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I'm the Engineering Manager of Port Sudan Refinery with a 20 years experience in the oil refining business, fortunately I was started my Diploma with Brighton School of Business and Management Limited last year and below you will find my comments on the course.
Really the syllabus is covering a wide range of knowledge directly related to my needs as a project manager, more over it is established in a proper way making good balance between the academic and practical knowledge and techniques following the best practice of providing the modules of different subjects within a very professional broad frame work coupled with an assignment to be carried out by the student to demonstrate his good understanding of the subject in relation to the real environment within his organization.
I'm really enjoying my course and the discussions and valuable comments of my supervisor.Student from Sudan
I began this course with the aim to broaden my overall understanding of management and business functions. I wanted a course that provided me with the ability to use my own everyday experiences as well as providing me with new information. With this in mind, the course offered by Brighton School of Business and Management suited my requirements exactly. I am tasked with new modules every 6 to 8 weeks, allowing me flexibility to manage the coursework with my day job. I have regular communication with my tutor by e-mail and all the material I need for each module is provided in this way too. My tutor is also available by phone and he offers very flexible times for calling which helps greatly when juggling work with study.
I have found the course very beneficial; the material is interesting and thought provoking and any concerns or issues I have with the assignments can be easily discussed with my tutor. The guidance I receive is useful and focused. In addition, I write a weekly and monthly journal which I submit on a monthly basis. As a result of this, I receive very objective mentoring which is an excellent function provided by my tutor as it provides me with someone outside my job and industry to review and appraise my progress against his own business experiences.
All in all, this course is being very well managed with support available when I need it balanced with the flexibility for me to set the pace.Student from Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
I completed the course March 2011 and found it to be very intriguing and interesting, as it encourages the pupil to research, study and analyse what he is reading about. It made me aware more of project management as a global concept and cleared many misconceptions I had on the topics I am studying while it enriched and gave me a more in-depth understanding of project management and its application. The support offered through the personal tutor was also very helpful, encouraging and motivating.
I am very contented with the materials and method offered by the Business School for their postgraduate Diploma in Project Management and I am now assured that my decision to take this course with them was the right one, and would certainly consider them as first choice in case I decide to take further professional studies in the future.Student from Limassol, Cyprus
Living and working abroad blocked me from studying in a structured way for over a decade since I last finished a Masters in London in 2001. The additional complication of having two small children, living in a small island state and a very busy spouse made following a formal taught course quasi impossible.
The distance learning Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership at Brighton School of Business and Management gave me an answer to this practical problem as well as to a training need I have. Moreover, with time, now about halfway the course, I have been able to see that a real contact and follow up was made between me and my tutor, with, on my request, personally tailored advice and analysis on my personal and career evolution.
Although I wished sometimes more extensive material were available directly through the course materials (e.g. using hyperlinks to free pages or articles on the web), to add to the sometimes succinct elaboration of certain topics, I have always had useful answers and suggestions on my requests for more information. Some additional extra information can be found on the BSBM’s website, the monthly newsletter or on some teachers personal websites and indeed, it should be considered part of the student’s job to go and get more information. I learned a lot from this too.
The combination of the modules, intra-module questions and module assignments with the continuous exercise of the personal development journal helps me focus on my development.
Finally I hope that the upcoming dissertation will engage me in a more in depth exchange on the content of what I write so I can finalise this course feeling I really kept up the challenge through the end.Student from Christ Church, Barbados
I am jubilant hearing from you the excellent finish of my studies' completion!
My studies - with your supervision, kindness and supportiveness- was a great personal pleasure and a fascinating educational journey!Student from Greece
This course has been an absolute pleasure to work on and will provide certification of my depth of knowledge. Thank you for providing information in relation to the process moving forward.
I would like to thank you for guidance throughout the course and also the quick response to any queries I may have had, it has been a pleasure!Student from UK
It has truly been a great experience to go through the 16 different modules. You never get the feeling that you are alone, even though it is an e-learning course. The tutor and the entire Brighton team has been really friendly, they motivated and encouraged you through the course. They guide and give you really good feedback after every delivered module. Furthermore, you have to hand a monthly journal about your progress in your personal and professional development. This gives you time to reflect upon the modules and it gives good balance between theory, everyday life, job and your key learning points. All in all it has been very good experience for me, my professional and personal learning curve have been exponential. I can honestly say that it has been the best course I have ever participated. I will at any time recommend HND to anyone who considers this way of education.Student from Denmark
The course is well structured in so far as the logical flow of the modules and the indicated timings for me to finish each module are stretching but achievable. I chose the course as it lends itself very well to tying each module and assignment to my "day job"and delivering benefits to the company I work for as well as delivering personal benefit to me.
My Tutor is supportive and his feedback has made a real difference in motivating and encouraging me to tackle difficult assignments. My tutor and I have a weekly half hour call to catch up on my progress with the module material and assignments and he has helped me to remain focused on my studies. My tutor is always available via phone or email for any issues, questions or support I need out side of our weekly catch up call. He is very prompt at reviewing material I send him and his feedback is both constructive and balanced ensuring I am not just doing enough to get through the course but go as wide as possible with my research to gain better understand and views.
The quality and quantity of material for each module is excellent and enables me to focus on each new subject effectively. I particularly like the monthly newsletter which is a great way of reaching out to all the students to inform them on what is going on/what is good to review etc which help to make you feel included especially where my studies are 100% distance learning
The website is informative and has useful links to other courses and study material which I dip in and out of as I need it.
Admin Team - The initial support of the admin team was great and helped me decide which course was right for me as well as taking any problems out of enrolling. I keep the admin team in the loop as I complete a module and so far have had no further reason to call upon them. Should I need them I know, from dealing with them previously, that they will help to sort me out.Student from Surrey, UK
From the admissions team to my personal tutor, I have found the distance learning experience so far, very rewarding.
My application was dealt with efficiently and with start dates available at the beginning of every month I was able to start on my chosen course at a time and date that suited my personal circumstances.
My personal tutor has been very helpful, always answering my questions in a timely manner and providing very detailed answers. One thing I especially like is that he not only addresses my queries, but poses questions or thoughts in his response that get me to look at things from a new perspective, or to point out things that I may have overlooked. I have received good, constructive feedback on all work that I have submitted so far.Student from Minneapolis, USA
Here I am, at the end of my HND journey! What a journey it has been. Longer than expected, full of highs and lows, I feel elated to have finally achieved this award.
I remember right at the beginning of this daunting task I was filled with excitement and nervousness, would I be able to do it? Would I be good enough? All of those doubts soon went out of my mind when I achieved my first Distinction!
The feeling was immense achievement and pride at completing a whole module on Marketing, a subject which I hadn’t had any experience of but now have come to love.
The knowledge I had gained during this first module was vast – so much to help me within the world of business and in my current position at work. I then felt ready for the rest of the tasks ahead!
Working through the various modules, each with its own challenges, my confidence started to grow and the knowledge I was gaining was so broad and relevant that I was always eager to learn more and more.
The liaison between me and my tutor, was always friendly, supportive and really made a difference to me on this journey. I didn’t often speak to my tutor on the phone – but he was always there with a friendly email with helpful tips, references and reminding me to stay calm!
That support always put my head back on track if I was having a block, or if things got too much.
Half way through this HND I went through a really tough, personal time where I really lost the motivation to continue with the course.
It was my tutor’s support and advice that brought back my motivation and spurred me through to continue to build on what I had already achieved.
Another support group that I couldn’t have achieved this without are that off my friends, family and work colleagues. My work colleagues, also my friends, supported me in every way possible, from helping with ideas to get my brain started, using their knowledge to enhance my own to giving me a supportive hug if things got busy or celebrating my achievements of each module!
Working on my HND has, without question, enhanced me in every respect. From the knowledge I have gained, which will now help me in my future quests in business, to giving me the confidence in myself that I am smart, and I do know things!
The whole journey has been inspiring, learning all the different aspects of business (such as finance) that I wouldn’t normally have a chance to explore.
I would whole heartedly recommend to someone to do a HND – the journey may have been bumpy but the highs of achievement you feel are amazing.Student from UK
I have been so grateful for your support and guidance through the course and have thoroughly enjoyed it. Not only have I learnt things but it has restored my confidence in staffing matters which were previously a concern.Student from Worthing, UK
In October 2010, I decided to pursue a course in management in order to prepare myself for future challenges. As the course level I wanted to follow was not available locally in our small country, I started searching for an appropriate and credible international institution via the internet. The courses in Leadership & Management provided by the Brighton School of Business and Management fitted with what I wanted to do and the prices they offered was the most competitive compare to other institutions I had researched.
By November, I had already enrolled and since I had never followed a distance learning course before I was a bit sceptical about the process. But once I started, all my doubts went out the window. The School had an excellent team at hand all the time and they helped and guided me effectively through all the processes of registration etc. When I started the course, I found that the learning materials provided by the School were very comprehensive and thorough giving me a good basis for further reading. I was also assigned an online tutor, who I could be in touch with either online or by phone at all times. In view of the time difference, (4 hours) I opted more for the online contact and was never disappointed as I always got a response within a few hours with well needed advice and feedback.
The course itself was tough and required a high level of research and reading in order to make the grades. I also found the marking scheme to be very strict. I put in a lot of effort to make the grade but still sometimes found that I had to rework an assignment. As a full time employee and a mother of two, I felt the pressure a lot but I also felt that though I was physically far from the team, I was never alone.
The Student Service was very supportive and my correspondences were attended to on the same day. During the course, my father had a stroke and I had to take some time out, again the whole team was very supportive. Luckily I did not defer but applied for an extension on the deadline and this was processed and approved speedily.
I really feel that the Brighton School of Business & Management lives up to its mission of providing exceptional career and personal development qualifications through quality distance learning. Since achieving this qualification, I have already been assigned new responsibilities in my job. I have also recommended the School to a few friends and if ever I have to do a distance learning course again, Brighton School of Business and Management will be my first choice.Student from Mahe, Republic of Seychelles
After a careful study to the Brighton School of Management and Leadership’s Profile, Course Outline, Awarding Body and the Course Accreditation, I have decided to take the course of Advance Diploma in Project Management Level-6 as it was very beneficial and directly related to my work field. The course met my expectations and I would like to express my sincere appreciation and gratitude towards all the efforts made which had a great role in my progress.
This was reflected with the constructive comments from the instructor as he was extremely cooperative and supportive during the program. Moreover, despite my work circumstances and the heavy load with plenty business trips and commitments, I managed to submit all the assignments on due dates with the support received from the tutor and the school management. Furthermore, the payment facilities were very comfortable and practical as well as the course price was affordable.
I have had a great experience and I would like again to thank you for the efforts which were reflected in my achievement. I would certainly recommend this course to my colleagues and look forward to having another course with you in the near future.Student from Kingdom of Bahrain
I would recommend Brighton School of Business and Management as an institution of choice for anyone trying to get a management qualification outside their country of origin especially those residing in less privileged countries.
As a manager in Africa I have always wondered what a learning institution in a European Country would have in their curriculum for students wishing to develop their management skills. Secondly I was desperate for a qualification in management from a country other than my own.
So I went about searching the internet for an institution that could provide me with a suitable distance learning programme. I found many of these but chose BSBM for several reason,
- The registration process was simple only requiring your employer to write a letter of recommendation or reference, which could result in delays.
- There was no need for textbooks to be shipped to me via a complicated courier system.
- Reference material could be easily accessible online and web links were sent whenever I needed any.
- The format of the course followed a logical sequence.
- The modules were more practical to my work situation.
The tutor was in regular contact with me and sent newsletters.
Throughout my studies I had numerous difficulties of a personal nature and some related to the tuition and I found the tutor more supportive and compassionate. However at no stage did he compromise on the policies and standards set out by the school. Rules were adhered to with a few exceptions there and there.
Feedback on assignments was prompt and where more work needed to be done, it had to be done before proceeding to the next module.
The school adheres to the British accreditation systems and verification process facilitated by the various institutions set out by the government to ensure professionalism and ethics in learning.
South Africa internet access however as an individual it is sometimes hard to have access to internet at a reasonable cost and this could be very frustration for a distance learner who relies on internet . The links are only useful to someone who does not nee to use an expensive internet café.
The other factor is that of fee payments. Initially I used my bank to pay my fees but the whole thing proved to be a nightmare given the stringent laws in my country about fraud, money laundering and foreign transactions.
Which is why I found the new system of online payment introduced by the school very useful and easy to use, The latest method of payment also lends credibility to the authenticity of the institution like BSBM.
Given all these bogus institutions offering tuition to desperate students in underdeveloped countries I was really suspicious at some point and almost checked with the British High Commission office as to the existence of the school. However, once I needed a simple process to find out about the individuals who run the school Thanks to Google! On my 3 visits to the UK throughout my studies I also conducted my research on the school.
I would highly recommend this school!Student from South Africa
I have been studying the HND Business and Marketing at the Brighton School of Business and Management since August 2011. The course material is well presented and structures and this makes reading and understanding fairly easy. In addition, I get very clear and helpful advice from my tutor via email and more recently via the Moodle learning access system. This system also has very good resources for study.
The content of the course has already been extremely useful in practice in my daily work and by helping me to progress my career.
My tutor is very good. He is very understanding when required, but still pushes me to complete essays when I find other daily distractions at work. I have never been troubled with the logistics of the course and this leaves me free to concentrate purely on y studies.
I would recommend this course and school to anyone studying using a distance learning programme.Student from Kazakhstan
I just wanted to thank you for your help, patience and guidance, when I completed my course.
Last week I received my provisional grade from The University of Northampton, and I got a 2:1, which I am very pleased about.
The work load was so intense (in addition to working 44 hours a week, raising three young children and maintaining a healthy marriage, it was so hard), it was not like the more relaxed method I had become accustomed to, when studying with Brighton Business School. At the beginning of the course, I had to complete two modules 'Strategic Management' and 'Principles of Marketing Management' in addition to completing my Business Project research and proposal.
In the final months, I had to study another two modules 'Accounting and Finance for Managers' and 'Critical Perspectives on Managing' in addition to completing my Business Project. It worked out that every two weeks there was work to be submitted be it assignments, essays, response papers etc... which had to be fully researched and referenced, it was hard work. I was so glad that I had managed to study quite quickly throughout my HND course, which had of got me slightly prepared for the pace required for this course. It was also very beneficial to have learnt the Harvard referencing method.
I have just completed one secondment period within the HR department on the Solihull site, and I am due to begin another secondment period at our head office in Warwickshire at the end of this month.
The intention is, for me to be transferred into HR with the 2012 graduate intake, which I am really excited about, I just hope everything goes to plan, especially with the current economic climate.
Thanks once again for everything.Student from Solihull, UK
I started taking the Advanced Diploma in Project Management with Brighton School of Business and Management in August 2011. Knowledge gained through the course can readily be applied to my actual work. I understand how difficult and overwhelming distance learning can be; I guess the key is discipline and effective time management, making sure that I’m progressing and at the same time ensuring that I don’t get burnt out, considering family (including a 3 year old kid) and my work load. It helps that the course is flexible in terms of time frame, as I would have already failed to complete the course had there been a deadline of just 6 months. My tutor is always prompt at giving feedback and support. He would point to the right direction when responding to assignments.
Moodle is really good. I no longer have to bring flash drives or print outs. I was able to do course work when I was in the Philippines. As long as there is an internet connection, I can just log in and access materials and even check on the work I previously submitted.
I would recommend this school to others who need professional trainingStudent from Switzerland