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University vs online training: which is right for me?

As education moves away from traditional classroom learning and into the age of digitised training, you’re probably wondering how the two compare and which is right for you.

Online training is changing the structure and experience of education by providing people with the opportunity to study flexibly and at a lower cost than university. But will online training ever be able to truly compete with the university experience?

We’re bringing you the top differences between online training and traditional university, so you can decide for yourself which is the right option for you. 

Lecture hall or your own personal space

By the time you think about university as a higher education option, you’ve been told where to be and what to do by a timetable for at least 10 years through primary school, secondary school and college. Isn’t it time to do things on your own time, in your own space?

Online training offers the flexibility of learning at your own pace and in your own space. Allowing you to create a personalised timetable to suit your personal needs, rather than being herded into a lecture and expected to complete the same amount of work as hundreds of others on your course. It’s common knowledge that every individual learns in different ways, so why isn’t our traditional education system tailoring to that?


See also: 7 expert tips for realising your career dreams

Your bank balance

University will get you into a lot of debt, there’s no denying that. With most students coming out with upwards of £30,000 in student debt, it’s a pretty expensive venture, especially if you’re only doing it for it’s social side.

Investing in yourself is something we advocate, but you shouldn’t have to get yourself in tens of thousands pounds worth of debt doing so. By making the investment in online professional education, you’ll become a relevant, qualified professional much quicker and for a lot less money.

Being qualified with industry recognised certifications will help your career more swiftly than a university degree. People who train online increase their earning potential pretty quickly, meaning they can payback any costs before they know it.

A recent Learning People graduate, Mo, got in touch to let us know that his project management training has helped him land a £10,000 pay rise.

‘It’s definitely worth the money you put into it…in terms of how much my pay has gone up in the last two years, it’s equated to about a £10,000 increase in pay for me’.

Mo Delazim

Mo youtube cover


Flexibility vs structure

Training online means that you have the flexibility to do, well, whatever you want. If you want to work alongside studying or gain some important experience in your new field then you can, which can be both really financially and personally beneficial. Equally, if you want to study full time for a couple of months to get qualified as quickly as possible and get into your new career, then you can.

Uni isn’t quite the same with this- you have to attend lectures, you’ve got deadlines to meet and have to check in with your tutor for a set number of years.


To be or not to be 

Whilst learning the intricacies of Shakespeare’s sonnets might help you nail your dissertation, it’s not going to help you in the real world. We offer professional education that will get you job ready. Thanks to our practical alignment we are able to constantly translate industry insights to the most in-demand and up-to-date courses, keeping our students ahead of the curve and inline with market demand.

Through years of establishing ourselves as tech career experts, we have many exclusive partnerships with globally renowned training bodies and institutions. Our courses are accredited by, and approved from within the market. We have provided over 50,000 students world-wide with career ready education.

Our career consultants are available for free, impartial chats about our courses, your future and how we can help you get to the thriving career in tech you’ve been itching to get too. Start your career journey today, call our career consultants on 01273 907919 or 0800 0141 311.