Frequently asked questions
How does online learning work?
Online learning is a flexible method of studying that is designed to fit around your existing work and personal commitments. You can choose how and when you study, using our innovative virtual classroom environment.
Do I need a computer?
You will need regular access to a computer with internet access. While it may be possible to study from a variety of venues such as at work, from a library or at a family member's house, we recommend that you use a computer based in your own home.
How long should it take to complete my course?
You dictate how quickly you complete your studies. A Foundation degree must be completed within six years of enrolment and a progression route course to a Bachelors degree within three years of enrolment. A full Bachelors degree must be completed within nine years of enrolment. A minimum study rate of 30 credits per year and a maximum of 90 credits per year will apply for you to be eligible for a tuition fee loan. Upon completion you will receive a degree from the University of Essex and be invited to attend a graduation ceremony at the University of Essex, Colchester Campus.
How much of my time will it take to study a module?
The number of hours required each week will vary during the length of your module. For example, if you are preparing an assignment, the number of hours required in that week may be higher than other weeks where you are studying the module materials or interacting online. You should be prepared to spend a minimum of 10 to 15 hours per week studying.
What happens if my circumstances change during my studies?
University of Essex Online courses are different to traditional degree courses. Our approach is based on choice and flexibility. If your personal situation changes during your studies, we will work with you to make the necessary adjustments to your course load.
Will I have to sit any exams?
Am I eligible for a student loan?
For the first time, part-time students are now eligible for government backed student loans so there is no need to pay for any tuition fees up front and the loan will pay for the full cost of your course. If you are a UK or EU citizen and live in England you may be eligible for a student loan, which will only need to be repaid once you are earning over £21,000. We also offer a range of different payment methods for students who are not eligible for student loans, such as payment per module or per level.
How do I apply and when can I start?
Call us on 0800 0527 526 or complete our online application form. We have monthly start dates so you can begin your studies as soon as you’ve been accepted onto one of our courses and your student loan application has been received or you and have paid your course tuition fee.
Will my degree certificate say online learning?
There is no mention of online study on the degree certificate. The mode of study is mentioned on the transcripts that accompany your final grades.
What is an academic transcript?
An academic transcript is a record of your achievement from your current or previous institution which confirms the modules you have studied (including their level and the number of credits they are worth) and the grades you were awarded. The transcript should show the official seal of the awarding institution, and/or an authenticating signature.
What is Accredited Prior Learning (APL) and do I qualify for any exemptions?
APL is a process which enables students to gain recognition, formal credit and exemptions for learning acquired prior to enrolling on a University of Essex Online course.
You can gain credits for a University of Essex Online programme (resulting in exemptions) by applying for Accreditation of Prior Certified Learning (AP(C)L).
Certificated learning can be through study at another Higher Education Institution, distance learning, in-house company training or professional or vocational qualifications (NB: you cannot claim AP(C)L for training where only attendance was required).