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7 reasons to start studying online

Thousands of students are fulfilling their academic dreams by studying online –  and you can too with help from Online Business School.

Looking for a good reason to study? To help inspire you, here are seven reasons you should start online learning right now.

  1. Personal fulfilment

Expanding your knowledge can make you feel good about yourself. When you are confident about your knowledge of a subject, you feel a personal sense of satisfaction and pride.

  1. Boost your confidence

Higher education can provide a huge lift to a person’s self-esteem. Completing a degree is no small task, therefore it’s only natural that graduates should be extremely proud of their achievements. This boost in self-confidence can often propel graduates to apply for a new career and take on new challenges and opportunities.

  1. Build unique skills

Online learning requires strong self-reliance, self-motivation, time-keeping and organisational skills. As a result, online learning graduates can benefit from enhanced confidence in these areas that set them apart from traditional graduates.

  1. Affordable learning

Cost is often a barrier to education, but we offer competitive prices and flexible payment plans so you can invest in your future without breaking the bank. As you’re studying remotely, you won’t have to worry about additional accommodation or travel costs either.

  1. Choose your own timetable

When you study online, learning fits around your life, not the other way around. You can commit to a few hours in the morning, evenings or study in the weekend – whichever suits your personal schedule. Study from the comfort of your own home – no need to venture out on a wintry morning or miss the first twenty minutes of a lecture because of traffic.

  1. Earn as you learn

Studying online means you don’t have to leave your job and uproot your life. It gives you the opportunity to up-skill in your chosen field and gain real world experience at the same time.

  1. Exclusive discounts

You can benefit from a wide range of student discounts and offers across many brands. Online Business School students are now eligible to purchase an NUS Extra Card.

 

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 Diploma was created to give you an overview of an area of interest and for you to 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 so is 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.

 

5 ways to prepare for A-Level Results Day

It’s a nerve-wracking time and your emotions are running high. Try not to agonise – we’re here to help you prepare as best as you can as the day draws near.

  1. Prepare yourself mentally

There is nothing you can do about your grades at this stage, so try to enjoy the remainder of your summer holidays. Try to take your mind off your results by doing things you enjoy – see friends, read a book, go for a walk etc. Although it’s natural to be nervous, don’t let yourself get too worked up about something you can’t change. If you’re feeling anxious, confide in your family so they can support you.

  1. Consider every outcome

It is sensible to prepare yourself for every eventuality. Think about different circumstances and how you’re likely to react. If you miss your grades, will you retake or will you apply via Clearing? If you do better than expected, will you apply for Adjustment? If you do well in a certain subject, will you change your course? If you feel your results aren’t accurate, will you challenge them?

  1. Have a contingency plan

No matter how confident you feel, it pays off to have a back-up plan in place. Do some research on which universities you’d like to go to in case you require clearing. Write down three points about why you like each university, you can then refer back to these if you end up applying via clearing.

  1. Explore all your options

Remember that university is only one pathway to higher education. If you don’t do as well as expected or you have changed your mind, don’t panic. There are different and more flexible ways to get a degree which may suit you better, from apprenticeships to distance learning programmes. If you’ve struggled with A-Levels and do not wish to resit, then you might want to consider applying for a Higher National Diploma (HND) course, which does not have an exam component and may allow you to skip 1-2 years of a University degree course.

  1. Treat yourself

Whether your results were what you were hoping for or not, you still had to sit through months of revision and exams, which means you deserve a reward. It’s highly likely you’ll have reached a conclusion about your future by the end of the day – have a treat waiting for you to celebrate this significant event!

How to decide if university is the right choice for you

You can be forgiven for thinking that all roads lead to university. However, university is not the right choice for everyone, there are plenty of other options to consider. So, to help out, here are five factors to consider whether university is the right choice for you – or not.

  1. You have a passion

If you do what you love, you’ll love what you do. The purpose of a university education is to give you the time and space to study something that interests you. Most of your time spent at university will be studying, so if you don’t enjoy it you will be miserable. If you don’t know what drives you or where your natural strengths lie, it may be worth taking a gap year to work it out – you don’t want to invest your money and time in something you’re not sure about.

  1. Your end goal

Why do you want to go to university? What are you hoping to do when you finish? Understanding your end goal can help you explore other options and work out if university is your best route. Some people choose university because they don’t know what else to do; make sure you are clear about your motivation for a university education.

  1. Your career prospects

One of the main reasons for going to university is to put yourself in line for a better job and make yourself more employable, so career prospects should be a top consideration. Be sure to research the field you want to study; you don’t want to go through years of studying to find no jobs at the end.

  1. Your return on investment

The average graduate is shouldering £50,000 worth of debt, while the average graduate salary is currently £28,000. Take some time to research the average salary for the profession you hope to go into post-university. If your dream job pays lower than the national average, and the tuition fees leave you in lots of debt, you will need to assess if going to university is worth it.

  1. The cost of the entire university experience

There are many different costs associated to university. In addition to tuition fees, you have to cover accommodation, living expenses, travel, course books and a laptop. It can get expensive quickly so you need to decide how valuable the experience will be to you.

Can you do things differently?

All you need to decide is whether university is the right choice, right now. If you aren’t sure, then take some time to figure out what you really want. Don’t follow the crowd and go to university because that’s what everyone else does.

Nowadays there are plenty of other choices for those who want to further their career. Make sure you research all your options before you apply as this will help you to decide if university is a worthwhile investment.

There are different and more flexible ways to get a degree which may suit you better:

  • A part-time degree – you can combine studying with other commitments.
  • Degree apprenticeships – you can enjoy practical on-the-job training alongside studying.
  • Distance learning courses – you can study at a time and pace to suit yourself.

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.

Top 10 Student Discounts in August

The way we here at Online Business School see it, hardworking students deserve to get something back for their dedication to those long study sessions. So, we have put together a list of our top 10 student discounts for you to enjoy in August.

Remember to sign up for a Student Beans account – it’s free with your NUS card and gives you access to exclusive student discounts at over 10,000 stores online.

 

Burton Menswear – Get 10% off clothing all year round.

Domino’s Pizza – Receive a massive 35% online student discount at Domino’s Pizza when you spend £25.

Dorothy Perkins – All students get an exclusive 10% off.

Hotels.com – 10% student discount at Hotels.com with Student Beans.

KFC – Get 15% off when you spend £5 or more at participating stores.

Las Iguanas – Enjoy 25% off your food bill. Offer valid Sunday – Thursday for up to 6 people.

Ted Baker – 15% student discount on full price items.

The Body Shop – Enjoy 25% off your purchases.

The Co-op – Get 10% off your food shop. Become a member, and you’ll earn another 5% – as well as giving 1% back to local causes.

Uber –  £15 off your first journey with Uber.

 

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 our international students can still benefit from thousands of discounts.

Five typical jobs for IT graduates

Whether you’re coding sites or developing software, the IT sector is dynamic. If you’re technically minded, then a career in IT can be financially – and personally – rewarding.

Here are five common roles you might find yourself in as a IT graduate.

  1. Software developer

A software developer plays a key role in the design, installation, testing and maintenance of software systems. You will develop a range of software solutions, from operating systems and databases to mobile applications and games. You will find employment across many industry sectors, from finance and retail to engineering, transport and public organisations, so the projects you work on can be highly varied.

  1. IT Consultant

An IT consultant works to improve the efficiency of IT systems in various organisations. You will provide technical expertise and strategic guidance to industrial and commercial clients. You may be responsible for designing and installing new systems, repairing computer problems and training new users. The main appeal of consulting for many people is that you work on new and different projects all the time.

  1. Web developer

A web developer builds a website fashioning everything from the home page to site layout and function. Responsibilities include coding and modifying the site, fixing bugs and running performance tests. This type of work is particularly rewarding for those who want to balance technical challenges with creative work.

  1. Network engineer

Network engineers are responsible for developing, implementing and maintaining communication systems for an organisation, both internally and externally. Tasks may involve installing new software, overseeing security of all the accounts and fixing network faults. This is one of the more demanding IT jobs as it is a highly technical role.

  1. Systems analyst

A systems analyst examines an organisation’s current computer systems and designs new information solutions to improve business efficiency and productivity. Typical duties include undertaking product development, overseeing the configuration of new systems and conducting testing. This role requires a mix of business and technical knowledge.

 

Check out our Undergraduate Level 4/5 IT and Computing Diploma. This course is designed to equip you with the skills you need to top up to a full Undergraduate Degree and go on to become an IT professional.

Receive a free laptop when you enrol on a programme

For a very limited time, we are offering a brand new laptop when you enrol on a course with us.

A laptop is undeniably a necessity for online learners. Laptops give our students the flexibility and freedom they need to study anytime, anywhere. We recognise the value of a laptop for educational success and we want our students to have the best start possible.

Got a question? Here are some FAQs that may help.

Is it completely free?

The laptop is complimentary but we have some eligibility conditions:

  • The course must be over £995.
  • Course fees must be paid in a single transaction with no discounts applied.
  • UK delivery is free but overseas students will need to pay insured shipping costs.

Can I keep the laptop?

Yes, the laptop is yours to keep – even after you have finished your course.

For more information about our laptop offer, please email [email protected]

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Online Business School students can register for an NUS Extra Card

We are pleased to announce that we are now an NUS (National Union of Students) affiliated organisation. We are always looking for ways to help our students and are therefore delighted that our students are now eligible to purchase an NUS Extra Card.

200 discounts

NUS extra is the number 1 student discount card offering over 200 UK student discounts that you can use online and in store. Top brands include:

  • 10% off at the Co-op
  • 10% off ASOS
  • Up to 40% off at PizzaExpress
  • 25% off Odeon student priced tickets

42,000 International Discounts

The NUS extra card also comes with a free ISIC (International Student Identity Card).  The ISIC card is the only internationally accepted proof of certified student status. It provides over 42,000 international discounts in over 130 countries. You can view all the discounts and offers available here.

Please visit the NUS website to order your card.