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Home Learning College

Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by RobLucas, Nov 2, 2008.

  1. RobLucas

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    I was about to sign up to do a home study course with Home Learning College. I did a bit of research and found this on Consumer Action Group.
    www.consumeractiongroup.co.uk/forum/students/151812-home-learning-college.html
    Not sure if I will go ahead now! What do you guys know about Home Learning College?
    Thanx
    Rob
     
  2. mickaveli2001

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    What kind of course were you thinking about?

    Home learning college is to me - primarily for people who have rich mummys and daddys, or have the spare dough lying around to fund what I 'think' are overpriced courses. Around £400 for a knitting course, and more or less the entire course selection is done at home.

    As for the computer courses. Around £500-1500, and at the end of it, they don't even pay for the industry recognised qualification exam fee. Granted you'll get a certificate of competence from them, but that's nothing compared to the industry recognised qualification, whether it be from Cisco, Microsoft, CompTIA etc. & even that requires experience alongside it for any real prospects.

    So what are you giving them all that money for exactly?? Whether it be knitting, arts/crafts course, computing or whatever, all you really pay for is materials. Materials that are bounded together in some plastic binder, and few leaflets, possibly a cheaply looking CD-rom, or DVD, which looks like it probably came free with some magazine, with the addition of being able to e-mail some person behind the desk there?

    You have this forum mate, with a massive amount of intelligent, and knowledgeable people of ALL age groups, with personal experiences, and real informative assistance in questions you ask. You have the e-mail support right here. As for materials, why pay a grand or so? Most materials you can get for under £200 at the most, sometimes all you need is £20-30 for materials
     
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  3. BosonMichael
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    Another vote for self study. :)
     
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  4. RobLucas

    RobLucas New Member

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    wow, thanks guys. It was the CIW course I was thinking of doing. Trouble is, I'm not sure I've go the confidence or discipline to study it myself. But I don't have rich parents either.

    I thought they might give me tutor support and some kind of structure. I'm worried that if I get the materials myself I just won't do it. Has anyone out there studied with them?

    RobL
     
  5. vgarg

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    DO NOT go near them

    I was unlucky enough to enquire about their courses only to be told that an advisor would be sent to my house.

    Well the advisor turned up around 2 hours late.

    The fee for A+ was £2000 and it was all to be studied at home with them providing me books and 24 hour tutor on the phone. Hardly worth it.

    Well in the end I had to kick the advisor out of my house as she wouldn't leave without trying to get me to sign on the spot.
     
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  6. greenbrucelee
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    lucky escape there mate, £2k for the A+:blink you could get a half decent car for that 8)
     
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  7. mickaveli2001

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    A CIW course? The web design one right? I've seen that name thrown around a couple of times before, and there's not really any qualification I could see that would get employers wanting to hire you as a designer more than other important aspects. Work experience roles, and a portfolio of your own "homemade" work would be what employers would desire more - on the software side!!

    What's strange is that you say you don't have the motivation or self-decipline to study it yourself, yet if you give the home learning college money for the course - that's exactly what you will be doing anyway, and what may be under a 'strict timelimit' :blink
    You'll get given course materials (IE: Books, maybe a CD-Rom)
    another thing about the CIW is that is seems to be fairly new, and unknown to the majority, and employers may see it is a mark against you, for the fact that experienced well crafted web designers would not need the qualification in the first place, but then again it's a hit or a miss, people may prefer it, or oppose it.

    It's your choice, but you MUST LOOK HERE

    CIW COURSE FOR £53.00

    The above course is from an authentic college. There aremany more CIW ones on that website so have a look. If you earn less than £18,000 annually, then you are accepted for an annual course allowance of £200 every year. I seen a course that was £210, so I'd only have to pay £10 for the course, so it's ideal to look at other UK equivelents to the above schemes, rather than blow a LOAD of money to a company who thrive on this kind of niave understanding. Look through your options
     
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  8. greenbrucelee
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    Probably best to make your own portfolio and either send it out to potential employers or take it with you to interviews.
     
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    ILA Scotland is a Scottish Government scheme that helps you pay for learning that you can do at a time, place, pace and in a way to suit you. It’s for people who have an income of £18,000 a year or less, or who are on benefits.

    If you are 16 or over and living in Scotland, you could get up to £500 towards the cost of learning with a learner account from ILA Scotland.
     
  10. mickaveli2001

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    I'd love the £500 one :D I've got £200 sitting active. I may have to book a course lol. Anyone got any suggestions?

    There may be other government schemes like this in England & Wales, but not sure
     
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