FM Tuition by Distance Learning.

The distance learning, home study option is now available for Levels 3 and 4 Award, Certificate and Diploma. The programme arrangements are given below.

Distance Learning Overview

The FM qualifications may be studied by those who would like the convenience of studying at their own pace or, due to their location, work commitments or preferred learning style, would rather not learn by attending workshops; this having been said, distance learners may attend workshops from time to time to help their learning programme if they so wish (more on this later).

As you read the notes and information on the qualifications programme, please bear in mind that those studying in private at home, or studying whilst at work are referred to as 'distance learners'.

This web page dedicates itself to providing learners with information specific to learning by the methods described above, but rather than duplicate the course information on this web page, we ask that you gain an understanding of the qualifications format, units content, assessment methods and so on by reading the course information booklet and/or following the web links on the web pages.

Please read on for information on the learning format for distance learners. Also, we should point out that if, as you read the learning format below, you have questions on the format of the qualification, we need to re-direct you back to the course information booklet or web pages which explain these.

Distance Learning Format and Issue of Tuition Materials

Once you have booked onto and paid for your programme we start by providing you with the tuition materials in the following sequence:

Handbook / Issue 1- Induction

We start by providing you with an induction session which constitutes the issue of an induction handbook.

The handbook doubles up as a workbook to guide you through the necessary duties you need to undertake such as completing registration forms and choosing which study units you would like to be assessed upon. Whilst quite lengthy, the induction/learner handbook offers a lot of important information and serves as a set of reference material for future use.

Once we receive the completed forms back from you, we confirm your assessment plan with you and if all is in order, we register you onto the BIFM's learner database so that they are ready to issue the assessment papers when we request them on your behalf.

Workbook / Issue 2- First Study Unit

Following on from the completion of the induction tasks (as described above), the first course information workbook is then sent to you electronically which can be read from the screen or printed for binding or filing into a ring-binder (or similar). These information workbooks have been prepared in such as way as to be informative and, where possible, interactive with exercises and tasks for you to carry out.

The first workbook that distance learners will receive covers the first assessment study unit. Subsequent workbooks are provided according to the study programme onto which you have booked.

These workbooks include copies of all the tuition materials for the session being studied, specification requirements (akin to a syllabus), home study assignments and additional tasks and any reflective activities that will help learners to apply the knowledge to a work-based situation.

Workbook / Issue 3- Assessment Techniques Support

The next workbook you will receive is a separate workbook to cover study and homework assignment techniques, assessment support, sample assessment papers and so on. This is an important workbook as it guides you through the tools and techniques you will need to possess in order to practice for and undertake the assessments successfully.

Once we have received a confirmation from you that you have read the workbook, practiced the tasks and feel confident with the techniques, we will issue you with your first assessment paper.

Document / Issue 4- Assessment Paper

The assessment paper is issued to learners at a time that is agreed during the induction process; a learning plan will be devised for each learner.

Learners will have a minimum of 28 days in which to undertake the assessment tasks. During this time we are allowed to review your work twice for Level 4 qualifications (once for Level 3). We like to do this for the first time after about two weeks of the assessment period and again for the second time (Level 4) a week or so later. By so doing we can advise on whether we feel you are on the right track or have included all the key messages when writing up your assessment work.

We undertake these reviews with you by way of an electronic tutor's review which is e-mailed to you. The advice given in the report will help you to apply the advice to your next draft, or final submission. The assessments, once final submissions have been received, take a little while to be marked by the assessors. In the meantime we issue you with the next workbook.

Workbook / Issue 5- Next Study Unit

Even though you will undoubtedly be waiting for your recent work submission to be marked, there is no reason not to continue to study the next tuition unit. We issue learners with the next unit workbook.

This will be a different workbook for different learners according to their personal programme plan, their chosen qualification type (award, certificate or diploma), or how the unit integrates into their personalised assessment plan.

We will issue the correct workbook to learners and work with them to ensure they understand what they have received and what they will need to do to study it correctly and in accordance with any learning or assessment plans.

Assessment papers for this Unit are issued after the study period and the process as above continues.

Subsequent Documents or Workbook Issues

We will continue in this matter until all of the tuition units workbooks are issued and the chosen assessments followed. Also, we would like to communicate this important message to you: We support you at every step along the way, so please utilise our help and support when you need it.