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Frequently Asked Questions

Application

Are there any English language requirements?

For students who do not live or come from an English language speaking country, we recommend taking an IELTS course to improve your language to level 5.5 or higher. This can be done simultaneously along our courses. Your minimum level of English may vary depending upon which university you decide to complete your top up qualification from.

Do I need any previous experience and qualifications?

You will need to have an IELTS score of level 5.5 or above on completion of the BMLBS course. You can study an English course alongside the BMLBS course. For Level 4/5 you will require a full secondary education to be eligible to enroll onto the course and for universities will require a minimum age before embarking on the university top-up programme. At Level 7, you will require 5 years managerial experience if you do not have a BA degree. However, this may vary for various University partners. We will look at every application individually on a case to case basis.

Will there be an interview?

There is no interview process. You will have to fill out a short application form to make sure you meet the criteria.

How do I choose the best course for me?

Learners should first visit the BMLBS Course page to view the range of courses on offer, to decide on which subject best suits the learner. He/she should:

  • Review if the modules within the course are of interest and relevant to the chosen career path.
  • Review how the course is taught and assessed, whether there is the motivation to study via distance learning or capability to work independently.

It is important that learners do not try to extend themselves too far and too quickly, so they should ideally choose a path that comfortably moves on from their existing level of skills and experience.

How do I apply for a course?

You can simply choose your course and enroll online, via the BMLBS course page. Alternatively you can call the BMLBS Enrollment team on 02071010703 and they will guide you through the Enrolment process.


Assignments

Do I have to pay for my assignments?

All initial submissions of an assignment are included within your original fees. If a student does not receive a pass mark for their assignment they may resubmit the work. Each student is provided with 8 free resubmissions. Nevertheless, if further resubmissions are still required, they will be charged at a rate of £30 per submission.

Do I receive Help and guidance while writing assignments?

  • Yes, all students are provided with the option of a free 30 minute ‘assignment preparation’ session with one of our tutors. The session will be conducted via Skype and will cover all aspects of assignment writing, particularly areas that students need to be wary of.
  • In addition, students also have access to tutors who work with BMLBS. The tutor details are available via the Dashboard and will show which areas they specialise in and their availability. Students can arrange for sessions directly from the Dashboard, where they can specify which topic they need assistance with. Further information is available in the Student Handbook and the relevant course information packs.

How do I submit my assignments?

  • Submissions need to be emailed to admin@bmlbs.com.
  • Students must complete the assignment submission form and assignment front sheets when they wish to send their work for marking. These are provided when the assignment details are sent out.
  • Initially, one assignment must be submitted and marked as a pass. Thereafter, assignments can be submitted in bulk if students wish. This restriction is applied so that students can receive feedback on their initial submission and use this feedback to attain a better understanding of what is required to successfully complete assignments to the required standard.

How many words do I have to write for my assignments?

We recommend students to write between 5000 – 8000 words for each assignment, although students will not be penalised for going over this word count limit as long as the work is related to the assignment question.

When do I receive the assignments?

Assignments are released to students upon enrolment.

How long does the marking process take?

After an assignment has been submitted, results are available within 10 working days. Once all assignments have been completed and marked an Internal Verifier will check the work, which usually takes up to 10 working days. After the Internal Verification has come back, and the initial marking agreed, all of the assignments are sent to ATHE for External Verification. ATHE will validate to ensure work is of the correct standard. This process can take up to 30 working days. So, actually the whole marking process until final result, may take up to 40 working days.


Costs

Is the online payment taken immediately?

Yes. Once BMLBS has received the cleared funds, the course material will be released immediately.

Is there any financial assistance available?

  • BMLBS offers an interest free payment plan to enable students pay for the course over a set number of months.
  • More information can be available from our Student Advisers. UK students may also be eligible for student loans for the university top-up programme. Learners should make enquiries direct to their chosen university.

Are there likely to be any additional costs?

No additional costs are levied by BMLBS. However, there is an opportunity for learners to purchase additional learning resources including tutor support, e-books, games and short business courses. For more information relating to tutor support click here.

What payment options are available?

Payment can be made online through Sage Pay by credit/debit card, bank transfer or PayPal through any of our international banks.

How much do assessments cost?

Assessments are included in the course fees. However, if you fail an online assessment at the end of a module, a re-sit can be purchased for £30.00.


Credibility

Who are ATHE?

  • ATHE is a body which provides colleges with qualifications in Management, Business, Tourism and Health & Social Care. ATHE has made a name for itself with good customer service, rewarding qualifications and happy learners with progression routes to university degrees. ATHE provides bespoke training support, great value for money, comprehensive university progressions, dedicated support from an ATHE officer, simple easy to use documents and website, innovative qualifications, External Verifier support, flexible delivery solutions, a global focus and a close business development relationship.
  • Please visit athe.co.uk for more information.

How are Universities linked to the Courses?

Learners who achieve a BMLBS qualification are automatically mapped against a standard UK Higher Education qualification framework in line with a universally recognised framework of credits. Universities can therefore award credits against the BMLBS study, to give exemptions from large parts of their formal programmes. BMLBS and ATHE have pre-agreed arrangements with several universities to provide credits against programmes either on campus or off campus. This is termed ‘university top-up’.


General

Who are BMLBS?

The Boston Management and Law Business School Ltd is a company registered in the UK under English Law-7750588

What do BMLBS do?

The Boston Management and Law Business School is dedicated to providing a wide range of Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses at affordable costs. All learning activities, materials and content are provided online using modern delivery models to make learning more engaging and cost effective. On completion of a BMLBS course, the credits are used to “top up” at one of our UK University partners, saving you time and money.


Personal Details

How do I change my personal contact details once I have given them to BMLBS?

All details can be edited through the student dashboard. Once a student has enrolled they can login a view their course progress, edit their profile and chat to fellow students in the forum.

Can I still access my Student Dashboard if I have finished my course?

Access to the BMLBS Dashboard is for a maximum of 4 years from date of enrolment. This can be extended following a formal request made in writing to BMLBS Student Admin.

I have forgotten my username/password and cannot login to my dashboard, how can I get access?

If learners have lost or forgotten their log in details, a new password can be requested from admin@bmlbs.com.


Progression

Will I be able to get through to higher education through BMLBS?

The BMLBS programmes are mapped against UK higher education qualifications, which are fully transferable to a range of other higher education routes and professional qualifications. On completion of the BMLBS Level 4/5 programme, students are awarded 240 credits equivalent to first 2 years of an Undergraduate Degree. They can then top up to their final year at one of our University partners who recognise the ATHE qualification. Similarly, Level 7 students gain 120 credits from a total of 180 credits for an MBA. This can also be used to top-up at a BMLBS University partner.

What potential job opportunities are there after I finish the course?

Once the final year at university is successfully completed, a full BA degree or postgraduate qualification will open doors to many career options in respective fields.


Student Support

What do I do if I am struggling?

You can seek help from dedicated forums or request tutor help. Students can interact and help each other through the course content and share interesting and relevant links with each other. We also have a dedicated tutor support team all specialising in specific BMLBS modules.

Can I talk to other students?

All students having enrolled onto a course can communicate with other students via the social learning forum. Students are encouraged to network through forums.

How much support is available for students?

Learners can use the social learning forums without limitation and talk to fellow learners around the world. Learners may also choose to purchase additional tutor support. Tutors will also present webinars on demand which can be purchased by students.


Studying

What modules do I need, to achieve a qualification?

You need to complete all the modules and assessments detailed in your required course to complete the BMLBS course and receive the ATHE diploma. This will give you the recognized University credits. You can study the modules at your own pace and can purchase more modules at any time.

Do I need a specific computer to study with BMLBS?

As long as you have internet access, any computer or tablet can be used to complete online modules and courses. You can also study on your phone with our mobile friendly contents.

Can I access my dashboard and study on my mobile and tablet?

Yes, but this will only be accessible with an internet connection. All digital interactivity has been coded for compatibility on touch screens. You can also learn the material by printing it off.

What study materials do I need?

The modules themselves are sufficient for passing the associated assessments. The modules contain additional accessible resources that learners may wish to follow through to enhance their learning and these are provided within the text. BMLBS also has extra learning resources to purchase like e-books and webinars to aid your study.

What is a Certificate of Completion?

Each module and assessment passed generates a certificate of completion which details module content, level of study and learning outcomes achieved. It is mapped against formal UK educational quality guidelines defined by QAA. On completion of all modules you can then write assignments set by ATHE to complete your ATHE Diploma with BMLBS.

How long will it take?

Learners can learn at a pace that suits them. There is no time limit or deadlines with BMLBS. Learners can study the modules in any order at any time.

Does my previous study and experience count towards a BMLBS course?

There are no exemptions or credits within the BMLBS system of study and you have to study all the BMLBS modules to take advantage of our access route. However, if you think you may be eligible for exemptions from a certain level, then you are recommended to contact BMLBS who will advise you accordingly. BMLBS can also help you with your top up enquiries if you have already got the necessary qualifications.

Can I personalise my study?

Students can study the modules in any order and at any pace. To qualify for the University Top-up, all the modules and assignments have to be completed.

What do I get when all the modules and assessments are completed?

Learners, who complete the full programme of modules and the assignments, are awarded an ATHE certificate and official Credits. This qualification is recognised by UK higher education authorities and by the university sector. The student can then apply to one of our University partners to complete their degree.

Do all modules have an exam?

All modules have an online assessment. Completion of the requisite number of assessments and written assignments will give the participant a qualification recognised by many top line universities.

How do assessments work?

Assessments are made up of 30 multiple choice questions and last for one hour. There is an assessment at the end of each module. Questions are answered in sets of five to allow for review and editing if required. If a session times out or an issue occurs throughout, the assessment will time out at the point of the previous five questions so that a participant does not lose their previous answers. Results are given immediately on completion. More details are available from the Assessment Section. On completion of all modules and assessments, learners then write assignments set by ATHE to complete the course.

What is an interactive learning module?

The interactive activities in the modules include tests, exercises and assessments that provide a guide to a learner’s progress through the module.


Studying outside the UK

How can I pay for my fees as an overseas student?

BMLBS has a network of overseas banks that will take payment direct or alternatively by Credit /Debit card. Alternatively we have representatives in many overseas countries and you can contact them to make payment and for tutor support and help.

Will BMLBS act as my sponsor for a student visa?

BMLBS cannot act as a visa sponsor but your chosen University partner can.

Do I need a visa to complete modules/course through BMLBS?

No visa is required for online study. If a student chooses to take the University Top-up programme on campus in the UK, a student visa will be required. Learners should request this through their chosen University.

Can I study anywhere in the world?

Yes. There are no geographical limitations.