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What is distance learning?

Distance learning is a way of learning remotely without attending lessons in a classroom or having regular face to face contact with a Tutor. This means you can study at your own pace, in your own home, at a time that suits you, with the freedom to revisit areas of the course as little or as much as you like without having to keep the same pace as others. Furthermore, we offer a range of free online courses for adults*, making it easier than ever to upskill in an area of your choice.

Distance learning allows you to study around current commitments such as work, family and hobbies, and is a much more cost-effective way to learn than taking a full-time course by saving costs incurred in travelling.

By completing a distance learning course with The Skills Network, you will be provided with all of the support required to ensure your learning is successful. You will be assigned a Personal Tutor and a Learner Support Advisor to assist in all aspects of the learner journey. You will also have access to high quality learning materials that offer all of the information needed to be successful.

Please note: There are deadlines throughout each course that you will need to meet. If you struggle to meet these deadlines, please speak to your dedicated Learner Support Advisor (LSA). 

What are the benefits of learning online?

Through our online learning platform, EQUAL, you will have access to an extensive range of online courses, each created using engaging and interactive content, with features to suit any learner, including:

Games and quizzes


Interactive case studies

First class resources

Key facts, further research and further reading

Auto-saving to prevent any loss of work.

All online courses can be completed on your preferred device to allow for complete flexibility as to where, when and how you want to learn!

How can I enrol onto a course?

Enrolling is easy. Follow the three simple steps below:

  • Search for a course in the ‘Courses’ section of the website or call 01757 606 631 to speak to an advisor

  • Pay online using one of our flexible payment options, unless you are studying one of our free online courses for adults*

  • Receive email confirmation of your purchase and your login details within 48 hours of payment. If you have chosen to learn and be assessed on paper, then an advisor will be in touch to confirm your details and send your learning and assessment materials out in the post.

What if I don’t want to learn online?

If you don’t want to learn online, that’s not a problem. You have the option to study using paper-based learning and assessments (subject to availability). The enrolment process works in much the same way, and the paper-based materials are of equally high quality, including:

‘Stop and Think’ activities to promote self-reflection

Quiz questions

Key facts, further research and further reading

Summary quizzes at the end of each section to help you with your assessments.

Begin your learning journey today!

Email consumer@theskillsnetwork.com or call 01757 606 631 for more information.

*Subject to availability.