Last year saw a drop in student numbers as tuition fees and financial concerns became a very real issue. However, some potential students may not be aware that there is another option to prevent student debt spiraling out of control: distance learning.

Online degrees are becoming a viable alternative to traditional learning as more and more UK universities begin to roll out their own version. Popular with a wide range of demographics, from pensioners and housewives to teenagers and troglodytes, distance learning is no longer considered the drunken uncle of the higher education family. In fact, when you enroll in an online degree program, it can cut student debt significantly – and it can be completed within the same timescales as a degree at a bricks and mortar Scottish university. Additionally, since September last year, distance learning students are eligible to apply for a tuition fee loan. What’s more, the academic standard of distance learners is high with around 63% of graduates obtaining a 2:1 or better.

Of course, I’m not here to tell you what to do, you’re big enough and beautiful enough to make your own mind up about where you want to study – but to help you make your mind up we’ve provided you with a rather helpful video [below]. So cast your eyes over the video – put together by the Interactive Design Institute – and acquaint yourself with one of the most flexible and affordable methods of learning.