It’s very important that you assure yourself of the credentials of a university or college that you may be considering signing up with to pursue an online degree. If you’re considering doing an online degree offered by a UK-based University or College, check out whether the awarding body (which may be different from the institution where you learn) is a member of either:
Universities UK (www.uuk.ac.uk) or
These are the ‘membership bodies’ of officially recognized universities and colleges in the UK. (These are bodies that have either been granted the power to award degrees by Royal Charter or, more recently, been granted the power to award degrees by the Privvy Council.)
If you wish to check out something about the quality of provision in UK universities and colleges, go to the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) website where you will find reports on subject provision and more general aspects of their management. The QAA can be found at:
Finally, if you wish to check out any other aspect of UK higher education, including the research performance of individual universities and colleges in specific disciplinary areas, go to:
and follow the links.
Finally, be aware that taking an online course is very different in nature from taking one in a face-to-face mode. It can be just as rewarding, and just as interactive, but in a very different way.