Entry Requirements, Applying and Fees

Entry Requirements

  • Some online courses such as those offered by MOOCs require no entry qualifications.
  • The majority of courses will have various specific requirements. These may include prior educational qualifications and sometimes English language skills.

Just as you would do for any other degree, you should carefully research your choice of course and university.

  • In most cases, you will need to obtain entry requirements direct from the university or college (our course chooser lists only the 3,000-odd courses where application can be made via UCAS – there are many more distance learning courses available).
  • You apply direct to the course provider.

A typical online admission procedure is:

  • Fill in the online application form.
  • You'll receive a reply from the university or college, offering you a place, asking for more information, or declining your application.
  • The institution will want confirmation that you have the qualifications you say you have. After checking your certificates, they will send you confirmation that you've been accepted onto the course.
  • Enrolment usually takes place a few weeks before the course starts. You get the opportunity to select the modules you wish to study and pay the first instalment of your course fees.
  • On receipt of payment the university or college will email your confirmation and you can begin your studies.

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Fees will vary from institution to institution but costs are likely to be lower than for full-time face-to-face courses.

  • Fees at the Open University for a BSc in Natural Sciences, or for a BA Hons in English Language or Literature, for example, are £15,372 for a three-year programme.
  • Check the fees for your chosen course direct with the university or college.