Distance Learning

This is a new section and a positive development as a result of Covid-19.

All subject areas have developed short courses that you can take even if you are at home. Perhaps you cannot make regular classes, you are still self-isolating or want to study the course over a longer period?

These courses are delivered differently to our face-to-face courses. We will be using our secure Online Virtual Learning Platform called Blackboard. All the Learning Materials are accessed using your university username account.

Instead of the usual Introductory letter, you will find this information on the Announcements page on Blackboard giving you an overview of the course, a little like the traditional Scheme of Work and Introductory Letter.

Distance Learning allows you work at your own pace; the units are split into activities that allow you to study at a time that is convenient to you. There will be an online tutorial with your tutor. Your tutor will also available by email too if you have any concerns.

Some of these courses do not have a traditional start date, but an ‘available from’ date with a longer time to complete. Our final deadline date is fixed and non-negotiable. This is designed to ensure that it coincides with our Quality Assurance policies together with fair marking and assessment procedures.

We hope that you enjoy this style of learning. Have a browse and see what is available.


How is it delivered?

If you are undertaking a distance learning course, you will need a username and password. This may help once you have this information. You can start and stop this video at any time.

Your unique username, once set up, allows you other perks such as library access, online books, discounts and access to a remarkable, searchable site of Radio and Television programmes. This allows further depth and insights for your studies. Beware it is addictive!

After your enrolment the office will issue you with your unique student number. This allows you to access the process to get your username and password. Please watch this film to see how to create your Aberystwyth account. It may be useful to open this with your phone, allowing you to use your computer screen to undertake the task. 

Payments and Enrolment

During Covid-19 Term 3, 2020 courses will have just two set prices in order to keep payments simple;

£45 for 5 credit courses

£90 for 10 credit courses

We are planning an online shop, which should be up and running shortly. In the meantime, please complete a digital enrolment form or scan or take a photo of your paper enrolment form and send it to us by email at learning@aber.ac.uk so that we can process your information and get you enrolled.’  

Enrol on a Course


Enrolment Form


And finally, here is a short video showing how you can navigate Blackboard, our Virtual Learning Environment.


Opening an Aberystwyth University account is free. Having an account gives you many additional opportunities such as access to the library and online journals, our free secure learning environment, free email and discounts on university services. Our distance courses require you to set up your account so you can study at your own pace - this is one of the advantages of distance learning.

You will need to set up the account without our help, because it is a personal and confidential transaction. To make it easier for you, watch this video as it will give you all the instructions you need. We suggest that you sit at your computer and access this page on a smart phone, freeing up your computer to work through the guidelines to help make the transaction smoother.

Activating your Student Account (PPTX)

Activating your Student Account (PDF)