We frequently come across the same questions and concerns from our current and prospective students, when thinking about studying an online degree.
We decided it was time to set the record straight! This blog intends to give you a clearer picture of what life is really like when studying with University of Essex Online and how this can set you on the path to your dream career. Read on to discover seven common myths about what studying online is like and the truth behind the rumours:
1. “It’s not a ‘real/ proper’ degree.”
This is one of the most common misconceptions we come across about our online degrees and we want to state once and for all this is not the case! Regardless of the subject, you choose to study you will receive a highly credible qualification from one of the most reputable Universities in the UK.
In fact, the University of Essex Online is the only exclusively online provider to have received a gold rating in the government’s TEF results. What’s more, the qualification you gain is recognised worldwide and is awarded by University of Essex – named the University of the Year by The Times Higher Education Awards 2018. This goes to show your in safe hands when embarking on a degree with the University of Essex Online.
2. “The tutors are not experienced and simply read from a textbook.”
This is a concern for many of our prospective students, worried that our tutors have little or no knowledge of the subject they teach, and lectures simply consist of reading from a textbook. This is certainly not the case; all our tutors possess many years of experience in their chosen field. They are also put through a rigorous approval process before they are allowed to teach any of our pupils.
3. “Students rely on counterfeit and plagiarised assignments to pass modules.”
It is true counterfeit degrees, available to purchase online, are growing in availability from fake online Universities. This is 100% not the case at the University of Essex Online, however! Students must take part in discussion forums, regular lectures, assignment deadlines and direct reading, this all ensures that you are made to earn your degree.
We also have a stringent quality assurance process and are registered in the approved category for the Office for Students (OfS), the independent regulator of higher education in England. All of which ensures that come graduation day you can be proud of your achievement when collecting your degree.
4. “Online degrees are viewed less favourably by employers than the campus-based alternative.”
Whether you study online or achieve a campus-based qualification these are both given the same respect by employers. You can rest assured that graduating from the University of Essex Online you will have satisfied the same academic standards rules and policies as degrees studied on campus.
5. “You won’t be invited to attend a graduation ceremony.”
All our online students are invited to attend their own graduation ceremony at the University of Essex, Colchester Campus. This is a really great way of celebrating your achievement with family, friends and other course graduates. This is the pinnacle for many of our students who are welcomed from across the world to receive their University of Essex Online Certificate. There is also no mention of online on your certificate!
Find out what to expect from a University of Essex Online graduation day by reading our recent blog about it.
6. “Your work is done in isolation with no tutor support or class discussion time.”
While it is true online degrees do not include face-to-face meetups, every online student is assigned their own tutor who delivers regular live Q&A sessions and can be contacted for extra support via either email, skype or telephone. You will also regularly participate in online discussion forums with your classmates that will give you an opportunity to discuss a range of topics looking at different perspectives and apply your learning to real-world scenarios.
Depending on the course you chose, your syllabus may also include a number of group projects, presentations from the industry leaders and other collaborative projects. This helps encourage you to interact with your fellow classmates and get to know students not just from the UK but from across the globe!
7. “I will be viewed as just another student and won’t receive any personal support.”
We are fully aware of the challenges our students may face and the need to fit studies around other work and personal commitments. That’s why all students are assigned their own personal student adviser, there to support you wherever needed. This can cover anything from staying organised to meet assignment deadlines through to advice when it comes to any changes in personal circumstances.
We hope this post has gone some way to relieving any doubts you may have had about studying towards a degree at the University of Essex Online. Please visit our course department pages. If you still have any questions you can chat with our team or download our prospectus today.