Before you begin your course

The Association of Distance Learning Colleges

This is the only trade association in the UK dedicated to distance learning providers.

Our Member Colleges all sign and agree to abide by our Code of Ethics. This Code is your assurance of the high standards of all our course providers.

All our courses are fully tutored – so as you work through your learning materials you will always have advice, guidance, constructive criticism – you will never be left struggling or baffled on your own. Many have active student forums, where you can chat, exchange ideas and ask for help from fellow students.

Our Member Colleges can provide between them distance learning courses in a vast range of subjects. Study at home, at work or wherever is most convenient to you. Go our Courses pages to explore, or type the name of the course you are looking for in the box.

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We are very proud of the achievements of our students; we are pleased to present some of their stories on our Award Winning Students pages.


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Before you begin…

We are, of course, delighted that you have decided to take a course with one of our Member colleges. A great adventure in learning and improving yourself lies before you. But before you jump in, there are just one or two things to check. Read more...

GCSEs and A Levels 2021

Anyone currently studying for GCSEs or A Levels with one of our Member Colleges – they advise you to keep going. In all probability you will be able to be assessed by your tutors, in the same way that students in schools are assessed by their teachers, and awarded your grades. Talk to your course […] Read more...

Merry Christmas

The Association wishes all Members, Associates, Life Members, students and friends a very merry and safe Christmas, and a very much happier New Year. Read more...

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