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.
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.
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.
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.
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.