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Higher education: considerations for distance learning

Distance learning is a flexible way of getting a higher education qualification. It's an alternative to attending university or college.

Considerations for distance learning study

You may choose distance learning study for a number of reasons including the flexibility it offers and convenience to work around your commitments, preferences and lifestyle.

Finding distance learning opportunities

There are opportunities to study a range of qualifications at different levels and the number of courses on offer are always growing.

The Open University offers one of the largest selection of distance learning undergraduate degree courses. You can also search for distance learning courses on the UCAS website.

Considerations to make before committing to a course of study

You should think about the following points before committing to a course of study.

Does the undergraduate degree provide you with the necessary industry accreditation?

Some vocational areas will require a licence to practice. Examples are Social Work; Mental Health Nursing: Bio Medical Science and many other medical professions.

If looking to pursue a career in Psychology you will need to ensure that your undergraduate degree provides Graduate Membership to the British Psychological Society (BPS) in order to progress onto a Psychology Master’s degree or Doctorate. The information on your chosen university’s website will normally state if the course holds this accreditation. You can also search accredited courses on the British Psychological Society’s website.

Does the qualification require you to complete a certain amount of relevant work experience with supervised or assessed practise?

You will need to check how this can be done by speaking to local employers and the course provider before enrolling on the course.

Other considerations

  • It is helpful to have a support network in place to ensure success as you will need time to focus on your studies.
  • Make sure the online provider is legitimate. If you are unsure the HEDD the higher education verification website can be used to verify course providers.
  • It can be useful to try some free online bite size courses before committing to a formal qualification. Open Learn provides a broad range of courses for you to trial.

Find out how your undergraduate degree subject can link to different job roles

For more information on how your undergraduate degree subject can link to different job roles or find out more about specific jobs visit the Prospects website.

Careers Guidance appointment

If you are unsure of your next steps or what course may be right for you, you can book a an appointment with a careers advisor from the Careers Advice and Guidance Team at Skills Jersey for a free, confidential and impartial appointment.

Appointments are available between 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

To request an appointment, complete the online appointment request form:

Careers guidance appointment request form

Careers advice and guidance booklet

Funding distance learning undergraduate degrees

The Government of Jersey gives financial help for students who are resident in Jersey and who wish to undertake a course in higher education, postgraduate professional education or for a one-year level 3 vocational arts course. The Student Finance booklet below has guidance for students who wish to study for their first undergraduate degree, including those studying distance learning courses.

Student Finance booklet

If you would like further information, you can email Student Finance or book an appointment.

Student Finance appointment request


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