GENERAL What is MSBM? MSBM is an acronym for Metropolitan School of Business and Management. The Metropolitan School of Business and Management UK is a British educational institution dedicated to providing a wide range of Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses at an affordable cost. All learning activities, materials and content are provided online and in classroom block teaching styles using modern delivery models to make learning more engaging. On completion of an MSBM course, it will give you recognised University credits to then “top up” at one of our UK University partners, saving you time and money. Where is MSBM Located? London Office: Boardman House, 64 Broadway, Stratford, E15 1NT. London. The United Kingdom. Tel: +44 (0) 207 788 7704 UAE Office: Dubai Business Village: Block-B 4th Floor, Clock Tower, Deira City Centre, Dubai, UAE. Tel: +971 (0) 4 311 3580. Does MSBM have a Campus? MSBM does NOT operate a standard campus model; MSBM operates a unique teaching model which creates real life scenarios while studying. All MSBM lectures are held in comfortable, luxurious hotel environments. We at MSBM believe that education should be inspiring. All MSBM graduates have a unique mindset as they are encouraged to become world class business leaders as they are taught in 5-star environments. Does MSBM provide Students Visa? MSBM does not issue Visas to students. We only invite students on a need by need basis; however students studying in the UAE can be provided short study visas quarterly. They also have the opportunity to search for a suitable job during their course of study. Does MSBM provide Job for Students? No, MSBM does not provide jobs for students but can assist with the search as requested. Will I be writing an Examination? All MSBM programmes are assessed by assignments only, there are no exams. Will I really get a BA (Hons) in 2 years? Yes, students who successfully complete their MSBM/ATHE level 4 & 5 (Accelerated Study Model in 1 year) will receive a diploma from MSBM/ATHE and then proceed to year two with MSBM/LSM. After successful completion of the 2nd year, a BA (Hons) in Business Administration degree will be issued by Anglia Ruskin University UK. (Students also have the option of transferring to other ATHE partner Universities in the UK or with us for the 2nd year although course fees may vary). Can I go to the UK for graduation? Students who have successfully completed their studies will graduate in the UK with the rest of Anglia Ruskin University students or the students from any other ATHE Partner University of their choice. (Subject to successful UK Visa application) Who will award my Degree? Your BA in Business Administration will be awarded by Anglia Ruskin University UK or any other ATHE Partner Progressing University according to your selection. Click Here for full list: http://athe.co.uk/progression-routes/ Are there any English language requirements? For students who do not live in or come from an English speaking country, we recommend taking an IELTS course to improve your language to level 5.5 or higher. This can be done alongside 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 MSBM course. You can study an English course alongside the MSBM course. At level 4/5 you will need to be at least 18 years old and must have completed your secondary education with at least 5 Credits including Maths and English to be eligible to enrol onto the course. The Partner Universities require students to be a minimum age of 19 before embarking on the Bachelors Degree Top-up programme. At Level 7 you will require at least 5 years managerial experience if you do not have a BA degree though this may vary for the different University partners. We will look at each application individually and may consider some exceptions. If progressing with the Anglia Ruskin University, you would not be required to have the IELTS Result to progress with them and Progression can be immediately after the first year. Will there be an interview? Learners who achieve an MSBM qualification are automatically mapped against a standard UK Higher Education qualification framework. This is a universally recognised framework of credits. Universities can, therefore, award credits against the MSBM study to give exemptions from large parts of their formal programmes. MSBM and ATHE have pre-agreed arrangements with certain universities to provide credits against programmes either on campus or off campus. This is termed ‘University Top-up’. How do I choose the best course for me? Learners should first visit the Metropolitan School of Business and Management UK Course page online to view the range of courses on offer to decide on what subjects best suit the learner, he/she should: – Review the modules within the course, do they interest you? Are they relevant to your chosen career path? – Consider how the course is taught and assessed, do you have the motivation to study via distance learning? Are you able to work independently? Do you thrive better in a classroom study mode? It is important that learners understand how they learn best and not try to extend themselves too far or too quickly and choose a path that comfortably progresses from their current level of skills and experience. How do I apply for a course? Once we have viewed your application we approve your eligibility within 3 – 5 working days. You can then choose your course and enrol online via the Metropolitan School of Business and Management UK Learning Store. Alternatively, you can call the MSBM Enrolments team on +44 (0) 20 7788 7704 or +971(0) 527968777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and they will guide you through the enrolment process. CREDIBILITY Who are ATHE? ATHE provides colleges with qualifications in Management, Business, Tourism and Health & Social Care, ATHE have made a name for themselves with good customer service, rewarding qualifications and happy learners with progression routes to university degrees. ATHE provide bespoke training support, great value for money, comprehensive university progressions, dedicated support from an ATHE officer, 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 www.athe.co.uk for more information. How are Universities linked to the Modules? Learners who achieve an MSBM qualification are automatically mapped against a standard UK Higher Education qualification framework. This is a universally recognised framework of credits. Universities can, therefore, award credits against the MSBM study to give exemptions from large parts of their formal programmes. MSBM and ATHE have pre-agreed arrangements with certain universities to provide credits against programmes either on campus or off campus. This is termed ‘University Top-up’. How do I change my personal contact details once I have given them to MSBM? All details can be edited through the student dashboard. Once a student has enrolled they can log in to view their course progress, edit their profile and chat with fellow students in the forum. Can I still access my Student Dashboard if I have finished my course? Access to the MSBM Dashboard is up until you complete your studies with MSBM. I have forgotten my username/password and cannot login to my dashboard, how can I get access? If learners have lost or forgotten their login details, they can request a new password on a provision of their email address. Email email@example.com for assistance. PROGRESSION Will I be able to gain higher education qualification through MSBM? The MSBM 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 MSBM level 4/5 programme students will be awarded 240 credits ( The 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, at level 7 students gain 120 credits from a total of 180 credits for an MBA. Again they can top up at an MSBM University partner. What potential job opportunities are there after I finish the course? Once you successfully complete your final year at university, you will have a full BA Degree or MBA Degree that will open doors to many career options. STUDENT SUPPORT What do I do if I am struggling? You can speak to the students support team (firstname.lastname@example.org). Students can also interact and help each other through the course content and share interesting and relevant links with each other. We also have a dedicated academic support team all specialising in all MSBM modules. STUDYING ONLINE WITH MSBM What modules do I need to achieve a qualification? You need to complete all the modules detailed in your required course option plus all the associated assessments to complete the MSBM course and receive the ATHE diploma. This will give you the recognised University credits. You can study the modules at your own pace. Do I need a specific computer to study with MSBM? 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 content. 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 for the online programme? 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. MSBM also has extra learning resources such as e-books and webinars to aid your study. What is a Certificate of Completion? Each module and assessment passed generate 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 MSBM. How long will it take? This depends on the student. Does my previous study and experience count towards an MSBM course? There are no exemptions or credits within the MSBM system of study and you have to study all the MSBM modules to take advantage of our access route. However if you think you may be exempt from a certain level then please contact us and we will advise you. We can also help you with your top up enquiries if you already have 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 of 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 as detailed and also complete 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 grant the participant a qualification recognised by a number of world-class 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 during the assessment, it will revert to the point of the previous five questions so that a participant does not lose all of their previous answers. Results are given immediately on completion. You can find out more on the assessment page. On completion of all module assessments learners, then write an assignment 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? MSBM has a network of overseas bank accounts that will accept payment directly or by credit /debit card. Alternatively, we have representatives in many overseas countries, you can contact them to make payment. We also accept Paypal payments subject to an additional fee. Will MSBM act as my sponsor for a student visa? MSBM cannot act as a visa sponsor but your chosen university partner can. Do I need a visa to complete modules/course through MSBM? No visa is required for the online programmes. 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 for MSBM online courses.