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I came across a reliable place which offers some bachelor degrees online. If I want to do an accounting & finance degree for example, Is it better to go uni or do it online (where it is a lot cheaper)?
Reply 1
If if its not the Open University, don't touch it.
Original post by Sara_546
I came across a reliable place which offers some bachelor degrees online. If I want to do an accounting & finance degree for example, Is it better to go uni or do it online (where it is a lot cheaper)?


How do you know it's reliable? :smile:
Reply 3
the third year of the degree is accredited by the university of derby. and I have done an access to HE course with the same company.
do u think its a good alternative rather than doing it at uni paying 9k each year? appreciate any advice : )
Reply 4
Original post by Sara_546
the third year of the degree is accredited by the university of derby. and I have done an access to HE course with the same company.
do u think its a good alternative rather than doing it at uni paying 9k each year? appreciate any advice : )


Is the whole degree accredited or just the third year?

As the first comment says, the Open University is very respected and has an established system and staff base for offering distance learning. Some private companies have recently tried to get in on the game following Covid, but just don't offer the same rigour or expertise. I would advise you to thoroughly research this degree and make sure you know exactly what they're offering, who'll be teaching it and how you'll be assessed. Also check that you will be eligible to receive student finance to cover the fees. Don't just read what their own website says, look at impartial reviews.

9k a year is definitely a lot to pay for an on-site degree, but you can't think of it like traditional debt. You only to have to pay it back once you earn over a certain amount, the repayments equate to basically just a small tax every month, and it will be wiped if you haven't paid it off in 30-40 years (depending on when you take it out).
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Reply 5
Has anyone studied at Arden University? They do also online degrees.
Reply 6
Original post by McGinger
If if its not the Open University, don't touch it.
Essex and Leicester have online degrees and they are respected institutions.
Original post by Tyluild
Essex and Leicester have online degrees and they are respected institutions.

Ok yes, a respected bricks-and-mortar institution offering an online degree is fine I think that comment was in respect of online-only institutions/companies offering degrees.
Original post by Tyluild
Essex and Leicester have online degrees and they are respected institutions.


Are they genuinely offering by those universities or are they delivered by a “partner” commercial company like the company that offered York’s disastrous online MAs?
Essex online is a kaplan course not delivered by Essex.
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(Would you trust an online degree from a company that can’t even get basic html right on their website?)

Leicester’s dl courses do look like they’re delivered by Leicester and not outsourced
Reply 10
Original post by PQ
Essex online is a kaplan course not delivered by Essex.
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(Would you trust an online degree from a company that can’t even get basic html right on their website?)

Leicester’s dl courses do look like they’re delivered by Leicester and not outsourced
I thought that maybe course books would be by Kaplan but that the physical course itself is taught by Essex University. Falmouth University and Nottingham Trent also have online undergraduate degrees and don't seem to be outsourcing from what I have read.
Original post by Tyluild
I thought that maybe course books would be by Kaplan but that the physical course itself is taught by Essex University. Falmouth University and Nottingham Trent also have online undergraduate degrees and don't seem to be outsourcing from what I have read.

No - both Essex and Liverpool's online courses are taught entirely by Kaplan https://www.kaplanpathways.com/where-to-study/online-study-options/kaplan-open-learning/

NTU looks like it might be legit
https://www.cegdigital.co.uk/success-stories/falmouth.htm not so much for falmouth " full-service collaboration" https://flexible.falmouth.ac.uk/privacy-policy
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Reply 12
Original post by PQ
No - both Essex and Liverpool's online courses are taught entirely by Kaplan https://www.kaplanpathways.com/where-to-study/online-study-options/kaplan-open-learning/

NTU looks like it might be legit
https://www.cegdigital.co.uk/success-stories/falmouth.htm not so much for falmouth " full-service collaboration" https://flexible.falmouth.ac.uk/privacy-policy
That's a shame about Falmouth, I was really interested in their creative writing course. Well maybe NTU or Leicester are the best options then. I thought of Essex due to name recognition. Even Open Uni isn't perfect. I'll have a real think, thank you so much. I've recently become unable to attend physical Uni so this has been a big help

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