Are there any English language requirements?
For students who do not live or come from an English language speaking country then we recommend taking an IELTS course to improve your language to level 5.5 or higher. This can be done alongside our courses. Your minimum level of English may vary depending upon which university you decide to complete your top up qualification from.
Do I need any previous experience and qualifications?
You will need to have an IELTS score of level 5.5 or above on completion of the OBS course. You can study an English course alongside the OBS course. At level 4/5 you will require a full secondary education to be eligible to enrol onto the course and universities will require a minimum age before embarking on the university top-up programme. At Level 7 you will require 5 years managerial experience if you do not have a BA degree. This may vary for various University partners however. We will look at every application individually and some exceptions may be looked at.
Will there be an interview?
There is no interview process. You will have to fill out a short application form to make sure you meet the criteria.
How do I choose the best course for me?

Learners should first visit the Online Business School Course page to view the range of courses on offer. to decide on what subjects best suit the learner, he/she should:

  • Review the modules within the course, do they interest you? are they relevant to your chosen career path?
  • How the course is taught and assessed, do you have the motivation to study via distance learning? are you able to work independently?
It is important that learners do not try to extend themselves too far and too quickly so should ideally choose a path that comfortably moves on from their existing level of skills and experience.
How do I apply for a course?
You can simply choose your course and enrol online, via the Online Business School course page. Alternatively you can call the OBS Enrollments team on 02476 223 940 and they will guide you through the Enrolment process.


Do I receive Help and guidance while writing assignments?
Yes, students are able to contact a range of tutors available on their dashboards. Email support is also available, simply email admin@onlinebusinessschool.com with your questions, a tutor will be in touch with you within 24 hours. Students can also speak with their peers who are also studying the same course on the social forum. Students are encouraged to read the ATHE specification document relevant to the course they are studying, this will have been provided with the assignments. This document includes all of the learning outcomes/assessment criteria and Indicative content that students should refer to while writing assignments as this is the document used by our assessors to mark student work to the standards required.
How do I submit my assignments?
Upon completing your first assignment, students are encouraged to email this to Online Business School for marking and feedback, before students continue writing further assignments, this will give students a better understanding of what is required to successfully complete an assignment to the required standards. You can submit your assignments to admin@onlinebusinessschool.com.
How many words do I have to write for my assignments?
We recommend students write between 4000 – 5000 words for each assignment, although students will not be penalised for going over this word count limit as long as the work is related to the assignment question.
When do I receive the assignments?
Assignments are released to students upon completion of the online modules. Students can request the assignments from their dashboards, by clicking on the ‘request assignments’ button on their dashboard.


Is the online payment taken immediately?
Yes. Once OBS has received the cleared funds your course material will be released to you immediately.
Is there any financial assistance available?
OBS offers an interest free payment plan so that you can pay for your course over a set number of months. Contact one of our student advisers for more information about this. UK students may also be eligible for student loans for the university top-up programme. Learners should make enquiries direct to their chosen university.
Are there likely to be any additional costs?
No additional costs are levied by OBS but there is an opportunity for learners to purchase additional learning resources including tutor support ,ebooks, games and short business courses. For more information relating to tutor support click here.
What payment options are available?
Payment can be made online through Sage Pay by credit/debit card, bank transfer or PayPal through any of our international banks.
How much do assessments cost?
Assessments are included with the course purchases. If you fail an online assessment at the end of a module you can purchase a re sit for £30.00.


Who are ATHE?
ATHE provides colleges with qualifications in management, business, tourism and health & social care, ATHE have made a name for themselves with good customer service, rewarding qualifications and happy learners with progression routes to university degrees. ATHE provide, bespoke training support, great value for money, comprehensive university progressions, dedicated support from an ATHE officer, simple easy to use documents and website, innovative qualifications, External Verifier support, flexible delivery solutions, a global focus and a close business development relationship. Please visit athe.co.uk for more information.
How are Universities linked to the modules?
Learners who achieve an OBS qualification are automatically mapped against a standard UK Higher Education qualification framework. This is a universally recognised framework of credits. Universities can therefore award credits against the OBS study to give exemptions from large parts of their formal programmes. OBS and ATHE have pre agreed arrangements with certain universities to provide credits against programmes either on campus or off campus. This is termed ‘university top-up’.


Who are OBS?
The Online Business School Ltd is a company registered in the UK under English law.7750588
What do OBS do?
The Online Business School is dedicated to providing a wide range of Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses at an affordable cost. All learning activities, materials and content are provided online using modern delivery models to make learning more engaging and cost effective. On completion of an OBS course it will give you recognised University credits to then "top up" at one of our UK University partners, saving you time and money.

Personal Details

How do I change my personal contact details once I have given them to OBS?
All details can be edited through the student dashboard. Once a student has enrolled they can login a view their course progress, edit their profile and chat to fellow students in the forum.
Can I still access my Student Dashboard if I have finished my course?
Access to the OBS Dashboard is for a maximum of 4 years from date of enrolment. This can be extended if a request is made in writing to OBS Student admin.
I have forgotten my username/password and cannot login to my dashboard, how can I get access?
If learners have lost or forgotten their log in details, they can request a new password on provision of their email address. Email admin@onlinebusinessschool.com for more assistance.


Will I be able to get through to higher education through OBS?
The OBS programmes are mapped against UK higher education qualifications which are fully transferable to a range of other higher education routes and professional qualifications. On completion of the OBS level 4/5 programme students will be awarded 240 credits ( The first 2 years of a Undergraduate degree) . They can then top up to their final year at one of our University partners who recognise the ATHE qualification. Similarly at level 7 students gain 120 credits from a total of 180 credits for an MBA. Again they can top up at an OBS University partner.
What potential job opportunities are there after I finish the course?
Once you successfully complete your final year at university, you will have a full BA degree or postgraduate qualification that will open doors to many career options.

Student Support

What do I do if I am struggling?
You can seek help from dedicated forums or request tutor help. Students can interact and help each other through the course content and share interesting and relevant links with each other. We also have a dedicated tutor support team all specialising in all OBS modules.
Can I talk to other students?
All students that have enroled onto a course can communicate with other students via the social learning forum.
How much support is available for students?
Learners can use the social learning forums without limitation and talk to fellow learners around the world. Learners may also choose to purchase additional tutor support. Tutors will also present webinars on demand which can be purchased by students.


What modules do I need to achieve a qualification?
You need to complete all the modules detailed in your required course option plus all the associated assessments to complete the OBS course and receive the ATHE diploma. This will give you the recognized University credits. You can study the modules at your own pace and can purchase more modules at any time.
Do I need a specific computer to study with OBS?
As long as you have internet access any computer or tablet can be used to complete online modules and courses. You can also study on your phone with our mobile friendly content.
Can I access my dashboard and study on my mobile and tablet?
Yes, but this will only be accessible with an internet connection. All digital interactivity has been coded for compatibility on touch screens. You can also learn the material by printing it off.
What study materials do I need?
The modules themselves are sufficient for passing the associated assessments. The modules contain additional accessible resources that learners may wish to follow through to enhance their learning and these are provided within the text. OBS also has extra learning resources to purchase like e books and webinars to aid your study.
What is a Certificate of Completion?
Each module and assessment passed generates a certificate of completion which details module content, level of study and learning outcomes achieved. It is mapped against formal UK educational quality guidelines defined by QAA. On completion of all modules you can then write assignments set by ATHE to complete your ATHE diploma with OBS.
How long will it take?
Learners can learn at a pace that suits them. There is no time limits or dealines with OBS. Learners can study the modules in any order at any time.
Does my previous study and experience count towards an OBS course?
There are no exemptions or credits within the OBS system of study and you have to study all the OBS modules to take advantage of our access route. However if you think you may be exempt from a certain level then please contact us and we will advise you. We can also help you with your top up enquiries if you have already got the necessary qualifications.
Can I personalise my study?
Students can study the modules in any order and at any pace, to qualify for the University Top-up  all of the modules and assignments have to be completed.
What do I get when all the modules and assessments are completed?
Learners who complete the full programme of modules as detailed and also complete the assignments are awarded an ATHE certificate and official Credits. This qualification is recognised by UK higher education authorities and by the university sector. The student can then apply to one of our University partners to complete their degree.
Do all modules have an exam?
All modules have an online assessment. Completion of the requisite number of assessments and written assignments will give the participant a qualification recognised by many top line universities.
How do assessments work?
Assessments are made up of 30 multiple choice questions and last for one hour. There is an assessment at the end of each module. Questions are answered in sets of five to allow for review and editing if required. If a session times out or an issue occurs throughout, the assessment will time out at the point of the previous five questions so that a participant does not lose their previous answers. Results are given immediately on completion. You can find out more on the assessment page. On completion of all end of module assessments learners then write assignments set by ATHE to complete the course.
What is an interactive learning module?
The interactive activities in the modules include tests, exercises and assessments that provide a guide to a learner’s progress through the module.

Studying outside the UK

How can I pay for my fees as an overseas student?
OBS has a network of overseas banks that will take payment direct or alternatively by credit /debit card. Alternatively we have representatives in many overseas countries and you can contact them to make payment and for tutor support and help.
Will OBS act as my sponsor for a student visa?
OBS cannot act a a visa sponsor but your chosen university partner can.
Do I need a visa to complete modules/course through OBS?
No visa is required for online study. If a student chooses to take the university top-up programme on campus in the UK, a student visa will be required. Learners should request this through their chosen university.
Can I study anywhere in the world?
Yes. There are no geographical limitations.