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Break free from the commitments of on-campus degree study. This flexible study option will allow you to work at times to suit you as well connect with an online community worldwide.
Distance learning allows you to study a degree without attending the University. You’ll have the same status as on-campus students, gain the same qualification and be able to attend the graduation ceremony.
You’ll be supported by our distance learning course leaders through video conferencing, e-mail and SMS, so you’ll never be too far away from a helping hand.
All the learning materials you need will be available online including lectures, recordings and course material. You’ll also be able to join lively debates with your tutors and fellow students.
You can fit a full degree around your personal or work life – a great way to enhance your career whilst remaining in work.
You don’t need to visit the University – course materials and access to support facilities will be available online.
It gives the flexibility for you to manage your learning time when and where it suits you.
You won’t miss out on support – a personal tutor will be available when you need them.
You’ll be able to participate in online debates with tutors and students from across the world, learning from different perspectives and experiences.
Graduate with the same degree as campus-based students. Your certificate will be no different.
Most distance learning courses are delivered part-time. You’ll typically need to complete 10-15 hours of independent work each week, but this will vary from student to student. This could be two evenings a week and a weekend afternoon.
Our teaching is supported through our virtual learning environment called Blackboard. This means you can access a range of materials to support your studies wherever you are.
Using the Blackboard, you can:
Access important reference material, handouts, reading lists and web links.
Talk to tutors and other students through online discussion boards and forums.
Attend virtual presentations and tutorials.
Complete and submit your assignments with the support of online marking and feedback.
Keep up-to-date with progress, course deadlines and announcements.
Distance learning courses follow the standard semester calendar. There is usually a start date in September and sometimes an alternative in February. Visit the course page for specific courses information.
Whether you're local or not, you're welcome to come onto campus to visit the library. It's open 24/7 at key times in the academic year.
Remotely you can also access:
The library and eResources
You'll take assessments throughout your study, typically during a module and an end of module assessment. You'll submit your work online and you'll get your grades and feedback online too.
There are no exams for distance learning but you may have to complete online tests.
You'll have deadlines like other students on campus, but you’ll manage your time leading up to your assessments to work around what suits you best.
Make your tutor aware as soon as you can. They will be able to advise on the best course of action.
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