When it comes to choosing your next professional development opportunity, there are many things to consider.


Will this course cover the skills and knowledge you are looking to refine? Does the course come with any certification or accreditation, and is that important to you? How will the course fit with your existing role and day-to-day responsibilities – both in the workplace and at home?


An increasingly popular option when it comes to choosing a professional development course is online learning, with virtual courses offering a way to study that fits around your needs and providing a personalised experience. Some of the reasons to consider an online course with Hart Learning + Development for your next professional course include:

Learning at a pace that suits you

By studying an online course, you gain more flexibility over your time than in a regular classroom setting. You can choose to study at a time that suits you – whether that is a set time each week, after a school drop-off, or at the weekend.
Online tutors will support you in completing assignments within a flexible timeframe, too, helping you achieve your certifications in a timely but life-friendly manner.

Access to broader knowledge through resources

As the world continues to change, so does our understanding of different topics. Online courses are regularly updated to include new content, from new papers published to recently introduced legislation, helping you build industry-relevant and up-to-date knowledge ahead of your next steps.
One learner commented on the resources available in their course, saying: “I’ve learnt lots of background statutory legislation that I was largely unaware of. I’ve also learnt lots about sensory issues and now feel better equipped to support autistic children in a mainstream school, which was my intended focus from the course.”

Human interaction at heart


Online learning does not mean everything is about computers – there is very much still a human element involved. Through contact with Learning Support Assistants and your Online Tutor, you will receive regular check-ins as you progress through your course to ensure you feel comfortable and that you understand the topics you have learnt about so far.


A previous learner on one of Hart Learning + Development’s online courses commented in their end-of-course review: “I found the course to be really well put together. I really liked that the assessments were marked by another person and that feedback was provided. The feedback has also been very useful and was given in a way that would allow me to understand what was missing from my answers so I could edit and improve.”

What an online course can help you achieve


At Hart Learning + Development, we are proud to see many of our learners achieve great things upon completion of their course. One of our learners completed two qualifications with the Hart Learning + Development Online Courses team: Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Behaviour that Challenges and the Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism. When she enrolled on the first of these qualifications, she told our team that her goal was to find work in Special Education Needs support in a school.


The two courses she undertook with Hart Learning + Development online helped inform her knowledge, increase her competency, and boost her confidence when it came to applying for roles in this field. We are pleased to share that this learner is now working as a SEN assistant at a school – a brilliant achievement.

Ready to start your own online learning journey?


Hart Learning + Development’s online learning courses are available in a range of subjects, covering work-based knowledge and topics designed to support you in your professional development. Our courses are also available free of charge.


For more information about Hart Learning & Development’s range of online courses and other CPD programmes, please visit your relevant sector page from our Areas of Delivery hub to find courses suitable to you.