Distance learning

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Online learning was something of a novelty in 2003 when we launched our first ‘virtual’ degree. But it's proven popular. Over the past ten years, more than 4,000 students in 96 countries have studied online with ARU.

Our experience in this area has stood us in good stead. With University buildings closed, students and tutors are using our established online learning systems to continue their studies, deliver lectures, and offer support as the world responds to coronavirus.

Specialist distance learning courses

Visit our distance learning website for details of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in a range of subject areas, including business management, healthcare, education, technology and marketing.

From September 2020 we're also offering a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) by distance learning.

Support and feedback

If you choose distance learning, you’ll get full support throughout your course.

Using our online learning management system, you can access a comprehensive range of study resources, take part in online workshops, and join lively discussion boards to chat about ideas and assignments. As well as this, our expert tutors are on hand to offer advice and regular feedback.

"As the course progressed I quickly realised that I was learning from lecturers and from peers via the interactive discussion board the way I would have in a classroom. Overall the University’s online facilities are excellent. All the help and resources you need are at your fingertips."
MA Applied Linguistics and TESOL

Campus facilities

Depending which subject you choose to study, you may join us on campus for some residential workshops or study days.

In fact, if you live close to one of our campuses, you're welcome to pop in and use our libraries and facilities at any time. And of course we'll look forward to seeing you on campus for your graduation ceremony once you've successfully completed your course.

"The online information, facilities and resources are modern, easy to navigate and up-to-date. They positively reflect the University’s commitment to students who learn off campus."
BSc (Hons) Audiology Top-Up

Applying for September 2020?

Although our University campuses are closed at the moment, we're still accepting and processing applications for courses starting in September 2020. This includes distance learning courses, and those based on campus.

If you're concerned about the impact of coronavirus on your studies, exams or university application, check our information and guidance for prospective students. We're here to help.

And if you'd like to find out more about life at ARU and the ways in which we support you, sign up for one of our Open Days.