Kaplan Open Learning

Experts in the delivery of online degrees

Since 2007, Kaplan Open Learning (KOL) has worked in partnership with the University of Essex to provide a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate online courses. Developed by subject experts and industry leaders, our Essex Online degrees are offered in Business, Law, Criminology, Psychology, Education and Health.

New partnership with the University of Liverpool

In 2019, we announced a new partnership with the University of Liverpool to launch an exciting portfolio of brand-new online Masters degrees, due to start in January 2020. We expect to be running professionally focused online programmes in Management, Computer Science, Health, Education, Law and Psychology.

Why study online with Kaplan Open Learning?

91% rating for overall student satisfaction

2019 National Student Survey (NSS)

Gold award for teaching: the highest level possible

Teaching Excellence Framework

State-of-the-art virtual learning environment

for course delivery

Dedicated student support

from in-house Student Advisers

How do online degrees work?

Online study is just a way of learning that is entirely online. It is extremely flexible, allowing you to choose how and when you study; this allows you to fit your online degree around your family and work commitments. All resources, classroom activities and assignment submissions are also completed online, using our cutting-edge virtual classroom environment.

Find answers to other common questions about online degrees with Kaplan Open Learning.

Meet a student

Donna Daly, BA (Hons) Business and Management

Donna from the UK

Graduated from BA (Hons) Business and Management

Although I was nervous before starting my degree, I quickly became familiar with the format and deadlines. Studying has not always been easy, but completing this degree has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I never thought that I could reach this level, but now that I have, nothing can stop me or hold me back.

Spotlight courses with Kaplan Open Learning

Your questions answered

  • How will I be assessed during my online degree?

    We assess our students in a number of ways, depending on the module you are currently taking. Here’s a brief overview of the different types of assessment you might encounter:

    Assignment: a structured essay that focuses on a topic or task set by your tutor.

    Dissertation/thesis: an original research project on a topic of interest, aligned to a relevant area within the subject or course.

    Discussion activity: a discussion between students on a topic or issue (set by the module tutor), which takes place over a 2-week period within the online learning platform’s forum.

    Journal report: an assessed record of a student’s individual progress, and a reflection on their learning and its application.

    Oral presentation: a brief spoken presentation delivered online within a time limit, focusing on a set topic, usually supported by notes and slides.

    Project: an independent topic, based on a task set by the module tutor.

    Examinations: unique to our MBA programme, timed open book exams can be done at home, without the need to travel to an examination centre.

  • Am I eligible for a student loan, discount or scholarship?

    If you are a UK or EU citizen living in England or Wales, you may be eligible for a student loan. This loan will pay for the full cost of your undergraduate or postgraduate studies.

    If you’re not eligible, or you decide to fund the online degree yourself, we offer a simple monthly payment plan, enabling you to spread the cost of your tuition over the duration of your studies.

    Various courses also offer scholarships and discounts, which are awarded based on merit.

    Our Admissions team will be able to offer advice on your personal circumstances.

  • Will my degree certificate say online learning?

    There is no mention of online study on the University of Essex or University of Liverpool degree certificate – it’s just like the degree you would earn if you studied on campus. The mode of study is mentioned only on the transcripts that accompany your final grades.

We realise that a key part of your Kaplan Open Learning (KOL) experience is a successful partnership between us and you - our students. That's why we create an inclusive community, so even though you're learning online from a distance, we make sure that we fully support you in your education and wellbeing. This enables you to achieve your best and fulfil your ambitions; we look forward to helping you succeed!

Nicola Pittman, Managing Director
Nicola Pittman Managing Director

Contact us

Have a question? Get in touch with us by email [email protected] and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

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