Frequently Asked Questions about Distance Learning

Do I need to attend University?

You don't. We will provide all your learning material and teaching online.

Does the certificate say "Distance Learning" on it?

You will have the same status as an on-campus student and your certificate will reflect that.

Do I need to buy a special computer?

Not at all, a standard PC or MAC is fine.

Do I need to pay for the course in one go?

You will pay as you learn.

What happens if I become ill or work schedules prevent study?

Make your tutor aware as soon as you can and they will be able to advise on the best course of action.

Can I attend the graduation ceremony?

Yes of course! We invite all distance learners. Our tutors love to meet distance learners and their families face-to-face.

Can I start whenever I want?

Online distance learning courses still follow the standard semester calendar. There is usually a start date in September and sometimes an alternative in February. Visit a course page to see start dates for specific courses as this can vary.

What are the entry requirements?

Entry requirements vary on each course. You can see what qualifications meet our entry requirements by visiting a course page you're interested in.

What are the English Language requirements?

International students will need an English language qualification, e.g. IELTS average of 6.0, TOEFL score of 550 (213 computer-based). We use English for learning, teaching and assessment at Staffordshire University. You will not gain the full benefit from your Online Distance Learning course unless you have the appropriate standard of English. If you need additional support for your English language skills, we offer a range of courses through our International Student Centre.

How am I assessed?

Each module is assessed to examine the learning outcomes associated with the module. You'll submit your work online and you'll get your grades and feedback online too.

Will my degree certificate state I studied online?

No. We do not differentiate between awards delivered face to face and those delivered online.

How is my voice heard?

Each of our online degrees gives you the opportunity to have you voice heard. This includes opportunities to:

  • Highlight issues via Course Committees
  • Undertake in UK student surveys
  • Speak with your personal tutor

Where do I get help?

Help is available from your personal and module tutors. Our support services ranging from specialist librarians to degree administrators are also here for you.

Blackboard was great as all the course materials were in one place along with contact info about the modules and feedback from tutors. I was very happy with the blackboard experience, it really helped.

Sean Duggan, Distance Learning Student