Blended learning explained

If your life can’t accommodate a full-time, on-campus course, the blended approach could be for you.

What is blended learning?

Blended learning combines on-campus or in-person learning with the flexibility of online study.

You’ll find blended degrees and courses that combine online study with in-person learning such as:

  • workshops
  • lab work
  • work placements
  • summer schools
  • on-campus lectures or classes.

Work-based learning

Here, you’ll study online alongside learning in the workplace. This could be where you’re currently employed, or somewhere you’ll work on a voluntary basis for the purpose of your studies.

Work-based learning has some unique advantages that could make it right for you.

  • Your learning is centred around your workplace, so you know the skills you learn will be a great fit for your career and employer.
  • You can put new academic and technical skills into practice from day one.
  • You’ll gain valuable work experience alongside academic learning, and can continue to earn while you learn too.

Blended learning benefits


No committing to full-time hours on campus. You’ll study primarily online with only short periods on campus. You’re free to schedule the online part of your course around your work, family and life commitments.


Blended courses can have lower fees than on-campus courses. You can also continue to work – in some cases, your work will be a core part of your learning. So, you’ll continue to earn valuable income while you study.

Unique experience

Whether it’s in the lab or work-based learning, blended courses offer the advantage of hands-on experience. Your learning can often be tailored to your work, so what you study is relevant to you, your employer, and your career.

Explore our blended learning courses

Postgraduate courses you can study via blended learning with us include:

View all our postgraduate blended qualifications.

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