New Academic Year? What New Academic Year!admin
Traditionally, September is the time of year when people start looking to refresh their skills, look at new career opportunities or continue with their professional development, but as Bob Dylan once wrote “The times they are a-changin”. No longer are you required to wait until the “new academic year” – With Training Link every day is the start of your learning journey!
When looking at distance learning Vs College learning, it is perfectly natural for people to weigh up the pros and cons, so to give you a little help, here is a list of common questions that we get asked by prospective students:
Q – Are the qualifications awarded by colleges any different to what you provide?
A – Training Link is a multiple award winning accredited training provider offering courses in ICB Bookkeeping courses, AAT Accounting courses plus much more. So as an example, if you’re looking to take an AAT Accounting course, the qualification you receive from us will be absolutely NO DIFFERENT to what you would receive from a college.
Q – How long does it take to complete a course?
A – College courses generally take one year to complete whereas a comparative distance learning course could take as little as 3 months. This is because college courses have a rigid, set structure with no option but to progress at the speed of the lecturer. With distance learning, there are no limitations as to the amount of time you can dedicate to your studies. Furthermore, with all of the utilities you have at your disposal, there is little to stop you progressing through your course.
Q – Which is cheaper?
A – Traditionally, distance learning will always be a cheaper option than a comparative course held at your local college. This is NOT because the course itself is any better (or worse!); courses need to follow a specific pathway set by the awarding body, so this is not a factor in cost. It’s generally because the overheads are significantly greater in an FE college; the campus and all associated costs to run it, all the staff (whether they are fully utilised or not) etc. all have to be covered by the courses that are on offer. These are all negated from a distance learning perspective.
Q – Do I get access to a tutor?
A – Absolutely! Our award winning tutors are highly experienced in their respective fields, and are readily contactable. Shortly after enrolment you will receive a personal e-mail from your tutor with all contact details, meaning that you have access to your dedicated tutor in no time!
Q – I imagine distance learning can be quite a lonely experience? I’d prefer to go to a class where I can speak to my peers and maybe even socialise a little.
A – Distance learning USED to be quite isolating, but with the emergence of new technologies and the abundance of social media, we have created a dedicated, secure Facebook page “Student Street”. Every student enrolling on one of our courses is invited to join Student Street, meaning that you’re able to communicate with your peers, network with students in practice and even speak with specialists in the industry from the day you enrol! We have even had some students meet on Student Street and then go on to arrange brainstorming sessions locally!! (Read more here)
Hopefully this has helped to solidify your thoughts, but if you’re still unsure, you could always request a free trial, take our “Introduction to Bookkeeping” course, or just drop us a message and we’ll be happy to help.