 award in peer mentoring has been developed for learners who want to be peer mentors, giving support to other individuals to enable them to make changes in their lives. The qualification provides an understanding of the peer mentoring process and the key skills used in peer mentoring. You will learn about peer mentoring with young adults, people with mental health issues, addictions, homelessness and those who have experienced challenges in their lives. We welcome applications from those who have lived experience in these areas.
    Full fee £399.00 Senior fee £399.00 Concession £0.00
  12. Mental health first aid
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 11 Jun 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Mental health first aid is the help provided to a person developing mental ill health or in a mental health crisis. Increase your awareness and confidence in recognising the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues. Understand how to respond appropriately.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £30.00
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