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Vocational Open Online Course (VOOC)

A VOOC is a targeted Vocational Open Online Course. It costs nothing to study and has no entry requirements. It is classed as bite-sized training, typically taking around an hour to complete.

Free courses

Virtual College has produced a range of free courses in subjects such as safeguarding children, health and well-being and careers advice. Here is a selection of some of the most popular free courses (VOOCs) we offer.

Forced Marriage VOOC

Awareness of Forced Marriage

This free safeguarding course aims to raise awareness of forced marriage and help professionals who have a responsibility to safeguard vulnerable children, young people and adults. It explores the warning signs of forced marriage and the right actions to take to help protect potential victims.

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FGM VOOC - a multi-agency issue

Female Genital Mutilation

A recent study revealed that 137,000 women in England and Wales are estimated to be living with the consequences of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). To address this issue, the Home Office and Virtual College have launched this free online FGM training.

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An Awareness of Type 1 Diabetes VOOC

Awareness of Type 1 Diabetes

Virtual College has worked with JDRF to create a free course to give professionals a basic understanding of type 1 diabetes. Using a school as the setting, the free course follows a number of students with the autoimmune condition through their daily lives.

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Keep Them Safe VOOC

Keep Them Safe: Protecting Children from CSE

Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation (Pace) and Virtual College teamed up to provide this short online course designed to equip parents and carers with the knowledge to protect children against sexual exploitation.

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Get Moving, Get Healthy VOOC

Get Moving, Get Healthy

Regular participation in physical activities can make you happier and reduce your risk of diseases like diabetes. This free course covers the health benefits of physical activity, how much you should be doing, the importance of diet and how you can incorporate exercise into your lifestyle.

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Career VOOCs

Career VOOCs are short courses that introduce students and job seekers to potential careers. They bring together expertise from employers, industry bodies and training providers. A typical Career VOOC introduces an industry sector, explains what can be expected from working in the field and gives the next steps to getting a job role.

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