Nine courses you never thought you could study online

Posted October 13, 2011, by Josie Chun

In an age when almost everything you could want is at your virtual fingertips, the world of education has also moved into the digital sphere. You can now study a huge range of courses online, including courses that once had to be studied in the classroom – everything from nursing and aviation to animal care and beauty therapy. You can enjoy the freedom of pursuing your interests for work or for pleasure, all from the comfort of your own home.

Here are nine popular qualifications you might not have realised you could study online.

Nursing and midwifery

Who would have thought that a hands-on program like nursing or midwifery could be studied online? But it’s true – distance education has become a great way to meet the demand for more qualified nurses all over Australia. Today’s nurses and midwives can gain their professional requirements without ever stepping foot into a classroom.

We offer a range of nursing courses, from a Bachelor of Nursing to postgraduate qualifications, that combine in-depth course materials with clinical components. You’ll be able to gain a professional qualification in an industry where your skills and knowledge will be in high demand.

Browse our nursing and midwifery courses here.

Animal care

So you’re an animal lover who loves to play Dr Doolittle, but did you know that you could actually study animal care and animal science online? If you have professional aspirations in the animal services industry or just want to learn how to best manage your pet, an online course could be the way to go.

We have a range of animal science, animal care and pet obedience courses, to give you expert skills and knowledge.
Browse through our animal care courses here.

Massage therapy

You might think a hands-on course like massage would need to be studied in person, but think again. Massage has proven to be one of the most popular natural therapies that can be studied by distance.

SEEK Learning and the Australian Institute of Applied Sciences offer a range of massage qualifications, as well as aromatherapy and naturopathy courses, on campus as well as by distance education. Some courses do require you to complete assessments at their state-of-the-art campus, but the rest of your study is done online.

Browse through our massage courses here.


The evolution of technology has meant that you no longer have to attend classes or a gym to gain a fitness or sports coaching qualification.

Studying a fitness course by distance education means you will have access to an online virtual gym where you can undergo training-related exercises to complete your assessments. Training to be a fitness instructor, personal trainer, sports coach or exercise physiologist has never been more convenient or accessible.

Browse through our fitness courses here.

Building and construction

The building and construction sector is always in need of skilled professionals, and you could gain the qualifications to enter this industry without even getting your hands dirty!

The building and construction courses offered through SEEK Learning will give any aspiring builders the skills to become a building contractor or construction manager, and can help you earn your builder’s licence.

Browse our building and construction courses here.


These days you don’t need to go to a bricks-and-mortar school to get a law degree. Studying by distance, you can get your four-year Bachelor of Laws, Juris Doctor or any number of combined law degrees and postgraduate qualifications in legal studies. 

Having a background in law is a particularly valuable asset, aiding you in whatever career or industry you wish to pursue.

Browse our range of online law courses.

Photography and art

You can also take an online course to free up your creativity and develop your artistic skills. With online courses in photography, illustration and fine arts, expressing yourself visually is something anyone can learn to do.

By taking a photography course, you can learn to take stunning shots for work or play, to gain work as a professional photographer or snap your way through foreign lands as you write about your travelling adventures.

Browse through our range of photography courses.

Beauty and make-up

The glamorous field of beauty and make-up is another industry that you can qualify for with online study. The art of applying make-up and giving manicures, pedicures and facials can all be learned through distance education.

Our beauty therapy courses not only provide you with application skills and experience, but also the first steps to becoming a professional in the beauty industry.

Browse our range of beauty and make-up courses here.


Now it is also possible to gain an advanced qualification in aviation management through distance education. You could work in aviation administration, ground operations, security or logistics – by studying online, you could embark on an exciting career in the aeronautical industry.

For those with aspirations on the ground as well as in the air, GradSchool’s postgraduate aviation management courses ready you for careers with airlines as well as the government or military.

Browse our range of aviation courses.

Join the revolution

While the existence of online courses is no longer novel, what might surprise you is the range and depth of courses now available. Extensive student support and flexibility, excellent course materials and practical components are the reason these courses work, and why so many people are choosing to study by distance.

With most online qualifications the equivalent of those you gain on campus, there is more reason than ever to choose the path of virtual study. Everyone’s doing it – why not you?

Browse our full range of online courses.

Josie Chun

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