FAQs about Studying Online at Falmouth

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Falmouth University

What is your ranking?

Falmouth University has a well-earned reputation for providing a springboard for international graduates careers, whether with leading companies and creative agencies, broadcasters or in enterprise. Falmouth University is ranked:

  • Ranked Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) 2017
  • 6th in the UK overall – Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey, 2017.
  • Top University for creative scene - Which? University Student Survey 2016. For more information about Falmouth University, please visit falmouth.ac.uk.

How many students do you have?

Falmouth is proudly small and specialist. We have just under 6,000 students enrolled across all of our courses enabling us to offer maximum support to both on campus and flexible learning students.

What do your graduates do?

Falmouth produces graduates who are employed across a wide range of creative industries. Many of our graduates go on to run their own businesses too. You'll find some of their stories here.

As a leading specialist multi-arts institution, Falmouth University flies its flag high - a key player on the national and international creative scene.

Our vibrant community of thinkers, makers and doers works hand in hand with the creative industries to nurture our students; priming them to launch successful careers. Which means we create some pretty special graduates; leading lights in all sorts of ways, who can be found in all sorts of places.

From headline news to the change in your pocket, your television screen to your back garden - everywhere you look, Falmouth graduates are using their creative expertise to shape the world around us.

One Hundred Great Careers profiles a selection of Falmouth's graduate success stories. It's a taster of what studying with us means to our students and where it can lead them. Falmouth graduates are making their mark and their work can be seen everywhere. Here are just some of the places where our graduates can be found.

One Hundred Great Careers (PDF version here)

Falmouth Flexible Learning

What is Falmouth Flexible learning? How do I learn?

Falmouth University uses Canvas, currently considered the most modern and up-to-date learning management system available.

You can access it from any device with internet access (PC/Mac, laptop, tablet, smart phone). Once you log in, you will see the Course Hub area, with general information about the course, information about accessing support and opportunities to network with students across the course, and also each of the modules you are enrolled in or have completed to date.

You will receive a comprehensive induction session where you can take time to familiarise yourself with the learning system.

Is everything delivered online? Can I complete my studies entirely online?

Yes. All modules and learning activities are delivered online.

Yes, you can complete the course 100% online if you choose to do so.

You will be given the opportunity to attend up to two face to face events per academic year. Dates and location of the events will vary.  Attendance is not compulsory however we do encourage you to attend if you can. Find out more about face to face events here.

Can I access material using my mobile phone? Can I print study material out if I want to?

You can access it from any device with internet access (PC/Mac, laptop, tablet, smart phone).

Yes, you can print the material.

What kind of equipment/software will I need?

You do not need any specific software. A reasonable home or work computer will work just fine.

Fees and Financing

Can I pay by instalments?

Yes. For the MA courses you can pay by six instalments or you can pay all at once in advance. Please see the payment details for Postgraduate Diplomas and PGCHE here.

Student Status

What is my student status?

As a Falmouth student, you enjoy the same status as any on-campus students. You will receive a Student ID Card. You can also purchase an NUS card which gives you access to numerous discounts including those for Amazon and other major retail outlets. You will receive FREE access to Lynda.com, where you can learn new skills. 

When you graduate, you will be invited to attend your Falmouth graduation ceremony in the UK.

Your studentship is governed by Falmouth University’s regulations, policies, and procedures. In particular, you should read the University’s Academic Regulations, which explain how your degree is classified and rules relating to re-assessment opportunities. These regulations and other important information – including Student Terms & Conditions, Student Code of Conduct, and Regulations for Registration, Enrolment, Transfer, Intermittence and Withdrawal – can be found here: falmouth.ac.uk/student-regulations.

Will “online learning” appear on my final award certificate?

No, it will not.

Will my degree be recognised by employers?

A Falmouth degree is recognised worldwide. So yes, your employer will recognise your degree.


I have work experience but I don’t have a bachelor degree. Can I still apply?

Yes. We do accept applications from candiates without a degree or formal qualifications, however we encourage you to talk to a course advisor for the best guidance before doing so.

I don’t work in a relevant sector now, but I want to work in the creative industries in the future. Am I eligible to apply now?

Yes. The MA courses are designed for both people aspiring to work in the sector and for those who have worked or are currently working in the sector. We encourage you to talk to our course advisors in the first instance.

Study Support

What should I do if I need more time to complete my studies?

Falmouth Flexible MA courses are designed to be completed in 2 years. Should you need to take a break due to work/life commitments or circumstances, then the University can help to facilitate this. However, the maximum time available for the completion of your award is 4 years.

We encourage you to contact and work with our student support services if you feel you need a study break.

Can I contact my lecturers in person?

Yes, you can. You will have access to their contact details which are detailed in your student handbook.

If I need to talk to someone, can I call?

Yes, you can contact us via these numbers:

0800 599 9123 – Free number if you call from within the UK
+44 (0)1223 447713 – For international dialling
Email us on flexible@falmouth.ac.uk

Face-to-face Events

Are face-to-face events compulsory?

No, attendance at our residential workshops is optional.

However we encouage you to try and attend if you can as they provide opportunities to enhance your study and meet your course academics and fellow students.

You will be given the opportunity to attend up to two events per academic year and dates and location of the events will vary. Events usually incorporate a weekend to accommodate busy schedules. More information can be found here.

If I don’t attend, will I be disadvantaged?

No, as the residential workshops are optional, attendance does not contribute to your degree's assessment. 

If I don’t attend, can I still take part online/virtually?

For some events, it may be possible that you can but this will depend on the format of the workshop. If associated materials are produced these will be made available online for those unable to attend.