Starting Out

Whether you're thinking of applying, or you've just enrolled, this page will help get you started. The following information relates to the majority of our distance learning courses but please check your Faculty Online Distance Learning pages for specific course information.

Your WLV Account and Email

When you enrol you will be given your own WLV IT account and an '@wlv.ac.uk' email address. This will not only give you access to your VLE but to our other internal University systems. On the IT Services webpages you can access a wealth of services to support you such as free Microsoft Office for the duration of your studies and a large variety of self help guides. IT Services can also help to keep you safe online with their advice on IT Security.

Tutors will contact you using your WLV account so it's important that you login to your email regularly. To make things even easier you can also choose to forward your WLV email account to your personal email account meaning you have less places to sign in for information.

If you ever forget your password please contact IT Services by calling +44 (0)1902 322000 or email ITsupport@wlv.ac.uk

e:Vision and Canvas

e:Vision

e:Vision is the system you initially use to manage your application to the University of Wolverhampton. After you have received a successful offer you will return to e:Vision in order to complete your enrolment. As an enrolled student you will use this system to view your results and manage your studies including your module registration. e:Vision also has it's own Helpdesk facility.

Canvas

WLVglobal longCanvas is our virtual learning environment (VLE) which is easy to navigate and contains all topic content as well as interactive and collaborative learning tools. During your time as a distance learning student Canvas will be your classroom, allowing you to access your learning materials from anywhere in the world.

After you have enrolled we recommend you familiarise yourself with the VLE by viewing the Canvas Guides which you can access through the Help option within Canvas.

Distance Learning Assessments

As a student you will typically encounter several types of assessment during your studies. These could include portfolios, case studies, time constrained assessment and participation in weekly forums to name but a few. The types of assessment vary between courses and also differ between modules.

Any formal examinations will be arranged for you at a local examination centre. For some students that may mean travelling to campus however the weeks containing examinations will be available at the beginning of the year. To find out if your course includes formal examinations please refer to the Faculty’s individual Online Distance Learning page as given below:

The Distance Learning Calendar

The majority of our distance learning courses follow our standard Academic Calendar 2017-18 (PDF 186K, Downloads file). The LLM CPE Course has it's own calendar as it starts earlier in the year. Please note that students are required to be available during assessment weeks including resit weeks.

All our courses use a modular structure which usually takes the form of six 20 credit modules per year full time or up to four modules part time. Dissertations and final projects run slightly differently to this structure due to their larger credit value. Further information about how each course is structured is available through the Course Guides, with which we encourage current students to become familiar.

Each module is structured into weekly sessions. This allows students to ensure they stay up to date but also ensures a cohesive delivery of module content which introduces the subject in a manageable way. How and when you complete the reading and tasks within the VLE is up to you but we suggest students attempt to work to the weekly layout.

Part time or full time?

Not sure whether you want to study full time? Why not apply to study with us part time. If the course you want to do is offered full and part time, you could apply to transfer onto the full time course if you find your coping easily with the demands of part time study. Similarly if you are studying full time but your personal circumstances changes, you can transfer to part time study.

For contact details of Faculty staff who will be able to advise you further, please refer to the Faculty’s individual Online Distance Learning page or check the Course Guides.

Finance and Fees

We have lots of advice and support available for all money matters. Whether you need help understanding scholarships or how to pay your fees, The Gateway can point you in the right direction. Fees for individual courses can be found on their Course Finder pages or contact the Faculty for further information.

Faculty of Social Sciences

Email: sci.eng@wlv.ac.uk

Faculty of Science and Engineering

Undergraduate email: foss-ug@wlv.ac.uk

Postgraduate email: foss-pg@wlv.ac.uk

Applications, Enrolment and Module Registration...

Have you got a question about your application form or need to know more about enrolment or how to register your modules? View our Getting Started Flowchart

Still Deciding

So you’re considering distance learning, take a look at these statements and if you agree with the majority, you are ready to study online.

  • I have regular access to a computer with Broadband
  • I have good computer skills
  • I am comfortable communicating electronically/ I like speaking to people online
  • I can troubleshoot basic hardware and software problems
  • I can figure out written instructions on my own
  • I am reasonably self-disciplined
  • I’d like to study where and when I want
  • I can commit to between 20 and 30 hours a week study (part time)

Still unsure, why not take a look at our Applicant FAQs. As long as you have access to a relatively up-to-date PC desktop or laptop you will be able to engage with all of our online resources. A webcam may be beneficial if you wish to participate in any face to face meetings that may be offered by Module and or Course Leaders. We are able to offer students a free suite of Microsoft software during your time as a student. IT Services are also available to support students with any issues they may encounter and cannot troubleshoot themselves.