Flexible study


Check out our guide to flexible study below and see how you can squeeze studying into your busy schedule.

If you want to get some qualifications under your belt, but you’re worried about time commitment or how you’ll fit it into your daily life, don’t worry – there are solutions.

Flexible study allows you to study for your qualification at your own time and your own pace. It is designed for people who cannot afford to take years off to study at university, those who want to re-train, change careers or who want new qualifications to take them higher up their career ladder.

What courses are available?

There are almost as many course subjects available online as there are in campus universities, in fields as varied as law, nutrition and international studies. We’ve done our best to find you the best courses available by flexible study and listed them handily by subject type. So once you’re done here and when you think you know what you want to study, head on over to our reviews to see what is available in your field.

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Should I study full-time or part-time?

This would depend on your other time commitments. Many people choose flexible study so that they have the time to focus on other areas of their life such as work or family. If you want to work at the same time as you study, or you have a family to look after, then perhaps part time would suit you. Or, if you prefer, you can fast track your studies and complete them in a shorter time frame.

Should I do distance education, or on campus (or both)?

This will depend entirely on your location and your financial needs. If you live near the campus and would like to experience campus study and the atmosphere and energy that it brings, then choosing to study on campus could form a fulfilling part of your educational experience. It may also help you to mix with other students and meet your professors face to face, but it is by no means essential. Flexible study is there to suit you. So if you live a long way away from your school, or can’t take time off to make the campus sessions, then you should elect for an entirely online course. You will receive the same qualification either way.

What is single-subject study? Is it suitable for me?

Single-subject study allows you to study one subject at a time, which can later be counted towards a degree, but doesn’t necessarily have to lead to one. It is designed for people who would like a taster of the university or flexible study life, and don’t yet want to commit to the full course of study. It is ideal for those who have been out of education for a while or who are considering a career change and want to start slowly.

What’s involved with transferring credits?

If you’ve already studied for part of a degree, or completed some single unit study, then you shouldn’t have to study the same material again, even if transferring providers or beginning a new qualification. Before you sign up for your new course, check with the students services department if you’re able to transfer any existing credits you may have and put them towards your new course. It should be straightforward, and simply a matter of filling in a form and providing the relevant evidence of completion.

What kind of accreditation or recognition would I receive upon completion?

This will depend on what kind of qualification you take. Complete a Bachelor’s degree and you’ll get a Bachelor’s degree. Complete a Diploma and you’ll get a Diploma. The qualifications gained through online study are equal in every way to those gained through conventional, campus based study, the online difference is the way you learn.

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