The Online Classroom & Term Dates

Accessing your lessons

Each week comes with a set of written information about your course and a recorded lesson for you to complete. This video lesson is available in the course menu.

Lessons are available at weekly intervals to allow you time to complete assignments and revise the content so far. It is important that you don’t rush through the course material as you will need time to practice the techniques that you have learnt.

Live Assistance:

Each week during term times, our distance learning students are invited to a live study group which is run to discuss your progress with your tutor. Although students will be at different points of the course, this is a great opportunity for you to ask any questions that you have and study alongside other students.
The weekly study groups are run every wednesday between 11am and 12pm. A link to the session is available on your feedback page.

These study groups are not recorded for data protection.


Each week you will be set an assignment to complete that covers the course material for that week and previous learning. Assignments are uploaded using the course assignment tool and will be marked and returned to you within 14 days. Please read the Submitting Assignments lesson carefully.

Holidays & Important Dates

Tuition availability is based around term times only. No classes are scheduled in ‘holidays’.

Autumn Term (2019): 2nd September 2019 – 20th December 2019

Half Term: 28th October 2019 – 3rd November 2019

Spring Term (2020): 6th January 2020 – 3rd April 2020

Exhibition Week (No live sessions): 22nd January 2020 – 24th January 2020

Half Term: 17th February 2020 – 21st February 2020

Summer Term (2020): 20th April 2020 – 17th July 2020

Half Term: 25th May 2020 – 29th May 2020

Autumn Term (2020): 7th September 2020 – 18th December 2020

Half Term: Monday 26th October 2020 – Friday 30th October 2020

Spring Term (2021): 4th January 2021 – 2nd April 2021

Half Term: Monday 15 February 2021 – Friday 19 February 2021

Summer Term (2021): 19th April 2021 – 23rd July 2021

Half Term: 31st May 2021 – 4th June 2021

Further dates TBC

Important: Exams should be booked by early February each year if the student is to be taking those exams in the summer of that year