Distance learning, sometimes called flexible or open learning, is a programme of study that consists of video, printed or online materials that allow students to study at home.

Some courses include a residential or day school. Some colleges and universities offer courses or programmes entirely over the Internet - often called e-courses or online courses.

The Open University (OU)  
The OU is a distance learning university. Their method is 'supported open learning': you study on your own, at a time that suits you, with support from a tutor or online forum, student advisers and study facilities in your own region, and contact with other students at tutorials, day schools or through online conferencing, online social networks, informal study groups, and events.

Open College of the Arts (OCA)
The OCA is a specialist provider of university level distance learning courses in the Creative Arts, including music. Students can study their courses to develop their skills or to gain credits towards a degree.

Finding Distance Learning Courses at Postgraduate Level in the UK

Distance learning courses are available throughout the UK in many branches of postgraduate education. UK universities offer distance learning courses to graduates throughout Britain and the rest of the world, allowing students to gain a postgraduate diploma or degree through home study.

If you are looking for a distance learning course in the UK, Graduate Prospects can help. Their Postgraduate Study Search Engine allows you to search for distance learning courses in the UK on your particular subject.