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Affordable study programs with exclusive online modules fast tracking learners to a University qualification.

Whether you are looking to enhance your skills, improve your team or pursue a professional education, the College of Birmingham (COB)’s learning pathways can provide you with all you need.

The College of Birmingham (COB) delivers online university pathway programs with full Undergraduate and Postgraduate Diploma Awards to learners from all corners of the world. Learners can fast track their way through to a UK University Qualification on campus or by distance learning.

Our web-based modules allow students to learn what they want when they want and how they want and have been designed to facilitate a much faster, more affordable and engaging way to learn. With a 24/7 student networking platform, personal dashboards, 1-2-1 online tutorials, group webinars and bank of pre-recorded group webcasts, the College of Birmingham (COB) provides students with all the support that they need to succeed in developing their professional skill base and achieve a university qualification.

How Will I Be Assessed ?

Assessment at College of Birmingham (COB) is a very straightforward process:

  • After you have completed an online module, you will have an online assessment to complete. This assessment contains 30 multiple-choice questions. You will have one hour to complete these questions which are answered in sets of five so you will have plenty of time to review and edit your answers. After an hour the test will automatically time out.
  • After you have completed the test, your results will be displayed immediately. If you have passed, you will receive a Certificate of Completion. If you didn’t pass, you will receive a notification of a “refer’’ where you will be told how to retake a module assessment. You can complete these modules at your own pace, as there is no deadline to complete the course.
  • Monitoring of assessment standards
  • When the online modules have been successfully completed, you will then be able to take the final written assignments, provided by College of Birmingham (COB), that test your knowledge and understanding of the modules. After successful completion of these eight assignments you will receive your Diploma (from the Awarding Organisation).
  • You will then be eligible to apply for progression onto a Top up course through a recognised UK university on campus or by distance learning.

Levels 3-7 Explained

Level 3

The Level 3 Course is a 120 credit course, which is equivalent to 3 A levels. The course is made up of 6 modules and 6 written assignments. This course provides entry onto the first year of Undergraduate Degree course, or a Level 4 course.

Level 4

Level 4 is the equivalent to the first year of a Bachelor’s Degree programme. The Level 4 course is made up of 10 modules and 8 assignments, which are equivalent to 120 university credits.

Level 5

Level 5 is the equivalent to the second year of a Bachelor’s Degree programme. It is also equivalent to a HND diploma. The Level 5 course also has 10 modules and 8 assignments, which also provide the student with 120 university credits upon completion.

Level 6

Upon completion of a Level 6 course, you will be eligible for admission onto a Postgraduate Business programme, including an MBA course. The level 6 course is made up of 10 modules and 6 written assignments.

Level 7

The Level 7 course carries 120 credits which gives entry onto the MBA Top Up (one module or one module + dissertation) , this can be completed by studying either online or on campus at a recognised UK or overseas university. our level 7 is made up of 30 modules and 8 written assignments.

For an official breakdown of what each level means,please visit:
https://www.gov.uk/what-different-qualification-levels-mean/compare-different-qualification-levels

Entry Requirements

University Entry Level 3 Programme Requirements

For entry on the Level 3 qualification learners would generally be aged 16 or above.

For learners who have recently been in education or training the entry profile is likely to include one of following:

  • 5 or more GCSEs at grades C and above
  • other related level 2 subjects
  • other equivalent international qualifications

Learners must also have an appropriate standard of English to enable them to access relevant resources and complete the course modules and assignments.

Mature learners may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include relevant work experience (paid and/or unpaid), participation and/or achievement of relevant qualifications.

Undergraduate Level 4/5 Programme Requirements

Entry to a Level 4 programme generally requires a full secondary education and a minimum age of 18.

Entry to a Level 5 programme depends on a student gaining Level 4 or equivalent. Level 4 is equivalent to the first year of a degree or HNC or local equivalent. Level 5 is equivalent to to the second year of a university Degree.

If English is not your native language, you may need to provide verification of your English language capability. There may be an IELTS or TOEFL English language requirement or equivalent.

Please note specific university requirements will differ between universities. Normally, universities will accept the 240 credits offered by the College of Birmingham (COB) programme at Level 4/5 for final year completion, but Students should check with their chosen university for specific entry requirements before enroling with COB.

Graduate Level 6 Programme Requirements

Entry onto the Level 6 Programme is for non-graduate mature students of at least 25 years of age with 5 years of work experience who wish to progress to a Postgraduate qualification.

Upon completion of a Level 6 course, you will be eligible for admission onto a Postgraduate Business programme, including an MBA course. The level 6 course is made up of 10 modules and 6 written assignments.

Postgraduate Level 7 Programme Requirements

You will be eligible to study the Level 7 courses if you are a Graduate in any discipline and are aged 23 years or over. Non-graduates aged over 24 years with at least 5 years experience in management may also apply.

Try the COB experience for FREE!

Curious as to what an online distance learning course is like? You can try our short module to introduce you to the COB online learning experience.

With interactive elements to increase engagement and categorised content for bite sized learning, this module provides all the elements of a full course in a condensed form.

'All you have to do is sign up – It’s FREE and there's no obligation to join. We’ll give you access to a sample lesson showcasing a few examples of what to expect when studying online with us'