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Home learning, online learning, distant learning courses

Certificated professional workbased training

Working from home or remotely?

Wide range of subject areas available 

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About Us

Welcome to Durham Open Learning College. Development of the college was a natural progression for Dunelm Associates Ltd which delivered education, training and consultancy for over 27 years throughout the UK in the public, private and charitable sectors from Foundation to Senior Management level.

Durham Open Learning College enables us to deliver a wide variety of professional training courses via distance learning, home study and workplace study designed to help students study at a place, time and pace which suits individual needs.

Courses are offered on-line and worldwide. We pride ourselves on personal supported study delivered via email, telephone, skype sessions and our unique SOS facility. Students are helped and guided through the various stages of their course, both in and out of hours leading to exceptionally high completion and pass rates. Our student reviews are testimony to this statement.

Where students demonstrate commitment to their course this is more than matched with our commitment.

We offer no obligation tasters and no interest stage payment schemes on selected courses along with unlimited student guidance.

The College was founded by Gordon Spencer. Gordon has extensive experience in designing, managing and delivery of stand alone, bespoke and accredited training interventions from foundation to senior management level across a wide range of sectors. He has worked in both FE and HE institutions as senior lecturer / senior lecturer. Gordon has professionally developed his own qualifications over many years. These include recognised teaching, assessing, verification, management and business qualifications from foundation to senior strategic management level, culminating in an MBA from Durham University where he researched the advantages and disadvantages, comparisons and outcomes of traditional and competence based development programmes. Over the years he has used his research and experience effectively in aiding others chose and successfully complete development programmes best suited to their individual needs.

He recognises how important it is for students to receive friendly and informative advice and guidance. In doing so, he ensures that all potential and existing students regardless of background, hopes and aspirations can access free impartial help. When a student decides to join us, this professional personal approach continues throughout.