Online learning will usually involve some form of course fees that you will need to pay in order to access course materials and begin your studies. With so many different courses, such as GCSEs, A-Levels, Diplomas and Short Courses, it can get tricky to know and understand exactly what is covered by your course fees.
As a general rule, the price you pay for access to your chosen course will cover you being able to log into a learning platform to access course materials and also, in some cases, a personal tutor. From there you are able to start studying and work your way through the syllabus with the aims of completing the course within its set time limit. Again, the length of time you have access to the course materials entirely depends on the course type, for example, if you’re enrolled to study a Short Course, your access will be for just a few months, compared to if you were studying an A-Level where you would have up to two years access.
What things aren’t Covered by Course Fees?
So if a course requires some form of examination, then the chances are, your course fees that you pay won’t cover the cost of these. This is common for courses such as Functional Skills, GCSEs and A-Levels. When it comes to examinations for these types of courses, students are required to attend a registered examination centre and sit their exams there, which is why there will be an additional fee.
When it comes to Diploma courses, the ones that are assessed by examination at the end are usually done online and are part of the final stages of completing your course syllabus through your learning portal. Once completed, the certificates for the qualification are then sent out to you once you have passed. Diplomas where external assessment is required, will also incur additional charges for the assessment and issue of the course certificates.
For more help and advice on course fees and available courses, feel free to get in touch with one of our helpful team members for some advice.