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FAQ  (frequently asked questions)

Q.1    WHAT HAPPENS IF I DO NOT PASS THE COURSE?

A.1    If you are still within the 6 months registration period after enrolment, you will be able to attempt the course one more time without charge, and we will give you feedback on how to improve.  After 6 months, or after 2 attempts at passing, we will make a charge of GBP 25 for each additional attempt.

Q.2    CAN YOU ADVISE ME ON WHICH COURSE TO SELECT?

A.2    We cannot give advice on selecting courses. As an independent student, you are expected to be familiar with one of the areas of study in our list of courses. The course that most closely matches your interests and knowledge should be the one you select as you will naturally be attracted to it.

Q.3    HOW WILL ONE OF THESE DIPLOMAS BENEFIT ME?

A.3    These courses are designed to be taken for personal satisfaction and accomplishment, and as additions to your continuing education portfolio if you are practising a relevant art or discipline. Please also see the important information on our Accreditation page. 

Q.4    WHY ARE THESE AWARDS CALLED DIPLOMAS, NOT CERTIFICATES?

A.4    There is no absolute standard setting out the difference between a certificate and a diploma in the world of private adult education. In some countries diplomas are preferred - in others, certificates are preferred. There is no absolute standard for the issue of a diploma in the UK private sector, and the issue of private diplomas in most fields is not regulated in the UK. Although the "Conscious Courses" range offers independent study courses, the student's work will normally be drawn from considerable and mature experience and reflection plus private study over a period of years. Therefore we are pleased to award diplomas to successful Conscious Courses students.

Q.5    DO ESSAYS NEED TO BE WRITTEN IN ENGLISH?

A.5    Yes, we are in the UK and English is the language we work in. If your written English is not good enough, but you have adequate knowledge of the subject, you may consider writing your essay in your own language, and having it professionally translated into English. If you are sending a translated essay, it must be accompanied by the original essay in the original language. However, good translation can be expensive, and if we cannot understand your work you will not pass the course. Computer-translated essays can not be accepted because computer translation is too rough and will contain plenty of errors that need careful attention, especially where special vocabularies are concerned such as the special terms used in metaphysical fields. If you need to improve your English, we recommend that you take a suitable English language course before attempting to write an essay in English.

Q.6   CAN YOU PROVIDE REFERENCES?

A.5    Our low-cost courses do not allow funding for the administrative cost of providing references, so we might have to charge a fee for doing so. If we do provide a reference, we can only comment on the standard of your written presentation and knowledge as we see it. Since we have not met you personally and have not experienced your practical work first-hand, there are limits to what we can say. We cannot provide character references. Generally, if you need a reference for a job, a professional association or a further course, you should obtain one from someone who has taught or trained you face-to-face, from a present or previous employer, or from a professional or colleague who knows you well.

Further FAQs are under development. 

This page last updated January 2018.