Distance learning

Short courses

Short online courses

Structured as weekly online meetings, these online courses take place in a virtual learning environment allowing for students to study from anywhere in the world. Courses are normally 5-10 or 20 weeks in duration and class sizes are kept small to maximise interaction between students and the tutor.  

Sample units from short online courses in archaeology, art history, literature and philosophy are available to view from the course demonstration site.

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Virtual weekly classes

Weekly Oxford Worldwide (WOW) is a new programme, based on our in-Oxford weekly classes. It is delivered online as interactive, fully-tutored courses.

You'll have access to recorded lectures and course materials, and will join ten live, tutor-led sessions. The ‘live-time’ sessions replicate our face-to-face teaching in Oxford, so students take part in real-time discussion and debate with other students and the course tutor.

Class sizes are kept small to maximise interaction between you, your classmates and tutor.

Choose from more than 30 accredited courses in a range of subjects including archaeology, creative writing, economics, history, history of art, languages, psychology, literature and more. 

> Weekly Oxford Worldwide

Course credit

Coursework is an integral part of all our short online courses and WOW classes. Everyone enrolled will be expected to do coursework, but only those who have registered for credit will be awarded CATS points for completing work at the required standard.

Please refer to our CATS Points System guidelines to find out more about CATS points and how to register for credit.

Credit earned from our short onine courses and WOW classes is transferable towards our award programme, the Certificate of Higher Education.

Flexible Oxford qualifications

The following Oxford qualifications are studied entirely, or mostly, online:

We also offer a number of low-residency programmes that allow students to study whilst continuing with their day-to-day life. The short residential stays provide high contact hours with tutors and fellow students, resulting in a fully immersive experience.

Professional development

A number of our professional development courses can be studied online from anywhere in the world.