Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions 2017-06-26T11:20:09+00:00

Which is the right course for me?

Most accredited bodies have special guidelines and Oxford College of Marketing have adapted these guidelines to help you to enter at the highest level possible. In order for us to advise you, you will need to speak to your local Centre Manager or the admissions team. It may be possible for you to attend our Marketing Gateway Programme to give you a basic understanding of marketing theory and therefore enter the study ladder at a more advanced stage. If you start your studies with us, and are unhappy with your level, please let us know as soon as possible and we will move you to another level.

Some colleges follow the CIM guidelines rigorously, not taking into account previous unrelated industry experience or study. This means you may well find yourself having to complete another year of study because you have been put on the wrong course. Also be aware that some colleges who are short of numbers will recommend a course to students in order to fill classes, receive funding and run the qualification. This qualification may not necessarily be the best level for that student.

How long will my course take?

All the timings below are approximate and based upon a typical student who works full time and studies part time. If you have extra time on your hands, it may be possible to fast track through the qualifications. We can generally tailor a course and find tutors to suit you, so if you have any queries about this, please do speak to us.

CIM Foundation Certificate in Marketing – 6 months

CIM Certificate in Professional Marketing – 12 months

CIM Diploma in Professional Marketing – 12 – 18 months

CIM Professional Postgraduate Diploma (Stage 1) – 12 – 18 months

CIM Professional Postgraduate Diploma (Stage 2) – 6-12 months

CIM Digital Diploma in Professional Marketing – 12 months

Who will teach me?

We use a mixture of marketing practitioners with current experience, consultants, academics and examiners. For all our assignment, distance learning and classroom teaching, we only use English speaking, mainly UK based tutors who have been interviewed by the Oxford College of Marketing Academic team. Some colleges, in order to reduce their costs, use tutors who are not as highly trained and experienced as ours. You may find their courses are much cheaper – but the advice and support will not be the same as the support given by our specialist marketing practitioners. We only use reliable English speaking tutors who have passed our rigorous interview process.

How long will I receive Support from OCOM?

Enrolling with Oxford College of Marketing means that you can take your time – we offer students 3 years to complete their course. If you are coming to class as an evening or weekend student, you can come to class until you pass your exams / assignments for up to 3 years. Most students who have completed the classroom aspect of the course prefer to use the online learning system and work from home on either past exam practice papers or with their assignment tutor. If you are a pure Distance Learning student with no classroom attendance, you also have 3 years in which to complete your course.

Will someone check I am on the right track?

Throughout your course, you will be contacted by tutors to check that you are managing your workload. If you are working on an examination module, you will need to submit homework for our team to mark and give feedback on. If you are working on an assignment module, you will be supported by an assignment tutor who will guide you through your project and provide feedback at certain times throughout the timetable. All our students are supported by their Centre Manager and there is also a Learning Support Manager will be available to guide you through the course and be your daily point of contact should you need any help with anything.

Are there any hidden charges?

The only other charges you will need to pay for are your membership and assessment fees which vary depending on the course you are undertaking and where you are based.

You may also like to buy some books to support your studies. The costs for these vary. Please contact us for advice.

What happens if I need to defer or stop studying due to work or personal reasons?

We understand that life is complicated and always take a compassionate position as far as student’s lives are concerned. Just let us know if you need to defer and delay your studies.

How many hours study should I set aside for study?

This is a little complicated as it will depend on how much prior knowledge you have. We estimate between 5 and 10 hours a week is normal. Be warned – approaching examination time or assignment submission date, you may be putting many extra hours in!

What happens if I fail a module?

If you fail, you will need to retake your module again. If you fail an exam module, we recommend that you revise and practice as many exam questions as you can. There is no extra charge for this. With an assignment module, you need a personal tutor to help guide you through the project and provide feedback. Your original fee includes one assignment tutor per assignment module. So, if you fail, you will need to pay for tutor support again. This is between £120 and £200 depending on what level you are studying. If you fail the Analysis and Decision module of the PGDiploma, you will be charged half the fees again to re attend classes.

I need to change my study mode – is this OK?

Oxford College of Marketing have 16 centres in the UK and several international centres, which run a mixture of part time evening, intensive weekends or blended learning and pure distance learning. If you find that your study mode is not suiting you or you wish to change venue, just let us know!

Where can I get my books from?

There are numerous resources and free chapters on Oxcom Learning and your CIM Membership will also give you access to a huge library. However, depending on what you are studying, you may also need some text books. Sometimes these are expensive but try to view them as an investment which you will refer to during your entire marketing career. You can buy these from the CIM bookstore or Amazon. If you need any advice on your book purchases, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Which books are recommended?

Full book lists are available on the online learning System when you are enrolled.

My first language is not English, do I need to prove my written English is of a certain standard?

International students You will need to have a high standard of written English to complete your studies. If English is not your first language, the College will require written evidence that you will be able to complete the work (such as achievement of English Language competency IELT level 6.5 or above). A language test may be required. Should your assignments require corrected English, you will be charged an additional £60 an hour for the services of our special English tutor.

What do you get from us?

The latest online learning technology with webinars, course notes, text book references, web site references, examples and analysis of exam questions, self progress tests, PowerPoint slides and podcasts to act as aide memoirs to each section and video provided by The Oxford Learning Lab. Never feel alone, always feel supported. All courses and levels are totally supported and have access to the online learning system and the support team (by telephone or email). Support to the help desk is unlimited

Will I be given proper guidance?

We use a mixture of marketing practitioners and experienced marketing lecturers. For all our assignment, distance learning and classroom teaching, we only use English speaking, mainly UK based tutors who have been interviewed by the Oxford College of Marketing Academic team whose main language is English. Beware! Some colleges, in order to reduce their costs, use tutors who are not as highly trained and experienced as ours. You may find their courses are much cheaper – but the advice and support will not be the same as the support given by our specialist marketing practitioners. We only use reliable English speaking tutors who have passed our rigorous interview process.

Will someone check I am on the right track?

Throughout your course, you will be contacted by tutors to check that you are managing your workload. If you are working on an examination module, you will need to submit homework for our team to mark and give feedback on. If you are working on an assignment module, you will be supported by an assignment tutor who will guide you through your project and provide feedback at certain times throughout the timetable.

Who are our tutors?

You will get superb tuition from real marketing practitioners with current experience, consultants, academics and examiners.

Our online learning system

Your study materials include and our online student learning system gives you the backup you need to be able to study anywhere in the world – at home, at work or when travelling. It enables you to plan and read ahead; giving you total control over your learning materials and the flexibility you may require to suit your lifestyle. Whether you are studying with us in the evenings, over the weekend or entirely online, our online learning System provides a 24/7 gateway to your learning. We take care to ensure that the distance learning option is not a solitary process. You receive ongoing contact from the College and support at all times.

Online Learning System – Two Week Free Trial

Our student online learning system provides learning support for students studying all CIM, CAM Communications and Digital Marketing, UCI Digital courses, Oxcom Digital Marketing and ISM courses. You will be given access to recorded classes, live and recorded webinars, podcasts, course notes, text book references, web site references, examples and analysis of exam questions, self-progress tests, PowerPoint slides and podcasts to act as aide memoirs to each section and video provided by The Oxford Learning Lab.

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