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Sunderland College are using blended learning to deliver BTEC Higher Nationals in Business

The college currently delivers BTEC HNC in Business as a part-time course, using a blended learning delivery model.

Blended learning has allowed the college to be more flexible in delivering the qualification. Using HN Online has provided more opportunities for students to take charge of their learning and the tools enable college tutors to be better informed on the progress of their students.

The students attend the college for a 2.5 hour in-class teaching session every three weeks. They then spend the rest of their time studying online, working through the HN Online modules, but also have an option for face-to-face meetings with a tutor every week.

Instructor tools within HN Online allow tutors to monitor students’ interaction with content and evaluate their learning progress. This information also helps them to decide which topics to cover during in-class sessions to help students better understand the concepts.

Students at Sunderland College have access to a virtual learning environment where learning resources are available. These include:

  • References to HN Online where relevant content is located
  • Presentations to explain key concepts
  • Links to resources relevant to unit content.

The course is for people who would like a highly regarded business qualification that focuses on practical skills and knowledge. It will help improve your job prospects within many different types of organisations in addition to proving a platform for further study.

Tim Field, Sunderland College Curriculum Manager for Business said:

“With blended learning, the learners have a more personalized experience because they can learn in their own time at home and the time in class is now better utilized.

We have had excellent feedback from current students who are on the course to say that without the blended learning approach they would never have been able to find the time to commit to a more traditionally taught course. They can now learn when it suits them, whether that’s on the bus to work using their mobile phone or at home on their iPad.

There has been a lot of interest in this course from a range of individuals and employers who are keen to tap in the College’s expertise in this area.”

To find out more about the course and apply, click here.

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