FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions with regards to studying our qualifications online. We will add to these when more arise.

If you can’t see your query here please call 01349 853707 or email info@virtuallearningacademy.co.uk

Meantime, thank you for your interest in studying with us.

There are three factors we use to determine which course is most suitable for you:

1. What experience do you have of being a supervisor, manager or leader?

This is important because with a professional qualification you need to compare the learning with what you do in practice. Here is a guide:

A) NO SUPERVISORY EXPERIENCE: Study level 2 or level 3 if you are a confident learner.

B) SOME MANAGEMET EXPERIENCE: Level 2 or 3

C) CONSIDERABLE MANAGEMENT EXPERIENCE: Level 5

D) EXPERIENCE OF WORKING AT A STRATEGIC LEVEL: Level 7

2. What previous study have you undertaken?

There is no requirement to have any proof of previous study or qualification to be accepted. However, those who have experience of studying may find they can cope with a level higher.

3. What are your own work/personal commitments?

As the saying goes ‘life happens’. The beauty of our system is that you can start, take a break or finish at any time. If you don’t have much time just start with an Award.  When you have more time just upgrade to the Certificate, Diploma or Extended Diploma.

Well how long is a piece of string! Seriously though the beauty of our system of study  is that you can take as little or as long as you like.

We recently had two students finish a level 5 diploma.

– One took 3 years. Sounds a lot but when you throw life at it with promotion, change of role, a wedding and then maternity leave time will fly. We are so proud of this student who was determined to finish despite their challenges.

– Another student has just completed in record time – 3 months!  We could barely keep up with the assessments he was sending us.

We will go at your pace.  That said if nothing is happening you will receive some very gentle yet supportive nudges!

We usually recommend one unit (or topic) a month. That would require about 5 hours of study a week.

To pay in full click the Buy Now button on the website page of the qualification you wish to study.  You will receive access to the system within 24 hours.  We will then contact you to see if you require an induction call.

If the qualification is being paid through your organisation simply email us on info@virtuallearningacademy.co.uk and we will send an invoice.  We will need a contact name, email address, organisation address and a PO number (if applicable).

Fantastic! That’s no problem.

We will provide a free mapping service to provide you credit with what you have already been accredited for.

This means that we provide you with recognition for prior learning so that you don’t have to repeat study already completed.

This way you can upgrade your qualification and take time on the subjects you need to.

The issue of funding is always a contentious one.  Of course it depends on which country you  live in. Currently we are aware of the following part funding options:

VAT FREE – if you are paying for your qualification personally (ie not through an organisation) we are currently paying the VAT for you thus reducing the overall cost.

Flexible Training Opportunities – if your organisation is paying and is in Scotland and has less than 100 employees you may be entitled to half the cost: https://www.ourskillsforce.co.uk/funding-for-skills/

In England there are loans for those aged 24 and over. See: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/sfa-24-advanced-learning-loans