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School of Computing, Engineering & Digital Technologies

Open learning in engineering TUOLE

A world-leading provider

Teesside University open learning in engineering is one of the leading providers of high-quality flexible education to the engineering industry.

For over 30 years we have been creating high-quality, stand-alone, open learning materials. It is a realistic way to deliver necessary training and education to staff who are unable to attend conventional classroom-based courses. So, if you work on an oil rig in the Caribbean or in pipeline construction in a desert, your professional development need not be interrupted - you can study at your own pace, effectively anywhere.

Our programmes are supported and complemented by an impressive range of research, innovation and enterprise activities, with the quality reflected in that 80% of our submission to the last research assessment exercise was judged as being of international quality.

Courses we offer


Take advantage of Teesside University open learning engineering courses to efficiently develop your technical and engineering workforce. Open learning is the most cost effective means of providing your staff with the education they need to ensure your company remains competitive.

Our courses are equally suited to ongoing professional development of senior technical managers as to supporting established vocational training such as apprenticeships.

Tutor support

With a comprehensive tutor support network and competitively priced programmes, your flexible, accredited study with us means you can enhance your skills and knowledge in a way that suits you.

The HNC/D programmes are delivered via a dedicated online support site through TU Online VLE which provides learning and support materials.

Improve your employability

Our internationally renowned study materials let you progress at your own pace, when and where you wish. It's flexible.

All our course materials are self-contained and come with a full support and assessment package, allowing you to achieve your internationally recognised technical and engineering qualification.

The courses are delivered through our online site TU Online VLE

Join the tens of thousands of successful technicians and engineers whose career progression has been vitalised and underpinned by qualifications gained through open learning from Teesside University.

'The University is fundamental to developing and upskilling our people so that they meet the needs of the future.'

George Ritchie, Senior Vice-President, Sembcorp

Frequently asked questions

What does open learning mean?

Open learning means studying at a location and over a timescale convenient to you. Rather than give up your job, you can continue to live at home and earn while studying. You use specially prepared learning materials written by experienced academics. They know which sections of the work you usually find difficult, and have provided user-friendly explanations and self-assessment questions to help your study. Full answers are provided.

Why should I study?

Increased knowledge and higher qualifications will enhance both your performance in your present job and your future employment prospects.

Who provides the course?

We provide the course materials through our e-learning site TU Online VLE and can provide tutorial support. Course accreditation is provided by Teesside University under licence from Pearson.

How long will it take?

Since open learning programmes allow you to work at your own pace, this varies. But typically, a Higher National Certificate takes between two and three years. You must complete the course within five years and you must do at least two 15-credit modules a year (30 credits in total).

What support will I receive?

For each module within a course you are allocated a tutor. The tutor grades your tutor-marked assessments and provides feedback through the online site TU Online VLE Your tutor is also available to contact by phone, email or (by prior arrangement) in person to help you with any problems that you have with the work.

How will I be assessed?

You are assessed by a series of in-course tutor-marked assessments which assess topic areas of each module. The number of assessments varies across the modules. You complete the assessment and submit your answers through the online site, TU Online VLE.

Will I undertake any practical work?

If there is practical work involved in a module you do it at home using special practical kits developed by us and loaned to you free of charge to use on the course.

What resources do I have access to?

We provide all course materials and they are all self-contained. This course is delivered through a dedicated online support site through e-learning which provides learning and support materials.

You will also have access to the University library resources which include a large number of ebooks and journals.

Difficulty with your studies?

If you are having difficulty completing your course because of a change in personal circumstances, please contact the TUOLE admin team on 01642 342732 to discuss your options.

If you have any difficulties with module lessons and assessments, please contact your module tutor.