Online courses are becoming more popular, but you might be wondering if they are really worth it. Here is a blog post explaining 4 of the main benefits.
It has examples from our own online courses, which are designed for adults aged 19+.
1. An online course is good for your CV
Often people ask if employers recognise online courses, and if they can help you get a job. The answer is yes!
Evidence of learning something new can be a great thing to add to your CV. Building on your existing knowledge is also a good idea.
If you want to make sure you get a good quality online course, try choosing a reputable learning provider. For example, you could choose somewhere like a further education college or a university.
2. You can get an accredited qualification from home
You might wonder if online courses are accredited, or whether they are as good as face-to-face courses.
Courses across the web do vary. But you can get quality courses online, and even earn qualifications.
For example, at Nottingham College, we are a recognised education provider. We have accredited online qualification courses.
But we also offer shorter options that can lead to a College certificate. So, you get a choice of options to suit you.
3. Online courses can be funded or low cost
For example, we have a wide range of funded online courses at Nottingham College. They have funding available to cover the tuition fee, for people aged 19+ looking to retrain or upskill.
There are some exceptions and eligibility requirements. You can find more information on each course page. Or, you can contact us so we can let you know if you are eligible for funding.
4. You get flexible study
If you’re wondering how online courses work, the answer is that there are a range of options out there to suit different people.
Here at Nottingham College, you can choose from two main options:
Accredited qualifications to help you retrain or upskill
We provide you with guidance and study materials, and you study online at a time and place you choose, over a few months.
You also get a tutor to support you throughout your studies.
Short self-study continuing professional development (CPD) courses
You can find the online CPD courses on our CPD courses page.
With the online options you’ll get an automatic assessment at the end. You can study from home or work, whichever suits you. These are mostly 4-hour courses, costing from £28.50.
Plus, we have some options that are purely for self-development. For example, you could choose a funded online Employability Skills course, to help with job hunting and applications.