Distance learning degrees

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Distance learning degrees and part-time courses

If you have commitments, such as family or a job, a distance learning degree (also known as self-study) may be the best option. The advantage of distance learning is that you learn at your own pace at home or wherever you choose.

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You'll be sent course materials and assignments to work through on your own.
You'll get feedback on your work from a tutor - plus extra advice if you need it. You may also be able to meet your tutor or other students face to face, through study groups or residential events. The Open University - the UK's largest university for part time higher education - champions an open learning system, meaning students can work or even travel while they study for a degree.

Lots of other universities also offer part time courses, which you can take in the day or the evening. Visit

Directgov says that part time students in higher education can also apply for income-related benefits if they're on a low income and meet the relevant conditions.

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