Personal Development

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Whether you want to stay up-to-date with best practice or gain the skills you need to make the next step up, gaining a professional qualification is the best way to accelerate your career.

Who are professional qualifications for?

Professional qualifications are for anyone – and for everyone. We passionately believe that every one of us can learn, develop and improve, gaining the skills and confidence to achieve our goals.

If you want to develop as a person and as a professional, get better at your job and take your career to the next level, studying for a professional qualification is the best investment you can make.

What are the benefits of a professional qualification?

Accredited professional qualifications are the only sure way of demonstrating your knowledge and abilities to potential employers. By gaining an internationally recognised qualification, you set yourself apart from your peers and show that you mean business.

But it’s not just about improving your CV. Our carefully designed courses will give you new knowledge and skills you can apply directly in the workplace – and you’ll gain the confidence that comes from taking on a new challenge and succeeding.

Which qualification pathway is right for me?

With so many different courses, modules and qualifications out there, it can be hard to figure out the best route to take. That’s where we come in. 

Book a free advice session and we’ll be happy to talk you through your options – online, on the phone or face-to-face. Tell us about your background, your current role and, most importantly, where you want to take your career, and we’ll help you identify the course and qualification that will deliver the greatest benefit.

I haven’t studied in a while – will I be able to do it?

Yes, you will! If it’s been a long time since you took an exam or submitted coursework, the idea of stepping back into the classroom can be daunting. Our carefully designed courses break things down into manageable steps, while our experienced tutors and friendly support staff will do everything they can to help you succeed.

Have I got time to complete a qualification?

One of the great things about studying with Professional Academy is that we fit the course around you, not the other way around. With study centres all over the country and a range of flexible course options, we can plan a study programme that fits around your work and home life.

Can I afford to study?

Studying for a new qualification is a significant investment, but if you consider the personal and financial benefits that new skills, a better job and a higher salary will bring, both now and for years to come, the return on that investment is huge.

There are several ways we can help. If you’re hoping that your employer will pay for your training, we can supply all of the facts, figures and supporting information you need to convince them that it’s money well spent. If you’re planning to pay for it yourself, we can offer a range of staggered payment options that will make it easy to manage.

What do I get as part of my course fee?

Our courses provide a complete, comprehensive face-to-face or distance learning package, including one-to-one tutor feedback and support, access to our advanced online learning management system and a full suite of bespoke learning resources, including a study handbook and assignment guide, course text books and a detailed study guide for each module. The course fee also includes an affiliate membership of the qualification awarding body.

For a full run-down of what’s included, please see our Premium and Lite course comparison chart.

How successful are Professional Academy students?

Professional Academy have a high first time Pass Rate, due to the comprehensive nature of all the study material we supply our students, along with the expertise and knowledge of our tutors who, along with being knowledgeable academics, are experienced business practitioners in their respective fields.  We value our students greatly and take our level of service & and ongoing unlimited tutor support very seriously. Our interactive workshops have also proven to be a highly effective method of learning for our students, and enhance their overall experience with us.  Even without the workshops (via distance learning) we provide all our students with all the necessary course materials, online resources and tutor support to be able to study effectively and achieve their desired qualification. You can hear how Professional Academy qualifications have helped people progress in their career in their own words via our testimonials page.

What happens if I fail?

Our pass rates are consistently above the national and international average for the qualifications we offer. Even if you don’t pass first time, our 100% Pass Guarantee means that, if you’re willing to put in the work, we’ll keep supporting you until you do.

What are my study options?

We offer two different course delivery options – Premium and Lite. Both options include one-to-one tutor support, access to interactive learning resources and a complete range of course-specific study guides created by us and not available anywhere else. The Premium option also includes intensive, tutor-led workshops for face-to-face learning and discussion.

For a full run-down of what’s included, please see our Premium and Lite course comparison chart.

Where can I study my qualification?

We run face-to-face workshops at our study centres nationwide, from intensive one- and two-day workshops to evening sessions you fit around your full-time job. We also offer complete distance learning packages so you can study anywhere, start at any time and go at your own pace.

How will a qualification affect my career?

An accredited qualification from an internationally respected awarding body not only shows prospective employers that your skills are up to scratch and up to date – it tells them that you’re a resourceful, highly motivated individual with the will to succeed. And if you’re aiming high, senior posts increasingly require masters-level qualifications at the very least. Whatever level you’re currently at, a professional qualification will help you to make your next career step.

Is a qualification the best way for me to go?

You may be looking at progressing your career by way of personal development, pursuing a possible career change, or you may simply want to gain a better understanding of Sales, Marketing, Digital Marketing or Management.  The nature of the professional qualifications that we run is that they combine theory with practical skills and knowledge that can be applied to your specific area of business or specialism.  The learning process is ongoing throughout your studies, allowing you to implement what you learn straight away.  This combination of theory and “real world” application empowers an individual with the ability to “ hit the ground running” from outset in their respective field.