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What do you really need?

If you’re new to online learning, enrolling onto an online course can feel like a step into the unknown. You might find yourself wondering if you have exactly what you need to be able to study over the internet.

The truth of the matter is, there isn’t an endless list of things you need to have to be able to study online with Arden – here are the four most important.

A device with internet connection

Whether you own a PC or a laptop, your online learning experience will be dependent on your device. Once you’re connected to the internet, you will have access to our study portal, ilearn; this is your virtual classroom.

Here, you can access all the tools and resources you need to study your chosen course online. From study materials and schedules, to careers support and chat forums. There’s no needs to buy books and other traditional materials. Instead, everything you could possibly need to succeed in your studies can be found conveniently found in one place.

A place you can concentrate

Different methods of learning suit different people. This can also apply to study location. The beauty of online learning is that you can study wherever you please.

Do you feel most comfortable at home on the sofa, or in the spare room you’ve transformed into an office? Perhaps you like to visit the library to put yourself in the right frame of mind. Wherever it is that you feel you learn best, you must have a place the presents minimal interruptions.


With no physical classes to attend, you must feel confident that you are able to keep on top of your workload. To do that, you need self-motivation and self-discipline. As with regular, on-campus learning, online courses have deadlines that must be met; good time management plays a big role in helping you meet those deadlines.

Successful online learning largely relies on you being in the right frame of mind to digest the information you’re being given. If you’re planning to study at home, it’s essential that you’re able to adopt that mindset, despite being in an environment much more relaxed than a classroom.

In some cases, a qualification

There are instances where you may be required to have a qualification to enrol onto an online programme. At Arden, we believe that everyone should have access to the education they deserve, so we keep our entry requirements as flexible as possible.

For those who are currently lacking in formal qualifications, many of our courses take relevant work experience into account when you apply to study with us.

For more information, please visit our course page and select the programme you are interested in.

Distance learning FAQs

How does online learning work?

There is no campus, no fixed timetable and your study portal is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! The qualification at the end is the same as any other UK university course. We provide you with all the study materials you need, a team of expert tutors and other support to get you through. Learn more about the Learning Experience here.

Do I need a computer?

You will need to be online for all of our courses, and there are specific software requirements for some of them. You can connect to ilearn (our online learning classroom) through many different devices such as mobile phones, tablets and laptops, or your local library may have resources you can use.

What study materials do I get?

Your learning materials are developed by subject specialists and have been developed with your future career in mind – so you don't just get the theory to help you pass your exams, but also real-life, practical examples to make things easier to understand and to help you later thrive in the workplace.

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