Choosing a course

20 Apr 2021

There are many factors to consider, so how do you choose the course that’s right for you? Read our tips on which questions you should be asking.

Have I researched different options?

Research course providers before you sign up to a course. You should contact and compare a range of course providers to gain a better understanding of what’s available.

If you have colleagues or friends who have completed the ADIT qualification, or used the same course provider for another qualification, ask them about their experience. It may not be the same for you, but it will help you get an idea of what standard of support you can expect. You can also use the ADIT Professionals LinkedIn group to ask people to share their experience.

How experienced are the tutors?

Think carefully about which course provider is best for you. You should research the quality of the course, and experience of the tutors, so that you feel confident you’re getting the best opportunity for success. When you contact course providers, you should ask them about the style, content and success rates of courses, what qualifications the tutors hold, and what their experience is.

You’ll also want to find out their pass rates, information on any guaranteed pass schemes and how many other students will likely be on the course. 

Which style of teaching is best for me?

Ask questions about the style and content of courses to get an idea of what to expect. If you have a busy schedule, you may find online learning suits you better because you can slot it around your life, but if you need routine and structure to help you get to grips with the material, classroom learning may be better. 

Is it flexible enough for me?

Our routines vary, so it is important to choose a course which suits your lifestyle. It might be that you’re juggling work and childcare, and in need of a flexible course you can pick up whenever you have a quiet 30 minutes. Or you may find you need more structure in your week, so you’d prefer a course with fixed sessions.

What is the online learning platform like?

Technology can vary between courses and, depending on your preferred learning method, some platforms may be better suited to your needs than others. You should ask how interactive the course will be, whether you will get to communicate with other students and how much support you will get from the tutors. To get a feel for the learning environment, you could ask whether you’re able to access or view a demonstration of the platform.

How much will it all cost?

Before you register, you should understand the total costs associated. Ask for a breakdown of the courses fees, and what the payment structure is. Are books and materials provided, or do you need to purchase these separately? Are revision sessions and mock exams included? Does the course offer a pass guarantee?

As students typically pay the ADIT student registration and exam entry fees directly to us, course providers generally do not include these costs within their package.