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Distance Learning Business Courses

Distance learning courses provide you with the flexibility to study whenever and wherever you want. It’s particularly handy if you’d like to carry on with full-time work, or perhaps you have personal commitments that make it difficult to undertake a full-time three or four-year course.

There are a handful of distance learning business related courses currently offered by UK institutions. The Open University and Pearson College offer a few business related BSc options. The University of Bournemouth   

There is also an option called blended learning, which combines face-to-face learning with online learning.

How is a distance learning business course structured?

This study mode delivers the majority of your learning material via a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). You’ll get to access lectures and notes online by logging into your course provider’s system. There may be certain times in the year when you’ll have to attend lectures or seminars at your university for some courses. Whenever this is necessary, they are usually scheduled to take place over a weekend. 

How long does it take?

Given that you won’t be putting in full-time study (it typically takes three years to achieve an undergraduate degree) and you’ll be squeezing it in around your lifestyle, the distance learning option could take around four-and-a-half to five years to complete.

What are the entry requirements?

Entry requirements for some online/distance learning courses can be a little more flexible – providers may consider applications on an individual basis. There may be an A-level (or equivalent) requirement, and you will generally be expected to have a certain amount of GCSEs at A* to C (or the equivalent). You can get in touch with your prospective course providers for further information on their eligibility requirements.

Will I be at a disadvantage?

The distance learning study mode will result in exactly the same qualification when you finish as someone who’s studied in a full time or a part time capacity.

Some people worry that they may not receive the same standard of teaching and support as they would as a full time study who has the chance to interact with tutors on regular face-to-face terms.

There will be support available from your online tutor, so you will by no means be neglected with this study option. The tricky part comes with how you feel about being able to plan your time effectively and dedicate enough time and effort to your studies. Think about how you learn best, and whether you’ll be able to take on the extra commitment of study time.

There are currently a limited amount of business related BSc Hons available in a distance learning format compared to the hundreds available as full-time or part time courses. However, this study mode is ever-growing in popularity, so keep your eyes peeled for more courses which could pop up soon. It’s worth making a phone call or two to institutions you’re interesting in studying with to see what they may have in the pipe line in terms of finance related distance learning courses.

By Jos Weale, Editor,

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