9 reasons to fall in love with studying online in 2019
Are you interested in learning a new skill? Perhaps you fancy taking on a degree but not sure if it will work for you? From realising your career aspirations to making global contacts there are many things to love about online learning. If you’ve never tried it before, you may be a bit wary, but there are lots of fantastic benefits to gain.
To help you work out whether it’s right for you, we’ve come up with 9 of the best reasons to study online with us:
1. Access outstanding teaching
Although distance learning has been around for over a hundred years, online degrees are still a mystery to many people. We know you may have concerns about the standard of teaching you will receive on an online course. But fear not, you’re in safe hands with us!
You’ll receive your degree from a top-ranked UK University and get access to all the support and assistance you would expect on campus. We’re the only exclusively online higher education provider to have received a gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework 2018 for outstanding teaching, learning and student outcomes, and have a 90% rating for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2018! We also cap our classes to a maximum of 20 students to make sure you are getting the highest quality of teaching.
Check our amazing results over the past academic year:
2. Study from anywhere in the world!
One of the great things about online learning is that you can do it anywhere you like, at home, abroad, on a beach….as long as you have a computer with an internet connection there is nothing stopping you studying anywhere you choose. With online study you don’t have to travel to campus-based classes in person and you’ll have 24/7 access to all study materials on our state-of-the-art virtual learning platform.
You can take your time over your studying without the worry of missing your next class. There are no limits to where you can find your study space!
3. Get the support you need
Our dedicated Student Support team will be with you every step of the way. All our students have a personal Student Support adviser who will be your first point of contact and can guide you through any issue you may have. You’ll also receive unrivalled tuition and academic support from our tutors who are all experts in their fields. Find out more about how we support our students here and meet our experienced tutors here.
4. Improve your CV
Studying an online course is a great way to move up the career ladder or change your career direction. All our courses provide you with core skills which will make your CV stand out and help you advance in your chosen role. Studying online shows you’re motivated and willing to work on your self-improvement which can be very appealing to current and prospective employers.
5. Study a degree that works around you
It doesn’t matter if you’re a busy parent, full time worker, shift worker or an Olympic sports star! Our courses are designed to fit around your life and commitments. All we ask is that you can dedicate 10-15 hours a week to completing your course.
Our courses vary in length too, with our shortest undergraduate courses taking just 16 months to complete. You can find out about our new short CertHE courses here.
6. Study 100% online
With our unique learning platform you can be relaxing on a beach and still have access to all the support and facilities that you would expect to receive on campus. Our online platform enables both students and tutors to actively take part in real-time conversations, listen to and view recorded lectures, and take part in live question and answer sessions. Additionally, all your core textbooks are provided free of charge in the form of eBooks, and additional reading can be accessed through our online library.
Want to know more about our virtual learning platform? Watch our virtual tour.
7. Fit it into your budget
We know one of the biggest concerns students have is about the cost of studying so we try to make our courses affordable for everyone. A simple monthly payment plan will enable you to spread the cost of your tuition over the duration of your studies.
We also offer discounts and scholarships; for example, a 10% discount is available if you pay the full payment up front for your course or per year. There are no extra charges for using our virtual learning environment or accessing the resources through it. You won’t need extra software for your course either. As long as you have the standard Microsoft applications like Word and Excel, or even free OpenOffice software, you will be able to complete all of your work.
8. Make global connections
One of the things our students love most about studying online is the chance to meet people from different walks of life and from all over the world.
We have international students studying with us from across the globe. You’ll be taking part in lectures together and working on projects in groups with the chance to critically analyse your own work. Whichever course you join, it’s likely that you’ll get to know fellow international students and learn from the different experiences they have.
9. Attend your own Graduation Day
And we have saved the best until last. When you graduate you’ll get your very own graduation day held at the University of Essex! Our graduation ceremony takes place at the Colchester campus, home to 16 academic departments and schools and more than 13,000 students. Over the years we’ve had hundreds of students make the journey over to the UK to attend their ceremony and receive their University of Essex certificate, and it’s always a fantastic experience for everyone involved.
And we hope that you’ll soon be joining them! So, what are you waiting for? Get in touch with us today.