When it comes to distance learning, there are some important things to consider when choosing your virtual provider. To make things a little easier for you, here is our selection of the 5 questions you should ask yourself before selecting a distance training programme.
1- Does the course suit me?
Don’t find out too late that the course isn’t exactly what you were after. As a matter of fact, unlike attending a college, swapping onto a different module might not be so simple. Be sure to take a thorough look at the course details and ensure it has the modules you expect. If you want to know more about an element of the course, do not be afraid to get in touch with the course provider, you can never ask too many questions.
2- Does the provider have a good reputation?
You wouldn’t pick a college or university without reading the prospectus blurb, finding out more about its history and graduate success rates. The same applies for choosing an online training provider. Read impartial reviews about the provider, find student reviews and stories and make sure you find the one most suited to you.
3- Will I get a recognised qualification?
Whether you want to pass a course you failed at school, learn a new skill or earn a useful diploma from the comfort of your living room, make sure you are getting the qualification you need before signing up to the course. To be sure, you can contact the course provider to find out more about the qualification and examination procedure.
4- Will I get any support from the tutors?
Although you won’t sit in n actual classroom, distance learning does not mean you are alone. When choosing a course, you should consider the fact that some providers offer unlimited contact with a tutor who you can get in touch with via email or telephone when need be, while others will ensure no contact with tutors aside from the learning materials provided.
5- How much will it cost?
The cost of the course will vary depending on the subject and qualifications offered, so this is definitely something to weigh up when making your final decision. One of the benefits of distance learning is that it is often a cheaper option. However if you are still struggling, certain distance course providers will let you pay for the course in instalments, or offer advice as to whether you are eligible for a discount, loan or grant.