What is distance learning?

If you are unable to commit to a structured course and to attending classes, distance learning is a super easy way to fit your studies around your home and work life!

Distance learning courses are completed in your own time so you don’t need to come into college. You will be sent all your study resources via email and you will be provided with deadline dates for your completed workbooks / assignments to be submitted. 

Key distance learning facts:

  • You can choose when and where you study.

  • There are no timetabled classes to attend.

  • You can gain life-changing qualifications without leaving your home!

  • You will be assigned a Personal Tutor so you always have someone to ask for help.

  • You will study the same high-quality qualifications as you would at college.

  • All Level 2 distance learning courses are free, regardless of your circumstances.

Benefits of distance learning

There are a whole range of benefits to distance learning study.

You will gain valuable transferable skills such as planning, research and self-motivation and the courses can provide a fast-track to advancing your career while you continue working.

The flexible courses mean you can choose when and how you study so you can work around other commitments.


of adult learners agree that teaching on their course is good.*

*SC On-programme Survey 2018, students aged 19+

Top tips for distance learning students:

Be organised. Organise study time to fit around your lifestyle and other commitments. Plan a weekly study schedule and be realistic about everyday life impacting on your schedule.

Be self-disciplined. Try and keep to your study plan so your work stays on track. Check your submission dates for when your workbook / assignment deadline is due so you keep progressing.

Be productive. Make the most of the time you allocate to your studies by keeping focused, removing any distractions and having a dedicated space for studying.

Be self-motivated. Keep visualising your end goal to stay motivated. It could be a better quality of life, access to more career opportunities or expanding your skills and gaining new knowledge.

Look after yourself. Make sure you make time for family and friends and to relax and unwind. It’s super important to take a break and prioritise your health and wellbeing.

Reasons to study as an adult:

  • To get back into education or gain a qualification
  • To learn a new skill or keep your mind active
  • To meet new friends or develop an interest
  • To progress your career or embark on a new one
  • To achieve a lifelong ambition or take on a new challenge