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Online Learning FAQs

Online Learning FAQs


What is online learning?

Online learning is a way of studying for a qualification without having to attend lectures on campus. It’s a great option for those looking to study alongside work or other commitments, from anywhere in the world.


How do I contact you?

If you have any questions or would like to chat about our online courses, you can contact our Admissions Team using our request information form or by calling +44 (0) 24 7765 4700.


First steps: the application process



How do I apply?

Simply complete our online application form. Once you have submitted your form, one of our friendly Admissions Advisors will contact you to discuss your application and answer any questions you might have.


What are the start dates for your online programmes?

We run three intakes a year: January, May, September.


What is the deadline for applications?

Getting a university place can be stressful, especially if you’re worried about having to wait another year before starting your course. At Coventry, we give you one less thing to worry about by running intakes three times a year: September, January and May.


How does online learning work?



Will I find the course challenging?

A university qualification is designed to challenge you. Our Admissions Team will make sure that you enrol on a course that is the right level for you. Our Support Team will also be here for you every step of the way, so if you start a course and feel it isn’t right for you, we can explore other options together.


How much time do I need to study? How flexible is the degree?

With part-time degrees, we generally recommend between 25-30 hours of study per week, however online learning at Coventry University is all about flexibility. With so many ways to access your learning resources, be it by laptop, phone or tablet, and the flexibility to set your own pace of study, you can fit it around your life. You will find that most of our students work full-time and dedicate weekends and evenings to study.


How long does it take to complete a course?

You set your own pace of study, which means you can complete your course within 1 year for full time and 2 years part time.

Your tuition fee will include access to an online library, Centre for Academic Writing, SIGMA (Maths and Statistics support) and a range of other support services, as well as tutor support and 24/7 access to the virtual learning environment, FutureLearn.


Will I mix with other online students studying at Coventry University?

Of course! One of the benefits of online learning is the global community it creates. You will be able to interact with fellow students directly through FutureLearn.


Do I need a computer and an internet connection to study?

You will need a connected device to access and download learning materials. This might be a computer, laptop, tablet or mobile phone. Your local library might also have facilities you can use.


Will I need to travel?

No, our online courses don’t require you to travel. You will have the option to switch between studying on campus and studying online at certain points of the academic year, subject to availability.*

You can also attend a graduation ceremony once you complete your course, but you won't need to be present.

*Request processes and restrictions apply. If you have commenced your studies online after having been refused a UK visa or had a request for sponsorship declined by Coventry University, you will not be eligible to switch between study modes.


Is a work placement included as part of the online programmes?

Work placements are not part of our online degrees. However, the global nature of our online degrees allows you to make connections with industry professionals from across the world, some of which may be working in a country or industry you want to move into. When you graduate as an online student, you become part of the University’s alumni team network.


Recognition and awarding bodies



What qualification will I get and who will award it?

Online Learning students get the same qualification as our on-campus students. This means you will get a degree awarded by Coventry University.


Will my degree be recognised by a potential employer?

Our online degrees have the same status and standing as our on-campus degrees. As our qualifications are UK university degrees, they are widely recognised internationally. You can check the recognition policy in your home country by contacting the appropriate government body.


Is Coventry University the awarding body for all online degree programmes?

Yes, all online students will be awarded the same degree as those who study on-campus.


Is an online degree as good as an on-campus degree?

Yes it is. There is absolutely no distinction between the quality of online and campus programmes. All online students will be awarded degrees of the same status as those who study on-campus.


Will my degree state that it was an online degree, completed via online learning?

No, your degree certificate will look exactly the same as those awarded to students who studied on-campus. There will be no reference to ‘online’ on your degree certificate. However, there will be a small reference to the mode of study on the transcript.


The practical bits



Will I get a student ID?

As you don’t have to attend any of our campuses to study, you won’t receive a physical student card, but you will be assigned a student ID number which enables you to apply for an NUS card if you wish.


Is it possible to transfer credits to a Coventry University online programme?

Yes, it is possible, but it depends on the modules that you studied and how relevant they are to the course. We would normally request a transcript listing all the modules and credits of the course which then gets forwarded to the course director/relevant tutor for a decision. Transfers are always assessed by tutors on an individual basis.

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