Benefits of blended learning

29 July 2021
Two Durham students work outside.

This year, universities around the world have made significant developments to ensure their students can keep their ambitions on track and continue to learn in a safe way. One of these innovations has been blended learning, but what is blended learning, and what are the key benefits of it?

What is blended learning?

Blended learning is a mix of virtual and face-to-face learning. At Durham University International Study Centre, blended learning means that your studies will comprise of as many live, in-person, teacher-led classes as possible on Queen’s Campus, with some learning being done via interactive activities and resources that are delivered through the virtual learning environment, DUO (Durham University Online).

What are the benefits of blended learning?

We have worked hard to make sure that blended learning combines the best of virtual and face-to-face learning to create a great student experience.

Continuous peer support

You will be able to contact our support or academic staff when you need help, whether you are studying virtually or on campus that day. International Study Centre staff will also offer you regular one-to-one sessions to make sure you feel happy, safe, and comfortable, as well as ensure you are staying on track academically.

Flexible and accessible

Having learning materials available on our virtual learning environment enables you to study at your own pace. If you want to make more notes from your previous class, need a refresher on anything covered throughout your pathway programme, or you are revising for your exams, the material on the virtual learning environment will be of great help to you.

The virtual learning environment can also be accessed anywhere, at any time. This means you can make time to learn whenever suits you, even if you are already on campus. By studying via blended learning, you get the best of both worlds.

Different learning styles

With blended learning, you have access to two different learning styles – both of which have distinct advantages. You can still study at your own pace using high-quality learning materials on our virtual learning environment, while also having some classes in-person, enabling insightful discussions, immediate feedback from teachers, and use of the facilities on campus.

Having the opportunity to experience both learning styles gives you a great insight into your preferred method of working –another useful skill for degree study at Durham University, and beyond.

Promotes personal ownership

Having the flexibility to access and learn a portion of your course whenever you want via the virtual learning environment is a great opportunity to further develop your self-discipline. You will have to act responsibly to cover all the learning materials you need to progress successfully from the International Study Centre. Having strong self-motivation is a useful skill to take forward into your future career.

Skills for the future

The future of study, and the workplace, will continue to blend in-person and remote activity. Whatever your post-study plans are, by completing your studies with blended learning, you gain useful computing skills for your future career.

At Durham University International Study Centre, we recently launched a virtual work placement programme to help you further develop your career skills in preparation for your future workplace – learn more about Virtual Internships here.

Immediate feedback

Face-to-face learning is the perfect opportunity for immediate feedback. For example, if you are having a conversation in English and need guidance on pronunciation or grammar, your teacher will be able to offer assistance quickly. With high-quality feedback, available immediately, you can develop your English and academic skills at the right pace to successfully progress to Durham.

An international community

A key advantage of blended learning is that you will be among other international students when you arrive on Queen’s Campus. This is a fantastic opportunity to make plenty of new friends and, as you will all be new to the UK, you can explore the country with your new classmates.

At the International Study Centre, you can find a community of likeminded international students to share this unique experience with.


As you will be on campus when you study via blended learning, you will have plenty of opportunities for in-person collaboration with your fellow international students. You’ll be able to make the most of the facilities on Queen’s Campus while you study at the International Study Centre, where we have plenty of space for you to study and revise together.

Some of your classmates may be studying their programme virtually from their home country – blended learning enables you to continue collaborating with them despite the distance.

Blended learning in the UK

At Durham University International Study Centre, we are open and looking forward to welcoming you. Blended learning is a key part of our strategy to keep you safe while also keeping your education on track.

Across all of our undergraduate and postgraduate pathway programmes, you will be able to study via blended learning, should you choose to join us in the UK. Discover more about preparing to study with us here.

On the programmes available at the International Study Centre, you will develop your English language ability, academic knowledge, and study skills in preparation for you to begin your studies at the prestigious Durham University, a member of the world-class Russell Group universities.

Apply now

It is not too late to apply now and start either our International Foundation Year or Pre-Masters at Durham University International Study Centre in September 2021 or January 2022.

Successful completion of your pathway programme, specifically designed for international students, would mean you progress to Durham University in September 2022 and keep your education on track.