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A 12 week student Journey

Many students want to know how distance learning will fit their lifestyle before they begin, but everyone is different. That’s why we have given you an illustrated journey through 12 weeks of studying through RDI below to help you understand some of the key milestones you could experience.


Learning on the move

Started working through the new module on ilearn, read the units and played with the interactives. Downloaded the lessons to my Kindle so I can read it on the bus to work. Great to use this dead time for studying.



Just found I passed the last module. Really pleased and got some good feedback will help me on next module. Feedback referred me to a mini-module on how to reference properly. Bookmarked! Really useful. Called my student support coordinator to check a couple of points on graduation (am I getting too excited too early?!) my next module and also investigated the Alumni discount



Assignment question was published. Some other students posted on the forum asking about it and were answered by tutor. The question looks interesting and relevant to my job. Getting to the end of working through the online content for this module.


Tutor support

Time to focus on the assignment!! Tutor ran an online session explaining in detail what was needed. Very helpful and timely for me


Paying as you go

Collected everything I need to write up my assignment. Time to start thinking about the next module. Got paid this week, so made payment online and received access for it


Tutor feedback

Sent in a draft to my tutor. It looks good but he had some useful pointers to help me improve it.


Notional Learning Time

The UK HE sector uses the concept of credits. There are standardised credit requirements to gain awards. Masters degrees (including MBA) require 180 credits and undergraduate degrees (BA, BSc) need 360. The average student will take 10 hours to study one credit. This includes:

  • working through the online material;
  • wider reading;
  • attending online sessions;
  • using our forums;
  • preparing for assessment;
  • and undertaking the assessment.

A typical 15 credit module therefore represents 150 hours activity for the average student and a 30 credit module 300 hours. Because module sizes differ it is useful to think in terms of credits as you plan your study. If, for example, you want to complete your BA in 4.5 years that means 80-90 credits each year. Put another way: around 17 hours study per week.

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    Will there be anyone else like me on the course?

    Definitely. More than 7,000 students are enrolled through RDI from over 150 countries worldwide. 76% of students doing a UK university qualification through RDI are adult learners. We’ve got students from many different backgrounds, but they all share the same goal of getting a UK university qualification and changing their life and the world for the better.

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    What if I find the course too hard?

    We won’t enrol you on a course unless we’re confident it’s right for you. UK university courses are designed to challenge you, but if you feel you’ve started at the wrong level, let us know and we’ll discuss your options.

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    Will I be able to succeed?

    Many thousands of people have before you. Studying for a university qualification part-time is a big commitment, but with the teaching and support we give you, there’s no reason why you can’t succeed.

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    How do I sit exams?

    Some online courses are assessed online. Otherwise students sit their exams at a relevant university or a recognised higher education institution.

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