Who are distance learning courses for?

If you are aged 19 or over, 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 four to six 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?

To request an enrolment pack, please contact our Distance Learning team on 01271 852354 or email pddistancelearning@petroc.ac.uk