Distance Learning has enjoyed growing popularity in recent years as a way of gaining career qualifications.
Now, home study courses could be in for a boost as the cost of a full-time university education looks set to soar.
With radical changes to higher education proposed, including no cap on University fees, for many the prospect of studying from home makes better sense.
The range of subjects is broader and tutor support is easily accessible, while the format allows students to combine their coursework with paid employment and so avoid major debts. The average debt for a student starting university last year will be £23,500.
Many education providers and employers support a move towards more on-the-job, career-based training delivered by part-time distance learning.
Dr Ann Heywood, principal of the College of Estate Management, which provides distance learning qualifications for property and construction professionals, said: “The model has been successfully used by many professions, from accountants to surveyors.
“It costs less to deliver, promotes the linkage of employment and study, allows students to work and live at home and avoids the burden of excessive debt.”
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