When it comes to studying, traditional school and educational settings aren’t the only options for students. With distance learning becoming more and more popular, you may be wondering whether studying online is a suitable option for you or your child.
To help you make the right decision for you and your academic journey, we have created a blog post dedicated to exploring the advantages and disadvantages of studying online.
Distance learning or online learning is the process of gaining knowledge and expertise through online resources. These resources could include a range of online courses, virtual classrooms, an online tutor and more. The education is delivered without the need to physically travel to another location and can be studied from the comfort of your own home.
Distance learning allows you to progress academically, and to fit your studies around your lifestyle. It has often been perceived as an option for mature students (including full-time employees who wish to progress in their company).
However, there’s nothing to stop school-leavers from taking up distance learning. In fact, it can make sense financially, while the flexibility (to also work part-time, for instance) may appeal. – UCAS
When looking at courses and thinking about the qualification you want to achieve, think about what you want to do with that qualification. Will this qualification help you start your career, will it help you progress into studying a degree? If you answered yes, the qualifications you gain at the end of your studies need to be recognised by a reputable accredited body.
We recommend researching not only the course you are interested in, but the course provider as well. Don’t be afraid to ask the provider to verify the credibility of their course qualifications before making a long term commitment.
There’s no denying that online learning has many advantages and studying online can be a great option for many students who want to learn with more freedom. We hope that this post has helped you make an informed decision whether online learning is suited to you or not, but if you would like to talk to someone about your options, feel free to get in touch with NEC.