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Distance and Online Learning

Our online and distance learning courses give students the opportunity to study a range of different topics from anywhere.

What's the difference between online learning and distance learning?

  • Distance Learning is similar to a traditional college course, you'll have a class, a tutor, and assignments, but instead of coming to campus, your classes will be delivered in a blended format, with some online learning and some in person. These courses might also require a work placement.
  • Online Learning as the name suggests is also delivered online however the big difference is that you're in charge of your own learning. You'll have modules and assignments that you'll have to stay on top of in order to pass.

So in short, distance learning gives you the structure but flexibility in where you can learn from. Online learning is all you. You'll have the materials available at anytime anywhere but you'll also have to stay on top of it.



Online learning - upskill for free with our short online courses!*

Our online range of online courses are shorter and are available in a variety of subjects and the best part is that almost all of them are FREE*. So whether you’re looking to add something extra to your CV, gain new knowledge in an area of interest or progress in your current job, we may have a course to suit you. 

We're sure you might have some questions...

  • Are the courses really free?
    • If you're 19+ and have lived in the EU for the past 3 years then yes, they are free, you just need to complete them within 12 weeks or pay a £100 fee.
  • What are online courses?
    • These are courses that are delivered entirely online. Accessible at any time and from any smart device-mobile or computer. The unrivaled flexibility of distance and online learning means that you can learn a range of qualifications from the comfort of your own home.
  • Are these courses recognised?
    • Distance online courses are a great way to learn about something that interests you and gain knowledge in a specific area. Some courses are accredited with an awarding body but not all. You will need to check this prior to enrolling.
  • How does online learning work?
    •  Online learning works by delivering course material, seminars, and resources over the internet so you can access them from anywhere. Sometimes, the materials may also be emailed to you. You don't need an expensive computer or mobile device to start access, but you do need a reliable internet connection.
  • What courses can I do online?
    • There is a wide range of courses available to study online in diverse subject areas from quick short courses to degree programmes. Most of our courses are short with new ones added regularly. If you don’t see an online course you’re interested in, let us know.

 You'll find all of our Online Courses on this page, feel free to explore before applying - anything that includes "Online" in the title - that's free!


Terms and Conditions 

*Learners must be aged 19+ and have lived in the in the EU for the past 3 years. Please note that a course withdrawal fee of £100 is payable if learners decide to withdraw from the course or do not complete within 12 weeks.Funding is subject to learners meeting set eligibility criteria; this may be discussed prior to the start of any course.



Distance learning - study at your own pace and achieve a nationally recognised qualification.

Distance Learning courses are designed with you and your commitments in mind. They are flexible courses that enable you to develop your skills and achieve a qualification, whilst managing your daily life and family commitments.

  • You have the freedom to study to your own schedule, which is ideal if you have work or family commitments that demand your time
  • You’re free to learn in whatever environment suits you, whether that’s at home, outside or in your local coffee shop
  • Courses are affordable, if you are interested in the financial support options available please check out our Student Services page
  • You'll have dedicated tutor support to help you achieve your goals


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