Diploma in Distance Learning Tutoring


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Diploma in Distance Learning Tutoring

Why Oxford Learning College


Oxford College is pleased to offer the level 3 Diploma in Distance Learning Tutoring. This fully accredited Level 3 course is delivered through ten modules and is suitable for those who wish to enter distance learning as tutors and learner supporters. There is an assumed basic knowledge of education delivery and specialist subject knowledge.

Traditional Learning usually takes place face to face and in a controlled environment such as a classroom. Distance Learning however is a teaching and learning using a variety of techniques and is designed to be carried out remotely by using various media other than face to face.

Distance learning techniques are typically less expensive to support and are not limited by geographical considerations, therefore it can provide opportunities to learners and potential learners who do not have access to the full range of traditional education facilities. For a student living in the Australian outback for example, the nearest school may be many miles away. Through Distance Learning this learner can have access to good quality education at home. Likewise, specialist courses such as Classics may not be available in even urban areas. Distance Learning enables those who want to study subjects that are not available locally, to study these subjects.

With the advantages of the Internet, Distance Learning is increasingly becoming a vehicle for education delivery. This course seeks to highlight the technical advances and their role in Distance Learning and provide explicit guidance on their use within this specialised learning environment.

Each module is followed by activities which you are encouraged to complete, together with keeping a reflective journal as part of the course. This journal can be used towards continued professional development.

The following is an overview of each module;

The 10 modules of this course are;

  • Module One – Introduction to Distance Learning
  • Module Two – Education, Theory and Practice
  • Module Three – Supporting students
  • Module Four – Media used in distance learning
  • Module Five – Skills development and Marking and feedback in detail
  • Module Six - Access and differentiation issues in distance learning
  • Module Seven - Structures and quality in distance learning
  • Module Eight - Getting into distance learning as a tutor
  • Module Nine - Keeping track
  • Module Ten - Expanding your role



Module 1: Introduction to Distance Learning


In the first module we explore the history of distance learning and how it continues to evolve today. We will Discuss definitions of distance learning and the concepts and models which have been used to theorise the approaches, requirements and methods of delivery used in distance learning.


Module 2: Education, Theory and Practice


In the second module of this course we will examine theories and legislation, for example those that refer to lifelong learning, quality assurance and professional practices of course delivery that distance learning tutors will need to understand and apply in their work. In this module we will also examine relevant theories of education, and discuss how they apply to distance learning. The course material will also present you with various models of learning and how these need to be adapted to suit distance learning, paying particular attention to issues of differentiation and skills development.


Module 3: Supporting students


In the third module of the course we build from the content of module 2 and explore learner requirements and categorization of learning skills. Questions that we will consider in this unit include;

  • How do we learn?
  • What do students expect from distance learning/?
  • How do we bridge the gap between traditional learning environments and the virtual learning environment?
  • What is the common ground and how can we use this to the students' advantage? In this module we will also cover areas such as proactive support, blended learning and helping student to overcome real issues in distance learning such as activity scheduling, isolation and motivation, which are often a major concern for those new to distance learning. We also look at other problems of supporting students such as time and funding inputs, boundaries and responsibilities.



Module 4: Media used in distance learning


In the fourth module of the course we will explore some of media commonly used in distance learning. We will consider ways in which tutors need to be equipped to use a variety of mixed media, including the following;

  • Correspondence tuition
  • E-mail tuition
  • Face to face supplementation
  • Telephone tuition
  • WIKIs
  • Podcasts



Module 5: Skills development and Marking and feedback in detail


This fifth module looks at how the distance learning learner can continue to develop their learning skills and how these can be appropriately assessed and supported within the distance learning environment. We will consider the ways in which tutors can facilitate positive experiences for their students and help students to work towards achieving positive outcomes. Through feedback and consideration from the learner the tutor can use student experiences in order to develop their own skills.

As tutors the feedback we give to learners is critical to their learning experience and therefore we explore in this module how to convey positive and constructive feedback. We will also discuss how distance learning tutors can help students to improve their skills and maintain motivation in the distance learning environment. In this module you will draw on your journal to help build up personal marking strategies and guidelines which will help you in both time management and consistency (further explored in module 9).


Module 6: Access and differentiation issues in distance learning


All learners are different and distance learning allows learners of all ages and all areas of life to study. In this sixth module we examine access and availability to distance learning courses, student entry points and how tutors manage these varied parameters. In addition we discuss the limitations of distance learning support, together with student responsibilities and expectations of their learning experience.

Distance learning students often ‘go missing' or ‘silent’. Tutors are not always party to personal information regarding the individual circumstances that students have when this occurs. Therefore in this module we will also examine how tutors can help to retain students, and provide strategies designed to improve student retention and the theories which underpin these strategies.


Module 7: Structures and quality in distance learning


In the seventh module of the course we examine various key aspects in delivery of positive and successful distance learning courses. The module will discuss the following;

  • Organizational
  • Appraisal and assessment
  • Standards
  • Continued professional development
  • Quality, experience and reflexivity
  • Professional bodies and ethics
  • CRB checks and relevance of tutoring the under 18's



Module 8: Getting into distance learning as a tutor


In this eigth module of the course we will cover the normal requirements and experience necessary in a variety of posts such as GCSE, A level, Diploma and Degree. The module will also cover the following fundamental processes;

  • CV writing and how to express your experience in a positive way
  • Looking at expectations
  • How to assess your own experience and address shortfalls
  • Look at professional and practical knowledge



Module 9: Keeping track


In the penultimate module of the course we will explore strategies we can use to keep track of learning progress as well as your own resources. With multiple courses and awards, and students beginning the course at different times, and working at different pace, keeping track of student progress and key dates can be overwhelming. We will discuss issues related to these factors in depth and provide some frameworks which will help to organise and record appropriately and efficiently.

We will also cover the following;

  • Issues of contact
  • Boundaries of your position
  • Responsibilities
  • Getting information as a distance learning tutor
  • Helpful resources and websites

Over the years the distance learning tutor will amass a huge amount of documentation, course materials and books, particularly if they tutor several awards or courses, This module looks at how you can minimise and handle this ‘stuff'.


Module 10: Expanding your role


In the final module of the course we will explore further roles for the distance learning tutor. Once you have some experience of distance learning tutoring you may wish to branch out into course writing or become an examiner. This module looks at some of the ways you can diversify and also discusses what is needed in order to fulfil the different roles:

  • Becoming an examiner or marker
  • Becoming a moderator
  • Course writing
  • Proof reading
  • Branching out into NVQ assessing or work-based assessing
  • Special needs
  • One to one tutoring

The course is designed to be informative, enjoyable and motivating. Once you have completed the course and been successful in the online examination, you will have a sound grounding and underpinning knowledge of what is required by the distance learning tutor in their role and be equipped to expand your knowledge and acquire practical experience.


Entry Requirements

All students must be 16 years of age and above.

Level 3 Diploma courses require a minimum prior learning to GCSE standard in order that students can manage their studies and the assumed knowledge within course content.

Study Hours

Approximately 20 hours per unit

Assessment Method

Final online multiple choice examination.

Please note that you can enrol on this course at anytime.


Diploma in Distance Learning Tutoring

This course is Quality Assured by the Quality Licence Scheme
Quality Assured by QLS

At the end of this course successful learners will receive an e-Certificate from Oxford Learning College. There is also the option to purchase an Embossed Certificate and also a certificate from ABC Awards for the qualification.

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Oxford Learning College has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future.

The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by Oxford Learning College to meet specific learners' and/or employers' requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government. It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers. Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards also offers Ofqual regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

How can I progress

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Additional Information

You will receive a certificate from the College. A digital version is included in the price and will be emailed to you within 5 days of taking your online exam.

Should you require an embossed hard copy of your certificate to be sent to you by Special Delivery post, you can order this separately after taking your exam.

The course can be enrolled upon by students Internationally. There are no deadlines for enrolments.

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What's Included

Online study materials to enable the student to successfully complete the Diploma. Support is provided by the tutor department for the duration of the course (1 year). Certification upon completion. All examination fees.

Course Fee


Payment by Instalments

Students are able to pay course fees in monthly instalments. Click here to download our instalment plan.

Further Information

The Quality Assured Diploma is a Level 3 equivalent on the National Qualifications Framework. The Diploma is a 1 year course which is self study and is examined by online examination. The Diploma is awarded by Oxford College. Upon completion of the course you will receive certification awarded by Oxford College.

The Level 3 Diplomas require a minimum prior learning to GCSE standard in order to for students to manage study and the assumed knowledge within course content.

They provide an ability to gain and apply a range of knowledge, skills and understanding in a specific subject at a detailed level. Level 3 qualifications such as A levels, NVQ3, BTEC Diplomas etc. are appropriate if you plan to progress to university study.

Level 3 Diploma courses can assist you in career development, continued professional development, personal development, and provision of a basis for further study.

Progression from Level 3 is to specialist learning and detailed analysis of a higher level of information (for example university level study, Diploma Level 5 study).

Your course is delivered online via the Oxford Learning On Campus website.

This is a flexible learning course, so the more time you have to commit to your studies, the sooner you are able to complete.

In the student 'On Campus' you are also able to take part in the student chat room and forums as part of our online student community.

After enrolling online you will receive your username and password to access the On Campus area within 3 working days.

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