What will I study?
Magdalena Polcik, NHS Grampian, ILM Level 5 student
I have done online courses before and this was by far the best in terms of delivery and variety. The structure was flexible and I was able to fit it in with my schedule – I was even able to read materials on my phone on the bus.
How will I study?
This course totals approximately 150 hours of study and assessment time. That’s around 10 – 15 hours per week in regular topic work, with more time required around assessments.
This is a rough guide, as you can largely set your own study hours to cover the materials. MyAberdeen is available 24/7, so you can log in and study when it suits you.
There may be some activities that you have to attend at a fixed time, such as online meetings with your tutor. But otherwise, you can access and work through the course at your convenience.
This course is assessed entirely online.
You’ll be assessed via three written assignments corresponding to the learning materials in each of the three course units. There will be one assignment for each unit. You’ll need to pass each assignment to complete your qualification.
Your assignments will be vocational. You’ll use your organisation and your role within it as a case study to gather the evidence required. This will be in the form of evaluation, analysis and forming judgements based on workplace examples.
Each assignment will be between 2,000 and 5,000 words and will be spread across the three course units over the duration of the qualification.
Support from your tutor will be available throughout the course.
Our first-class support structure will ensure that you aren’t alone in your studies. You’ll have contact with your tutors throughout your course. This 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.
Your course tutor
Where will this take me?
Dave Macdonald, ILM Level 5 student
If you have line management responsibilities now or are looking at the bigger picture of promotion, this course is a must-have on your CV.
Am I ready?
You will need access to:
A computer (PC, laptop or Mac) operating on:
- Windows 8 or later
- Mac OS 10.12 (Sierra) or later.
All our teaching materials are smartphone- and tablet-friendly. However, you’re likely to need a proper laptop or computer keyboard for completing assignments comfortably.
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 so that you’re never alone in your studies.
But learning online does mean 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 studying online, 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
You may be able to get help funding this course via:
- Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA)
- employer sponsorship – we accept full and partial fee payments from sponsors.
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.