The University of London is revising the recognition framework for institutions teaching our degrees during the latter half of 2018.
Institutions that enter into an agreement with the University will be known as University of London Recognised Teaching Centres.
Teaching institutions will enter the new framework before 31 December 2018, and the terminology on our website will change from 1 January 2018.
- Is the institution a recognised centre, or has it started the recognition process?
- Is it registered with the relevant local authorities, such as the Ministry of Education?
- How long has it been established? Check its website or printed brochures.
- How long has it been providing support for University of London students? Has it got a 'track record' of successful results?
- Can you talk to enrolled students and get their opinions? (Check out our institution pages for testimonials.)
- Does the timing and frequency of classes suit you?
- What format do the classes take? Are there tutorials as well as lectures? What size are the tutorial groups?
- Does the institution offer teaching and learning support for all levels of the degree? Is this support limited to a range of units or modules?
- Are the lecturers full-time or part-time?
Facilities / Services
- Does the institution provide details of the specific services and facilities it offers?
- How do its services and fees compare with other institutions in your area?
- Can you see the facilities, especially the library? Can you borrow books from the library, and/or does it have good electronic library resources?
- If you already have your subject guides, does the institution hold copies of the essential and recommended texts? Is there room to study in the library, and is it quiet?
Contracts / Formalities
- Is there a written contract between you and the institution when you enrol? (If not, make sure you understand the terms and conditions that apply and your liability.)
- Do you pay fees in one payment or in instalments? What is the refund policy is if you cease studying?
- While we advise you not to enrol until you have an offer from us, we realise that you may be eager to start your studies before this. Is the institution able to charge you only for tuition you receive if we cannot accept you on the programme?
- Contact a local alumni ambassador for advice about their experience.
Additional checks for online or correspondence institutions:
- If based in the UK, is the institution accredited by the Open and Distance Learning Quality Council or a member of the Association of British Correspondence Colleges?
- If it offers study materials as part of its tuition, do these offer more than our subject guides do?
- If a tutor service is offered, what response time does the institution guarantee?
- Can you send in your assignments by email and receive feedback the same way?
- If you are not certain about a teaching institution's status with us, contact our institutions team for more information. Further questions may be answered below.