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The University of London Announces Online BSc Degree

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The University of London is set to announce a fully-fledged undergraduate course taught entirely online.

The announcement is being made to encourage more part-time, working students, following a steady decline in numbers since tuition fees were increased in England in 2012.

Fees will cost £5,650 per year and the university is planning for 3,000 students to eventually enrol in the computer science course.

The announcement comes at the same time the prime minister sets out a review into tuition fees following concerns over the high cost of university.

According to the University of London, it was the first university in the world to offer distance learning in the 1850s. Now, its first online BSc course, which will run from next year, will come with content produced by academics at Goldsmiths, University of London.

The course is being produced in partnership with California based Coursera, which has 31 million registered students. However, courses previously offered by the company have not been accredited degrees. The deal with the University of London will be Coursera's first complete BSc degree.

The course will include group work, live video and individual tuition, all delivered online. Although students will be required to go to exam centres for final exams.

The course will initially be provided to a few hundred students, which will scale up to around 3,000, with chief executive of Coursera Jeff Maggioncalda calling it a "game changer".