I initially decided to embark on the Level 3 and 5 ILM Award in Leadership and Management as I wanted to challenge myself and explore vocational studies. As I work full time, this needed to suit my circumstances, something that allowed me to study remotely and work at my own pace – which UniCourse made possible.
UniCourse offered me the flexibility I was looking for. I had absolutely no reservations about studying remotely as that is my preferred way of learning, without physically having to go to an educational centre. I knew all along that online learning would help me delve into particular areas and give me the opportunity to build my knowledge base, and the bonus was to receive accreditation from City & Guilds for it!
Both Ashley and Kevin supported me throughout my studies with UniCourse; I found them both to be supportive and they gave good constructive feedback and advice which was very helpful. Although at times I found the terminology of the assignment questions a little difficult to understand, my tutors thoroughly explained them to me which supported the process.
My favourite unit of the course was definitely Mental Health. I found the insights and learning to be profoundly helpful, and I also felt a personal connection to it. Overall, there is nothing that I would change about this course; all the assignments were relevant and suitably tailored to the unit.
On completion of my studies, I would say my thoughts about distance learning remained the same- that it is not for everyone. Some people prefer classroom-type learning, whereas others prefer the freedom and flexibility to follow resources and to work unaided. This is definitely my preferred way of learning, so it suited me very well. Although it was a challenge at times to be disciplined with time management and to eliminate distractions, I kept an eye on the end goal of completing the course, which kept me focused. I would suggest setting specific, non-negotiable study times as this kept me on track.
My other advice to anyone looking to begin an online distance-learning course would be to only commit yourself to it if you can afford the time it takes. I can remember studying late into the night, after a day’s work, and this took some effort and energy. Try not to spread out the unit too much because over time you will lose enthusiasm, rhythm, and writing flow. I tried very hard to start a unit when I knew I could complete it relatively quickly.
Since gaining my ILM qualifications I feel more confident, well-educated and my writing skills have drastically improved. I have also gained recognition for my advanced management abilities and am currently in the process of having a job evaluation – so fingers crossed!
"You are provided with all the resources you need and the support is fantastic. I would recommend Unicourse to anyone looking for distance learning at their own pace."
"I have enjoyed my course so far with Unicourse, I have found it a lot more flexible and can fit it around my hectic lifestyle a lot easier than attending college with assignment deadlines. Any problem I have had with the course have been answered very quickly. I would recommend Unicourse to others who are busy but want to carry on with education."
"From the start of the enrolment phase, UniCourse admin team made everything simple and clear how the course would be laid out with the program ‘Moodle’ I would be using. The course is a very convenient way to study even if you are already fully employed like myself and lecturers were easily contactable and friendly. Overall I had pleasant experience with unicourse and would recommend them to anyone looking to improve on their education"
"My dream of finishing my studies has been possible only because of Unicourse, they have given me the opportunity to be flexible with my studies and hold a full time job all at the same time. I would highly recommend them for anyone looking to study and work at the same time. I have found them to be very helpful with all my queries and they are quick to help me solve my problems. This is so convenient for me I can study in my own time and in my own home no need to travel to college at a certain time. After finishing my current HNC course I hope to start HND with Unicourse they are fantastic i am very pleased with them."
"With a full time Job and 2 very young kids a normal 9-5 course was not an option. It was becoming increasingly difficult to better my career options. Finding Unicourse on the internet has really opened up my learning potential. Their professionalism, knowledge and flexibility are really first class. To sum them up in one word.... Awesome!"
"I have found Unicourse to not only be a very convenient way to study as I am a self employed full time electrician, but also the course tutor to be very helpful. Whether I require help by phone, email or a live web session he is always available. The tutor also returns marked work very quickly allowing me plenty of time to make any adjustments. I have found Unicourse to afford me the best opportunity to progress my career whilst also continuing to work full time. "
"I have really enjoyed my experience so far with Unicourse.org even obtaining a Distinction on my first module. The staff and lecturers are quick and helpful with their responses to any and all enquiries and the video conferencing platform is very helpful when discussing intricate subject matter. I would highly recommend the course to anyone wishing to broaden their horizons whilst holding down a full time job."
"Great tutors, easy to follow workbooks, great support, would highly recommend."
"Time and place were severe obstacles to me achieving a HND in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Thankfully, the flexible options offered by Unicourse have allowed me to undertake my HND from home with them while working full-time. They have personalised my HND, allowing me to choose from many optional units. The traditional colleges I looked up did not offer option choices at all. I have also managed to complete my HND with Unicourse in a fraction of the time that would have been necessary at other colleges. I am really pleased that I made the right choice. The support I got was fantastic."
"The flexibility of the courses and the professionalism of the staff make UniCourse a great way to improve your personal skills with a chance of a future career."
"If you want to succeed I personally suggest you apply to UniCourse. Why? After many years away from study I did my HNC. It was hard work but with superb help and guidance I obtained 8 Distinctions. This year I am doing my HND in Electrical & Electronic Engineering with UniCourse. Again, UniCourse are pulling out all the stops with high quality assignments, a one-to-one videoconferencing platform, incredible feedback and comprehensive support when needed."