What will I study?
How will I study?
This course totals around 35 hours of study and assessment time.
It is an always-on course, with no fixed hours. Your learning materials are available 24/7, all year round. This means you’re free to set your own hours and dip in and study when it suits you.
Once you’ve enrolled, you’ll have 12 months to complete the course at your own pace.
As a guide, studying for three to five hours per week means you should complete the course within 12 weeks.
This course is assessed entirely online.
You’ll carry out a work-based assignment for each of your course units. These must be based on actual situations in the workplace.
Assignment questions are spread across each unit to support you in managing your learning time.
Getting your results
Assignments are marked at fixed points throughout the year, called exit points.
You can submit your assignments at any time, and your work will be marked at the next available exit point.
Exit point 1
- Exit point closes: 29 February 2020
- Feedback and mark received by: 29 March 2020
Exit point 2
- Exit point closes: 30 April 2020
- Feedback and mark received by: 30 May 2020
Exit point 3
- Exit point closes: 30 June 2020
- Feedback and mark received by: 30 July 2020
Exit point 4
- Exit point closes: 31 August 2020
- Feedback and mark received by: 30 September 2020
Exit point 5
- Exit point closes: 31 October 2020
- Feedback and mark received by: 30 November 2020
Exit point 6
- Exit point closes: 31 December 2020
- Feedback and mark received by: 31 January 2021
Our first-class support structure will ensure that you aren’t alone in your studies. You’ll have contact with your tutors, which could be by email, Skype, FaceTime or phone. You can use social media and discussion boards to chat with your fellow students too.
We provide a wide range of services to support you in your studies and beyond:
- Careers and Employability Service
- Disability support
- IT support
- Library support
- Student Support Service – help with finances, stress, wellbeing and non-academic issues
- Student Learning Service – study support, with advice sessions available via phone or Skype
- Aberdeen University Students’ Association (AUSA) – run by students for students
- Toolkit – clever apps and free training that can make your study life easier
Wherever you are in the world, you’ll feel part of our very special Aberdeen learning community.
Where will this take me?
Shona Fielding, former ILM Level 3 student
I would definitely recommend the course. It was good training and I feel more confident handling certain situations with more senior staff.
Am I ready?
You will need access to:
A computer (PC, laptop or Mac) operating on:
- Windows 7 or later
- Mac OS 10.10 (Yosemite) or later, preferably Mac OS 10.12 (Sierra)
All our teaching materials are mobile-, smartphone- and tablet-friendly. However, you’re likely to need a proper keyboard for completing assignments.
Reliable internet access
With reasonable download speed: we broadly estimate at least 2Mbps so that you can take part fully in live sessions.
Speakers or headphones
- A headset with built-in microphone and earphones is useful if you’re likely to study in an environment with background noise.
- A webcam may be desirable for some interactive sessions.
We will give you access to Office365 applications. This means that you can use online versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and install these programs on up to five personal devices.
If your course requires any specialist software, then we’ll provide you with copies of this and a licence that lasts throughout your studies.
See our detailed IT requirements for more information.
When you study with us, you can expect a first-class support structure that means you are never alone in your studies.
But learning online does mean that you have to motivate yourself and manage your own time.
Your most important commitment to your course will be time – the time to work through, reflect on and understand your teaching materials.
Before you start a course that involves a high degree of independent study, we recommend looking at the time you will be able to devote to your course each week:
- Be realistic
- Create a weekly schedule as a guide
If you have any questions about online study, get in touch with our friendly team. We’re here to help.
Your course fee needs to be paid in full before you start your course.
We accept payment via Visa Debit, Visa Credit and Mastercard.
Ways to save
There are several ways you may be able to get help funding your studies:
- Employer sponsorship – we accept full and partial fee payments from sponsors
- Student loan
- Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA)
All our students are entitled to a University of Aberdeen student card. This gives you access to a range of student discounts around the city and online.