A guide to financing your education in later life

No matter what you want to study, there’s a wide range of course providers out there offering different courses at different prices. So when you’re looking for a course, it’s important to do as much research as you can to help you get the best value for your money.

Sometimes, these variations in prices can be relatively small. For instance, the National Extension College offers their online GCSE English Literature course for £495, while Open Study College offers their version of the same course for £449.

But, other times, especially if you’re wanting to study for an undergraduate or postgraduate degree, the variation in course price can be huge – and you could save thousands of pounds on your education costs depending on what course you choose. For example, The Open University offers their three-year BA in English Literature for £6,336 per year, while the University of Birmingham offers theirs for £9,250.

Although, it’s worth bearing in mind that no two courses are made equal. So even if two courses help you prepare for or grant you the same qualification, it doesn’t necessarily mean that both will have the same quality of teaching and cover the same content in as much detail. Getting the best value for money isn’t necessarily aboutchoosing the cheapest course you can find – so investigating the actual course is also important.

There are many ways you can get an idea of how good a course is, but two great ways to do so are to look at the course content, which can usually be found on the course provider’s website, and to read reviews from past students. You can search for student reviews on broad websites like Trustpilot, or you can use student-specific services like WhatUni and StudentCrowd.

It’s also worth seeing if your course provider offers any open days or taster sessions, so you can get an idea for what the teaching and atmosphere will be like.

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