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Section 3. Models of delivery

Flexible models

Flexible models of delivery may include any of the following:

  • Flexible patterns of delivery e.g. full days, half days, short lunch hour sessions, intensive week or two week courses, at intervals e.g. once a month, day time, evening and weekend session, delivered in different venues.
  • Flexible attendance –to allow individuals to drop in and drop out of provision as required, or attend different sessions according to need.
  • Blended learning –a mixture of face-to-face input, independent learning and communication through phone/emails/instant messaging/video conferencing etc.

Useful resources

The e-learning fan
A reflective activity to consider the use of e-learning across all models of delivery - taken from the Move-On E-tutor guide

Move On Train to Gain Provider Guide Section 8
This considers models of delivery to respond to employer needs.

Making it work
Section 3 explores flexible delivery – the questions ‘How, where and when can I study?’, and shares provider models

Planning your blended model

These questions to help you devise your blended learning modelcome from ‘Making it work’ (see above for full report).

The Move On Models of Blended Learning considers a continuum of approaches and learners and provides a planning sheet for discussion.


Gloucester College created a course for shift workers in the NHS using a combination of self- study and drop in workshops.

Cumbria University developed a blended model including 1:1, group, workshops, e-learning and self-study packages. The time spent on distance or face- to-face learning was negotiated with each learner.

Wirral Metropolitan College offered a 36 hour programme over 11 weeks, including a 3-hour induction session and one further 3-hour face-to-face session. Other delivery was through VLE and web-based resources with email and phone contact.

See Developing models of Flexible Delivery of Skills for Life Provision for further information.