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Studying with The Open University VQAC

What is distance learning?

Distance learning means that you study on your own, at home and in the workplace. The Open University’s unique style of distance learning is called supported ‘Open Learning’. It’s ‘open’ because you learn in your own time – reading material supplied and completing online assessment activities with regular support from your assessor and VQAC. You will also need support from your line manager or workplace supporter.

You’ll enjoy full support whilst completing your qualification, with an assessor to guide, advise and offer comprehensive feedback on your assessment. Your assessor can be contacted by phone or online. Support is also offered by staff in the VQAC.

The majority of qualifications include observation visits when your assessor will observe you in your workplace. 


How does learning with The Open University VQAC work?

Doing a VQ with The Open University VQAC really suits those who want to choose when and where they learn. You will, however need to be working in a job role, secondment or a voluntary work placement that will allow you to gather the required work based evidence.


Where can I learn?

The short answer is ‘wherever you are’. As a distance learning university our supported ‘open learning’ methods will enable you to learn where it suits and when it suits you.


Your VQAC learning experience

As a VQAC learner, you’ll need to apply yourself and put in the time and effort. You’ll build up your skills and knowledge, achieve a nationally recognised qualification which demonstrates your competence in the work sector, and hopefully enjoy yourself in the process. Our learning materials are designed by experts in the related work sectors and our assessment methods are renowned for their rigour and quality.


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