Is distance learning for you?Posted: 15th of May 2015 by
Distance learning at all levels can be a great option if you are looking to perhaps study an extra A-level that your school or college doesn’t offer or if you want to gain a qualification whilst working that might make it possible for you to develop your career or even get a new job.
Home learning can open up qualifications to people who otherwise wouldn’t be able to access it, which is great. They’re not a soft option though — it takes perseverance and organisation to study whilst working and to motivate yourself to knuckle down to an assignment without a tutor there telling you to get on with it.
Many distance learning courses are assessed through assignments that you either post to a tutor or upload via an online system. However some have an exam at the end, and if this is the case and the exam is a national one, such as an A-level then you will need to find an exam centre, book your exam and pay for this.
This isn’t as troublesome as it may seem initially. You could contact your previous school for example and ask if they accept external exam candidates (note that you cannot sit exams in a centre as an external candidate if you are already an internal candidate – you would need to sit the exam for your distance learning qualification somewhere that you are not already a student) You will need the awarding body (for example AQA), the overall qualification code and the module codes and names for the units that you are entering for. The examinations officer will sort it out from here.
Whatever level of distance learning qualification you are looking for; there will be something for you out there. The list below shows some of the wide range of qualifications that you can gain via distance learning and the variety is not limited to these.
The greatest benefit may be the flexibility that distance learning offers. You don’t have to physically go anywhere to study.One of the other key benefits of distance learning is that you are able to access subjects and courses that might otherwise not be available to you.There are financial benefits to distance learning too and most home study courses have lower costs than traditional classroom based courses.
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