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Distance Learning

Welcome to the home of online learning at The Sheffield College.

If you are a resident of South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority (comprising of Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield), these qualifications can be fully-funded at no cost to you!

Distance Learning

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Whether you're looking for a programme to expand your career opportunities, or a short course to get you back into education, our online courses are the perfect way to learn and gain a qualification from the comfort of your own home.

Distance learning means that you can study in your own time and fit learning around existing employment, family commitments or commuting. You can also work through the material that suits you, with support from dedicated online-tutors if you need it. 

What can I study online?

We offer online courses in a variety of areas, from health and social care to accounting. 

Who are online courses for?

The short answer is, online courses are suitable for just about anyone. All you need is an internet connection and a few hours spare each week to study. Whether you're looking to learn more about an area of personal interest, want to start working towards a new career or advance in your current role, online study is a perfect choice. 

We offer programmes at a variety of levels and in a wide range of subject areas, so there should be something suitable for you no matter what your learning has looked like up to now. 

How much will they cost?

These level 2 courses are free if you are a resident of South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority (comprising of Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield), as these qualifications can be fully-funded at no cost to you! For a level 3 course, funding may be available and we will assess your personal circumstances to establish if you qualify.

What are the benefits of online learning?

There are loads of reasons why online learning is a great option for enhancing your career or getting you back into education. A distance learning programme can:

  • Improve your time management
  • Demonstrate your self-motivation 
  • Help develop your digital skills
  • Enhance your research and independent study-skills

Why study online vs. in-person?

Although online learning is very different to learning face-to-face, there are loads of reasons why this might be the right option for you.

Flexible schedule

One of the best parts about distance learning is the ability to choose when you sit down to study. When you're in control of the hours that you dedicate to your course, it's much easier to fit this in around your existing commitments such as family life and work. It also means that you'r enot tied to a specific geographical location, you can study the course that interests you no matter where you are in the country.

Self-paced learning

Studying online gives you the option to work through the course material at your own pace. If you find that you're really enjoying the content, you can whizz through as many units as you want. Alternatively, having the content available online means that you can revisit topics whenever you need to, and take your time to understand new concepts.

Shorter courses = faster qualifications

The majority of our online programmes are designed to be short courses (typically 12 weeks or less). This means that you can obtain your qualification in less time than in a traditional face-to-face learning model. It can also be a nice way to ease you back into learning if you've had a bit of a break in your education, or if you're dipping your toe into a new subject.

What support is available for online students?

Just because you're not learning in a classroom, doesn't mean that the support on offer has to be any different.

We have a dedicated team of experienced Tutors who will be on hand and ready to support you with any questions you might have about the course content or assignments. 

You'll also be able to access all of the college's student support functions, just like any other student.