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Women Returners' Network Chelmsford College
Moulsham Street
Essex CM2 0JQ
Phone: 01245 263796
Fax: 01245 491712

This ninth version is the first that has been set-up online. It has been updated by Andrea Lohner, WRN's Research Assistant.

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Distance Learning

Chartered Insurance Institute
20 Aldermanbury, London EC2V 7HY, tel 020 74174430, fax 020 74170563,
email, website

The CII is the largest professional organisation in the global insurance and financial services industries today. It delivers world class standards of education and support to practitioners at every stage of their professional and personal development. This ensures that CII graduates are appropriately qualified for an effective and successful career in the increasingly competitive and continually expanding insurance and financial services markets.


Holborn College
200 Greyhound Road, London W14 9RY 020 7385 3377

Offers distance learning degrees and diplomas in Law in conjunction with the University of Wolverhampton and related subjects such as Public Relations.


National College of Technology
NCT Ltd, PO Box 11, High Street, Wendover, Buckinghamshire HP22 6XA 01296 624270

Offers a range of technological training/education courses leading to BTEC and other awards.


National Extension College
The Michael Young Centre, Purbeck Road, Cambridge, CB2 2HN,
tel 01223 400350, fax 01223 400325, email, website

The College, founded in 1963, is a non-profit making educational trust. NEC enrols over 20 000 people who study with NEC each year on over 140 distance learning courses ranging from basic skills, GCSE, A level, NVQ, degree and professional qualifications. Also available are courses covering business, book keeping, IT skills, accounting, management skills, counselling, childcare, engineering, language and writing skills. Students will receive high quality course materials and will be supported by a network of expert tutors as well as experienced student advisors. NEC is accredited by the Open and Distance Learning Quality Council.


Open College of Arts
Unit 1B, Redbrook Business Park, Wilthorpe Road, Barnsley, S75 1JN,
tel 0800 7312116/01226 730495

The College was founded in 1987 and is an educational charitable trust with no government funding support. Over 10 000 students have taken OCA courses. They include unemployed people and women who have to work mainly or entirely at home for reasons of family or of disability. Courses are available throughout Great Britain in art and design, drawing, painting, sculpture, textiles, photography, writing, garden design, music and history of art. In addition to home study, tutorial back-up is provided by tutors in various colleges of art, universities, schools, art centres, studios or, in some cases, by post. A Record of Satisfactory Completion is offered to all students and a graded Award scheme is available for students who need written evidence of their level of achievement


Open University
The Open University, Milton Keynes MK7 6YZZ, tel 01908 653231, website

The Open University offers home-based, part-time study using distance learning texts and kits, television, radio, audio and video, cassettes and local tuition.

Students can study for a BA or BSc degree in a wide range of subjects including: Arts, Business Management, Computing, Education, English Law, Health & Social Welfare, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Science, Social Sciences and Technology. Diplomas or Masters degree are also available, as well as a wide range of short courses for those wishing to develop a personal interest or for career development. The Open University Business School caters for managers at all levels in industry and commerce and offers a Certificate, a Diploma and a MBA degree. There are no entry requirements for most OU undergraduate programmes. A good first degree or OU diploma is usually needed for higher degrees. Courses run from February to October and some also have residential summer schools.


The College of Law of England and Wales
College of Law Services Ltd, 2 Bream's Building, Chancery Lane, London EC4A 1PJ,
tel 0207 6117400, fax 0207 61174444, website

The college runs` Fresh Start`: a distance learning course for people seeking to return to legal practice after a career break and for those wishing to change specialisation. Contact the college for course information.


Unison Open College and Membership Development
1 Mabledon Place, London, WC1H 9AJ, tel 0207 3882366.
Contact: Steve Williams or Dori Francis.

The amalgamated NALGO, NUPE and COHSE union offers distance learning provision in various subjects and opportunities for non-traditional learners to get back into learning via our unique Return to Learn Programme.


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