What is Distance Learning?
Distance learning is an excellent way of gaining a qualification around a busy home life or job. We recognise that many of our students have family and work commitments and offer various online courses which work flexibly around your requirements.
Our programmes of study encompass a wide range of methods of learning, teaching and assessment to help you gain the skills you will need for your working life.
The University’s online business learning programmes are flexible and designed so you can balance study with your commitments at work and home. The programme structure and learning materials enable you to study at your own convenience and develop your own study schedule while offering opportunities for you to engage with your peers.
Many of our online programmes are recognised by professional bodies and each programme has been designed to provide you with the skills that global businesses demand. The knowledge that you gain during your studies will help you in your current role and future career.
The University’s online learning programmes are flexible, so enable you to balance study with your work and home commitments.
Our programme structure and learning materials enable you to study at your own convenience and develop your own study schedule in order to meet the assignment deadlines. You will study independently and be required to read around your subjects, research topics, look for relationships between different elements studied and solve problems.
How does Distance Learning work?
Our programmes have been designed to provide you with the skills that global businesses demand. The knowledge that you gain during your studies will help you in your current role and future career.
Our online learning courses are flexible and designed so that you can balance study with your commitments at work and home. The course structure and learning materials enable you to study at your own convenience and develop your own study schedule while offering opportunities for you to engage with your peers.
Northampton Integrated Learning Environment (NILE) is a dedicated online university learning space for students. Your tutors will use NILE to engage with you, and you will use NILE to access course materials, assessment information, virtual classrooms and discussion boards. Your assessed work will be submitted and graded online, so you will be able to see your grades and feedback wherever you are in the world. The system that underpins NILE is Blackboard and access to this system is through nile.northampton.ac.uk.
Supporting our Distance Learners
We support our students’ learning online, whether they are based in the UK or anywhere in the world. You will have access to a wide range of support and resources during your studies, including:
Tutors to hand
Throughout the duration of your studies, you will have access to a dedicated course tutor. Your Course Tutor will oversee your studies and ensure that the resources are in place to deliver the programme effectively. Your tutor will support you if there are personal issues or if there are problems that your module tutors cannot resolve.
You will also have Module Leaders will be able to help you with specific queries about the modules on which you are enrolled. This is the person to consult if you have specific study difficulties with the module, for example, you might not fully understand the assessment requirements for the module, or have difficulties obtaining reading material.
A modern working environment
All learning materials will be provided electronically and you will have access to a wide range of learning resources including e-books, videos and electronic materials through the Virtual Learning Environment. Your assessed work will be submitted and graded online, so you will be able to see your grades and feedback immediately wherever you are in the world. It is important that you have a computer and an adequate internet connection for your studies.
You will also have access to a wide range of e-books, journals and other materials from the library. This can all be accessed remotely via NILE, so you can use our library online from your own PC, laptop or tablet.
Upon graduation, you will become a member of the University of Northampton Alumni Association, a global network of more than 50,000 international alumni.
If you are already an alumni you are entitled to receive a discount of 10% for online learning courses. Contact us to find out more about the Alumni Association. You can also be part of the Student’s union.
Distance Learning Scholarships and Bursaries
The University of Northampton offers a number of Scholarships and bursaries to help provide higher education opportunities to all prospective students.
A range of financial awards are available to help support students through their course, allowing them the opportunity to focus on their studies. This support can help alleviate financial pressures on students assisting with the cost of living, learning resources and accommodation costs.
The range of awards vary to reflect the different needs and circumstances of students. Take a look at our scholarships page to see what you may be entitled to as a Distance Learning student. For more information on tuition fees and expenses take a look at our Fees and Funding page.Distance Learning International Guide