International Prospectus 2009-1010
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Welcome and Introduction
Why study with ICS?
Studying for a qualification whilst still balancing all the other important things in your life is a challenging commitment, and we are dedicated to helping you achieve your goals at a time and place that suits you. ICS (International Correspondence Schools) are pioneers of distance learning. Since 1890 we have helped more than 13 million people achieve their aims. We pride ourselves on providing innovative, flexible educational opportunities that allow students to learn at a time and place to suit their needs. Our aim is to make learning as accessible as possible, allowing busy people to get the skills, training and education they want, in a way that offers them complete flexibility. We are delighted that you are considering pursuing a qualification with us.
Flexible studying to suit you, Affordable pricing, Quality materials, Expert Support
This prospectus should give you a good understanding about distance learning, its benefits and the part we are going to play to help you achieve your personal goals. If you need any more information or assistance please do not hesitate to contact us, we will be more than happy to help you. We wish you the best of luck for the future and look forward to welcoming you to ICS in the near future.
ICS are Higher Education specialists and currently work with a number of UK University partners to develop and deliver distance-learning degrees worldwide. We have evolved our courses with our students at heart â€“ they trust us and our university partners do too. Over 35,000 students currently study with ICS on a range of programmes from entry to post-graduate level. All courses and programmes are of the highest quality, being accredited by leading professional bodies and universities, and represent true value for money. You don't have to feel you're all alone, either. We support our students with highly professional tutors and course leaders, who are available at all times to help students achieve success. In addition to your Tutors, our 24 hour online Community offers a great way to connect with fellow learners. You'll also find a wealth of material online where you can gain new insights and communicate with your Tutors, too feeling supported and motivated.
History of ICS International Correspondence Schools has been around for some time, well over 100 years in fact. Since being established in 1890 ICS has gone through various incarnations and currently has its head office in Glasgow, Scotland. From our early beginnings in the US at the end of the 19th Century, we moved to the UK, and were based in London. Early images and photos capture the fascinating detail into how businesses such as ICS were run during these times. This photograph (below left) provides an insight into how the textbook department looked towards the beginning of the 20th Century. Notice how this department is mostly comprised of male workers, yet in other departments, such as the enrolment (below right) department, female workers were more common. Of course, today ICS is glad to commit itself to equal weighting of female and male workers in every department! The structure of ICS has changed over time. From this period when ICS had separate divisions for textbooks, mailings, student aid, enrolments, and illustrating, ICS now has teams of people who work on producing our courses, a team who supply the courses and help students with their program of study. We also have teams who provide support to students and prospective candidates as well as the usual departments of finance, marketing, IT, and design. Amazingly we also have examples of how our course materials looked in the first decade of the 20th Century. Here is an example of a range of materials from a previous Steam Engine course we provided back in 1906. Modules include Steam Engine Design and Simple and Compound Steam Engines.
1930 -1950 Over the years ICS has ran a range of marketing campaigns
and adverts centered on encouraging students, who want to increase their earning potential, to study with ICS. Through research we've found that this is the number one priority among our students and the main reason why they wish to further their education. The advert on the left was used in Modern Mechanix Magazine, November 1935 and the one below was inserted in Popular Science Magazine, March 1950. Although the main reasons why individuals choose to further their education might not have changed dramatically, audience reaction to advertising campaigns is increasingly complex and students now require a much more interactive approach to their studies. At ICS, we are committed to using modern methods to supply our courses and try to align our methods with student’s expectations. Through further development we aim to be able to assist our students in their career progression and support them throughout their involvement with ICS. Below is an example of an ICS certificate from 1958.
1960 -1990 As the century carried on, ICS started to expand and advertised overseas. The International status of ICS enabled it to grow in markets abroad, including places as distant as Mexico. From a Mexican magazine placement, 1960, we have managed to find this example. Another example of ICS advertising during this period was Pete Duncan ‘Drop-out’ (right). This was a piece from 1968 that focused on the problems individuals may face after leaving school with little or no qualifications. However, the story ends happily when Pete completes his ICS course and gains a new job, with a higher starting salary than his previous jobs where he had faced redundancy. The hardhitting style of the advert is somewhat different to the aspirational style ICS adopts today. As the Century progressed to its close ICS enrolled it’s
Distance Learning and its benefits Study where you want, study when you want Distance learning provides you with the opportunity to study on your own, at home or wherever suits you. Most of us associate learning with school, college or university, but all you really need for learning are quality materials and expert support. The ICS Distance Learning Guide provides all the information you need to improve your qualifications without having to attend the classroom – ICS combine easy learning with tutor support so you can achieve your goals with total flexibility. As most of our course materials are printed, you can learn anywhere you like: at home, on the train, in the park – wherever! And thanks to modern technology, support is only ever a phone call or an email away.
Learn in your own time Nowadays everyone’s in a rush, and you might think you simply don’t have the time to learn. But with distance learning courses, you choose when to learn. There are no term times – your course simply starts when you enroll. All our courses are flexible and can be tailored to meet your needs, whether you need a qualification quickly and intend to study intensively, or whether you can only spare a little time each week.
Learn to earn By completing one of our distance learning courses you’ll gain a respected and recognised qualification. We offer university degrees – accredited by the University of East London, Edinburgh Napier University or Anglia Ruskin University – as well as qualifications accredited by Excel, Microsoft, CIPD, and many other respected bodies (see Links for a full list). A distance learning qualification can improve your job prospects and increase your earning potential. Of course, it’s not just about the money, either. With the right qualification you can build a fulfilling and rewarding career for yourself.
Supported open learning Just because you’re learning from home doesn’t mean you won’t be supported every step of the way. We care about our students and we want them to succeed. As an ICS student you’ll be able to contact an experienced tutor for guidance and help with your course. You’ll also have access to the online Student Community, allowing you to meet other students and view our online resources.
Lean while you earn You don’t have to give up your job to take a distance learning course, so you won’t be compromising your income. What’s more, because you’re learning in your own time in a place that suits you, rather than from a lecturer in a university or college, we’re able to keep the costs down – meaning you can afford to learn.
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Accreditations & Relationships Partnerships for success At ICS we have partnerships with leading professional bodies to provide the skills and qualifications you need to succeed in a number of professions. Advance your career while maintaining your work and social life with a distance learning Professional course with ICS. You’ll earn a qualification accredited by the professional body in your field which can often gain you membership of the organisation, too. Whether you’re just starting out, have several years’ experience, or simply aspire to gain knowledge of a subject, we have courses and qualifications at all levels. We have teamed up with the following professional bodies:
Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) The CIPD is the UK’s leading professional body for anyone involved in the management and development of people. Its qualifications are essential if you want to progress your career in HR management. The CIPD Professional Development Scheme (PDS) is the most widely recognised professional qualification for HR and development specialists in Europe, and is accredited by the Qualifications Curriculum Authority as a Level 7 qualification on the National Qualifications Framework in the UK.
Association of Project Managers (APM)
Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS)
The APM is largest independent professional body of its kind in Europe who aims to develop and promote project management across all sectors of industry and beyond.
CIPS is a UK-based International organisation, dedicated to promoting best practice in the profession.
Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) CIMA is an internationally recognised and respected body offering one of the most highly regarded qualifications in the field of accountancy. You’ll find the scope of the CIMA qualification goes far beyond that of pure accountancy and even most management courses, leading to a wide range of career opportunities.
Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) CIM is the leading international body for marketing and business development, whose qualifications will equip you with the knowledge and tools you need to stay ahead and excel in this most challenging of professions.
Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) If you’re a practising or aspiring first line manager wanting a solid foundation in your career development as a manager, then formal study towards the internationally recognised ILM industry qualification is certainly worth considering.
International Association of Book-keepers (IAB) The IAB is the leading professional UK body devoted solely to the interests of book-keepers. It provides high quality, relevant financial and business qualifications for financial professionals and owners or managers of small businesses. An IAB qualification will stand you in good stead in today’s increasingly finance-orientated business world – whether it’s to advance your career as a practitioner or for personal insight.
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confidence and abilities grow, the emphasis may shift to examination-based assessment. You’ll be required to take a final assessment at the end of each module.
Whatever course you choose, and wherever you are based, you’ll benefit from a comprehensive support package to enhance your chances of success, all within the cost of your course. This includes:
Access to an Academic Tutor Team You’ll be assigned subject-expert tutors who will guide you through the course material, set and mark your work and provide constructive feedback on your progress.
Access to a Personal Mentor Service As with any new study programme, we appreciate that students not only have questions related to the academic subject, but also about the study experience itself. Your mentors will answer these questions for you. The mentor system is hugely popular with students, who find day-to-day support very re3assuring. All of our mentors are graduates who understand what it’s likely to study by distance learning.
Access to our Online Student Community With this online community you can interact with other students via the discussion forum, take part in surveys, view and update your personal student record and access additional resources in the online library. You’ll also be able to take advantage of the SCONUL System that allows you to access any University library in the UK during your studies.
Assessment Assessment is ongoing throughout your course, and depending on the course you’re studying, the coursework can include essays, logos, research projects and practical tasks, which your tutor will give you guidance on. As your
How to get started Browse our courses Looking to get a promotion or make a career change? Maybe you want a subject for the love of it or to enhance an interest or passion? Is there something you’ve always wanted to learn, but time seems to escape you? Seize the moment and take this opportunity to browse this catalogue and explore the benefits of Distance Learning.
Set your goals Be inspired and establish your learning goals. Browse through our courses, each section has an introduction to the relevant area or sector; followed by details about each course. The qualification it leads you to and further information to guide you, such as any pre-requisites and recommended study hours. If you’d like more detailed information, or explore your options further, contact our course advisors , who will be happy to help you get started.
Enrol to get started Once you’ve decided what course is right for you, enrolling couldn’t be simpler.
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