Monday, 15 April 2013

How to apply for an online degree

Ryan Yems Programme Administrator for BA(Hons) Business Administration (online) at the University of Hertfordshire
Ryan Yems Programme Administrator for
BA(Hons) Business Administration (online)
Ryan Yems, UH Online programme administrator for BA(Hons) Business Administration (online) shares his tips on applying for an online degree...

So you have researched tirelessly to find the right course to study and have finally decided to take the plunge and apply for that aspiring degree by distance learning. However, before commencing your studies, there is the minor stage of the application. This can be a daunting process, but with five helpful tips, you will be on the road to completing your distance learning degree in no time!

As a Hertfordshire graduate myself, in Business and Tourism, I have had the invaluable experience of both completing a degree application, as well as now reviewing them as a Programme Administrator within UH Online, at the University of Hertfordshire. Here is what I believe are the most important tips to consider when applying for an online degree:

Tip one: The All Important Transcripts

Ensure you attach scanned copies of all previous educational transcripts and any further supporting information that you think will support your application. When Admission Tutor’s assess applications, they often can’t make an offer because they need to see further information. Reading the entry requirements is essential as these explain exactly what is needed to gain entry. For example are your required to demonstrate evidence of GCSE’S, IELTS, or maybe TOEFL qualifications? Providing evidence of how you meet the entry requirements gives you the greatest chance of being successful in your first attempt.

UH Online business lady distance learnerTip two: Getting Personal with a Personal Statement

Before you start remember this is a 'personal' statement, so it's about YOU! And also a way of showing off! In order to do this successfully, you need to convey your passion and enthusiasm for the subject, as well as demonstrate your suitability to the course i.e. explaining previous qualifications, interests and experience. Finally, detail any information which portrays your unique attributes and desire to study the degree.  The personal statement also provides a great opportunity to detail relevant work experience, especially if the formal qualifications you hold don’t fully meet the entry requirements. Remember each application is assessed individually case by case, meaning; valuable work experience may be just as vital!

Tip three: Providing two written references

This is similar to applying for a job! Admission Tutor’s like to see two detailed references, as they provide evidence that the referee can vouch for your previous qualifications, skills and experience. Again this is showing you off, but from the point of view of a former/current employer or tutor. But more importantly it cements the opinion of the tutor that you are capable to undertake the online degree. It is usually common practice to provide one academic reference and one employer reference (although it's two academic references in the case of BSc / MSc Computer Science online).

Student writing with a UH Online penTip four: Getting spelling and grammar spot on!

Although this seems quite a minor point, submitting an application form that is grammatically correct and doesn’t contain spelling mistakes could result in that all important ‘Unconditional Offer’, and the start of your online degree. If an application reads well, this shows great competency in English Language, which is a key entry requirement for UK Universities.

Tip five: Proof read, Proof read and proof read once again….

You have written your application form, completed an in depth personal statement, and included all relevant supporting materials; now to submit. Hang on though! Before submitting take the opportunity to have one final proof read over all of your application form to ensure it is as detailed and accurate as possible. Doing this now will save time in the future because if everything is to the right standard, you can simply relax and wait to hear from us!


  1. Azeez D. Olayinka15 April 2013 at 14:14

    How do I get other information on how to register

  2. Hi there

    Here's the link with details of the course start dates; application deadlines and the application form itself:

    Best of Luck!

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