Flexible Learning

A large number of courses offered by UK universities can be studied part-time or via distance learning, as well as by attending university full-time for three or more years.

The best known institution offering distance learning is the Open University (OU).

  • Established in 1969, it is the UK's largest university and today more than 30% of part-time students in the UK study with the OU.
  • The OU does not appear in our League Tables because its students are distant learners and comparable data are mostly not available.
  • The data that does exist is included in their profile, so that you can compare and contrast their performance with other institutions.
  • Take a look at the OU's profile.

Birkeck, part of the University of London, exists to provide flexible, evening university education and also offers a number of undergraduate-level courses via distance learning.

  • As with the OU above, while Birkbeck is not listed in our League Table we provide the data that is available for comparison purposes. See Birkbeck's profile here.

Many of the universities listed in our League Tables and Profiles offer part-time and distance learning alongside their full-time courses.

  • While there is no central admissions service for part-time courses (as there is for the full-time degree courses), UCAS provide a part-time course search.
  • If you find a course you wish to follow, you will have to contact the university or college direct to find out about vacancies, entry requirements, fees and funding.

Some institutions specialize in specific areas of study and are affiliated to degree-awarding universities which validate their degree programmes.

  • An example is the College of Estate Management, a provider of supported distance learning for real estate and construction professionals.