How our courses work
Our Distance Learning Approach
Our courses are delivered direct to you either: online, USB stick or by traditional corespondence. The choice is yours.
Why you need Professional Development
Our courses have been designed by industry experts to help you develop a different set of skills to your competition, to sharpen your focus, build confidence, establish communication skills, and develop a unique network of contacts. Our courses are compatible with industry - many schools and colleges simply do not do this.
If you are job-hunting and serious about your career, then being different is a key to success. Do not try to be like everyone else. Having the same skills, the same qualifications, and the same products and services to offer will simply put you in competition with already successful people. Having something that is a little different will make you stand out.
Who are our students?
Our students come from all over the world, from all kinds of backgrounds and ages. Many are trying out distance learning and further education for the first time, while others have degrees and other qualifications and are interested in pursuing additional education. Some students even undertake our courses purely for hobby purposes, while others use our courses to change careers.
You get to do practical tasks as well as acquire knowledge
When you enroll you are not just purchasing a set of notes or books, but purchasing a learning programme. In addition to this learning experience, the one distinguishing feature that sets us apart is that you get to do practical tasks (located at the end of each lesson) as well as acquiring knowledge of the subject matter. Demonstrating at a job interview that you have practical skills and subject knowledge will set you above the competition.
How do practical tasks work?
We encourage students to network, observe and do things in the real world in many ways. Practical tasks include:- Field Research, Networking and Analysis, Conducting Surveys, Growing Things, Collecting Things, Photographing Things and Processes.
Every student is assigned their own personal tutor who is an expert in the subject area. Tutors are there to support you throughout your course and to guide and facilitate your learning. They provide as much or as little individual contact as required. When you submit your coursework the tutor will give you feedback that helps you develop your ideas and provides motivation. The great thing about our courses is that you can contact your tutor whenever you need to - your hours aren't limited, so you get all the support you need. For those who do like to have interaction with other students, the ADL discussion forum connects you to students from all over the world.
If you want to receive a qualification in any of our courses, then you'll need to sit for an exam at the completion of all lessons. Alternatively, if you feel you don't cope well with exams you may elect to undertake a project instead. Once you have successfully completed the exam or project you will be awarded the appropriate qualification. If you elect not to do an exam or project, then you will receive a Letter of Achievement. You take your exam in your own location and at a time that is convenient to you. To find out how our exams work please see our examination process
Courses may be taken alone or as part of a much larger study programme, i.e. Advanced Certificate, Diploma, Advanced Diploma and Higher Advanced Diploma. Our courses are internationally recognized and compatible with the demands of industry requirements.
- Letter of Achievement: awarded for an individual module where all assignments have been completed and no exam or project undertaken.
- Certificate: 1 module - 100 hours
- Proficiency Certificate: 2 modules - 200 hours
- Advanced Certificate: 4 modules – 400 hours
- Diploma: 6 modules - 600 hours
- Advanced Diploma: 8 modules - 800 hours
- Higher Adv Diploma: 12 modules - 1200 hours
Note: All Modules are taught at the same quality and standard whether they are taken for a Letter of Achievement or a Higher Advanced Diploma.
Self - designed qualifications
Not all educational institutions certificates /diplomas meet everyone’s needs. ADL offers students the flexibility to design their own qualification – putting together a combination of 100 hour modules that fit around your goals. This allows you to undertake a unique course of study, and avoid having to study modules that are of no interest or use to you. ADL's admin team are available to advise and help you in choosing your courses.
If you decide, in the case of a Diploma or Higher Qualification, to pay your course fees in the form of a one-off payment, you would be eligible up to a 40% reduction on fees. Alternatively, you may choose to pay via our interest free instalment plan. Please click here for further details.
Learning methods: choose - Online, USB stick, CD-ROM or Printed Format (correspondence)
Please look at our FAQ's for answers to the most common questions asked by students.
When you enroll with ADL you will be joining other like-minded students who are improving their lives through education.