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Has anybody here taken an access to higher education course *online*, through learn direct or any other provider? And as a result studied at university level?

I'm just wondering as I currently work full time, and thought it might be an option if I can't reduce my working hours and study in person at a college... Do UK universities accept it?
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Has anybody here taken an access to higher education course *online*, through learn direct or any other provider? And as a result studied at university level?

I'm just wondering as I currently work full time, and thought it might be an option if I can't reduce my working hours and study in person at a college... Do UK universities accept it?
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I have taught on Access to HE for nearly 10 years so I can help. If you are going to do the online route then a respected provider such as Learn Direct is a good one to use. The key thing with a provider is that they are registered with Ofqual and that the diploma has been approved by an awarding body - in the north west it is Open Awards.

I would say that typically studying in a college has its advantages such as there will be tutorials to give you advice and guidance on your UCAS application, and also there will be stronger support networks in place. That's not to say that some online providers won't have these things.

An online provider is ideal for Social Sciences, sometimes, some learners struggle with some of the more Sciency content online such as a Nursing Pathway or Health Sciences.

Some college's are using online unit's as part of their teaching, but I would estimate it's usually one unit per subject at a lot of colleges - it might be worth talking to the course co-ordinator at your local FE college

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Hi Marc,

Thank you so much for your advice and information re the awarding bodies! I will definitely take it all into consideration.
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Hi Marc,

Thank you so much for your advice and information re the awarding bodies! I will definitely take it all into consideration.
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It looks like they are validated through the Open College Network so you should be fine

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It looks like they are validated through the Open College Network so you should be fine

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Thank you again and also for the detail of pros and cons which courses are more suited online and in person. Greatly appreciated cheers.
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