What is Blended Learning?

Do you want to study for a Degree, but feel like you just don’t have the time to fit it into your life? Our Blended Learning courses combine innovative online learning with traditional, face-to-face classes to give you a more flexible way to study.

How does it work?

The face-to-face hours are delivered over 2 days per week, during the day or in the evenings, through attendance at one of our study centres. In addition to this, you will study the remainder of your hours through independent online learning, meaning you can still complete your Degree in 3 years.

This Blended Learning approach means you can study anytime, anywhere and you can contact your tutor for extra support via email or call or email our support team with any questions during normal working hours.


What do you need to study at Arden University? 

Our aim is to make Arden as accessible as possible by ensuring that you can join us, wherever you are. 

That’s why we keep our requirements simple. All you need is a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection.

With this one tool, you’ll be able to access information, advice, support, learning materials and our online library, as well as create assignments, keep notes, and collaborate with other students effectively."


Example Timetable

Blending Learning Timetable

When can I study?

You will study your course through a blend of face-to-face seminars with your course lecturers at one of our Study Centres, combined with independent online learning activities which you can fulfil in your own time. 

Each module of your course is completed over a six week period, called a study block. Each week will require a minimum of 33.5 hours of study time, which comprises:

  • A minimum 25.5 hours independent online learning, which includes participation in online forums with your classmates and fulfilling key activities such as core readings, research for your assignments, and course assessments.  
  • Eight hours of timetabled face-to-face teaching each week based in one of our Study Centres.

Our example timetable shows you how a week studying your course at Arden could look, combining your classes with online study hours. Your schedule will leave you plenty of time for work, family, and any other commitments you have. 

  • Typically, classes will be scheduled on either two mornings (9.00am to 1.00pm), two afternoons (1.30pm to 5.30pm), or two evenings (two nights on campus 5:30-9:30pm) during teaching weeks. You’ll be able to opt for your preferred class times when you apply for your course, and we’ll do our best to accommodate your requests as best we can. 
  • We try to ensure your classes run to the same schedule throughout Academic Year. However, in some cases, scheduled course activities and their timing may be subject to change from one Academic Year to the next. You will receive confirmation of your timetable arrangements four weeks before the beginning of your academic year, giving you time to prepare for any slight adjustments to your study schedule. 

Study Skills

During the first six weeks of Year 1, you will also attend four study skills workshops to help you succeed in your studies with us. These sessions will cover topics such as effective methods for reading and note-taking, using our online Library Portal, referencing and avoiding plagiarism, and how to approach your assignments. This will bring your weekly class time up to 9.5 hours a week for Block 1. Your following study blocks will be made up of the usual eight hours of classroom time in addition to 25.5 hours of independent online learning. 

Where can I study?

With 5 Arden study centres across the UK, in Birmingham, London, Leeds and Manchester, and 1 in Germany, Berlin, we believe we can offer a study option that suits most lifestyles.

So, whether you’re a full-time parent, striving to be employee of the month, or just don’t want the traditional study methods offered by other universities, Blended Learning at Arden University offers the flexibility and support you need to fit study around your life.

Take a look at the courses on offer and talk to one of our Course Advisors through our Live Chat function, or complete an enquiry form and someone will be in touch.

Find the Blended Learning course that’s right for you

Flexible Intake Dates

At Arden University you don’t have to start your Degree in September like most other universities. We offer 5 different intakes throughout the year so you can start your course at a time that suits you and fits around your commitments.

Undergraduate Intake Dates

  • September
  • October
  • February
  • April
  • June

Undergraduate Term Start Dates 2019/2020

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Find out more about Blended Learning and take a look at our Tower Hill study centre

Want to study in London, Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham or Berlin? Arden can help

To discuss your Degree or Master's study options with our London, Leeds, ManchesterBirmingham or Berlin Course Advisors, call us today on 0208 003 6196

Or if you want to get a feel for the proper Arden experience, why not attend one of our Open Days? You’ll get to meet the staff, tour the facilities and much more. You can view our upcoming dates and book your place here

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