Why are more people turning to distance learning?

Distance learning has been around longer than you think, with courses available since the 18th century. Over the years it has grown in popularity, which is mainly down to the rise of the internet. It makes learning more accessible, meaning anyone with an internet connection and a degree of motivation can study!
With distance learning courses, you can study a wide range of subjects including childcare, accounting, science and fitness. Different distance learning institutions tend to offer different levels of qualifications and courses. For example, some offer degree level courses or higher, whilst others such as Open Study College, provide courses at Further Education level.
There are many reasons why distance learning has become more and more popular over the years, including:

Study your way

Whether you’re more of a night owl, or an early bird, our courses are designed to suit all learning styles. The beauty of distance learning is that you have the flexibility to study when it suits you. You decide where to learn... it could be at the beach, on your daily commute, or simply from the comfort of your own home! Most courses also offer you the option to choose between studying online or from a printed study pack depending on your personal preferences.


It’s simple, distance learning is the most convenient and flexible option for studying for your new qualification. It removes the stress of having a timetable to follow, or deadlines to meet. You’re able to study when it suits you, and fit it into your current lifestyle. You have the option to study around work and family commitments. Distance learning is perfect for anyone looking to achieve a promotion, change careers, or even to become better at their current position.

More time, more money

Because you can study your distance learning course from your home, it saves you both the time and money that would have been spent on travelling. It also frees up your time to spend it with your family and friends. Many distance learning providers, including Open Study College, offer payment plans to make gaining your new qualification more affordable. We aim to break down the barriers that stop people from receiving an education, and reaching their full potential.
If you would like to find out more about learning from home, go to our website or speak to a Student Adviser on 03300 563100.

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Sharnie Carter

Passionate about marketing and education. Currently studying a CIM Level 6 Diploma in Professional Marketing via distance learning. When I'm not working or studying, I'm spending time with my young son and husband or hinching!

Why are more people turning to distance learning?