How Does Attendance In Distance Education Work?

How Does Attendance In Distance Education Work?
How Does Attendance In Distance Education Work?

Over the past few years, distance learning has been widely spoken about as the new method that anyone (students and parents) can attend to achieve an impressive degree.

Especially surrounding this unprecedented time of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic, remote learning has been used by many this school year, even the ones who originally attended face to face and high school lessons.

The Challenge Of Tracking Attendance

The department of education has also highly recommended that students participate in online learning platforms if their school district is in a high risk area. With its many benefits of choosing when you learn and how you learn, tracking attendance is a confusing topic for many.

How Attendance Is Monitored

Attendance is a data framework built to monitor students that are attending lectures, in this instance, virtual lectures. Having multiple absences instances, or more than 10%, the learning institution can alert tutors to notify the students and families involved.

As a learning institution (a university, school, college etc.) has to ask themselves these questions as a reference to attendance:

  • Can we reach out to the students and families?
  • Are we ensuring all of our students and families have digital access and competency?
  • Are we establishing an effective and strong relationship with the student and families?
  • Are students participating in the scheduled learning environment?

If one of these questions cannot be answered the right way, then it’s much easier to diagnose the problem and see where they’re going wrong.

How Attendance Is Tracked

The simple act of a student showing up to school was a means of a present attendance. So in this case, what would be the equivalent to turning up on an online lecture? Is it logging on to a remote portal, interacting with a teacher one-to-one, or using a special temporary code?

Each learning institution deals with this in their own right, but a fair handful of universities are going down the temporary code route.

The code is handed to the tutors before the lesson starts, in which they will give it to all of the students at the beginning of the lesson. Following this, the students must log into the learning portal, navigate to attendance and import the code there to register their attendance. As you can imagine, there are loopholes as they can import their code and do something else instead of taking part in the lecture.

It’s worth mentioning that no matter what system you use to register attendance for distant learning, there will always be a way for students to register and not be involved in the lesson. For higher education systems, it’s much easier to add consequences for doing so, but that’s more up to the student since they’re the one wanting to take the course.

There are other methods, such as doing a standard register via portal, or the traditional method of calling out names before the lesson start and tick them off on a register.

The Pandemic’s Effect

The pandemic has made many learning institutions realise that they lacked contact-information for their students and families. It is recorded that in some cases, many institutions realised that they had contact details that were outdated, or families that had suddenly moved because of lost jobs or health concerns.

On top of this, it is estimated that over 9 million U.S students do not have proper access to learning platforms to access the learning material. These trends get worse in communities in rural and low income areas where about 11 million do not have access to a computer.

COVID-19 is making it harder to learn nowadays, leaving many students in the dark and nothing to learn. It’s worse than people think and it’s important that every learning institution can provide students with learning material, or access to learning platforms online. Whilst online education is the future, society has not advanced enough for every student to study away from their typical learning area.

Marking attendance through distant courses is not much different to how you would expect, however in some circumstances, depending on the institution, there will be other methods.

Can Distance Learning Be Successful?

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Distance learning courses are proven to be successful and there’s no doubt about it. However, as with most thing, it primarily falls on the student to work at the best of their ability to succeed.

To be successful in an online class, there are some strategies and tips you can use take advantage of online distance learning. Here are a few strategies from us to help you on your journey.

Make Effective, Useful Notes

Sounds simple, but take note of this.

Throughout your online lectures or online courses in general, it would help tremendously if you took notes constantly. Similar to traditional classrooms, making notes note on anything that you feel would aid you on your course would be beneficial. Try not to note down things that won’t be that useful to you, you may miss something that could help more than what you’re trying to write down.

Notes are handy, especially for when you need it later. Not just that, it helps run your brain back and revise important information, hence why you are more likely to remember what you’re writing.

Be Passionate

Another obvious one, but is slightly different.

When taking any course, you should always pick something that you know you can be passionate about. However, when you’re attending an online lecture with other online students, try to stand out by being passionate about your lectures. Always try to get involved and stay focused. Don’t try and stand out too much however, this passion to be involved has to come from within.

Get Motivated

Getting motivated will tie in about becoming passionate about the course.

Motivation comes before passion. You may be passionate, but how effective would you be if you have no motivation? 

This one falls into your hands, you’ve got to be in charge and now what gets you motivated in the morning. The next strategy will tie into this one. To help with motivation, you will need to have a study schedule/plan.

Set Yourself a Schedule

Every online course requires a syllabus.

A Syllabus is (simply put) the class’ guidelines and rules. You want to set yourself a learning schedule around the courses schedule, this needs to be at the centre of it all. Sticking to a schedule will help develop good habits and help with motivation and so on. This would also help when going into employability.

It is much healthier mentally when you know what is in the next upcoming days. A health mentality is crucial for your passion and motivation. 

Set Constant Short-Term Goals

Short-term goals help make you feel as if you’re making progress to the final step.

Short-term goals help open the door to a better mindset and that also helps with your learning. Every task you complete and had in mind, the more you feel like you are making progress. This actually helps your mental wellbeing with the best success rate.

I hope from this article that you distance learners now know enough to keep yourself mentally positive and succeed in your online learning!

– Oxford Learning College

Is Distance Learning Applicable For Government Jobs?

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Distance learning is a method of formal education in which students and teachers do not meet physically in colleges, universities or schools. Instead, it is done remotely with the help of internet, electronic communication and mail. It is also known as online learning or distance education or e-learning.

Before enrolling for e-learning to get a certificate, a diploma or a degree in any learning institution, students have to face confusion of its validity in the UK government jobs. The main reason for this is the taboo surrounding and the incorrect impression given to the online education programs.

These programs have gained a bad reputation for lack of good quality education standards and failure to give decent distance education degrees, diplomas and certificates. According to the learners, the value of education should be directly proportional to the return on investment.

Distance learning sometimes applies, and sometimes it is not applicable for government jobs. The main determinants for this include;

Legality of the learning institution,

Brand of the learning institution,

Deploying department,

Degree or the diploma,

Certificate program one is pursuing.

Distance Learning Can Be Applicable For Government Jobs

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Online education applies for government jobs if the graduate owns a recognized diploma, degree or certificate from a college. (an example: Oxford Learning College) Validation of documents helps to give you an opportunity to work for the government. The department of education in the UK is responsible for granting recognition to all the higher learning institutions. This is so that the students can have demand for their careers in the government job market.

Flexibility Of Job And Work

During the learning process, there is flexibility since they can do school assignments online as they work in their respective offices. It gives them more work experience than those on a regular basis (hence the government can consider them to work). Since the UK has established an online learning system in their institutions, students find it much easier. They find it easier since they can plan their lessons well as they work.

The choice of the institution for online learning is important in influencing government employment, alongside career progression for those already working in government institutions. It is evident that online learners have more experience than those regular students. This is because they do apply skills as they work, hence becoming more competent.

Distance Learning May Not Be Applicable For Government Jobs

Learners may want to acquire employment after education; however, this is not always the case for some surrounding factors. Despite its affordability, flexibility and convenience, online education does not favor government jobs. They believe students are not that competent and experienced because of higher chances of distraction, lack of quality faculty members and complication in technology.

This leads to questionable credibility of the diplomas or degrees.

Degrees and diplomas from regular institutions will have more validity and market than online education. Because of this, some government jobs demand only regular higher education university diplomas and degrees. Moreover, some courses, (especially technical subjects) are not compatible with the online learning mode. They require a professional, such as a tutor to physically teach them.

Such courses may not be applicable in government jobs.


Learners must test whether their online credentials are ideal for their career progression or targeted job. Students should work hard to balance online learning and practice what they have learnt in an online class to be considered in government jobs. The institution should also have been approved by the government. Thus meaning the students don’t face challenges while searching for jobs in the long run period.

Is long-distance education a good idea?

Long-Distance Education

Long-distance online education allows students to learn without necessarily being in the same location as the tutor. There are many advantages of distance learning, it gives them the opportunity to study and complete courses online, even if they’re not able to attend a university or college.

Does it work?

There can be lots of reasons for being obliged to stay in your home district, and maybe even in your house – work or personal commitments, or a crisis of some sort, can make it impossible to move away from your local area, or to comply with a fixed academic timetable, for example. Online learning can be particularly suitable for mature students who may have families or jobs.

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Distance learning programmes enable students to fit studies around their own lifestyle, progressing at a speed and time that is convenient for them. Classes can take place online (and full time), through tapes or by mail, and can be taken anywhere at any time.

Excitingly, it isn’t only confined to your country of residence – it’s a method that also permits you to enrol at a university abroad without leaving home, earning an online degree from Europe or elsewhere that will benefit your career prospects, and bring you into contact with other cultures and ways of doing things.

However, there’s no need to worry that you’ll be doing it on your own, with no backup or feedback. Assignments and activities will be supported by help from a tutor, and you’ll be able to talk to other distance learning students by email or phone, and by logging on to forums and virtual conferences.

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Direct contact will come from day schools and weekends away, where you will work as part of a team. You’ll be able to continue this project by chatting with other team members afterwards, until another residential period assesses progress.

Historical Context

In the UK, the well-established discipline of long-distance education goes back to Victorian times, with the establishment of correspondence courses, when work was received and dispatched by post, leading to qualifications that would otherwise have been out of the reach of ordinary people.

Enthusiastically received, it helped them to further their education, leading in some cases to better job prospects. At the very least, it helped to widen experiences, and to increase confidence, so that the importance of education was better understood.

Today, access to the internet and to computers has made this a much more popular and practical alternative, with materials received instantly. Tutorial support comes the same way or via emails, but phone calls still play a part, and of course, summer schools provide personal contact, giving students the chance to interact.

The Drawbacks

The social side of not being campus-based does have its drawbacks, of course, but online courses contact those and send virtual forums, together with dedicated support from staff, help to offset this. Without classes and face-to-face tutorials, students also need to be more disciplined in applying themselves to their obligations, but this more relaxed and adaptable form of working does reduce tension and pressure.

The Open University is the biggest provider in distance learning courses for undergraduates, and also runs short courses that are free, but many universities offer something similar. Others like the Oxford Learning College also specialise in this method, the possibility of lower fees also makes learning from home an attractive proposition.

With A-levels, undergraduate and postgraduate courses, reaching up to professional level, students can be confident that their qualifications are up to the same standard as those for conventional studies. This provides a workable option for those who, for one reason or another, can’t take the more conventional educational route, increasing their confidence and expertise.

Is distance learning something we should consider?

Distance Learning

What is ‘Distance Learning’? Is there any future for it?

Well, ‘Distance Learning’ is where a student studies a course online / remotely without the inclusion of face-to-face learning or a tutor being present in the ‘classroom’. The materials and units are produced by the university or college and sent to the student. If students are needing technical support, it will be sent through a virtual learning environment, phone, email etc. This depends on the university/college.

Even though the learning is done online and remotely, there will be the occasional face-to-face meetings. Future studies in the course and any other important details will be said here.

Is there any future for it? Well, a quarter of a million students are taking the first-degree course through a distance learning programme / online study (part-time and full time). The number is still growing at a fairly fast pace. Statistically, there will be a future for online courses and online learning.

Does ‘Distance Learning’ have value?

Distance Learning in the majority of cases has a lot of value. Of course, a factor involved is where you live. Within the UK, if you do choose to study online, a lot of the time it does have value, though it can depend on the course and experience. You can even use ‘Distance Learning’ in an open university.

Once completing a university course on ‘Distance Learning’, it will be very much like a regular and valid degree. The only difference is that you study through ‘virtual classrooms’, and at your own pace.

How is ‘Distance Learning’ transforming higher education?
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‘Distance Learning’ is, in fact, transforming higher education. Well, let’s say you’re in a remote area/village with internet access or a student who wants to study an American course within the EU. Students who wouldn’t have a chance can study the course in the comfort of their own home anywhere, anytime in the world, giving a huge range of opportunities for everyone.

Universities offer excelling services to prepare students for bachelors and degrees online, and they’re working. Online studies need to suit your needs for your learning, and this is the key to ‘Distance Learning’. Higher educations want you to go a little extra for the benefits that suit you.

Why is ‘Distance Learning’ good?

‘Distance Learning’ is good and has many benefits, more than what you would think. It has some downsides, but very few that the benefits overrule it. You can study whenever you feel, not have to travel to a classroom, save on a lot of money/tuition fees and study at your own pace.

Flexible Study Time

Saving Time and Money

Saving time is important, especially when you are really busy. Doing this, you have the luxury of studying when you want, without being scheduled at a classroom. It’s almost like two lives, you can study whilst being with your friends and family, or even study while earning. Since online learning has been designed especially for your mobile, you can watch videos and learn on the go like in the subway, or on your break at work.

You get to decide when you want to log on to your course(s) and not have to worry about finding your classroom. You can use the time of finding your classroom to study!

Be Conservative On Money

Whilst saving time is important, everyone would like to save on money. Taking a ‘Distance Learning’ course costs much less than doing a course in person. For example, Nottingham Trent University online courses cost at €4,000 per year, whilst a normal course at Nottingham Trent University costs €14,500 per year (internationally).

You are saving €10,500 and this is just the tuition fee. Imagine adding on the travel costs, student visas, place of stay, this would cost much more. You get the same degree by going there and studying online, so if you’re international, I’d recommend studying online!

Study at Your Own Pace

Taking an online course means you can take your time and learn at your own pace. This is handy, especially for those who are stressed out a lot with work, or even the course itself. It allows you to be more calm with your work and deny the stress that would come into play if you went in person. This can be helpful for those who can’t deal with stress too well, consider ‘Distance Learning’!

How Effective is Online Learning?

Online learning was once a myth. However, if we were to look back in time, online learning was always a thing. Long before the internet was even launched, courses were being offered via letters. Now you might say that’s not online which technically you are right. But is the principle not the same and if so why was it a thing?

In this world of constant change, we are looking to change and evolve on what we do. Because of this, there is always a demand. A demand to learn new skills, reap knowledge and gain qualifications in order to apply it into this forever changing place that we live in. We’re now a digital world and education that is done indoors are not fully able to adapt or are slightly afraid to change the curriculum that has been the same way for the past however years they like to put it. 

Online learning provides courses based on whatever we are looking for in a career choice. Something that is direct. Something that doesn’t cost much to learn about whilst being completely flexible to learn in their own times. This not only benefits college or universities as it limits the number of people needing to huddle up together in a classroom. It also helps the teachers and their resources out as they are not needing to distribute resources to you or other students. Therefore teachers can allocate the time that they gain into creating resources that would not run out as once it’s uploaded, all students including yourself can view it as many times as they want.

These are just the slightest benefits. Adding onto this, you don’t need to be at a college, you can learn the subjects anywhere they are as long as they have an internet connection (distance learning.) This is how things were done before via letters without the internet before and now we are expanding on learning through digital methods. This means that you work on your courses at home, on a train or even when you’re commuting.

With online learning, you can fit your studies around your responsibilities, commitments and everything else in-between. Why’s that you may ask? Well, with online courses you are enrolling into something that you want to do with no extra courses or responsibilities. This is the reasons as to why you don’t have to pay as much to get into a course at a campus. With that being said, you would not have to spend your time into something you don’t want to do.

You can do more

IBM has stated after research that students learn 5 times more in online interactive courses using multimedia content compared to those who study in classrooms. The reasoning they came up for this is because online courses as mentioned before give you full control over your own learning with your own pace. There is no need to rush what you need to do.

You can move faster through content with what you’re comfortable with but then turn it down a notch to take more information with. It’s all flexible and because of this, learners like yourself can take all the information and apply it in the real world.

You can retain more information

One main factor with studying is how much information you can retain. However, it is statistically said that within an hour, we have forgotten 50% of the information we have just physically given. One day later and we then forget an average of 70% of the information we were given and one week later it then becomes 90%. Why do you think we struggle to remember what we have learnt a week after your half terms?

With online courses, you can retrain information with an increase from 25% to 50%. The use of interactive multimedia content allows you to engage with the topic rather than just reading a book full of information. You can be asked multiple questions every now and then what have you learnt so far and it assesses you how you are doing and what you can do to improve.

It’s less of time consumption for you to reach your goal

With online courses, you can just enrol into what you want to do. You’re not needed to travel to get into an interview or have open days. If anything you are given options to have trials and not needed to spend your time or money to get to classes. With online courses, you log in and off you go.

If we were to look at a colleges perspective, they would not need to do much administrating as once you’re in. It’s as simple as that and all your progress is done whilst you’re learning so you don’t need to look for updates on your work.

Teachers are not required to put much time into teaching in a classroom and it would also limit how much paperwork they are needing to do as all the reports can be accessed by looking at their progress and analysing it without having to do much marking. Online learning simply allows you to have some time rather than learning in chunks expected to know everything after where in reality most people come back from classes brain dead from the two-hour lecture they just had.

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It’s beneficial for the environment

As all the content is online, there is not much printing needed for the resource to be given to the students. It is said by The Open University that online courses uses 90% less energy and produces an average 80% less CO2 emissions per student than those at traditional courses in campuses.

Less printing is needed to be done. Fewer books need to be handed out. Papers can be done online. Online learning contributes towards lessening CO2 emissions and truly minimises how much paper handout is needed. Ultimately online learning is beneficial you, staff and the environment.

Top universities in the world are now offering online courses. The reason being is because they have found out that during exams distance learners can get similar or even better scores in exams than those who study at a campus. This can be you one day.

Less stress inflicted

The fact that you are learning on your own timescale, you are not required to rush or worry about not being able to do your work the best that you can. You aren’t needed to wake up early in the morning to get to campus and required spending money to travel 2 hours for a 10 mile journey. The same can be said about your sleeping schedule and you are not needed to stay up to 3 am to finish what you’re assigned with another 2 coming up on the following day.

With all this being said, it is clear to say there are many aspects where online learning is effective compared to the traditional methods of learning. There is the fact that you are saving money. There is the side where you are able to prioritise your family and then your studies. Why not try it with us at Oxford Learning College?

We offer online courses from Level 2 Diplomas and GCSEs through to Level 5 Diplomas and foundation degrees. We are a registered educational institution classed as an independent, self-financing organisation.

We produce quality, flexible and open distance learning materials for adults and continue to do so from first levels to degree and professional training programmes.

Why Learning From Home Was Right For Me

A Review of Oxford Learning College

As a single working parent, my options are automatically limited to how much I can better myself and move forwards in my life.

Or so others were always keen to tell me. And, in truth, so I always believed myself. But last year I was dissatisfied with my job (actually I had been increasingly so for a number of years) and feeling frustrated with my ‘lot’ in life.

That general feeling of unhappiness and unfulfillment had actually been with me for several years, and I started to realise that the only way out of this feeling was to look for an opportunity to learn new skills, that in themselves would open up new potential careers doors.

I couldn’t go to college full-time, on two fronts actually, with having kids and with needing to work full-time to maintain our house and pay all the bills. But what about part-time learning?

I started to look at local part-time learning opportunities, but was quickly very dissatisfied with what I found – I didn’t want to learn creative writing or take a class just to fill my time, I wanted to learn new skills and develop a new career.

After turning to my family and friends for advice, I decided it was sensible to plan my chosen learning around my desired new career, and as I’d done well in maths and business at school I decided to pursue accountancy. Although it seemed like nothing more than a ‘pipe dream’ when I began to plan it, once I’d looked at the courses available it became obvious that it could be an actual life plan, and I immediately began to feel the sense of fulfillment and excitement that my life had been missing.

After realising that I wasn’t going to find the right set of courses locally to me, so I began to explore the world of online learning. What an eye opener! The freedom to study at home in my own time, and in my own home – so no need to worry about childcare for the kids, nor about giving up my job…..this was the perfect solution, and I was kicking myself for not thinking of it sooner!

My research soon led me to look at Oxford Learning College – they had a combination of good reviews and good courses on offer at realistic prices, and so I was soon certain that this was the right place for me to begin my new learning journey.

I chose to do an Accredited Level 3 Diploma in Accounting Studies, knowing that I could move through to relevant Accredited Levels 4 + 5 Diplomas if I then wanted to. The course was online so easy to follow, with study materials, access to tutors, and help whenever I needed it. I couldn’t be happier with my eventual choice, and I hope that your choice to use Oxford Learning College is made a little easier knowing that people like me have taken the time to give them such positive reviews and feedback!

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Accredited Level 6 & 7 Diplomas in Healthcare Management

You can now study with Oxford Learning College up to a Bachelor’s degree equivalent level qualification with the new ATHE Accredited Level 6 Diploma in Healthcare Management. For the truly ambitious among you, you can study with Oxford Learning College’s innovative Online home study course package all the way to a Masters degree equivalent qualification via the new ATHE Accredited Level 7 Diploma in Healthcare Management.

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ATHE Level 6 Diploma in Healthcare Management

ATHE Level 6 Diplomas are available for anyone who currently has either a Level 5 Diploma or A Level qualifications in a requisite entry topic course. The Level 6 course represents an excellent progression route and will provide you with a qualification equivalent to a Bachelors Degree upon successful completion.

ATHE Level 7 Diploma in Healthcare Management

ATHE Level 7 Diplomas are only suitable for someone who already has either a Bachelors Degree or the Level 6 Diploma as listed above. Upon successful completion of Level 7 you will gain a qualification that is on the same standing as a Masters Degree.

The successful candidate for both of these courses will currently work in the healthcare industry in order to appropriately fulfil the assessment criteria of the course units. The courses present content related to generic management skills for anyone who is currently in, or hoping to be in, a healthcare or health and social care management role.

There are no externally set written exams attached to any of the core units, however you do have to complete a research project which is subject to assessment in a variety of ways. There are no additional fees within the courses nor any need to purchase additional text books, as each course units provides you with examples and bibliographies of further reading via printed online material and web sites.

Both courses are conducted entirely online, and can be studied around your work / home life. It is however, imperative that you work within an appropriate aspect of the Health and Social Care industry so that you can meet and keep up with the case study and applied learning aspects of the courses.

These courses offer you an opportunity to progress all the way to Master’s Degree level without the cost of studying full-time and with the added convenience of it being an Online, home learning opportunity that means you can study at 3am in the morning if you need to, you’re in full control of your timetable once you’ve enrolled.

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Health, Diet and Nutrition Diplomas

Oxford Learning College

Health, Diet and Nutrition Bundle (Accredited Levels 3 & 5 Diplomas)

Planning a career move into Diet and Nutrition? Don’t want to pay exorbitant College / University fees for the pleasure?

Oxford Learning College may have hit on just the right solution. The Online College, which offers its customers the opportunity to work in the comfort of their own homes to their own timescales, has a fantastic new Accredited Level 3 & 5 Health, Diet and Nutrition Diploma Bundle available.

Basically, you’re going to be paying just 1 fee to study the Accredited Level 3 Health, Diet and Nutrition Bundle before moving onto the Level 5 of the same – you’ll then be fantastically placed to apply to entrance at Universities to get onto the 2nd or even 3rd year of a degree course, thus saving money overall on University tuition fees too. Also, on completion, students are eligible to register for membership with the Complimentary Medical Association too.

By combining these two courses, the learner is provided with a fantastic career change opportunity to first develop a solid foundation of understanding of Diet and Nutrition, which then allows them to build on that early knowledge earned by developing a far more in-depth knowledge level of Health, Diet and Nutrition overall as a whole.

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This is an internationally recognised series of qualifications, achievable by easy progression through stages of difficulty and by studying online at home. The opportunity is best suited to committed, motivated individuals who can create time for themselves to study at home and embrace the challenge the curriculum has to offer.

Studying at home has its obvious advantages – you can be flexible on the hours you study to suit your lifestyle, no-one will care if you’re in your pyjamas or your Sunday best for example. However, it does have a downside too. With no classmates or tutor to motivate or encourage you, it is all down to you to be self motivating to study and complete each section of the course. Just like being your own boss – and perhaps an early taste of the same for someone who may look to set up their own Nutrition Advice Consultancy with the benefit of these qualifications at the end of it all!

Studying at home is as easy, or as hard, as you want to make it. Ultimately, your attitude and your personal desire to succeed are going to be the biggest factors in your success. Oxford Learning College have done their part to make it easy for you by using their tried and tested formula to create simple, easy to follow courses and course work – the rest is, as they say, all down to you!


Oxford Learning College Review – A Level History Bundle

Oxford Learning College Review – A Level History Bundle

If you’re a keen learner looking for a value for money opportunity, consider Oxford Learning College’s great value A Level bundles.

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For just £850.00, you’ll get 3 A Level Courses – A Level History, A Level Ancient History, A Level English Literature. That’s great value for money by any standards, and in this day and age we’re looking at ways to save money and budget better without compromising. So the opportunity to get a whole batch of A Level qualifications from a quality provider at a great price fits firmly in with my ‘value without compromise’ ethos and I eagerly signed up!

Studying Online at home may not suit everyone, but I found it absolutely fantastic. I can study at midnight, in my pyjamas, with a cup of hot chocolate and a pile of toast and there’s no raised eyebrows from disapproving classmates or scandalised lecturers… to say that yes, I loved the freedom!

I’m not presently planning any University applications, I literally did the courses for my own personal satisfaction and because I enjoy learning. But that’s another great advantage of the Oxford Learning College: no matter who you are, or how you want to progress your life, there’s something for you.

For example, the A Level History Bundle I studied gives me 3 complete A Levels and, should I want to, the opportunity to apply for University places using these A Level results.

Of course if I just want to continue studying at home for my own personal satisfaction and to fulfil a life’s ambition of having A Levels (after leaving school at GCSE stage and going straight out to work I always slightly felt like I’d missed out on something) then I can go back to Oxford Learning College and choose yet more courses at A Level or even a step up at Accredited Diploma Levels 3 right through to Levels 6 & 7 in some courses.

Oxford Learning College really couldn’t make it easier to succeed with them. The courses are clear and easy to follow, there’s online tuition and support whenever you need it, and it’s clear that they’ve developed and modified a highly successful course curriculum for every available interest so there’s pretty much something to suit everyone here.

My real advice to the new starter with Oxford Learning College? Take full advantage of the online nature of the course, and study at hours to suit you and ignore what ‘traditional’ learning hours might be. I really did do most of my studying late at night as I’ve always been a ‘Night Owl’, and finally finding a course that suited me was an absolute revelation!