Learndirect now offers access courses

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    Hi just being browsing the web and i came across learn direct which has a range of access online courses if you follow this link https://www.learndirectpd.com/access...gher-education
    This is an alternative to college if you feel like you need to fit around your working life and childcare .
    They offer access to health nursing and midwifery , access to medicine and health care and the social sciences
    Hope this helps.
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    It is ridiculously overpriced, it would be cheaper to do an Open University course and use that as a route into university.
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    (Original post by Snufkin)
    It is ridiculously overpriced, it would be cheaper to do an Open University course and use that as a route into university.
    Access courses even in college is about tye same price but if you dont have your first level 3 the course is funded or if you take out an advanced learning loan you dont have to pay anything back until your 21 and if you complete a degree after that you dont need to pay it back. Yes open university is good but for some who wants to study something like biomedical science, law or midwifery they need to attend universities.
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    (Original post by glamourprincess)
    Access courses even in college is about tye same price but if you dont have your first level 3 the course is funded or if you take out an advanced learning loan you dont have to pay anything back until your 21 and if you complete a degree after that you dont need to pay it back. Yes open university is good but for some who wants to study something like biomedical science, law or midwifery they need to attend universities.
    As far as I know, you can't use the 21+ advanced learner loan to pay for distance learning access courses. If you can't attend college and you have to do a distance learning course, the OU is the cheaper option.
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    (Original post by Snufkin)
    As far as I know, you can't use the 21+ advanced learner loan to pay for distance learning access courses. If you can't attend college and you have to do a distance learning course, the OU is the cheaper option.
    Oh alright
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    (Original post by Snufkin)
    As far as I know, you can't use the 21+ advanced learner loan to pay for distance learning access courses. If you can't attend college and you have to do a distance learning course, the OU is the cheaper option.
    It says on the site the courses are eligible for advanced learning loans. Agreed on them being a rip off though, I only paid £3300 to attend a bricks and mortar college.
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    (Original post by JamesN88)
    It says on the site the courses are eligible for advanced learning loans. Agreed on them being a rip off though, I only paid £3300 to attend a bricks and mortar college.
    Strange, you can't use the loan to pay for other distance learning Access to HE courses. I wonder how LearnDirect got around that rule.
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    The costs are one of the highest I have seen yet, since I am experienced in researching on "Access to HE courses" and their fees. Nevertheless, there is maybe a sort of selection to avoid that students are getting loath, and if one completed successfully, the one will usually never go back.
    (Are not there also study loans which will be written off if one is doing a university degree? As I am from Germany, I am not an expert in this local type of loan.)

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    Jay
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    Hi anyone else doing a learn direct Access Course well I've just enrolled into a Social Science and Health course . I'm a mature student, with two kids and working.
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    So has anyone enrolled on one of their courses? I'm looking into doing so myself, and wouldn't mind reading some opinions from those who are currently doing it.
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    I'm slightly worried about the amount of hours it says it's 360 hours. I'm doing one in college next year. It's 12 hours a week in the classroom and you're expected to do 20 hours a week outside of college. The online course would only work out at 7 hours a week for a year!


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    If you get an advanced learner loan, the cost is irrelevant, it's going to be written off once you complete your degree.

    It's simply a matter of if you want to distance learn or be obligated to go into a classroom 2 days a week.
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    (Original post by Jamiefromipswich)
    I'm slightly worried about the amount of hours it says it's 360 hours. I'm doing one in college next year. It's 12 hours a week in the classroom and you're expected to do 20 hours a week outside of college. The online course would only work out at 7 hours a week for a year!


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    If you decide to study access course with learndirect you can work at your own pace meaning the length of time to study is from 9 months up to 2 years and it's flexible for those who cannot study full time or is working
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    My point was that college is around 32 hours a week worth of work for around 10 months. This works out around 1000 hours. I can't see that the qualification gained for about a third of that being the same.


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