Distance Learning

Discover a New Way of Learning

Distance Learning Update: If you are already enrolled on one of the College's distance learning courses please be assured your support and assessment will continue as normal.

For new applicants, we're really pleased you want to apply and look forward to you joining the College. At this time Boston College can only accept applications for those Distance Learning courses which offer an 'online' learning method. This is to enable you to get access to the resources, and to prompt support from our online tutors.

Boston College's Distance Learning courses allow you the flexibility to study wherever you are, arranging your studies around your work and family life. The courses provide you with a convenient way to gain or develop existing skills without attending College full time.

All of our Distance Learning courses are FREEand are accredited by leading awarding bodies. You will be provided all of the learning materials you need to complete the course. You will also have a variety of learning methods available to you, ranging from online, workbook based or a combination, depending on your personal learning style and your course of choice.

If you want to learn independently at your own pace, Distance Learning could be the learning path for you! Below are a list of the Distance Learning courses available. 


*subject to eligibility - If your postcode is located in one of the following areas, Greater Manchester, Liverpool City, Cambridge and Peterborough, Tees Valley and West Midlands we regret to inform you that we are not able to offer free courses as you will not be eligible for course funding. 

Please note, that a £85 withdrawn fee may be payable if you start the course and then choose to withdraw or do not complete the course.


FREE Course Completion Reward!

Once you have successfully completed a Boston College Distance Learning course, you will be sent a gift voucher which can be able to exchange for one of the following:

*exemptions apply. Please contact our Distance Learning Team for more information.

Distance Learning FAQs

Boston College's Distance Learning courses allow you the flexibility to study wherever you are, arranging your studies around your work and family life.

Once you have applied, you will be contacted by a member of the Distance Learning Team who will confirm your place on the course. You will then be sent all of your learning resources. These will either be online or paper-based workbooks, depending on your personal preference and the course you have chosen to study.

The course will consist of your working through information and activities, as well as answering assessment questions.

You can apply and enrol on a Distance Learning course at any time. Your start date will be the day you receive your course learning materials.

The duration of each Distance Learning courses differs. By clicking on one of the courses above, will give you a guide for each specific course.

The maximum duration for any of the Distance Learning courses to completed is 14 weeks.

To be able to meet all assessment deadlines we advise that you spend a minimum of 5-10 hours a week studying.

You will need to be aged 19 or over to complete a Distance Learning course. You will also need to have at least a Level 1 qualification in English/Literacy or equivalent. This is due to the course requiring you to write/type your answers for assessment purposes.

Boston College can assess your English/Literacy level before you enrol on a Distance Learning course, as well as providing you the opportunity to complete your Level 1 English if necessary.

Individual eligibility will be reviewed by the Distance Learning team, and this will be communicated to you.

Yes, all of the Distance Learning courses are accredited by leading awarding bodies.

Boston College accept that sometimes there are exceptional circumstances that prevent you from completing the course. If you find yourself struggling with the qualification, support staff will always try to help you find a workable resolution. However, if choose to withdraw from a Distance Learning course, you may have to pay a non-completion fee of £85 to cover the administration costs, materials and registration fees.

You will be allocated your own study pack, (online or paper-based), and will be supported by a personal tutor who you can contact throughout your studies.

If you would like to speak to someone further regarding Distance Learning, please call 01205 365701 and ask to speak to a member of the Distance Learning Team.

Need some more advice?

If you are unsure about which course is right for you, Boston College Careers Advisers are here to help. The Career Advisers offer FREE impartial Career Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) and are available before you start to college, whilst you are studying at college and when you are ready to take the next step.

If you would like to make an appointment with one of the College's Careers Advisers, they are available by appointment at both the Boston and Spalding campuses, by calling the College's Information Line on 01205 313218.

You can download our course guide