How does online learning work?

Once you have successfully enrolled on one of our courses, you will be given a unique student ID number which allows you to access all of your learning resources online, through our university student portal called Course Resources.

You’ll have an allocated online tutor who will support and navigate you throughout your learning. Online student communities, such as discussion forums, provide engagement with peers in the learning process.

How much time will I need to allocate to my studies?

As a guide, you will need to allocate approximately 200 hours per standard module (15/20 credits) for learning, which equates to around 17-20 hours per week.  This will be a combination of tutor discussions, reading, research, online activities and critical thinking and reflection.

Can I start the course whenever I want?

We have three intakes per year, September, January and May (depending on which course you are studying).  Details about the start dates are shown on individual course pages. 

Although these dates give you more options than traditional ‘on-campus’ courses, it means you can’t start a course whenever you want. It needs to be like this so that tutors are available throughout your course and to help us guarantee there will be other students on your modules at the same time to enhance your student experience.

How long do I have to complete my coursework?

All courses run in a structured environment, based on trimesters, with assessment deadlines at the end of each trimester.  These typically run as follows:

  • Trimester 1: September – December

  • Trimester 2: January – March

  • Trimester 3: May – July

You will need to submit your course work (or sit exams where relevant) at the end of each trimester. You will be given details about your assignment and deadlines by your online tutor.

When can I access my course materials and reading lists?

Once you have enrolled and paid for your course, we will send you a username and password to access your online learning resources.

Learning materials will be uploaded by your Senior Online Tutor at the start of term.

Bridging the Dementia Divide

Bridging the Dementia Divide: Supporting People Living with Dementia

The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates there are currently 35.6 million people living with dementia, a number which will double by 2030 and triple by 2050 (WHO, 2012). Dementia has already had a significant impact on society, and this will only increase.

It is important to understand the challenges of living with dementia as well as understanding the importance of providing the correct care for people with dementia.

Register your interest

If you are interested in participating in our future free online courses, please complete this form: