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Open and distance learning offers more choice and more control over what, how, when and where you learn. It also:
Providers who specialise in open and distance learning (like Open Polytechnic) invest their resources in student support systems and quality course materials rather than in buildings and equipment.
Open means you can study when and where it suits you – at home, during breaks at work, on the bus or train, or while you’re waiting for the children to finish their sports or music lesson. It also means you have flexibility with your timetable – you do your own planning to fit your study around the rest of your life, and you can study part-time or full-time.
Distance means you don’t need to come to classes or attend tutorials or lectures. In most courses, we send the learning material to you and you work through it, then send your work back to us for marking and feedback.
Note: Some courses have contact classes – please check the course information before you enrol.
Studying with Open Polytechnic through open and distance learning can be an inspiring, challenging and rewarding experience.
As an Open Polytechnic student, you’ll need to apply yourself and put in the time and effort. You will need a high level of personal discipline and the ability to plan your time carefully.
As a reward, you will get an unforgettable learning experience. You’ll meet some great people, build up your skills and knowledge and thoroughly enjoy yourself in the process.
You’ll gain new skills and knowledge, all without having to disrupt your life too much.
Of course, you will have our support every step of the way.
Take a look at what our students have to say about studying with Open Polytechnic and about open and distance learning.