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Courses

As more people than ever before have the chance to attend university or college, so the learning providers have had to become more inventive about the ways in which people can study. The advent of online learning and the flexibility of modular programmes scheduled at a variety of times of day mean that sitting in a classroom is no longer the only route to academic qualifications.  Even better, you can follow academic courses without necessarily taking any exams or 'getting qualified' - you can learn just for fun.  These alternative forms of academic study are most certainly not second best but, as with any course, you need to think about what will work in your situation.

Terminology

The language of education is not as standardised as some experts would have us believe and it is always subject to cultural variations so if you need help, click for our edu-glossary guide to terms.  Remember, however, that you will need to check your understanding with your chosen university or college before you sign up.

Credit transfer

If you decide to transfer credit from previous study, you will need to make sure your application is accompanied by your academic transcript.  Beware: the rules for obtaining and submitting transcripts vary from one country (sometimes, one college) to another so check before you send off for one.  Some places expect the transcript to be sent by the original university, some expect them to be obtained and sent on unopened by you and others expect you to to open them and then send them on.

Choosing

Try the basic checklist of things to consider to help you refine your search for the right provider.

Finding

Once you have refined your requirements, you need to progress to finding a course or programme..