There are many things to love about online learning, from developing new skills while you work to improving your career aspirations and building a wider professional network.
Below we have outlined our top 7 reasons why we think you will fall in love with online learning.
1. Your favourite study location
One of the many great things about online learning is the opportunity to study anytime and anywhere you like – whether that be from your favourite coffee shop, your sofa or by the side of a pool. All you need to complete your degree is a computer and a good internet connection.
2. Varied assessment methods
Most of our courses are completely exam free, meaning no need to travel to assessment centres. Instead, our structured distance learning courses allow you to work towards your degree in a unique virtual learning environment (VLE), all while still having access to the support and facilities you would expect to receive on campus. There isn’t even the need to visit a physical library as you can access all your textbooks via our extensive eLibrary.
If you do need to complete exams as part of your course, this will be in the form of an open-book assessment completed from the comfort of your own home.
3. Variety of programmes
This leads us on nicely to our next point, our courses are designed to fit around your life and work commitments. It doesn’t matter if you’re a young student, a parent, working full time, part-time or looking to change career, we have a course to suit you.
We have short courses that you can complete in as little as 8 months as well as a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, covering business, law, psychology, health, education, computing and criminology. Our courses only require you to commit around 15-20 hours per week so you can easily fit studying around your other commitments.
4. Career progression
All our online courses are heavily career-focused, making them a great way to get ahead in your chosen profession. You will learn about the latest theory that relates to your field and its practical application. There is also a strong focus on helping you develop a number of transferable and employability skills.
What’s more, by simply studying online you are making yourself stand out to employers who look favourably on those who have studied while working full time. This helps to demonstrate both your organisational skills and your dedication to progress.
5. Range of payment options
We offer a range of different payment plans and options, helping to make our courses highly accessible regardless of your current circumstances. If you are based in England, you may be eligible for a government-backed student loan. You can decide to follow a simple monthly payment plan, enabling you to spread the cost of your tuition over the duration of your studies. Or you can opt to pay the full cost of your course upfront and receive a 10% discount against the cost of your course. There are also a range of different discounts and scholarships that you can apply for.
The cost of all core textbooks are included within the tuition fee and you can complete additional reading by accessing our online library. We think you’ll love online learning, but there is also a 21-day money back guarantee should you decide that online learning is not right for you.
6. Build a global community
One of the things our students love most about studying online is the opportunity to meet people from different walks of life. We have international students from over 140 different countries. You’ll get the opportunity to interact with these people as you take part in interactive lectures and work on group projects, critically analysing each other’s work and building relationships across the world. Whichever course you join you’ll get to know fellow international students and learn from their different experiences and environments.
7. Graduation Day
Did you know that with University of Essex Online, you get your very own graduation day, held at the University of Essex, Colchester campus? This is a prestigious event where you can celebrate your achievements with fellow students from your course and with friends and family. This day attracts people from all four corners of the world to come together and revel in your accomplishments.
Unfortunately, we had to postpone our 2020 graduation ceremony but we are looking to reschedule this as soon as it is possible.