About Distance Learning

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See how distance learning could work for you

If you’re looking to gain a professional qualification around work, family and other important commitments, distance learning offers a flexibility that is simply not available from traditional colleges.

Is distance learning for me?

Studying online is a great way to gain a qualification while still being able to work, parent, or juggle the many commitments that define most adult lives. If you feel at ease using digital technology, are happy to study independently and looking for a learning style that offers flexibility, distance learning is an ideal option.

True flexibility

With distance learning you can:

  • Start studying at the most appropriate level for you
  • Fit your studies around your work, family and friends
  • Earn while you learn
  • Eliminate travel time and costs
  • Avoid childcare issues
  • Study from anywhere – home or away
  • Get tutor support via telephone, email and online.

How good do my computer skills need to be?

If you are comfortable with Microsoft Office programmes, navigating the internet and are happy to view course content and videos online, then you should get on just fine. You will be able to access everything you need for your course in one place, using our online learning platform, the Virtual Learning Community (VLC). You will be able to join live online classes, interact with other students and download useful guides, exam practice papers and other resources.

How much time do I need to devote to my coursework?

You will need to be able to commit around 5-12 hours a week to your studies. If you’re organised and self-motivated, you will find that devoting time to your course will quickly become part of your routine. If these skills don’t come naturally to you though, there is plenty of support on hand to help you develop them - from tailored study plans to scheduled online classes and tutor support to guide you through your course.

I could finish an assignment at 1:00 a.m. and submit it immediately, rather than having to wait for normal working hours. The flexibility of this form of study really suited me. It allowed me to fit the course around the rest of my busy life. My whole experience of studying with Home Learning College was fantastic.

Theresa Arnold

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