You may want to help your pupils child find ways of learning outside the classroom to complement what they achieve at school or college. This may be to help them:

  • find out what studying a subject in more depth is going to be like
  • find out whether university is the right career move for them
  • get help with homework
  • study something they can't inside the classroom, such as knitting or photography
  • learn a specific skill

Depending on what they choose to study, undertaking learning outside the classroom will help them in applying for a job or university place by acknowledging they've researched their subject fully and are interested in it, and are interested in the world around them and are able to personalise and self-direct their learning. 

We've links to the very best websites in the student section, with many courses being free, and you can access them here:

  • Pre-university Courses - aimed at school and college students and covers topics such as how to apply for university, what it's like to study at university, how to study and how to research to help prepare for university life.
  • Academic Courses - aimed at school and college students who want help with their homework, or want to further their understanding in a subject. They are also useful if you are looking to apply to university and want to understand how you are taught and learn, and as a taster to see whether a subject is for you and whether you want to take it to a deeper level of understanding.
  • Skills-based Courses - courses where you can learn a specific skill, such as building a website, which you may want to do for fun, but can also add to your CV/personal statement
  • Creative Courses - courses where you can learn creative skills, such as knitting, photography, a language, etc., which you may want to do for fun, but can also add to your CV/personal statement

The Careers section also looks at Distance Learning, which refers to courses that you can undertake either online, in the summer (where you might attend a summer school) or every week over the course of a term. On these courses you could learn absolutely anything and everything, however what may be especially useful to a parent are the courses designed for 16-19-year-olds to give them a taster into university life; those that offer help with their portfolio if they are looking to attend art school; or those that give an insight into a subject they might want to study at a higher level, but which is not offered at school, such as Fashion Design. 

Distance learning will often cost, and if your child wishes to attend a summer school you'll also have to factor in accommodation and transport costs.