About Our Non-Accredited Distance Learning Courses
Our courses are designed for those who would like to learn about a subject with a university, with guidance from a tutor, but without committing time and money to a long-term accredited programme. As they are online, they also offer the flexiblity of being able to study at a time and place that suits you.
They are particularly suitable if you:
have not studied for some time and are looking for a gentle reintroduction to study
wish to pursue an interest with guidance and feedback from an experienced tutor
are unsure about studying with a University
would like to see how much you can take on before committing time and money to a more demanding accredited course
do not wish to take assessments
do not wish to work towards an award
You will be issued with details which will provide access to the course website, where you will be able to download materials to study offline in your own time. You will be able to log into the course website at any time. Full instructions describing how to use the course website and discussion forum will be provided and technical support is available via email and telephone.
How does an online course work?
You will be provided with access to a password-protected online area, where students can download course material, interact with the tutor and each other, with the option of answering questions based on the course material, and benefiting from tutor feedback.
The course lengths vary - they are delivered over a period of between ten and twenty weeks, and the length of each course is given in the right hand panel of the webpage that describes it.
Because these courses do not award credits or count towards degrees, there are no compulsory assessments or exams, but some offer the opportunity of writing a short essay to receive tutor feedback.
Do I have to participate in the student discussion area?
No. We strongly recommend and encourage you to do so, as it can be a very beneficial part of learning and good student interaction helps to create an engaging course dynamic, but it is not a compulsory part of the course - this is absolutely fine.
Who can study these courses?
Our courses are open to all.
- You do not need to be an existing student of the University - or indeed of any institution; at the same time we welcome those who are currently enrolled on a course of study in this or any institution.
- We welcome people from the UK and all over the world.
- There are no academic prerequisites - we particularly welcome those who have never studied with a university before.
- You do not need any experience of studying online - support is provided.
- You do not need to have English (or Spanish for our Egiptología courses) as a first language - some of our students study with us in order to practise and develop their language skills and you are most welcome to do so - but please note that the subject of the course is the tutor's focus and language support is not provided.
So to give you an idea of who you are likely to 'meet' online, our students:
- Are international
- May be unemployed, in study, in employment, caring for a family, or retired
- May be any age - from eighteen to those in their nineties
- May have disabilities and/or significant ill health - these courses can be a particularly helpful form of learning for those who are housebound
- May study for personal interest, to keep mentally active, to explore a new area of study, or with a view to developing or even changing their careers
So you are likely to interact with students with a wide variety of backgrounds and life-experiences.
How many courses can I study?
You can choose to study a single course, or several, and in any combination. Each course description provides an idea of the likely study time involved, and so you can make a decision according to your personal circumstances and time commitments.
Do you provide techical support?
Telephone and email technical support is provided with any queries you may have relating to accessing or studying the course material.
Can I study this course if I am not in the UK?
We welcome students from all over the world and every year we have students from many different nationalities studying our courses.
Can I study this course if English is not my first language?
Yes. We often have students who do not have English as a first language. They have commented that studying in this way has developed their skills in the use of English. Please note however that English language support is not provided.
Can I study this course if I am under 18?
Yes - but we will need your legal guardian to sign a form of consent. Please contact us for details.
Can I study this course using a mac?
Yes. Our courses use an online system called ELE: The Exeter Learning Environment. ELE works on both PCs and Macs. Mac users who use Microsoft Word should ensure that they have enabled macro virus protection (this setting is found as a tick box in Word under 'preferences').
I have holiday booked in the middle of the course - will this matter?
Students who need to take time out of the course for any reason may do so - but unfortunately we cannot offer fee reductions or course extensions for students who miss weeks.
Will I get anything at the end of the course?
Our courses are non-credit-bearing, which means that you will not sit any assessments or exams and because of this you will not be awarded any credits that you can use towards an academic qualification. However, during the summer following the course you will be sent a certificate to confirm that you have studied this course with us.
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