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Frequently Asked Questions

We have regular start dates throughout the year (typically every 2 or 3 weeks).  This allows us to group students together for administrative purposes and to control the workload for our tutors.  If you wish to start on a different date however that is fine!

We do limit the number of students that we have at any one time in order to maintain a high standard of tutor support.

You can pay by bank transfer, debit card, credit card and PayPal.  We do accept payment by cheque but make a small administration charge.  You can pay your course fees in full at the start of the course or alternatively we offer a monthly subscription and pay per module options.

You can also buy via our online store, click here to visit.

Yes, we only offer home study courses.

You will need just four things to enable you to study with us:

  1. A lap top or PC.  Any reasonably recent machine (say up to 5 years old) should be suitable.
  2. Microsoft Office (including all the applications you wish to study).  We recommend Office 365.
  3. An internet connection.
  4. A printer is sometimes useful but not essential.
  5. You can use an Apple Mac but please note that a small number of features in Microsft Office work differently on a Mac and our teaching material is based on the Windows version.

One of the many advantages of home study is that it gives you the flexibility to adapt your learning schedule to suit your lifestyle, fitting your study in around work, the kids and everything else that life throws at you!  We do recommend that you study at least 5 hours per week on average and most of our students find that planning their study sessions and making them part of their weekly schedule really helps them to keep on track with the course.  We would certainly recommend that you study 5 hours every week rather than 10 hours every other week - a little and often is usually the best approach.

How you split your weekly study hours up is up to you and you will learn by experience whether you are better doing a few long sessions or more frequent shorter sessions.  Remember there is no hard and fast rule, we all learn in different ways!

All our courses have an "Course Access Period" which is the length of time for which we provide tutor support and for which you have access to the course materials via our learning portal.

Of course, you are free to study more than 5 hours per week as many of our students do and this will allow you to complete the course more quickly.

When you sign up for a course you are paying for a certain period of access to the teaching material via our online Learning Portal and to tutor support, this is known as the "Course Access Period".  Within the Course Access Period you can study at your own pace and if that means taking a break for holidays or other commitments that is fine.  The Course Access Period starts when you first login to the Learning Portal.

In the very unlikely event that you have not completed your course within the Course Access Period you can buy an extension.

Yes!  If you pay for your course in full upon enrolment you will have immediate access to all the course modules and can therefore study as quickly as you wish.

Yes.  When you sign up for a course you are paying for a certain period of access to the teaching material via our online Learning Portal and to tutor support, this is known as the "Course Access Period".  Within the Course Access Period you can study at your own pace and if that means taking a break for holidays or other commitments that is fine.  The Course Access Period starts when you first login to the Learning Portal.

In the very unlikely event that you have not completed your course within the Course Access Period you can buy an extension.

Yes, we only offer home study courses.

Yes! All of our PA courses include some of the MS Office applications, based on teh very latest MS Office 365 / 2016 version.  You can also study the IT components as stand-alone courses, from just one component (such as Excel or Word) through to the whole office suite, we can help!

Please see the appropriate prospectus for each course for full details.

When you sign up for a course you are paying for a certain period of access to the teaching material via our online Learning Portal and to tutor support, this is known as the "Course Access Period".  Within the Course Access Period you can study at your own pace and if that means taking a break for holidays or other commitments that is fine.  The Course Access Period starts when you first login to the Learning Portal.

In the very unlikely event that you have not completed your course within the Course Access Period you can buy an extension.

We do not issue student ID cards ourselves but we are affiliated to the NUS Extra discount scheme and as such you are eligible to apply for the NUS Extra discount card.  NUS make a small charge for this.