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Graduate Testimonial: Gregg Matthews

Take a look at one of our graduate case studies to find out why students from all over the world have chosen to study at Online Business School.

Gregg started studying the Level 3 Diploma in Management in January 2017 and completed the course in an astonishing 6 months. The Level 3 Diploma is equivalent to 2 A-Levels, therefore Gregg was able to use his qualification to apply to study at university. He is now studying a degree at the University of East Anglia.

 

Why did you choose to study with Online Business School?

I chose to study with the Online Business School because I had been studying at my local sixth form and had become unhappy with the quality of the course content offered, and the level of challenge it presented me with. Therefore, with a future career in mind for the business sector and the determination to still make it to University I went about finding a course suitable for my needs, and I then found the Online Business School’s Level 3 Business Management Diploma, which was perfect for me.

 

How would you describe your experience of studying with Online Business School?

I would definitely say The Online Business School is a fantastic alternative to University Level studies, or in my instance, a way to get back on track and then complete an A Level equivalent course that upon completion provides you with a pathway to get into many different universities; I feel thoroughly prepared now to begin my degree at The University of East Anglia, and cannot thank the staff at Online Business School enough for their help and support. With their support and high-quality materials, I attained a Distinction overall and this was a proud achievement for me, as I move into the next stage in my career.

 

What did you like the most about the course with Online Business School?

I enjoyed the course as a whole. It presented me with a relative challenge that enabled me to express my knowledge in written assignments that were realistic to the business world and very varied. I found the different assignments interesting to undertake and the variety of tasks ranging from presentations to formal handouts meant that I was able to remain engaged throughout and enjoy what I was writing.

 

Are there any particular areas you believe we need to work on in order to create a better learning experience for our students?

I believe that the resources provided were excellent and fit for purpose. All of the help and support given was great too, from the admin staff through to the marker, so no, all was pretty perfect.

 

Do you have any advice for current or prospective students?

I would definitely say The Online Business School is a fantastic way to either obtain a qualification that enables you to gain entry into many universities, or is worth considering as a university alternative. The pricing is flexible and offers payment plans for those who may not be able to pay all in one instalment and the assignments and support materials offered really give you the platform to do the best you possibly can in the course you are studying, with real life scenarios enabling you to put yourself in the shoes of someone in the real business world.

 

Graduate Testimonial: Catherine Tuhirirwe

Discover what Catherine has to say about her experience at Online Business School and learn how online learning can help to build your skills. 

Catherine started studying the Level 5 Extended Diploma in Management in February 2017 and and completed the course in an astonishing 6 months. She is now looking to top up her qualification to a full BA degree at Coventry University.

 

Why did you choose to study with Online Business School?

It was flexible and fitted around my schedule. Their communication on enquiry was excellent and made me trust in their professional ability to provide the course.

 

How would you describe your experience of studying with Online Business School?

It was a challenging but enjoyable experience. Overall, I enjoyed the progression from one unit to another revelling in the fact that my personal input was helping me advance and this boosted my morale to carry on and finish the course.

 

What did you like the most about the course with Online Business School?

The ability to study at my own convenience and pace. Tutor support was always available when I needed it.

 

Do you have any advice for current or prospective students?

My advice is that you must have a strict schedule for your studies so that you go through the course material and understand it. This will be beneficial when doing the assignments. The assignments required a great balance of course material knowledge and real-life implementation of this knowledge. Put in the study hours and you’ll see the results you are after.

 

What are your plans now?

I have recently applied to study the final year of the BA (Hons) Global Business Top Up degree at Coventry University London.

 

Black Friday Exclusive Offer

THIS OFFER HAS NOW FINISHED

Save on all online diplomas during our biggest sale of the year. This Black Friday we are offering £300 off courses AND a complimentary laptop!

As you’re spending your hard-earned money this Black Friday, don’t forget to invest in yourself. Getting the latest gadget at a slashed price is a great feeling but there is no return on investment. Higher education is a great long-term investment in your future. A newly-acquired qualification can lead to greater employability and higher earnings.

Online Business School provides online university pathway programmes that give you the power to enhance your skills, pursue a professional qualification and advance your career. Take a look at our courses.

Level 3 Diploma in Business Management  University Foundation Programme £995 £695
Level 4/5 Extended Diploma in Management  First and Second Year of a University Degree £1200 £900
Level 6 Diploma in Business & Administrative Management  Postgraduate MBA Entry £995 £695
Level 7 Extended Diploma in Strategic Management  MBA Advanced Entry £1400 £1100
Level 4/5 Diploma in IT and Computing  First and Second Year of a University Degree £1200 £900
Level 4/5 Diploma in Hotel & Hospitality First and Second Year of a University Degree £1200 £900

 

Terms and Conditions:

  • To be eligible for this offer, course fees must be paid in full in a single transaction.
  • Offer ends at midnight on Monday 27th November 2017.
  • Overseas students will be required to pay additional insured shipping costs for laptop deliveries.

 

How can you benefit from this offer?

Use coupon code ‘blackfriday’ when you enrol online via the website.

Alternatively, you can email [email protected] and quote Black Friday.

 

Take a leap of faith and invest in yourself this Black Friday.

 

Top 10 Student Discounts in November

Students are eligible for thousands of discounts, deals and freebies so make sure you don’t miss out.

Here’s our round up of the best student discounts this November.

Ed’s Diner  – Buy any breakfast item or main and get one free – valid every day, excluding bank holidays.

IHG – Enjoy 50% student discount when booking in Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo or Staybridge Suites and up to 20% off Inter-Continental Hotels & Resorts.

Lebara Mobile – Enjoy 50% student discount off your next top up online or bundle order.

Lola’s Cupcakes – 10% student discount at Lola’s Cupcakes with Student Beans.

Mac – 10% student discount off MAC Cosmetics.

Peacocks – 20% student discount with Student Beans iD. Full price items only.

Pizza Hut – Enjoy 50% student discount off take-out pizza when you spend £20 or more with Pizza Hut Restaurants in-store.

Sainsbury’s – £15 off a £50 shop student discount at Sainsbury’s with Student Beans. First time customers only.

Topman – Use your student discount code to enjoy 20% off shirts, trousers & accessories.

Vodafone – Get a 10% student discount off Vodafone monthly plans.

 

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.

Student Blog: Building my Career in IT and Computing

‘You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.’ 
– Steve JOBS

After being stuck in a career that I didn’t enjoy, and wasn’t making a lot of money at, I decided to look back and see where I had “failed.” I was a very good student at university, and got a BA(Hons) in American literature and Cultural Studies, and then started studying for a Master’s in American Literature…2 months into the first semester I decided I was bored with basically studying the same things from a different perspective again. Fresh out of school, I didn’t have a lot of money. Rent was due, credit card payments were due, and worst of all I didn’t know what career path I wanted to pursue. So, I started doing odd jobs to pay the bills. Just like everybody else I wanted a stable income and decided to get an ESL teaching licence. Got that and started working as a corporate teacher, literally the following day I quit my Master’s program. Back then I was making good money, teaching General Managers, Department managers, and engineering teams on how to speak and write better at their jobs. But within 2 years I decided that this wasn’t what I really wanted to do. I got envious of my students; they were going on business trips overseas, using the latest technology at work, going to big global conventions, and earning quite a decent income.

I had been bitten by the bug! I wanted that career… I wanted a job like that. I was smart enough, I was hard-working enough and I spoke more languages than they did! I was a perfect match for a STEM career on a global scale, or so I thought. I lacked the technical skills and credentials. I started researching schools and my options to change careers, but it’s never that easy. I would have to quit my job if I wanted to go back to university full-time and tuition fees were so expensive. I had been making the same excuses for 7 years!!!

Then finally, while I was on lunchbreak at work, I went to Starbucks and grabbed myself a chair. On the next table, there were two software guys with their laptops. They were discussing code and things like how to proceed, what to change, options, possibilities, creativity, innovation. I was eavesdropping and I must confess I enjoyed every second of it. I had this overwhelming feeling that I really wanted to be like them. They were using keywords that I have always enjoyed such as: change, possibilities, creativity, innovation, improvement!  I wanted to be in that world and do what they were doing! I had made up my mind!

After my teaching job, I went home and started doing research on coding and computer science. I found a few HTML and CSS courses online and worked on them and I was amazed at how easy it was! A few late nights later, I had put together a basic website and had even inserted some JavaScript effects! I loved it! I needed more. I started writing ‘Hello World’ in Pascal (programming language). I loved every minute of it. I knew I had found my calling. Immediately, I started talking to friends, asking them what they knew about computer science, programming schools, people who worked in software development etc. anything that I could think of to gather information to make my next move. Eventually, I was led to a career college, that had a 12-month full-time Web and Android App Development programme. The college was extremely expensive but there was no turning back. I was determined to study full-time and work 30 hours a week to change my life. I knew that one year would fly by.

Within a month, there I was, sitting in front of a Mac, coding websites with an instructor, and 4 other students from around the world. It was fun! It was creative! I enjoyed every single day of it and went to my teaching job with a smile. Eventually, the course got harder, but I did my best, keeping a job, paying the bills, and studying full-time. 12 months later I was done. But did I feel ready to become a true software developer? No, I knew wasn’t ready. I needed to learn more and improve.

I couldn’t afford to go to school full-time anymore, as it had been just too expensive and draining, both physically and mentally. I started to consider distance learning, and found Online Business School. After emailing OBS and asking questions, and comparing their fees to other online schools, I decided to enrol on the Level 4 IT and Computing diploma programme which I have loved so far. I have been doing well, I have been studying hard and soon I am going to move on to Computing Level 5, and eventually hope to top up my diploma to a full BSc (Hons) in Computing – online as well!

In conclusion, I have realised that learning in computer science never stops. Technology and requirements change constantly and swiftly; a single learning resource is not enough to stay up to date in this industry. I am learning from various sources to improve my mobile development and general computing skills. My final words of wisdom: always keep in mind that it’s not the credential you own that will write great code – it is you! The credential is always good to have (if not a must-have). Keep studying and keep improving if you want to be a part of the IT and Computing world! Good luck everyone!

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