Materials and learning resources are sent to students via post or email and students must complete the set tasks according to the course schedule.
On a distance learning course, often the only interaction with a tutor is when assignments are submitted for marking; it’s also rare to interact with fellow students.
Study at your own pace, in your own time. Let your education fit in with your life.
This freedom not to attend lectures or examinations at set times makes distance learning courses perfect for students with families or careers to manage, as the student sets their own pace and timetable of study. However, these types of courses require a lot of motivation as students must manage their time and meet deadlines with very little support.