Distance learning is also called open learning and e-learning.
It allows you to study at home, at your own pace, taking breaks when you need them.
Depending on the course, you may learn online and/or using books and manuals, TV or radio broadcasts, audio tapes, CDs, communicating with your tutor by email, through online groups or video conferencing.
There is a wide variety of courses available for different ages and abilities.
As well as the subject, you may want to consider length of course, cost and how flexible it is before you make your choice.
Find out more
The BBC offers some free online courses, which you can try to see if you like e-learning.
Other organisations usually charge a fee eg. the Open University and National Extension College.
Learndirect offers some free courses and many of its 1,500 local centres provide internet access and childcare facilities.
If you are considering university, check out our Student hub.
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