For a quick overview of what our study options are and what is included with each, please see our Premium and Lite course comparison chart.
The decision as to how you chose to study depends upon your location, there must be a provider within travelling distance of your home, but also how often you need to attend workshops.
Evening class options are much less popular nowadays due to their inefficient nature. Delegates are often tired after a hard days work, the sessions are disjointed from one week to the next, and the actual learning hours are short when you factor in tea breaks and the wind-up, wind-down process.
One or two-day intensive workshops are far more popular as they are more business-like and allow for a greater level of interaction. Topics flow from one to another easier and delegates have the time to work on course related activities with their peers. Limiting the workshops to one or two days has another benefit. It is necessary for delegates to spend time reading around the subject and review course material supplied. Although time consuming, this can only be done outside of the workshop. Tutor time is therefore optimised as is the time spent sat in a classroom!
Bearing in mind that most Professional Qualifications only consist of three or four units, travelling to the location for a couple of hours for a small number of workshops may well be a much better option if it means getting the quality delivery you deserve, especially if one of the days happens to be on a weekday and one on a weekend as is the case for most of the courses with Professional Academy.
Workshops will always have a good amount of time dedicated to understanding how to tackle the assessment. The benefit of which should not be underestimated. This can save you hours of time at home whilst you grapple with understanding the assignment/assessment and structuring your answer. Tutors are on hand and will guide you through this process during the workshop and you will most likely be given time to develop your ideas with your peers in the workshop too.
When budget or time available does not allow you to attend workshops you still have the option to study via a form of remote learning. Nowadays pure paper-based distance learning versions are rare, but may be available. A popular choice for distance learning is some form of online learning. This normally consists of a guided learning path whereby you follow each tutorial using the range of resources provided to you, including some “check your knowledge” quizzes along the way. The course should culminate in the submission of an assignment or sitting an exam. The biggest challenges with this type of course are staying motivated throughout the course and having someone available when you need a helping hand to answer questions on a topic you don’t quite understand.
At Professional Academy every course, whether it is a face to face version or an online version comes with your own personal tutor who is allocated to you when you enrol. They are there to answer your questions and most importantly review your draft assignment submission before you formally send it to us for marking. This type of course is referred to as a “Blended learning package”.
Many of our support tutors are examiners working on behalf of the Professional Body as well as working for us and all of them have a high-level knowledge of the subject you are studying and what it takes for you to pass the assessment.
An added bonus is that we have a team of customer service staff who can be contacted directly from the Learning Management Portal or simply by picking up the telephone.
If you are choosing an online course provider, look for someone who provides you more than just pdf versions of a traditional paper-based course. Look for a range of resources and for someone who will prompt you when deadlines are looming, or you need to take an action that you may have forgotten.
When it comes to remote learning it can be a lonely affair. Face to face delegates have the benefit of being able to share experience and knowledge with their peers in the workshop, remote learners don’t have that option. However, at Professional Academy we have made sure that every learner on every module has access to an online Forum within the Learning Management System (The Refinery) where you can post questions and indeed answer other learners questions. This added support can be a real benefit when you feel you don’t want to ask your support tutor or you just want to check that you are not alone when you feel your confidence is waning.