Advantages of Studying PR Courses via Distance Learning
There are many advantages to studying a public relations course via distance learning, including that you are able to study from home.
What is it like to study a PR course from home?
Studying a PR course from home via distance learning means that you have much more flexibility than if you were to attend classes. You get to work through your study material at your own pace, and you get to study according to a schedule that suits you. And if you have any problems with your coursework, you can contact a tutor for personal assistance.
When you study a PR course, you will:
Gain new insights into the world of public relations, as well as closely related fields such as marketing and advertising.
Study subjects like:
- Office Practice
- Public Relations
- Entrepreneurship and Business Management
- Information Processing
- Marketing Management
- Advertising Management
(Note that not all courses are the same, and that some courses will cover different subjects than others)
You will also acquire valuable transferable skills, such as: writing, conducting research, and learning how to form professional relationships. These skills are not only essential for a career in PR, but also for any other career path you might want to follow.
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The advantages of studying PR via distance learning
People who aren’t familiar with distance learning might think that this form of education is not as valuable as face-to-face learning. In reality, however, distance learning can be just as valuable as – and sometimes even more valuable than – classroom-based training. For example: when you study via distance learning, you develop skills in time management, problem-solving, and self-discipline. These are all skills that will benefit you in your future career.
Here are some of the other benefits of studying via distance learning:
Flexibility: As a distance learning student, you get to decide where you would like to study, whether it is at home, at the local library, at a coffee shop, or at an internet café down the road. And since you get to determine your own study schedule, you can even work while you study. PR is a highly competitive industry, so it might be a good idea to look for work as an intern to gain experience while you are studying.
Accessibility: Distance learning offers you greater access to education, since it doesn’t require you to travel to attend classes. This makes it an ideal option if you are required to stay home to look after family members, if you don’t have access to transport, if you have a disability, or if you want to study a course that isn’t offered by a college or university close to where you live.
Efficiency: Distance learning saves you loads of time and energy by not requiring you to spend time commuting to campus. It also allows you to study in your own time, which means that you can plan your study sessions in such a way that you make optimal use of the time you have available. You could, for example, fit a short study session into your lunch break, spend an hour studying before you leave for work in the morning, study on the bus on your way to work, or study while your children are busy with their homework.
Own pace: Distance learning allows you to study at your own pace. This means that you don’t have to worry about falling behind when you have to attend to other commitments. It also means that you get to decide how much time to spend on each section of the work. You get to choose the speed and intensity of your studies.
Where can I study a PR course via distance learning?
You can study with Oxbridge Academy, a distance learning college offering courses to students in South Africa and abroad.
The PR courses that you can choose from include the following:
Short Learning Programmes
These non-credit bearing skills courses are designed to introduce you to the field of Public Relations (PR), and to equip you with fundamental knowledge and skills in this field, without requiring you to write any exams.
- Oxbridge Academy Short Course: Basics of Public Relations
- Oxbridge Academy Skills Certificate: Principles of Public Relations
The N4 – N6 qualifications are registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). Completing an N4 – N6 course will therefore result in a formal qualification, and will prepare you for a career in Public Relations.