Our courses can give you a new career

At the Blackford Centre you can study for a new career - in fields that are exciting and in demand.

What's more, our courses let you study where and when you want.

This photography course is just one of several courses that you can study with us

There are no exams: we use positive assessment instead.

And you don't ever have to show up and be stuck in a musty classroom to attend evening classes.

Since it's distance education, everything is at your convenience.

Plus, you get a valuable qualification that reflects your new knowledge.

Courses like the one above can give you a whole new career and way of life. We'll give you the confidence to start the new career you've been dreaming of.

And we specialise in courses that let you start your own business.

To find out more, click the subject on the left that captures your interest.


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Expert knowledge

Each of our separate divisions has its own specialised, expert tutors.

And we only employ tutors who are actively working in their field and who want to spread their knowledge.

That way, you don't get armchair experts or professional academics who lack experience of the real world.

Plus, we're more practical than many organisations. So you'll find our courses contain more detailed information and instructions about how to run your own business.


Changing direction?

Many of our students are looking for a new job.

They want to convert an interest into a new career. Or they want to work from home. We help them achieve that.

What are your aims in life? Perhaps we can help you attain your goals? If you're thinking of changing your job, we can offer you some useful advice and inspiration.


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Your own tutor

As we've said, you'll have your own personal tutor. Research shows you're more likely to succeed in this interactive, customised way, compared with mere self-study or book learning.

And our experts at the Blackford Centre are only a phone call away if you ever get stuck. Or need a boost. We'll soon put you back on the right track. And help you stay there.


Study anywhere in the world

Thanks to the power of email, it doesn't matter where you live. We have students in the US, Canada, Australia, UK, Norway, France, Singapore.... and all of them can quickly contact their tutor, and send in their assignments in a flash.

But you don't have to use email. Many students post their assignments the traditional way.

Much of our course material is printed on paper, because it's more flexible than a PC screen. You can hold it in your hands. You can scribble on the pages, stuff them in your pocket, and read them in the bath.

Many of our courses also incorporate online student common rooms and online material.

Your pack is also likely to contain special items that let you get started straight away.

In fact, our students often say that getting the pack is a bit like receiving a gift on Christmas morning!

A course is ready for despatch
Sara parcels up a course ready for despatch

Our courses are fun

Some organisations make their courses stuffy and tedious. We hate that. Our materials are written in a light-hearted way, so you'll absorb the serious information while enjoying yourself.

That means you're more likely to complete your course, and get the qualification. If you'd like more ideas on distance learning, click here.


We're recognised, so you can rest assured

As you'll see from the logos on the top right of this page, we're accredited by many independent certification organisations. That means your qualification has real worth in the eyes of other people.

And we're registered with the UK Register of Learning Providers (UK Provider Reference Number 10009490).


Payment is simple

You can pay online using our secure SSL server. In fact, we never see your credit card details, because they get passed straight to the bank without us even glancing at them.

But we know it's quite a big website (we have lots to talk about). So If you can't find the online payment page, let us know and we'll tell you how to locate it.


How long have we been going?

Since 1998 The Blackford Centre has been offering courses to people that want to change direction and get a new career.


Companies that have bought our courses

Here's a list of some of the companies that have put their staff through our courses:

Land Rover, EasyJet, Royal Mail, Princes Trust, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Jaguar, Norwich Union, Marks and Spencer, National Trust, The Forestry Commission, RAF, Prisoners' Education Trust, Reading College, Medway Council, Mid Kent College, Newcastle Chronicle, The Probation Services, Suffolk Carers, Selfridges, Scottish Water, HM Revenue & Customs, Unilever, Job Centres, British Aerospace.


Take the next step

Want to learn more? Simply click on the topics at the top of the page. And if you have any questions, please get in touch.


Our accreditation

For more information on our accreditation, please click here.


Leaving the military?

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