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Top 10 Student Discounts in September

One of the best things about being a student is the discounts that stores offer you! Here are a few of our favourite student discounts this September …

Alton Towers – Use your student discount to enjoy up to 52% off tickets for Alton Towers Resorts. You can get your hands on student tickets for as little as £20 in September.

EE Mobile – Students get 20% off and a 500MB data safety net every month.

Forever 21 – Receive 20% off your next purchase. Valid until Sunday, 1st October 2017.

Frankie & Benny’s – Get 20% off your total food bill at Frankie & Benny’s when you buy two main courses. Offer valid every day of the week.

HP – 30% off at HP. Take advantage of the generous saving and treat yourself to a new laptop, tablet or printer ahead of your studies.

Missguided – Enjoy 20% Student Discount and free next day delivery when you shop with Missguided.

Specsavers – Students can benefit from 25% off glasses.

Spotify – Students can get 50% off a Premium account.

Ted Baker – Students can receive 20% off full-price items until 8th October.

WHSmith – Get an exclusive 20% off all stationery and cards at WHSmith until the end of September, with your NUS extra card.


To find out more about registering for an NUS card with Online Business School, click here. Don’t forget that the NUS card comes with a free ISIC card so if you’re an international student, you can still benefit from thousands of discounts.

Top ten things to do this Bank Holiday Weekend

Make the most of the August Bank Holiday weekend with your pick of events and activities across the UK. There’s so much to enjoy, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

  1. Notting Hill Carnival

Join Europe’s largest street festival as the Notting Hill Carnival fills the streets of West London with a huge Caribbean party. With a wealth of Caribbean street food, parades and DJs, this is an event not to be missed. The festival kicks off on the evening of Saturday August 26 and ends Monday August 28. Note: Carnival is the most child-friendly on Sunday, known as ‘Family Day.’

  1. Manchester Pride Big Weekend

Manchester Pride’s flagship event, The Big Weekend, is part of The Manchester Pride Festival and takes over the August bank holiday weekend. With performances from Clean Bandit, Louisa Johnson, Pixie Lott and many more, it’s shaping up to be another unforgettable festival event.

  1. Bolton Food and Drink Festival

The Bolton Food and Drink Festival brings a line up of star chefs, street food and live music to the town centre from August 25 to 28. There will be cookery demonstrations and masterclasses, as well as street food stalls and music stages with live performances from local musicians.

  1. Lost Village Festival

An immersive festival experience in an abandoned woodland village with some of the biggest names in house music. It also has a Lake of Tranquillity which offers festival goers a chance to relax and pamper themselves.

  1. Ice Cream Festival

The Ice Cream Festival will be held at Kent Life on Monday, August 28. Sample tasters from ice cream vendors, or visit the chocolatiers and sweet stalls with treats from candy floss to popcorn and snow cones. Families will also be able to take part in fun activities on the farm, including farm rides, face painting and the chance to meet plenty animals.

  1. Knowsley Safari Park

This 5-mile safari drive, the longest in the UK, is home to 750 animals. You can expect to see rhinos, zebra, wildebeest and forest buffalos, as well as camels, wolves and tigers.

  1. Glendurgan Garden

Explore the subtropical gardens, lose yourself in the maze and wander down to the Helford River to watch boats, skim stones and build sandcastles.

  1. Houses of Parliament

Take a Blue Badge guided tour through the corridors of power, where the experts will explain all the complicated and historic rules that govern the House of Lords and House of Commons. The tour includes Westminster Hall, the Queen’s Robing Room and the Members Lobby among other places of note.

  1. Bath’s 13 Museums

Explore a diverse collection of museums and exhibitions, all within a short stroll of each other. Whether you’re into fashion, art, the Romans, or the Georgians, the museums of Bath offer a wealth of remarkable history.

  1. The Luna Cinema

Spend a warm summer evening watching a film outside in a magical location with The Luna Cinema. Gastro vans are usually on hand to feed you everything from smoked ribs to pizza.


The UK is a wonderful place to have fun and study! Explore our university pathway programmes, which will fast track you to an affordable UK degree.

The Level 3 Diploma: the alternative to A-Levels

The Level 3 University Foundation Programme is designed for learners who wish to progress to a business or management degree but may not have the traditional entry qualifications usually required. You will develop a wide set of skills that can be used for further training and development.

The National Qualifications Framework sets out the level at which a qualification can be recognised in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. A Level 3 qualification is the equivalent level to an A-Level, although it differs by having a framework which is specific to a particular industry.

What makes our Level 3 Diploma so beneficial?

  1. Convenience, comfort and flexibility

Forget about attending classes for hours, sitting in an uncomfortable chair and listening to the same voice. Stay at home and learn, you don’t even need to get dressed for class. All learning materials are provided via online platforms, so you can choose to study whenever and wherever you want.

  1. Earn while you learn

Going to university is an expensive business, so you need to ensure you are prepared for it financially. The flexibility of our online diploma course enables you to study and work at the same time, so you can earn some money for your university nest egg fund and gain valuable work experience.

  1. Innovative teaching resources

The online classroom utilises a range of new tech to make learning engaging and social. You’ll have the opportunity to take part in regular lively interactive forums, live streamed webinars and video chats with tutors.

  1. Faster completion

A full A-Level requires two years of study, while our online diploma can be completed successfully within a year. So, if you’d like to fast track your way to university within the next year, a diploma is the option for you.

  1. Focus on coursework

A-Levels are heavily exam-based, whereas our diploma is based around assignments and multiple-choice assessments. The focus on coursework is good preparation for university as the practice will enable you to develop your writing skills.

  1. Build unique skills

Online learning requires more self-reliance and stronger organisational skills than traditional classroom-based learning. Online learners stand out from the crowd as they have the self-motivation and drive to succeed.

Considering a diploma?

Check out our University Foundation Programme. The course is pitched at Level 3, the equivalent level of study to an A Level. On successful completion of the course, students receive an ATHE Level 3 Business Management qualification which is fully regulated by Ofqual. Students can then apply for admission onto a full Undergraduate Degree programme from a range of UK universities. Alternatively, students can opt to study our Level 4/5 Extended Diploma in Management and then go on to complete an Undergraduate Top Up at a range of UK universities.


A-Levels 2017: University isn’t the only option

For many years, university has been touted as the route to a successful career but since the tuition fee hike, many young people are reconsidering their plans to study for a degree. Given that the average graduate debt is at £50,000, it is not surprising that tuition fees are dampening desires to go to university. But fear not – there are plenty of viable alternative options to consider:

  1. Study a degree online

If you want to study for a degree but the high fees put you off, you could consider online learning. Online learning courses are comparatively low cost and a more affordable option to the traditional university route. In addition to this, you have the option to study flexibly so you can learn while you earn. With employers placing huge importance on work experience, the ability to gain this experience and study at the same time can have a positive effect on career prospects.

Earning a full Degree or MBA is a simple and low cost option with Online Business School. We provide students with the opportunity to can earn their diploma online and then top up to a full Bachelors or MBA degree through distance learning or on-campus through at a UK university. You can read more about our university pathways here.

  1. Start work

If you choose not to go to university, you can start your ascent of the career ladder much earlier than your peers. This is an opportunity to gain on-the-job experience and make valuable contacts. It’s up to you to acquire the necessary skills and training where you seek to be an expert. You could take an online course at home to increase your knowledge and make you more employable. And if you later decide that a degree will advance your career, then you could study online and earn while you learn.

  1. Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are a good way to combine practical training in a job with study. You will work alongside experienced staff and gain job-specific skills as well as get time for study related to your role. Roles are diverse and vary from engineering and boat building, to veterinary nursing and accountancy. Apprenticeships can take 1 to 5 years to complete depending on their level and you will gain a qualification.

  1. Gap year

If you’re not sure if university is for you or which career you would like to pursue, then you could take a gap year to reflect and focus on what you want to do next. A productive gap year can be valuable on your CV – that is if you use the time to gain new skills and experiences. You should form a plan of what you will do for the year whether it’s volunteering, getting work experience or travelling the world. You can earn and save money towards your higher education costs or future plans.

Understanding top-up degrees

What is a top-up degree?

Top-up degree courses are aimed at those who already hold a Foundation Degree or a Higher National Diploma (HND). They provide a route for students to achieve a Bachelor’s degree by enabling them to ‘top up’ their existing qualifications.

How long does a top-up degree take to complete?

Typically, topping up your foundation degree or HND to a BA or BSc will involve one further year of study. Part-time options are also available.

What are the study options?

Top-up degrees can be undertaken in a variety of ways, either full-time or part-time, online or on-campus. Study options are very flexible and depend on your personal circumstances.

Why choose a top-up degree?

  1. Study in your own way

Top-up degrees enable you to study in a way that suits you. This flexible approach to learning offers you a range of study options, from studying full-time with on-campus support, to studying by distance learning.

2. Earn while you learn

Top-up degrees are designed to meet the needs of those who have already embarked on a career. Distance learning programmes provide 24/7 access to your learning materials whenever and wherever you are, so you can study around your lifestyle and commitments – which means there is no need to reduce your working hours or take a career break. Earn a degree and money at the same time!

  1. Affordability

Costs vary depending on the university but fees for online degree courses tend to be notably cheaper than traditional degree programmes (as they are cheaper for universities to operate). Savings associated with top-up degrees also include accommodation and commuting costs.

  1. Better career prospects

A top-up degree can improve your career prospects and can lead to a promotion or salary increase. Earning a degree demonstrates advanced academic skills, organisational skills, and indicates to employers that you have the drive to succeed.

Top-up courses with Online Business School

Earning a full Degree or MBA is a simple and low cost option with Online Business School. We provide students with the opportunity to earn their diploma online and then top up to a full Bachelors or MBA degree through distance learning or on-campus through at a UK university. You can read more about our university pathways here.

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