Distance Learning - What students like about it:

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Individual support

For me studying online is perfect: No overcrowded lecture halls but individual feedback to keep me focused in my studies

Jake
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Easy Access

Starting an online programmes is literally just clicks away; no need to be physically present at all!

Edward
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Raise in status

Suddenly, my boss looks at me in a different way. Even my salary increased!

Maria
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Entry requirements and prior knowledge

Many degree programmes in distance education have no specific entry requirements, others have the same requirements as face to face programmes on that level.

Most open universities dont have specific entry requirements, as they are open to all students, especially to these, who need a second chance to follow higher education. Hence, open universities are accessible for you, even when you might not have a certificate from secondary school.

The open Universities - opening access to education

In Europe, the Open University of the UK (1970) was the first established to organise open and distance education for a broad range of curricula, especially to widen the participation for students who dont fulfil all usual admission criteria. Consequently, in the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey open universities were established, using the same model with an open admission. Millions of students have successfully followed open university education in the meantime and still do so.

Because of the open admission, teaching and learning is especially conceived to adapt to the needs of students and to make them successful in their study. The courses are student-centred and therefore developed according to a model which supports independent learning, as most of the students are employed and study at home. The content is well explained and structured around learning activities and assessments. Special course units are aimed at remediating eventual knowledge gaps. Multiple learning media are used. Learning is supported by face to face tutorials in study centres and/or by learning communities on line. Students get personal study guidance and attention. All this should enable students, who dont fulfil all entry requirements to study degree programmes at the university level

For master degree programmes, also open universities might require entry requirements.

Requirements to enrol at other DL institutes

Some distance teaching universitiesapply strict entry requirements as conventional universities do. (e.g. in Germany). In this sense, they are not always open. Then, the same entry requirements applyas for on campus programmes, even at the bachelor level.

Like in conventional universities, for many courses entry requirements are not applicable, when you want to follow a course to obtain some credits. In this case, you enrol for a specific course only. These credits count when you would register at a later stage for an entire degree programme. Often, creditsare taken in a framework of professional development or continuing education.

As open and distance higher education is primarily meant for mature students, usual entry requirements can be replaced by an assessment of prior knowledge. Of course, this is important to students, who already got a lot of knowledge and skills through their work experience.

In other distance programmes, prior knowledge gained from work experience or through another way is valorised. In this case, the university will recognise this as meeting a requirement for some courses or programmes.

Increasing choice, diversity of models

In order to widen the participation in higher education, the Bologna process has stimulated the accreditation of prior (experiential) knowledge and competences for accessing degree programmes. This is especially meant for mature students in a context of lifelong learning and it is one of the factors to enhance the flexibility of higher education. Universities apply specific procedures or domain-specific tests for the recognition of prior learning. When you apply for a degree programme and you don fulfil all entry requirements, it is useful to inform yourself about this at the university of your choice.

Universities in the spotlight

University of Queensland

Brisbane, Australia

Ranked among the top 100 universities in the world The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of Australia’s most highly awarded learning and research institutions. With a student population of more than 48,800 students, one in every four students is an international student. This multicultural student population allows exposure to a range of cultures and networks.

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Swansea University

Swansea, United Kingdom

Swansea University is a research-led university that has been making a difference since 1920. The University community thrives on exploration and discovery, and offers the right balance of excellent teaching and research, matched by an enviable quality of life.

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Cardiff University

Cardiff, United Kingdom

Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain's leading teaching and research universities. Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, the University today combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research with its proud heritage of service and achievement.

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University of Leeds

Leeds, United Kingdom

The University of Leeds is a major teaching and research university in Leeds, West Yorkshire; one of the largest in the United Kingdom with over 33,000 full-time students.

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Durham University

Durham, United Kingdom

Established in 1832, Durham University is the third oldest university in England and one of the world’s leading centres of scholarship and learning. The University has two sites; Durham City, where 13 of the University’s colleges are based, and Queen’s Campus at Stockton, which is home to our remaining two colleges. Both locations offer a range of academic facilities, innovative modern buildings with all the amenities you will need for the best possible student experience.

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