When can I start my course?
We have regular start dates for courses but places are limited to ensure we can look after our new students to the right standard.
In the early weeks of the course we provide extra help and support to ensure our students settle into their course and start to build their confidence and study skills effectively. It makes all the difference!
How can I pay for my course?
You can pay for your course through online banking or by online direct payment using a credit or debit card.
Course fees can be paid in full prior to the course (discount available) or quarterly (discount available) or you can choose to pay monthly to suit your budget, by standing order.
If your Employer is paying for the course, they will be provided with an invoice and can also choose to pay in full or quarterly.
Some students pay part of their course fees and their Employer pays the remaining amount.
Are these online distance learning/home study courses?
Yes! All of our courses can be studied at home (or anywhere!). There is no need for you to attend any centre to study the course.
So that’s 100% of the course can be studied at home including the Assessments.
What equipment do I need to study the course?
You will need:
- A laptop or desktop PC (Mac or Windows). Any reasonably recent machine (up to 5 years old) should be suitable.
- Microsoft Office not older than 2013 version or Office 365. You can see options on how to get Microsoft Office here: Microsoft Office – Purchase Options including monthly subscription.
- Internet connection. Most of the courseware can be downloaded so that you can study “off-line” but you will need internet access to do the download and of course for email correspondence. You will access your course through our Lewis Learning Portal.
How much time do I need to study?
One of the many advantages of home study is that it gives you the flexibility to adapt your learning schedule to suit your lifestyle, fitting your study in around work, the kids and everything else that life throws at you!
We do recommend that you study at least 5 hours per week on average most weeks. Many of our students find that planning their study sessions and making them part of their weekly schedule really helps them to keep on track with the course.
How you split your weekly study hours up is up to you and you will learn by experience whether you are better doing a few long sessions or more frequent shorter sessions. Remember there is no hard and fast rule, we all learn in different ways.
Some students study more for several weeks and then have a break whilst they are busy with other commitments. So maybe monthly planning is better for you?
Of course, you are free to study more than 5 hours per week as many of our students do and this will allow you to complete the course more quickly. This depends on your payment choice.
Some students study full time and we are in touch with them several times a day.
So whatever method of studying suits you – study that way!
Can I go on holiday during my course?
Yes! We all need a holiday!
You can take a break whenever you wish – the course will remain open ready for you to pick up on your return.
Can I study full time?
Yes! You can study as many hours per week as you wish.
Some students like to study intensively and complete their course in a short a time as possible. We can adjust the teaching programme to reflect your study pattern.
This option is available to those paying in full.
What is the difference between a certificate and a diploma?
Nearly all of our courses offer multiple Diplomas, single Diplomas or Certificates.
A Diploma is made up of several single modules and is required to be more than 370 guided learning hours (GLH) to qualify as a Diploma to comply with OfQual regulations.
A Certificate is made up of fewer single modules and is required to be between 121-369 GLH to qualify as a Certificate.
There are Level 2 Diplomas and Certificates which are GCSE/Intermediate level.
There are Level 3 Diplomas and Certificates which are A Level/Advanced level.
Level 4 Diplomas are Foundation Degree standard.
Is there a time limit to my course?
Each course has an overall course time frame which is how long the course will be open for you to study.
This is based on a complete beginner studying about 5-7 hours per week plus time out for holidays and illness. If you have prior experience or knowledge in some of the modules you may find you can complete these in a shorter time.
Can I study at home?
Yes! All our courses are exclusively designed for home study. There is no need to attend the college – you can study at your own pace in your own place!
Do I need Microsoft Office to study my course?
Most of our courses teach MS Office and you will therefore need to have this on your computer or access to it to study your course. MS Office no earlier than 2013 version or MS Office 365 are suitable. You can now pay for MS Office 365 on a monthly subscription of less than £6 per month and Office 365 is updated by Microsoft regularly so you will always have the latest version.
MS Office is the main suite of programs used in the business world and therefore essential to know how to use when applying for jobs.
Can I take a break during my course?
Yes! We all need a holiday or something else might come up. Your course is open for the course time frame and closes on the date confirmed to you when you enrol. So you can have a break whenever you wish and then plan your studying to pick up the course to complete by the time the course is due to close.
What happens if I have not completed my course by the time the course closes?
Most of our students do complete their course within the time frame – many earlier! However if you do not you can choose to complete your course at that point and receive certificates for those modules you have completed.
If you wish to carry on you can pay course extension fees to cover a further month or more to suit.
You can decide what you would like to do when you are nearly at the end of the course.
You are kept regularly informed as to where you are on the course – so you have plenty of time to plan ahead.
What makes studying with Lewis College different?
We were one of the first Colleges specialising in EA, PA, Administration and IT courses to provide online distance learning courses – over 16 years’ ago.
Our tutors are experienced and qualified and most of them have also taught in the classroom environment either with ourselves or in other Colleges.
We have always taught on a one to one basis – both in the classroom and through our online distance learning courses. We provide a great deal of personal support for each of our students throughout the course.
Looking at our testimonials and Trust Pilot comments, one of the main elements of studying with us that students have commented on is the level of support and our friendly approach in helping our students be successful.