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What to expect

What to expect from a distance learning course

Starting a new course can be both scary and exciting at the same time, especially if you haven’t studied in an online environment before.

Our distance learning courses have been skilfully designed for working professionals. You will receive industry recognised teaching by using engaging and relevant resources, as well as the flexibility and support you need to succeed, but at a time and place most suitable for you. 

Each module is individually designed to maximise learning. Using a range of interactive resources your module could include group discussions, reflective journals, production exercises and audio or video content. Our award winning Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) is where you’ll find your modules, teaching materials, reading lists, discussion boards and assessment information. 

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Managing your time

Like all students, you will also need to be able to manage your time appropriately so you don’t miss deadlines. Each course is different, but as a guideline you will need to allocate 10 hours each week to complete each module plus a further five hours for additional reading and assignments. We recommend allocating set times throughout your week that you dedicate to your study. Students who have adopted this approach find that it’s a lot easier to maintain their lifestyle whilst still achieving the best possible grades. 

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The distance learning community

It’s important to remember, you’re not alone. Our distance learning students have the same support available to them as our full time students on campus, the difference is you might speak to us by email, Skype or over the phone rather than face to face. You will be assigned a module tutor whose support will be invaluable through your distance learning experience. We offer more than just academic support; our course teams provide personal advice to our distance learning students. On top of this, you have access to an online community full of distance learning students just like you. 

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Student benefits

Don’t forget, you also get access to a number of student perks, including a free copy of MS Office 365, access to our online library, a number of student discounts through your Totum discount cards, plus much much more. 


Plus Icon How will my course be delivered?
Our distance learning courses are delivered online, so you can log on to study at any time or any where that suits you. Each module is different, it may be delivered through interactive activities, PowerPoint presentations, videos, audio and much much more. Each module is designed to be a number of short exercises so you can fit them around your current commitments.
Plus Icon How much time should I allocate to studying each week?
It depends on which course you've chosen. Most of our courses require a minimum of 10 hours study time each week. All of your weekly activities include a guideline to how long it will take you to complete. You can use this to your advantage, if you know you only have a spare 20 minutes, choose an activity that you can complete in this time.
Plus Icon What student support is available?
As a distance learning student you will receive the same level of support as a student who attends lectures on campus. The difference is that you might receive the support by phone or email rather than face-to-face.

For each module you will be assigned a module tutor who will be on hand to guide you through the activities and answer any questions you may have.

We also encourage all distance learning students to set up course groups. You can use these to share experiences and help each other through the course. To start you off, we have a Google Community where you can meet other students on your course.
Plus Icon What happens if work commitments prevent me from studying one week?

We recommend scheduling time each week to stay on top of your study, however we recognise that some weeks will be busier than others. That's why we've designed our distance learning platform to be flexible and enable you to fit studying around your lifestyle.

Each module is broken down into weekly activities to help you structure your study, however we keep all previous activities live until after you've finished the module. That way, if you struggle to complete all activities one week, you can catch up on them afterwards.

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