Can I do Distance Learning?

Online Distance Learning is like no other, it puts the power in your hands. You can study and access materials at any time to suit your life and if you're committed and can manage your time wisely, then this method of learning is for you.

Most online Distance Learning awards at Staffordshire University are delivered part time to facilitate an 'earning while learning' approach and usually, you'll be expected to spend two evenings per week (eg. 7pm to 9pm) and a weekend afternoon studying. You'll have the same status as a student on campus, but there's no need to come onto campus.

Most online PG students study modules within a semester framework, but it is best to check the delivery pattern for any online course that you are interested in studying with us. There are two semesters in the academic year and we provide the course material via our Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard.


Online distance learning will fit around your personal and work life. You can access lectures, recordings and course material via our Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard anywhere, anytime.


You'll take assessments throughout your study and assessments typically involve accumulating work during a module, plus an end of module assessment. There are no exams for distance learning but you may have to complete online tests on Blackboard.


You'll have deadlines like other students on campus, but you will manage your time leading up to your assessments to work around what suits you best.


Our tutors also provide support through video conferencing such as Skype or Blackboard Ultra, via e-mail and SMS, so you are never too far away from a helping hand.

Believe it or not, distance learning is fun. You'll be part of an online learning community and you'll achieve a useful qualification to differentiate you from the crowd.

Jonathan Westlake, Online Course Leader and Senior Lecturer, School of Computing