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Online learning

Online learning can open up lots of opportunities for you. It can help you update or develop your skills and it can also let you learn something new. It's very flexible as there's no need to attend a course or sit in a classroom, so you can study around your commitments and lifestyle. 

The positives of online learning


Doing online learning means you can fit your studying around your lifestyle. Study in your own time and from wherever you life.

Work at your own pace

There are no set days and many courses will not have a start of end date. This means you can take as long as you like to complete them.


There's a huge number of courses to choose from ranging from academic subjects to general skills. You can find a course that suits your interests and matches your current skill level.

Explore new ideas

Whether you want to fresh your knowledge, learn brand new skills or maybe you're not sure what you want to study. An online course could give you a taster and help you see if it's right for you.


Many online courses are free so it's perfect if you're on a tight budget. 

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Get the most out of your course

We've got 4 simple tips to help you get the most of your online course.

1. Be prepared

Make sure you have the materials you need.

2. Get connected

Find out if there’s an online community or tutor who you can contact for help and support, or even just to get to know other learners. 

3. Have a routine

Flexibility is one of the main benefits of online learning but you should still carve out some dedicated time, away from distractions. If you have others in your household make sure they know when you’re studying.

4. Check if you get certified 

If you’re looking for a qualification or certificate, remember to check these are included. Some providers charge for this even if the course is free.​​​​​​​