University of Essex Online degrees are delivered by Kaplan Open Learning, an experienced online learning provider.


Quality Assurance Agency (QAA)

We have undergone an educational oversight monitoring visit by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). The final report can be viewed online here.


Office for Students (OfS)

We are registered in the Approved (fee cap) category with the Office for Students (OfS), the independent regulator of higher education in England. They work with higher education providers to ensure success for their students, whatever their circumstances. The OfS aims to ensure that every student, whatever their background, has a fulfilling experience of higher education that enriches their lives and careers.


Transparency return

All English higher education providers that are registered with the OfS have to complete an annual Transparency return. The Transparency return looks at the number of applications we received, how many offers we made in relation to those applications, and how many of those offers were accepted which resulted in students registering with us. It also shows these numbers in reference to gender, ethnicity and socioeconomic background.


Gold for Teaching Excellence

Our commitment to offering our students the highest quality online educational experience has led to the University of Essex Online being awarded the highest rating of gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

The UK Government introduced the Teaching Excellence Framework to recognise and reward excellent learning and teaching and ensure that prospective students can make informed choices.

Our gold rating

The TEF Panel judged that we deliver consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.

In awarding us the top gold rating the TEF Panel particularly noted that ‘part-time student satisfaction with teaching and continuation are above the provider’s benchmark and that satisfaction with assessment and feedback and academic support are exceptionally high and above benchmark’.

The panel also noted the ‘customised study plans and flexible approaches to the speed of study that support personalised learning’.

For more about our TEF gold rating, click here.



International degree recognition

All of our degree programmes are awarded by the University of Essex, a higher education institution recognised by the UK Government.

Upon successful completion of your degree, you will receive the same degree certificate as if you had studied on campus and there is no mention of the online delivery mode on the certificate. However, the online delivery mode is outlined on the transcript that is issued upon completion which provides a detailed record of your marks and grades.

Practices for the recognition of higher education qualifications vary significantly in different countries and also change from time-to-time. Therefore, it is your responsibility to ensure that any degree you undertake with us is appropriate for your needs and what you want to do upon completion. This may mean checking the international degree recognition rules in your country of residence set by government, regulatory bodies and employers.