University of Essex Online degrees are delivered by Kaplan Open Learning, an experienced online learning provider. We have been working in partnership with the University to deliver high-quality online degrees since 2007. We value the highest academic and professional standards and aim to be recognised internationally for our high-quality teaching resources, support and opportunities for our students.

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 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.

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.