The online bachelor’s degree is an ever more popular choice for young people who want a degree, but don’t want the commitment of spending three years living and breathing university life. We’re taking a look at some of the things that you need to know if you’re considering embarking on an online bachelor’s degree programme.
Working while you study
Distance learning might be right for you if you’d like to work while you study. Lots of people feel that they can’t justify giving up work to go and get a degree - they might need the money, the experience or simply quite fancy the idea of working whilst they study. Also, In the current graduate job market, students with a good heft of experience behind them are seen as far more valuable and employable than those without. The University of Hertfordshire specialises in industry-relevant subjects, so they’d be perfect for doing alongside a relevant career.
Getting a student loan
There’s good news - if you apply for a course through the Open University, then you’ll be eligible to apply for a part-time student loan through the Student Loans Company. This loan isn’t means tested and you can still apply for it if you are employed. Use the Open University’s finance finder to see what you’d be eligible for.
The University of London (an umbrella group containing institutions such as King’s College and Queen Mary) offers a couple of different types of course for those who’d like to study at The University of London, but can’t relocate. You could study for via distance learning through the international programmes, study independently or study with the support of a local institution.
Choose your schedule
Distance learning and independent study both have advantages when it comes to fitting your degree around your lifestyle. You could choose to complete your online bachelor’s degree on a full or part-time basis, and there are classes available in the evenings and at weekends.
Some modules might include the word ‘online’ but your official degree qualification won’t. Whilst there’s really no difference between doing an online bachelor’s degree and doing one in person, some people do worry about how it looks on a CV. The good news is that you’ll get the exact same qualifications as a student that studied face-to-face - and nobody can tell that it’s an online degree just from looking at it.
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So there you have it, our guide to all the things that you need to know if you’re considering breaking the mould and doing an online bachelor’s degree.