Some people have the ability to go to university/college when they are supposed to, at the age of 18. Some people don’t. Some people go, graduate and then realize this isn’t the life they wanted and they have made a mistake. If you are among the last two groups of people then distance learning may be the option for you.
Online and Flexible
Distance learning means that you don’t have to actually, physically attend a University or College to get your degree. You can do it from the comfort of your own home and in your own time. It’s flexible and you keep your own schedule. It is perfect for people with families who are full time workers.
Some have said that distance learning is the more affordable option to going to college. You still have to pay expensive fees but you can pay per class instead on per semester, meaning the cost is spread out in a more affordable way. Plus, the price of tuition includes the price of your books. You books are delivered to your home through the post and you don’t even have to pay for postage. As an added bonus, you will not have to pay out for living at the dorms with rent or groceries. If you are lucky, you will be living at home with your parents looking after you!
Choosing a Program
Accredited universities do run distance learning schemes. You have to apply to them like you would a regular school and they are often the same syllabus that is run in the school. Then there are schools that focus on the distance programs. In England, The Open University is a distance university. Their entire school is online except for some seminars in classes like Physics and sometimes you have to sit a test under examination conditions but the school arranges everything for you.
When choosing a school or program, keep in mind that there are organizations out there that will try and scam you or overpay you. Schemes that promise you a degree in half the time are generally too good to be true. Make sure the institution you choose is an accredited university. And, there are ‘learn whilst you work’ schemes that aren’t scams and you do get a qualification at the end, but they are unbelievably overpriced and you will be ripped off.
Making the decision to do your degree through the distance learning pathway can be the very best decision that you can make for your future. It can change your life and give you something to aspire towards. If you have the opportunity to do it, then go for it. Don’t let anything hold you back.