Flexible Learning

The School of Education offers flexible learning in four ways for its Professional Development Programmes: Place, Pace, Level and Mode. Flexible Learning enables you to tailor the programme to suit your personal or professional needs.


Many of the courses may be studied at a distance online using interactive resources and materials (see library services for distance and part-time learners). Studying at a distance means you can work from anywhere, such as in your home or workplace. However, all students, even those who are campus based will have access to the University’s Virtual learning Environment called Canvas to contact tutors and fellow students and also submit assignments. The College of Social Sciences has its own experienced e-learning team who provide technology enhanced teaching and learning support.


Learn at your own pace. Our flexible courses offer you the opportunity to fit your studies around your life. This is particularly useful if you are juggling study with family life or work committments. The distance learning courses are all part-time and many of our campus courses may be studied either part- or full time (although the part time option is not available for overseas students). 


The level which you may enter a programme depends on your academic qualifications as well as professional experience and for applicants who do not already hold a recognised degree, the appropriate level for entry will be the Undergraduate level. However, there are opportunities for progressing onto Postgraduate Masters level in most programmes.


On some of our courses, you may choose which mode of study you take, whether it's campus based or distance learning. Some courses are offer more than one mode of study. There is also the possibility that you may be able to transfer from one mode to another (although there may be fee implications).

Choose the mode you are interested in to see which courses are available.

Distance Learning

The Distance Learning courses employ a variety of information technologies to deliver the course materials and instruction to students. These include the use of multi-media, online activities, print materials, web, e-mail and Internet. Any particular course might use a combination of delivery methods. The majority of courses also have residential weekends where you can meet the other students face-to-face.

MA Inclusion (5 pathways)

Sensory programmes (3 pathways both Mandatory and non-mandatory qualifications)

Other programmes