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How to choose a home study degree

When looking for a home study degree, it's important that you take some time to find a reputable course provider. Just like face to face courses, some course providers have a better reputation than other course providers. Here are some of the most important things to consider before you embark upon your course...

How reputable is the course provider?

Consider how your new qualification would look on your CV. If you take the course with a reputable provider (for example, the Open University), it's unlikely that the employer will look on you any differently for having gotten the qualification by home study.

If, on the other hand, you take your degree with a less reputable organisation, some doubts may be raised. Some course providers offer you a "degree" within a few months. Needless to say, this paperwork is worth next to nothing - it's a waste of time and money on your part.

What does the course cover?

Most reputable course providers will allow you to see the course syllabus before you sign up to the course. This is a great way to compare a few different courses, and to choose one that's tailored to the topics that you want to study.

You may also be able to read about the lecturers and tutors. Course providers with a good reputation will be happy to provide you with this information.

Also check out reviews from current and past students. Impartial reviews can be a great source of information about workload, teaching style and course content.

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