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How you'll learn

How much time do I need to commit?

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.

How will I study?

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.

Can I use the library on campus?

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 

  • Guidance advisors 

  • Careers network 

  • Discounted software

How will I be assessed? 

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.

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

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