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Distance Learning

Read the latest timetable information and key dates for Distance Learning students joining our undergraduate degrees in January 2021.

Trimester 2

As a student in our January 2021 cohort, your first year of study will technically begin in the second trimester of the college's academic year.

If you have any questions about the dates below or require an alternative format to the information provided, please contact hello@pca.ac.uk

Teaching begins

W/c Monday 4 January 2021*

Enrichment Week

W/c Monday 15 February 2021

Bank Holiday Friday (Good Friday)

Friday 2 April 2021

Enrichment Week

W/c 26 April 2021

*We have worked hard to ensure that our Distance Learning provision is as flexible as it can be. We can accept late starters for this course up until 25 January 2021, with the final closing date for applications on 20 January 2021. For those who will be starting a bit later, we are running weekly catch-up sessions to support you in getting up to speed with your fellow students and accessing all of our learning content.

Trimester 3

Teaching begins

W/c Monday 3 May 2021

Bank Holiday Monday

Monday 3 May 2021

Bank Holiday Monday

Monday 31 May 2021

Enrichment Week

W/c Monday 7 June 2021

Enrichment Week

W/c Monday 9 August 2021

Transition School*

Our Transition School enables students who have successfully completed their Distance Learning first year to seamlessly integrate with the on-campus delivery mode for the second and third year of their January start degree.

The Transition School focuses on introducing students to the physical spaces within the college, as well as the wider setting of the city of Plymouth, and also to meet our community of staff and students face-to-face. The Transition School will also afford students the chance to develop technical skills that they may not have had the opportunity to work on during their first year by using the facilities in our industry-standard workshops and studios.

If you are an international student and you need help and advice regarding accommodation, setting up bank accounts or anything else you may need to have in place before you arrive in Plymouth to start your second year, we can offer support - just get in touch via hello@pca.ac.uk if you have any questions.

The first week of the Transition School will support students in getting to know our academic, technical and professional teams; learning to work safely in our workshops and understanding how our campus functions. The second week of the Transition School coincides with Freshers’ Week, where you can meet your fellow students, join societies and enjoy events that will help you get to know the city a little better. The third and final week of the Transition School sits alongside our college-wide Induction Week, which sees all students return to campus.

Start date

Monday 13 September 2021

Finish date

Friday 1 October 2021

*Please note the information provided on this page is correct at time of publication and subject to change at Plymouth College of Art's discretion. All applicants and students will be personally notified if any revisions are made to dates listed.


Contact us

If you have any questions about our January-start programme, including course details, applications and student finance support, please email admissions@pca.ac.uk.