About Distance Learning
Distance Learning with West College Scotland gives you the flexibility to study in a way that suits your lifestyle and commitments.
For twenty years, West College Scotland has pioneered Distance Learning in Scottish education. We offer a wide range of courses which you can study in a way which suits you. You might be in a job and looking to improve your qualifications or you may want to study in your leisure time.
Many of the Distance Learning courses that are listed derive from our partnership with The Skills Network.
For further information on any aspect of Distance Learning, click on the button below.
Courses included in our limited time offer*:
Training and coaching
Child and Social Care
One applicant can enrol for a maximum of one (1) Level 2 certificated course at a time. Courses have a 20 week timeframe with set deadlines and are completed fully or part online.
**This promotion is valid until the end of February 2019 (inclusive) and is available to residents of Scotland only. It includes all our Level 2 certificated courses.
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Why choose distance learning?
- A wide range of courses
- More choice and flexibility
- Great tutor support
- Improved career prospects
- A dedicated department
- Study anywhere at anytime
- Develop your skills
- On-going support when course is complete
Distance learning FAQs
We know you might have questions about Distance Learning. We've done our best to try to answer them.
Our Distance Learning staff will provide you with information to help you organise the financial side of being a student. We accept Cash, Paypal, Cheque, Debit/Credit Card payments as well as Fee Waiver for some eligible courses. Please note: you can only undertake a course once when using a fee waiver. If you do not complete the course satisfactorily within the allotted time, and wish to try again, you will have to pay the full fee for the course.
For many courses no qualifications or experience are necessary. The Distance Learning staff will tell you if any qualifications are needed for your choice of study.
There are no specific start dates for a course and continue throughout the year. The only time courses are not open is from mid July to the end of August
Each course has a set timeframe. Course lengths vary from 2-20 weeks. You should be aware before you start your course how long you have to complete. Distance Learning Courses are flexible and we can offer extensions to completion dates within reason.
Most courses will have their study and assessment resources available through online via our various Virtual Learning Environments. For some qualifications you will need more traditional materials, such as books and tapes. These will be sent through the post.
Our students tell us that support from those close to them is very important, so we would encourage you to tell them about your course and what you want to achieve. With their help you can still have a social life while still studying effectively and achieving your goals!
Each course is different.
For our NCFE courses a few hours per week would be the minimum amount of study time.
For Moodle courses a good rule of thumb is that for every hour spent doing ‘class’ work (assignments etc.) one hour should be spent doing ‘private’ study.
The Distance Learning staff will be able to give you more information tailored to your specific qualification.
Most of our courses are fully online where you will be submitting your assessments via the online learning platform. If you are studying a paperbased course you will be asked to email or post in your assessments to be marked. The Distance Learning staff will be able to tell you more about the arrangements for your course.
Speak up! Feedback can be given via email or over the phone. Our dedicated Team are here to help you through your course.