University of London offers undergraduate degree for £5,650 per year
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The University of London is to offer a new, part-time undergraduate degree course for £5,650 per year. The computer science course will be taught entirely online by academics from Goldsmiths, who are part of the University of London group, and is set to take on 3,000 students from April 2019. The plans come as a result of the prime minister's recent review of tuition fees and a focus on encouraging cheaper ways to study. It is particularly aimed at part-time students, whose numbers have fallen by more than 40% since fees increased in 2012. The online setting will eradicate the need for a maintenance loan and according to the University of London will allow studying to "fit around work, family, and other commitments in your life".
Credit: flickr.com/photos/ucdaviscoe/The University of London is not creating this course alone as they have paired up with the California-based company Coursera, who develops Moocs (massive open online courses) in the United States. Moocs are free to register for, but are not accredited degrees, so this will be a first for the company. Coursera has 31 million registered students, so they will be using their expertise to offer a multitude of interactive learning options, such as group work, live video and individual tuition. Despite these activities taking place online, the final exam will occur in an allocated exam centre, so that students can be invigilated. The opportunity to complete a degree online is not a new phenomenon, the Open University has been an attractive option for many part-time students over the years, however, the University of London assures that their entry into the market will be the start of a "step change" in their approach to online education.