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Discover New Way of Learning!

Boston College is excited to launch FREE Distance Learning courses which allow learners aged 19+ the flexibility to study where and when they choose, over a broad range of topics.

The courses suit a variety of learning needs, from boosting qualifications on a CV, to gaining important CPD for employment, or just simply learning something new for personal interest and enjoyment. Learners can choose whether to study online, through paper-based resources and textbooks provided by the College, or through a combination of both. All learners will be allocated a dedicated personal assessor to support them through their learning journey. Learners will gain an accredited qualification at the end of the course, with most courses lasting between 10-14 weeks and requiring between 8-15 hours of study a week. However, this can be tailored and adjusted to fit in with other commitments, so full flexibility of learning is available. Courses are also FREE, subject to funding conditions.

This development at the College couldn’t come at a better time for adults within the community. Recent statistics from the Learning and Work Institute (LWI) has shown that, nationally, adult participation rates in education have fallen to a record low, with only 35% of adults participating in learning, the lowest figure on record. As a result, recommendations have been made for more opportunities to be available for adults to develop their skills and engage in meaningful lifelong learning, either offline, or online.

Vicki Locke, Boston College Vice Principal: Curriculum and Quality, explains why the College has chosen now to launch distance learning, β€œWe are committed to providing earning options for adults in our community which will help them to upskill, progress their career, or gain personal development and new knowledge. However, attending college for traditional face-to-face delivery isn’t always right for adults. Our new suite of Distance Learning courses will put learners in the driving seat and let them choose how they study, and when they study.”

There are already a wide range of courses available at Level 2 within the following sectors: Health and Social Care, Education, Wellbeing, Computing and IT, Business, Leadership and Management, with more courses planned for launch later in the year.

Vicki added, β€œI would urge adults to check out the information on our website and get in touch with us to find out more. This is a great opportunity for adults to access free courses and new learning which can help to develop basic skills, support re-training, staff development or career progression, and improve personal wellbeing and fulfilment.”

The College is also pleased to support with staff training needs for employers within the locality and can advise on group training opportunities, through a combination of face-to-face delivery, and distance learning. Please contact the Distance Learning Team for more details by calling 01205 365701 or email

For full information on the Distance Learning courses available, please visit our β€˜Distance Learning’ page.

You can download our course guide