There are many reasons for choosing distance learning over a traditional university education. One main factor is cost. The course fees are often the same as for normal degrees, but you don't have to move to a different city to study. Living in London is expensive. You can save thousands of pounds while studying at the University of London by going the distance learning route. Time is another factor. Distance learning allows students to schedule studies around other commitments, including work and child care, making a university education accessible to more people.

University of London

The University of London's External System has been offering distance learning courses since 1858. Graduates include seven Nobel Prize winners, the most famous of which is Nelson Mandela. Choose from a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in subjects including business, accounting, economics, agriculture, law, health, education and humanities. You can study from anywhere in the world. Depending on where you live, you may even have the option of attending classes at your local college, where you can get extra academic support.

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The Open University

Established in 1969, The Open University is the United Kingdom's first and only university dedicated to distance learning. More than 150,000 undergraduates and 30,000 postgraduates study subjects ranging from law to art history. The majority of students study part-time while holding down a job. The OU is popular with students with disabilities, who may find it a challenge to attend regular classes. Instead, they study using a combination of online lectures and discussion and the materials sent out by the university.

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University of Oxford

University of Oxford's online and distance classes give people around the world a chance to study at the world-renowned institution. Oxford doesn't offer distance learning degrees, but they do have a wide range of distance courses available via the Department of Continuing Education. Choose from a selection of 10-week introductory courses, such as Origins of Human Behaviour: the evidence from archaeology. They also offer five award-bearing courses, including an Undergraduate Advanced Diploma in Data and Systems Analysis. For those who already have a degree, there are various career development courses, such as Fundamental Science of Nanotechnology.

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