Here at Arden University, we are committed to improving access to Higher Education and helping you achieve your goals.
Our flexible study modes and supportive environment often help our students start a journey that sees them break free of limitations, work hard and become the best they can be. Browse our Frequently Asked Questions below to find the answers to any questions you might have.
Working to obtain a university qualification is challenging, yet rewarding. But don't worry - our Admissions Advisors will make sure you're enrolled on a course that you feel you can succeed in. Your Student Support Coordinator will help you stay on track from your very first day and will always be on hand to offer advice when needed. If you start your course and don’t feel it's right for you, we can always discuss this and review your options.
We pride ourselves on the level of personalised support we offer our students. Your expert tutors will help prepare you for the academic challenge, but also for your future career. Your Student Support Coordinator will be just a call or email away, supporting you and helping you stay on track, while our IT Support Team make sure your virtual classroom, ilLearn, is working as it should. You’ll also have access to our Careers Portal, which offers all the practical tools and tips you need to move forward in your career.
It’s very likely! We have around 6,000 students from over 150 countries, and more than three quarters of those with Arden University are adult learners. We’ve got students from diverse backgrounds, but all with a shared aim: gaining a university qualification and transforming their life and career.
Learning with Arden University is all about flexibility. We believe everybody should have access to Higher Education, no matter what their circumstances. You won’t spend more than 8 hours a week in the classroom, with the rest (or all, if you’re studying via Distance Learning) of your weekly studies carried out as and when it suits you. With so many ways to access your learning resources, be it by laptop, phone or tablet, you can fit study around your life.
If you enrol on an Arden Distance Learning course, there is no campus and no fixed timetable – instead, you study from home, as and when it suits you. We provide you with all the study materials you need, a team of expert tutors and other support to get you through your studies and the qualification you gain at the end is the same as any other UK university Degree.
We also offer Blended Learning at our study centres in London, Birmingham and Manchester. You get access to all our online materials and support, but you’ll attend classes at your study centre two days a week, giving you face-to-face time with tutors and that additional structure to your student life.
This new way of studying provides the best of face-to-face and online learning. You attend regular classroom sessions at your chosen study centre with other students, and carry out the rest of your weekly study independently using the online materials you’re provided with. You upload coursework and assignments to a secure online zone, with easy access to a tutor via Skype, email, webchat or phone. Our Blended Learning model enables you to complete a full three-year degree, with just 2 days face-to-face commitment per week.
You’ll need a device with an internet connection to access and download your learning materials. Ideally, this will be a computer or laptop - but you can also access iLearn on your tablet or mobile phone. Additionally, if you choose to study at one of our study centres, you will have access to their computer facilities, even on days where you don’t have scheduled classes.
Your learning materials are developed by subject specialists and have been developed with your future career in mind – so you don’t just learn the theory to help you pass your exams, but also real-life, practical examples to make things easier to understand and to help you thrive in the workplace. As well as access to your modules in iLearn, you will also find discussion forums and live chat, study schedules, an online library and EBSCO (an online research database).
This varies depending on which course you are studying, but we generally recommend a minimum of 20 hours per week – 8 classroom and 12 independent for Blended learners. With Arden, you have flexibility to set your own pace of study and you can take longer to complete a module if you have commitments that make studying difficult, but equally you can complete your course in the minimum time if you are willing and able.
There are many ways to do this. Tutors often use forums to give general feedback, which all students can benefit from. You can also use live chat, phone or email to reach your tutor.
If you choose to study via Blended Learning at our London, Birmingham or Manchester study centres, you’ll attend up to 8 hours of classes each week. If you study via Distance Learning, you won’t need to attend classes in person as you'll study exclusively online.
Absolutely! We have students from all over the world. Some courses require you to sit formal exams at the university, but we can help you arrange a convenient local venue if you’re not living in the UK.
Yes, you’ll be issued with an Arden student I.D. card and you can apply for an NUS extra card if you wish.
Yes! You’ll be invited to attend a graduation ceremony, held in the UK. If you’re unable to attend, you’ll receive your certificate in the post.
While you can choose to do this, there are other options. You can pay in instalments, apply for Student Loan funding or seek employer funding. Speak to our Admissions Team if you’d like to know more.
You can pay online or call us on the number at the top of the page. We accept credit and debit cards (Visa, Mastercard and UK Maestro), bank transfers and cheques. Currently we are unable to accept Amex cards for payment. If you have a UK current account, you can also pay with the Barclays Pingit mobile application. Students can also pay via PayPal if they are paying in GBP.
There usually is. We need to receive your payment in full, so please talk to your bank about this. They can tell you how much the charge is and make sure we get the full amount.
No. At Arden, we believe that your studies and your career go hand-in-hand, so we provide this service alongside your studies. If career advancement is high on your agenda, we want to support you in any way we can.