How to Study by Distance


Important Dates in the Academic Calendar

The year is split into two semesters, with 13 teaching weeks in each semester and courses are completed each semester.

There are no lectures for on-campus and distance students over the semester break, assignment, study and exam weeks.

Distance students start and finish the semester the same as the on-campus students.

Teaching periods

Three hours of lectures are scheduled for a course each week, usually made up of one single lecture and one double (2 hour) lecture, although there can be exceptions such as a triple lecture of 3 hours with small breaks.

Compulsory Attendance

Distance students are expected to do all online tasks in the week they are set.

Lecturers mark the attendance of all students.

A minimum attendance of 80% is required in order to pass a course, regardless of the marks received for graded assessments.

The minimum 80% attendance rule is:

Distance students must complete at least 11 weekly online tasks

Workload Requirements

For each course plan for 10 hours per week on coursework and associated study, including:

  • Distance students should allocate 3 hours to reading lecture notes and/ or watching the lecturers’ PowerPoint presentations.

Weekly Online Tasks

For distance students attendance is met by completing the online tasks each week, during the week specified.

Free WiFi on-campus

You can log into the College’s secure WiFi when using your own computer or phone on-campus once you have setup your login details with the IT Support, Stephen Watkinson.


Distance students only can request a print book from our library anytime using Worldcat.

  1. Go to
  2. Sign In
  3. Type the author, title, subject or key words in the Search Book (details on page 5).
  4. Click on the title of the book from the list of publications that appear on screen. For example, clicking on the title ‘The Gospel of St Mark’ brings up the screen below.
  5. Click the Borrow/ Reserve button.
  6. Fill in the details in the ‘request’ screen

 Borrowing using the Online Library Catalogue

The librarian is automatically notified of your online reserve / request.

  • Reserves/ requests received after 9am will be actioned the following working day.
  • Book requests are sent out to distance students at no cost to them.
  • Distance students must return the book

Emailed Request

Distance students can choose to email the details of the book to  Copy and paste book details from your catalogue search.

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