Who are distance learning courses for?

If you are aged between 19-24 you must already hold a full level 2 qualification, have lived in the UK or EU for the past three years and aren’t currently on an apprenticeship – you can study our distance learning courses.

These courses are great for continuing professional development, improving your employability or simply if you have a personal interest in the subject.

Can I study at home?

Yes, distance learning courses are ideal for studying at home as you can choose a time and pace to suit you. Our courses are based around self-tutoring workbooks or online study recourses, with assessments completed on paper or online – so you can study and complete assessments wherever you want to, whether you live close to our campuses or not.  

Is the course free?

All our Level 2 courses are free, as the cost is subsidised by the Education & Skills Funding Agency. However, if you don’t complete the course within the agreed timescale, you may be liable to pay a fee.

Our Level 3 courses are not free but can be paid for using the Advanced Learner Loan scheme – where you will not have to pay a penny back of the loan until you are earning over £21,000.

Our Advice & Guidance Centre can explain more about funding.

How much time should I expect to be studying each week?

We advise to set aside a minimum of eight to ten hours of study time each week, to complete the courses in the 16 to 20 weeks of their duration.

Where can I go if I need help with my course?

You will be assigned a tutor who will support you through your studies and give you feedback on your assessments. We also have a dedicated Distance Learning team who will give you all the help and encouragement you need. Our student support team and Advice & Guidance team are also great places to turn to if you need help.

How do I enrol?

Click on the Apply Now button on the course page or contact our Distance Learning team on 01271 852354 or email pddistancelearning@petroc.ac.uk

Who can I speak to if I have any questions?

Our dedicated Distance Learning Team are on hand to answer any questions you may have about your chosen course. Just email us at pddistancelearning@petroc.ac.uk or call 01271 852354.