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Frequently Asked Questions
How do I decide which course is right for me?
There are a lot of courses available and it can seem confusing at first. The two key considerations are - in which direction you want to develop your career and what level of qualifications and experience you already have. Click here for our Which Course? page where you will find some advice on the options available. Click on a course to find out more about it and the eligibility criteria. If you would like further advice please call us on our advice line 01954 234940 - we are always happy to advise.
Where can I study?
We have Study Centres across the UK: Bristol, Cambridge, Edinburgh, London, Manchester and Nottingham. Click here to find out more about our Study Centres, where they are, how you can study and what courses are available. You can also study at home or at work by distance learning.
What study options do you offer?
Over the years we have developed a broad and flexible range of study options in response to the needs of busy, professional delegates. You can attend;
- Evening Classes in Cambridge or London,
- Executive Weekends in Cambridge,
- Saturday Seminars in Bristol, Edinburgh or Manchester, or;
- study by Distance Learning from any worldwide location. Click here to find out more.
Can I change my method of study once I have started a course?
Yes. Some delegates do start out studying by distance learning but then switch to attend taught sessions; others have started taught sessions but then switched to distance learning perhaps because of a job change taking them overseas. There is an additional cost to attend taught sessions but you can choose from all the options we have available and you can mix and match - using different study options for different modules on one course.
How long will a course take to complete?
This depends on the course but most can be completed in 12 months. We offer support starting from 15 months (with the exemption of the Foundation Certificate, which is 6 months) so that you have the flexibility of speeding up or slowing down your studies depending on other pressures. Click here for further details of the courses offered.
How much time do I need to allow for my studies?
This varies by course, by how you choose to study and how long you want to take to complete your qualification. Further details can be viewed on each individual course page.
What are the College pass rates like?
Our delegates have consistently achieved excellent results. Last year we had 89 classes with a 100% pass rate.
How much does it cost?
Again this varies by course, by how you choose to study and how long you want to take to complete your qualification. Use the Qualification Finder on the top left of the Home Page or the individual course pages to find out how much a course costs. In addition you need to budget for the membership/awarding body and assessment fees of the relevant professional institute (e.g. CIM or CIPR). These fees change annually and can be obtained from the institute or on our website.
What do the course fees include?
All delegates receive a Companion Guide for each module, our set of 11 Handbooks, an allocated tutor for each module and access to our Online Learning Zone. This includes access to tutor notes, past exam papers and examiners reports, assignment questions and selected specimen answers, links to other supporting websites and resources, a Discussion Forum and access to webinars and podcasts of lectures. In addition we offer revision sessions for examinations, and assignment briefing webinars.
How can I pay for my course?
You can indicate on your application form if you want your employer to be invoiced for the cost of the course. If you are self funding you can pay by cheque, debit/credit card or opt to spread your payments over 10 months by Direct Debit (UK bank account required). For further information please visit our Financial Help page.
How do I get a College Prospectus?
You can download a copy now by clicking the red 'Download Prospectus' button at the top of this page or on the Home Page. You will be asked to fill in a short form and then be able to download either our full Prospectus or one for a specific area of interest.
How do I apply for a place at CMC?
You need to complete and submit an application form with your CV or you can enrol on-line by selecting the course you want to study and clicking the enrol on-line button at the bottom of that page. Alternatively, you can enter your specified course details into the Qualification Finder on the Home Page and click the 'Apply Now' button.
Is there a deadline for my application?
You can apply for a course at any time if you want to study by Distance Learning. The Executive Weekend programme, Saturday Seminars and the CIPR courses start at specific times in different Study Centres. Evening classes are organised by term and start in January, April, July and September. With all attended courses you should apply well before the start of a term to secure a place, and no later than 3 weeks before the first scheduled class. Click here to view our Timetables.
Do you offer in-house courses?
Yes, we have several large corporate clients and provided there is a minimum of 8 delegates for a course we can deliver an in-house programme for CIM, CAM, CIPR and a range of short courses. Click on the Employers link for more information.
How do I register with the Professional Body?
You need to contact them directly:
CIM + 44 (0) 1628 427120, CIM.co.uk
CAM + 44 (0) 1628 427120, CAMFoundation.com
CIPR +44 (0) 20 7766 3354, CIPR.co.uk
How do I find accommodation when I come to a course?
We have agreed a special deal with International Reservations who can obtain preferential rates for our delegates at hotels near each of our Study Centres. In addition we have links from our website to Bed & Breakfast alternatives on each Study Centre page.
Can I come and visit the College?
We are open in Swavesey (near Cambridge) during normal office hours and you are very welcome to come and see us. We also hold Open Days and Evenings at our Study Centres across the UK. For details of the next ones scheduled please call 01954 234940 or view our Upcoming Events page.
Yes, your details will not be passed to a third party. The information you provide will only be used by the College and its Brand Ambassadors to contact you. You may ask for your details to be removed from our database at any time by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can I contact you?
Please click here for our Contact Details