Essential Plan

The Essential Plan is an affordable e-learning plan that allows you to work independently, online, on demand and at your own pace. We will never leave you stranded, our Student Care package gives you the help you need when you need it.

We all learn differently

The Essential plan is great for those people who are solitary learners, (also known as an intrapersonal learner) who prefers learning on their own. You will be self-motivated, enjoy working independently, and learn best when working alone.  It is also ideal for those who can’t commit to scheduled learning, for example workshops at set times, but instead would like to learn when it is convenient for them.

The Professional Plan is great for those people who are social learners, (also known as an interpersonal learner).  Social learners love being around people, working in groups, teams and overall thrives through social interactions. This allows you to bounce ideas off of others and work through complex ideas or problems through dialogue and conversation.  With this delivery you will attend regular workshops and have set submission dates, much like college, it is appealing to those people who like to have a very structured way of studying.

The Immersive Plan can often be helpful for students with additional learning needs, or those who are returning to study after a long time.  It can also be a good way for solitary (intrapersonal learners) who want to study independently but also would like to be able to access a tutor to support parts of the subject matter.  It will also appeal to those people who have a strong leaning to auditory learning.  You will agree your submission dates with your tutor, and they will be available via email to support you when you need it outside of your planned sessions with them.

Who is this for?

The Essential Plan could be right for you if you are:

  • Familiar with e-learning and comfortable studying independently.
  • Happy to set your own timetable.
  • Keen to study when it suits you – whether that is early morning, late evenings or weekends.
  • Planning to study for Level 3 (Foundation Certificate) or Level 5 (Associate Diploma).
  • Looking for the most affordable learning option.
  • Ready to get started right away.

How does it work?

Everything you need to complete all the units of your chosen qualification is available online 24/7. You will log-in to our e-learning platform where you will be guided through the units with enriched, online workbooks and a library of learning materials.

You will have a Student Success Adviser who will be supporting you through the qualification.  When you begin, they will complete a Student Success Plan with you to give you a guide on how to successfully plan the completion of your units within your learning agreement, we will send you reminders to help keep you on track. You can complete the work at your pace and fit studying around your other commitments. You will also have a Coach who supports you with feedback on your work while planning your assignments.

What is included?

  • 24-hour access to learning materials and resources online.
  • Monthly support from our Student Care team.
  • Access to an online, monthly Q&A session with a subject specialist or programme manager who will answer questions submitted in advance.
  • Feedback turnaround times: We ask students to meet deadlines as set in the workbooks. In return we promise to deliver feedback within five days of receipt, at the latest, and deliver final provisional marks within 10 working days. 

How much does it cost?

 Excluding VATIncluding VAT
Foundation Certificate£2,048£2,447
Associate Diploma£2,723£3,267

Students paying in advance get a 10% discount.

The only additional cost you will need to pay is your student membership of the CIPD. This is paid directly to the CIPD, please click the following link for the current CIPD membership prices.


Students on the Essential Plan can choose to buy add-ons, if they need extra help, on a pay-as-you-go basis.

These are:

  • A one-to-one planning and feedback session with a subject specialist - £65 (45-minute session plus 15 minutes for feedback report).
  • A live webinar where one or more teachers present a subject through a PowerPoint presentation. There are also break-out rooms and group activities - £45.

These webinars are a feature of our Professional Plan, but there is some availability for Essential Plan students to join them

Student Care

You are never just a number to us.  

The care that we offer our students really sets us apart from the competition. 

It can be demoralising and frustrating if you feel that you are studying without the support you need. We want you to enjoy studying with us, so we offer two types of help through our Student Care:

  • If you have technical challenges, questions about accessing material online, or need to talk about a change in circumstances that is affecting your studies, we have a Student Care Team and your personal Student Success Adviser who you can turn to for help.
  • If you have questions about the work itself, a Programme Manager or your Coach will be available to support you via email or an arranged call.

Our Student Care service is available to all our students on EssentialProfessional and Immersive Plans. 

We are ready to help you take your next step

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