>Are there any further costs involved?
No, once your course has been paid for there are no further costs involved. But there is a cost for optional practical training.
>Are there any time limits or deadline dates?
Unlike other Distance Education Colleges, we impose no time limits or pressures on you to complete your course material. Your course will not expire, and it will not become invalid until you have successfully completed it. All that we ask, is that you inform the College if you are intending to take a break from studying for a period of 6 months or more.
>Can I contact other students?
Yes, each course provides you with the opportunity to enter a student forum. The forum is the place for students to share their thoughts and information with each other.
>Can I pay by instalments?
If you would like to study online through Elearnuk (www.elearnuk.com), we cannot accept payment for course fees in instalments, instead course fees must be paid in full at the point of enrolment. The reason for this, is due to the fact that when you enrol with Elearnuk you have access to all of your course materials from the outset. If you would like to pay by instalments, we do offer an affordable payment plan scheme which allows you to spread the cost of your course over a period of roughly eight months. For more information on our payment plans please visit our website at www.stonebridge.uk.com. However, to use this option you will need to study for your course using the traditional paper-based method.
>Can I study if I reside outside of the United Kingdom?
Being a truly global College, we cater for students all over the World. We encourage and welcome International students to join our learning community. All of our courses are specifically designed to be delivered via Distance Education and Home Study. The question papers for your course can be completed from the comfort of your own home. There will be no need for you to attend any physical location like a test centre or our campus. So whatever your specialty and wherever your location, you are bound to find the perfect course through Elearnuk.
>Can I study more than one course at a time?
Yes, this is possible. You will find that by studying this way, you create a steady flow of work for yourself. Many of our courses are very complementary to each other and work well together. Our students tend to start with one course, and very quickly find how easy it is to study from home and move on to another one.
>Do I need any additional study material once I have enrolled?
No, all of our courses are complete (in the very rare case were a course text book is advised, this will be clearly displayed on our website). However we always encourage our students to conduct their own further reading.
>Do I need any previous qualifications or experience before I can enrol on a course?
No, all of our courses are available to all students of all academic backgrounds. If you are concerned that you may have difficulties, please do not hesitate to contact one of our friendly course advisors who will be more than willing to discuss the options available to you.
>Do I need to attend any classes?
No, all the courses are specially designed to be taken in the comfort of your own home. However, our dedicated team of tutors is always available to deal with any queries you may have.
>Do I obtain a qualification once I have completed my course?
Our Nationally Accredited courses lead to Internationally recognised awards. Our courses are recognised by a wide variety of groups, including employers, professional associations, governing bodies, as well as National and International licensing authorities across the World. On successful completion of your course your qualification is awarded. You will receive an attractively presented Diploma or Certificate issued by the College, this will also allow you to use the letters SAC. Dip. or SAC. Cert. after your name. If you complete a course accredited by another one of our awarding bodies, you may also receive another certificate or be eligible for professional membership. There are various associations that the College is recognised by and you will therefore be able to apply for membership to these on the basis of our qualifications.
>How difficult will my course be?
Obviously this is dependant upon the nature of the course you enrol on. As an estimate, the levels of learning for our courses range from a vocational standard all the way up to a certificate in higher education. All of our courses have been written and structured especially for home study, thus you will always find that the course material is written in a clear, concise and easy to understand format. If you would like to discuss this matter further, please do not hesitate to contact one of our friendly course advisors who will be more than glad to help.
>How do I enrol?
The enrolment application process can be accessed by clicking on the ENROL button and completing the secure online registration form. Or alternatively you are welcome to print out the registration form and post it back to the College. If you use any of the debit or credit cards you are welcome to phone in or fax your enrolment. You are also welcome to send a cheque into the College (made payable to Stonebridge Associated Colleges). If you complete your enrolment online, you will have instant access to your course. The process takes a few minutes when using a credit or debit card. Despite what you may think, all Distance Education Colleges are not the same. If you're ready to increase your knowledge, self-esteem and confidence, its time to study with the best, to become the best. Stonebridge Associated Colleges' Your Partner in Distance Education Worldwide!
>How do I know which course will be right for me?
This is a very common concern with most students embarking on a new course. We completely understand your feelings and that is why, if you are in any doubt, we encourage you to contact the College and have a chat with one of our friendly course advisors. Our professional course advisors are extremely knowledgeable, thus you can rest assured that you will receive sound and impartial advice about your future, with no strings attached.
>How do I return my completed question paper to the College?
Every time you submit a test paper for marking we acknowledge receipt thereof. We then pass it on to the tutors for marking and students normally get feedback from the tutor within one to two working days. In the meantime you are welcome to continue with your other lessons. Test papers are submitted via e-mail to your tutor.
>How does Home Study via Distance Education work?
Once you have enrolled with us, you will receive instant access to your online course, you will also receive the name of your personal tutor at the College. At the end of each lesson you will find a question paper on the work that you have covered. Only when you feel ready, do you complete and return this to your personal tutor at the College. Your personal tutor then marks your paper and returns it to you with your feedback, you are also sent your next lesson and question paper.
>How long will it take to complete the course?
Depending on the course you study, each lesson should take you between 3 - 6 hours of study. Please note: This is only an approximate figure and is dependant upon how much time you can dedicate to your studies and how well you grasp the learning concepts in the course material. Furthermore, at the end of each lesson there is a question paper that needs to be completed and returned to your tutor. You should allow at least 1 - 2 hours of study to complete each question paper.
>How will I be tested throughout my course?
After each lesson there will be a question paper, which needs to be completed and submitted to your personal tutor for marking. This method of continual assessment ensures that your personal tutor can consistently monitor your progress and provide you with assistance throughout the duration of the course. All of the question papers for your course can be completed from the comfort of your own home. There will be no need for you to attend any physical location like a test centre or our campus.
>I want to enrol but I only use cash/postal orders/cheques/government assisted schemes?
Please contact us to discuss this further. Our details can be found in the "contact us" section.
>What about practical training?
Optional practical training is available for many of our courses. These practical training days are held at various locations throughout the Untied Kingdom. The goal of our practical training is to provide students with on-the-job practical experience. Practical training in this context provides the opportunity for our students to apply the theory-based knowledge they have experienced during their course to "real-life" working situations and environments. Our high standard of practical training offers students the necessary hands on experience to obtain additional qualifications.
>What are the benefits of Distance Education?
There are a huge range of benefits of studying via Distance Education. These include: 1) Flexibility - Through distance learning you can study at times that are convenient for you. Thus plan your study around your work or lifestyle commitments. 2) Affordability - Due to the fact that we do not incur the same level of high premises overheads (e.g. classrooms and large campuses) as many traditional schools, colleges or universities, we are able to pass on these savings to our students by reducing our course fees. 3) Choice - When you choose to study through Elearnuk you have the option to select your course(s) from our range of over 600 home study courses. We offer you an unrivalled selection of quality distance education courses accredited by some of the most respected awarding bodies in the U.K and Internationally. 4) Support - All of our students have access to their own personal tutor who is an experienced professional in their field of study. Your dedicated personal tutor is totally committed to helping you succeed and is always on hand to answer any query you may have, no matter how big or small. With Elearnuk you not only study what you want, when you want, but can be confident of receiving all the help and support you need as your studies develop. The Elearnuk online learning system allows students with time or lifestyle constraints to improve their education without having to attend classes at a physical location. We are focused upon allowing our students to study when and where they like by removing fixed timings and durations. Why not say goodbye to long commutes which waste valuable time that could otherwise be spent with your friends and family? Distance education should be about convenience and flexibility. No other Distance Education Provider offers you more.
>What happens if I have any further questions?
If you still have any queries (or doubts) whatsoever, please do not hesitate to contact one of our friendly course advisors who will be happy to provide you with sound, impartial and professional advice, with no strings attached. So, if you're ready to make a fresh start, why not contact us today. For more information on our contact details, please visit the "contact us" section.
>What type of questions will I be asked to complete?
The types of questions you will be asked will vary from: multiple-choice questions, true or false, a single word answer, a single paragraph, to a short essay. Either way, you can be assured that you will be able to successfully answer the questions from the work you have covered in the course materials.
>When do the courses start?
Unlike traditional schools, colleges or universities there are no terms, semesters, or specified intake dates for our uniquely flexible distance education courses. Our system of continuous enrolment means that our students can enrol on any day and at any time of the year. This allows our students the freedom to plan their studies to fit in with their lifestyle or work commitments.
>When will I receive access to my online course?
We know that you are eager to start your course and that is why that as soon as you have completed the online enrolment procedure, you will have instant access to your entire course.
>Where can I find additional study resources?
The Internet and local libraries normally provide a large source, but students can always contact their tutor for additional sources. Students also have access to the Elearnuk LIBRARY which is a collection of reference materials, links to e-journals, and reading lists compiled by our tutors, and NEWS ZONE which contains regularly updated links to the latest news items.
>Will I receive professional help throughout the duration of my course?
All of our students have access to their own personal tutor who specialises in their field of study. It is your personal tutors role to ensure that you receive constructive feedback and to deal with any queries you may have. You are more than welcome to phone, fax or e-mail your personal tutor. Our students also have access to a dedicated and friendly team of administrators and course advisors who offer sound and professional guidance and advice, this ensures that an Elearnuk student never feels neglected and an Elearnuk student always SUCCEEDS! Elearnuks' commitment to the needs of its students quite simply makes it the best and most flexible Distance Education College in the World!
>Will I succeed if I have had an extended break from study?
When you enrol on your course, as well as receiving your course materials, you will also receive a study guide. This is an in-depth guide, which is aimed to support those students who are either new to study, or who are returning to study. It contains useful tips, guidance and advice on a variety of study methods that will assist you throughout your course. Furthermore we pride ourselves on our high level of student support. You can always be assured that, your personal tutor, a member of our professional administration team or a friendly course advisor will always be available to deal with any queries you may have, even if its just for a chat.