We realise that not everyone lives close to our campuses or can attend class at specific times of day. No matter, we'll give you all the freedom you need to get where you want to be.

If location or personal commitments make attending a campus-based course difficult, then online distance learning may be an ideal opportunity for gaining qualifications in a manner better suited to you.

We have a growing number of online courses which can be taken for general interest or to gain a recognised qualification.

The courses are studied from the comfort of your own home or workplace and you are supported throughout your course by direct communication with experienced and knowledgeable staff.

We also have some very useful library services for distance learning students.

We are continually developing additional online courses, so if the course you are looking for is not listed, please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Distance learning with SRUC


As part of our distance learning courses you may be dealing with online course materials, including videos, as well as skype-type conferencing, and file uploading and downloading. You will need a PC or MAC with appropriate software (an up-to-date web browser, and office-type applications for preparing assignments) and internet connection.

If you don’t have any problems using commonly-used sites such as YouTube, Amazon or Facebook, then your internet connection is likely to be adequate for this purpose – no especially “high speed” connection is required. If you have any concerns about the technological aspects of your course, please contact us prior to application.

Study weekends

The courses are run from one of our six campuses and for some of them there are study weekends to enable hands on experience for particular aspects of your course.

The study weekends also allow time for further support to ensure that you are on track with your module deadlines.

They can form an essential part for some of the courses studied through online distance learning, so please check your specific courses details to see if study weekends are required or not.

For those that do require them, they will typically have three study weekends during the course of the academic year, and they will take place at one of our six campuses, so please check which campus you will be required to attend (which will also be seen in the courses details).

The weekends can take various forms, but the first always provides an introduction to the course and the teaching staff, along with giving you a chance to meet up with other students on the course.

Some study weekends encompass field trips and visits, whilst others may also include course assessments as part of the weekend.

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Open days

During our online open days you can talk to course tutors and students and find out why studying at SRUC is such a unique experience.

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Virtual Experience

We've created a Virtual Experience platform for students where you can find great videos and examples of what it’s like to study our courses, along with campus and facility tours.

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Find out more about all of the courses we have on offer at SRUC.

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