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16 October 2014
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Studying Part-time

Being a full-time student is not the only way to learn. If you’re working, unemployed, have family commitments or are unable to travel, you can still study and get qualifications.

Part-time and home study requires a lot of self-discipline, but if you’ve got the determination you can do it!

Part-time day and evening classes

Local community education centres, colleges and universities run all sorts of part-time day, evening and weekend courses leading to qualifications.

If you’re under 18 you won’t usually have to pay any course fees. If you’re over 18 but claiming state benefits or on a pension you may be exempt from course fees or pay at a reduced rate.

If you’re unemployed and claiming benefit you may still be able to study part-time during the day up to a certain number of hours without it affecting your claim, under the New Deal programme. Check with your Jobcentre or Benefits Office.

Studying at home

You can study at home or at work through distance or open learning courses using materials and support from: ·

  • Correspondence courses
  • Local colleges and universities
  • Open University
  • Open College of the Arts
  • Teach-yourself books, videos and CDs
  • TV and radio programmes
  • On-line services like the BBC’s Learning Zone

Some of these include personal support from tutors by telephone or E-mail and occasional seminars or short courses.

Paying for your course


The government’s free hotline, Learndirect, on 0800 100 900 can give you details of part-time and distance learning courses which might suit you. They also offer advice on qualifications and funding.


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