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Ways you can study

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There are a number of ways you can study:

Full-time

Full-time study involves 35-40 hours per week. This includes scheduled teaching time and independent study, with some courses being mostly independent study.

Part-time

Part-time study requires fewer hours of study a week, allowing it to fit round other commitments such as work or caring responsibilities. The amount of time spent on study varies, and depends on the course structure.

Distance learning and blended learning

Distance learning is a way of studying remotely, usually online.

Blended learning is a mixture of both distance and face to face learning, where you may attend tutorials or have study days or weeks at the university or college.

Accelerated degrees

These are one year shorter than the usual bachelors’ degree. They have the same amount of course content but the pace is more intense and they don’t have a long break in the summer.

Higher and degree apprenticeships 

These are an alternative to a traditional higher education qualification. You would be in full-time employment while getting a qualification.

See more information about higher and degree apprenticeships.

Other opportunities

There are other ways that studying at university or college can vary. For example, courses can include work placements or periods of study abroad, which can vary from one week to a year or more. Sometimes these are a compulsory part of the course, but sometimes they are optional.

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