CIM, CIPR, DMI and ISP publish guidance on entry criteria for each level of study. Oxford College of Marketing will help interpret this to advise which level is the most suitable depending on your objectives. We may suggest that you undertake a pre-course to revise the basics before embarking on your qualification. This may mean you are able to study at a higher level than you thought. These pre-courses are unique to the college and are generally free of charge if you study the whole qualification.

In the unlikely event that you start your studies and find you are at the wrong level, please contact our Support Team who will be happy to help.

The initial information will tell you how long your course will take to complete. However, we always offer a comfortable window for you to complete your qualification.

  • CIM courses have 3 years of access to complete your qualification
  • ISP courses have 3 years of access to complete your qualification
  • CIPR courses have 2 years of access to complete your qualification
  • The DMI Pro exam must be taken within 24 weeks of completing your studies.

If you need more time or want to take a break from your studies, you have the option to suspend your course access; this won’t count towards your access time.

After your final assessment, we will let you keep access to the material for 6 months. This enables you to revisit any material you require in the months after your qualification.

All our tutors are experienced teachers and marketing or sales practitioners. We only use English speaking, predominantly UK-based tutors who have been rigorously interviewed by our academic team.

Throughout your course, you will have opportunities to interact with your trainer, assignment tutor and our in-house Support Team. These people will check that you are on the right track with your studies and your assessment projects. If applicable, your assignment tutor will provide guidance on any written assessments, including comprehensive feedback. Our online learning platform, Oxcom Learning will also offer a large number of resources to assist your progress.

All costs are clearly shown in your formal quote. For most qualifications, in addition to your training fees, you will need to pay assessment fees and an annual membership to the awarding body. These may be included in your training fee or paid separately to the awarding body.

You may wish to purchase some additional books to support your studies. These costs will vary but we can advise a rough total and recommend reading materials.

We understand that life can be complicated, and we always take a compassionate position as far as our students’ lives are concerned. Just let us know if you need to defer and delay your studies.

The number of hours you should study a week will depend on how much prior knowledge you have and the level you are studying. We estimate between 5 and 10 hours a week is normal. But be warned – approaching assignment submissions or exams, you may be putting extra hours in!

Our pass rates are exceptional but in the unlikely event you fail a module, you will need to retake. You will be charged for additional assignment tutor support. This is between £60 to £300 + VAT depending on the qualification you are studying. Our Support Team will advise you when the results are published.

For CIM, if you marginally fail a unit, there is an opportunity to resubmit this, but the grade will be capped at a ‘pass’.

Oxford College of Marketing has a network of study centres across Britain and several international centres, which run a mixture of face to face evening and weekend classes for our CIM and CIPR courses. We also offer online distance learning and live virtual learning. If you find that your study mode is not working for you or want to change venue, just let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.

There are numerous resources and free chapters on Oxcom Learning that support all our courses and qualifications. Your accredited body membership will also give you access to excellent resources. If you are studying a CIM qualification, most modules are accompanied by a study guide.

However, depending on what you are studying, you may wish to purchase additional textbooks. 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, other book retailers, or Amazon.

Recommended reading lists are available on Oxcom Learning but if you need any advice on your book purchases, please do not hesitate to contact us.

If English is not your first language, we may 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. However, usually, if you are living and working in the UK or an English-speaking country, your level of English will be fine.

I recently ran a webinar on ChatGPT and AI within marketing at OXCOM and it was a wonderful experience! The team was incredibly encouraging and those that attended were incredibly engaged.
Robyn M.
Robyn M.
I recently completed the CIM Diploma in Professional Marketing via distance learning at the Oxford College of Marketing. Really helpful team, very supportive and knowledgeable.
Danielle H.
Danielle H.
I'm currently working towards my CIM level 6 Digital Diploma in Professional Marketing through Oxford College of Marketing. The tutors are incredibly helpful, and so is the course material. I would definitely recommend them for distance learning as I've been able to do everything at my own pace, without any impact from Coronavirus!
Cathy E.
Cathy E.
I'm currently studying the CIM Certificate in Professional Digital Marketing at the Oxford College of Marketing. I have been very impressed with everything regarding my virtual learning: Jane Adrain has been the tutor on my modules so far and she teaches the topic in every engaging and knowledgeable way - having breakouts so topics can be discussed with other students in the class, giving the online learning a social element; tutors are also very helpful and available for questions during assignments; college staff are very responsive and friendly; lots of learning resources are provided and reading materials suggested. Very positive about my learning so far and I highly recommend the Oxford College of Marketing.
RM K.
RM K.
Fantastic study centre to get your CIM diploma or qualification. Really helpful tutors and resources.
Nader N.
Nader N.
I thoroughly enjoyed studying my level 6 CIM qualification with the Oxford College of Marketing. They are extremely well set up for distance learning, with friendly tutors who are always willing to provide advice and guidance.
Jenny C.
Jenny C.
I recently completed my CIM Diploma with Oxford College of Marketing and had a great experience with them. Their online learning facilities are fantastic and I would recommend them to anyone looking to complete a CIM qualification.
Richard B.
Richard B.
Had a great experience learning with OXCOM for my CIM Level 6 Diploma in Professional Marketing. Would recommend to anyone looking to complete this qualification.
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