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What is distance learning?

Distance learning involves studying a course without having to attend classes in person at a school, college or university.

Once strongly associated with mature students, in recent years distance learning has become an extremely popular learning method among all age groups above secondary level.

The ability to learn remotely gives hundreds of thousands of people across the UK and worldwide the opportunity to continue their education where they may not otherwise get the chance.

Flexibility is one of the key advantages of distance learning; the ability to choose the hours and location of study is a bonus for most people, allowing them to fit their education around work or family life, or any other commitments they may have.

The internet is largely to thank for the increase in people enrolling onto distance learning programmes. With the huge amount of written resources available at the touch of a button, as well as the ability to access video content and virtually connect with tutors, mentors and fellow students, distance learning needn’t be so different from attending classes on campus these days – what’s more, the qualification you receive at the end is the same!

There are more benefits to distance learning than just flexible hours and location. Here are a few:

You can gain a degree from anywhere in the world, not just the country in which you reside.

Studying at a pace that suits you will allow you to revisit anything you feel you haven’t fully understood.

You may save money if you opt for a distance learning course rather than an on-campus one, as fees are usually lower.

Having to manage your own schedule will help you acquire vital life skills such as time management and organisation.

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