How will I be taught?
Once you’ve enrolled on your course, you will be given access to the School's main online student learning portal called MySoel. This is an online space where your tutors upload materials for you to work through, such as case studies, presentations, quizzes, videos and other useful resources. You can work through these materials within semester timescales whenever you like – they are there 24/7 so you aren’t restricted. MySoel can be accessed by clicking here.
Depending on the course you choose, you may also have interactive lectures using technology similar to that used for webinars or online conferences. If you can’t attend a live session, you can access a recording through an archive.
Some of the more practical courses also include videos of guest speakers, when such guest speakers are invited.
Who will help me if I get stuck?
We’ve got dedicated staff ready and waiting to help you. So if you have a question about your fees or about the technology or systems for instance, just contact us. Our team is available for a Skype call or a normal phone call during working hours, or otherwise through email.
And that’s in addition to the support available from your online tutor, who can give you more specific advice on coursework, through email, Skype, phone or discussion boards. IT Services are available to assist you with technical queries and support through phone on +44 (0) 20-3419-6890, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Skype through our 'SoelUK' username. Please clearly state your reference number and course or module name when you contact us.
Monday – Friday: 9.30am – 6pm (UK GMT times)
How long should it take to complete a distance learning course?
Our flexible study period means that you can set your own pace, making it easy to fit your studies around your schedule. You have 2 years to complete your postgraduate diploma. This is 4 terms and 2 modules per term. Typically, you should allocate between 10-20 hours per week to your studies to complete in the minimum time.
Do I need a computer to do online learning?
You need to have access to an up to date web browser.
You will also need other up to date software:
Software that can read PDF files (eg Adobe Acrobat Reader)
For some of the courses you may need additional software and most of these packages are available free to download from the internet. Where you have to buy software to complete the course, we will have mentioned this in the relevant course information.
We have created our online learning portal keeping in mind the lifestyle of a modern, busy learner and we have made sure that most, if not all, lectures can be accessed whilst on the go via a laptop, notebook, and even your smartphone with an internet connection. You could even download the lectures beforehand so you can study when you are the train or tube without an internet connection.
Can I start an online course whenever I want?
Most online courses start in September and January/February. It does mean you can’t start a course whenever you want. It needs to be like this so that tutors are available throughout your course, and to help us guarantee there will be other students on your modules at the same time to enhance your student experience.
Where will I take my exams?
Our current course available via distance learning is 100% assignment based; you do not need to take any exams. Assignments can be submitted remotely.
If our future courses include exams, then you can take them at our Camberwell Campus. You will need to pay an additional fee of £100 per exam, to cover the organisational and administrative costs.
I haven’t studied for some time - will I be able to manage?
The course materials have been designed to help students improve their study skills as well as their knowledge. You are not expected to be an expert in your chosen field of study but you are expected to apply yourself to your reading, note taking and assignments. The most important requirements are motivation and commitment as well as a willingness to learn new skills. Once you become a student, you will be able to find information about the study support available on MySoel (our virtual learning environment).
How many hours a week will I need to study?
The amount of time needed does vary from student to student and from course to course, but as a very rough guide we recommend that you will need to set aside between 12 and 15 hours a week study time for a postgraduate course.
Will I be required to visit the SOEL campus?We recognise the fact that for some of our students, coming to the UK is not necessarily an option. For most of our distance learning courses, it is possible to complete your studies from wherever you are in the world without visiting the College. However, we recommend you please check with the relevant department about the attendance requirement of the course you are interested in.
For important meetings, including any meetings to do with your progress/attendance, it may be compulsory for you to attend.
Even though you may be studying via distance learning, you are still an SOEL student and you are welcome to visit campus at any time and make use of the School facilities.
Please note, that for students studying our 'Postgraduate Diploma in International Commercial Law' and completing the Top-Up with New Buckinghamshire University, you will need to visit the campus in High Wycombe.
Will my qualification be different than if I had attended a course on campus?
There is no difference between the qualification you receive on a Distance Learning course and the equivalent qualification which you might study for on campus
Will my qualification certificate have 'distance learning' on it?
No, the qualification certificates do not have the mode of study on them. The qualification that you receive will be exactly the same as those received by our campus-based students.
Where will I graduate?Graduation ceremonies for students will take place in London at our campus. Attendance is optional, but many distance learning students welcome the chance to visit the School, meet fellow graduates and celebrate their success. The graduation ceremony for the 'LLM in International Commercial Law' takes place at the New Buckinghamshire University in High Wycombe.
Is there any financial support available to Distance Learning students?
You can find out about the number of ways our students finance their distance learning studies on our Fees and Funding page here.
What are the tuition fees? And How can I pay my tuition fee?
To find out the tuition fees for the course you are interested in, and how to pay, please visit the individual course pages here.
Students can pay their tuition fees by visiting us in campus or via BACS. Please reference your full name and student number when making the payment. The account details are as follows:
Account Name: SOEL
Sort Code: 40-02-01
Account Number: 13663272
Once payments are made, please ensure that you retain proof and also send copies to the finance department at email@example.com
How can I find out more about the quality of SOEL?
You can find out about the quality of our School and our many achievements on our About Us page, Accreditation page, and the Quality Assurance website.
I have further questions, who do I contact?