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Online Learning

The College currently offers Postgraduate Study through distance learning for which we have invested heavily in our Virtual Learning Environment making it easier for students to study these courses wherever they are in the world. Courses are assessed largely through assignments. Undergraduate courses are being developed so that they can be available through distance learning.

Courses available are:

CPD Courses:
  1. Human Right Issues in Mega Sporting Events
  2. UN Guiding Principles on Human Rights in Business
  3. Companies Act
  4. Director Duties in Quasi Partnerships
  5. Take over Regulation
  6. Business Method Protection
  7. Trade Secrets and Employee Contracts
  8. EU Data Protection Directive
  9. EU Merger Regulation
  10. Anti - Money Laundering Regulation
  11. Bribery and Corruption
  12. Protection of Goodwill
  13. Zero Hour Contracts
  14. Higher Education and Competition and Markets Authority
  15. Cybercrime
  16. Dispute Regulation
  1. Law (Postgraduate)
  2. Management (Undergraduate and Postgraduate)
  3. Healthcare Management (Undergraduate and Postgraduate)
  4. Travel and Tourism Management (Undergraduate)
Short Courses:
  1. Diploma in Law
  2. Certificate in Management
  3. Certificate in Health and Social Care

On a distance learning programme, you study using a combination of physical study materials and online learning resources designed to foster active learning. These are specially created by the College. The materials are yours to keep, refer to, and write notes on as you study. The materials are also provided online.

Study hours

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 12 and 15 hours per week to your studies to complete in the minimum time.

How does Distance Learning work at SOEL?

Studying at a distance doesn't mean that we will leave you to it, you can expect a strong network of support. You will need to think about where and when you are going to study, and how regular study time will fit into your life. You will also need to prepare a place or places that will provide you with the most comfortable and convenient environment to study. This could be at home, at your place of work or in a study centre provided by one of our distance learning agents (in the future).

Mode of Assessment

Our current postgraduate courses are assessed by assignment only.

Will a distance learning/online course suit me?

From talking to students, graduates and our online tutors, here’s what we think you need to succeed as a distance learning or an online student:
  • Self-discipline and motivation.
  • Good organisational skills – so you can plan out study timetables and get into a routine.
  • A place where you can focus on study. Whether it’s a spare room at home, your office at work, a coffee shop, or the train – a place where you can concentrate is essential.
  • A computer with an internet connection. More details about the required computer spec.
  • Confidence using computers, as well as perhaps forums and online chat.

Course materials/facilities

Our workbooks and online learning resources help foster active study. The materials are available online and you may also be sent your course materials by post. For some units you will also need to buy additional textbooks yourself.
Being a distance learning student, you will have access to the following:

  • Online discussion between students and tutors using discussion boards
  • Access to presentations and tutorials
  • Assignment submission and feedback facilities
  • Student email account - provides a safe and reliable communication channel.

A typical study pack contains:

  • Subject guide written specifically by the relevant Faculty for students.
  • Student handbook.
  • Programme specification - a description of the intended learning outcomes from your course and how these outcomes are achieved.
  • Regulations booklet with information on the rules that govern the structure and content of your award; how you progress through your studies; how and when you will be assessed.
  • Past examination papers
  • Information on how to access the SOEL Student Portal.
  • You will have podcasts or audio lectures, activities to test your progress and understanding and newsletters.
  • Through the Virtual Learning Environment you can also link up with other students on your course across the world, and participate in our worldwide learning community.

Student Charter

We have developed a Student Charter to clarify the mutual obligations between the College and our students. It has been developed in liaison with the Schools of the College which provide academic direction for the courses, and through consultation with our students.

The Student Charter is not a legal contract, but it is a guide to the service and behaviours which we believe that it is reasonable for students. In order that it meets current needs, the Student Charter will be reviewed annually.

For further support and information, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.


Scholarships between £500 and £1,000 are available for students providing they meet the relevant criteria. For more information, click here.