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  • Whether you’re looking to get ahead, follow your passion or develop your skills there are no barriers to learning with our exciting range of distance learning courses.

    Providing maximum flexibility supported by the latest technology, you will become part of our multinational, multicultural online community and, through collaborative learning approaches, will gain unique global perspectives.

    Taught by experts with a wide range of experience and expertise, many of our online degrees are professionally accredited. From Education to Business, Construction to Computing, Law and English Literature to Design and many more, we have a fantastic range of courses to consider.

    So if you want to learn on a course that fits around your lifestyle and you want to be part of our diverse, supportive, international, virtual community take a look at why studying distance learning with us is right for you.
  • With distance learning from Northumbria University you can study almost anywhere. You will study by reading, watching, listening and interacting with materials accessed from the eLP. You may also take part in debates and discussions with academics and fellow students.

    Distance Learning Courses

    We offer a range of courses via distance learning which allow you to learn in a collaborative and interactive on-line environment with access to the skills and knowledge of our leading academic staff.

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  • To find out the tuition fees for the course you are interested in, please visit the course page your interested in and click on the Fees Calculator Tab for more information.

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  • How to Apply

    Applications for the majority of Part-time and Distance Learning courses should be made direct to the University using the online application form.

    The only exception to this is the Part-time Postgraduate Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) course which has a different application procedure - for information about how to apply for this programme, please visit the Bar Standards Board website.

    Application Deadlines

    Whilst most courses do not set an exact deadline for applications, you are advised to apply early to secure your place and organise any sponsorship or funding.

    Decision Making Process

    Most courses require at least one reference, but some may need two. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure Northumbria receives a satisfactory academic reference. If you have not been in education for a number of years, then a reference from your employer may be acceptable.

    We try to reply to applicants as soon as possible but you should receive a response within 10 working days, and this will be one of the following.
    • Conditional offer which will normally be upon the completion of your undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification and achieving a particular classification or grade. You will be required to send us a confirmation that you have passed your current degree course as soon as you receive notification to enable us to confirm your offer.
    • Unconditional offer is made if you have already met the entry requirements of your chosen course
    • Reject your application
    You will be asked to confirm your acceptance in writing of any offer made.

    Fairness and Transparency
    The University is committed to a system of admissions that ensures fairness, transparency and equal opportunities within the legal framework of the UK and best practice. All reasonable effort will be made to ensure that no prospective or existing student is unreasonably treated less favourably on the grounds of age, race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, creed, disability, sexual orientation, gender, marital or parental/carer status, political belief or social or economic class, or any other type of discrimination.

    Tuition Fee Assessment
    Tuition fees are set at different levels for Home/EU and International Students. Before you begin your course the University must establish your tuition fee status. In many cases, the University will be able to make this assessment without requiring any additional information.

    Guidance can be found on the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website www.ukcisa.org.uk to help you understand how Higher Education Institutions (HEI's) make an assessment on your fee status.

    Selection Process

    Applicants who may not have the standard entry qualifications are welcome to apply and may be interviewed. Some courses will interview as part of the selection process. This applies particularly to courses in art and design, teaching and health.

    Health Screening
    Applicants for Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Primary (Early Years) and Social Work will be required to complete a health questionnaire. They may be required to attend for doctor or nurse assessment at the University Health Centre.

    Prior to beginning their programme, all applicants to Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy are advised to start a course of Hepatitis B vaccinations, available from their own GP. In addition, Midwifery applicants must provide evidence before they commence training that they are immune to Hepatitis B or have Hepatitis B non-carried status.

    Applicants to these courses who have had contact with MRSA in the previous 6 months may be asked to provide evidence that they are not colonised by submitting negative swabs results prior to commencement of training. Alternatively, they may be screened on commencement of the programme.

    All applicants will receive vaccination screening at the University Health Centre on commencement of their programme.

    Disclosure of Criminal Background
    To help the University reduce the risk of harm or injury to any member of its community caused by the criminal behaviour of other students, it must know about any relevant criminal convictions an applicant has.

    If you are applying for courses in teaching, health, social work and courses involving work with children or vulnerable adults, you are required to undergo police clearance for entry and will need to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced disclosure form. The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA). Access to the DBS checking service is only available to registered employers who are entitled by law to ask an individual to reveal their full criminal history, including spent convictions - also known as asking 'an exempted question'. The University is such a 'registered employer' and will send you the appropriate documents to fill in if you are offered a place in the course.

    If you are convicted of a relevant criminal offence after you have applied, you must inform the university immediately. Do not send details of the offence; simply tell the University that you have a relevant criminal conviction. You may then be asked to supply more details.

    Anti-fraud Checks
    Please note that the University follows anti-fraud procedures to detect and prevent fraudulent applications. If it is found that an applicant supplies a fraudulent application then it will be withdrawn.

    The University reserves the right to cancel an application or withdraw any offer made if it is found that an application contains false, plagiarised or misleading information.

    Disabled Students
    Northumbria welcomes enquiries and applications from disabled students whether disability is due to mobility or sensory impairment, specific learning difficulties, mental health issues or a medical condition. Applications from disabled students are processed in the usual way, but applicants should declare their disability at the application stage so that the University can contact them to assess how to meet any support needs they may have. Disabled applicants may be invited to visit the University so that this can be done in person.

    To find out more contact:
    Disability Support Team
    Tel +44 (0)191 227 3849 or
    Minicom +44 (0)191 222 1051

    International Students
    The University has a thriving overseas community and applications from International students are welcome for distance learning programmes. However, immigration regulations do not allow International students entry to the UK solely for the purpose of attending a part-time taught programme. Advice is available from:

    International Office
    Northumbria University
    21 Ellison Place
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE1 8ST

    Email: international@northumbria.ac.uk
    Tel +44 (0)191 227 4274
    Fax +44 (0)191 261 1264

    (However, if you have already applied to Northumbria and have a query, please contact internationaladmissions@northumbria.ac.uk or telephone 00 44 191 243 7906)
  • We understand that choosing to study a distance learning programme is an important decision and we would like to be able to provide you with as much information as we can to assist you. Please visit individual course pages to find out which department you need to contact for further information.

    Still have further questions?
    Whether you're based in the UK, EU or Internationally you can request a callback from one of our team who will be happy to answer your questions and provide advice.

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