I’m off to a good start ticking off my 5 goals for 2017. Already in the first week, I completed my online course with NCC Home Learning. I didn’t think it would go so quickly but it turned out it did. If you have some spare time and wanting to add to your qualifications, taking an online course is a really good idea.
I’ve never heard of NCC Home Learning until they approached me late last year, asking if I would like to take one of their courses. I was really tempted to say yes straight away without knowing what courses they offer. As soon as I saw that they have an Event Management course* I couldn’t turn down the offer. I help planning and attending events as part of my job role, so to be able to add an Event Management Diploma to my CV is a great asset.
The offer around 300 courses so there’s bound to be something for everyone. Creative writing courses are available which is great should you want to take your blogging a step further. It could be a great reference for guest posting in magazines etc. Taking an online course is a great substitute should you not have the time to physically attend lectures. With it all being online you can complete it all in your own pace.
Outline of the Course
The set-up of the online course is very easy to follow. The Event Management course consists of 11 modules before taking the exam. The modules cover everything from booking a venue and catering to marketing and setting up your own company.
Each module opens up in a new window and has a Power Point style to them with slides covering all the sub topics. On the right hand side you can see the topics each slide will cover so there are no surprises. Some modules also come with extra downloadable materials to give extra depth and insight to the slides.
I found this system really easy to work with and I really liked that each module had a different theme. This way it’s easy to find the right slides if you want to go over a specific theme or topic once again. I completed one module at a time, taking a break before continuing with the next one. I took each module in chronological order as I think there’s a reason they’re in that order but there’s nothing saying you have to do it this way. Besides, you can go back and forth between the modules as much and often as you like.
I completed the exam and passed on the first attempt which I’m really happy about. I don’t know how many times you can take the test, maybe till you pass? but there’s not worry if you don’t pass on the first attempt. You don’t have to answer the questions in order, you can skip a question and come back to it later. You can also close down the full exam and come back later, all your previous answers will be saved so you don’t have to retake the whole test.
All questions have multiple choice answers and you have to pick the right one. They questions are outlined like “Which of these options are NOT applicable when hiring a photographer?” or “How long should reception drinks last for?”. I found the questions fairly easy and some of the choices you could rule out even if you haven’t read through the modules.
My exam consisted of 40 questions and I got 37 of them right. You need to answer 75% correctly in order to pass. I’m a bit disappointed I can’t go back to look over the three answers that I didn’t get right. I hope and assume I would have been able to should I have failed my first exam attempt.
Have you had any thoughts in using online courses? NCC Home Learning offer almost every course you can think of at a variety of price depending if you want a tutor or not. The course I took was offered to me for free but is available for £285.60. Do look out for regular discounts online and through newsletter sign-up.
Let me know if you sign up to this course or any other and how you get on with it.
*I was offered to take this course for free in exchange for this post. All thoughts and views on the course are my own.