Distance Learning

Study when you want

Our students have busy lives, juggling work and personal commitments, and our distance learning courses are designed to be flexible and easily accessible, so that you can manage your learning in the way that best suits you. We have designed all our courses in modules that you can build on step by step, so that once you have completed one accredited course, you can choose to continue to the next level or pause and return when you’re ready to continue studying.

Study where you want

All our learning resources are available online and most of them are also downloadable as apps through our bespoke learning portal the Unitas Academy. You can access them on any computer, tablet or smartphone, meaning you can learn anytime, anywhere, even when you don’t have an internet connection, helping you to fit your studying around the rest of your life.

Our digital resources

Our digital learning resources have been developed by experts in the field, ensuring high academic rigour and academic relevance and using the latest technologies in distance learning.  Combining video case studies, video and audio input from practitioners, managers and academics, reflective activities and regular quizzes, the learning experience is a rich, practical and interactive one. The resources have been designed to be easily used by anyone, no matter what your technical know-how, and our Student Support Coordinators are always on hand to help. All students also receive a study pack, which includes all your core textbooks and useful stationery.

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How much time will I need?

Unitas courses are designed to be flexible so that you can fit them around your existing commitments. The amount of time that you will need to commit to studying will depend very much on your approach to learning; however, we usually recommend that you allow at least 10-12 hours per week to complete the work set, and you may sometimes want to spend extra time on further reading, research and reflection.

Our courses have a strong emphasis on the application of theory and research in the workplace and so part of your study time may also involve applying the skills and knowledge that you gain on your course to your everyday work.

How will I be assessed?

The first thing to say about this is that there are no exams! You will be formally assessed through:

  • Computer Marked Assignments (CMAs), which are online, multiple-choice tests
  • Tutor Marked assignments (TMAs), which are written pieces of work such as essays, reports, briefing papers and reviews.

At the start of each module you will be assigned a Learning Coach, who will help you prepare for your assignments and then provide detailed feedback, helping you to understand what you need to do to progress further in your learning. The marks from all your assessments will count towards your final grade and accreditation.

Access to the University of Suffolk library

If you are working towards a qualification that is accredited by the University of Suffolk, you will also have access to their library.  This means you can access all their ebooks, online journals and articles, as well as the other resources and services offered by the library, including one-to-one sessions with a study skills advisor and access to their wide ranging ‘LibGuides’  – these provide advice and guidance on a whole range of topics, such as writing assignments, referencing and study skills.

What our students say

What our students say

What our students say