I too undertook distance learning some years ago & found I responded better with face to face tuition. This was 15 years ago, pre kids. I've now just finished studying level 3 of the ICB qualification & did it all with Ideal Schools via their distance study options. I have 3 kids aged 5 & under & have found it much better this time. I started studying mid June & sat my last level 3 exam last Friday, so just over 3 months. I did it by doing 2-3 hrs a few times each week after the kids went to bed.
I have to say that Ideal Schools have been amazing. The notes are very easy to follow, assignments are turned around very quickly & tutors are always available for queries/follow up either via email or via their facebook support groups (not sure any of them sleep, ha ha!).
So, I would say studying with Ideal has been really good & that you won't regret it if you decide to study with them!